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Zimmerman trial has all the ingredients for a miscarriage of justice
The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 30, 2013 | Eric Zorn

Posted on 06/29/2013 4:06:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In following the George Zimmerman trial somewhat closely online last week, I noted a familiar pattern:

A "heater" case that draws intense media interest.

Sympathetic victim.

Unsympathetic defendant.

Evidence of innocence explained away with far-fetched theories or else ignored.

Evidence of guilt magnified and bolstered with irrelevant detail and innuendo.

These are among the key ingredients for all the wrongful convictions I've written about in the last 20 years.

Investigators and prosecutors put on the blinders early, before all the facts come in. They fill the gaps and inconsistencies in the case with suppositions inspired by sympathy for the victim, rage at the defendant and a desire for what they've decided is justice.

I don't presume to know exactly what happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin on the subdivision walkway on that rainy night in Sanford, Fla., in early 2012. And, a week into the prosecution's case, I don't know how anyone else can presume to know....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: florida; kangaroocourt; trayvon; zimmerman
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"Sympathetic victim"? A trouble-making gangbanger suspended for marijuana possession and possibly assault on a bus driver who had burglar's tools and women's jewelry on his person? A young man who had just bought the ingredients for "Purple Drank/Purple Lean" when shot and had THC in his blood system? Back in my day that would've described a serious juvenile delinquent, at best. Has everything changed that much?
1 posted on 06/29/2013 4:06:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yeah I would say that witness was a miscarriage.


2 posted on 06/29/2013 4:08:05 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s the Truth. The “ Pravda” is he was a young innocent kid just going for some Skittles when he was stalked and murdered by a Racist Gun Nut Vigilante.....


3 posted on 06/29/2013 4:09:20 PM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, but ever notice that the media always show pictures of him as an angelic child? Never the thug-wannabe pictures, though the exist, are rarely seen on Prime time.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 4:12:19 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The fact is that bringing this case to trial and taking two years out of Mr. Z’s life for it is already a gross miscarriage of justice.


5 posted on 06/29/2013 4:12:21 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a trayvesty of justice.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 4:12:36 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can the media be any more evil?


7 posted on 06/29/2013 4:13:06 PM PDT by Vision (Political Correctness is unAmerican)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The original gloss on the story that galvanized protests nationwide was that a white, armed vigilante had pursued and murdered a black child just for sport, and authorities were shrugging it off.

This summary had great appeal to many of my fellow liberals for whom it confirmed their worst fears about firearms, the malignant endurance of racism and the cheapness with which law enforcement regards African-American lives.

I felt it too. But they've clung to this narrative long after the emerging facts have shown that the actual story is, at best, far more complex and murky than the first news stories and protest chants had suggested.

Martin wasn't the slight middle-school student seen in first photos of him made public, but a tall, athletic 17-year-old who'd had plenty of time to walk safely home once he knew he was being followed.

8 posted on 06/29/2013 4:13:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sympathetic victim? I thought he meant Zimmerman. Oh well.


9 posted on 06/29/2013 4:14:29 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Zimmerman will be acquitted or there will be a very strong case for appeal.

The question is "what does Obama have planned in response to acquittal?"

The professional agitators are using this event for a purpose...probably because the case against Zimmerman was weak and likely to lose. This is a trigger.

10 posted on 06/29/2013 4:15:03 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Writing for a Chicago paper put real restraints on this writer. You knew he wanted to just say, “the evidence is pointing strongly toward Zimmerman’s version of the story”, but he didn’t have the courage to say it.

So, he hid it between the lines.


11 posted on 06/29/2013 4:16:16 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Vision

Yes they can be and they will be. The 2014 election is going to be an all out war on anyone conservative. The lying they did to Zimmerman is barely a blip compared to what I expect in 2014.


12 posted on 06/29/2013 4:17:25 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Vision

“Can the media be any more evil?”

You meant the same enemedia which made sure obama got elected twice, tried to create their own Vietnam by demoralizing our troops in Iraq, hid the true economic Depression, protect obama whenever a problem arose and made sure to vilify conservatives in America?

Does water make you wet?


13 posted on 06/29/2013 4:19:05 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Vision
Can the media be any more evil?

Just wait and see what they PRINT if George Zimmerman is found not guilty.

