The law is the crime

I believe in the rule of law, and I believe in the presumption of innocence. I know the case against George Zimmerman wasn’t strong enough to meet the demands of Florida’s justice system, which favours┬áracist gun-toting man-children. From the beginning, I knew this could go either way.

Not because of the facts, you understand. The facts are that George Zimmerman picked a fight with an unarmed black teenager, who he shot and killed. Only in the most willfully delusional corners of American society are those facts in dispute. But while the facts are the facts, the law is the law.

And if George Zimmerman can be acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin, as he was tonight, then the criminal justice system of the state of Florida is wrong.

It’s that simple, and it’s that morally unambiguous. And it’s up to the good people of the state of Florida to change the law and right this wrong – for the memory of Trayvon Martin, and for all the other young black teenagers whose lives have just been put in jeopardy by an utterly reprehensible legal precedent.

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