What is justice for Trayvon Martin?


The cry for justice echoes throughout the country, and tens of thousands march believing that justice has been denied Trayvon Martin.  The same people who would have applauded a guilty verdict now attack the very same system, the prosecutors, judge, and jury, because they disagree with the result.  Since when did emotions need to be rational?

God knows that jurors can get it wrong in an absolute sense, the OJ Simpson case easily coming to mind.  I’ve presented many cases to juries, both criminal and civil, and recognize how sometimes jurors can fail to see the facts the way I feel they should have been seen.  But that’s the system we have, for better or worse.

When you attack the Trayvon Martin verdict, remember that, in a different society, George Zimmerman might not have been tried at all and never put at risk of conviction.  When you attack the Trayvon Martin verdict, remember that only the jurors in this case heard all the evidence with the responsibility of sorting out the mess, that only the jurors in this case were sworn to applying their collective judgment to the verdict, and that only the jurors in this case were instructed by the Court as to the law to apply.  And when you attack the Trayvon Martin verdict, remember that the same jurors you now vilify would have been geniuses in your view had the verdict gone the other way. 

 

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About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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2 Responses to What is justice for Trayvon Martin?

  1. brucejberger says:

    Dear readers: Leave me your email address and I will send you a free copy of my story “Specific Intent,” involving another tragic death of a young man at the hands of a law enforcement officer, which examines the question of “what is justice”?

  2. Carol Widenhofer says:

    Bruce I’d love to read Specific Intent.

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