It’s Not Over.

Don’t be breaking out the bubbly to celebrate George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, we’re just getting started.

In my anything but humble opinion, this is exactly the result President Obama and the race hustlers who have been caterwauling about this case from day one have been hoping for.

I’m not going to reprise Zimmerman’s case to date, other than to note that the officials on the scene, the police and prosecutors who found no cause for arrest or indictment, were right. This ceased being a criminal case a long time ago and became a political cause célèbre almost immediate. “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” pretty much says it all.

Race Card 1George Zimmerman was found not guilty and within minutes of that verdict the cries of outrage from the usual suspects could be heard. Here’s a good summary from the reliably progressive Yahoo! News.

The NAACP, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights activists are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder to press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman …

“The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin,” NAACP President Ben Jealous wrote in a letter to Holder shortly after the verdict was announced. “We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation. Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.”

“This verdict represents a tragic miscarriage of justice,” Barbara Arnwine, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement. “Yet, there is still the potential for justice to be served through a civil suit brought about by Trayvon Martin’s surviving family members, and also through civil rights charges being brought against Mr. Zimmerman by the Department of Justice.”

The Justice Dept. launched a probe of the Zimmerman case earlier this year, but has yet to comment on Zimmerman’s acquittal.

“If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action,” Holder said

You can expect every Democrat in Congress to sign on for th DoJ to “take appropriate action”, they were lining up last night just after the verdict. The media will be in the march to justice shoulder-to-shoulder with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, MSNBC ran wall to wall coverage last night about the “travesty” of the verdict and an AP reporter represented AP with a tweet “So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking.”

Here’s what I think is likely to happen over the coming weeks.

  1. The Obama administration will drag out the “probe” of Zimmerman for several weeks. This will give them time to coordinate demonstrations and outcry from across the country. The demonstrations will be front page/first story on every major newspaper/TV network news broadcast and will suck the oxygen out of “news”.
  2. The DoJ will file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
  3. Martin’s family will file a civil suit against Zimmerman for “wrongful death”. A civil suit carries a much lower burden of proof – preponderance of the evidence – than a criminal trial – reasonable doubt – and Martin’s family will be represented pro-bono by very high powered civil attorneys, not the collective doofuses that prosecuted Zimmerman. Add to that the concept that “facts” won’t matter in a civil case they’ll have pictures of 12 year old Trayvon plastered all over the media, this one will hinge solely on emotion. Just like the Goldman family’s suit against OJ, which they won hands down.
  4. Concurrent with the DoJ’s civil rights charges we will be deluged reminders of the 1964 civil rights charges filed by Robert Kennedy in the Mississippi Burning case where three civil rights workers were murdered by the Mississippi KKK. We will hear over and over about how the state would never have brought the murderers to justice without the federal civil rights case and they will use that to justify prosecuting Zimmerman on federal charges.
  5. The victim community, led by Jackson, Sharpton, the NAACP and the media, will use that same theme to press for new civil rights legislation because we are obviously the same racist nation we were in 1964.
  6. Expect to see a groundswell demanding gun registration, much stricter background checks for concealed carry permits, elimination of “Stand Your Ground” and “Castle Doctrine” laws and strict regulation of “Neighborhood Watch” groups.

This will absolutely be the only focus of the media for at least the next 18 months. You can forget seeing anything about the Obama foreign policy disaster in the Middle East, forget NSA and the European melt down over US spying, forget that countries around the world now hate the US (and don’t fear us) at an all time high.

Forget the IRS going after political opponents – after all, the Zimmerman verdict proves they’re racists anyway. Forget oversight of NSA snooping. Fast & Furious will be remembered as nothing but a bunch of movies. Immigration? More evidence of racism. Calls for fiscal restraint? More evidence of racism.

Trayvon Martin is the gift that will keep giving to Democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular at least through the 2014 election cycle.

“If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon.” And this President wouldn’t bat a eyelash over the fact that “his son” is a dead gangsta wannabe who simply jumped the wrong guy and got what he deserved. After all, his death may well resurrect the President’s failed agenda.

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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980.Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • Michael Lang

    Hogwash.

  • superdestroyer

    I am sure that Zimmerman is being advised to not accumulate any assets until the civil lawsuits are resolved. Zimmerman currently does not have many assets currently.
    What would be interested in a civil lawsuit is the discovery process. All of the text messages and all of the commuications between the Martin Family and the media will come into it.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      As I understand it Florida bars lawsuits against those acquitted under self defense grounds.

      NBC, CBS, and CNN should start writing checks now.

      • BillA

        I couldn’t find any reference in support of your first statement. Do you have any?

        • jim_m

          My understanding is that he needs to go through a “stand your ground hearing” where a determination must be made that he acted in self defense. If that ruling is made then he is immune under Florida law from civil suits based on this incident. The acquittal on the murder charges does not in itself give him that protection.

