September 5, 2013

Collateral Damage

Last week George Zimmerman's wife, Shelli, got some limelight time as she granted interviews following her hearing for misdemeanor perjury charges related to her husband's bail trial.  By her own admission she lied to protect her husband and she pled guilty and is moving on with a year of probation and some community service.  Additional comments she made seem to say that the marriage won't survive this ordeal.

I wonder if that makes the media and the black community happy?  To know that they have ruined a marriage?  To know that George Zimmerman will have to live in hiding for the rest of his life, should he stay in the USA?

Alas, Trayvon, George's safety, and the Zimmerman marriage aren't the only casualties.  The always great and sensible Massad Ayoob details the law enforcement fallout from the case:
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, a highly respected CLEO (chief law enforcement officer) resisted powerful demands from elected officials to file a case even though he knew there was nothing there. He did his duty and did the right thing.  He was fired for that.
Detective Chris Serino was the lead detective in the case. He took a lot of heat for not wanting to file a case because he knew he didn’t have probable cause. He wound up as a patrolman back in uniform.
Doris Singleton was in the role of investigator on the night of the shooting. She handled things competently. She comforted Zimmerman when she saw he was emotionally devastated by having had to end a young man’s life.  And she was at the rank of patrol officer at the time she testified almost a year and a half later.
Ben Kruidbos, IT director in the office of the special prosecutor, realized that the office had failed in its duty to turn over full discovery material to the defense.  He fulfilled the office’s duty and got that information to Zimmerman’s defense team.  As soon as the trial was over, special prosecutor Angela Corey fired him for doing what she should have done.
Norman Wolfinger, the designated State’s Attorney (chief prosecutor) for the district, apparently realized that there was no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman but nonetheless scheduled the case for the next session of the grand jury.  This is a normal procedure. It wasn’t enough to placate the media-fueled lynch mob, and the case was basically taken away from him by the governor and given to special prosecutor Angela Corey.  Wolfinger retired shortly thereafter.  He may have been due for retirement anyway, but it was a lousy note on which to end a long and stellar career as one of Florida’s most respected prosecutors.
Is there any penance that will satisfy those who wear the hoodies and the Trayvon T-shirts?  Is any number of lives, relationships, livelihoods ever going to be enough to pay the debt the black community feels is owed?

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

You've touched on the issue of no accountability for those in government (or the media, for that matter). It ranges from incompetent and indifferent service at your local drivers license office to getting people killed in Benghazi.

And the bigger government gets the worse the problem gets.