Originally Posted by Donkey®
At least arrest him, convene the grand jury and let people testify to what they saw. Let Zimmerman get in court to tell his version. None of that happened. That's where the outrage is coming from...although a lot of it is misplaced.
Well, the more that comes out, the worse this looks for Zimmerman. In most of the above posts, I was trying to play devil's advocate for him because it seemed like everyone was crucifying him (which they were). But the deck is looking pretty stacked against him. As Marcia Clark (OJ prosecutor) noted on CNN with Anderson Cooper last night, the cops weren't wearing gloves or any other protective medical gear when handling Zimmerman in that video, and generally broken noses and lacerations to the head bleed profusely. None of that is apparent in the video. (Doesn't mean it didn't happen previously, but....) I thought that was a very good point.
So, speaking of misplaced anger, I give you Spike Lee
as exhibit 1. As Jon Stewart noted last night on the Daily Show, not only are the people who Lee put in danger absolutely adorable, the "mistake" here isn't that he tweeted a mistaken address, but that he tweeted what he thought was Zimmerman's address in the first place. It's a case of the same type of vigilante justice mentality that Lee and other claim is the reason Martin is dead to begin with. It's a very good point and the fact that people don't see the irony in that is disturbing. After all, a lynch mob is a lynch mob, regardless of who they are lynching. As you put very well, "arrest him, convene the grand jury and let people testify to what they saw. Let Zimmerman get in court to tell his version."
PS: Another good point here no one has addressed yet (except the panel Marcia Clark was on last night): With the media circus around this case, two things are apparent. First, it is going to be extremely
difficult to sit an unbiased jury for this case. Second, with all the media interviews of alleged witnesses, and the fact that witnesses always tell their stories differently each time they retell them, any trial is going to be a field day
for a good criminal defense attorney. I think that's spot on. Further, I bet Zimmerman could get a really good attorney, at little or no cost. Why? A case like this, with all its publicity, is a lawyer's dream for advertising. And imagine if the lawyer gets Zimmerman off? That lawyer would be the most sought after defense lawyer in all of Florida. I think this case is going to get much more interesting as it progresses.