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Zimmerman case´s legal
absurdities astound

Orange County Register [CA], by Mark Steyn

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Posted By:supersid, 7/12/2013 4:47:29 PM

Just when I thought the George Zimmerman "trial" couldn´t sink any lower, the prosecutorial limbo dancers of the State of Florida magnificently lowered their own bar in the final moments of their cable-news celebrity. In real justice systems, the state decides what crime has been committed and charges somebody with it. In the Zimmerman trial, the state´s "theory of the case" is that it has no theory of the case: might be murder, might be manslaughter, might be aggravated assault, might be a zillion other things, but it´s something.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/12/2013 4:55:18 PM     (No. 9420934)

Excellent.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 7/12/2013 5:01:45 PM     (No. 9420943)

Once again,Steyn cuts through the nonsense and gets to the meat of the issue. One of the few voices of reason left in the media.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 7/12/2013 5:22:41 PM     (No. 9420959)

Steyn is excellent as always. This was less a trial and more an attempt to lynch a man regardless of guilt or innocence. If he´s acquitted the lynch mobs will still be coming.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Newtsche, 7/12/2013 5:24:28 PM     (No. 9420960)

"The justice system revealed by this squalid trial is worth rioting over."

Ding ding ding ding ding!!



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Reply 5 - Posted by: lylacat, 7/12/2013 5:56:44 PM     (No. 9420997)

Now maybe the judge will get her done.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 7/12/2013 6:06:05 PM     (No. 9421009)

Mark´s poetic scythe continues to cut through the hucksterism of the American system to point out the absurdities to which we have grown accustomed. The spitball approach to justice has become so common that most of us are amazed when the accused is charged with one crime.

This trial is an embarrassment to the judge presiding, the prosecution who knew they had no case, and the defense who at points seemed to be trying to prove the negative rather than simply defending their client. Zimmerman is a pawn in a much larger game of racial one-upsmanship. That is the true crime here.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harper, 7/12/2013 6:21:35 PM     (No. 9421027)

It is too bad that Conrad Black´s persecution, so similarly unjust to Zimmerman´s, did not get any real coverage in America, even among the small conservative media. Too bad he chose his citizenship poorly. His was a great voice for conservatism in all the western world and he was destroyed by the Chicago judicial mob for that very reason.

If the railroading of Black had gained a hearing, we might be further along towards dealing with the travesty that American justice has become.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tennisbum, 7/12/2013 6:36:41 PM     (No. 9421048)

This trial will not change the landscape at all. Look atoods Chicago as just a prime example. Trayvon was just a thug wannabe who made a wrong choice and is now dead.

So if by a miracle Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges, violence will reign...convenience stores robbed, gunfire in all black neighborhoods, and mindless marches and chants. I guess Obama´s son is still dead and thousands more will follow because of the NAACP , Jesse, Rev Al and the multitude of race baiters white and black. The chains which enslave the blacks are forged in the Democrat metal works .but they are too brain-washed to figure it out. Now one can understand the phenomenon of the lemming...follow mindlessly to one´s death and destruction.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/12/2013 7:05:00 PM     (No. 9421084)

isn´t the NAACP holding their annual convention in Orlando next week? that´s gonna be convenient.

I Love Mark Steyn...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: truthfetish, 7/12/2013 7:05:32 PM     (No. 9421087)

I like how Mr. Steyn takes aim at the "countless counts" which in effect let prosecutors negotiate with juries. FTA: "the notion of a ´compromise´ between conviction and acquittal is a dagger at the heart of justice" and trial rules dating back to the year 1215.

MUST READ for Saturday hold-over?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/12/2013 7:13:08 PM     (No. 9421094)

Yes, #8. The demoncrats keep blacks dependent - fed and watered like animals. Why are we surprised when they act like animals?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: john56, 7/12/2013 7:37:00 PM     (No. 9421124)

Darn. And I picked next week to take a family trip to Orlando.

Hopefully, the rioters will stay out of Disney World. Otherwise, we´re going home.

Or maybe the jury can hold off on their verdict until the end of the week?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: markinalpine, 7/12/2013 7:49:49 PM     (No. 9421136)

That judge looks like John Goodman in drag!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 7/12/2013 8:13:23 PM     (No. 9421147)

"Mr. Markinalpine, John Goodman´s lawyer is holding for you on line one."


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 7/12/2013 8:41:59 PM     (No. 9421164)

Don´t know what it is exactly, but it has got to be something.

Remember a past Speaker of the House by the name of Tom Foley (from Spokane) saying something nearly like that back in the 1980´s in regards to, I believe, Iran Contra and Ollie North and Reagan? We see smoke so there has just gotta be fire. So goes their thinking.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: realrep, 7/12/2013 11:08:02 PM     (No. 9421281)

I don´t have a TV so I haven´t watched the court circus. Did the prosecution use the Anita Hill mantra: ´It´s the seriousness of the charge; not the nature of the evidence´?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: chiller, 7/13/2013 1:01:12 AM     (No. 9421350)

It was probably Foley saying the evidence wasn´t important. It´s the seriousness of the charge.

IIRC

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Reply 18 - Posted by: DoktorFranken, 7/13/2013 7:11:34 AM     (No. 9421449)

Remember how all of those White people rioted after OJ´s acquittal??

Yeah --- mem neither.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: DoktorFranken, 7/13/2013 7:12:24 AM     (No. 9421450)

ME neither. Sorry!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: M2, 7/13/2013 7:26:10 AM     (No. 9421466)

This faux trial is why it´s so important who gets elected because that person can appoint Judges according to his politics.

The defining characteristic of English law is its distribution of power between prosecutor, judge and jury. This delicate balance has been utterly corrupted in the United States to the point where today at the federal level there is a conviction rate of over 90 percent, which would impress Mubarak and the House of Saud, if not quite yet, Kim Jong-Un.

The Courts are corrupt now, thanks to Obama´s and Democrats before him who appointed these Judges, who have their jobs for life. It´s why we´re stuck with "wise Latinas" on the SCOTUS and it´s why we´re stuck with this harridan Judge in the Zimmerman case.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 7/13/2013 7:36:34 AM     (No. 9421474)

´... the full panoply of state power has been deployed to nail Zimmerman on anything.

How difficult can that be in a country in which a Hispanic Obama voter can be instantly transformed into the poster boy for white racism?´

And there you have the sum total of the pro-regressive black-marxist creed.....

No justice (´´just us´´), no peace. Ever, until ´white ass crackers´ pay, for 400 years.

Don´t doubt me.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: EnsignO, 7/13/2013 7:38:31 AM     (No. 9421477)

#13 - I am in the process of moving from Michigan to Florida. The moving van pulls out on 7/19 and we will be in our new home in The Villages on 7/22 with our two kitty cats. Regardless of this trial and the possible outcome, I can´t wait to get there.

The Villages isn´t too far away from Orlando and I don´t think either place will be threatened with violence. It would be really stupid on the part of any would-be rioters.

It has occurred to me that the DOJ and the Dems are trying to make Florida a blue state, and this trial, which never should have happened, is solely for the purpose of stirring the pot to anger Floridian African-Americans as well as hispanics. IMO it was a dumb move when they call Zimmerman a "white hispanic".

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/13/2013 7:54:13 AM     (No. 9421491)

Thank you, Steyn for this salient point, ´´facts, shmacts, who really knows? ´´

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/13/2013 7:58:24 AM     (No. 9421495)

Sad state of affairs when in this country you fear rioting will occur after a jury verdict. This trial is a set up for the race baiters to drive a wedge between blacks and white. They have called for riots and Twitter is exploding with calls for the "popping" of Mr. Zimmerman. Can´t help but believe there are persons high in the government who want racial unrest for the purpose of declaring Martial Law; a little demonstration of the government control we saw practiced after the Boston bombings.

Also, Mr. Zimmerman´s conviction could have an adverse effect on anyone considering defending himself with a gun. It would be self-imposed gun control, but a form of gun control nevertheless. Message delivered and received. Don´t use a gun to defend yourself or you could be the next George Zimmerman.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: LZK, 7/13/2013 8:03:25 AM     (No. 9421505)

This case has been interesting to watch...... It is a sample of government into everyone´s business. This poor sap will rot in jail because obama decided he could use the situation in Florida to shore up the black vote for his campaign. Just as he did with the gays and the women´s votes.

The poor sap in California who made that ridiculous video that PIAPS used to explain her ineptness in Bengazi waits for justice -- so now George Zimmerman will join the ranks of the people who stood in the way of the media story..

Add to the list Paula Deen who stood in the way of the black agenda for the obamacrats.... It´s a sad day for America.

I feel sorry for the

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Reply 26 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 7/13/2013 8:09:27 AM     (No. 9421515)

"Needless to say, even in a nutso jurisdiction like Florida, the crime of "child abuse" was never intended to cover a wizened old granny kicking the ankle of the punk who´s mugging her a week before his 18th birthday."

Why does it usually take a Canadian or a Brit to say the obvious?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: saraguay, 7/13/2013 8:14:43 AM     (No. 9421527)

isn´t it amazing when a 13 year old who wants to buy the morning after pill is a "woman," but a strapping, thuggish17 year old who is beating a man to death, is a "child?" keep calling them lefties. they are not liberals. there is nothing liberal about them. language is everything.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Grambo, 7/13/2013 8:48:59 AM     (No. 9421589)

Mark Steyn knows whereof he speaks. He is an expat living in America after his native Canada charged him with a hate crime for writing an honest newspaper column.

The State has gone after GZ in the most unjust and unlawful way imaginable, making American justice an oxymoron.

The take away from this trial, even before the jury returns, is that in 2013, a non-black American may not defend himself against a black, MMA-wannabe, veteran street fighter, less he be pursued to the gates of hell by the American PC (in)justice system.


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Reply 29 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 7/13/2013 8:57:57 AM     (No. 9421599)

Remember that is these same liberals who term unrestricted abortion - ´the right to choose.´


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Reply 30 - Posted by: nightvision, 7/13/2013 9:00:27 AM     (No. 9421603)

"they might usefully burn down the Sanford courthouse and salt the earth. The justice system revealed by this squalid trial is worth rioting over."

That´s it in a nutshell.
#28, great point.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 7/13/2013 9:01:09 AM     (No. 9421606)

While I have doubts the jury will convict GZ, interesting to note that Obie does like to establish political prisoners from time to time to use as examples against us commoners. Col. Lakin can sure attest to that.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 7/13/2013 9:08:16 AM     (No. 9421612)

#8 and #12 The blacks are too stupid to know that the liberal democrats are cowards and that their blood and neighborhoods are on the front line if they riot.
The liberal news commentators, who are also race agitators, will not be harmed by physical street violence. They let the blacks do their bidding to tear apart this country, which they want to happen.
Who would riot if the blacks yawned and walked away? You think the liberal whites would stand in harms way over Trayvon Martin? I don´t think so because he´s not worth it for the trouble he caused.
All I can say to the blacks of Florida is burn it all down because this is what the liberals want. A race war and riots with no blood on their hands.
To all blacks be smart and go home and don´t put your lives and communities on the line for the ´real´ modern day slave owners, democrat liberals.
The last sentence in Steyn´s brilliant words are right, if you riot start with the burning of the court house and salt the earth after.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Tianne, 7/13/2013 9:09:08 AM     (No. 9421613)

Taking together all of the words in all of the sentences in all of the comments regarding this TV legal travesty, Mr. Mark Steyn is the one who is gifting us with a cynical but quintessential description and analysis of this absurd trial - how I absolutely admire, respect, and love this man.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 7/13/2013 9:15:33 AM     (No. 9421619)

Even the OJ trial where the murders were so horrific didn´t get the saturation of this trial´s coverage. Decide to leave the planet until this is over by turning off all media, including Fox.
What a relief not to see teensy necked, palm-adored hair Al Sharpton´s visage adulterating the screen or listening to Rivera´s phony outrage. Liberating, I tell you!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Amazing Hazel, 7/13/2013 9:23:02 AM     (No. 9421632)

For those talking about The Villages and Walt Disney World, there is absolutely no relation to those areas and what is going on in Seminole County. There were about 22 protesters brought in from Tampa-St. Pete where there are some Black Panthers and other fringe groups. If Sanford/Orlando is so bad, why are there no locals out protesting for Trayvon?
I´m heading over to the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center after writing this note. Took lots of pictures and video yesterday. (Just heard a pundit on TV say there were about 50 protesters yesterday ... not true. I actually counted out loud in front of a group of media members and counted out 22. The rest were just observers like me and the media.)
Enjoy Disney and The Villages. They are both quite secluded.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: strike3, 7/13/2013 9:33:36 AM     (No. 9421648)

Obama and his flying monkeys have put the nation into a quandary. What do we do when the federal government and its justice system break the law and they ARE the law? It´s an open invitation for us to fix it but there won´t be any in-between compromise. If we want to get it right, it all has to be replaced, and they won´t go easily.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: steveW, 7/13/2013 9:45:43 AM     (No. 9421659)

Poor Dear Leader, beset by racists. All over, there are racists. Racists killing innocent, well-intentioned young socialists who love Dear Leader! No wonder Dear Leader has not been able to deliver Our Glorious Socialist Future- because of all these racists. Who are killing the good kind of people who love Dear Leader. We must, we must do something about anyone who gets in Dear Leader´s way...

Between the lines, reading.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: gone2pot, 7/13/2013 9:48:45 AM     (No. 9421664)

facts, shmacts, who really knows? Vote with your hearts – brilliantly dispenses with the need for a "case" at all.

Getting warmer, and therefore...

We have been warned that in the event of an acquittal there could be riots.

Oh, dang, getting cold.

to favor a result in which the jury convict on some and acquit on others and then tell themselves that they´ve reached a "moderate" "compromise" as befits the reasonable persons they assuredly are.

You´re ice cold Mark. There´ll be no "moderate", no "compromise", and least of all "reasonable persons." Nope, George Zimmerman will be found guilty of second degree murder and be given life in prison. This is LA´s version of the Mark Fuhrman trial and we all know how well that turned out. Don´t forget, there´s also Eric Holder who can make up federal charges just in case I´m wrong but I´m pretty sure I nailed this like I nailed OJ´s acquittal as soon as I found out the trial would be held in LA County, long before the verdict. It all goes with my "It´s not Obama´s fault that he´s the president," axiom.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/13/2013 9:50:53 AM     (No. 9421666)

#21
It was Jeb Bush who appointed this lifelong Democrat to the bench.
BTW: She looks more like Chris Farley than John Goodman to me.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: cyberspace cadet, 7/13/2013 9:59:35 AM     (No. 9421677)

"burn down the Sanford courthouse..." When courts don´t follow the law, when they are an offense to reason, God, man and common sense the torch would help illuminate and clarify their thinking.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 7/13/2013 10:04:31 AM     (No. 9421682)

The most disgusting thing about the reporting of this case, and even Greta was guilty last night, are the photographs of a 12 year-old Trayvon Martin. This "kid" was not a child and too bad his "record" as a would be "thug/delinquent" was not shown. Thanks to the Martins, Sharptons, Obamas, & Holders everyone who is not black in this country lives with their constant threats of violence.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: JAN, 7/13/2013 10:32:20 AM     (No. 9421727)

Sadly the liberal black people in our country feel no shame in the antics of the race hustlers and those threatening riots if George Zimmerman is not convicted.

