I really blew it in the “early days” as the Trayvon Martin scandal heated up, giving the media the benefit of the doubt that they were getting the basic facts of the case correct. I’ve been at this a long time, and should not have been so easily led.
My mea culpa has been published at PJ Media this morning.
Zimmerman himself is once again in the news, as his defense team has withdrawn from the case under claims that Zimmerman has cut off contact with them, and that he had attempted to speak with the independent prosecutor investigating the shooting directly, without his legal team (she wisely declined).
The prosecutor, Angela Corey, dismissed a grand jury earlier this week, and in so doing removed the possibility of a capital murder indictment. she has announced that she will present “new information” about the shooting within the next 72 hours.
Understandably, there is tons of speculation on these announcements. My interpretation isn’t worth more than anyone else’s, but I suspect that Corey is going to announce her findings, and indicate either why she is or isn’t going to press charges against Zimmerman.
Based upon the publicly known information, accounts from eyewitnesses “John” and Austin Brown–apparently the only two witnesses that saw parts of the confrontation instead of just hearing it–the lie detector test Zimmerman passed at the police station, his testimony and his documented injuries, and my understanding of what constitutes the “reasonable man” standard, I have a hard time believing that this was anything other than a justifiable shooting. That said, I’m not under the massive public political pressure that Angela Corey must be under to charge Zimmerman with some sort of unlawful homicide, nor do I have any access to the forensic ballistics data, gun shot residue tests, or other information that Corey probably has.
It is possible that she has determinate evidence proving or disproving the claim of self defense. Such information could be the angle at which the shot was fired, the powder burns (if any), or even Martin’s fingerprints showing up on Zimmerman’s gun.
It’s a sobering thought that one life was taken, one ruined, and thousands of more will be affected based primarily on rumor and innuendo spread by ratings hungry news agencies.
If Zimmerman is not charged, I fear the ignorant and lied to will riot, and innocent people will suffer. Should this prediction come to pass, I hope that those hurt sue ABC News, NBC News, CNN, and other news outlets and the two “voice experts” that were so willing to play fast and loose or even edit reality to further this public lynching.