For the first time in quite some time, we have actual justice from a jury. We’ve had so many unjust verdicts, so I had no expectations for justice, so I’m especially thrilled they did the right thing. The state wanted to use this man as some sort of political sacrifice. I’m thrilled that did not happen. Here are my tweets as I first heard the result:


Consider this your open thread on this issue. Update in comments with additional links, and our team will update here as well.

Congratulations to George Zimmerman, prevailing in an obvious case of self-defense. This is a victory which would not have been possible without everyone contributing to the GZ Defense Fund. Yet it still concerns me that without that support, this railroading may have succeeded. In the end, at least here, justice prevailed. Thank God.

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  1. Shifra says:

    I was worried about the verdict after hearing about Johnny’s prediction of “Manslaughter;” Johnny has been correct so much of the time…

    Dershowitz: Zimmerman Prosecutors ‘Should Be Disbarred’

    Sharpton: ‘Slap in the Face to Those Who Believe in Justice in This Country’

    • Maynard says:

      Shifra, do you recall the Jewish riots in the wake of the acquittal in the Yankel Rosenbaum murder case? Neither do I.

      (Not to suggest any similarities; in the Rosenbaum case, the defendant was guilty as sin, if I recall correctly.)

      • Shifra says:

        Maynard, to say that Lemrick Nelson was “guilty” is putting it mildly. Before his death, Yankel Rosenbaum identified Nelson when the cops brought him to the hospital; when he saw Nelson, he asked, “Why did you stab me?” Also, Nelson admitted that he stabbed Rosenbaum.

        Of course, there were no riots after Nelson was acquitted.

        For those who are unfamiliar with this case, I wrote about it last summer:

        • Maynard says:

          Shifra’s post on the Yankel Rosenbaum case is worth reading!

        • Kitten says:

          As long as sheeple take no personal responsibility for their own actions and beliefs, evil race-baters like Sharpton and Obama will always have a platform to spew their hate-filled rhetoric, and race relations in America will suffer. It saddens and angers me to read about the Rosenbaum case in New York. Can’t say I ever remember hearing about it, but now I’ll never forget it. I’m prayerful the Zimmerman verdict will not produce the “lynch mob” mentality the liberals are hoping for, although the DOJ, MSM, and OBummer seem desperate to make it happen.

  2. Dave says:

    Fla State Pros. Attorney just said , on my TV, that ” this case was NEVER about race”….thats almost funny, but its tragic.

    Let me correct her….this case was about NOTHING ~BUT~ RACE.
    Even the President made sure of that.

    I hope the fired Sheriffs SUE the State of Florida, and own a county of their choice.

  3. Dalgon says:

    Now what he needs to worry about is Holder’s Department of Injustice filing Civil Rights charges. There is precedent.

    Rev. Al has already been calling for this on MSNBC.

    • Dave says:

      Dalgon: I say GO FOR IT HOLDER….talk about sour grapes….
      I think the Admin will RUN from this, it will disappear like Obama on Benghazi night!
      What were you sayin’ about Trayvon being your son Barack? Assaulting Zimmerman? Hmm?

    • Maynard says:

      Whatever happened to double jeopardy? Oh, yeah, that was back when we had a Constitution.

  4. Squirrel says:

    Maybe people in this country are beginning to wake-up. Obviously not an O.J. jury.
    Florida, it is time to get rid of your Mike Nifong prosecutors. Ditto’s Tammy. Hoping there is some recourse for Mr. Zimmerman.

  5. Maynard says:

    The great chief will be angry. His call for a political prisoner having been rebuffed, the only satisfactory appeasement will be human sacrifice.

    • littlefirefly says:

      This is a great distraction for the DB so I bet the great AG is working on giving us 3 more years of this!

    • littlefirefly says:

      Maynard, Yes the DB I am sure is clutching at straws along with Tonto ( Eric Holder). I am sure that these distractions are just what Dr. Alinsky ordered.

  6. engine1 says:

    Long road. Jury wasn’t fooled. Neither is most of the country. This is the time to realize that you…each and every one of you reading this…have a brain, have morals, have an ethical understanding of what is right and you live up to it. Call your congressman/woman and senator on Monday and tell them that you are very happy George Zimmerman was set free…and that every other political prisoner should be set free.

  7. avidfan09 says:

    Yay, indeed. What’s worse was looking at the headache inducing comments at HuffPo. What’s even worse was my thought process was as naive and tainted before I started listening to Tammy many moons ago.