They fail to see the danger is a justice system that is not blind. They forget that kangaroo courts can be used against them at some point.

These same blacks aren´t even ashamed that they have to be begged not to riot.

I am ashamed for them.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Arby, 7/13/2013 10:52:01 AM     (No. 9421756)

Yes, exactly.

These prosecutors should indeed be disbarred and this kangaroo court should go down in history as an egregious example of an attempted miscarriage of justice.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: billkoch, 7/13/2013 10:55:28 AM     (No. 9421760)

What is a trial without a judge? A farce and this trial did not have a judge. She was part of the prosecution team. A sad day for justice in Florida, unless the jury sees through her rulings.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 7/13/2013 11:01:37 AM     (No. 9421770)

I´d sure like to see the concealed carry gun owners out there pull together a "Million Handgun March" on the courthouse in Sanford, just in case the "natives" and their thug visitors get "restless" after the verdict.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Penney, 7/13/2013 11:57:47 AM     (No. 9421853)

BRAVO, Mark Steyn! America´s Justice system is on trial in this case and is being exposed to the world as corrupted. Subjective whims of the court, biased pressure & propaganda by the dems´ media & special interest clicques and a neat total apparent disrespect for the purpose of the entire proceedings, which is to determine the facts and truth, are making a mockery of, ´´Justice.´´

Lady Liberty is depicted wearing a mask symbolizing that the American Judicial system´s judgments are required by the Constitution to be unbiased, conducted legally and thus based entirely upon the facts. What happens to this Branch of our government if Lady Liberty´s mask is yanked off? ...Liberty or tyranny? America´s Founders knew the difference and honest American´s today still do.


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Reply 47 - Posted by: peterfleming, 7/13/2013 12:10:44 PM     (No. 9421868)

Mark beautifully describes a frightening, grotesque and common court house practice. He shows us how throwing 20 charges at the accused almost guarantees that at least a few of them will stick, and the victim (er, accused) will at least be convicted of some charges or other. Like our corrupt Congress, the jurors will practice “compromise”. Compromise with evil, that is! (this is a great time to read up on jury nullification, how to jury resist corrupt judges). This Mark Steyn contribution is the article to send to your sensible friends who actually read, and is also a good one to file away saving it for the next kangaroo court, lawless, hanging judge persecution. Nice going Mark! You are one of the growing few that really speak up. You, Judge Andrew Napolitano Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Sheriff Joe, Pat Condell, James D Manning, Joseph Farah, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Drinking with Bob, even Alex Jones, all of you stay out there on the edge, openly willing to discuss any unpopular subject. Unlike all Diane Sawyer hush hush birth certificate media, all of you, the hardest working few, keep wide open minds of endless questioning honesty. Questioning authority: the key to freedom. Thank you, Mark Steyn!



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Reply 48 - Posted by: dman, 7/13/2013 12:16:18 PM     (No. 9421872)

Why does it take an "undocumented commentator"(as Steyn refers to himself with tongue firmly planted in cheek) to point out what we "natives" won´t see?

He´s right, of course. This piece exposes the fraud. (BTW: Why didn´t the defense pummel the point that Trayvon was a 6´2" ´child´?)

My take is a bit different. After all I´ve heard, I think that Trayvon was guilty of trespassing by walking against the buildings, and George is guilty of "reckless endangerment" - to himself and Trayvon - by not heeding the 911 agent´s advice and getting out of his car. Once the physical confrontation started - no matter who started it - "self-defense" could apply to either man. This was not a schoolyard - malicious "assault and battery" applied to both.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 7/13/2013 12:25:24 PM     (No. 9421888)

With so many great lines, this is a Steyn column that should be read aloud to friends.
FTA- "...according to the prosecution´s theory du jour, the felony George Zimmerman was engaged in that night was "child abuse," on the grounds
that Trayvon Martin, when he began beating up Zimmerman, was 17-years-old.
This will come as news to most casual observers of the case, who´ve only seen young Trayvon in that beatific photo of him as a 12-year-old."
The sleazy and lying prosecutor , John Guy ( he of the blow up doll ) described Trayvon to the women jurors as a child , kid and little boy.
I was waiting for Guy to call him a fetus.
Lil tyke Trayvon was experiencing a child´s worst nightmare, being followed
by a stranger on his way home.
Most of the female legal commentators swooned and choked back tears.
Did Sleazy prosecutor forget they trotted out the 20 yr old hulking girlfriend of the wee tyke ?
Maybe she should have been charged with child abuse ?
As defense attorney Mark O´Mara described it-this trial was Bizarro World.



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Reply 50 - Posted by: Butch59, 7/13/2013 12:59:18 PM     (No. 9421926)

As usual, Steyn is simply great. But one thing I don´t see happening just yet is why hasn´t some conservative judicial organizations stepped in and filed both prosecutorial and judicial misconduct charges against these so called upholders of American law? Seems to me that there is a large amount of evidence to support misconduct against them, especially in the ABA. These people need to be disbarred.

On another note, since there are stories going around about blacks rioting if Zimmerman is acquitted, I would like for someone to tell me just what the blacks want from the white man. For years, all I´ve heard is about how life isn´t fair for blacks and it´s the white man´s fault. They´ve been given just about everything including the kitchen sink, so what do they really want? I don´t have a clue.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 7/13/2013 1:02:47 PM     (No. 9421931)

...and the U.S.A.´s legal absurdities abound!

I´ll not get into the larger legal absurdities here, like the country with 5% of the world´s population having 50% of the world´s lawyers and that upwards of 10% of our GDP goes for legal costs.

Instead, I´ll focus on what the magnificent Steyn pointed out. A 90% conviction rate in federal criminal cases? Absurd! The great Conrad Black destroyed because persecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and the Chicago federal prosecutor´s office were able to convict him on a mere 12% of the original charges.

In his excellent article posted yesterday, Jack Cashill cites a Supreme Court case which intrigues me: "Fifty years ago, in Brady v. Maryland, the U.S. Supreme Court established that a prosecutor´s responsibility was "to seek justice fairly, not merely win convictions by any means." Compare that to what Steyn points out, and you must come to these chilling conclusions:
1) English common law is dead.
2) George Zimmerman will be convicted.
3) So will you and I when our turns come.

Lady Justice has been dragged down from her pedestal, raped and murdered in these United States.



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Reply 52 - Posted by: lc hoghead, 7/13/2013 1:13:12 PM     (No. 9421945)

Apparently according to this report the regime was behind the agitation to bring this racist show trial to court

“Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012. According to the documents JW received, a little-known DOJ unit called the Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, FL, to organize and manage rallies against Zimmerman.”
Now, folks, this is the United States government. This is not some fleabag, left-wing community agitator. Well, actually it is now. That’s what this means. The United States government has been converted by Obama and Holder into a community organizing agitator bunch. The Department of Justice, I mean, they’re supposed to be totally blind there.

Color me unsurprised at this malevolent, racist actions.

Obama, Holder and the whole regime are looking to set up an apartheid regime to go along with it ‘s neo-fascist predilections.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: NotaBene, 7/13/2013 1:28:23 PM     (No. 9421955)

We have a White-African president but race rations have not improved a bit. More Africans are living from Federal handouts than ever before. I remember the Los Angeles race riots, which were organized in preparation for the election of Bill Clinton. The current agitation by Holder´s DoJ organized is probably for the 2014 House election.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/13/2013 1:34:44 PM     (No. 9421965)

After my eyes have left the print, Steyn´s rhetorical artillery rings longest in my mind´s ear. When long held principles of law and justice yield way to the loud and the aggrieved (who are, often as not, lying) a government shades into dictatorship.

