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By Scott Greer
WASHINGTON – “This isn’t over with, and I think that’s good,” Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the day after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
By “not over with,” Reid meant that Eric Holder’s Justice Department would continue to pursue Zimmerman despite his having been cleared more than a year earlier by the FBI and having been acquitted by a jury.
Now, some two months after the verdict, it is still “not over.”
On Aug. 20, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara “what the Department of Justice will do” regarding his client.
That she was asking the question more than 16 months after the DOJ and the FBI launched their investigation into Zimmerman underscores the political pressure the state and federal governments have brought to the case.
But now the story behind the story that troubled the nation is coming out, in an ebook.
“If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” by investigative reporter Jack Cashill, will be available in hardcover soon.
Although the official publication date remains Oct. 29, the book now is available via the Internet.
A careful investigator and an astute observer of the American scene, Cashill walks the reader through the evidence that inspired the six-woman jury to acquit Zimmerman of murder in the second degree.
More provocatively, “If I Had A Son” addresses the political and cultural dynamics that empowered the state of Florida to arrest Zimmerman in the first place. As Cashill points out, it was the first time in the history of American jurisprudence that a state, the Department of Justice, the media, the entertainment industry, the vestiges of the civil rights movement and the White House conspired to send an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life.
The controversial case that has transfixed the nation shows no sign of disappearing from the public discourse anytime soon, either.
Trayvon Martin was a focal point of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington recently. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son, Martin Luther King III, declared to the crowd gathered to honor the historic march: “However, sadly, the tears of Trayvon Martin’s mother and father remind us that, far too frequently, the color of one’s skin remains a license to profile, to arrest and to even murder with no regard for the content of one’s character.”
Meanwhile, acts of black-on-white violence continue to far outweigh white-on-black incidents.
Cashill covered the growing tide of violence in his most recent column for WND, accusing the media and the Obama administration of inciting further violence, such as the the recent high-profile murder in Oklahoma of Australian baseball player Chris Lane by two black youths.
“If the president had called attention to the fractures in Martin’s domestic life, his suppressed criminal record, his all but unseen descent into drugs and violence, and especially his reckless attack on Zimmerman, Obama might have lent a dollop of moral seriousness to his remarks,” Cashill wrote last week.
“But he did not. Like [Colin] Powell, he encouraged his listeners to think that their anger was justified, and too many of them appear to be taking that anger out on the most vulnerable white or Hispanic or ‘white Hispanic’ within reach,” he wrote.
Cashill, who has a Ph.D. in American studies from Purdue University, has written seven previous works of non-fiction, most recently “Popes & Bankers” for Thomas Nelson and “Deconstructing Obama” for Simon & Schuster.
See Cashill’s comments on his investigation of the Martin case: