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  •  I appreciate your points (9+ / 0-)

    But I think finding Zimmerman guilty is hugely important.

    I followed this story pretty closely but I didn't follow the trial itself. I did listen to various reportings on the trial and nothing seemed to jump out during the trial from what I heard that proved Zimmerman acted in self defense or that Trayvon Martin was looking for trouble. Zimmerman created the situation, from beginning to end, and he needs to be held responsible for his actions.

    If he is found not guilty, it will be a tragedy in my eyes. I can barely stand looking @ photos of Trayvon Martin. It just saddens me so to see his life end at the hands of a man who had no business confronting him.

    And I can't imagine his parents having to sit in a court room and hear "not guilty".

     

    •  I agree that a not guilty will be a tragedy. But (9+ / 0-)

      the case not having been investigated or prosecuted at all would have been a much greater tragedy.

      Guilty people are found not guilty all the time.  It's part of the manner in which our justice system is established, to try to ensure the innocent are not wrongly convicted.  It's always sad and always a tragedy when that happens.

      But it's far worse when a victim is not believed or is valued so lightly that the police don't even care to investigate or the prosecutor refuses to prosecute.

      And remember, that's what almost happened in this case.  Instead, a jury got to hear all the facts that could be gathered.  Not all the facts - some of those died with Trayvon.  

      The initial fight was not to convict Zimmerman.  It was to get the police to investigate the matter.  And that was accomplished.  Not only that, but a vigorous prosecution in front of an excellent judge was put on.

      I sincerely hope it results in a conviction.  But even if it doesn't, Trayvon's parents will know it was not just swept under the rug, that their son's life was not considered so inconsequential that his death didn't even justify an investigation, that no one cared.  I just hope that everyone can hold onto the knowledge that people proved they did care, that he did matter, that because of their voices, Zimmerman was called to account for his actions, whether a jury finds him guilty or not.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 03:57:00 PM PDT

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