  8. echosierra says:

    Sorry, but if some pudgey civilian with delusions of being a lawman tries to detain me on a public street we are going to have a problem. If he tries to get physical we are going to have a real problem. If he can’t defend himself when he started a confrontation and tries to pull a gun it will be his last problem. I have my own CCW and I’m pretty sure I’m a better shot. I think this decision just opened up a new version of the Wild West. I don’t personally have a problem with that, but I think people have to see it for what it is.

    • Alain41 says:

      GZ did not try to detain Martin and did not try to get physical. Defending yourself is not the Wild West.

    • Pat_S says:

      Thumbs up, echosierra.

      I’m glad the trial is over. It was nauseating standing on the side of Zimmerman.

      The framework within which the trial took place was wildly politicized. That was an injustice to George Zimmerman. The trial itself could rightfully only be about a narrow application of a particular law. The jury came to the right verdict given the law.


      George Zimmerman is a cowardly weakingly who probably had some fantasy life about being Dirty Harry. Was there some element of profiling? You have to be naive to think there wasn’t. Did Zimmerman behave in a manner to provoke suspicion and perhaps fear in Martin? Very possible. Did a teenager make a fatal mistake to confront his stalker? He sure did.

      Zimmerman had injuries. We are told he didn’t even have to have injuries to be legally considered in fear for his life. What is a life or death situation to a coward? Just about anything. He was acting like a big shot and then it turned into something he didn’t expect. Zimmerman was not fit enough or brave enough to fight back so he pulled out his gun.

      George Zimmerman with a gun was a disaster waiting to happen.

      The intimidating, race-mongering circus that forced a trial is frightening. They are perpetually looking for trouble. They made George Zimmerman a symbol of racial injustice. They created a divisive, confrontational atmosphere. The general public fell into the idea it had to take a side and in so doing a certain amount of sympathy for Zimmerman was generated. He deserves sympathy only in a symbolic way not for the man he is.

      George Zimmerman is not guilty of any crime for killing Trayvon Martin. It’s the way Florida law is written.

      He isn’t guilty of throwing a grenade in American race relations. The usual race-baiting mafia is.

      He is guilty of being a weasel, a weak coward whose ill-advised actions set off a chain of events so much larger than himself. His actions, though legally justified in Florida, leave a wake of pain, anger, sorrow and hatred.

      Hats off to the six women on the jury who kept a cool head and applied the law as required. They are braver than George Zimmerman will ever be.

      You want to kill somebody in Florida? Provoke them to the point they take a swing at you and then fire away.

      • TX Soldier254 says:

        Wow Pat_S stay away from Texas!

        WE have hundreds of thousands of George Zimmerman’s walking around, going to work, going to school, going to church, raising a family, relaxing in our front yards and backyards too.

        WE do not need to be freely beat on (Knock-Out Games/Gangs/etc.) before WE react swiftly and decisively with whatever tools WE have on hand, remember “Stand Your Ground” and “The Castle Doctrine”.

        If ‘they’ want to take there Anger out on something, invest in a Punching Bag, for the person ‘they’ punch just might be Armed.

        PS: Fighting for one’s Life should not be a “Fair Fight” or you will most surely Lose.

      • littlefirefly says:

        I absolutely agree with you Pat that Zimmerman should have just called the police and left it at that. What I thought I heard in the trial is that Zimmerman went back to check the address. I have seen those condo buildings in Florida and they are confusing. Then he was headed back to his car when Trayvon accosted him. What I would like to see after this terrible incident is to demand from Benjamin Jealous and Al Sharpton to please look at Chicago. The horrible waste of black children and their families lives destroyed every weekend. Ben Shapiro at Breitbart has a story about 17 year old Darrell Green of the Chicago area who refused to join a gang found dead of a gunshots. Where is the NAACP and Al? Why aren’t the Black Panthers in Chicago demanding justice for the innocent?

      • littlefirefly says:

        Dear Pat S,
        I agree that Zimmerman should just not have gotten out of his truck.

        The impression I had, after watching this trial, was that Zimmerman got out of his truck to check the address. I have seen some condos in Florida, the land is so flat, they seem to all look alike. I thought as he went back to the truck, Trayvon jumped him. It is a terrible situation. I feel for Trayvon’s family.

        What I do not understand is why Benjamin Jealous and Al Sharpton are not as outraged about Chicago. Ben Shapiro at Breitbart has a story about a 17 year old young black man (Darryl Green) who refused to join a gang and was murdered for it.

