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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.



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KEYWORDS: cw2; cwii; florida; georgezimmerman; raceriots; racewar; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Take a plea"? Even if he is innocent?

How would that be justice?

41 posted on 04/18/2012 12:50:06 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Godfather:

Either your Signature or your Brains will be on that Contract.

42 posted on 04/18/2012 12:50:21 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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. (emphasis supplied)

Do you suppose hypothetically speaking that one of those who vehemently disagree might be named, "Atticus Finch?"


43 posted on 04/18/2012 12:51:59 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Godfather:

Either your Signature or your Brains will be on that Contract.

44 posted on 04/18/2012 12:52:58 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: rogue yam
Re: “.....neo-Nazis, goose-stepping around.....”

Two different Conservative bloggers called every law enforcement agency around Sanford to inquire about this.

Not one agency knew anything about it.

The only nazi photos published in the original article were taken in Arizona!

45 posted on 04/18/2012 12:54:52 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Went through the riots in Rochester, NY in 1964 as a volunteer fireman in a district at the city boundary. The King/LA session was pretty awful, but localized. The 1964-65 riots, however,were nationwide, springing up one after another in NY City, Chicago, Philly, LA/Watts, don’t know where else, except in 1968 after the MLK assassination Wilmington, DE was placed under martial law from April until January 1969. Y’all better watch out ...


46 posted on 04/18/2012 12:56:28 AM PDT by imardmd1 (The Boy Scouts' Motto -- "Be Prepared")
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To: Salamander

I want my country back.


47 posted on 04/18/2012 12:56:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

So do I.

[does anybody know where it is?]


48 posted on 04/18/2012 1:02:14 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, right.

George Zimmerman, come on down!

Cop a plea, go to jail, the media and the mob have determined you are to be this season's sacrifice to the 'god of racial equality' to preserve the pristine tenements and 'hoods and to keep the self-righteous racists from breaking things and stealing other people's stuff.

If that doesn't work, the MSM will be tasked with picking others to throw into the volcano.

(/s, sorta)

How about we wait for the facts, still obscured by diabolical editing and pixelation, to emerge in the case. What were the tox screen results on the deceased, or have those even been run?

49 posted on 04/18/2012 1:10:51 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” Trial of George Zimmerman Could Trigger Another Rodney King “

of course it will, they have had the plan for just that to happen for 3 years


50 posted on 04/18/2012 1:19:52 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Give that man another cee-gar.
I’d love to see some network have the stones to air that, but I’ve probably got a better chance of hitting the lottery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LONUecnsMb8&feature=player_embedded


51 posted on 04/18/2012 1:21:10 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, reguardless of the facts and justice not withstanding Zimmerman should take one for the team? What team?

I hope Zimmerman gets his jury and this moron gets a clue.


52 posted on 04/18/2012 1:21:22 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: Salamander; Slings and Arrows
Per your request, here's a special "in post" tagline link.


(To which I am listening as I type this, thanks to tabbed browsing!)
53 posted on 04/18/2012 1:22:44 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is no evidence of wrong doing. The judge should dismiss the charges and free George Zimmerman. The prosecutor is seeking her ‘fifteen minutes’, and should be reprimanded by the court for her cheap attempt to use the court for gorilla theater.
54 posted on 04/18/2012 1:31:20 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Fiat voluntas tua)
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To: shibumi

The comments are sadistically funny.


55 posted on 04/18/2012 1:32:29 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Under Comrade Obama and his allies if you are white you are presumed guilty and must prove beyond a reasonable doubt` you are innocent.


56 posted on 04/18/2012 1:48:33 AM PDT by monocle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The paramount concern has to be to avert a large-scale racial calamity.

It has already occurred with the election of President Øbama.

57 posted on 04/18/2012 2:05:28 AM PDT by Misterioso ( The difference between stupidity and intelligence is that intelligence has its limits)
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To: Salamander; Slings and Arrows; TheOldLady
If you really loved me, you'd do this for me.
58 posted on 04/18/2012 2:06:29 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It will only cause riots if this writer chooses to riot and destroy property and maybe even kill someone; and he may also choose to encourage others to riot and destroy and kill. His choice and his responsiblity.


59 posted on 04/18/2012 2:18:01 AM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: SF_Redux

They have no idea of what awaits them if they come out of their neighborhoods to ours. I’ll not comment any farther on that ending.


60 posted on 04/18/2012 2:23:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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