George Zimmerman, neither saint nor daemon, incontrovertibly guilty of committing self-defense, is the sacrificial goat this time. Next time it might be someone who matters to you.

The perfidious judge and prosecution, intentionally, proudly, blind to fact and intent on a conviction on some charge or the other that will bring GZ prison time (with a neon target on his back, natch), have tunnel vision, only their tunnel points straight back to Billie Holiday´s "Strange Fruit." But this time (and in some cities) the film will run backward, and in silhouette. The persecution team (judge and prosecutors, plus related forces in the political, journalistic, and legal communities) figure that because they play this legalistic game they´re safe from what Al Sharpton or Malik Zulu Shabazz might call "reasonable reprisal," which mainly involves burning down black neighborhoods and black businesses, but can also involve the opportunistic chance to inflict some real tough love on Whitey on a case by case basis. Two hundred years of grievances are tough to take out on one white man, but maybe it´s worth a try. ´Sides, Malik can do three years standing on his head. There´ve been record sales of firearms and ammo since, oh, about November 2008. Why that is I have no idea. (cough)

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/13/2013 2:45:10 PM     (No. 9422029)

It is well said. It is the truth of the trial. And, IMHO, it is the sad eulogy of our once proud and glorious nation. Nothing we can say or do at this point can restore it. Jury comes back, guilty or innocent, it will not matter. If they can do this travesty of justice and life long destruction to one of us, they can do it to any and all of us!

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Reply 56 - Posted by: lylacat, 7/13/2013 2:50:48 PM     (No. 9422033)

Does anyone know how much Trayvon´s parents collected in food stamps and welfare over the years? This would include all Trayvon´s father´s girl friends. I am appalled that they collected a million dollars from the home owners´ association over their son´s death.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: Mickturn, 7/13/2013 3:38:20 PM     (No. 9422058)

There is not much of our so called ´legal system´ holding back a total revolution... One less brick in the wall...

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 7/13/2013 5:00:22 PM     (No. 9422124)

#36 - Thanks for the local observations. Your citing of the actual small number of protesters bolstered my feeling that there may not be a riot.

My understanding is that Sanford is a suburban community of about 50,000 population. Has there ever been a race riot not in an urban center? Agitators can come into a community but if they don´t get the local chain reaction going there won´t be a riot. I can´t see that Sanford has enough of the "riot class" of street hustlers and gangbangers to meet the needs of the plantation masters. I doubt larger urban areas will join in because it has to be local to them. IIRC there was no major rioting in other cities during the Rodney King Loot & Burn Festival.

Of course, I´m not there to gage the local mood, but while LA waited for the verdict on Officer´s Koon and Powell you could feel the riot coming. I don´t feel the same about this. Suppose the socialists gave a riot and nobody came?

Pray for the jurors and that they have the honor and courage to bring in a not guilty verdict.
IHLG

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Reply 59 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 7/13/2013 5:35:32 PM     (No. 9422143)

As a woman, I am sad to say this but I am extremely sad to say that I think this group of women will come back with a compromise verdict of manslaughter which would be a terrible tragedy, but which I also believe will be reversed on appeal for a myriad of reasons. Why I think this is that I truly do believe that there is a female tendency to "bond" in even the most absurd circumstances. If I were a woman who was miraculously relieved from my wifely/motherly/daughterly duties by virtue of a court order, and I was in a hotel room, maybe good food, who knows maybe a pool? And not a person in the world could fault me for my absence, I would snatch up that opportunity in a heartbeat. And any woman who is appalled by this suggestion is not being honest. These may be Women Who Lunch.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Rafter, 7/13/2013 5:38:35 PM     (No. 9422151)

O-Bomber and his Gangsta Gummint are going to drop one on this community if possible...

But I don´t think it´ll take...