        This all fits in so well with the DB’s race war. He makes sure the most oppressed cannot get jobs because of his economic policies. Then he blames the rest of us. How perfect.

      • I can’t agree. Whatever Zimmerman’s weaknesses may be, the bottom line is that Martin acted in a manner that got him killed. It is very bad judgment to attack a person about whom you know nothing. If that person is trained to defend themselves and armed, it is a very dangerous thing to do. Martin could have ignored Zimmerman. He did not. Zimmerman did not attack Martin. Martin attacked Zimmerman, who was armed. A very bad idea indeed.

      • Dave says:

        Pat S…. Like TX, I have to say WOW! Really?????????????

      • engine1 says:

        This is the most disgusting Pat_S entry I have ever read. The American Indians have a saying: “Walk a mile in somebody else’s mocassins before you condemn that person”. Pat_S clearly has not seen herself in GZ’s predicament. Yes, cowardly to be crying for help!, help!, help me! and nobody shows up…even next door neighbors and supposed “friends”…but they all call “911”…not one person came out to pull that dude off him…they were all too scared for their own lives to get involved to help George Zimmerman. No, Pat_S, George Zimmerman is not a coward….he did the only thing open to him. And you need to meditate on that.

      • Maynard says:

        PatS has a point. It seems quite possible that, in the land of objective reality (a place far-removed from this media circus of obsessed racialists and political demagoguery), Zimmerman bears some responsibility for a man being killed. I don’t mean Zimmerman is guilty of murder or even manslaughter. But Zimmerman was issued a gun; if he was less than prudent in approaching a suspect (i.e., a bit of a “hot dog”), then he shouldn’t have been placed in that position of authority. I’m not saying he was a hot dog; I’m saying if. We can’t know, and there’s certainly reasonable doubt; hence acquittal is correct. And Trayvon was a nasty kid, and he messed up in the wrong way and under the wrong circumstances, and most likely triggered his own death. A young wannabe gangster and a swaggering thug, but did he deserve to die? He might have grown up to be a nasty man, or he just might possibly have come to some maturity. I wouldn’t bet on it, but who knows? Anyway, Zimmerman certainly had to be acquitted, but I do wonder how God would judge this…

        • TX Soldier254 says:

          Maynard, why are you speaking in Generalities?

          No proof GZ touched him, but there is proof GZ spoke with Trademark, and there is proof like in school Trademark does not like being questioned, so Trademark let his fist do the talking, thus his death.

          See Maynard, No Generalities here.

          No “Punching Bags” in Texas 🙂

          • Maynard says:

            TX, you’re probably right, and that’s why acquittal is the correct response. I’m just acknowledging the uncertainty of a situation in which certain critical details are known only to two men, one of whom is dead and the other of whom is, whatever the truth may be, strongly motivated to present a scenario that will keep him out of jail. A touch of skepticism is warranted. And, with Pat’s evaluation eliciting some negativity, I thought some validation was in order.

            And if you disagree with that, please keep in mind that you may be a Soldier, but I’m a General-ity.

          • TX Soldier254 says:

            Lol Maynard, OK!

      • Artgal says:

        As I’m looking through some of the responses to what Pat S posted, it is quite unsettling. Pat has merely pointed out that Zimmerman’s actions (before being physically overcome by Martin) did not have to occur which means this whole mess – and loss of life – could possibly have been avoided.

        I get it: Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch guy. There were a rash of burglaries in his community, and people were afraid. No objections at all to helping out and being ready to act – but ONLY when there is reason to act. Can we fairly acknowledge that if Zimmerman had stayed in his vehicle (as he was told to do), there would not have been a confrontation resulting in Zimmerman being beaten and Martin being killed?

        Frankly, Martin probably thought he was acting in self-defense just as much as Zimmerman did. The difference is that it does not appear that Martin was in the process of committing a crime that night nor did he start a physical confrontation until Zimmerman decided to take matters into his own hands. Sorry, but how was Martin to know that Zimmerman was acting out of concern for his community?

        I, too, found the media circus nauseating. We can credit the media for making this entire situation something it was not.

        Pat – like you, I am grateful for the jurors for applying the law instead of emotion. Yes, the verdict was the correct one as Zimmerman did have a right to defend himself in that situation – even though he instigated much of the activity that night.

