Most of those who lean left across America, from President Obama down, have expressed at a minimum some sort of regret that the Florida jury did not find neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman guilty of murder for the death of Trayvon Martin.
The jury last weekend acquitted Zimmerman after deciding that he was in fear for his life and had a right to pull a gun and defend himself when he found Martin sitting on top of him pounding his head on a concrete sidewalk.
One typical response comes from Eric Liu, a policy adviser to President Clinton who wrote in a commentary in Time: “If there is one hopeful note amidst all the anguish and recrimination from the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it’s that the growing numbers of white people have come to appreciate whiteness for what it is: an unearned set of privileges.”
He suggested “huge numbers of white Americans” are saying that “it is precisely because they are not black that they have never had to confront the awful choices Martin faced when Zimmerman began to pursue him.”
But President Jimmy Carter, well known for far-left stances, including his writings in “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” supported the jury.
“I think the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented,” he said, “because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman that he was not at all defending himself, and so forth.”
“It’s not a moral question, it’s a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented,” he told WXIA in Atlanta.
In the aftermath of the verdict, according to the Los Angeles Times, robbers tore through Hollywood Boulevard only a day after what appeared to be the same band attacked people and vandalized stores nearby.
“I think this specific group came up to riot and cause problems in Hollywood,” said police Sgt. John Barkley. “They were not engaging in any kind of protest.
Meanwhile, additional video surfaced of violence in Oakland.
And Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters reported that megastar Bruce Springsteen dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during a concern in Limerick, Ireland.
“For justice for Trayvon Martin,” Springsteen said.
Several additional problems started developing for the prosecutor, Angela Corey.
A Reuters reporter said a former employee in Corey’s office was planning to file a whistleblower lawsuit against the office. Ben Kruidbos, Corey’s former director of information technology, was fired after he told a pretrial hearing that prosecutors failed to turn over potentially embarrassing evidence obtained from Martin’s cell phone to the defense, as required.
A National Review profile of her noted that some of her prosecutorial conduct “has been, well, troubling at best.”
And rocker and commentator Ted Nugent, never one for withholding an opinion, said Zimmerman should think about suing Martin’s parents.
“Trayvon Martin’s vicious attack on George Zimmerman and Martin’s tragic death have no doubt surely dragged Mr. Zimmerman through 18 months of untold emotional hell, pain, distress, anguish, fatigue, nightmares and financial ruin. Again, following the narrative of the pro-Trayvon media types and other race-baiters, if Trayvon Martin was a minor, then Trayvon Martin’s parents may be held liable for the emotional pain and suffering Mr. Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months, and surely for the rest of his life.”
See today’s report on developments in the Zimmerman-Martin case:
- Jimmy Carter: Zimmerman jury right
- Trayvon Martin protest leaders revealed
- Rush: Racism worse under Obama
- ‘Churches’ denouncing Zimmerman exposed