Personally I´d sell popcorn and watermelon juice at a roadside stand just for fun
if I were there...

But according to locals, there´s really not a big crowd.... So, it´s back to baseball.

Appropriately exasperated piece by Steyn, btw.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: lc hoghead, 7/13/2013 8:15:24 PM     (No. 9422297)

1. barring the autopsy results from being brought up at the trial ( which showed evidence of -extensive- long term heavy drug use. The liver of a 40 year old, and brain lesions due to Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide use. DXM is the active ingredient in some cough syrups, and is known for causing violent, psychotic behavior.

2. Barring any mention of lil Tray-Tray’s criminal behavior. specifically, possession of stolen property (Women’s jewelry, you know the sort of thing a house burglerer might steal?) and possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphenalia, possession of marijuana, Multiple suspensions from school for criminal behavior, most of it violent.

3. Barring the tox report that showed Trayvon Martin was high as a kite at his death

4. Barring any of the details of Trayvon’s social media utterings, which are pretty damning.

5. Barring any mention of Trayvon’s fascination with MMA fighting, and any training or practice he might have had.

In short, barring any evidence that might paint Martin as anything but a 12 year old choir boy, as opposed to a six foot tall 170 pound, athletic thug, with a record of theft, violence, and drug use.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: patrick28nov45, 7/13/2013 9:22:44 PM     (No. 9422354)

Zimmerman acted in self defense. If Zimmerman had not followed Martin there would be no altercation that resulted in death. If Martin had not responded to Zimmerman in an aggressive and violent way there would be no altercation that resulted in death. These two cancel one another out.

Martin was pounding Zimmerman’s head against the concrete. This act was in total disregard to Zimmerman’s life. If Zimmerman had not pulled the trigger, he would have been dead or brain damaged in a few seconds. At this point Zimmerman acted in self defense just as anyone else would have done.


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Reply 63 - Posted by: badrad, 7/13/2013 11:43:46 PM     (No. 9422578)

The jury ladies came through for rule of law? Ceaseless miracles.

Judge was a disgrace but what do you expect from a liberal fem but judicial activism?

If black minority persons simply must kill OzBama voter Hispanic-by-choice, Zimmerman, is it racist to protest or to try them for it.

Has the Great Oz weighed in on this? What a time for cynics to live in--cupboard never empty.

Hmmmmn what would Alinsky do now? And will Murdoch end up as the Ozman´s political -prisoner no. 2 (or 3? Do we count Zimmerman in this category since he got a trial?)



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Reply 64 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 7/14/2013 10:31:16 AM     (No. 9423234)

#52: You fool! Aren´t you pleased that you were wrong in #2 of your predictions? That six lady jurors, American citizens, peers of Mr. Zimmerman, could buck the common ´wisdom´ and return a verdict that restores some of our hope for this country?

Yes I am.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/14/2013 9:26:07 PM     (No. 9424167)

#21, ironically the "wise latina" is a much better choice and more independent than Roberts. I think you´d be better off referring to Kagen, the extremely biased and unqualified...who refuses to recuse herself from conflicts of inerest.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/14/2013 10:33:54 PM     (No. 9424254)

More people are maliciously prosecuted than you think. Haven´t you noticed how ridiculously many laws are passed every year? Doesn´t it concern anyone that the authorities can charge people with nearly any "crime" nowadays? Everybody is a potential criminal the way the system is set up now. And the prison system is now set up to make "better" criminals and repeat offenders, or permanent prisoners (based on faulty 3 strikes laws). Government wants people to be controlled at every turn and with increased surveillance, it will be easy for them to railroad anyone they deem a threat to their agenda. It will only get worse unless people wake up and demand what is right as well as uphold the Constituion as it was written. And if you complain that society has become more criminal, it is because the system is designed that way by the political tyrants. Those in power are tearing down the fabric of a peaceful, decent society on purpose. It is a means to an end ...total tyranny.

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