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



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.

Florida Lt. Governor Apologizes for “Inexcusable” Comments About Gays

According to an amusing, if not somewhat saddening piece from’s section on gay south Florida, by Mary Ellen Klas, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol on Thursday, July 26, 2012 apologized for making the insipid remark that women who look like her can’t be gay – in responding to allegations that she had been caught in a “compromising position” with a female aide. Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol was allegedly caught in a

Map of the districts of the Florida District C...

Map of the districts of the Florida District Courts of Appeal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“compromising position” by a former aide named Carletha Cole.


Cole, the former aide, said in court documents the she caught Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol in a -ahem- “compromising position” with a female aide. What type of “position” the two ladies were in, we are not allowed to know; but of course the Lt. Governor denies any such activity and responded with the extremely caring response that “black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that,” (which is verbatim from the video on the site). The aide who happened in on matters passed a polygraph test, but polygraphs are not admissible in Florida courts according to the piece.


Lt. Governor Carrol was certainly correct to apologize for her degrading and insensitive remarks and correct to state that her comments are “wrong and inexcusable.”


Unfortunately, the Lt. Governor did not explain what her former aide happened upon the day the “compromising position” was reportedly discovered and how the aide could have been confused or mistaken as to report such an incident.


Here’s a link to the full piece: