George Zimmerman appeared in court yesterday for his bond hearing. His attorney said his client wished to make a statement. From the witness stand, the killer of Trayvon Martin addressed his parents and spoke in slightly accented English, “I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.”
The Martin family had turned down a request from Zimmerman’s attorneys for a meeting. Now face-to-face with him, Tracy Martin wept angrily and Sabrina Fulton had no outward reaction to the apology. The family’s attorney, Ben Crump dismissed it as “self-serving.”
I thought Zimmerman’s “apology” to the Martin family for their “loss” was too precious for words. He even managed to work in a preview of his defense strategy when he added he didn’t know how old Trayvon was or if he was armed.
I see what they did there.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Martin family did too.
They feel it was just so self-serving, that it was one of those things that was not sincere,” he said. “We can only guess that his motive was to get sympathy. It’s 50 days later at his bond hearing, and for the first time he’s saying, ‘I’m sorry for killing Trayvon.’”
Most people are sorry. Sorry after they’ve been caught.
Some observers thought the bond hearing was a major setback to the prosecution’s case as the lead investigator said he couldn’t conclude if Zimmerman’s claim he was attacked by Trayvon was untrue, nor which one was heard crying “help” that night.
The natural urge to declare winners and losers is deeply ingrained in the American psyche. There are probably odds being given in Vegas whether Zimmerman beats the rap and walks.
Here in the land of snap decisions and short attention spans you get instant analysis by experts on whatever is the burning controversy of the day. Way back when it used to be the job of the media to simply present the facts and let the public reach their own conclusions, but apparently everyone is so much stupider now and must have everything explained to them or they won’t know what to think.
The justice system doesn’t work well with the 24-hour news cycle. It moves too slow and doesn’t space its dramatic moments out between commercial breaks. This isn’t going to discourage CNN, MSNBC or Fox from offering observations that may be flat wrong, but any sentient human being should understand going in not to fall for the hype.
Zimmerman was given a low bond of $150,000 instead of the $1 million the prosecution wanted. He will be released and have to wear an ankle bracelet to track his whereabouts. He isn’t the most popular guy in Florida so he’s probably going to be confined to the homes of whoever takes him in and lets him sleep on their couch.
This is the process. It’s a long, hard journey to justice and there’s no guarantee Zimmerman will be convicted or if he is it comes along with a plea deal to a lesser charge.
But I’m cool with whatever happens. Despite all the hand-wringing and fears that Florida would burn to the ground, there’s been no riots and no rampage of Blacks running wild on the street lashing out in rage.
That’s not to say it can’t happen, but as the process plays out everyone seems to be playing it cool and waiting to see if justice is really done.
- George Zimmerman’s Bail Bond Hearing. Bond Granted. (theobamacrat.com)
- Zimmerman bond draws emotional reaction, but experts say it’s not unusual (thegrio.com)
- Just a Little Rant From a Goose About the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin Case (wyldgoose.wordpress.com)