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George Zimmerman Will Never Be Convicted of Murdering Trayvon Martin (Severe Hurl Warning!)
The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2012 | David R. Dow

Posted on 05/22/2012 12:44:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The new evidence released by prosecutors makes clear that if the case even reaches trial, which is highly unlikely, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law means Zimmerman is sure to get acquitted, writes David R. Dow.

With last week's release of a trove of information about the Trayvon Martin killing, three things are now apparent.

First, special prosecutor Angela Corey's statement last month that public pressure had nothing to do with the decision to bring charges against George Zimmerman is exposed for the bunk that it always was. Two weeks after the shooting, well before the story went national, a principal investigating officer recommended arresting Zimmerman on manslaughter charges. His recommendation was ignored. In announcing an about-face in April, Corey attributed the decision to charge Zimmerman with new facts uncovered during the investigation, but the recently disclosed documents reveal that the case against Zimmerman was as strong in mid-March as it was in mid-April. Facts have indeed come to light since March, and for every fact that makes the case against Zimmerman stronger, there's another that makes it weaker. I'm not sure if bowing to public pressure in deciding to prosecute is a bad thing, but I do think dishonesty about one's motives is bad.

Second, if the case against Zimmerman ever reaches a jury (which it probably won't), there is no chance he will be convicted. Of course, Corey is an experienced prosecutor who must know this, which only further reveals the role public pressure played in her decision to indict.

Why won’t Zimmerman be convicted? Because we now know everything the jury is going to know. We've read the reports, seen the photos, heard the tapes. The only way the jury could learn something not contained in the documents, photographs, and medical reports released last week would be if witnesses with personal knowledge were to testify. But that will not happen, because Martin is dead, and Zimmerman won't speak.

So here is what the jury will learn: Zimmerman called police frequently to report supposedly suspicious characters, and every time he called he was suspicious about someone black. It will learn that a 911 tape records someone shouting "Help!” right before Zimmerman fired the single fatal shot from point-blank range. Some witnesses say the person screaming was Martin, some say it was Zimmerman, and the FBI's analyst says the recording is too distorted to tell. (Notably, the newly released documents reveal that when an investigator spoke with Martin’s father, Tracy, and asked whether the screaming on the tape was his son’s, he responded, “No.”)

The jury will also learn that the back of Zimmerman's shirt was wet, as if he had been lying on his back in the wet grass; that he had apparently been struck in the face, and that he was bleeding from a gash on the back of his head. It will learn that police officers asked him at least three times whether he wanted to go to the hospital—confirming contemporaneously that he had visible physical injuries.

(VIDEO AT LINK)

A second-year law student could identify enough doubt here to preclude a criminal conviction. A superstar lawyer, which is what Zimmerman now has, could get an acquittal in his sleep. Zimmerman's defense will be that he felt threatened by Martin, that his fear was reasonable because Martin was hitting him, and that he was therefore justified in firing. Florida’s lenient Stand Your Ground law makes all of this close to a slam-dunk.

But wait, you might say—Zimmerman started it by following Martin! Martin's girlfriend told police at the time that Martin was scared of the guy following him, that Martin described him as “creepy.” He was a kid being shadowed by an adult. Even if he turned around and asked Zimmerman what he was doing, even if that question led to an altercation, Zimmerman started it all, right?

Of course he did. Which brings us to the third thing we know: the tragedy of this case—and there is no other word to describe the killing of a young man who has done nothing wrong and nothing to arouse any reasonable suspicion that he had—is a product of the interaction between two insidious factors: racism and state-sanctioned aggression.

As for the racism, my black friends with children have used the Martin killing as a “teaching moment,” but what kind of teaching moment is it when you have to tell your teenagers not to wear a hoodie at night in their own middle-class neighborhoods? Or that they should leave the hoods off even if it starts to rain? What kind of teaching moment is it when you have to tell them they cannot behave in those neighborhoods—their own neighborhoods—the same way their white friends do? You can call it a teaching moment if you want to, but the fact that I don't have to have the same conversation with our 11-year-old makes it a teaching moment we should be ashamed of.

Zimmerman may be a racist; I don’t know what is in his mind. But he'd hardly be unique in that regard, and besides, racism alone isn't what got Martin killed. The fault for the homicide here lies more fully with the NRA-backed Stand Your Ground law that will probably prevent this case from ever reaching a jury.

As I have written here before, Florida's law permits people to shoot to kill not only if their lives are in danger, but if even their property is threatened; beyond that, it permits them to shoot to kill if they reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent a felony. A law like that serves one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash armed vigilantes who roam through neighborhoods with a license to kill someone they reasonably believe might be doing something wrong.

