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8/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Just fanning the fires of Zimmerman case

Zimmerman may have cause to seek asylum with Snowden. Although Zimmerman is only half-white, President Obama has stated if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I would add, only half-black.

The announcement by Holder to continue to investigate Zimmerman's case is just fanning the fires of race with an out of touch people who cried for justice in that Zimmerman should be charged, and so he was. Yet now the cry is we do not like it, so do it again our way.

Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson along with three black congresspersons have joined the bandwagon for Trayvon, crying foul and that justice is still flawed on race with the "not guilty" verdict.

Double jeopardy or habeas corpus, like other Constitutional rights, only apply if you're not in the limelight.

Jack Shepherd


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

@ Thai Mai

A person has a right to verbally confront another person who is near them, (there is absolutely no evidence that Zimmerman was "chasing down" Martin). Just as Zimmerman has the right to watch or verbally confront someone. The testimony of the prosecution's witness, Martin's friend, who was on the phone with Martin at the time supports this.

The issue in the Zimmerman case was the fact that Martin was beating Zimmerman and Zimmerman used deadly force because he had reasonable belief that his life was in danger.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Zimmerman stopped following Trayvon when the operator told him not to."

And yet somehow he managed to kill the kid. Fascinating.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

As they said, assume you had a daughter walking home from somewhere and someone stalked her, threatened her and murdered her? Would make you think a little different about this case if Martin had been female.? Zimmerman is a murderer.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: non racist

Some interesting posts.
To those who dispute the 'lean' posting, go to Wikipedia and you will see it is indeed a new form of OTC street drug on skittles and a tea or softdrink.
Now if Trevon was half white, where is the WHITE backlash demanding that a 'racist Hispanic' shot a 'poor ole discriminated white kid'
There is no reaction because whites are not racists.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Highly Amused


Wrong wrong wrong. His MOTHER is Peruvian. His FATHER is white.

Therefore, Zimmermand is HALF WHITE and HALF PERUVIAN.


If anything, the black folks should be just as 'angered' at latinos as they are at whites.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot


Zimmerman didn’t chase Trayvon. He followed and observed him. He thought the operator wanted him to. I would have. It’s not illegal.

Trayvon had a right to confront the “creepy cracker” that was following him but no right to assault Zimmerman or the right to keep beating him after Zimmerman was down and screaming.

Trayvon detoured from his route to his dad’s place to confront Zimmerman.

Trayvon was carrying Arizona watermelon ice tea along with Skittles. These are commonly mixed in the hood with cough syrup to create a drug called “Drank.” It makes the users very high, paranoid and violent.

Trayvon’s autopsy report showed he had considerable liver damage for his age. Doping and drinking to extremes causes this.

There was a burglary tool found hidden in a bush close to the assault.

I researched this case and followed every word because you can’t believe our media anymore. If I didn’t I may mistakenly believe that Zimmerman killed a good young man.

Trayvon was racist, violent and a thug. His text showed he was about to purchase a stolen gun. That’s in evidence.

You’ve been bamboozled. Everyone has.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: Ernest Matthews

Imagine how mad it would make some people if Zimmerman sued the boys parents and made them pay for his medical bills.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"he had just purchased the ingredients to make yet another new OTC drug known as "Lean"."

Where in the world do you people get this? Rush Limbaugh?

Look it up....it sure isn't made with Skittles and AZ Iced Tea. Gosh...what new drug am I making with a chili dog and a Big Red?

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Ms. Athens and justnobody I have to ask this one question in all earnest.....

IF Zimmerman would not have wanted to be Joe Neighborhood Enforcer and stayed in his vehicle and not pursued Martin, nothing would have happened...yes or no?

What I see is an older man chasing down a teenage boy, for who knows what reason.

Since when doesn't a teenager have a right to confront someone that is obviously chasing them down?

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

There was a trail and intervention on the prosecutions’ behalf by Holder and the President and he was found not guilty, get over it. But here are some issues that have been brought up.

Both sides pick the jury. If not enough minorities on it, blame the prosecution.

Zimmerman stopped following Trayvon when the operator told him not to. Earlier he said to “keep an eye on him,” which implies to “follow him.” Trayvon attacked when he was going back to the auto.

How many times would you allow your head to be smashed before you took action? Would you assume the guy knew when to stop before he killed you? Or would you not trust his judgment after he already said he’s going to kill you.

A white girl was stabbed 11 times by a brother in a hoodie last week. Obama remains mute.

People wear hoodies to hide their identity. The Uni Bomber wore a hoodie and stayed free for over 20 years.

It’s not racist to be mindful a guy in a hoodie just as it’s acceptable to palm your gun when someone walks up to you in a ski mask.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

Courtroom discussions about what the defendant should or should not have done in a volatile situation beforehand remind me of the rules governing whether an American soldier was allowed to shoot a figure who suddenly rose up in front of his squad patrolling rice paddies in Vietnam - what time of day/year was it, what are they wearing, exactly what moves did the person make, etc. So there you are, having to go through a list of two or three dozen criteria before firing your weapon, knowing that your enemy has no list of criteria. I've been in courtrooms - those oh-so-sterile settings where everything is second-guessed with such leaden entitlement by people who had "no dog in that fight". You can't raise an eyebrow there, so you'll pardon oodles of contempt (of court, and other things) here.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody sr

Thai Mai Shu
funny, I read the evidence , and DO NOT see zimmerman as the aggressor!
I see a street punk( trouble maker, dope smoker,wanna be gang banger) coming back out of a house to engage a "stupid white cracker" .
it seems the white house has an agenda in promoting a race issue, and the 2nd biggest criminal in the USA, is pushing the issue, (at his bosses request?)

