Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crime Etc.

If you didn't see the Arias status conference yesterday, here is a link to the video.

It's hardly worth bothering to watch. Jodi Arias wore a bun hairstyle to court, but that is about the only notable thing about the proceeding.

The WSWS has some scathing commentary about the Zimmerman acquittal.

An earlier commentary by the same site is here:

The naked miscarriage of justice announced Saturday night has triggered protests in cities across the United States. From the political establishment, beginning with President Barack Obama, it has evoked pious and hypocritical admonitions to "respect" the verdict and honor the “rule of law.” Behind such sanctimonious statements from media commentators, lawyers and officially designated “civil rights leaders” is an awareness of the explosive state of social relations in America and the potential for an event such as the acquittal of Martin's killer to spark upheavals.

Obama posted a brief statement on the White House web site Sunday that declared, “We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.” This was written by a president who has effectively suspended the Bill of Rights in order to carry out the illegal surveillance of the entire US population and untold millions more people around the world, and has ordered the drone assassinations of thousands of people, including American citizens.

The murder of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of his killer reflect a deeply dysfunctional society. The prosecution case, undertaken in the first place only under pressure from popular protests denouncing the failure to charge the killer, was conducted in an ineffectual manner, with police who testified for the prosecution barely bothering to conceal their sympathy for Zimmerman.

If you can be shot and killed for merely walking home alone after purchasing some items in a convenience store and your killer gets away with it, NOBODY is safe. Certainly minority groups aren't.

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