Martin juror: Zimmerman ‘got away with murder’

Martin juror: Zimmerman ‘got away with murder’

Trayvon-rally---Staten-IslandThis bombshell should do wonders for the moods of folks like the rational and fair-minded citizen pictured here. Many were ready to lynch George Zimmerman based on the poisonous claim made by race hucksters like Al Sharpton and reinforced by the leftist blogosphere that the verdict was in some way unfair. Now, ABC News reports, one juror has poured gasoline on that bonfire. She has come forward and said that Zimmerman “got away with murder” and feels that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s parents.

The juror in question was not identified by name — the court sealed the jurors’ identities during the trial and the court order still hasn’t been lifted — but Juror B29, as she is known, has been described as the only minority member of the all-female panel. She told Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” that she was the lone dissenter and was holding out for a hung jury.

But interestingly, she also characterized her and her fellow jurors’ view this way:

You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty. But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence. [Emphasis added]

The part about the jurors grabbing their hearts sounds painful, but look again at the highlighted phrase. It sounds as though the jury, including Juror B29, did exactly what they were entrusted to do: To weigh the evidence in light of the law and render a verdict accordingly.

Later on in the interview, the woman admitted feeling “confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it.” Then she added, “But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”

So why is she now claiming that justice was not served? Does she feel as though she let the Martin family down because she and they are both black? If so, someone needs to tell her that what she is espousing is racism — treating a person differently based on the color of his skin. Someone needs to point out to her that justice is blind, or at least is supposed to be.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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