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Zimmerman verdict not about race, guns

July 16, 2013

=The killing of Trayvon Martin last year sparked a nationwide debate over some large issues that really had not that much to do with this case....

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Jul-17-13 11:53 AM

Neither of their pasts were relevant in my opinion.......Mine neither. That was the point following davidm's comment. But no lecture for him?

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Jul-17-13 11:31 AM


Did Trayvon's past also have problems with crimenal activity and violence ? Neither of their pasts were relevant in my opinion. If you wish to have an adult conversation about this case start by telling the whole story of the events "that night". Both guys made mistakes - no doubt in my mind. Martin made the biggest mistake and it cost him his life. It was a tragedy that should have been avoided by "both" of them. The case was tried and a verdict was reached based on the evidence presented. Justice has been served. This is apparent by anyone wishing to review all of the facts of the case.

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Jul-17-13 8:53 AM

At age 20 Zimmerman was previously arrested and charged with resisting officer with violence and battery of a law enforcement officer. He had a restraining order against him because of domestic violence. Seems he was a wanna be thug eager to fight. Then again maybe he just hadn’t quite grown up yet and still like to showed off to the guys, join in the tough talk and ended up doing something stupid. Lucky for him that cop didn’t shoot him.

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Jul-17-13 4:38 AM

Unlike the portrait put out by the mainstream media of an innocent black boy. I found that Trayvon was a want-to-be thug\gangster. Look at his latest text messages or his twitter and facebook handles. He was eager to fight and insult the white race.

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Jul-17-13 4:30 AM

Seems to me that these were trumped up charges put out by those who want to defend the narrative--"whites are racist"; by those who are looking for the black vote and are ready to throw meet to the mobs. What a travesty of justice, this should have NEVER been brought to trial.

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Jul-16-13 12:08 PM

"They would have vote guilty of manslaughter".

So you know this because you were in the deliberation room, Nusenior ?

The initial split vote was when they began their deliberaions. It is a pretty common practice to conduct a vote early on to see where everyone on the jury is at. Once they realized this, they went through and methodically weighed the evidence and ultimately reached an unanimous decision. I came away from the interview of the juror that they all took their responsibilities quite seriously and it took a huge toll on all of them.

Why is it outside entities became so involved with the Martin case ? Why the protests, special prosecutor, and the comments by our president ? Didn't the Sanford police do as capable job investigating this case as the CPD does with theirs ?

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Jul-16-13 11:10 AM

The state did not bring manslaughter charges, that was a desperation twist thrown in at the end by the presiding judge. Could the state have made a case for George Zimmerman's actions, regardless of his intent, resulting in the death of another human being? Probably. But that is not the charge the race zealots wanted, so the entire trial was a throw away. I personally do not feel less safe because George Zimmerman is a free man. And, if you think that he will not pay for this for the rest of his life, you are kidding yourself.

On the other side, I'm not exactly sure how looting and shoplifting from a Wal-Mart brings Trayvon Martin back or rights the ship, but whatever.

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Jul-16-13 11:08 AM

The jury got the verdict right. Of course Mr. Zimmerman isn't totally innocent, but there was reasonable doubt that he was guilty of the charges brought against him.

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Jul-16-13 11:01 AM

State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman What went right? The State did bring George Zimmerman to open court and the jury found him not guilty What went wrong? Based on today’s national news three of the jurors did not understand the judge’s instruction. That they should consider the two counts as separate actions. They also misunderstood Florida’s law, that they should have asked to judge to clear up the misunderstanding. The three jurors stated that had they not misunderstood the judge’s instructions. They would have vote guilty of manslaughter.

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Jul-16-13 9:55 AM

Also, since you are a supporter of law enforcement, and the CPD, as am I, you will agree that the state of Florida could have been spared a great deal of expense and drama had the local authorities been able to do their job. They were not originally going to bring charges against Mr. Zimmerman because they saw it as a case of self defense.

When racism is used as it was in this case, it stunts our growth as a society and produces nothing positive. The distraction becomes far more costly than the event itself.

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Jul-16-13 9:34 AM

notogop, it absolutely would matter. Cockroaches scatter when the lights come on.

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Jul-16-13 9:23 AM

Justice prevailed despite this being the most politically motivated criminal case in recent history.

I wonder how many of those youth murdered in Obama's home town would have "looked like him". Of course those deaths don't score the same amount of political points that one death in Florida does.

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Jul-16-13 7:47 AM

Since Trayvon Martin was killed in a tragic confluence of events, 58 black teenagers his age or younger have been gunned down on the streets of Chicago. The most recent was a 16 year old this past Sunday. Statistically, there will be another teen senselessly killed within the next ten days in Chicago. If the national outcry and public attention that has been given this case in Florida had been spent on Chicago, young lives would have been spared.

I don't think we really have to worry about George Zimmerman ever shooting another youth the rest of his life, black, white or otherwise. But, we know that the slaughter will continue in Chicago. Showing concern for one, while doing nothing about the other is rank hypocrisy by our "leaders".

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