Today could be the last day of the strangest criminal trial ever. There is no dispute that George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Beyond that there isn’t much agreement about anything.
Inside the court no one has dared to mention the elephant in the room. That’s too bad. I wish Mark O’Mara would begin his closing argument by saying “The prosecution’s theory of this case is based on two facts: Trayvon Martin was black and George Zimmerman is not”.
There are a lot of red herrings in this case. Some are lies. Some are irrelevant. Many of them are both.
While it’s true that Trayvon Martin would probably be alive today if George Zimmerman didn’t have a gun or had stayed in his truck that fateful night, neither one of those things was the proximate cause of Trayvon’s death. Even if George Zimmerman “profiled” Trayvon and followed him, neither one of those acts is illegal.
In order to convict someone of a crime, the jury must agree that the evidence leads to only one reasonable conclusion: guilty. It is not enough that the defendant might be guilty or even is probably guilty.
This case scares me because of the very real possibility that George Zimmerman could spend the next several decades in prison in a case that should never have been filed.
Hopefully the jury will do the right thing and quickly acquit him of all charges.