Now that a charge of 2nd degree murder has been brought against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, I still hold to the feeling that we must let our justice system work to decide if he is guilty for what happened.
Yesterday, I caught the last 20 minutes of Chris Matthews' "Hardball" show as he was announcing the upcoming press conference by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. Matthews used the expression "heat brings light" to make his point that it was public pressure that resulted in the charges being brought. He specifically patted his own outlet, MSNBC, on the back, as well as his pal Al Sharpton. Of course, there was no mention of the bounty put on Zimmerman's head by the New Black Panther Party, the conviction of Zimmerman by the media-most notably MSNBC, the NBC editing of the 9-11 call or the false description of that police videotape showing "no injuries" to Zimmerman. I may very well have missed it, but to date, I have not heard one MSNBC commentator even make reference to the the NBPP, their bounty, and overall conduct.
Be that as it may, a couple of points are in order. Responsible "pressure" may be fine as far as leading police and prosecutors to re-visit a case and conduct additional investigation. It should not be a reason for a decision to file charges. Ms. Corey said that was not the case, so I will take her at her word. She handled her press conference very professionally, as did Zimmerman's new attorney.
As I said before, this case rises and falls on whether the prosecution can refute Zimmerman's version of events as to what happened when he and Martin came face to face. As I understand the Florida Stand Your Ground law, such a defense will succeed or fail based on who was the actual aggressor. I suspect that will have to go farther than merely showing that Zimmerman continued to follow Martin after being told not to by the 9-11 operator. As yet, we still don't know how they came face to face, what was said by whom, who initiated the struggle, and what were the actual circumstances under which Zimmerman drew his weapon and fired. If I am not mistaken, the only eyewitness says he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, but did not see the actual shooting. We pretty much know what Zimmerman's story is, and it will be the task of the prosecutor to disprove that story. You may or may not believe the story, but it is plausible considering the eyewitness and the fact that Zimmerman did have some extent of injury. One would hope that the prosecution has additional evidence that we do not know about.
So let's sit back and let justice do its job.