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Scoot Blog: The Zimmerman trial is not a sporting event!

No one should be cheering ‘for’ or ‘against’ George Zimmerman – this is a trial and not a sporting event.  Most people seem to have ideas about what they ‘think’ happened, but they were not there and what we ‘think’ happened may be quite different from what really happened.

High-profile trials, like the trial of George Zimmerman, leads to people taking sides and when stereotypes are involved the passion on both sides grows immensely.  Even though race is an easy way for many to pick a side, this is also a trial about gun rights and responsibilities.  The trial of George Zimmerman is a trial about profiling a young, black male wearing a hoodie.  It’s about a man who appears to have aspired to be a police officer much of his life, but failed to reach that goal and proclaimed himself a neighborhood watch volunteer, which gave him an excuse to patrol a neighborhood, while legally carrying a gun.

There is plenty of information to support either the prosecution or the defense in this case. Every night during the trial I am talking about the testimony from that day and giving listeners an opportunity to react to what they have seen, heard or read about the trial.  I have been accused of everything from ‘being afraid’ to be honest about blacks to being liberal and therefore supportive of the prosecution.  As I talk about the daily developments in the trial, I admit I wasn’t there, but that does not stop me, or any of us, from having opinions about the two people who were involved in that tragic situation.

Having an opinion about George Zimmerman’s behavior and possible motives that night or Trayvon Martin’s alleged aggressive behavior and attitude is quite different from saying you know what happened and therefore you think Zimmerman SHOULD be found guilty or not guilty.  From the time this tragedy was reported, I have questioned the mentality of an individual who becomes the self-appointed armed patrol of a neighborhood, however, that doesn’t mean I think George Zimmerman should be found guilty. 

Zimmerman’s decision to get out of his truck seems to have been inspired by the fact that he possessed a gun.  That doesn’t make him guilty, but it does emphasize the responsibilities that go along with gun ownership. Zimmerman did not break the law by getting out of his vehicle that night, but if he had not made that decision, Trayvon Martin would not have been shot by George Zimmerman and Zimmerman would not be on trial.  If Zimmerman had that decision to make again – what do you think he would do?

On the other hand, Trayvon Martin is seen by many as a typical young ‘thug’ wearing a hoodie and staring a fight with a guy who was just trying to protect his neighborhood. Since George Zimmerman had a permit to carry a gun, then he did nothing wrong in trying to defend himself against a strong teenager with an attitude, but if it wasn’t self-defense, then it was murder.

It may be human nature, but it’s wrong to seek the information that supports our preconceived ideas, rather than seek the truth with an open mind.  Since I am not on the jury and neither are any of those calling into the show to comment on the trial, there is nothing wrong with discussing what we know about the trial.  What does bother me is the obvious prejudice many people seem to have concerning the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman.  No one who is judging was there and the variety of impressions about what happened that night is astounding.

It’s understandable to talk about a high-profile trial that’s ongoing and we have all learned from the trials of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony that we cannot predict a jury’s verdict.  Some people do get away with murder and some innocent people are in jail.  Our jury system is far from perfect because it is made up of human beings, but, overall, it’s the best system we know of and one that is admired around the world.
As you continue to react to the testimony and the evidence in the George Zimmerman trial, remember that the way juries are instructed to apply the technical aspect of the law is very different from the casual conversation we have in public.  We have heard jurors say after high-profile trials that they felt a defendant was guilty, but according to the law and the case presented they could not find the defendant guilty.

No one wins in this case. Travyon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman’s life willnever be the same.  Rather than cheering for one side or the other, we should all hope and pray that justice is served.

Though many have accused me of taking a side in this case, which I have a right to do, I am only hoping that justice is served and I do not ‘hope’ that Zimmerman is guilty or not guilty.  This is not a sporting event where we pick a team and hope they win – this is a trial and we should hope that through all of the media coverage that in the end, there is justice.  Only three people really know what happened that night – Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and God.

So as we continue to talk about the latest developments in the trial, try to recognize those times when you find yourself taking sides rather than hoping for justice.





