The Trayvon Martin Case; Update 32.2, Week 1: The Narrative Spontaneously Combusts

Another great post by Mike McDaniel summarizing and adding analysis of the Zimmerman Trial. He also adds links with further analysis and commentary from Jeralynn Merritt a renown attorney from Colorado and her site Talkleft.com, and Andrew Branca a self-defense lawyer and advocate writing for the Legal blog Legal Insurrection at http://legalinsurrection.com/.
Thanks Mike, for saving me the trouble.
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Stately McDaniel Manor

Following opening statements, the prosecution normally produces a succession of fact witnesses, people who can testify to the facts–the evidence–necessary to establish the elements of the offense and to prove that the defendant committed it.  Their ultimate job is to leave no room for reasonable doubt.

But this is the George Zimmerman prosecution: the backwards case.

Normally, prosecutors are careful to fully question each prosecution witness, to obtain all of the evidence their testimony can produce, and also to avoid allowing the defense to reveal evidence left unmentioned, making it look like the prosecution was trying to conceal something.  But during the first week of this case, the prosecution has established a pattern of asking only the bare minimum of their witnesses.  In virtually every case, defense cross-examination reveals a great deal the prosecutors avoided bringing to light, and in virtually every case, that information either fully supports George’s Zimmerman’s…

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Zimmerman Case- Why we have already lost

After 2 days in the trial of George Zimmerman, hearing Opening Statements and a the testimony of several of the prosecution’s witnesses I am ready to call it; regardless of the verdict we have lost.

As I search the web for news of the case and read about everything else, the realization that we as Americans have lost out way, hits me, it hits me hard. I have probably have read several hundred article relating to this case, the one constant in all of them is how black or white the issue is for most. The articles, the people who I have talked to, the blogs, all of them are hard for GZ or fanatical about TM. There is no middle ground, not now, there was a time early on, when people were more hesitant about being either pro-GZ or pro-TM, now that is gone.

It could be argued that after a year and a half, the facts of the case are out, so some of the uncertainty of the early days but that is not the answer, people still believe and say things that have been proven wrong, that are factual but are misleading and so on. I am non-apologetically pro-GZ, I think I have outline the reasons for this in my previous posts, and I would like to think that what I write is factual, easily corroborated, clear and easy to understand. I have no ulterior motivation for what I write, I don’t know GZ, his family or even live in Florida; what I am is a father of 3, husband of 22 years that is appalled at what happened to GZ and saddened about the tragic death of TM.

What happened to that cold, dark, rainy night was a tragedy and it is one that is repeated everyday in our country. Different players, maybe the races of the perpetrator and the victim are different but the result is the same. Why was this case different? Why have we lost even before the trial is over? Before I answer that I want to talk about 3 news stories all very recent and while they don’t seem to have a bearing on the case, I think they provide a clue to my questions.

President Obama embraces Global Warming

The President has toyed with the environmentalist and the Global Warming crowd since before he got elected in 2008. He made part of one of his most memorable speeches when he declared “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal” a direct reference to Global Warming, during his nomination speech July 2008. Since being elected aside from putting a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline, using new EPA rules to hammer those businesses that he does not like, the issue has lied dormant with not major action. This despite repeated calls by those groups that support the Theory of Global Warming, which led to tepid support during the re-election campaign.

So now after 4 years he has declared that this will be his signature issue on his second and last term, this in spite of the economy not growing, high unemployment numbers, a possible influx of millions more into the workforce trough immigration amnesty being proposed and amid numerous scandals. Recently Edward Snowden, while fleeing the authorities flew to Hong Kong and now is in Russia, both governments refused to extradite him back to the US, with Putin doing it directly to the President, during the G8 meetings.

The President is not to be deterred as his science adviser told the NYT:

” “Everybody is waiting for action,” he said. “The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.

To say that this will be costly on every American goes without saying, the President himself admits that the price of energy will rise and with it the rise of everything else, so why do it? Even Global Warming scientist have been force to agreed that the Earth has not warmed in 16 yrs, 98% of the computer models use to prognosticate Global Warming have been proven wrong, in 4 yrs the remaining 2% will also join their ranks. As one noted climatologist said in an interview, if in 5 years there is no warming, ” that means that we were wrong and overestimated the relation of the man-made gases effect on climate or we don’t know enough about the climate on a global scale. That is science, things change, that is settled.” The President is going to gamble millions of jobs, growth, the future on a gamble, because he wants to and he can.

s-LINDSAY-BIENAIME-large Lindsay Bien-aime

This young woman was on a plane from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. to Charlotte, NC and refuse to put away her cell phone despite repeated requests from the flight crew, forcing them to call the Sheriff Deputies to assist them. Rather than backing down once the Deputies arrived, apologizing and hopefully being on her way, she decided to fight the Deputies, kicking one in the groin, elbowing another in the face and finally scratching 2 others as they tried to remove her from the plane. Oh, by the way she had her young son with her. Why did she not listen to instructions, even when it was obviously a no-win situation? She did not want to.
Coy Mathis Case

Coy Mathis is the transgender 6-year-old who won a case in Colorado forcing his(her) to allow the use of the girls bathroom. Coy was a triplet, he was the only boy and since little he identified like his 2 sisters. As a result the parents, he is gender confused. His parents, who I hope are well-meaning have helped along, by dressing him as a girl and addressing as such. Now Coy, wanted to use the girls bathroom as he considers himself a girl, though biologically he is a boy, and the school had made arrangements for him to use the teachers or nurses bathroom but not the girls bathroom. The parents sued and with the help of a transgender advocacy group and their lawyers they won the case and now Coy who is now 6 years old is able to go to the girls bathroom.