14 posted on 06/29/2013 4:20:22 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: max americana

How does wet sound?


15 posted on 06/29/2013 4:22:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Has everything changed that much?"

Yes.
16 posted on 06/29/2013 4:23:03 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As if fearful of his job, the writer engages in liberal handwringing, avoiding what he clearly sees as the unequivocal reality: Zimmerman should be acquitted.


17 posted on 06/29/2013 4:23:25 PM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: RoosterRedux
The question is "what does Obama have planned in response to acquittal?"

I was wondering the same thing. Are we about to find out why Homeland Security hoarded all that ammo?

-PJ

18 posted on 06/29/2013 4:23:58 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why did CNN scroll "facts" opposite what happened?

Answer: Obama and the MSM (in bed together, see below)
are saliently lying (see above) to START a race war.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 4:26:06 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: RoosterRedux

Obama can’t wait for the riots to begin. Then he can declare martial law and make himself king, president for life or whatever he wants to call himself.


20 posted on 06/29/2013 4:27:55 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just the spin comin’ out to make sure the riots and burning will make it a hot time summer in the city when Zimmerman is acquitted. And since most low information types don’t realize the Trayvon image they’ve been told about is a total fabrication, it’ll work.


21 posted on 06/29/2013 4:28:25 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Sympathetic victim"?

One of the posts on Conservative Treehouse suggests that Trayvon's parents divorced when he was young, but until fairly recently he'd been raised by his father and stepmother, whom the post suggests were decent people. When the father and stepmother divorced, Trayvon went back to live with his mother. I don't know what the cause and effect relationship exists between Trayvon's return to his mother and his getting into trouble, but does seem that Trayvon may have been a decent kid at one point. It would be ironic, but not necessarily surprising, if one of the person clamoring most louding for "justice" (and money) was, of all persons still living, the one most responsible for his demise.

22 posted on 06/29/2013 4:28:27 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: Vision

I must not be reading the same article you are...because this article is indicating the Zimmerman is getting screwed..


23 posted on 06/29/2013 4:28:38 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Political Junkie Too
Absolutely.

And knowing how Obama considers patriots and tea partiers and conservatives as enemies...we can pretty much conclude that WE are his targets, not the rioters.

24 posted on 06/29/2013 4:28:52 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Miscarriage? More like a Gosnell back room abortion.


25 posted on 06/29/2013 4:29:15 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sympathetic as viewed from afar via the mass media’s projections, I believe is what is meant here.

If even the Chicago Tribune sees a potential problem here, it has to be bad.

Fortunately, the fellow who testified of Zimmerman being on the bottom will likely, at least, hang the jury if not be the factor to clear Zimmerman.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 4:30:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Diogenesis

Has there been ANY followup, correction, apology for that subtitle?


27 posted on 06/29/2013 4:30:58 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: Vision
Can the media get ant more evil? Why yes, yes they can!
28 posted on 06/29/2013 4:31:45 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: BlueStateRightist

If that’s the best that can be had of the Chicago Tribune, and Eric Zorn has a long history of nosing into crying injustices, we’ll take it.

Reasonable doubt = acquittal. In any sane system.


29 posted on 06/29/2013 4:32:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: RummyChick

You think painting them as “Sympathetic victim” “Unsympathetic defendant” is pro Zimmerman?


30 posted on 06/29/2013 4:33:19 PM PDT by Vision (Political Correctness is unAmerican)
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To: RoosterRedux

They win these so often, that they are outraged when they lose.

This was supposed to fly, just as the Duke LaCrosse frame was supposed to work.


31 posted on 06/29/2013 4:33:26 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Vision

The fifth-column media steals oxygen and then exhales treason when they speak.


32 posted on 06/29/2013 4:33:51 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: AnAmericanMother

Sure looks like a pants-down moment for CNN. If low info people who happened to latch into this have a hissy fit if and probably when Zimmerman walks... will CNN say they regretted it?


33 posted on 06/29/2013 4:34:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: RummyChick
I must not be reading the same article you are...because this article is indicating the Zimmerman is getting screwed..

I'm must be following a different trial.In the one I am watching the state seems to be presenting the defenses case and doing an admirable job. I keep wondering when the state will present the case against Zimmerman instead of for him.