      • Tammy says:

        I have to agree and disagree with Pat’s comment. And Engine1, I would suggest someone disagreeing with us isn’t ‘disgusting.’ I respect Pat S tremendously. She’s an ‘Original TAM’ who helped, and continues to support, our effort here even though she no doubt has serious disagreements with me (of often I hear 🙂 When someone I respect disagrees with me, I take it as an opportunity to consider my position. Often it doesn’t change, but when it does it makes my new POV even more significant. One thing I know abut Zimmerman, none of us know him personally, so we have to apply our own assessment of the events (and the person) as the media has presented them. We then guesstimate how we’d react in that same situation.

        Personally, I, too, would have felt my life was in danger and would have fired. I think GZ’s life *was* in danger, and I think he handled himself extremely well under what must have been horrific circunstances. I can only guess who GZ is as a person overall, but considering what I’ve seen I think he’s a guy who had a tough upbringing (noted his mother beat him regularly) and was trying to make something of his life. Still a young man, I don’t know if he would have succeeded, but now whatever his character is will have to carry him through.

        I do agree with Pat S that this whole thing has been obscene. None of it should have happened, but it did. There are lessons for all of us here, and I focus it professionally into my work, highlighting for everyone how the left uses situations and destroys peoples lives for their political agenda. Personally, I remind myself that every action has consequences and life can change in a moment. Being ‘conscious’ of our choices and actions is imperative.

        • TX Soldier254 says:

          I Like how Tammy corrals us all back to what is important; the Liberal destruction of Family, Religion, and Freedom.

          • ancientwrrior says:

            To all, hindsight is 20/20. But, coulda, woulda, shoulda, doesn’t change anything, the past cannot be changed. Only 2 things GZ or any of us in that situation could have done. Kill or be killed, he chose life for himself. Would anyone have chosen death, so that he/she wouldn’t kill? There was only 1 man I know of in the past 2000 plus years that chose non resistance. They beat, crucified, and killed him for it.

    • TX Soldier254 says:

      I disagree Echosierra, Zimmerman was doing his Job.

      Given a rash Home Burglaries in his gated community, George had every right to question (not detain) a possible ‘suspicious’, at least, unknown person on that dark rainy night. His CCW was for his protection not a show of force. Trayvon ™ had option to walk away or engage the questioner, Trayvon ™ chose the latter.

    • TX Soldier254 says:

      I disagree Echosierra, George Zimmerman was doing his Job.

      Given a rash Home Burglaries in his gated community, George had every right to question (not detain) a possible ‘suspicious’, at least, unknown person on that dark rainy night. His CCW was for his protection not a show of force. Trayvon ™ had option to walk away or engage the questioner, Trayvon ™ chose the latter.

      • PaigeMJ says:

        I’m with TXSoldier (naturally!). With the burglaries in the neighborhood, there would be plenty of reason to be concerned. The 4 minutes of silence in the closing argument was very telling. If all Martin wanted to do was get away from Dirty Harry, then 4 minutes should have been more than sufficient.

        I think, if anything, people with CCW permits may be less likely to shoot since they do not want a nearly two-year fight like Zimmerman faced. And even now? I doubt if he’s headed to Maui or SuperTarget.

        In the pistol course where I volunteer as an instructor, we have four hours about avoiding confrontation. We also have a session with a lawyer so gun owners know the local laws and how to abide by them. Most in the class are interested in protection, not becoming deputized. The very real implications for gun owners who use their firearm in self-defense has become quite vivid this week.

    • Pat_S says:

      In reply to various comments above.

      I’ve thought about it a lot. It is my opinion that George Zimmerman’s underlying personality is that of a coward. He never expected his neighborhood watching to really get dangerous. It shouldn’t have been except for his actions.

      Trayvon Martin was in fact no danger at all to George Zimmerman’s neighborhood when Zimmerman decided Martin was a suspicious character. He wasn’t climbing out of someone’s window when Zimmerman noticed him. He was walking back from the store. Zimmerman noticed him because Martin was a stranger, a black male teenager wearing a hoodie. And so the events that led to Martin’s death were put in motion by George Zimmerman’s actions.

      Teenage males are notorious for acting without thinking about the consequences. GZ is a grown man. He had a gun. He already called the police as he had done on 46 previous occasions as a neighborhood watchman. He was in his car where he was instructed to stay. There was no need for GZ to continue with his manly duties as protector of his neighborhood, protection that was not in fact necessary against the innocent Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s job was finished. It was a mistake for him to get out of the car. I think it was bravado knowing the police were on the way. He didn’t expect what happened next. The police arrived two minutes after the gunshot.

