WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Twenty years ago this month, Los Angeles erupted in rage and destruction after a jury acquitted four police officers in the beating of Rodney King. And that has me asking questions about the Trayvon Martin case. Questions like, what if George Zimmerman is found not guilty. What if he walks?
A whole lot of people, including me, have been calling for justice, accountability for the life an innocent young man cut short. But what if that justice doesn't include a guilty verdict? It's hard to imagine riots, but I can certainly picture the potential outrage in some quarters.
Still, I remind us all, our justice system doesn't come with guaranteed verdicts. We've got something far better--a guaranteed process. Was the judge fair? Did the jury hear all the relevant evidence? Was the defense attorney competent? If those things don't happen, please get outraged.
Now I know, I know, many of you are absolutely sure that Zimmerman fella shouldn't have killed that unarmed boy. Self- defense? C'mon! In our system, it is not what you know, it's what you can prove. Just ask Casey Anthony, or OJ Simpson. Both cases involved the tragic murders of innocents., and verdicts that went against the prevailing public sentiment that said the accused perps were almost certainly guilty.
But both juries simply said the prosecution didn't prove their case. A lot of people were very upset about that. I, on other hand, and in some ways, take comfort from it.