The American legal system is about process, not outcome. It is designed to guarantee that every defendant will get a fair trial by a jury of HIS or HER peers. Unlike the legal systems, so called, in other countries, it is NOT designed to deliver a specific outcome. Nor is it, nor should it be subject to polls, protests, or the opinions of politicians, news readers, “community activists”, or anyone else.
The system is designed to be weighed in favor of the defendant at trial. The system requires that the “state” or the “people” prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Many of the people commenting on the recent high profile criminal case in a southern state know that. Despite that, they are ginning up sentiment for the lynching of a black man who shot in self defense. That was the verdict of the jury and it was the people on the jury that heard every word of testimony and saw every bit of evidence. It was the jury that had the difficult job of weighing that evidence and testimony and rendering a verdict.
While some people may be disappointed the “victim” didn’t get justice, the system isn’t designed to give justice to the victim. The system is designed to bring justice to society and the defendant.
Some people seem to want a do over for this trial. They ask the Department of Justice to bring federal civil rights charges against the now acquitted black man who was charged with a crime. This despite the fact that there is no evidence that the now acquitted black man had any race based hatred against the younger black man that he shot.
For those of you who will attempt to point out that the former defendant was only “partially black”, I point you to Plessy v. Fergusson for a definition of what a black person is. Or you can look at a any institution that uses racial preferences for hiring or admission if you prefer. If you want to point out that Zimmerman’s father is white, I’ll point out that the President of the United States of America shares that distinction.
Despite all of that, there are people who, with a straight face and outrage in their words, tell us that this case is all about race relations in this country. If that were true, then the recently acquitted defendant would have been convicted on all counts and sent to prison for the rest of his life. That didn’t happen because a jury of five white women and one woman of color weighed the evidence and testimony and decided that he had committed not a murder, but an act of legitimate self defense.
The system worked as it was designed to work, it just did not delivery the outcome that some people wanted.
What everyone should do is just stop demagoging this matter and put it to rest. The trial is over, the verdict is in, it’s time to continue with life.