Posted by: coastcontact | July 18, 2013

Zimmerman and the Jury Trial System

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Demonstrators held a peaceful rally in Beverly Hills against the George Zimmerman trial verdict, but 17 people were arrested during a rally that turned rowdy in Victorville, California, authorities said Wednesday night.

The block immediately west of Highland Avenue in Hollywood is a tourist Mecca.  The Famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater is there.  Almost immediately next door is the Dolby (Former Kodak) Theater that is home of the Academy Awards show.  Across the street is the El Capitan Theater.  See pictures in the Los Angeles Photo Gallery.

I have visited this area dozens of times.  But since the Zimmerman trial the area has become a center for demonstrations against the verdict.  That has led to criminals storming the streets to steal whatever they can.  It’s just an excuse for criminal behavior that some believe will not result in punishment.  They are wrong.  The police have made arrests.

I have served on many juries both civil and criminal.  Once in the deliberation room all of those jurors struggled to reach the correct decision.

The O.J. Simpson murder trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.  There were no demonstrations even though many believed him to be guilty.  Both the prosecutors and the defense attorneys did their best to convince the jury.

I know of no better system to determine guilt or innocence.  Highly capable lawyers do have a bearing on the outcome.  O.J. Simpson’s lawyers were among the best.  If Zimmerman was Black and Martin was White would the verdict been different?  I believe the answer is Yes.  There is racial bias/bigotry in this country and I hear some of it almost every week.  Still this is the system.  The law must prevail.

Demonstrations are permitted. Vandalism is not.



  1. Good thoughts on the subject. I find it sad that there always the ‘few’ that will disrupt peaceful protesting. Was this a ‘racially’ judgement, I think as you do, that sadly that is true. What is sad that in Florida, if you are ‘white skinned'(light skinned hispanic) you can get away with killing ‘black’, but if you are ‘black’, you go to prison for 20 years( the woman convicted of shooting a warning shot to her abusive husband(he is white) and yet an unarmed ‘teenager’ is shot and killed and his killer set free. I am glad that most of the protests were passive and without violence and am sad that the few are set on ruining that. You are correct about the juries and their verdicts, and I for one, think that they were not offered the chance to find him guilty of ‘involuntary manslaughter’ and the ‘stand your ground’ laws need to be eliminated. Just my thoughts

  2. Sanford residents who learned of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial said the past year has been a rough one for Sanford. Residents Eyewitness News spoke with believe people will be able to move on after a jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Francis Oliver runs the welcome center in the Goldsboro neighborhood. She and others had been there all day Saturday. Some wore Trayvon Martin shirts, others waved signs and chanted. Everyone had anxiously watched the developments, waiting for the jury to come back with a verdict. “We’re almost at the end of it now,” Oliver had said. Oliver said most of the people who came to the center in Goldsboro said they couldn’t sleep Friday night, awaiting the Saturday verdict. “I feel like the verdict will come in before we leave today,” Goldsboro resident Emma had said, who did not want to give her last name. “I feel like all of us are tired, the parents, the onlookers; everyone is tired, and especially the ladies who are in that back room trying to make that decision.” The verdict did come Saturday. An all-female jury found Zimmerman not-guilty. Since the start of the trial, Oliver said people had been showing up at the center to see the Trayvon Martin monument and the artwork created following his death. She said the city has been through a lot and it’s time to heal. “We’ll all be glad when it’s over,” Oliver said. Everyone Eyewitness News spoke with said they never imagined the case would have the attention of a worldwide audience. They also agree despite the fact this was a tragedy, they believe now that the trial is over, it will change the city and everyone here. “It’s sad that it happened in our town, but I think it’s going to bring us closer together,” Emma said.

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