This is the most sound judgement that I have heard in some time.
Is George Zimmerman guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin?
The correct answer is “I don’t know.”
If you do know now, then you are ‘taking sides’ and not looking at the facts since the facts have yet to be established. That is what trials are for — to put forth the facts and have them tested via cross examination. Cross examination is important to testing the facts and how much weight and credibility should be assigned to any piece of information. ’Taking sides’ is just plain wrong. We can’t afford the injustice of people taking sides and not looking at evidence.
You may think you know the facts now since you have heard or read some of the reports, but news reports don’t include everything — not all witness statements (including the cross examination since that has not happened and cross examination tests statments and other evidence), not forensic reports etc.
So do me a favor….if you have an opinion now about guilty or not guilty, drop that opinion. Step back, and stop ‘taking sides.’ It is wrong. I want all of us to be better than that.
Be fair to both Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Martin — and be fair to the jury. The jury will be sitting through ALL the testimony (and none of the rest of us will be able to claim that) and they will collectively reach a verdict. I have no idea what the jury will decide — but I do know they will have been selected to do the job and will do their best to be fair…and they will have heard ALL the evidence unlike those of us in the so called peanut gallery.
Put yourself in the shoes of the jury.
(There is some graphic language (asides) in the following and sound quality is poor)