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens


Rest assured, obama was never followed when he went into a store. First, he lived his early years in Indonesia where small chance that happened and his last years in Hawaii, barely if yet a state where it was probably haoles (whites) who were followed since there was great bias against them there.

It made a good story for obama though. Just like his story about being conceived because of that Selma march except that he was already four years old at Selma march time. He did throw his white Grandmother under the bus in one story however concerning blacks, the very Grandmother that took him in and raised him, put him through a prestigious school after his real hippy Mother dumped him.

Obama has never let truth get in the way of his storytelling.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Tie your own shoe

You have none of the facts - when you obtain the correct facts, you will see the fallacy of what you posted.

Mr. Zimmerman was not at all the aggressor, Trayvon Martin was, was high on drugs and looks like he had just purchased the ingredients to make yet another new OTC drug known as "Lean".

Martin was a toughie, had MMA training, when he had four minutes to run into his father's girlfriends apartment, he chose to instead sneak around and confront Zimmerman who was approaching his vehicle, break his nose with an MMA move, then slam his head into a concrete sidewalk.

You will see with the facts, how very wrong you are. Trayvon's girlfriend admitted on Piers Morgan, Zimmerman should have understood Trayvon was only going back to "whup his ass". And she also let it be known they both thought Zimmerman was a homosexual so they apparently were homophobes also.

Nevertheless, we still mourn another young black's life lost.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Responding to a Racist Letter.....

"...didn't get past the first paragraph......"

And after admitting you did not read it, you are the expert determining he is a racist? Typical lib, playing the race card when you have nothing else and commenting on a letter you did not even read.

"..because this is a racist slant."

No, because it is a fact that his mother was white. But only libs and KKK types still use the old "one single drop of Black blood" rule for determining that a person is black nowadays.

"I am Caucasian.....”

Never would have guessed. And why was it important to you to mention it? It is so obvious you are a typical guilty white liberal leftist.

“.....and remember when I donned a full black beard and long hair......"

Suuuuuuure you did. I have seen libs in the past try to pass of BS stories like this. Next time start it off with "Once upon a time..."

Be sure you tell all your friends about your comment in order to get some of that all important liberal “street cred”.


Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

I am a fairly well educated individual and I hope I am not biased in one way or another toward any race different from mine. I live my life treating people like I would like to be treated.

I can not grasp how Mr. Zimmerman could engage young Trayvon Martin, end up killing the young man and claim it was self defense. Zimmerman clearly was the aggressor, was told not to go after the young man, took it upon himself to be the judge, jury and executioner and got away with murder.

It is becoming more clear day after day why it is called THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

The criminals are the only ones getting any justice.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Responding to a Racist Letter Plain and Simple

I didn't get past the first paragraph of this letter written by this "person" that has repeatedly written some insane letters and comments. Why the 1/2 white, 1/2 black, 1/2 whatever? I'll tell you, because this is a racist slant. I am Caucasian and remember when I donned a full black beard and long hair. I would be followed when I went in a store. And I remember how incensed I was that I was being stereotyped as a hippy and the idea that someone thought I would steal something. When our president spoke of his and other black men being followed when they went in a store, it triggered those memories. Until Jack Sheppard has dealt with the ingrained racism so many blacks, 1/2 blacks, 1/2 whites, etc. deal with daily he should shut his mouth.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

I agree with your sentiment. The case should be put behind us. But Holder is only doing the American 'thing' -- he's going to 'sue' Zimmermann. As are each and every one of Trayvon's family and friends. It's the American Way.

Someone in another post suggested that Zimmermann may have to seek asylum somewhere safe, just as Snowdon is trying to do.

I can sum up the whole thing in one sentence. Two guys with chips on their shoulders and something to settle, ran into each other and it turned into a bad night for both of them. Yeah, Trayvon's dead, but Zimmerman has a life sentence with no possibility of parole. He's going to live with this every day for the rest of his life.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I agree, and it has been said "anti-racism is a code name for anti-white".

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: We The People{me} Thinking

So please explain again why they couldn't find one black or more jury??? yea your right to be judge by 5 whites 1 hispanic balance jury box?? sure seems fair to me. --if anything negligent homicide should been on the table also, not racism! why not give this some more thought, fanning the flame's of racism and your not?? geeezzzzz!!!!

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Double jeopardy or habeas corpus, like other Constitutional rights, only apply if you're not in the limelight.”

It is always unfortunate to see people with no concept of the law demonstrate that lack of knowledge.

An investigation by the DOJ into a possible civil rights violation by the killer Zimmerman has nothing to do with “double jeopardy or habeas corpus.” So far no federal charges have been filed against the killer Zimmerman and it is unsure if an investigation is even ongoing at this point.

“…crying foul and that justice is still flawed on race with the ‘not guilty’ verdict.”

So you are now saying that they are not allowed to express their opinion – but you are? Curious to say the least.

“Yet now the cry is we do not like it, so do it again our way.”

Nope, no one is suggesting, demanding or even hinting that the killer Zimmerman be re-treed for murder. Where do you get this nonsense?

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