– “Sorry, the Zimmerman Case Still Has Nothing to Do With ‘Stand Your Ground'”
“The initial decision not to arrest Zimmerman, former Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee said last week (as paraphrased by CNN), “had nothing to do with Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law” because “from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.” And as The New York Times explained last month, “Florida’s Stand Your Ground law…has not been invoked in this case.” The only context in which “stand your ground” was mentioned during the trial was as part of the prosecution’s attempt to undermine Zimmerman’s credibility by arguing that he lied when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had not heard of the law until after the shooting. During his rebuttal on Friday, prosecutor John Guy declared, “This case is not about standing your ground.”
So how did Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, respond to Zimmerman’s acquittal last night? By announcing that ‘we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state.'”
By Jacob Sullum in Reason.com.
– “Is This Still America?”
“The political intervention in the Zimmerman case is un-American.”
“The only real heroes in this trial were the jurors. They showed that this is still America at least for now despite politicians who try to cheapen or corrupt the law, as if this were some banana republic. Some are already calling for a federal indictment of George Zimmerman, after he has been acquitted.
Will this still be America then?”
By Thomas Sowell in the National Review. Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
UPDATE: July 17, 2013
“Jimmy Carter on George Zimmerman Verdict: Right Decision”
From ABC News.