The latest embarrassment of our country’s judicial system came yesterday, when George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder against Trayvon Martin. There was no denial that Zimmerman murdered Martin, but somehow the murder was deemed not enough to constitute a crime? I find it hard to believe that even if the 17-year-old unarmed Martin was able to take down the twice his size adult Zimmerman and start attacking him with his bare hands, that taking out a gun and killing him constitutes reasonable self-defense. At the very least, wouldn’t it have made sense to shoot him in a non-fatal way? Trayvon Martin was unarmed, how is he going to fight back? The real crime and sad truth behind this situation is the ugly fact that racism is alive and well in America, and this is just another example in the long list of trials gone wrong.
How else can you justify these four scenarios: Zimmerman murders Martin, gets away with it. Casey Anthony murders daughter, gets away with it. Plaxico Burress shoots himself, gets 2 years in jail. Michael Vick murders dogs, gets two years in jail. What is the common element here? Whites get away with worse crimes than blacks go to jail for. Still not convinced by this argument? Look at the link below and try to explain those facts in any other way.
The other part of the justice system I want to discuss is the innocent before proven guilty concept. I think it is pretty clear that this is not working. If you are 99% convinced that someone committed the crime, you are not able to convict them without that last 1%. This doesn’t make any sense statistically. Of course, guilty until proven innocent would not make any sense either as we would have the opposite problem. How about “nothing until we determine what the most likely outcome is.” In other words, you only need to be more than 50% sure of guilt or innocence to make your decision. This is just simply playing the statistics and makes the most sense.
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