      GZ made a lot of mistakes that night. TM made one, a fatal mistake. He didn’t control his teenage combative instinct ignited after being followed by a strange man in the dark of night. Zimmerman wasn’t prepared for a physical confrontation. For that we’ll never know the kind of man Trayvon Martin would have been.

      The jury verdict found Zimmerman not guilty. That is correct. He was and will continue to be a victim of the race mongers. That is unfair. To be made a hero among the gun-slinger, bring-it-on crowd, that is disgusting.

  9. midget says:

    I commend the 6 women jurors who looked beyond the obvious prejudice of this case,inflamed by our Divider-in-Chief, to bring a fair decision based on the facts. I feel for the Martin family, but I think they will be sustained by their faith and oh also by the $millions they received from the Neighborhood Watch Program and the civil case they will probably bring against GZ.

  10. Shifra says:

    NY Post: Celebs react to George Zimmerman verdict

    As Bugs Bunny says: “Maroons!”

  11. strider says:

    Case exemplifies the last 5 years. People believing what they want or are lead to believe. A little physical activity can divert attention from chronic inner city misery.

  12. naga5 says:

    after reading the definition of both second degree murder and manslaughter in the state of florida and the circumstances under which it is an excusable homicide under florida law, one must ask, why was it necessary to go through this?
    i appreciate johnny’s take on the possibility of the jurors picking from column B of the chinese menu of charges. i took some comfort in the fact that, if they returned that verdict, it would take a nanosecond to get it overturned on appeal, so flawed was the prosecution’s case.
    PS when i read the following from Pat_S:
    “He is guilty of being a weasel, a weak coward whose ill-advised actions set off a chain of events so much larger than himself. His actions, though legally justified in Florida, leave a wake of pain, anger, sorrow and hatred.”
    i kept thinking “is pat talking about POTUS?”

  13. TX Soldier254 says:

    Cool Beans…

    Congrats to the Defense Team for actually ‘Seeking the Truth’.

    A Federal Congressional Investigation (minus Holder) is needed for all parties involved to include; the DA’s Office, the Grand Jury who forwarded the complaint, the Police Department and the Fired Police Chief, the Sanford Mayors Office, and finally, President Obama’s influence and Federal dollars spent in this case.

    What say you; Governor Rick Scott, Senators Rubio and Nelson, was FL Tax Payers dollars Ethically used by the “Special Prosecutor’s” Office in this case?

    To the Zimmerman Family; Welcome to the Great State of Texas!

    • NeverSurrender says:

      TX, there was never a Grand Jury that heard this case. It was canceled when the special prosecutor took over and filed charges.

      • TX Soldier254 says:

        Well in that case, the Special Prosecutor must be Investigated thoroughly by Congress, since the Employees (not Workers) in the DOJ are Unethical and without Honor. My Opinion.

  14. Alain41 says:

    From the enlightened Florida State University, Mark Twain weighs in.

    “The central message of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, according to Florida State University’s Margaret E. Wright-Cleveland: “White people are the problem.”…”

    • Maynard says:

      I thought Injun Joe was the problem. No, I guess that’s “Tom Sawyer”.

      I wish these academics would make up their minds. In previous years they were pushing to ban or sanitize Mark Twain’s “racist” writings.

      Seriously, Mark Twain wrote some pretty savage condemnations of slavery, and about the attitude of the “damned human race” that allowed and encouraged us to mistreat each other. His most naked and controversial (for its day) essays he kept private, figuring he would only annoy people. Instead he used satire to chip away, in subtle ways, at our nasty inclinations. Of course, only a moron or a university professor could distill his message down to, “White people are the problem.”

  15. radargeek2 says:

    I thought all the race thing was in the past since this country voted in the black guy for president- twice! This justice based on race is a scourge on our nation. All are created equal, not favoritism based on what group the Demwit-libs put you in. This is what we get when we see each other by our hyphenated-American identities instead of being judge by our character. Diversity of ideas are more powerful than diversity of race,religion, ethnicity, etc.

  16. Kimj7157 says:

    I was definitely surprised by the verdict. Just expected another disappointing outcome. Would like to shake the hands of those 6 women. Being on a jury–and applying the law as instructed–is not an easy job.

