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Put the Zimmerman case behind us, even if verdict was flawed

Armstrong Williams | 7/18/2013, 3:46 p.m. | Updated on 7/18/2013, 3:46 p.m.
We the people should learn from the O.J. Simpson murder trial nearly 18 years ago and behave as civil Americans ...
Armstrong Williams

Although I strongly believe the prosecution presented its case poorly, under traditional American law, you must prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt. In charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder, the prosecution was unable to find convincing facts that would convince the jury of his guilt. However, if Martin had killed Zimmerman, the verdict would have undoubtedly been the same.

The tragedy of this case is that there is no good outcome, no reasonable resolution to the trial that would have satisfied everybody. A young man was killed by another young man under circumstances where there is so much racial static in the background that it’s difficult for many to be remotely objective.

If both Zimmerman and Martin had been of the same race with otherwise identical facts, neither the national media nor the Rev. Al Sharpton would have given a moment’s notice to this story. Unfortunately, the racial aspect of this case unearthed racial resentments and sensitivities that linger in the background of America. But while historically many Blacks were killed in the South, there was no recourse in the judicial system then. Today, there is.

However compare the reaction of the Simpson verdict by many American Blacks to this weekend’s reaction to the Zimmerman acquittal. In both cases the prosecution did not make its case beyond a reasonable doubt to convict the defendant, yet Blacks generally cheered the result in the Simpson case, while viewing the Zimmerman verdict as a travesty of justice. In our court system of jury by trial, you can’t have it both ways. There cannot be a different standard for a white man killing a Black man than a Black man killing a white man and a white woman.

Thankfully, the jury in both cases did its job despite the enormous pressure of the biased media elite and the civil rights establishment. The American system worked, and what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Zimmerman, like Simpson, must spend the rest of his life facing the torment of his conscience having taking the life of a young man in such a reckless way. Zimmerman must not only someday face his maker but spend the rest of his life enduring the pain and suffering of robbing someone of their God-given life. The rest of society must put this sad chapter behind us and let heal the wounds against racial harmony each case led to.

But we also must be extremely cautious about trying to enact new laws as a result of the Zimmerman verdict. New laws and regulations enacted in response to bad outcomes in particular cases often in the end have unintended consequences. And continuing to prosecute Zimmerman at the federal level will only intensify racial animosity .

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