George Zimmerman’s bail causes ‘heavy hearts’

“Attorney Ben Crump, who represents Martin’s parents, said the family was ‘praying and trying to trust’ in the judicial process that allowed Zimmerman to be released from jail but hoped that he would not remain free for long.”

Once again, we are given the impression that Blacks determine guilt or innocence on the basis of skin colour, and not by any rational examination of the facts.  And, that they will go to immense efforts to try and enforce this.  Bail is not granted or witheld by the aggrieved, it is decided on by a judge.  And engaging in an unnecessary and destructive media circus is not an acceptable alternative to a trial in front of a judge and jury.

Are the words attributed to the Martin family their own, or are they the constructs of a publicity-seeking attorney looking for maximum shock effect?

In a WKMG Local 6 article published yesterday, headed “Ben Crump: The lying has already begun”, we are told that this Black attorney said that Zimmerman is lying about the injuries he received before firing the fatal shot, rather cutely pointing out that “Objective evidence, evidence we can see and touch, is more important than whatever George Zimmerman says because we have to remember Trayvon Martin isn’t here to tell us his version of what happened.”  And, “They’re just praying now and trying to hope that his freedom is temporary because the damage that he’s caused to them is permanent”.  (See link below).

I realise that all Anglo-Saxon based legal systems are of an adversorial nature, but for a lawyer to argue his case in the public forum before a trial even commences is utterly appalling.  It obstructs the course of justice by creating a poisoned atmosphere against the defendent, and will render it difficult, if not impossible, to impanel an unbiased jury.

Canada does not allow cameras in the courtroom, and I hope it stays that way.  Lawyers should concentrate on the cases before them, not prance and posture before a gallery of millions.

Jeff Goodall.

Trayvon Martin shooter released on bail

Toronto Sun
David Manning, Reuters
April 23rd, 2012

SANFORD, Fla.  – George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was released early on Monday from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail.

Wearing a brown Pittsburgh Steelers jacket, jeans and carrying a brown paper bag, Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, moments after midnight after posting bail and meeting other conditions set for his release at a hearing on Friday.

Zimmerman was met by another man and quickly climbed into a late-model white BMW that drove off. He made no comments to a handful of reporters gathered outside the jail.

Under conditions set by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., Zimmerman must wear an electronic monitoring device and he may be allowed to leave the state. He also must observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew and is prohibited from consuming illegal drugs or alcohol or possessing a firearm.

Attorney Ben Crump, who represents Martin’s parents, said the family was “praying and trying to trust” in the judicial process that allowed Zimmerman to be released from jail but hoped that he would not remain free for long.

“They were heavy hearted that the killer of their son was released from jail,” Crump told Reuters.

“However, they hope that his freedom is temporary because the pain he has caused their family is permanent. They’re never going to get Trayvon back.”

Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara, appearing in on CBS’s “This Morning” program, said there had been no recent threats against his client but his whereabouts still are expected to remain secret until his next appearance in court.

Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in a gated community in Sanford in central Florida on Feb. 26 in an incident that prompted civil rights protests and a national debate over guns, self-defense laws and race in America.

No date has been set for Zimmerman’s trial.

Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense in a confrontation that occurred as Martin was returning to his father’s house in the community after buying candy from a convenience store.

Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force when they believe they are in danger of being killed or suffering great bodily harm.

The lack of an arrest led thousands to march in protest rallies in Sanford and across the country. The public outrage forced the Sanford police chief and regularly assigned prosecutor to step aside.

At the Friday hearing, Zimmerman apologized to Martin’s family, stunning a rapt courtroom after he appeared in a suit and tie and with shackles around his waist and wrists.

Zimmerman’s lawyer had requested bail of no more than $15,000. Prosecutors opposed his release and sought bail of $1 million.

Governor Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey as special prosecutor. She charged Zimmerman on April 11.

See original here.

See “Ben Crump: The lying has already begun” here.

See the “Trayvon Martin Media Rampage” category here.