Coy was diagnosed with “gender identification disorder” a mental ailment that the American Psychiatric Association, after years of lobbying from some advocacy groups removed from its lists of mental ailments. The main objection those groups had been that the treatment consisted of getting the patient to accept its biological designation, that the designation of a mental disease would cause undue stigma and it would reinforce the binary model of gender in society. This last items is something the advocacy groups strongly reject, and are advocating against.

This is dripping with irony because by rejecting “boy things” in order to wear dresses, have long hair, play with dolls you are reinforcing male to female stereotypes but I digress. Can a 2-year-old make a gender determination or was he just trying to fit in with his other sisters? Why would a parent dress his kid as a girl because he is throwing a tantrum and refuses to be different from his sisters? Can a 5-year-old really be a transgender or is he the victim of PC parents? No, misplaced love, no and yes.

How do all these stories tied together to the Zimmerman case? In all of them people have made conscious choices that will not only affect them but are affecting or affected others. Their only calculation seems to be that they could do it, so they did.

The President can, has used the power of his office to impose his priorities, often under stiff opposition, on the rest of the country. The young woman felt that her right to use her cell phone, was more important than the rights of others who just wanted to get to where they were going. The parents of Coy did not want to deal with a surly confused kid who seems to want to be like his sisters, and rather than help the gender confused kid, they encouraged him by treating him as a girl, now the other parents will have to decide deal with their daughters using the same bathroom as this boy, who wants to be considered a girl. In all cases the people involved choose the easiest path, because they could even if it meant sacrificing the needs of others for their own.

With the George Zimmerman case the State also took the easy way out, even though they knew that they dd not have the evidence to prove it, they charged GZ. The threat of riots and mayhem, put the local authorities in the position of having to choose; apply the law, continue the investigation until such time that they could bring charges or drop the case. The took the easy way out they charged GZ hoping that they would be able to build a case against him or force him to accept a plea deal.

Even if we were to accept that GZ followed, found in the extreme darkness, confronted and tried to apprehend TM, the savage beating that he was giving GZ was excessive and only stopped because of the gunshot wound. The harder choice would have been under this scenario not to fight GZ, identify himself, wait for the police and sort it out.

Some people say we live in a society that is more tolerant, that is why Coy’s parent accepted that their son wanted to be a girl so they facilitated that to the point of suing to get him the right to continue to be confused for a few years longer. The President can Amnesty millions with his signature because he is tolerant of the needs of people who came into this country illegally undocumented, and can devote millions of tax dollars to combat a problem, that may not exist. The young women can act like a fool because she can do what she wants and she did not want to end her conversation on her cell phone, even if the consequences are jail, and a missed flight.

We have become a society of selfish, arrogant people. This has nothing to do with political ideology, religious affiliation, race or sexual orientation but of personal choices. We have lost our sense of Community and lost its value. We are splintered into different group and then into smaller sub-groups pitted against each other. Someone looks at us, and we defiantly ask what are you looking at? We ignore the big problems and labor intensively on the little ones that will not solve anything. The black community in Sanford took advantage of the incident with TM to get rid of the Chief of Police and the State’s Attorney, what they had wanted for a long time before TM came to Sanford. Benjamin Crump is using the case to gain fame Nationally rather than a local attorney. Gun control groups point to the case as to why guns should be banned. Some reporters have taken the story to gain their own fame and notoriety. We have people lying to get on the jury, a witness is committing perjury, the State’s Attorney has lied to the court, tried to hide documents, impede the Defense of GZ.

America does not think big anymore, we can’t, there are too many hands out to get a little piece of the pie, to many rules and regulations that make it impossible to start much less complete big projects. The President wants his legacy as the President who healed the planet, the young woman wants to talk on the phone against the rules, the parents want to please a confused child, TM wants his respect and GZ wants his neighborhood safe. We all want something, but do we care about others in our pursuit?

That is why we lost, we no longer care for each other, we are no longer a community of Americans. We use to celebrate success, now we want to stifle it. Our heroes were people who did great things for all, now they are sports athletes, musicians and actors. Our politicians had the countries best interest at heart, now they are just waiting for the next polling data to decide which way to vote. Civil Rights groups were actually trying to achieve equal rights for everyone, now they are just looking for special allocations. We used to have the best school system in the world, now we don’t rank in the top 20. We used to be Americans now we are just hyphenated Americans.