          There was some controversy in the criminal trial as to whether his attorneys would demand a stand your ground hearing and they elected not to. I am guessing that they felt that they would have better chances of success in that hearing after the case were decided.

          • BillA

            That’s more clear. Thank you. I also understand that if Federal criminal charges are brought … for reasons that I *don’t* understand … this doesn’t count as double jeopardy. Can that be correct? It doesn’t seem as if it should be…

          • jim_m

            The Federal charges contemplated would be infringing upon Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. However, the FBI report clearly states that they could not find any evidence of racism or racial motivation in George Zimmerman, neither does the report form the county sheriff. That being the case it will be very difficult to prove a civil rights case.

          • EricSteel

            Federal charges would be a different jurisdiction than state charges. They also would be different charges all together, i.e. civil rights violation vs. murder. So no double jeopardy.

            For a good example, see the police officers in Rodney King.

          • stan25

            Here is a concise wording of the Florida Stand Your Ground Law http://www.cfif.org/htdocs/freedomline/current/in_our_opinion/florida-self-defense-law.htm In a nutshell, the exact text:

            •It establishes that law-abiding residents and visitors may legally presume the threat of bodily harm or death from anyone who breaks into a residence or occupied vehicle and may use defensive force, including deadly force, against the intruder.

            •In any other place where a person “has a right to be,” that person has “no duty to retreat” if attacked and may “meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or
            herself or another to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

            •In either case, a person using any force permitted by the law is immune from criminal prosecution or civil action and cannot be arrested unless a law enforcement agency determines there is probable cause that the force used was unlawful.

            Last but not least the kicker:
            •If a civil action is brought and the court finds the defendant to be immune based on the parameters of the law, the defendant will be awarded all costs of defense.

  • jim_m

    There will be no civil rights charges filed by the DOJ in the coming weeks. It will take weeks for obama to stoke the racial hate in his base and they will be very careful to plan charges so that the timing of the case will benefit them most in the 2014 election cycle. This will be planned to go to trial so that it is right in the middle when Nov 2014 rolls around.

    Anyone doubting that obama is not going to stoke racial hatred in this country need look no further than his employment of DOJ resources against George Zimmerman. This was a show trial from the word go and done for expressly political reason not for anything else.

  • schreib

    Enough all ready. Zimmerman was the victim here. Trayvon was the agressor. The doj violated zimmermans civil rights by taking sides and pushing for a trial. This whole show was a railroad job. Even the special prosecutor hid evidence that would have helped the defense but they tried to ensure the outcome of guilty. People are using emotions and not the facts or the law. The jury did the right thing. George may have been the dead one instead. This case was about self defense, not race. George is part black himself and was and is not racist.

    • Ann

      George is not part black he is Hispanic and white. you need to check your ignorance because if your child was gunned down, you would have a different mindset. “Your mere response and expression demonstrate a lack of God inside your heart and an abundance of ignorance, if I might add”!

      • jim_m

        Go look it up idiot. One of his grandparents was black making him 1/4 black. The fact that the media hides this to promote their own racialist agenda is appalling. He is more black than Homer Plessy. Had that come out in the beginning the left would never have made this an issue. But the fact that he had a Jewish surname meant to the left that Zimmerman was fair game for the bigoted antisemitic left in this country.

      • Scalia

        According to this article, Zimmerman’s great grandfather was Afro-Peruvian. You should check your facts before you accuse somebody of being “ignorant.”

        • Jwb10001

          Afro-Peruvian? God everyday it’s a new category to shove people into.

        • Retired military

          Come on now. Ann is an expert on stupid.

  • Par4Course

    The “Not Guilty” verdict is indeed no reason to “break out the bubbly.” One man is dead and another man’s life has been ruined despite the fact, as this article says, “the officials on the scene, the police and prosecutors [originally] found no cause for arrest or indictment…” The Sanford police were right in the first place, and it was the race baiters and POTUS, who thought his hypothetical son would look like Trayvon, that made this prosecution a travesty of justice.

    • Ann

      I wonder would your take mimic the same expression if it were your child, somehow, I seriously doubt that it would.

      • Retired military

        My child isn’t out running around with text messageas about getting high, buying guns and fighting folks.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          Word.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        I raised my son better than to try to beat up strange men in the middle of the night in the rain, and pummel them, breaking the mans’ nose and bashing his head against concrete.

        Obviously, I’m a negligent parent, depriving him of the life skills he’ll need to succeed later on.

      • jim_m

        I have seen people claim that their children are as pure as the driven snow despite glaring evidence that they were involved in drugs and gangs. Years ago when the neighbor’s adult son was convicted for sexually assaulting a high school boy they stood behind their son.

