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Ed Driscoll

The Process is the Punishment

July 14th, 2013 - 2:20 pm

“The Department of Justice says it will review the Travyon Martin-George Zimmerman case,” JournoList-tainted Politico tweets. Link safe, goes to Twitchy.) AP, which has employed at least one “journalist” who expressed her advocacy for Martin, adds:

The Justice Department says it is looking into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.

The department opened an investigation into Martin’s death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.

In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.

The statement said that, in the government’s words, “experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation.”

All of which was predicted by Mark Steyn in his latest column, published Friday:

The defining characteristic of English law is its distribution of power between prosecutor, judge, and jury. This delicate balance has been utterly corrupted in the United States to the point where today at the federal level there is a conviction rate of over 90 percent — which would impress Mubarak and the House of Saud, if not quite, yet, Kim Jong Un. American prosecutors have an unhealthy and disreputable addiction to what I called, at the conclusion of the trial of my old boss Conrad Black six years ago, “countless counts.” In Conrad’s case, he was charged originally with 17 crimes, three of which were dropped by the opening of the trial and another halfway through, leaving 13 for the jury, nine of which they found the defendant not guilty of, bringing it down to four, one of which the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional and the remaining three of which they vacated, only to have two of them reinstated by the lower appeals court. In other words, the prosecution lost 88 percent of the case, but the 12 percent they won was enough to destroy Conrad Black’s life.

Multiple charges tend, through sheer weight of numbers, to favor a result in which the jury convict on some and acquit on others and then tell themselves that they’ve reached a “moderate” “compromise” as befits the reasonable persons they assuredly are. It is, of course, not reasonable. Indeed, the notion of a “compromise” between conviction and acquittal is a dagger at the heart of justice. It’s the repugnant “plea bargain” in reverse, but this time to bargain with the jury: Okay, we threw the book at him and it went nowhere, so why don’t we all agree to settle? In Sanford, the state’s second closing “argument” to the strange, shrunken semi-jury of strikingly unrepresentative peers — facts, shmacts, who really knows? vote with your hearts — brilliantly dispenses with the need for a “case” at all.

Or as Steyn wrote last month in regards to Lois Lerner siccing the IRS on her (read: Obama’s) enemies, “The Process is the Punishment.” Even if, as liberal journalist Dan Abrams claims, “There will be a federal investigation, they will publicly discuss it, and there will not be charges filed. They can’t win in this case. They won’t win, and they know that,” Holder’s Justice Department can continue to keep Zimmerman’s name in the news, which stokes the flames of racialist celebrities and other low-information voters, and continues to make Zimmerman’s life hell.

So from the perspective of Messrs. Holder and Obama, it’s a two-fer.

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Best way to head off this B.S. is to show a more clear portrait of the wannabe thugh, Trayvon Martin.

I hate to think of it as character assassination, especially when we're talking about a dead 17 year old who didn't live long enough to grow wise, but is it really character assassination when you are speaking the truth?

The left is already getting their talking points lined up to bludgeon anyone who disagrees with the concept that what happened that night was anything other than a racist white guy stalking and murdering a 12 year old child.

We on the center/right need to start pushing back NOW!

The reason we need to do so is very simple - Zimmerman exercised the right to self defense. If you don't have the right to defend yourself when someone is trying to beat you to death - when DO you have the right to defend yourself?

If that proves to be the case, go ahead and line up to turn in your guns cause there's no longer a valid reason for them as the state apparatus wants you to simply submit, and if necessary die, to maintain the charade that they are in charge and handling everything and there is no reason for anyone to accept personal responsibility for defending the lives of their families or themselves.

Sure you'll have the 2nd amendment right to own a gun - but if you dare exercise that right they'll send you to prison for 30 years.

As such, we need to get the real portrait of Martin out and in the public eye.

He was a drug dealer, as was proven in his phone records.

He was a dealer in illegally obtained firearms, as was proven in his phone records. In fact, he was the very kind of gun dealer Obama decries in the hypothetical all the time.

He was into street brawling, again as evidenced by his phone records.

He was a drug user, not only as evidenced by his phone records but also by the fact THC was found in his blood during the autopsy.

His sainted mother, whom the left now wishes to place on a pedestal and have such sympathy for as she weeps for her lost child, kicked his a$$ out of her home.

THAT was why he was staying at his dad's residence. Precisely what kind of parenting is that?

He had been kicked out of school for a variety of reasons. For instance, there is evidence he was involved in vandalism of school property.

There was evidence he may have been engaged in burglarizing homes.

There is evidence he was involved in drugs on school grounds.

What in the end actually got him kicked out of school completely was the fact he physically assaulted a bus driver and punched them in the face.

Sound familiar?

Then you have the fact that his own father wasn't even home at the time, but was apparently off playing bachelor.

It is always sad when a young person dies.

Whether they are innocent and their lives are cut short with so much unrealized potential left for their futures, or whether that person went off into a wrong direction and paid the ultimate price for their lack of good judgement - it is always sad because the "what if" questions start arising.

If the race baiters were really interested in drawing some good out of a bad situation - they'd be using Martin as a poster child for how NOT to raise a kid and seek ways for the families of such offspring to avoid similar fates rather than continuing to push a demonstrably false narrative.

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I always suspected this fed civil rights provision, since it violates the double jeapordy clause, allowing 2 trials for the exact same offense. But I was willing to put up with it as long as its use was reserved to clear cases of racial bias, not just with the defendent, but with the prosecutor, judge, and jury, in the rare case where they let clearly guilty parties walk because of racism. But their is zero evidence of that here. The prosecutor was aggressive against the defense (perhaps unfairly so), the judge was fair (and possibly favored the prosecution) and their is zero evidence of racism on the jury, they made a sound fact based decision. Invoking the civil rights provision here is another gross abuse of power, for purely political reasons.
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