But, there is hope, that is one thing I have learned from the GZ case, is that we CAN come together for a common purpose. GZ supporters are right-wing, left-wing , religious, atheist , Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, etc. They are also from different economic backgrounds brought together to fight was we see as an injustice and abuse of power. There may not be a Middle Ground anymore but if the cause is right we can still work together.

Ùpdate: I have just watched the dismantling of the state’s case during today’s testimony by the State’s Star Witness, that is not was is surprising or notable, but the reaction to the testimony. The witness was combative, agreed that she has lied in the past, that she will say what she need to get “Justice for Trayvon” . She admits that TM confronted GZ, that he referred to GZ using a derogatory term “CREPPY ASS CRACKER” and “nigga” yet the Media either does not report this or excuses it as common talk among young people. Let’s remember that the State is claiming that GZ’s milder statements “fucking punks” and “assholes” when referring to criminals that never get caught as reason for his Murder 2 charge. The disconnect is so telling, even those that are willing to admit what a clusterfuck the day’s testimony from the State’s Star witness is , still find time to try to excuse the behavior of the 19 year-old, as a kid caught up in a difficult, traumatic situation. Not that there is evidence of this from her, but the excuse is there and trotted out. Which to me begs the question, you can decide your gender at 5 years-old, can get free condom by the age of 12 years-old at school, can get the day after pill at 15 years-old but your are still a child at 19, a legal adult? All to excuse her behavior and her lies on the stand, because she is black? So setting different expectations and lowering the bar for other races, is that not racist in itself? Should we not expect better from young adults of all races? Those that make ME a racist for not settling for the mediocre and expecting more of all our citizens?

 

 

The Trayvon Martin Case; Update 31.4: Justice v. Social Justice

Thanks Mike, as always you analysis is spot on. To me when considering the social justice aspect as you mention has been, have they really understood the precedent that they are setting? Have they really understood the magnitude of the decision and their consequences?

In their quest for social justice, they are sending at least 2 distinct, powerful and dangerous messages. A; the law can be subverted by any grievance group if it has enough support, mob rule. B; beware if you try to help your community, as they can turn on you on a dime. Trying to be a good Samaritan can turn you into a pariah.

This to me is a bad and dangerous message to send, there so many communities that suffer from high crime but do not support the police, as a result they are caught in a never ending cycle of poverty and crime. That the State’s Attorney is the one sending this message only makes it worse, where are they going to get the help for other cases, when you have said that it is okay to lie, to obstruct, to not get involved because if you do, you will suffer consequences.

Stately McDaniel Manor

Justice:  When you get in a traffic accident and the other guy gets the ticket.

On the eve of the beginning of the George Zimmerman trial, it may be worthwhile to consider how to evaluate what has been happening, and what will likely happen.  In analyzing the events yet to come–and the George Zimmerman case will not be the end, regardless of the outcome–consider that all of this is essentially a battle between “social justice” and justice.

Justice may be considered to be an outcome of a criminal case in consonance with the law and the rule of law.  It embodies the ethical and honorable actions of every entity in the criminal justice process.  If the police make false arrests or commit perjury, justice is seriously damaged or impossible, and respect for the rule of law diminishes.  If prosecutors file charges without sufficient cause, if they overcharge in the hope…

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The Travyon Martin Case; Update 31.3: Of Tea and Skittles and Profiling

Mike has done it again, illustrating the deceptions of the Scheme Team and their Narrative. Much like my previous article his explanation of racial profiling as it applies to the case is top-notch as it would be for some with years as a law enforcement officer.

Stately McDaniel Manor

Recent comments, and the upcoming trial of George Zimmerman, including the never-ending statements of the Martin family and Scheme Team, including the collaboration of the Prosecution, suggest it might be a good idea to once again address two issues: tea and Skittles and “profiling.”

In many respects, the use of these terms began with the affidavit in support of an arrest warrant for George Zimmerman.  However, their use ultimately stems from the construction of “The Narrative,” by the Scheme Team in collusion with Florida politicians and the national and local news media.  The prosecution was, in some ways, a late-comer to the propagation of the narrative.  These terms, much abused, were present at the beginnings of this case, and will play a prominent–though completely misleading–role in the prosecution’s case.  As always, the media can be trusted to further the narrative, regardless of its inherently deceptive nature.

PROFILING:

Merriam-Webster defines profiling…

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Zimmerman Case: The Civil Rights Case of the Century or the Cult of Trayvon?

UPDATE!!

I wrote the post below June 16th before the trial of George Zimmerman had begun before a jury had been chosen.  The concluded on Saturday July 13th, after 16 hours of deliberations the jury of 6 women found GZ NOT GUILTY!  

Now the NAACP, and other liberal groups want the Department of Justice to pursued some sort of civil rights violation and put Zimmerman through a second trial. GZ civil rights have been already abused once, now if the mob gets its way they will be trampled on again.  Once again the mostly uninformed public is being riled up to support a cause which they know little about for the benefit of a select few.  Where are our leaders in this issue?  I understand is an emotional and controversial issue but that is why you were chosen, to deal with controversial issues not to hide or take the easy way out.  Is your political skin worth more than upholding your oaths of office and upholding the laws of the land?

