With the announcement, by Attorney General Eric Holder, that the Department of Justice will “aggressively” investigate George Zimmerman, two things have died in this country. First is that portion of the Fifth Amendment which protects us from double jeopardy, i.e. being tried twice for essentially the same crime. The only motivation for the DOJ to investigate George Zimmerman would be preparatory to trying to charge him with a federal charge, for essentially the same crime, thereby, putting him in double jeopardy. Of course, they will call it something else, so the stupid of the country will not recognize it for what it is. They might even try to charge him with depriving Trayvon of his civil rights. They can hardly charge him with a hate crime since an investigation by the FBI and local authorities both concluded that race was not a motivating factor. Anything they call it will not change the fact that he is being tried for the same crime twice.
The second casualty of the DOJ investigation is the right to a speedy and public trial, as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.
No longer will we be tried by a jury of our peers in a legal courtroom. From this point forward, we will be tried and judged in the court of public opinion. And that public opinion will be shaped by a media that is, for all practical purposes under the direct control of the government.
The trial of George Zimmerman was the beginning of the new order. The mainstream media, from the outset, portrayed Trayvon Martin as an innocent child, tracked down and murdered by an evil racist George Zimmerman. It made good copy. The DOJ’s arm, the Community Relations Service, under the guise of being “peacemakers”, had people in Florida helping organize and finance protests against Zimmerman, almost from day one. So the media appeared justified in their unfair characterization.
Never once did the media attempt to determine the whole story. They practiced selective journalism, or confirmation bias, wherein the result is determined first and everything not supporting that result is discarded. For instance, they glossed over, or failed to mention, Trayvon Martin’s brushes with the legal authorities. They talked all around the fact that he was on a ten day suspension from school at the time of the shooting. They said it was for being caught in an unauthorized area. Excuse me, but what area in a public school is so scared as to warrant a 10 day suspension for trespassing? Such suspensions are not handed out, except for major problems, or repeated offenses.
Never once did they mention that George Zimmerman was a mentor and tutor to black and Hispanic children. You see that would have blown their “racially motivated crime” story right out the window. Even today, they still refer to it as a white-on-black crime, in spite of the fact that Zimmerman is Hispanic.
Nor did they mention the difference in the physical size and condition of Trayvon (high school football player, almost 6’ tall) and Zimmerman, 4” shorter and not in shape. Nor did they give but a modicum of ink to the police photos of Zimmerman bleeding at the nose and with multiple cuts and contusions on the back of his head. Of course, the fact that the prosecution withheld those pictures along with other evidence, until a whistleblower informed the press (which ignored it) and subsequently the defense attorney of their existence has, been mostly ignored by the media.
So it would seem that the Fifth and Sixth Amendments are about gone, and we will, forthwith, be tried and convicted by the mainstream media, without regard to truth. It is obvious that truth is a dirty word to them.
That’s two of the Bill of Rights gone. With the administration trying hard to negate the Second Amendment, it would appear that the Bill of rights may soon be a thing o the past.