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HAS JUSTICE BEEN SERVED?
by Sharon Rondeau
A jury of six women deliberated on Friday and Saturday before the verdict was announced on Saturday night at 9:59 p.m. EDT.
The case was racially-tinged from the outset after Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, and Martin, who was black, engaged in a struggle which ended in Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin at close range. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and sustained injuries to his face and head from the encounter.
Obama had weighed in on the incident, claiming that if he had had a son, he would “look like Trayvon.”
Trayvon Martin is said to have had a criminal history which was not allowed to be discussed during the trial. Former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who resigned from his job after the incident, said that the investigation was affected by “pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.”
The charge against Zimmerman was not reviewed by a grand jury allegedly because the charge was not first-degree murder, and prosecutor Angela Corey’s conduct is in itself under scrutiny. Last week, a citizens’ grand jury issued an indictment against her claiming that she committed “falsification of the arrest warrant.” Corey decided to charge Zimmerman “after weeks of protests and demonstrations by civil rights leaders across the nation.”
The Fifth Amendment states that “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury…”
Earlier on Saturday, a teenager threatened violence at his Illinois school if the verdict were “not guilty.”
Some news outlets with a clear bias against Zimmerman reported only one side of the story.
Update, July 14, 2013: Extensive coverage of the Trayvon Martin case not found in the mainstream media can be found here.