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Trial of George Zimmerman Could Trigger Another Rodney King
The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2012 | Mansfield Frazier

Posted on 04/17/2012 11:27:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon Martin’s shooter has a new lawyer. Mansfield Frazier hopes he’s advising his client to take a plea, since a protracted murder trial is the last thing we need.

As George Zimmerman faces murder charges for shooting Trayvon Martin, it’s worth asking if America is in danger of facing Rodney King, Part II?

That’s what I see down the tracks: If this case goes all the way to trial, it’s a train wreck waiting to happen. The time is now for strong hands to take the helm and steady the ship of state—not to mention our national racial, political and legal discourse. The paramount concern has to be to avert a large-scale racial calamity.

As Touré recently wrote, if sane adults are not careful, deliberate and measured in the handling of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman affair, a dark time could descend upon America.

Look what’s already festering on the streets of Sanford, Florida. On the one hand we’ve got the three stooges of the New Black Panther Party running around Sanford, spouting off crazy ideas and becoming a total embarrassment to more thoughtful and reasoning blacks who simply want justice. On the other we’ve got the equally clownish neo-Nazis, goose-stepping around on their self-appointed mission to protect the white race. In this environment it wouldn’t take much to ignite the racial power keg we’re sitting on. One false or ill-conceived move in this case could allow the loony inmates—not Zimmerman’s current neighbors, but those who are imprisoned by their long-simmering racial hatreds—to fan the incendiary flames of bigotry into full-blown conflagrations of violence across the land.

As someone who watched the King riots unfold from a Los Angeles motel window (and sometimes from the balcony, when we weren’t too afraid to venture out), I’m here to tell you it was a nightmarish time. Thick, acrid black smoke from hundreds of fires hung over the L.A. basin for days as young, armed blacks and Hispanics roared around in open convertibles and jeeps, wearing bandannas and brandishing all sorts of weaponry. We could hear gunfire both in the distance and nearby. Stores that hadn’t been set on fire the first day were looted by the second, and by the third day TV stations were warning of an impending food shortage. A body lay in the gutter on Crenshaw Boulevard for the better part of two days before National Guard troops removed it.

We don’t want to go back there. Fortunately Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark O’Mara, appears to comprehend the broader implications and potential danger of the situation, and seems well qualified to negotiate a fair outcome for his client, and indeed for the rest of us. He has the calm demeanor of a law professor, and speaks in measured, but not calculating, terms. His first comments seemed designed not to convince anyone of his client’s innocence, but rather to take the heated rhetoric down a few notches. He cautioned that everyone should allow the justice system to work.

So what would a fair outcome look like? To my mind, the government offers Zimmerman a plea deal that has him back on the street within this decade, and he accepts it quietly. That seems like a conclusion most reasonable Americans could live with. Of course, no matter how long or short any sentence may be, there will be those who disagree, some vehemently.

If O’Mara were successful in brokering such a resolution, he should be viewed as nothing less than a savior. A protracted murder trial of George Zimmerman is the last thing this country needs right now. America can only dodge so many racial bullets, and a not-guilty verdict in this case could very easily turn the racial cold war into a very hot one.

Of course, for such a plea scenario to work, Zimmerman will need to listen more to O’Mara than to any of the other voices clamoring for a piece of him. He’s in isolation right now, presumably for his own safety, but a side benefit is that it keeps the more rabid right-wingers from getting inside his head and convincing him to take the case to trial, based on the belief that no matter what the evidence shows, in Florida at least one juror will never vote to convict. Unfortunately, this reasoning is not crazy. The South, after all, is still the South.

But after a few weeks of isolation and the counsel of O’Mara, Zimmerman may decide going to trial isn’t in his best interest. If O’Mara is as savvy as he seems, he will probably inform his client of the stark legal facts: The state overcharged him with murder 2 for two reasons: it’s a bargaining chip to force him to accept a lesser charge, and a means to keep him locked up pretrial. The way the legal system is designed, it’s difficult for someone being held in custody to win acquittal. Even if he went to trial and managed to get a hung jury, the state would surely retry him (multiple times, if necessary), until they get a conviction or he’s spent more time in the county lockup than he would have spent in prison if he’d just pleaded guilty in the first place. And even if he were acquitted, let’s not forget the specter of a federal indictment being handed down.

In all of this, the upcoming bail hearing is key: If the judge doesn’t grant bail, Zimmerman had better start listening real intently to his lawyer.

The wild card is his father, Robert, who has so far sounded like a knee-jerk far-right ideologue. In an interview he said, "I never foresaw so much hate coming from the president, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP," and this was before Obama said anything about the case! It will be virtually impossible to keep Robert Zimmerman away from his son, which means he’ll have ample opportunity to whisper Stand Your Ground rhetoric into his ear, possibly ginning up Zimmerman’s courage and convincing him to go to trial in spite of the danger of being convicted.

We all need to pray that Mark O’Mara is successful in bringing about a fair outcome for his client, for justice, and, more important, for America.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cw2; cwii; florida; georgezimmerman; raceriots; racewar; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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To: Salamander

Kenya, maybe.