In 1692 we burned witches at the stake, 300+ years later and we are trying to do the same to George Zimmerman.  Most have said that a dialogue on race relations, gun ownership, and violence needs to be had by the country.  Well, let’s us start by explaining to the masses that the law of the land is Supreme and they are not rode over to satisfy your whims.  Then we can accurately describe both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and not hold back.  Stop saying how much you sympathize with the family, and their loss, but what responsibility TM has for the shooting in the first place. 

Let’s hold Angela Corey responsible for charging GZ, knowing by her own words that the evidence was not there.  Let’s hold all the race-baiters whoever they are and where they are to explain on what evidence do they base their conclusions and hyperbole.  Enough sugar-coating of the issues, it is time we in America come to grips with the issues that affect it and not in a PC way but in an honest, truthful manner.  Most importantly when someone does speak the truth let’s not crucify him as was done to Bill Cosby or Mayor Corey Booker when the words are not what the PC-establishment decrees.  

Like NAACP, which was involved in the case from its inception, through Ronald Fulton uncle to Trayvon Martin, who help organize with the CRS division of the DOJ for the early protests and marches.  They now want one of its local branch Presidents Tristan Breaux, to step down or resign, his offense, he wrote on his personal Facebook page, that :

“I wonder why it is that we are always willing to say someone who clearly had a shaky past, was the victim,”

Breaux asked in the Facebook post, referring to Trayvon Martin. He also made a reference as to why TM was in Sanford in the first place. Speaking the truth may cost him the position not because it is not the truth, but because he said in a forum that was available to anyone around the country, and it was contrary to the message that the NAACP wants to project of an innocent kid walking back from the local store with candy and a soft drink. You can read the rest of the story here.

This needs to stop, how is our society going to heal as long as we let organizations like the NAACP, and individuals such as Sharpton, Jackson completely lie and tell everyone lies that only evoke more hate and further division and allowed people who actually speak the truth to be persecuted and silenced.  

Are there any leaders left?

What are Civil Rights? We need a definition before we can answer the question.  Cornell Law School one of out most prestigious law schools defines Civil Rights as:A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Merriem-Webster Dictionary defines them as: : the nonpolitical rights of a citizen; especially: the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to United States citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress.

The Business Dictionary calls Civil Rights: Personal rights acquired by an individual by being a citizen or resident, or automatic entitlements to certain freedoms conferred by law or custom. Certain civil rights (such as the right to equality, freedom, good governance, justice, and due process of law) are inalienable like human rights and natural rights, whereas others (such as the right to hold a public office) depend on one’s conduct and can be lost. Also called civil liberties.  Are civil rights and civil liberties the same? No, as civil liberties are protections against government action. Civil rights, in contrast, refer to positive actions of government should take to create equal conditions for all Americans.

Who’s civil rights were violated in this case? Was Trayvon Martin (TM for short),  targeted by the government ie police, because of his color?  Was he prohibited from entering and leaving the complex?  Was he denied service at  the store? Did George Zimmerman (GZ for the rest of article) guilty of racially profiling TM? Ah, here’s lies part of rub.  First off and most importantly, racially profiling is a crime ONLY when it is done by government. Private citizens cannot be guilty of racially profiling someone first, because it is not a crime and because thoughts are protected by the 1st Amendment.  Regardless, the FBI conducted an extensive investigation of GZ and was not able to find racial animus in him, which shoots this element down.

Did the Sanford PD commit a civil rights violation by not arresting GZ?  This is one issue where the blame goes to the Media even more so than the Martin Family, their PR people and Lawyers (the Scheme Team for the rest of the post).  There is a distinction between getting arrested for and getting charged by the SA  of a crime.  At the time of the incident GZ was arrested, he was handcuffed, he was processed, he was interrogated for hours, he had his rights read to him, his clothes, gun were removed and kept by the police for evidence gathering, he was not allowed to leave until all those things were done and the investigators were satisfied,  then his release was conditional pending completion of the investigation whether  he was or not guilty  of a crime.

The only thing Sanford PD could have done is hold GZ the maximum of 48 hours, and that point it had to release GZ.  You need to have probable cause to hold someone,  GZ did not have any outstanding warrants, he was not on parole, he did not carry any contraband, he had a CCW permit, his gun was registered (a reader pointed out that their is not gun registry, it was a poor choice of words ; better is,legally obtained gun), he had one prior that got reduced to a misdemeanor and served no time for,  all of these things are reasons why someone else might have been held pending investigation.  The police and the State’s Attorney had to rely on the information that they had at the time, GZ had called police to report suspicious person, GZ was involved in altercation with suspicious person, GZ discharged his weapon once, witnesses said they observed and heard an altercation, some witnesses said that GZ was on the bottom with the other person on top beating him, GZ has lacerations on his head, broken nose, and bruises all over his face, TM had no injuries other than the gunshot, GZ waited for the police to arrive, handed over his gun and was cooperating the whole time.