    He’s certainly not a hero, but I can’t say I ever thought of George Zimmerman as a coward in all this. He was just trying to be a good citizen, do the right thing and help protect his neighborhood. But yes–if he had stayed in his car, TM would be alive. Just as TM would be alive if he had just gone home and hadn’t made the choice to punch Zimmerman in the face, straddle him and knock his head repeatedly into the concrete.

    And the leftist media is just as transparent and pathetic as usual.

  17. Norm says:

    As far as the actions of much of the complicit media concerning this case, I am going further than most anyone I have read yet. I firmly believe that some of these so-called networks have stepped beyond their jobs in 4th estate and now have crossed into the realm of national security. When they edit tape to cynically push for violence just to sell more airtime…not to mention outright lying for ratings, they are a security risk; endangering people and property for profit…

    What the media have done in this is far beyond what anyone can call freedom of speech.

    For these race baiting dirtbags…ie..the usual suspects, what’s new? These mutts make their living off race baiting. And as far as the infant in the White House and inserting himself into a local courtroom issue? I can’t comment, he has gotten so disgusting words do not do justice….

    • TX Soldier254 says:

      I Like that term Norm, “Infant In The White House”, the glove fits!

    • Cathode Rays says:

      >> I am going further than most anyone I have read yet. I firmly believe that some of these so-called networks have stepped beyond their jobs in 4th estate and now have crossed into the realm of national security <<

      I'll go there. In my opinion, they are leftists and don't care who they hurt. The ends justify the means. They are on-board for transforming this nation including trashing the constitution.

      Thugs are their allies against the hated middle-class.

    • ancientwrrior says:

      Very interesting Maynard. So corruption begat the death of TM.

    • TX Soldier254 says:

      I read about that story Maynard last week from another News source.

      Disgusting, but it is the ‘norm’ in Criminal Courts when dealing with “Minorities”, where ‘they’ dumb down the crimes due to; too many Blacks & Hispanics in Confinement, Reported Crime Index brings Property Values down, Federal School dollars and Accreditation threatened, etc…

      Like I said, it’s Disgusting and the Law Abiding people suffer.

    • Cathode Rays says:

      I hope everyone reads Maynard’s link. It’s the most important post to come out since the jury reached its verdict.

      The fact of the matter is that St. Skittles already made his decision to become a wolf preying on others (no matter what the excuse). He set the rules on that fateful night. He studied fighting and counted the smaller man not to be able to defend himself (the way liberals like it). And we’re arguing about the “cowardice” of Zimmerman?

      We are well advised not to depend on the government to do everything for us. I guess self-defense isn’t included.

      I wish the Fox News anchors would stop with the “Are you sorry?” questions to the Zimmermans. Civilized society can be glad it was Zimmerman who emerged from the fight and NOT dance on the grave of St. Skittles or take pleasure in the suffering of his family.

    • Cathode Rays says:

      P.S: Also see Robert Stacy McCain’s website.

  18. Dave says:

    If I was Zimmerman I’d leave the country for good ASAP.

  19. Alain41 says:

    And the minimizing of Mark O’Mara begins. If you successfully defend the liberal’s racist target, you will be attacked.

    “…”The defence looked unfeeling and callous during the trial,” says Jeannine Bell, a professor of law at Indiana University….”Celebrity journalists have an agenda,” says Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California….Mr O’Mara heightened tension with his racially charged remarks after the trial, she says, and made the situation harder for his client….”This is O’Mara’s 15 minutes of fame,” says Ms Levenson. “It’s a flash in the pan.” ”

    (I’m not sure that she didn’t say, celebrity jurists, and the reporter misunderstood.)

  20. Maynard says:

    I heard one interesting line of speculation that this Jeantel bimbo bears some degree of responsibility for the tragic turn. From her interview:

    RACHEL JEANTEL: “People need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracka going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go get — mind you, his little brother is there. Mind you I told you, I told Trayvon, [Zimmerman] might have been a rapist.”

    Did she plant the idea in his mind that Trayvon had better not go into his house, because his little brother would be molested if he did? If so, then hiding and attacking Zimmerman would become not only a logical thing to do, but a moral imperative. And of course, an adolescent male is easily influenced by a female’s call do to the macho thing. When the gal expects you to fight, you feel an impulse to fight, even if it’s stupid. Especially in the context of a discussion in which homosexuality is a factor. Because then your choice is a stark one: Fight or be revealed as a homo or, even worse, afraid of a homo. Unthinkable!

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