When you mix a license to kill with deep and embedded racial distrust, you have a recipe that is certain to produce tragedies like the Martin killing. Obviously there are times when walking away is not an option, and if states want to enact laws to insure that people who kill as a last resort never even have to face a jury, that’s fine with me. But Trayvon Martin was not killed as a last resort.

How do I know? The police officer who recommended arresting Zimmerman in March identified the central relevant fact in this case: Zimmerman could have sat in his car, with no danger whatsoever to his own safety, and awaited the arrival of police—in fact, he was told by the 911 dispatcher to do just that. But he didn’t.

The documents revealed last week make it clear beyond dispute that Zimmerman set in motion the chain of events that led to the death of a young, scared kid who had every right to be exactly where he was. But under Florida law, that doesn't matter. So Zimmerman will get off, and the only good thing that can come from this case is for Florida to repair what its legislature has wrought.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: angelacorey; banglist; blackkk; crime; florida; georgezimmerman; gzdefensefund; lmm; standyourground; tanklan; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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I won't even bother to try and refute this hogwash, we've all learned more about this case than Mr. Dow, apparently, or he's an evil hack with an axe to grind.
1 posted on 05/22/2012 12:45:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What “Stand You Ground Law”?

Zimmerman was on his back, being beaten and screaming for help. He didn’t have the option of retreating.

Lefties have lost their collective minds.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 12:50:41 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If they find Zimmerman guilty then we white people will riot and burn and the streets will run red with blood.

Right white people?

Hello?

Anyone there?


3 posted on 05/22/2012 12:52:54 PM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“and every time he called he was suspicious about someone black”

I wonder if the author has a source for that claim. I’d bet the farm its a completely false statement.


4 posted on 05/22/2012 12:53:00 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

5 posted on 05/22/2012 12:54:19 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Fido969

Manslaughter and murder are different charges. Premeditated action is what some are accusing George of.

By that stretch Barack Obama murdered the border agent when he approved of the Fast And Furious program to demonize gun sales.


6 posted on 05/22/2012 12:55:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: Fido969

It proves that liberals don’t have a clue what stand your ground is all about. They can’t distinguish between stand your ground and the general right to self defense.


7 posted on 05/22/2012 12:55:51 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: lacrew

I wonder if it was only “someone black” that was acting suspiciously...

I wonder if every burglary in the area might have “fit the profile”.

Don’t want to be profiled? Then clean up your act.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 12:56:23 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Jack Burton007

Hey, when we riot, let’s make sure we riot in an area where we can score some stuff!


9 posted on 05/22/2012 12:57:44 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Jack Burton007

Only the white hispanics...


10 posted on 05/22/2012 12:57:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: lacrew
I wonder if the author has a source for that claim.

The presstitutes can just edit the "he looks black" clip into every 911 tape. Revisionist history is a favorite ploy of Stalinists.

11 posted on 05/22/2012 1:00:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Author is an anti-Capital Punishment activist from Texas.

Just further proof that these sort of people are anti-defense, pro-felon, and hypocritical "Don't Take The Law Into Your Own Hands, Leave It To Our Police" right up until the moment a cop actually shows up and then they become anti-law enforcement.

Mental disorder, I say. Either that, or he worships the Dark Goddess Of Chaos.

12 posted on 05/22/2012 1:00:29 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Zimmerman could have sat in his car, with no danger whatsoever to his own safety”

This is sort of like blaming a rape victim for going out at night.

There is nothing illegal about getting out of the car...or even following Martin. The only thing that matters (maybe) is who started the fight. I have seen ‘legal experts’ on tv place the burden of proof concerning this on Zimmerman...the ole ‘innocent until Sharpton says you’re not’ axiom.


13 posted on 05/22/2012 1:01:52 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Teachable moment? Okay...I teach my kids to:
1. run away,
2. hide,
3. call the police, or call for help

if they are being followed by someone creepy.

I sure as heck don’t teach them to go front up to the guy, and then get in a physical altercation with an older unknown person for any reason whatsoever. Because they may just, you know, end up dead or mutilated.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 1:02:31 PM PDT by Ironfocus (Unseat the Looter-in-Chief)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Regardless of the outcome does anyone get the feeling that this case is some sort of lever.

If they would have got a conviction they, in their minds, would be justified to riot because a horrific injustice was done.
If they don’t get a conviction they, in their minds, would be justified to riot because of the horrific injustice done.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 1:06:26 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: a fool in paradise
Premeditated action is what some are accusing George of.

I see. Zim lured Traylon into ambushing him, punching him, getting him on the ground and punching him 'MMA-style' so Zim could then pull out his gun and shoot him.

Makes sense. /s

16 posted on 05/22/2012 1:07:39 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Zimmerman could have sat in his car, with no danger whatsoever to his own safety, and awaited the arrival of police—in fact, he was told by the 911 dispatcher to do just that. But he didn’t.

WRONG.

Didn't happen that way.

