Who Really Killed Trayvon Martin? (Norman Costa)
This is a perplexing case.
I learned a great deal about the justice system by attending a Moot Court. I put my second wife through law school, and I read some of her assigned material, and even attended some classes.
I read the case book for the Moot Court trial. It was a rape case. The case book had lots of evidence for the guilt of the accused. The case book had lots of evidence for exoneration. Defense and prosecution worked from the same information. The role of opposing attorneys was to get as much of the evidence for their side into the trial, and keep as much of the opposing evidence out.
This is not just an academic exercise. It is what many prosecutors are confronted with. They may feel that there is sufficient evidence to go to trial, though they understand that the defense will use evidence that could get the accused an acquittal. It is not necessarily true that they are absolutely sure "he done it." But they feel they have to go to trial and let the jury decide guilt or innocence.
Watch the speech of special Florida State prosecutor Angela Corey HERE.
The special Florida State prosecutor, Angela Corey, is charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder, in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. I don't know, for certain, what her reasoning was. However, it seems to me that she may feel that the circumstances required a prosecution and then let the jury decide.
I listened to Zimmerman's current and former attorneys, yesterday. Given that I do not know any of the reliable facts in the matter, his attorneys gave, in my view, a compelling argument for not charging Zimmerman, and suggesting that Trayvon Martin made a mistake, a tragic decision to take on Zimmerman. Barring a different interpretation of the facts, or not yet uncovered or undisclosed evidence to the contrary, there is a reasonable argument for not charging Zimmerman, and viewing Trayvon's death as a terrible misjudgment on his part.
Watch Zimmerman's former attorneys speak about the case HERE.
STAND YOUR GROUND
Here's an interesting thought: Both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were standing their ground, each seeing the other as a potential serious threat.
Before the law that granted legal status to standing your ground, case law was clear in many (if not most jurisdictions) that the first obligation of one who is threatened was to flee the scene before any altercation could escalate to the use of serious or deadly force. If you did not flee the scene when you had a clear chance to do so, then you could be liable for the use of force that could result in injury or death.
In a related idea, you cannot booby-trap the door to your property, in a way that would cause serious harm to any potential burglar. The law, for umpteen years, rested on the principle that avoiding, as much as possible, injury to a criminal and a victim was paramount.
Regarding the irresponsible media (especially NBC) and celebrities, I give them no pass. However, I give a pass to Travon Martin's family. Virtually every African American family has first-hand experience with racial profiling, harrassing stops by police, highly disrespectful and gratuitous pulling over their car while travelling, routine illegal use of force and jailing, false charges and convictions, and memories of lynchings.
MAFIA and POLICE
In the late 1970s, possibly the very early 1980s, a black man accidentally walked through the Italian neighborhood of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, NYC. The neighborhood was centered on the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This, and other Italian parishes, were controlled by the Carlo Gambino crime family, part of the Sicilian Mafia in the States. The unfortunate black man was abducted on the street by psychopathic Mafia thugs. He was murdered, and his body strung up on a tree in the nearby park. I got this story, not from the police or media, but from a resident of that time.
During WW2, there was a riot in Harlem, NYC. About 35 to 40 years ago, a retired NYC policeman told me that the official body count of Blacks in the riot was one short. He and other policemen took a black man into the basement of a building and shot him. I think a case could be made that it was the police who rioted.
So, WHO REALLY KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN?
My money is on the Florida State Legislature.
BTW: The jury in the Moot Court acquitted the accused rapist. I had read the case book, and watched how the prosecution made two significant blunders. They did not know that they made two mistakes that would be fatal to their prosecution. They missed something that was right in front of their nose, but obvious to me. After the trial, the prosecutors were very upset and furious with the jury who let a rapist go free.
I've had enough experience with lawyers and the justice system, so that I can make the following observation. Before the trial even began the prosecutors stopped being lawyers. Instead, they became emotionally involved crusaders on a mission to deliver justice to someone they believed to be a rapist.