141 posted on 04/18/2012 9:40:45 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Marko413

“An 85-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and battered to death by a home invader who also shot her 90-year-old husband in the face with a BB gun.”

Read more:

142 posted on 04/18/2012 10:22:21 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: reagandemocrat

MAYOR Tom Bradley & “Rep.” Maxine Waters stood in the AME church in Inglewood and said:


I never did understand why they both were not indicted for inciting a riot.

Bradley was one of the most corrupt persons this country has ever had and no one dared say a word because he was black. His daughter was a life-long crinimal, also. He did his best to keep her record hidden....

143 posted on 04/18/2012 10:22:31 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Marko413

144 posted on 04/18/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Ken H

Nothing like an ‘unbiased’ opinion, is there???

Move the trial out of Florida—maybe to Laramie, Wyoming, and then see what kind of verdict they get.

Keep the names of all the jurors secret for the next 50 years.

If jackie Kennedy can keep secrets about her husband’s assassination secret for 50 years, so can we.

145 posted on 04/18/2012 10:25:28 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t see one single reason for Zimmerman to accept any kind of a plea deal or any amount of prison time.

146 posted on 04/18/2012 10:26:46 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: abishai

Loved these guys.

I worked at Washington & Vermont when the earlier Watts riots happened. Had to go to work or not get paid.

Scary stuff. One black tried to toss a grenade down the air conditioning ducts onto the 2nd floor where about 80 of us were working.

Shots—multiple-— fired. Grenade guy dead. Shooter was our maintenance guy—who had survived Hitler. No charges of any kind.

I was there that day & I can still hear the shots & the running footsteps.

147 posted on 04/18/2012 10:33:50 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Little Ray

We should use the upcoming riots as an opportunity to eliminate the worst elements of American society.
I mean, they’re right there - self-identified, and self-convicted, right? Bring out the automatic weapons, the millions of rounds of ammo and the AFVs those police departments have acquired...”””


Many are getting prepared. They are convinced that Obama is trying to destroy this country & fomenting a black on white race war is something he thinks he can manipulate & escape from himself.

Maybe-——Maybe not.

148 posted on 04/18/2012 10:41:40 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does this man, no matter how “well intentioned” he may be (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt) not realise that it is NOT justice of any kind to hand down a sentence, whatever it may be, based upon the threat that blacks may riot and loot of it’s not enough to their liking? What if nothing less than the death penalty will do? How is it “justice” to base a legal outcome on threats of violence? Will whites get the same opportunity to influence an outcome -say, in the appeal of the Channon/Newsome case if we don’t like the verdict or the sentence? What does that do to our legal system forever after?

149 posted on 04/18/2012 12:18:14 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

They never existed. It was just something someone in Trayvon Martin’s family claimed he had.

150 posted on 04/18/2012 12:20:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: DNA.2012
That is a very pertinent fact that we won't hear discussed in the msm, including conservatives. But maybe whites should-there are enough of us, even excluding the guilty white cowards, that people would sit up and take notice, simply because we don't march and riot over every little thing.
151 posted on 04/18/2012 12:21:48 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: Vendome
We are prepared for your “Get Even Society”.

For now, a window of opportunity, we are. We are still the majority for a while. If we're ever going to act in concert, it needs to be soon. I know we don't have to have a majority to be successful, but it would help. So I say with you-bring it on. The sooner the better.
152 posted on 04/18/2012 12:26:43 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: ArrogantBustard

153 posted on 04/18/2012 12:26:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That large scale racial calamity won’t be the one he thinks it will be.

154 posted on 04/18/2012 12:29:47 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: tomkat

155 posted on 04/18/2012 12:30:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: rogue yam
Someone needs to protect the white race, this government isn't going to do it. They've tried everything they can think of to weaken and to dilute the strength of whites as a race, even making it a "hate crime" for us to identify as such. Being accused of being a "rayciss" is the ultimate crime. We're going to have to let that go, even embrace it, as "anti-racism" is just another name for "anti-white"

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries. The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them. Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites. What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries? How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this? But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White. 
156 posted on 04/18/2012 12:35:08 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: MinuteGal

Bill O’Reilly & Trayvon Martin family interview should have never happen (Unintentional Laff Riot)

157 posted on 04/18/2012 12:37:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mansfield Frazier lies. Obama had spoken out to say Trayvon looked like he could be his son before Robert Zimmerman spoke out. Mansfield doesn’t like Robert Zimmerman’s defense of his son because its effective and calls out the race baiters. So, there are riots. Lelt them burn down their ghettos again. This time, let them live wallow in their destruction.

158 posted on 04/18/2012 12:39:02 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, a bunch of savages will try to burn down their neighborhoods. Big deal.

159 posted on 04/18/2012 12:52:42 PM PDT by CodeToad (If it ain't Newt, we're screwt !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I've often wondered if that guy had any problems after the sign went up !?

Also wonder if the woman was aware of his advertised opinion .. LOL !

160 posted on 04/18/2012 2:06:32 PM PDT by tomkat
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