Prepare yourself for an onslaught of worthless slants on the jury verdict in the Zimmerman case
The trial of George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin is now in the hands of the jury, whose verdict inevitably will trigger an uproar of reaction from countless people who haven’t had the opportunity to hear all the evidence and examine all the exhibits.
Even before the trial was over, there were polls, scientific and unscientific alike, on the question of Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence — as if matters like this should be determined by the preponderance of public opinion.
Countless talking heads on TV have boldly predicted the outcome of the case. The right-wing noise machine has warned — with more than a trace of hopefulness — that race riots will ensue if Zimmerman is found not guilty.
Personally, I don’t know what to expect from this jury of six women. I have had neither the time nor the inclination to follow the trial closely. Nor could I or anyone who wasn’t in the courtroom assess how members of the jury might have reacted to all the testimony and exhibits. Therefore, I can’t see myself second-guessing whatever verdict is reached.
But mark my words: Many thousands, perhaps even millions, of my fellow Americans won’t be so circumspect about this matter.