The aptly named Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, is saddling up and mustering his supporters for a run at the recently acquitted George Zimmerman in federal court via the in-aptly Department of Justice. In the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial, very little dispute can be made to one central issue: whether or not the defense managed to establish reasonable doubt. The criminal justice system worked, because the evidence presented by the prosecution simply did not establish Zimmerman’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Jealous and others on the far left are aching to continue their pillorying of George Zimmerman, and recent revelations suggest they aren’t alone: a FOIA request by Judicial Watch revealed that the Justice Department, through its Community Relations Service, apparently coordinated the protests against Zimmerman in South Florida. The documents bolster the contention that the Justice Department was at the fore of efforts to convict George Zimmerman, rather than merely letting local prosecutors determine whether or not to try Zimmerman based on the available evidence.
Given the Department of Justice’s apparent role in facilitating protests over the Zimmerman case, the recent demands by Jealous and others on the far left that the DOJ prosecute Zimmerman for civil rights violations takes on a chilling tone. Not only is the neutrality of the Department of Justice in doubt, its role in trying to railroad George Zimmerman is in question as well. As former Department of Justice Attorney J. Christian Adams puts it in his piece for Breitbart:
Holder’s CRS didn’t travel to Sanford to restrain the mob. They went to Florida to help it.
In the aftermath of a case where the prosecution failed utterly to establish George Zimmerman’s guilt, and at times managed to do a better job of establishing Trayvon Martin’s apparent racial motivations-see Rachel Jenteal’s testimony that Martin referred to Zimmerman as a “creepy ass cracker”-the media continued to pound away at George Zimmerman. During the trial, after defense attorney Don West impeached Rachel Jenteal’s testimony and exposed her lies during a deposition, Martin Bashir and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capeheart excoriated West as “cold” and “culturally unaware” for his cross-examination of Jenteal.
In Capeheart’s opinion, Don West was “the wrong person to be doing this cross-examination.” After the acquittal, it became quite clear that West was absolutely correct in his cross of Jenteal, whose credibility was destroyed. The media’s bias was on full display in the aftermath of the trial, as Al Sharpton declared the verdict an atrocity, while Chris Hayes tweeted “Goddamnit.”
The media has been invested in George Zimmerman’s guilt, so much so that they could not bring themselves to see Rachel Jenteal for what she was: an obvious liar. The Daily Kos even went so far as to declare Jenteal’s treatment a digital lynching, while Capeheart declared her motivation for lying under oath “sympathetic.”
However, with the Department of Justice considering whether or not to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman after his acquittal, even after documents detailing CRS’s involvement in organizing protests against Zimmerman have gone viral, the only lynching in the entire sordid affair is the one that might be ahead for George Zimmerman. Acquitted in state court, with no additional evidence available that would merit a federal trial, he now faces a Department of Justice with a demonstrated history of animosity towards him as a defendant and private citizen. Such is the way of the federales, and the lynch mob they represent.
Jay Batman is a graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, where he attained his J.D. in May 2013. He completed a B.A. in English with a minor in Political Science at the University of Montevallo in 2002. He is employed with Dustin Stockton Political Strategies, LLC, and presently resides in West Texas with his dog and co-author, Buddy Love.