Based on the facts known at that time and not having other reasons to hold GZ the Sanford PD and local SA released GZ pending investigation, as is established law.  If the Media had reported from the beginning that GZ had been arrested and released because of lack of probable cause, it would have blunted the efforts by the Scheme Team to portray the story as it did.  In fact the Media is still misreporting the 1st arrest of GZ.  The Scheme Team used the Media to promote a false story, that had demonstrably erroneous information,  beginning with the GZ was not arrested, but the young kid walking back from the grocery store carrying Ice Tea (it was Watermelon Fruit Juice)and Skittles at the half-time (TM was shot before tip-off) of the NBA game.

So far there are no civil rights violations, could SPD have held GZ longer, legally only for the 48 hours, ethically not, with the information they had. Could the State Attorney have charged GZ right away? Legally and ethically no, the information he had on hand did not point to a crime having been committed, regardless of the controversial Stand Your Ground law.  Had the SA charged GZ right away, who by the way was cooperating fully with the authorities the case would have been over already, as the most incriminating evidence is that which was provided by GZ himself while cooperating with the police, his multiple statements 6 in total.

The irony and perhaps lesson is that without GZ’s many voluntary statements to the police, this case would be weaker than it already is.  So what makes this a civil rights case? Is it just that GZ and TM were not of the same race?

In a April 2012 shortly before GZ was charged, author Shelby Steele, writing for the Wall Street Journal had this to say about the case:

“In fact Trayvon’s sad fate clearly sent a quiver of perverse happiness all across America’s civil rights establishment, and throughout the mainstream media as well. His death was vindication of the “poetic truth” that these establishments live by. Poetic truth is like poetic license where one breaks grammatical rules for effect. Better to break the rule than lose the effect. Poetic truth lies just a little; it bends the actual truth in order to highlight what it believes is a larger and more important truth”.

“The civil rights community and the liberal media live by the poetic truth that America is still a reflexively racist society, and that this remains the great barrier to black equality. But this “truth” has a lot of lie in it. America has greatly evolved since the 1960s. There are no longer any respectable advocates of racial segregation. And blacks today are nine times more likely to be killed by other blacks than by whites”.  Read the rest here (link).

The article was an indictment on the current Civil Rights leaders and the Media that supports them, encourages them and hangs on their every word as long as they are preaching their “poetic truth”, as he calls it, that America is still a racist society.

The blog Daily Kos took umbrage to Shelby Steele’s comments on the WSJ and replied with an article of their own, which didn’t address the point of the article just attacked Shelby and Conservatives but one nugget came out of this article:

“We black people were brought here by violence. We were kept in place by violence. Our labor was extracted by violence. We were controlled by violence. We were freed by violence. After that, our rights were kept from us by violence. We have been defined by violence.

We learned our lesson well. We used violence to settle domestic disputes. We used violence to discipline our children. When we used violence to settle disputes among one another, the police looked the other way because it saved them the trouble of shooting us themselves.” or as reported in http://globalgrind.com/news/black-man-endangered-species-blog#ixzz2WK38K95K

The answer may lie in the history of the past five-decades. In the 60’s, during the Nixon Administration, the Black family unit was destroyed. Know why? Our brothers were forced to Vietnam to fight a fictitious war. The mass majority who made it home, returned hooked on heroin. In the 70’s, even more brothers fell victim to becoming hooked on ‘H’ – after the drug was shipped in abundance, from Vietnam. Don’t believe me? Ask Frank Lucas. In the 80’s, during the Reagan Administration, crack flooded Black communities – Just ask “Freeway” Rick Ross and Rayful Edmond. The crack epidemic continued throughout the 90’s – fuelled by black youth programmed to believe it’s cool to be ‘Nino Brown’. The 2000’s paved way for a large group of Black teens, born as crack babies, faced to survive in their hoods – spreading an ‘I don’t give a fuck attitude’ over their impoverished circumstances. By 2007, there was a recorded 40-percent increase of American Black teen males killed in gun crimes.

In essence the author is saying; don’t blames because we are angry, violent and don’t conform to the rest of society, you made us that way.  That TM acted in a violent way to a perceived slight, is justifiable by past racism that turned them into the angry, violent persons that they are now.  We are to blame, TM and those like him are just a product of society, so prosecuting GZ is not about justice or civil rights but just a progression and result of past deeds for which they should be exonerated. The second article totally forgets about another legacy of the 60’s that had a far more detrimental effect on the Black community, while re-writing history as by the time the Nixon Administration came to power in Jan. 1969, the war was winding down and troops were coming home. That other legacy was the Great Society programs that still plagues us, as rather than providing a life-line to the poor, it provided a cage, that penalized the poor for being a whole family unit; father, mother,kids,  etc.

This is a Civil Rights case after all, the civil rights of GZ and whether getting payback for past transgressions should trumped those the rights of GZ.  The right of  self-defense is recognized in all 57 States (as Obama said), it stems from the Natural Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Disregarding the law to charge GZ with a crime when the evidence pointed to the act of Self-Defense is a violation of GZ civil rights and protections or it is nostalgia as the article below suggest.

