Holder to audience: “I share your concern” about the Zimmerman case

posted at 4:41 pm on July 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

I still think it’s 90 percent probable that no federal charges will be filed, but I’ll grant you a 10 percent chance that he brings a case in the full expectation that Zimmerman will be acquitted. That was basically what Corey and the Florida prosecutors did. The first duty of the prosecutor is to cover his/her own ass politically. If charges are filed and the jury acquits, hey — at least they gave it the ol’ college try.

Key words here from the Moses of our time: “Unnecessary shooting death.” Is that what the Florida jury found? The confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman was unnecessary, but if you’re letting a guy off on using lethal force in self-defense, by definition you’ve endorsed his view that the shooting was necessary, no?

Of course, as this celebration unfolds, we are also mindful of the pain felt by our nation surrounding the tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida last year – and the state trial that reached its conclusion over the weekend. As parents, as engaged citizens, and as leaders who stand vigilant against violence in communities across the country, the Deltas are deeply, and rightly, concerned about this case. The Justice Department shares your concern – I share your concern – and, as we first acknowledged last spring, we have opened an investigation into the matter.

Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally-charged issues that this case has raised. We must not – as we have too often in the past – let this opportunity pass. I hope that we will approach this necessarily difficult dialogue with the same dignity that those who have lost the most, Trayvon’s parents, have demonstrated throughout the last year – and especially over the past few days. They suffered a pain that no parent should have to endure – and one that I, as a father, cannot begin to conceive. Even as we embrace their example and hold them in our prayers, we must not forego this opportunity to better understand one another and to make better this nation we cherish.

Moreover, I want to assure you that the Department will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law. We are committed to standing with the people of Sanford, with the individuals and families affected by this incident, and with our state and local partners in order to alleviate tensions, address community concerns, and promote healing. We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion – and also with truth. We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents. And we will never stop working to ensure that – in every case, in every circumstance, and in every community – justice must be done.

“Independent of the legal determination that will be made” sounds to me like he’s preparing people for a letdown. With good reason:

[Some] experts said it would be legally inconsistent for the Justice Department to consider filing criminal charges against Zimmerman under the federal Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. Generally, that law prohibits someone from “willfully causing bodily injury” to another person because of his race, color, religion or national origin.

“If the state jury had been persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman caused bodily harm to Trayvon Martin because of Martin’s race, it would have almost certainly convicted Zimmerman of second-degree murder, which requires proof of ‘ill-will’ or ‘malice,’” said Scott Srebnick, a prominent federal criminal defense attorney in Miami. “So, to bring a federal civil-rights prosecution against Zimmerman, the attorney general would essentially be second-guessing the state jury’s verdict as opposed to vindicating a different or broader federal interest.”

It’s not just the jury’s determination that Zimmerman didn’t act with ill will. It’s the FBI’s determination too, as Ed noted this morning. This is why I think Holder will eventually back off, after a few months have passed and this has fallen off the left’s radar: Waiting to prosecute him after the state verdict, with the DOJ’s own police force having found little to support a civil-rights case, would smell too rancidly political even for Obama and Holder. Why chance it? If they want to mobilize lefties with hot-button racial issues, they’ve got the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision and the amnesty bill to make magic with. We’ll have a better idea of what they’ll do once the first few polls about the verdict come back. If it splits along racial lines, with strong support for Zimmerman among white voters, congressional Democrats in vulnerable jurisdictions will get nervous about a new federal trial and quietly ask O to drop it.

By the way, has any prominent Democrat mentioned the vigilante threats against Zimmerman in passing in their statements about the case? I’m struck by how much of a non-person Zimmerman is in Holder’s statement, even though he’s now been cleared in court, has been smeared relentlessly in the media as a racist contrary to the findings of Holder’s own police force, and both he and his family are living under threat of death. (Obama’s statement yesterday calling for “calm reflection” is as close as we’ve gotten, I think.) I realize he’s the villain in this racial passion play, but he’s a U.S. citizen who committed no crime according to a jury and is being targeted for criminal reprisals daily. Maybe a word or two from “Moses,” however perfunctorily, that Zimmerman’s a human being too and people should respect the process?


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My take.

kingsjester on July 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Oldnuke on July 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Sometimes all it takes a good hard crack to the head to jar the liberal out of people…

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

kingsjester on July 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Good article…very good.

The unspoken tragedy of affirmative action is that it has inculcated into several generations the notion that you do not have to strive for, achieve, earn, work for anything…you “deserve” something merely because somebody else has it or you simply want it.

Add to that the huge growth of the numbers of those who are 100% reliant on the largesse of government for their every need…

Well…it will takes decades, longer, maybe never, for the harm caused by those who wanted to do good to be erased.

Had MLK lived…oh, had he lived, might be a different world today. The race hustlers, the affirmative action hustlers, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, would be third-string players if recognized at all…and a lot more…would never have heard of Barack Obama, either, or Eric Holder and a host of others.

If Trayvon is a hero…to anybody…any person at all…then there is something terribly wrong.

When personal responsibility was given an affirmative action clause…pretty much ended King’s dream. And a lot of our dreams for this Nation as well.

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

coldwarrior on July 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Thank you! Well said.

kingsjester on July 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Watched O’Reilly for a few minutes last night. He didn’t keep up with the trial and is repeating the NBC meme. The guy’s a total idiot in my book.

TerryW on July 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I had the same reaction. Deleted the program from the DVR after about ten minutes.

I haven’t watched that big mouthed uninformed clown for a long time and won’t again. To illustrate just how bad O’Reilly has been, Anderson Cooper has been more objective, reasonable, and balanced on his show. The rest of CNN sucked, as usual.

farsighted on July 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

History demonstrates Holder is a racist – from ordering the DOJ to ignore cases of reverse discrimination to dropping charges against the New Black Panthers in 2008 to ignoring their Federal Felony crime of putting a bounty on Zimmerman. I believe he is proceeding with his ‘stalking’ of Zimmerman is due to his own & Obama’s bias/racism.

If he is going through the motions to appease blacks / the NAACP, then he has blood on his hands already & are putting people’s lives in jeopardy:

+ ‘Baltimore Witness: Group of Blacks Beat Hispanic Man, Yelling ‘This Is For Trayvon’…’

+ ‘White jogger beaten…’

+ ‘Zimmerman’s Parents in Hiding from ‘Enormous Amount of Death Threats’…’

Holder should be a great advocate of the LAW, teaching people why the jury’s decision was legally the RIGHT one. Instead, he seems to be validating the racial suspicion and hatred of others, giving them a ‘pass’ or even advocating the rioting and violence.

Either way, he is a disgrace and a poor Attorney General! The man should already be in jail for his numerous proven crimes of Perjury before congress during several investigations of on-going scandals…he ought to be fired for inciting racia tensions and hatred as well. As a lawyer he knows better….perhaps HE should be investigated for civil rights violations & hate crimes?!

easyt65 on July 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

What an incompetent, lying, corruptive jerk. Like a virus, he got into the system & now we can’t get him out.

RdLake on July 17, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Holder: I was pulled over for no reason once so I know that all the cracka white devils are out to get us, but we are gonna pervert or make up our own laws that favor or ignore lawbreaking of our race. That is fair!

SGinNC on July 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Also during this diatribe from Holder, did anyone else notice the organ music? Why is it that we are 24/7 told that politics and religion don’t mix… Unless of course your name is Reverend Barber, Reverend Sharpton, Reverend Jackson etc. You can hear all the politicking in black churches such as heard from Pasture “God damn America” Wright and this is not the exception. The double standards are sickening.

SGinNC on July 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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