But as I have been saying, that is the narrative that is being pushed to whip the masses into a blood frenzy by selling the false scenario of "the cops told GZ to stay in his truck."

And a LOT of people are buying into it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/backroom/2886477/posts?page=37#37

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17 posted on 05/22/2012 1:08:37 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Right Wing Assault

They called George Zimmerman a “stalker”.


18 posted on 05/22/2012 1:11:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

David R. Dow, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center, defends deathrow inmates in Houston, Texas

19 posted on 05/22/2012 1:11:35 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Right Wing Assault

I “suppose” a peeping-tom could also volunteer for security patrol and then call the police on himself before he acted.


20 posted on 05/22/2012 1:12:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: circlecity
The final chain of events may have started with Mr. Zimmerman getting out of his car, but it ended with Mr. Martin on top of him bashing the life out of him. The latter is not a consequence of the former. Mr. Zimmerman had every right to get out of his car for any reason. Mr. Zimmerman had no obligation to stay in his car and being assaulted is not a foreseeable outcome of leaving a vehicle in your own neighborhood. It may be that some other outcome would have been reached had he stayed in the car, but the outcome that was reached was entirely due to Mr. Martin's actions, as far as we know today, based on the evidence.
21 posted on 05/22/2012 1:13:25 PM PDT by Old North State (Don't blame me, I voted for Pedro)
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To: circlecity
It proves that liberals don’t have a clue what stand your ground is all about.

They just know "it's bad" and bleat it should be repealed.

22 posted on 05/22/2012 1:14:20 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some of the leftie media is making a big deal about witnesses “changing their stories”.

Yeah, they suddenly changed their stories AFTER the media circus Zimmerman lynching!


23 posted on 05/22/2012 1:15:51 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: a fool in paradise

http://twitter.com/#!/drdow

david r dow;@drdow
N.C. Ruling Is a Step Toward Honesty About Death Penalty’s Racism http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/24/n-c-ruling-is-a-step-toward-honesty-about-death-penalty-s-racism.html via @thedailybeast

david r dow;@drdow
Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/03/impeach-the-supreme-court-justices-if-they-overturn-health-care-law.html via @thedailybeast


24 posted on 05/22/2012 1:17:12 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: circlecity

. . . if the case even reaches trial. . .

Oh, it will go to trial. The powers to be MUST appease the Jackson and Sharpton crowd. No matter how weak the case, it will go to trial.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 1:20:55 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: lacrew

That’s the first time I ever heard of that, and I would be interested in hearing/seeing some evidence to support the author’s claim. It’s certainly recorded somewhere, so it’s verifiable.


26 posted on 05/22/2012 1:24:52 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: MrB

I looked up Zimmerman’s 911 history...I’m not sure about the credibility of this site as a whole, but the accumulated call history looks legitimate:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/22/george-zimmerman-s-history-of-911-calls-a-complete-log.html

First of all, its 46 calls since 2004...or one call every few months....and there may be some double counting - the Trayvon Martin event logged two calls, for example.

In 6 calls, he identifies blacks
In one call, he identifies a white and two hispanics...I wonder if his white half was ‘hatin’ on his hispanic half or vice versa.

I’d say this makes the author a liar.

But, it cannot be ignored that the place had alot of robberies...and Zimmerman kept seeing suspicious black youths. He’s just the messenger...its not his fault they’re getting robbed.

BTW, I’d love for some Jimmy Olsen reporter to determine St. Skittle’s whereabouts on the days Zimmerman saw suspicious black youths. Stolen jewelry doesn’t just show up in yourt backpack...you have to steal it somewhere...and where better than babby daddy’s sugar momma’s housing complex.


27 posted on 05/22/2012 1:25:12 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The left has given up on lynching Zimmerman, and has fallen back on their usual gun-control propaganda, much like a rat looking for kernels of corn in a cow turd.


28 posted on 05/22/2012 1:27:54 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You have Freep mail


29 posted on 05/22/2012 1:28:56 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did the author ever have any training regarding logical thought? If so, he needs a refund.


30 posted on 05/22/2012 1:32:54 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So many logical points ignored.

Why didn't Trayvon Martin call 911?

The fault for the homicide here lies more fully with the NRA-backed Stand Your Ground law that will probably prevent this case from ever reaching a jury.

Why don't these kooks say, instead, that the fault lies with "Neighborhood Watch" which is the reason the local police acknowledged that Zimmerman was authorized to act when suspicious strangers entered the neighborhood?

Finally, with or without "Stand Your Ground", Zimmerman was going to shoot the person on top of him to save his own life.

31 posted on 05/22/2012 1:37:35 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: kcvl

He has gentle eyes.


32 posted on 05/22/2012 1:38:42 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want to support Martin (not), but I don’t have a hoodie - do those comes in pink?


