Take a Closer Look…

It’s been a long time since I have posted to this blog. Far too long. I had moved it at one point, but I decided that moving it wasn’t much good. As such, I haven’t really blogged in either place for a very long time. I’ll go ahead and break my awkward silence with this… recent chaos via Twitter, Facebook, and the news stations.

The majority of this post actually comes nearly directly from a post I made in comment to a friend’s status on Facebook. So if it looks familiar, those of you who know me there you may have seen it. However, I decided that wasn’t really the place, and I apologized to the person in question. I have been very frustrated these last few hours, and I kinda took it out there. That wasn’t appropriate, and I apologize to her again, should she read this post. She was actually not the target of my frustration at all, and I have no idea why I even posted it to her. She’s an amazing and wonderful woman – and I am a woman who sometimes misdirects her frustration.

A lot of people are swearing against the judicial system of the United States right now. Mentioning how it has failed, and how the jury decision has proven that it’s ok to shoot African American youths on the street walking home from the store, because there will be no punishment for it! The exaggeration is unbelievable, and quite honestly, more than just a little ridiculous. They swear hate against America, and against all that we have here. And this bothers me. America is not the problem. The judicial system is not the problem. It is not an “injustice system”, as I just heard on the news from one of the protester’s outside the courthouse. Let’s take a closer look…

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The prosecution did not build the case to justify a guilty verdict. From what I understand, those women on the jury did their absolute best and made their decision based on what evidence was presented. They asked questions about manslaughter, even, and still they could not find justification without a reasonable doubt to convict him.

I don’t think they did an injustice. I think they did the best they could with what was presented to them. They were all women, who would naturally lean more toward the teen who was killed. The fact that they decided Zimmerman was not guilty actually says much about what was and was not presented. It is not the defense’s job to prove the man innocent, even though many crime novels, television shows, and movies have made it seem that way. It’s the Prosecution’s job to prove him guilty. Don’t blame the system. The system actually worked. If the prosecution failed to prove without a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was guilty of murder, then the system worked.

I wasn’t there, I can’t say if Zimmerman is guilty or innocent. None of us were, and none of us can, even though much of America is placing themselves there to make that decision without seeing the evidence, hearing the testimony, or witnessing it themselves. I’m sorry, whatever is “seen” and “heard” through media is twisted. Whatever media source it is, it is twisted. There is proof of quite a few twists in this case alone – most notably with that 9-1-1 call. We don’t know if Zimmerman chased him down, or if the boy came back and attacked Zimmerman. We simply don’t know, and we won’t know. No matter who speaks of it, we will never know what really happened that night. Even if we could speak to both of the men in question, each would give a different story based on their own perception.

However, what I can say is that anyone accused of taking someone’s life would be grateful that they were given the opportunity to a fair trial, as this country allows by our freedom as citizens. God forbid any of us be involved in anything where fingers are pointed our way in accusation for causing the purposeful death of a person, but if they ever are, we are going to be a lot more grateful for the justice system that a lot of people are putting down today. Sometimes innocent people are prosecuted. Sometimes guilty people are prosecuted. Sometimes innocent people go to jail and guilty are set free. It’s not a perfect system, but it is one that was designed to try to cut back on the sway of the overall opinion and emotion of the public and focus on the facts.

One woman on the news said things very well. The purpose of the justice system is not to satisfy the masses or to make anyone feel better. The purpose of the justice system is to look at the facts, and make a decision based on the facts. The job of the prosecution is to find enough “fact” to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person is guilty. It is not the job of the defense to prove the accused innocent beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Those of you cursing this amazing country because of a very difficult decision that six women had to make, be glad that you live in a country where you have the right to state your opinion. Not everyone in this world has that right. And those people who don’t live in a country that has that right, remember that they would give anything to live where you are and have your rights.

My apologies for the… emotion and anger… expressed in this post. I am so tired of people loving this country only as long as they agree with every decision made and everything done, and cursing it the moment they don’t agree with something.

We live in an amazing country where we have freedoms that so many don’t have. Yeah, we won’t like everything that happens. We won’t agree with it all. We won’t like every president elected, but we have the right to vote and put in our input. We won’t like every decision made, but we have the right to speak our minds about how much we don’t like it. Thank God for that. And God Bless America!

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