Monday, July 15, 2013

Let The Revisionist (Jury) History Begin!


From Prachi Gupta, in Salon:

Juror B37, one of the six female jurors who found George Zimmerman not guilty for the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, has signed with Martin Literary Management to write a book about the trial, GalleyCat reports.
The statement from agent Sharlene Martin, president of Martin Literary Management:
My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law. It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life. The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions"...

That is all.



Dana said...

This verdict was a foregone conclusion for a couple of reasons.

Tradition and history first off.

More importantly the prosecutor's office. They declined to charge in the beginning remember. There was no way they were going to bring a solid, complete case to trial and get the guilty verdict Trayvon Martin deserved. That outcome would have made them look racist and compliant in the original decision not to charge.

They were forced to bring charges by public outcry.

They were NOT going to prove to the public that the public were that powerful.

But the deep root reason is a very fundamental flaw in our entire system of trial by jury.

Trial by peers of the accused.

Rather it should be trial by peers of the victim(s).

Don F. said...

Laws that need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life???.
Here we go, the old ones, the ones we,ve abided by for hundreds of years,no longer should apply? I'm convinced given Ms. Martin is in the buisness of selling books and is therefore highly qualified in all manner of things!

e.a.f. said...

Martin, like Zimmerman, will have a new career. If she had voted guilty, there would have gone her new career.

it is interesting to have watched the trial. The "stand your ground" law was written for white people who want to shoot and kill any time they "feel" threatened.

If you actually are threatened, don't rely on the that law. A black woman in Florida was just sentenced to 20 yrs. in prison for firing a shot into the air, in a walmart, when her abusive husband was once again threatening to injure her. The judge refused to permit her to use the law to defend herself.

There is one law for the rich and one for the poor. There is also one law for the whites or close to white and those who are black, or close to it.

The basis for the "stand your ground' law had little to do with "law". It was about race. Little old white folks feeling "threatned". Whatever happened to "reasonable force"?

As long as "stand your ground" laws are in force, there will be whites shooting blacks and getting away with it. That was why the law was written adn that is why the law will stay where it is.