Friday, July 19, 2013

Left Side of the Aisle #117 - Part 2

Clown Award: Juror B37

Now for the Clown Award, given as always for acts of meritorious stupidity.

The big red nose this week goes to juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial, the woman who went on TV and declared how she wanted to acquit Zimmerman from the get-go because "his heart was in the right place” and who planned to do a tell-all book about the trial until even she had to admit that was too tacky.

“I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhood and wanting to catch these people so badly,” she said. He was just a good boy who made an honest little mistake because he just cared so much.

None of it was his fault. Even though the police dispatcher told Zimmerman not to keep following Martin, the dispatcher actually “kind of egged him on,” according to B37.

What's more, she declared that Martin probably threw the first punch, that "he got mad and attacked him," that is, Zimmerman. Which she maintained despite already having said “Nobody knows exactly what happened.” That is, nobody knows but it was all Trayvon Martin's fault, that Trayvon Martin “played a huge role in his death.” That is, it was his own fault that he got killed. Apparently, it was George Zimmerman and not Trayvon Martin was the one just walking home with a can of iced tea and a pack of Skittles.

Oh, and by the way, race had absolutely nothing to do with any of it, she insisted. Nosiree. Whoever it was - "Spanish, white, Asian" - then Zimmerman "would have reacted the same way.”

As for the gun, she said “I think it’s everybody’s right to carry a gun as long as you are responsible and use it the way you should be using it” - which, apparently, in her mind is just what George Zimmerman did.

She was far enough out there that four of the other jurors issued a statement bashing her for, they said, leading the country to believe she spoke for the whole group. Her opinions, they said, were "not in any way representative" of theirs.

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, as ethically and morally outrageous as it is, may have been legally necessary due to the twisted nature of Florida's laws. But to turn this into "poor George," to turn the stalker, to turn the shooter, into the good boy with the good heart victimized by an attacker, is the act of a complete clown.


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