One Right at a Time?

One Right at a Time?

Patricia Williams, James L. Dohr Professor at Columbia University Law School, offered this cogent analysis of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman in The Guardian.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Zimmerman’s exoneration may be compared to the sad condition of Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother who “stood her ground” by firing a warning shot into the ceiling to deter her husband from physically abusing her—and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

As the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream Speech” approaches, it is sobering to contemplate the possibility that the freedom interracial families enjoy merely to exist may not be matched by the freedom of African-Americans to flourish and build lives without fear.

Is the safety of our children really to be limited by the notion that we may only enjoy–as an old friend of mine ironically put it recently–“one right at a time?”

E.S. Tai

 

 

George Zimmerman Trial for Trayvon Martin Death: Martin’s Mom Testifies

George Zimmerman Trial for Trayvon Martin Death: Martin’s Mom Testifies

 

How do you think the George Zimmerman trial is progressing? Do you think Trayvon Martin’s family will see justice served?

What’s your prediction of the verdict? As we’ve stated previously, with a jury composed of almost entirely white women, we predict Zimmerman is acquitted, gets a hung jury (same results), or is found guilty of a lesser charge (same result).

Trayvon Martin shooting protest 2012 Shankbone 11

Trayvon Martin shooting protest 2012 Shankbone 11 (Photo credit: david_shankbone)

What are your thoughts?

Zimmerman Jury Picked: 5 White Women, 1 Hispanic Woman. Our Prediction: Not Guilty

Zimmerman Jury Picked: 5 White Women, 1 Hispanic Woman. Our Prediction: Not Guilty

All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman’s trial – Yahoo! News.

 

When I saw the headline, I have to admit that I was surprised. (Of course this is a blog and this is my opinion).

My first thought was, how did Zimmerman’s attorneys get whoever was representing Trayvon Martin’s family to roll over so easily?

Everybody who has ever been in front of a jury or worked in the court or criminal justice system or any legal field will tell you that who a jury is comprised of is critical to how they will rule.

Jury Duty (film)

Jury Duty (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember the OJ trial anyone?

Somehow Zimmerman’s wealthy and connected father (a former judge himself) was (I’m guessing) able to pull some strings behind the scenes or someone caved. Of course this is just my opinion as a former probation officer and mediator, but how do you think a jury of five white women and one hispanic will judge Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin? How did they get away with such an unbalanced jury?

My guess is that only the lawyers know what deals were cut behind closed doors, but it appears to me that the verdict can already be read and we already know what it will read – not guilty.