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07/09/2013 8:20PM
Scoot Blog: The Zimmerman trial is not a sporting event!
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07/09/2013 8:54PM
Not a Sporting Event
I agree with you it's not a sporting event and we're not choosing sides but hopefully listening to all the evidence on both sides and making a logical conclusion on what happened that night when ALL the evidence is in. My only hope is that nomatter how the trial ends that both families will find peace at this tragic time; and that people will behave and not trash cities over this.
07/09/2013 10:01PM
Trail
This is a waist of time. I am not one that takes sides, but if Zimmerman followed the 911 operators instructions this would have never happened. This is a case of racial profiling or a man trying to be Robo Cop. We try to twist and turn the basic facts, making them more elaborate and complicated than it really is. He is the cause of Trevon Martins death.
07/10/2013 11:35PM
Sorry, this case IS about race and politics ...
Try as you may to appear above the fray and be PC, you are wrong. This case should have never been brought to trial. Yes, blacks and white liberals will protest or riot if they do not get their lynching.
07/11/2013 9:54PM
If Martin had beaten Zimmerman to death, few would care especially Obama.
If Martin had beaten Zimmerman to death, few would care especially Obama.
07/12/2013 3:16PM
To suggest this is not a sporting event with everyone taking sides ...
if to plead ignorance of reality. This case is PURE politics at its worse with the abuse of government power on several levels on display. The deal was already made before the trial began. Nelson gave the jury an out on the instructions of the DOJ. The jurors lives would be threatened if they do not convict. Zimmerman will not live long either way. This is a show trial orchestrated by tyrants.
07/12/2013 6:24PM
YOU are rooting for a conviction ... you are NOT righteous ...
you are a liberal and an Obama supporter ... you appease the black community and the gay community at every turn. You are a fraud—just another liberal hack.
07/12/2013 11:40PM
All of this is a game ... blog post, texts ... it for fun NOT serious ... LOL ...
Be careful not to take this stuff too serious ... the whole Scoot thing is just a joke ...
07/13/2013 9:52AM
Don't kid yourself ... the animals are ready to riot and murder Zimmerman ...
if they do not get their way ... that is WHY Nelson allowed a lesser charge to throw the black preachers and thugs a bone. Jurors will be threatened and have already been so on Twitter. YOU live in a delusional world because YOU have to suck up to the Black Community.
07/13/2013 10:00AM
Anything considered a LOSS for the afrikaans Obama is a good thing.
Anything considered a LOSS for the afrikaans Obama is a good thing.
07/13/2013 10:11AM
Obama suffers from pelotudo.
Obama suffers from pelotudo.
07/13/2013 10:13AM
Scoot ...
You are a waste of flesh. You have no rhythm. You are ridiculous and obnoxious. You are the moral equivalent of a leech. You are a living emptiness, a meaningless void. You are sour and senile. You are a loathsome disease, a drooling inbred cross-eyed toesucker. You make Quakers shout and strike Pentecostals silent. You have a version 1.0 mind in a version 6.13 world. Your mother had to tie a pork chop around your neck just to get your dog to play with you. You think that www.GuyMacon.com/flame.html is the name of a rock band. You believe that P.D.Q. Bach is the greatest composer who ever lived. You prefer L. Ron Hubbard to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Hee-Haw is too deep for you. You would watch test patterns all day if the other inmates would let you.
07/13/2013 10:52AM
The lady jurors will be beaten and raped if they do not convict and that is
just what the media will do to them ... Obama will have the IRS audit them and the race industry will threaten their lives ... bet you feel better ....
07/13/2013 11:01AM
Obama is dog feces.
Obama is dog feces.
07/13/2013 11:17AM
Most people do not trust the government or respect the clowns running it ...
but not too much one can do ... 53% of the people are on some form of government assistance whether corporate or individual so they vote themselves a living and the corrupt politicians buy their votes. We HATE most in government, but not much one can do. If you speak out, they could have you thrown in jail, or have your audited. We just do the best we can. Eventually the US economy will collapse from debt and there will be chaos and riots and perhaps a civil war. Obama is managing the decline and fall of America. One more clown like him and we are toast.
