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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to discuss the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin when he speaks at the NAACP convention in Orlando today. ..
Holder spoke to members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., on Sunday in Washington, D.C. He told the women that the Justice Department is looking into whether George Zimmerman violated federal civil-rights laws. "I want to assure you that the Department will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law," Holder said.
The NAACP started a petition Saturday night urging the DOJ to take action.
Originally posted by jam321
and that he is flat out bias and will resign
Criminal trials are not very good at deciding whether a defendant is actually innocent — or whether racial profiling is a problem in our country.
Both sides hoped the case would definitively resolve this debate, but as the trial went on, it became clear that it could not. Criminal trials are not journalism, which seeks to construct a who-what-when-where-why account. They are set up to answer a narrow question: whether the prosecution has proved a specific charge “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Are young black men being racially profiled? Are there too many guns in the hands of private citizens? Does the law give people too much leeway in using deadly force in self-defense? The Zimmerman trial was never going to answer any of those questions. But now that it is over, we should be able to find the time — and the right forum — to tackle them head-on.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
The Justice Department is just doing what they SHOULD do. They should listen to the people and make sure justice is done. If Zimmerman is innocent, as you seem to think, then you have nothing to worry about.
"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," the president said when asked about the case in the Rose Garden on March 23, 2012, after many had called for Zimmerman's arrest but several weeks before he was charged. "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids."
Yes, Obama's hypothetical son and Trayvon would have shared the same brown skin color. Would that have made them interchangeable? Not unless all brown-skinned boys are the same. Does the president really believe that?
The other, more troubling possibility is that the president surrendered to his political instincts. He wants disadvantaged Americans to believe that he and his family are one of them -- despite their life of unparalleled privilege -- and he wanted the prosecutors, judge and jury to believe that this was a case about race where justice demanded a guilty verdict.
That just means the prosecution couldn't PROVE it... because their main witness is dead.
Originally posted by sonnny1
I would buy this if it wasn't filled with "Opinion" already.......And when you are the President, or Eric Holder, I would think their "Opinions" hold bigger sway, then the rest of us, wouldn't you agree?
Maybe this Administration needs to keep their "Opinions" out of it, and stop making it a "Race" issue.
Originally posted by jam321
And when the prosecution can't prove it, that means the defendant gets to move on with his or her life and the prosecution respects the decision of the jury.