        The point is that parents are rarely good indicators of how good or bad their children are. Trayvon Martin’s parents are no exception to that rule. The fact is that you think they are some kind of authority of his goodness while it is obvious that they overlooked his drug abuse, truancy and violent behavior. If that is the standard of scrutiny that you are defending you are looking rather foolish.

        • stan25

          It has now been learned that Trayvon’s father was a head honcho in the Crips. He was teaching Trayvon about the gang life style

      • Par4Course

        Yes, it’s injustice because the jury wasn’t made up of Trayvon Martin’s parents, relatives and friends. I’m not saying I could objectively assess the outcome of a trial where someone was charged with killing my son – but I have no doubt whatever about the outcome of the “case” against George Zimmerman. He was not guilty and should never have been charged. He was only charged because the case became political/racial, the police chief was fired and the state Attorney General appointed a special prosecutor.

      • Jwb10001

        I wonder how you would react if George Zimmerman had been your husband or your brother. I suspect you’d be a bit more sympathetic. That’s not relevant to the out come.

  • MichaelLaprarie

    I definitely see a combination of some of these things happening.

    The Martin family will definitely take advantage of all their pro bono legal help and file a wrongful death civil suit against Zimmerman. If he isn’t murdered by a would-be gang banger “settling the score” first.

    And this case, along with the recent SCOTUS decision on the Voting Rights Act, will be milked for all they are worth, as a part of the “it’s Selma all over again!!!” narrative that the civil rights crowd always plays in the media before a major election. We can definitely look for this case to become prominent again around Sept. / Oct. 2014. Maybe that’s when the civil trial will be scheduled to take place.

    The DOJ has already investigated this case. I really don’t see them investigating it again, because there is no new evidence and the current evidence was not enough to get a criminal conviction in a state court. The DOJ does not involve itself in civil matters so they really have nothing to gain here. On the other hand, we’re talking about Eric Holder, who is obviously more interested in the progressive race agenda than actual justice. So who knows?

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      There won’t be any suits against Zimmerman in Florida, as those acquitted on self defense grounds are specifically shielded against civil litigation for the same act.

      • RichFader

        Good to know.

        On the civil-rights charges, I’m not sure the county and state and maybe even the feds aren’t liable for violating Zimmerman’s.

      • EricSteel

        I’m with you brother, but it’s not quite automatic. The Martin family can still bring the civil suit, but Zimmerman still needs to prevail in an immunity hearing on the civil suit.

        What discourages that however, is that if the complainant loses the hearing then “The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).”

        Unfortunately, as we have already seen the corruption is deep in this case.

        P.S. Here is the statute
        http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0776/Sections/0776.032.html

      • Ann

        The federal law can and will file a civil suit and you have no grounds to stop that.

        • jim_m

          Yeah, I am sure that the same racists in the DOJ that used federal tax dollars to foment racial discord in the run up to the Zimmerman prosecution will abuse their federal power to file further charges against an innocent man and I am sure that fascists like you will support it 100%.

        • EricSteel

          The Fed actually has an uphill battle on that one.

          1) the FBI already concluded that the case was not driven by racial bias or animus. Zimmerman would be able present that in court and legally, the Fed would be required to show that as exculpatory evidence during a grand jury.

          2) Angela Corey can be called as a witness after she announced in her press conference that this case was not about race.

          3) crazy ass cracker.

          4) the DOJ involved itself in the case by taking sides. Zimmerman can introduce the evidence that Judicial Watch found last week to demonstrate that the DOJ is not acting as an impartial seeker of Justice.

          5) this sets up a bad precedent of politicizing the DOJ. Does the DOJ start stepping in and following up on every homicide in the country? Fundamentally, what makes this case so different from any other homicide?

  • lasveraneras

    Let’s be honest, it is satisfying to dump on the inept Angela Corey and her “team.” The inevitable Downfall parody is already up and available. Here’s the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svjISYrTMyk&feature=player_embedded

  • GarandFan

    Don’t see a civil suit. Zimmerman isn’t wading in cash. You’re right that the lawyer taking the case would be pro bono………they’ll get nothing but free advertising out of the case. Given the verdict in the criminal trial, it would be a push, even with a civil suit to get a guilty verdict for wrongful death when the original defense was self-defense. And also consider, in such a suit, all of Martin’s dirty laundry gets aired in public…..something not allowed in the criminal trial.

    Would Holder be dumb enough to try a civil rights case, given the FBI walked out of the initial “criminal investigation”? Yeah, he’d do it but only if he thinks he can win the case. Be pretty hard to win a ‘race’ case, when you’re suspect’s ethnicity is White-Hispanic-Black.

    One thing is for sure, the left will beat this case black and blue. Anything to divert from the overwhelming failures of The Chosen One.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      I can see a civil suit – if it’s legal to do so, but some legal folks are saying it wouldn’t be since the original determination of self-defense was upheld.

      Time will tell.

