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In his interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo this week, George Zimmerman did not come across as the guilty, apologetic killer the media hoped they would see.
Instead, when Cuomo asked Zimmerman what he hoped to do with his life, Zimmerman said he would like to be an attorney “to stop the miscarriage of justice that happened to me from happening to someone else.”
This answer took Cuomo by surprise. It was his network after all that turned an indecipherable phrase by Zimmerman into the wildly improbable “coons” and tried to hang him as a racist on the basis of it.
As CNN learned, but did not say in so many words, the miscarriage of justice continues to this day. Not surprisingly, that miscarriage involves Attorney General Eric Holder.
Cuomo: What was the miscarriage of justice?
Zimmerman: The fact that two law enforcement entities stated that I had acted within the laws of our nation in self-defense.
Cuomo: You don’t think it was about the law?
Zimmerman: I know it wasn’t. Yes.
Cuomo: And what does that make you?
Zimmerman: Like a scapegoat.
Cuomo: A scapegoat for?
Zimmerman: The government, the president, the attorney general.
Cuomo: They would be scapegoating you, why? Just to show that they are taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?
Zimmerman: I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they’re thinking it. All I know is they’re doing it. I don’t know what agenda they have.
Earlier, Zimmerman noted correctly that he was arrested and tried in no small part because his last name was “Zimmerman.”
He did not elaborate. He was in no position to. He had to “tread lightly” with his answers, he explained, because the Justice Department was still investigating him for any civil rights violations.
This, too, seemed to surprise Cuomo. He went to the trouble of checking Zimmerman’s seeming alibi. What he learned may have surprised him as well.
“The Department of Justice is investigating any civil rights violations,” Cuomo reported, “but says charges aren’t expected.”
Here, a serious news organization would ask the DOJ, “What in God’s name are you doing?” Even in an administration, this flagrantly lawless, one would hope the DOJ would honor the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.
That Amendment reads in part, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.”
Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin two years ago next week. As he told Cuomo, two police departments judged that he had not committed a crime before the DOJ got involved. The prosecution that followed gave Zimmerman every right to feel victimized.
Zimmerman did not mention, nor did Cuomo of course, that even before the State of Florida had Zimmerman arrested FBI agents were already in Florida.
The agents questioned individuals who knew Zimmerman in an Orwellian “parallel investigation” that focused less on Zimmerman’s actions that fateful night than on his thoughts, past and present.
Did he really say “coon” on his call to the dispatcher? Had he ever told a racial joke? Were the suspicious persons he reported to the police disproportionately black? In contemporary America, words often mattered more than action.
The FBI found instead an Obama supporter with a Peruvian mother, a black great grandfather and, in the past, a black prom date.
Zimmerman mentored black children. He took an active role in defending a black homeless man in a case against the Sanford police just a year before the fatal shooting. Cuomo mentioned none of this.
Nor did Cuomo mention that the FBI cleared Zimmerman of any thought crime in July 2012 after a three-month investigation.
For the last 20 months Holder has been dangling an innocent man in front of his angry partisans for no better purpose than to keep them pacified and Zimmerman quiet.
The DOJ told CNN “charges aren’t expected.” What is that supposed to mean? Does a prosecutor ever interrupt a real criminal investigation to say, “charges aren’t expected.”
In violation of the spirit of the Sixth Amendment, Zimmerman has no idea what the “nature and cause” of any accusation might be.
If anyone should be investigated for a civil rights violation in this case, it is surely Eric Holder.
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