Thursday, May 17, 2012

ABC decides to start telling the truth

ABC News is reporting on the release of the discovery information in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

It is no surprise that ALL of the evidence backs up Mr. Zimmerman's version of events.  He had injuries on the back of his head and a broken nose.  The police reports indicate that the back of his sweater was wet and stained with grass.

Two eyewitnesses report seeing Martin on top of Zimmerman beating him.

The autopsy report reveals that Martin had wounds on his knuckles consistent with what he would have received when pummeling someone with his fists.

The autopsy also reveals that Martin had drugs (THC) in his system.

We think of the prosecutor's job as charging bad guys with their crimes and trying to get them convicted at trial.  But an equally important part of the prosecutor's responsibilities is determining when someone has not committed a crime or when a crime might have happened but the available evidence would not support a conviction.

In those cases it is the duty of the prosecutor to refrain from filing charges or if charges have already been filed and evidence clearing the defendant comes to light to dismiss them.  It is crystal clear that charges should never have been filed against George Zimmerman and they should be dropped before another day has ended.

Zimmerman was charged as a means of placating a mob and even if, no when, he is cleared at trial he will have lost months of his life and inured tens of thousands of dollars of legal bills which the state will not reimburse him for no matter how frivolous the charges were.

The way to deal with a lynch mob is to send in the police.  If the police can't handle the situation then the governor declares martial law and sends in the National Guard with orders to restore order.  No just society feeds an innocent man into the meat grinder of the criminal justice system as a matter of political expediency.