Time To Reevaluate the American Injustice System

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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.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/14/justice/zimmerman-race-factor/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/news/2012/03/13/11351/the-top-10-most-startling-facts-about-people-of-color-and-criminal-justice-in-the-united-states/

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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Thanks,

Jeff

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10 Responses to Time To Reevaluate the American Injustice System

  1. Dan says:

    Feedback: We need innocent before proven guilty to protect the right to have a fair trial. The media played up the racial issue because “racism” sells (which is why large outlets don’t often report when blacks kill blacks). The main issue in this case is Florida’s Castle Doctrine/ Stand Your Ground law, which is basically how this dude got away with it. I agree what he did was fucked, but he needs to be judged by the law, not a mob of sensationalized protesters who keep wanting to bring up that people have different skin colors. /endfeedback

  2. Dan says:

    That’s a shame, obviously. I was just commenting on the Zimmerman case.

  3. Trav says:

    Have you ever thought about the possibility that blacks are more likely to commit crimes instead of instantly concluding that white people are racist? Think about all the predominately black ghettos and poverty stricken gang turfs their are. I’m not saying there is no racism but I am saying these people are being arrested for crimes. The majority of officers are just doing their job. If someone commits a crime and they’re black they go to jail. If someone commits a crime and they are white they also go to jail. Go shoot someone or rob a store, I guarantee you will go to jail if you get caught.

    • I realize that but the statistics are way out of proportion for that to be the only reason. Do some more specific in depth research and you will see.

      • Trav says:

        Blacks are statistically much poorer which is the biggest contributor to their high crime statistics. The fact that many who live off welfare and don’t bother to get an education is partially propelled by people telling them the system is incredibly racist. The media had no problem blaming the Zimmerman trial on race, when it should’ve had nothing to do with it. Innocent black kids (not saying Trayvon was innocent) are gunned down in my city damn near every day. Why don’t those cases get national attention?

      • They should get national attention. You’re talking to the number one media-hater right here. The Zimmerman case should not have gotten blown out of proportion, but in my opinion race was a factor so I used it to draw attention to the bigger problem.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Race i think does play a role in our judicial system, however this case was not one of those times. There was not enough evidence to support a second degree murder charge. Period. Also when you use a firearm, generally, you always shoot to kill. That’s why you have it.

    • I disagree about the Zimmerman case, but since it cannot be proven either way we must move on. I am glad you acknowledge that race plays a role in our judicial system, seeing as that was the entire point of the post.

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