Monday, April 9, 2012

To Kill a Mockinbird... Again

Today the Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, announced that there will be no grand jury for Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Even though Ms. Corey said since the beginning that there might be no need for a grand jury, for me this news came as a surprise. Came as a surprise because the fate of George Zimmerman rests solely on the shoulders of Ms. Corey and whatever decision she comes to the decision is absolute, there are no appeals.

What if she announces that she reached the conclusion that Mr. Zimmerman is not guilty? What will the parents of Mr. Martin to do?

I cannot conceive, given this announcement, the findings will be that of a guilty verdict. I believe that if a person is found guilty, there should be a jury. Is Ms. Corey going to be the judge, juror and executioner? Doubt it. Then, this must mean that she will find him not guilty and that would be one of the greatest injustices that I’ve heard since I can remember.

I fear that Ms. Corey will find the murderer not guilty, especially after reading an article from the where it read: “According to Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett, the city’s emergency management team has met regularly with the DOJ to construct a plan. Extra police officers and fire department officials are on standby and neighboring agencies have also been asked to assist if needed.” - That statement doesn’t sound too promising. For me that translates to Mr. Zimmerman will be found Not Guilty and the city is preparing for the riots that will follow that announcement.

If the findings are not favorable to Mr. Martin’s family, they will feel devastated, disillusioned and rightfully enraged and so will most of the citizens of the United States.

If my suspicions are correct, we can be sure that in this country justice is not blind and will not be for a long time. It hasn’t been in over 500 years, why would we expect it to be any different now? That dame might be blindfolded but her scale is definitively tipped.


  1. While I agree with most of the author's sentiments here, I suspect that they are misunderstanding Ms. Corey's role in this. Ms. Corey is not tasked with adjudicating Mr. Zimmerman's verdict, she is simply tasked with deciding whether or not to charge him with a crime. It *does* make me nervous that the decision rests with her alone, but we mustn't forget that hers is not the only investigation into whether or not Mr. Zimmerman shall be charged with a crime. The DOJ and the FBI are also conducting their concurrent investigations. I am crossing my fingers that Ms. Corey's motivation is to not be beholden to a grand jury's whims, which are notoriously unpredictable, and to bring a manslaughter charge or something similar.

  2. Hopefully you are correct, however, the determination was that no grand jury was necessary. We all know that she was to determine if Mr. Zimmerman was guilty or not but instead what we got was that there would be no jury... and when we think that Mr. Zimmerman's father is a judge, well... that makes you wonder why there will be no grand jury on a murdering case. The posting is just my interpretation of the matter, it should not be taken as a fact (unless it is mentioned that it came from an expert) I, just like you, write based on my point of views and opinions. Thank you for sharing yours!