07/13/2013 1:08PM
No way the Obama BITCHES—Judge Nelson and the six female jurors—will
give Zimmerman a fair trial ...
07/13/2013 3:39PM
For most people, especially Scoot, this trial is a Summer Soap Opera—entertainment
and media ratings nothing more. Any violence that follows will make a good sequel.
07/13/2013 3:46PM
Most leftist radio hosts eventually fails so you have to pretend to be conservative
sometimes. Most liberals are bottom feeders too busy standing in food stamp lines, or filling out federal grant forms to have time to listen. Generally they enjoy watching Chris Matthews’ leg tingle while he talks lustfully about Obama.
07/13/2013 4:47PM
Scoot you are a B!TCH ... you don't allow links here so we can prove you WRONG!!!
Scoot you are a B!TCH ... you don't allow links here so we can prove you WRONG!!!
07/13/2013 4:52PM
Scoot go fuçk your Obama Blow-Up Doll some more .... you are a clown.
Scoot go fuçk your Obama Blow-Up Doll some more .... you are a clown.
07/13/2013 6:11PM
This is great. All this freedom of speech ... but Scoot will likely whine over it ...
liberals love it when THEY trash and slander, but freak out when their trash is thrown back at them ... funny stuff ... this is ALL a circus. Obama will get even with "whittie" again. Poor Zimmerman he is a mere board piece in this game of politics and corruption and race wars ... LOL.
07/13/2013 9:26PM
Sharpton: 'Slap in the Face to Those Who Believe in Justice in This Country'
... and you said Sharpton called for peace ... LOL ....
07/13/2013 9:57PM
Race industry will try to kill Zimmerman .... oh, my! Hope we kept your ratings up!!!
Race industry will try to kill Zimmerman .... oh, my! Hope we kept your ratings up!!!
07/13/2013 10:12PM
The liberal MEDIA deserve MUCH blame for stirring up hate and racial tension!!!!!
This corrupt group of people make it impossible for people to trust any system. They cover up Obama’s crimes and falsely accuse others.
07/13/2013 10:15PM
NY Giants Star: 'Zimmerman Doesn't Last a Year Before the Hood Catches Up to Him'...
as reported on Drudge ... Death threats will continue.
07/13/2013 10:25PM
AP REPORTER: 'SO WE CAN ALL KILL TEENAGERS NOW?'
as reported on Drudge ... Media continues to stir up race hate.
07/13/2013 10:45PM
Obama and the MEDIA lost ... both can only hope for violence to follow ....
Obama and the liberal media convicted Zimmerman and Obama allowed his DOJ to fund protests. Many are surprised the jury had the guts to do the right thing. Zimmerman may yet get killed as an act of revenge by the Black Community. Time will tell and the media is rooting for that to happen. The media pundits will attack the jurors and continue to crucify Zimmerman to bait the Race Industry. If Obama has ANY class left he will keep his racist mouth shut. He has already done enough damage. I always consider it a win when the corrupt media is defeated. It is rare, but happens.
07/13/2013 10:49PM
NAACP calls on Obama admin to pursue civil rights charges... race war has begun ...
will Obama abuse his power to allow the Black Community to get revenge?????
07/13/2013 10:52PM
Will jury remain anonymous after verdict? Will Judge Nelson get the jurors killed??
Will jury remain anonymous after verdict? Will Judge Nelson get the jurors killed??
07/13/2013 11:49PM
Zimmerman needs to sue MSNBC and the prosecutors. He has a case.
Zimmerman needs to sue MSNBC and the prosecutors. He has a case.
07/13/2013 11:50PM
Sad that the media and black leaders tell lies and keep blacks stirred up to hate.
Sad that the media and black leaders tell lies and keep blacks stirred up to hate.
07/14/2013 1:23AM
Glad that the sorry politicians who brought about this lynch mob show trial ...
got their rear ends handed to them. Zimmerman has some law suits he needs to pursue.
07/14/2013 6:59AM
The special prosecutor is a laughingstock and deserves ALL the insults coming her way.
She set up Martin's parents for a major fall knowing she had NO case. This B!TCH should never be allowed to practice law again.
07/14/2013 7:03AM
Most of these clowns out protesting just want to be on TV. They say
such stupid thing when interviewed.
07/14/2013 7:05AM
Blacks and YOU want Zimmerman lynch by the DOJ ... laughing at you.
Blacks and YOU want Zimmerman lynch by the DOJ ... laughing at you.
07/15/2013 8:26PM
Well, we were right ... your liberal feces buddies are rioting.
Well, we were right ... your liberal feces buddies are rioting.
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