At the Intersection Between the Court of Law and the
Court of Public Opinion Lies the Street of Justice
By law, no one can be retried or punished for an offense in which they have already been tried, convicted or acquitted. However in the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July, 2013 on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for the death of then, 17-year old, Trayvon Martin, some would believe that his day in the court of public opinion, and a one-way ticket down the streets of justice is inevitable.
The controversy, anger and outrage surrounding Zimmerman's "Not Guilty" verdict and his now infamous charity boxing match against rapper DMX, is a prime example of just how unconnected the courts of law and the courts of public opinion truly are... And the belief that they run parallel to each other couldn't be any further from the truth.
When we think of charity, we think of how we can give and help the less fortunate. We think of emergency shelters, food and clothing drives and how we can have a direct impact on the effects of injustice. Charity is a social service that responds to the immediate needs of a declining social climate. For this event, the only thing that we will think about is Trayvon Martin's family and friends. We will think about what would have Trayvon's life been like had he lived through that tragic day - the day George Zimmerman took his life! Justice - is what we will think about! When we think of charity, we do not think of an adult armed with a gun chasing down an unarmed youth, shooting and killing him "allegedly" in self-defense.
"Justice" is the response to the long-term needs of an ailing social culture and it's only duty is to promote social change within our institutions and political structures. As the court of law and the court of public opinion run perpendicular to each other, the "Street of Justice" is a one-way road that separates the two. The Street of Justice is the only means to the root causes of our societal issues.
The fact that George Zimmerman would even consider participating in a charity function, let alone be the featured event, is an oxymoron in and of itself. His only claim to fame is chasing and gunning down an unarmed black youth and not being held accountable. Where is the "charity" in that.. At the end of the day, the charity, if any, he's alleging to be fighting for is irrelevant. A snake by any other name is still a snake. You can put Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, DMX, or Ryan Seacrest in the ring with Zimmerman, and call it a boxing match, a charity event or whatever else you want to call it, but it doesn't mean it's true! The truth is, Zimmerman made a left turn out of the court of law onto the road of public opinion, and eventually he will find himself at a dead end on the "Street of Justice".
RIP Trayvon Martin, and to your family, "We Will Not Forget!"
"i diligunt legem"
"i diligunt legem" is the Latin phrase for "I Love the Law." This blog is created out of my love for the law and my desire to give back to my community.