I don’t have any sophisticated legal analysis to add to the discussions of the George Zimmerman case. After all, when Alan Dershowitz says that the prosecutors in the case ought to be disbarred, what’s left to say about it? Well, other than what Mark Steyn and Ann Coulter have said. (All links via Drudge.)
Instead, I offer this:
Given that we now know that
(1) the DOJ–through its mysterious “Community Relations Service”–aided and abetted the protests that helped persuade the governor of Florida to appoint a special prosecutor after local police concluded there was no factual basis for bringing criminal charges against George Zimmerman,
(2) this Very Special Prosecutor wasn’t willing to risk bringing her case before a grand jury, and
(3) this Very Special Prosecutor–immediately after the jury was sequestered– fired the whistle-blower in the State Attorney’s Office who let Zimmerman’s lawyers know that crucial information was being withheld from them by prosecution,
we can conclude that we no longer have a criminal justice system in this country. Instead, we have a social justice system, in which Who You Are determines whether you’ll be charged with a crime and–if you are so charged–what burden of proof you will face when put on trial. In the case of “white Hispanic” George Zimmeran, it’s clear that the prosecution believes that it’s the defendant’s job to prove his state of mind prior to the incident in question, while considerations of his assailant’s state of mind are off limits. It’s equally clear that the prosecution believes that the burden of proof rests on Zimmerman to establish definitively that a reasonable person would have believed himself to be in grave danger while being beaten by his assailant.
The words that most succinctly express my feelings about everyone involved in the prosecution of this case are these:
Because of your deliberate, willful and unscrupulous actions, you can never again be trusted….
Of course, in our new Orwellian state, those words were actually addressed to the man who let the world know about the grossly unethical conduct of the prosecution, as a justification for firing him.
The police chief who refused to bring charges against Zimmerman, of course, was already fired some time ago. After all, how else are the low-level members of the extended Social Justice Department supposed to know what’s expected of them?
UPDATE 1: Not Guilty
The spirit of justice still lives among the people, if not their rulers. Let us now praise the six serious citizens on that jury.
UPDATE 2: Statement from the president
It’s pretty good. I hope everyone takes it to heart.