While those of us who see the injustice, ponder the outcome, reconstruct events in our head, and search for answers, the real problem is not the system it is the lack of integrity of those that we trust within the process. Humanity and Justice call for us to answer the question, how can a child be killed by someone we know was the aggressor and six jurors return with not guilty?
Many people thought this was the worst thing that could have happened, but it was Sybrina Fulton’s words that brought sobriety to us, the worst thing that could have happened transpired on February 26, 2012, the day Trayvon was killed.
What Zimmerman’s trial did was shine a brighter light on the unjust statutes that allowed February 26, 2012 to happen and the need for greater accountability. It also shows us that justice cannot prevail in a system laden with discrimination and unjust legal practices. Those with a “stand your ground” mentality, carrying guns are not going to find someone like Zimmerman guilty, he is one of them.
People must first realize that something went terribly wrong on that night. It was not just a casual mishap by Zimmerman, as juror B-37 wants us to believe. Zimmerman made a fatal error which cost a young African American his life, and the fact that she could do an interview and make his actions appear cavalier, made me question if she had any ties to “George.”
What the federal justice system needs to recognize is that justice in small towns is difficult for minorities. The legal system is usually filled with the mentality of the political party that is dominate, and unjust practices when it comes to justice for minorities is a way of life, much like the old south.
In these toxic systems, politicians, courts, judges, attorneys, and jurors may be corrupt and sadly in cases like Trayvon’s murder, we see the contamination, hear it, smell it and can touch it, but cannot convict it. Consequently, it is apparent to the American people that something went terribly wrong and it was not just Zimmerman, but those who went to extremes to keep him from accountability.
A report on Slate, states that B-37 wanted to be a juror on this trial and how cautiously she answered questions, not appearing to be sympathetic to either side. We also know that her husband is an attorney. So one would ponder had she been prepped for the job. She is certainly opinionated and if met with a weaker voice, one can see where she could be an influence.
There have been questions raised regarding the way the prosecution handled the case. Why they allowed B-37 to be a juror? Her background should have been flags for the prosecution. Was there really someone worse than her?
There is also the question of why the prosecution did not ask for a change of venue? In life, Trayvon found no justice in that community. Certainly, at the trial of his death by a White-Hispanic man in that community, knowing the sentiments and political atmosphere, the prosecution should have questioned if justice could prevail for Trayvon and his family in that setting. Surely, the fact that the police did not initially hold Zimmerman for the crime and simply released him, should have also been cause for reservations.
While I may seem too opinionated. I myself have been in a similar situation, not with the criminal justice system, but with the civil system and the same situation played out except we did not make it to trial. An unscrupulous attorney attempted to use fraudulent information to intimidate me into dismissing the case with prejudice. I was in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
I could not get the media in Idaho Falls or surrounding areas to report about the case. I had several reporters contact me. I even told one that once those in control in Idaho Falls get wind of her investigation, they would stop her from reporting it. Consequently, she eventually stopped contacting me and the story was never done.
I wrote to the Mayor of Idaho Falls, Jared Fuhriman, for assistance in getting a police report taken. I later received a copy of a letter where the city attorney, Randall Fife, who the Mayor turned to for advice, gave misinformation regarding the facts and stated that it would be “improper” to prosecute a local doctor for falsifying information during a civil court process even though Idaho has a law that states the doctor’s actions were a felony offense. It would be interesting to know Fife’s idealology on who it would be “proper” to charge with felony offenses.
I also wrote the city council, legislative representatives of Idaho Falls, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, Governor Otter, and filed a complaint with the Idaho Bar Association.
My daughter was pronounced brain-dead in October 2007 due to this doctor prescribing a drug he had no knowledge of. Although she lived, she is now disabled. The doctor and his legal team, with the assistance of the attorney representing my child’s interest, used altered medical records to make a mockery of the civil trial process in April of 2012, the trial date was scheduled for October 2012.
After writing the city council, I had one council person to respond and request an explanation from the Chief of Police in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Supposedly, they are investigating it, but when I recently requested a case number, one had not been assigned yet.
The Idaho Board of Medicine is now investigating the actions of the doctor.
In systems laden with discrimination; when officials go behind closed doors to investigate a complaint, even in the presence of police, lawyers and even judges who are supposed to uphold the law, things can become extremely murky and justice may be replaced with misguided political views. The rights of minorities in these communities are denied by those purportedly responsible for upholding them.
For minorities everything needs to be done before the public’s view. So that the American people can see what transpires because this is the only hope of seeing justice in these communities. If the media does not function as it should in these areas, as it did not in Idaho Falls for my family, there is little hope of attention being drawn to unjust legal practices that violate the rights of citizens.
Prayerfully, Trayvon’s case will bring much needed change to the justice system which presently lacks integrity in many respects. Human rights and justice have no voice in these communities.
By: Veverly Edwards