Is the nostalgia evoked by the early Civil Rights movement what the Scheme Team refers to when pronouncing this the Civil Rights Case of the Century or are they just fanning the Cult of Trayvon to maintain support? This article by KIII TV in Texas explains it this way:

Six decades and myriad details separate the deaths of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, two black teenagers felled by violence. Yet in the way America reacted to Martin’s death – and the issues that echoed afterward – his case has created a national racial conversation in the much same manner as the saga of Till, infamously murdered in 1955 for flirting with a white woman.

Plenty of people do not see the Martin case as about race at all. But for others who study America’s racial past and present, each killing is a defining moment for its era – a fraught microcosm of what we are, and what we are trying to become.

Read more: http://www.kiiitv.com/story/22599413/in-trayvon-martin-case-historys-ghosts-linger

Michael Skolnik who has been a supporter of the Scheme Team, and publishing many stories about racism, the TM case, calls TM the Emmett Till of the hoodie generation. A generation that he has a large stake in, as the President of Global Grind, Editor-n-Chief and Russell Simmons political adviser, as their financial success depends on the Urban youth that visit his site, or buys Simmons’ urban gear.

Him and others like him, are the preachers to the TM cult. Rabid followers of the case who troll the internet looking for stories about their hero. The distorts the facts, make their own in order to feel better because they are righteous.  Most hate guns,  as they are the root of all evil but mostly they are people projecting their own shame, because they know that if their hero walked up to them on cold dark night they would clutch their purses, pick up their steps or just lock their doors.  Others just hate authority, as they see them as an obstacle to their illegal activities, as the police intrudes on their enjoyments. Finally there are the ones with a financial stake in the Narrative used to charge GZ.  Defense Attorneys, civil rights activists, community organizers and some religious leaders.  They all have an interest in perpetuating the Myth of TM.

These people will argue with you incessantly about minutiae of the case, irrelevant things and will call you a child murderer supporter if you don’t agree with them. They applaud the prosecution for hiding the evidence, one has even tried to get on the jury which started selection this past week.  The applaud the Judge every time rules against the Defense, forgetting that one it may be them who is facing the Justice System.  Some have been in the fringes of society, they now have a cause to bring them together.  As Jesse Jackson says

“Let’s take a moment, turn it into a movement”

Well they have their movement, and while their rabid followers may not be large, they are loud and have done enough to plant doubt in GZ at the very least, and have almost certainly guaranteed that no matter the outcome of the trial GZ will be stigmatized as a child killer.  But, is this what they really want; prosecutors to forgo their ethics with the sole purpose to win at any cost and appease the sensibilities of others?  The precedent is not new it has been used countless times before, usually at a local or regional level, rarely did those cases make it to the National spotlight as this one has.

To answer my original question this is a case of civil rights, though not of black civil rights but the rights of a citizen to defend himself and due process rights.  Natalie Jackson one of the lawyers on the Scheme Team and Columbia University Professor Cornell West shared the pronouncement that acquitting GZ would declare open season on young black males, to which I reply:  ” it does not, but if 1 young black male pauses, instead of reacting violently in a similar situation then we and them  are better off.”

The Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s was searching for equal rights regardless of color, sex, creed or religion, now it seems that it want special rights for different people, many of whom don’t know what being Civil means.  Civil Rights are for ALL of US not just those in a minority and we must ensure that it remains that way. Finally it used to be said that a Black Man could not receive the protection or a fair trial in the South, we are about to find out if a White Hispanic can in spite of the opposition. This is a Civil Rights case, your, mine and George Zimmerman.

Please donate to the GZ Defense Fund if you are able, let’s try to make as fair as possible under the circumstances. (Link)

For more about civil liberties vs. civil rights go to (http://www.ushistory.org/gov/10.asp)

Zealotry and Scrapping Bottom: Zimmerman Case

For the last 3 days I have watched a sad spectacle as the State of Florida continues, was has become a sad attempt to convict George Zimmerman of the crime of 2nd Degree Murder. If the Charging Affidavit was not an indication of how weak the prosecution’s case was, these past 3 days should clear make clear that a) the prosecution has no case, b) no charges should have been file and c) continuing this travesty will only make it more evident how corrupt the justice system is in Florida.

Politics

As I am trying to understand why this case has gotten as far as it has: why have no clearer minds have stepped forward to end this and restores some sense to this case, I look to the national picture and the state of affairs in the Country. The Administration of President Obama is racked by scandal after scandal. From the now almost forgotten, ATF scandal of allowing guns walking to the one particular Drug Cartel in Mexico which has been linked to the deaths of 300 Mexican nationals and one Border Patrol Agent to the latest NSA scandal of the government secretly spying on millions of innocent Americans and the developing scandal of the EPA abuses of its authority.

“Obama is not inherently more amoral than his predecessors, only more exempt from charges of amorality. He appreciates that this latitude has never been extended to any other president in modern memory. The result is that there is no longer such a thing as presidential ethics.”

