Zimmerman

I was happy to see the George Zimmerman trial end and maybe you were, too. I was getting a little annoyed at CNN Breaking News alerts telling me things like, “The jurors in the George Zimmerman trial are taking a one-hour lunch break.”

Plus, the only news one could get during the time of the Zimmerman trial in Florida was when that trial was in recess. Then that news was mostly about what had recently happened during the trial. The anchor would ask some attorney they hired to interpret what just aired. I think there are way too many attorneys…

So now since the trial is finished, we get nonstop analysis. Nonstop.

The Zimmerman trial ended about the way I expected it to with a not guilty verdict. I was not cheering for either side. The bottom line is a 17 year-old young man named Trayvon Martin died. His family will never be the same and George Zimmerman and his family will never be the same.

It was a tragedy.

Someone wrote on Twitter that it’s great that we have Twitter and Facebook so that during times like this we can see how stupid some of our athletes and celebrities really are. Amen to that.  

I’ve served on at least two juries that I can remember, and I have been called for many others. This year I was notified that I might be called to serve on a jury for Federal Court. It’s an exciting life I lead. If called, I expect to be sent home.

In one state district court trial, I was the foreperson. That was enjoyable and a little like herding cats, but we did our job. Sadly, CNN and FOX News did not call me for an interview after the trial…

After my experiences serving on and being called for jury duty, I pretty much have a negative impression of the judges, prosecutors, clerks, and most people who work in the court house. So the last few times I have been called, I have been excused because I have been brutally honest with the attorneys and the judge.

After watching parts of the Zimmerman trial, I grew to have a pretty low opinion of Judge Debra Nelson and as the trial went on and on, my opinion of the prosecution team (the taxpayer-funded attorneys Bernie de la Rionda, Angela Corey, John Guy, and Rich Mantei) grew unfavorable.

I am glad I was not on the jury for the Zimmerman trial. There are people in this world who might want to harm them because they did not agree with their verdict.

Realistically, the Zimmerman trial was lost by the state because of the attorneys prosecuting the case. They seemed pretty inept to me. They were beaten badly by Zimmerman’s two attorneys, Mark O’Mara and Don West.

Many people (I am one) believe that if at the beginning if only the manslaughter charge was brought forth, the state would have had a stronger case. Manslaughter was added later and that showed most people they thought they were losing the case for second-degree murder. The prosecution overreached and lost. Their “going for glory” harmed our justice system.

Trayvon Martin, just 17, is dead. George Zimmerman was declared not guilty in a court of law.

People have a right to be angry at the outcome, but they should be angry at the prosecutors first. They are most responsible for justice not being served.

I am on Twitter @TheWesternWord

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