The Trayvon Martin Case: How Desperate Are The Prosecutors?

If you watched/listened to the prosecutor bullying and attacking George Zimmerman during the bond hearing today, did you hear the same desperation in the attacks I did?

I heard it later, too, as the prosecutor desperately tried to stop the judge from doing what he was clearly going to do all along and grant Zimmerman bail.  The prosecutor failed, not on emotion or anger (he had plenty of both) but on the facts and the law.

This is not a good sign for the political lynch mob demanding Zimmerman’s blood.

Meanwhile, George Zimmerman came across as, well, just a guy.  Maybe he is a vicious racist stalker who murdered Trayvon Martin as the prosecutors allege—but he sure didn’t sound like one.  This video—particularly the prosecutor’s ham-fisted attacks—are going to make it harder for the Sharptons and Jacksons to keep people whipped into a race-based frenzy.

But the worst moment for the prosecutors was when Judge Kenneth Lester spoke.  His very first statement, “We handle cases like this all the time” was a disaster for the prosecutors.  Because based on the evidence made public, there is no way this is a second-degree murder case unless something very unusual or odd is afoot. 

If George Zimmerman is treated like any other suspect in a typical criminal case, he will spend little—if any—time in jail.  The fact that the judge is refusing to participate in a political show trial is a very bad development for the Florida prosecutors.


Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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