  • LiberalNightmare

    I believe that Zimmerman may face civil charges, but its important to remember that the rules of evidence are “looser” in both directions.

    The prosecution didn’t present such a crappy case, because they were incompetent, they presented such crappy case because that’s all they had.

    There may be some unsavory information about Zimmerman that can be used in a civil case, but there’s more information about Martin waiting for the light also.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves
  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    Angela Corey should be prosecuted for perjury and malicious prosecution:

  • Paul Hooson

    So what’s the verdict? You guys think that George Zimmerman would find me suspicious or not?

    • jim_m

      Nah. But he’d probably think you’re a loser.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      I’d say it depends on how you act. If you don’t wrestle him to the ground and pound his head on concrete, I think you’d be fine.

      • Paul Hooson

        Ha ha, Good one, JL!

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          (Bows in your general direction…)

    • EricSteel

      I guess it depends. Would you be standing in a neighbor’s front yard in the rain at night?

    • Ken in Camarillo

      No, he’d want to admire your bike.

  • Retired military

    I haven’t followed this that closely.
    I think that mistakes were made on both sides.
    1. Zimmerman should have stayed in his car as told by the police dispatcher. If he had than nothing that happened would have been able to have been blamed on him. As it was even if everything he said was true than we still have a result that has someone dead and Zimmerman being blamed for it.
    2. When carrying a weapon you have a tendency to do stuff you wouldn’t if you didn’t have a weapon. That can lead to stupid mistakes being made.
    3. Obama and his press buddies did everything they could to gin this up as a racial attack when it clearly wasn’t. If I were Zimmerman I would be suing all the networks for the bullshit they have played. I would try to sue the prosecutor for slander for his remarks during the trial. As it stands Zimmerman will be lucky if the DOJ doesn’t go after him for something. It doesn’t even need to be related to this. It could be him jaywalking and he will get socked with max punishment. Resisting arrest, spitting on the sidewalk, etc etc.
    4. Only one person knows who started the altercation (physically touching the other person). Zimmerman was legally walking down the street even if the dispatcher told him to stay in his car. That person (be it Zimmerman or martin ) is responsible for the death of Martin. THe news media, race mongers and Obama and company are responsible for the rest of this whole mess.

    • jim_m

      The police dispatcher never actually told him to stay in the car. That is a distortion promoted by the press to make Zimmerman look guilty.

      • Retired military

        Shows you how much I paid attention to this whole affair.
        Thanks for the correction there Jim.
        I still stand by my other statements regarding carrying a weapon in a situation like this.

  • Retired military

    Ann
    The nationawide media spent about 18 months on this trial with front page coverage for a long time.
    The leftist talking heads have been bemoaning the death of an innocent young black man for months on end.
    Endless talking heads on TV have demonized Zimmerman and praised Martin even showing his angelic picture of a 12 year old and not the 160 pound almost 6foot tall teenager that smoked dope, texted about buying guns and learning how to fight.
    Now in that same period we have had about 500 murders in Chicago. I would bet a paycheck that at least 100 of those were young black teenagers.
    So I have a question for you.
    Where is the outcry of the media and Obama and DOJ regarding those murdered children? Where are the talking heads and the blaring months of newspaper headlines?
    Instead we have all this coverage of a “White Hispanic” (that term didn’t even exist until martin got killed) shooting a black teenager.

    If George Zimmerman (who is 1/4th African American) had run for and been elected president in 2004 the same people who are calling his acquittal a travesty and calling for his murder would have cheered and celebrated him as the first black president.

  • Par4Course

    The death statistics mount in cities like Chicago, where dozens of black teens and young people are killed each month. But these deaths are not protest-worthy because they were largely caused by other black men. Only if a “white Hispanic” is wrongfully charged (see the comments by Prof. Alan Dershowitz, who says it was Mr. Zimmerman’s civil rights that were violated), tried and found not guilty of murder is there cause for the racial protesters to march, burn the flag and break store windows. And there is a federal investigation into bringing some type of trumped-up charge against George Z, even though the FBI found zero evidence that this man had an anti-black racial animus. What a bizarre situation.

  • Wild_Willie

    Actually, Obama sent the FBI down there shortly after the tragedy and the FBI filed their report stating there were no racist motives in the case. The DOJ’s hands are tied. ww

    • jim_m

      Yeah, they will have a hard time proving anything but as we have already been shown, that doesn’t mean they won’t put on another show trial.

      After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show.

      Even the lead detective in the case, Sanford Det. Chris Serino, told agents that he thought Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because of his attire and the circumstances — but not his race.

      Read more here

  • Olsoljer

    If trayvon went for the gun, what were his intentions if he had gotten it? What happens to the three people fired for refusing to file charges against Zimmerman? I wonder what the governor will do about Angela Corey (to me, she looked like an over the hill hooker), the withholding of evidence etc?

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