That is the conclusion arrived at by Prof. Victor Davis Hanson writing on the National Review. (read more) link

Dr. Hanson views the Administrations reactions to the scandals as ethical gymnastics. The Administration sees no problem with misleading the public, demoting those that disagree with the Administration’s abuses. At the same promoting those that have been caught lying for the Administration. It does not see a conflict that so many of the Administration’s staffers, have direct links to the Media who is supposed to keep the Administration honest. Decrying the abuses of the past Bush Administration, while at the same time keeping, expanding and creating new ways to abuse power.

His morality is to be judged by his professed aims, not his means of achieving them.

In other words, don’t judge the President or his Administration for the actions it has committed, its intentions were good, their heart is pure regardless of the missteps. So when the President says they have to strike back at their enemies, twice as hard, he means that figuratively, if some in his Administration actually go ahead and do as the President asked, well it is not his fault, those low to mid-level employees actually listened.

With a Congress divided no one is left to hold the Administration to account. The feeling that the country could not survive another crisis like the one brought about by the Nixon Administration, or how a failed Administration of the first Black President would affect future race relations, have helped to contain the damage that would otherwise may have brought the Administration down. So instead the country is left with the overall feeling that anything goes as long as the intentions are good.

Is this a reason the State of Florida does not feel the type of political pressure to end the trial as regardless of right or wrong, its intentions were good. Saving the country of possible riots or unrest that could put the country into turmoil, it that not an honorable goal? Even if it means that the oaths of office of upholding the laws of the State is forgotten or ignored? Even if they trample on George Zimmerman’s own rights?

In the current Political Atmosphere this is not far-fetched at all. Certainly the actions of the State’s Attorney in that case demonstrate a lack of regards for the consequences of their actions.

One of the issues that have come out from the lasts string of Hearings and perhaps on of the most important, and least commented on by the Media is the testimony of the whistleblower and the implications of his testimony. The Judge stopped the inquiry before it was finished, just as the Defense had called to the stand the Lead State’s Attorney Bernie De la Rionda to the stand. As Mark O’Mara lead counsel for the Defense said:

If in fact, and I think the evidence is certainly clear, that if in fact Mr. De la Rionda sat here, and said to you (the Judge) and you interpret that to be an untruth, then that is direct Criminal Contempt.

For months the defense has said that the prosecution has been withholding evidence, how much it does not know but now they had a witness from the prosecution’s own office that testified to that. Not only had the prosecution been withholding possibly exculpatory evidence but when asked directly in court, the SA BDLR testified that he had turned in all the evidence but in fact had not.

The Judge did not seem impressed, as she explained it the Defense is only seeking monetary sanctions, as such these could be taken over after the trial is over. It matter not that there is apparent evidence of perjury by BDLR and if so, that amounts to Criminal Contempt a felony. The State withheld information to drag this case out, in order to reach a trial if that is not making a mockery of the justice system nothing will. The politics of the case have dictated that a trial must be held, and nothing will delay or stop that. The Judge will see to that, Criminal Contempt or not this trial will go on.

The evidence in question is the evidence derived from TM’s cell phone, most of which was available to the prosecution in March of last year. Would a trial even take place if the information from the cell phone, the incriminating texts, the pictures of guns, the naked females, a truer picture of TM been available to counter the Narrative being told by the family and its handlers?

The Media

It is a sad fact that in our country, race sells. After the election of President Obama in 2008, hopes where that race would finally take a backseat as a National issue. Those hopes were quickly dashed as comments such as;

Michelle Obama: “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country” or the first black Attorney General Holder:

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we — I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards,”

To that we add President Obama’s saying that the Police “acted stupidly” when they arrested a black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. after police responded to a break-in call. Gates had been drinking and lost his keys so he broke into his own house, the police responded and Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct. President Obama’s comments came after pre-facing them by saying that he was biased, as Gates was his friend, and that he did not know all the facts of the encounter. He also made a blanket statement about the treatment of blacks and Latinos by law enforcement, and how disproportionate the arrests were.

The message was sent, Racial Politics were back, it seem from that point on everything was filtered through a racial prism. The media made sure nobody forgot. Anyone or any group that disagreed with Obama’s policies was labeled a racist. The Tea Party which grew up out of disgust with Obama’s spending policies was immediately labeled a racist organization, racial politics was back big time.

So it was no wonder that on March 23, 2012 when President Obama was on the Rose Garden on a completely unrelated issue the nomination of Jim Yung Kim to head the World Bank, a planted question from a reporter asked about the Trayvon Martin case.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

So I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what’s taking place. I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

The case had been personalized, TM now was officially a National story, just days after W8 was produced by Benjamin Crump the attorney for the Martin family, the story had reached the White House and the occupant not only was going to get to the bottom of it, but soul-searching was required by everyone after all TM could have been the President’s son.

The President’s statement almost guaranteed that the Media would not be critical of TM, you can’t talk bad about the President’s adoptive son. So it was that with the exception of a report from the Miami Herald on March 26th, detailing TM’s school suspensions the majority of the coverage was pro-TM.

