Second. Degree. Murder.

George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder.

When I heard earlier today that special prosecutor Angela Corey, a ditzy looking female with a little girl’s voice, was charging him in the death of Trayvon Martin, I guess I thought it would be at worst manslaughter. But murder? Given the fact that the main eyewitness at the scene said Martin was on top of Zimmerman hitting him, and that Zimmerman shot Martin from close range in the chest, and that the police said that Zimmerman had a broken nose and an injury to his head, all indicating at the very least a fight between the two men, not to mention self-defense by Zimmerman, what possible evidence paattern shows murder—unless Corey accepts the official black and liberal narrative that Zimmerman tracked down Martin and shot him dead?

A commentator on Channel 5 in New York said something interesting. The reason Corey chose not to call a grand jury was that the grand jury might decline to indict Zimmerman, and she was set on indicting him.

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Hannon writes:

This woman’s lightweight demeanor and carefree, idiotic smiling recall a cosmetics saleswoman. She might have the IQ to manage an elementary school at best. The whole country suffers under the weight of thousands of similar middle level bureaucrats.

Daniel F. writes:

Some of the commenters on your blog seem to think the likelihood is that Zimmerman will be acquitted. I would not be so confident of that. To begin with, a juror who votes to acquit in this climate is risking life, limb, family, and property. Beyond that, I would expect that the court will give the prosecutor ample leeway in picking a jury likely to convict and then in presenting the case. In the event of a conviction, I would not hold out much hope for a reversal. Keep in mind that the court system and legal profession everywhere in the country is inundated with the ideology of “diversity” and is hellbent, in high-profile cases such as this, on proving that the law is on the side of the minorities against the pervasive menace of white “racism.”

I speak as a lawyer working in the New York court system, in which the diversity cult is something like an official religion. I doubt that the situation is any different in Florida. Needless to say, I won’t be talking about this case with my colleagues.

Incidentally, I think there was a similar case decided by the NY Court of Appeals a few months ago—People v DiGuglielmo—in which the defendant (presumably white, going by the Italian name) killed a man who was viciously attacking his elderly father. I don’t recall the “victim’s” name, but I think it was WASP sounding, which usually indicates a black person in NY. The case was in Westchester County. The defendant was convicted, and the conviction stood up on appeal. Based on what I read about the case, the prosecution seemed extremely dubious. I think it very likely that the prosecutors and judges, in processing the case, were intent on avoiding giving offense to the Al Sharptons of the world. The pressure to avoid such offense—and triggering riots, not just protests—will be multiplied by a thousand in the Zimmerman case.

Perhaps a conviction would hurt Obama in the election, but I doubt that the case will go to trial before the election. Anyway, I hate to say it, but I can’t see Romney winning this election under any circumstances. He’s impressive in some ways, and would have had a real chance in the America that existed until relatively recently, but, in my view, in the America that exists now, he just doesn’t have the skills, heart or intrinsic appeal to overcome the tsunami that is about to engulf him. Still, Gingrich, Santorum, or any of the other sad sacks running would have been an even bigger disaster.

Nik S. writes:

You have already discussed how Zimmerman has been crucified. Next, the feds will use him as a sacrificial lamb towards the riotous black community. Regardless of the true facts of the case, I think the feds do not want to see a repeat of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and so they will find a way to convict Zimmerman, regardless of the evidence. Zimmerman has become the Lamb of Liberals. He will taketh away the sins of liberals by being locked up for a very long time.

James N. quotes Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully”:

Well, the Neighborhood Bully, he’s just one man
His enemies say he’s on their land
They got him outnumbered about a million to one
He got no place to escape to, no place to run
He’s the Neighborhood Bully.

The Neighborhood Bully, he just lives to survive
He’s criticized and condemned for being alive
Not supposed to fight back, supposed to have thick skin
Supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in
He’s the Neighborhood Bully.

Mark Jaws writes:

I don’t think there are many conservative white men and women who are going to find Zimmerman guilty UNLESS the state can prove beyond reasonable doubt its case. And I don’t see how prosecutors can prove Zimmerman had criminal intent when he followed Trayvon Martin that night. Therefore, to me this is starting to look like the Rodney King race riots all over again. I would urge all of your subscribers (who are eligible) to apply for a concealed carry gun permit. Let’s not have any Reginald Dennys among our ranks.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 11, 2012 06:24 PM | Send

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