Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Isn't Justice Supposed to be Blind?

--  A federal prosecution of Zimmerman after a thorough, fair and well-contested state trial would violate the spirit if not the letter of the...( Constitution). --  from an editorial in the LA Times

True, but the racially biased enforcement of the stand your ground laws in Florida is anything but fair.  Compare and contrast the Zimmerman verdict in which a White Hispanic man went out with his gun, looking for black youths who didn't belong in his neighborhood (yes, his history proves that that's exactly what he was doing), found one who was completely innocent and killed him; with the case of a woman who, in fear of her abusive husband, fired a gun into a wall to scare him away, causing no injuries to anyone. Zimmerman, killer of a young man, was acquitted. After a 12 minute consideration the jury sentenced the woman, who had harmed no one, to 20 years in prison.  Oh, did I forget to mention she was Black? Clearly, the Florida "justice" system didn't. 

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