Last evening the six-member jury deliberating the guilt of George Zimmerman found him not guilty, acquitting him for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  The Blaze has great coverage of the last 24 hours, as this story keeps developing.

Having been on a million juries (that’s what I get for voting in every election!), I can tell you that the jurors took their responsibilities seriously, went over every single piece of evidence with care, and had any issue clarified by the judge ahead of time.  Justice is blind — Themis (the goddess of Justice) is blindfolded and only makes judgments based on the weight of the evidence.  Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense.  In Florida, that is legal. The state presented evidence, the trial was fair, and Zimmerman was acquitted.

That sucks for Trayvon and his family, but this situation is not Emmitt Till, Medgar Evers, or the 16th Street Church firebombing.  That kind of hyperbole is meant to provoke “street” justice, which is just the mob.  The Justice Department and Harry Reid threatening more lawsuits only stoke more frustration.  There has already been a flurry of online threats, as well as actual street violence in Oakland over this verdict.

Legally speaking, this case likely shouldn’t have even gone to trial, but those in the race business would have none of that.  Going along with Reverend Al and the race mongers, CNN even had to invent Zimmerman’s whiteness, calling him a “white Hispanic” to further infuse race into this case (BTW: he’s just as white as President Obama, who’s never referred to as a “white African”)!  Did you know that 67 people were shot, 11 of whom were killed, just last weekend in Chicago?  Most of those shootings were black-on-black crime and went without much notice in the MSM in a city renowned for its extremely strict gun control laws.  Did you hear Trayvon’s alleged racist statements?  Facts like that embarrass those in the race business who deflect or ignore it because blaming others is easier than looking in the mirror.

A person is dead and the one responsible is walking, so I’m empathetic to those who may be a bit upset that somehow justice wasn’t served here.  But this is the real world, one with laws and process.  We need to work within that framework and people need to stay informed, which is probably why so many are angry — Yahoo! news blurbs, tweets, and Facebook rants count as “news” for too many people these days and it’s in cases like this one where that becomes a problem.  Our system works, but it is complex and requires an informed citizenry.

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