33 posted on 05/22/2012 1:38:49 PM PDT by Marcella (God wouldn't vote for Romney so I won't, either.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love the way these whining, lying liberal sleexebags will only publish their opinions in a lefty rag where they are far less likely to encounter someone willing to refute their “facts” (assumptions and opinions) one by one.


34 posted on 05/22/2012 1:39:00 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: kcvl; mickie; flaglady47
"David R. Dow, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center...."

If that isn't a mug shot of a liberal, effete academic pansy, I'll eat my rotor beanie.

Leni

35 posted on 05/22/2012 1:39:00 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I want to support Martin (not), but I don’t have a hoodie - do those come in pink?


36 posted on 05/22/2012 1:39:17 PM PDT by Marcella (God wouldn't vote for Romney so I won't, either.)
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To: Old North State
It may be that some other outcome would have been reached had he stayed in the car ...

There's a story out there today about a lady who got beaten up while sitting in her car at a Mickey D's drive-thru. The Amish thugs are willing to deliver a beat down to a cracker no matter where, even in the safety of your own car.

37 posted on 05/22/2012 1:40:34 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Leep
See # 35, LOL.

Leni

38 posted on 05/22/2012 1:40:48 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even Dershowitz says that the SYG law is irrelevant to the case. This author is out of his depth.


39 posted on 05/22/2012 1:41:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: lacrew

That’s already been refuted in the news: NBC edited the 911 transcript to falsely give the impression that Zimmerman was suspicious b/c Trayvon was black. In fact, Zimmerman was answering the police question about what race the thug was:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2012/04/25/report-producer-nbc-affiliate-created-fake-zimmerman-recording


40 posted on 05/22/2012 1:44:05 PM PDT by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
100% pure bull squeeze!

It will, however, serve to further inflame the Flying Monkey Brigade. Much of what we're reading is intended to do that.

41 posted on 05/22/2012 1:49:52 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s another teaching moment for the affected community.

Take off the GD hoodies, quiet skulking around every place you go, bristling with barely contained malevolence, and stop victimizing the well-armed and now, very much awake majority population.


42 posted on 05/22/2012 1:55:02 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even whacko lefties obsessed with race understand now that Zimmerman will be found innocent. The only things they have left are race-baiting and their continuing attempt to disarm the populace.


43 posted on 05/22/2012 1:56:19 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Jack Burton007; Squantos; Travis McGee
If they find Zimmerman guilty then we white people will riot and burn and the streets will run red with blood.

Right white people?

Hello?

Anyone there?

Yeah, we're here.

It won't be the first time I've fought in city streets.


44 posted on 05/22/2012 2:03:23 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: MrB
Ah ha! See that is what idiots don't seem to understand. I heard Sharpton the other day saying that 67% of the people getting frisked or ID’d in a particular place were either black or latino. I would be interested in finding out what percentage of crimes are committed by black and latinos in that community. If I had to guess it would probably be somewhere around hmm I don't know 60 percent maybe. Makes since they get profiled because it is their race that is committing the crimes.
45 posted on 05/22/2012 2:13:33 PM PDT by 3rdcoastislander
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To: Raycpa
Did the author ever have any training regarding logical thought?

No. He went to law school instead.

46 posted on 05/22/2012 2:33:57 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: lacrew

Let’s assume that it’s true. Suppose there were a lot of suspicious-looking people who happened to be black, and not so many suspicious-looking people who happened to be white. Is he supposed to call about some white people who aren’t suspicious-looking, or not call about some black people who are? Did he call about every black person he saw, regardless of their demeanor? Did he ever call about a black person in a three-piece Armani suit with a Phi Beta Capa tie clip while he was talking to Donald Trump and Billy Gates at a downtown restaurant? This is taking affirmative action to the edge of the cliff and jumping off with it.


47 posted on 05/22/2012 2:37:08 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The new evidence released by prosecutors makes clear that if the case even reaches trial, which is highly unlikely, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law means Zimmerman is sure to get acquitted

Spin much, Dave? The shaft on my router doesn't spin like that. OK, if Zimmerman was the initial aggressor, SYG doesn't shield him. If OTOH Zimmerman is found not to have been doing anything improper before he was attacked by Martin, shooting him was already legal even without SYG (he couldn't very well flee with Martin kneeling on him, could he?). "Useful idiots", bah; "oxygen thieves" is closer to an accurate description.

48 posted on 05/22/2012 3:08:32 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I won't even bother to try and refute this hogwash, we've all learned more about this case than Mr. Dow, apparently, or he's an evil hack with an axe to grind.

I'm going with option two.

49 posted on 05/22/2012 3:10:45 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: a fool in paradise
By that stretch Barack Obama murdered the border agent when he approved of the Fast And Furious program to demonize gun sales.

And...

50 posted on 05/22/2012 3:12:36 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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