The Narrative developed by the Crump and the Family had taken a hold, to this day, one year 3 months later Reuters the first wire service to pick-up the story had this story:

“Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, was the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in a gated community of Sanford at the time of the killing on February 26, 2012. Martin, 17, was a student at a Miami-area high school and a guest of one of the homeowners. He was walking back to the residence after buying a bag of Skittles candy and a can of iced tea from a nearby convenience store when he died with a bullet in his chest during a struggle with Zimmerman.”

The template that dominated last year’s coverage of the story was back, White Hispanic, self-appointed watch captain, skittles and Ice tea are back and of course the racial overtones. Some hope was provided by the Inquirer in Philadelphia, with their aptly titled Hysteria narrative (link) that works to point to the facts of case as opposed to the narrative that have been prevalent in this case.

Forgotten, not mentioned is the lack of evidence in the States case. These past 3 days of hearings featured the experts that State’s plans to call to the stand to testify; Forensic audio expert Tom Owens and retired University of Washington voice recognition expert, Alan R. Reich and the Defense experts. In a nutshell neither one could tend a definite conclusion, Owens in order to exclude GZ as the screamer had to splice together the small sample of speech he could collect and spliced it together for the computer program he uses to even accept the sample for analysis. He also attempted to compare GZ voice to the screams by raising the pitch of his normal voice, but would not get a match even to known samples as raising pitch affects the quality of the sample. In the end he was still unable to give a conclusive comparison, he did not test TM’s voice as he was never provided with a sample.

The other expert for the State Prof. Reich claimed to be able to give a positive identification with a sample 1/8th of a second long. His involvement in the case pre-dated the any official involvement as he was discussing the case on internet blogs, prior to his name being referred to the Washington Post and later being hired by the prosecution. He testified that he has been working on the tapes for over 7 months during which time the best he can give is a tentative answer, how tentative he was asked by SA Richard Mantei “very” he replied. He said he would not be done for another 6 weeks. I think Tom Owens said best:

“Let’s just put it out there that it’s not a perfect tape,” Owen said. “This is not really good evidence.”

There it is, it not evidence at all, it is bad evidence at most guess-work of a fancy kind. The fact that State plans to call these 2 “experts” to testify that they could not say definitely one way or another who was screaming, that it was probably not GZ is just meant to confuse the jury as nothing probative will be included in their testimony. The Judge should exclude their testimony, the State had another group of voice experts who were called to testify, but their preliminary report actually said that GZ was the probable screamer.

Mike McDaniel has his next update on the case and goes further into the testimony at the Frye hearing and the withholding of evidence and the testimony from the whistleblower. (link)

The State’s case is in shambles, their star witness, W8 has lied on a least 2 occasions, about whether she actually went to the hospital and about her age, she also mischaracterized TM, when she said that TM would never fight, knowing that there are texts communications of him to her about different fights and she even concluded in her letter to TM’s mother that she thought that it was just another fight, on the night of the incident, that is why she had not called the police.

Their voice experts are obvious experts for hire, those that would use questionable methods to arrive at the State’s conclusion that it was TM that was screaming for help. In the end the State has a story, IMO it those even rise to the level of theory, an emotional story, one design to tug at your heart about the lost life of a young man, because of zealous, wannabe cop, who may have disregarded the police. They will put lipstick on their pig of a case and say they tried their best.

There will be fallout from this case this is unavoidable, regardless to whether GZ is convicted, acquitted or the trial ends in a hung jury. These are consequences that have nothing to do with the outcome of trial but things that have already happened in Sanford. I am referring to how the system was manipulated to get to this point.

Francine Oliver stated: “What this community wanted was for George Zimmerman to be arrested, the police chief to be fired and the state attorney to be gone. And all of this has been done,” said Francis Oliver, one of Sanford’s long-time civil rights leaders.

This is something that the black community wanted, a black Chief of Police and they wanted to get rid of the SA Norm Wolfinger and used TM to achieve those goals, successfully.

The City and the State were held hostage by different groups with an agenda, both the City of Sanford and State of Florida blinked, and then gave in. This type of situation is bound to come up again and again, the precedent has been set. We are all losers and worse of, for those decisions.

Jury selections are still scheduled to begin today, the Defense Fund could use your help if your able to, any amount counts (link)

 

Why I Support George Zimmerman by Ackbarsays

Why I Support George Zimmerman. Excerp below

However, there was one person who I couldn’t apologize to. I’d become part of the lynch mob that had chased after George Zimmerman with pitchforks and torches, and apologizing to a bunch of faceless people on a conservative web forum wasn’t going to make up for that. So, I did little things, like contributing a small amount to George’s defense fund early on, but still, that wasn’t enough to make up for the things I’d unfairly thought and said about George, who deserved none of that kind of treatment from me or anyone else.

Fellow blogger has written a beautiful and personal account of why he supports George Zimmerman. It is definitely worth a read. What he says resonates with many of us as we have shared similar experiences.

After you read this personal account and if you able and feel it is a just cause please donate to the GZ Legal Fund. Give George a fighting chance to defend himself. Answer his cry for help, http://www.gzdefensefund.com/donate/