I think a good case can be made for letting women have guns and not men, or at least I thought so until I heard the interview with that juror in shadows on cNN. I would not trust her with a gun, any more than her hero "George" as she called him. Were you aware that at the beginining of the trial, during jury selection, the judge refused to remove her from the jury for cause, despite the fact that this woman said that she did not know much about the case, but had heard that there were "riots" about it? She was the wife of a lawyer, and of course she had heard about it. I think she lied to get on the jury.<quoted text>
Unless some thug decides to jump anyone for just exercising their civil rights.
In which case all (especially female senior citizens) in Fla should be allowed arms when out keeping an eye out on their neighborhoods.
The judge should never have let her on the jury after she used the word "riots" to describe the peaceful demonstrations among those who felt zimmerman should be charged and put on trial. It showed her ignorance and bias that she called peaceful demonstrations "riots." I am willing to bet she is a white racist, though maybe she does not acknowledge it to herself. At least she showed by her comments on CNN that she was a person who identified entirely with George, and believed his story (or whatever combination of his multiple versions best served his case).
I certainly think he lied.
The stupid prosecutors - especially the woman - charged a black woman for firing a gun into a ceiling, as a warning shot when her abusive black husband was threatening her. She got a 12 minute jury deliberation and a 20 year sentence.
It is obvious to me that she should be pardoned. I hope it will happen. Florida needs to elect CC as Governor again and get rid of Scott.
They also need to get rid of the prosecutor - MS. Cory - who was involved in both cases.
In my view there is not enough evidence for the US government to charge Z with a hate crime yet. There would have to be more indications of a pattern of racism by him, and even then the racism was the reason for the following of TM. maybe not for the actual shooting if Z had injuries. Apparently the only charge possible is for a hate crime, not other civil rights law violations. And hate crimes are difficult to prove.
I think charges should be made against the police in that town and against the judge for misconduct however.
Most important is to get all who oppose stand your ground to register to vote, and vote against Scott and GOP members of the legislature, and against democratic legislators who do not agree to a modification in the law.
The first test of the good sense of those who oppose stand your ground laws, and the horrid Supreme Court decision throwing out a key provision of the Voting Rights act, is the election in Virginia this year. Black, brown, and intelligent white voters need to register and vote for the democratic candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and AG in Va, and for the state legislature. Then the voters need to make the officials act properly. I am no fan of Terry McAuliffe, but the gOP candidates are terrible, as is the current Governor, who is corrupt and being outed for it. Too bad they can't kick him out now and get the GOP halfway decent current LT. Governor as Governor. The Current AG and GOP Gov candidate was also a bit corrupt, but has escaped charges.
Then in 2014, a big coalition needs to be sure all its supporters are registered, and then protect their rights to vote from gOP tricks to prevent it. I used to have liberal and moderate gOP friends, even public officials and party officials. Now the ultra rightwing racists control the party. Look at Wyoming! Liz Cheney is evil like her father, and ambitious.