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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Knock Knock, whos there?

To all my American friends please let me say, "Wow" That is the only  word I can use to describe the entire Zimmerman fiasco from the beginning to the end. Initially he wasn't charged but, after there was a political uproar from the black community, he was. That seemed wrong.

From the system I know in Canada charges are laid by the Crown Counsel after reviewing the file submitted by the police. But only after that review by the Crown Counsel. Only after the Crown Counsel determines there is a substantial likelihood of conviction are charges proceeded with. Not based on the newscasts or the police wants or the public perceptions or some uproar from a particular community.

To me in the Zimmerman case  from the news I saw charges were only laid to appease the public outcry from the black community. From the facts reported by the news I didn't think then that  there was a substantial likelihood of conviction from the get go based on the available defense of self defense. And that is from 4000 miles away which is not a distinct advantage. 

I'm not John Adams but I'm sure he'd agree with me. Your famous early President John Adams when he was a young lawyer defending some British solders accused of shooting Americans said "facts don't lie" And you can only convict based on the facts. He got those British solders off based on the facts. Anyway you don't need a Canadian telling you your history. As a friend, I'm suggesting to you guys you  need to reestablish  a faith  in your judicial system. That is important and key to your society, to its survival. You must trust your judicial system.

As it turns out the Zimmerman jury agreed with that conclusion based on the evidence, on the facts,  as well. Now the black community having bullied officials and got their way with the laying of charges now want to get the same results with the court system and bully them  into overruling the jury findings. That cant happen or you have even bigger problems. Politics and public wants have nothing to do with the judicial system. It must be neutral, judicial, impartial equal and fair. It must be devoid of politics when making decisions. It can  not be bullied.

Once your general public distrusts the fairness of your judicial system your whole political system is in deep trouble. If the public thinks it can bully the decisions into happening you have really big irreversible problems until trust returns to the judiical system.

Even the defense counsel made a joke in his opening remarks about that perception when he told the "knock knock" joke to the jury in his opening remarks to the jury no less.
"Knock knock"
"Who's there".
"George Zimmerman" 
When the response from a prospective juror was "Zimmerman who" he was accepted onto the jury. He made a joke about this fact.

Considering all the press about the uproar  from the black community and no charges being laid initially  and then the laying of charges against Zimmerman but only after the public uproar, I thought the defense lawyer won that case in his opening remarks with a knock knock joke. That was the "if the glove don't fit, you must acquit"  moment.

Now the black community seem to think they can bully a conviction into happening. And with all due respect to the black community that is wrong.. The laying of charges was wrong. The overreaction by the black community is wrong.Only the jury got it right in this whole fiasco.