Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Two Wrongs Will Never Make Right

President Obama chipped in with his assurance that "if I had a son he would look like Trayvon." No one could remember a president ever having tried to manipulate a criminal investigation with such blundering tread. NBC News thought it had sealed Mr. Zimmerman's guilt with a falsified recording of him saying: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."

But it was not he who introduced race. After he gave the police dispatcher a general description of the man he was following on the fatal night, the dispatcher asked: "OK, and this guy - is he black, white or Hispanic?"

Mr. Zimmerman answered: "He looks black."

The mob tried from the beginning to make the trial an ordeal by race. When the actual facts reached a jury only the brave could endure such relentless media intimidation.

The only grace note in this sordid opera is that six good women and true stood up to the mob to deliver the only verdict available to reasonable jurors, as unsatisfactory as it is. The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy of a young life taken in the bloom of youth; George Zimmerman will endure the remorse of taking a life for the rest of his days. This was a tragedy, but it was not a tragedy that ended in a travesty of the law.


Those six ... impressive gumption.

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