There are three ways of looking at whether Zimmerman should be prosecuted in federal court

In the aftermath of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in a Florida court, a question looms as to whether he’ll now face federal charges of violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. It seems to me that there are three views on that matter — and two of them are fundamentally wrong. The first is the purely vengeful view of people who simply want Zimmerman to be punished under law — any law — for having killed Martin. The problem with that attitude is that it presumes, perhaps rashly,  that Zimmerman did, in...

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Is this a provocative front page or what?

I could take issue with some of the elements of this front page of the New York Daily News, but I’ll leave it to readers of this blog to have first dibbies.

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Surprise! Despite the media focus, most Americans were not very interested in the Zimmerman trial!

The charts above are explained HERE: The final days of the trial of George Zimmerman, which concluded July 13 with a verdict of not guilty, attracted relatively modest public interest overall. In a weekend survey, 26% say they were following news about the trial very closely. This is lower than interest in the initial controversy over Trayvon Martin’s shooting when it erupted last year. In March 2012, 35% said they followed news about Martin’s shooting very closely. However, the story has consistently attracted far more interest among blacks...

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Here’s a big roundup of reactions to the Zimmerman verdict in the right-wing blogosphere

Nobody mocks the right-wing blogosphere with the same delicious snarkiness that the inimitable Roy Edroso brings to the task. Edroso’s SURVEY of wingnut reactions to the jury verdict in the George Zimmerman case includes scores of links (the reading of which could take up much of your afternoon) and a few paragraphs of overview, such as these: There has been a slew of commentary on the verdict, some of it actually thoughtful and conciliatory. Needless to say, this does not apply to that of most of our rightblogger friends, who have from...

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Before long, the Zimmerman case will be mostly forgotten

In the 36 hours or so since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I’ve read and heard hundreds of reactions to the verdict and speculations on how the aftermath of the case will play out. I’ve read that Zimmerman might well become an enduring hero to right-wing vigilante types — or, conversely, that the rest of his life will be that of a pariah. My own sense of the matter is that the case will quickly recede from public consciousness. We live in an age of media...

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