One small step for justice in Florida. George Zimmerman has been found not guilty, as indeed he is, from Andrew Branca, Legal Insurrection:
A verdict has been returned in Florida v. Zimmerman:
NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
The State prosecutors, including the until recently rarely-seen Angela Corey, are currently providing interviews to the press, essentially re-arguing their catastrophically failed courtroom arguments. From this commentator’s perspective, they are simply in complete denial and/or in full-blown CYA mode, no matter how often they say they respect the decision of the jury.
Reax, Tom Maquire, Just One Minute:
Common sense prevails in the jury room, but will it prevail on the mean streets of Miami?
The Sanford police initial decision not to charge Zimmerman has been endorsed. This is a case the should have never gone to trial. Will the Department of [In]Justice prosecute the willful violation of George Zimmerman’s civil rights? Not likely.
While I tend to agree with David that this is not a civil rights issue, and certainly, they won’t bring charges against the guilty for the violation of Zimmerman’s civil rights, we WILL, I suppose, see some effort to level civil rights charges against Zimmerman. Yes, I know, makes no sense, but since when have facts ever entered into the lexicon of a leftist? The Daily caller has noted the NAACP sprang into action along those lines…
“Attorney General Eric Holder,” the petition reads, “The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.”
“The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin,” the NAACP wrote. “We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.”
“Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today,” the NAACP wrote.
Now, there is no secret about the idea that the NAACP and Holder have been in bed together forever. And the NAACP claims credit for the thing getting to trial in the first place. Martin was Obama’s son, after all. That said, though, remember that Civil Rights issues are at the root, CONSTITUTIONAL issues, and the Constitution is a limit on the government, not the people. Granted, this is a point leftists tend to ignore, or at least try to dance around. But bringing such a case against Zimmerman would get laughed out of even a Holder-ordered show trial. That would, if noting else, further damage the credibility of the left, and so if any common sense ruled their actions such a case will never be brought.
In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state’s “theory of the case” is that it has no theory of the case: might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it’s something. If you’re a juror, feel free to convict George Zimmerman of whatever floats your boat.Nailing a guy on something, anything, is a time-honored American tradition: If you can’t get Al Capone on the Valentine’s Day massacre, get him on his taxes. Americans seem to have a sneaky admiration for this sort of thing, notwithstanding that, as we now know, the government is happy to get lots of other people on their taxes, too. Ever since the president of the United States (a man so cautious and deferential to legal niceties that he can’t tell you whether the Egyptian army removing the elected head of state counts as a military coup until his advisers have finished looking into the matter) breezily declared that if he had a son he’d look like Trayvon, ever since the U.S. Department of so-called Justice dispatched something called its “Community Relations Services” to Florida to help organize anti-Zimmerman rallies at taxpayer expense, ever since the politically savvy governor appointed a “special prosecutor” and the deplorably unsavvy Sanford Police Chief was eased out, the full panoply of state power has been deployed to nail Zimmerman on anything.
How difficult can that be in a country in which an Hispanic Obama voter can be instantly transformed into the poster boy for white racism? Who ya gonna believe — Al Sharpton or your lying eyes?