- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Of all people to pass judgment on others, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer would have been wise to remain silent and not vocalize his opinions on the George Zimmerman case (“Eliot Spitzer: Zimmerman verdict ‘a failure of justice,’” Web, July 14). The credibility of his opinions went down the drain when he denigrated his own reputation and humiliated his family by frequenting a high-priced prostitute in the nation’s capital.

Mr. Spitzer’s claim that the justice system failed and that the jury got it wrong seems to be his way of bringing more attention to himself. This case is not a failure of justice, as Mr. Spitzer claims; as a former prosecutor, he knows better. Rather, it is a demonstration of a trial that brought the totality of evidence forward for a jury to consider objectively and fairly, which it did. The verdict and the criminal justice process need to be respected.

This case also was not about race. It was not about Skittles and a drink. It involved two human beings who wound up in an altercation that has had an impact on many lives in profound ways.

Though it is tragic that Trayvon Martin is dead, he played a part in this situation as well. When Trayvon could have avoided confrontation by running to his father’s home (which was four minutes away), he chose to remain in the area. What transpired from there resulted in confrontation and a violent episode that leaves unrelenting impact.

Undoubtedly Mr. Zimmerman did not set out to kill anyone that night, and Trayvon was not the totally innocent victim he has been portrayed to be. He apparently contributed by attacking Mr. Zimmerman, causing injuries to him and provoking him to shoot in self-defense while he was being attacked and slammed into the pavement in fear for his life.

Though emotions have run high on this case, it is not one to have been decided on emotion but on the evidence presented in a court of law. The outcry calling for harm to Mr. Zimmerman and his family is an outrageous response to a case that was processed through the criminal justice system in accordance with the law. The resulting lesson should be that everyone must move forward nonviolently and heal peacefully.



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