It is possible that the Zimmerman trial will see profound challenges to traditional American legal doctrine. If the selection process does not produce a jury with at least one African American it is most likely that there will be an outcry about the racist justice system. If there are no Hispanics and should Zimmerman raise the issue publicly he will be castigated as a racist.
And so, the right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers will be transmuted into the right of the alleged victim, represented by his or her relatives, to a trial by his or her peers.
Similarly, it seems that many observers, some with legal training, now believe that the right of self defense only applies if someone is dead or has suffered sufficient bodily harm to be rendered unconscious or otherwise incapable of defending himself or herself.
What is worse is that the presumption of innocence is being transmuted into the presumption of guilt.
Consider this piece by Morris W. O’Kelly over at Huffington Post.
“I want to hear how this “bashing” happened multiple times with Zimmerman neither losing consciousness nor suffering head trauma.”
“I want to hear George explain how and why he shot Martin at “intermediate range” and whether it matches the ballistics.”
“I want to hear how Martin died on the grass but there was no nearby concrete for him to bash Zimmerman’s head.”
“I am eager to hear how Zimmerman found Martin to be “suspicious” or “up to no good” yet witnessed no criminal activity. Was it the iced tea, the Skittles, the hoodie… or something else?”
Let me ask O’Kelly some questions.
Have you seen the video of Trayvon Martin in the 7-eleven that shows he purchased Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, not iced tea?
Have you seen the crime scene photograph that shows he was carrying Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, not iced tea?
Have you seen the latest State discovery that includes a receipt for Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, not iced tea?
If not, don’t you think you should?
If you have, why do you continue with the lie about iced tea?