34 posted on 06/29/2013 4:35:30 PM PDT by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: RoosterRedux
The question is "what does Obama have planned in response to acquittal?"

Our man child King is currently out of the country...so he has plausible deniability...

35 posted on 06/29/2013 4:36:06 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: DaveyB

Well, I believe a lot of prayers have been shot that direction, and the ones to God trump the ones to Satan. Basically, the prosecution “wisdom” is being turned to foolishness, to use a biblical meme here.


36 posted on 06/29/2013 4:36:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“A trouble-making gangbanger suspended for marijuana possession and possibly assault on a bus driver who had burglar’s tools and women’s jewelry on his person? A young man who had just bought the ingredients for “Purple Drank/Purple Lean” when shot and had THC in his blood system? “

WE know all that, but the average yahoos who get their information only from the MSM and daytime talk shows, do NOT!;)


37 posted on 06/29/2013 4:36:44 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: max americana

Well said.


38 posted on 06/29/2013 4:39:02 PM PDT by Vision (Political Correctness is unAmerican)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

No matter how poor the prosecution case, it only matters if the jury can see the truth, and of that I am not confident at all.


39 posted on 06/29/2013 4:40:55 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve encountered enough Trayvons in my life to use up any sympathy I might have for him. I look at his death as a type of suicide, in as much as he set out on that path long before Zimmerman had to shoot him.


40 posted on 06/29/2013 4:41:10 PM PDT by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Sympathetic victim"?

I think that is a fair description if one goes by the Media creation 'Traydmark Martin - the 12 year old kid (or was it 8 year old?) who was attacked and murdered by the KKK Grand Wizard, White Hispanic, George Zimmerman.

Of course if you go with the 18 year old high school truant, knockout king, gangster wannabe Trayvon ... then maybe not so sympathetic.

41 posted on 06/29/2013 4:41:34 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: RoosterRedux

If the cops have to put down a riot it’ll be for training purposes for the riots coming when people start getting fined for not having insurance.


42 posted on 06/29/2013 4:43:50 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: Vision

Did you read the article????

And YES Martin has been portrayed as a sympathetic victim.

Step back and read that article again.

It’s pretty amazing coming from the Chicago Tribune.


43 posted on 06/29/2013 4:45:33 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: DaveyB

If you are watching the trial, then you know Zimmerman is getting screwed.

Have you paid attention to the rulings by the Judge???


44 posted on 06/29/2013 4:47:06 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

ok


45 posted on 06/29/2013 4:48:37 PM PDT by Vision (Political Correctness is unAmerican)
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To: Theodore R.

God lets the evil have their way frequently, and yet He can cause them to show a gracious side even against their will. By all means pray for righteousness to be done until the last word has been spoken in this affair.


46 posted on 06/29/2013 4:50:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ahh... it’s got electrolytes ...


47 posted on 06/29/2013 4:50:45 PM PDT by Weirdad (Orthodox Americanism: It's what's good for the world! (Not communofascism!))
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To: RummyChick

I am a bit familiar with Zorn, having lived in Chicago for decades before I became a redneck in Tennessee, and he is like the libertarian conscience of that paper.


48 posted on 06/29/2013 4:51:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Back in my day that would’ve described a serious juvenile delinquent, at best. Has everything changed that much? .................................................. JD is not PC anymore, misguided troubled helpless youth is a better fitting description today. In my day the punk would have had the strap taken to his butt by his father with a cop telling the father to hit him again. But today that’s abuse. The parents should be on trial not Zimmerman. I believe their real interest in this mater is nothing more than more $$$$$, that’s parental love for ya.


49 posted on 06/29/2013 4:51:36 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods, Glenn Doherty and Sean Smith? Forgot already?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; BenLurkin; RoosterRedux; xzins; UCANSEE2
Just remember, folks: the goal of the Circus in Sanford is to get both the Florida Stand Your Ground Law and the Castle Doctrine struck down.

This creates court precedent for Leftist activists to get similar laws in other states stricken from the books.

End result? Citizens cannot defend themselves when the Gibsmedats come boiling out of the urban kraals.

Back-door Gun Control, legislated from the bench. That’s all there ever is or was to this case.

Striking more terror into Whitey's heart is a twofer.

50 posted on 06/29/2013 4:53:35 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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