Dear editor:

Here I am weighing in my first Amendment right of opinion on the George Zimmerman Trial.   I voiced my opinion about this trial to people and I have taken heat from certain people for having the thought that George Zimmerman may be innocent.  First of all, for anyone to assume otherwise is ignorance on their part.  

How many people in Moultrie were actually present when Trayvon Martin was killed?  I had a conversation the other day with a former co-worker who was very upset about my opinion.  She stated that if someone shot one of her kids she would be livid and asked if someone had shot my kids would I not be livid.  Of course I would be livid.

 I would be furious and wouldn’t care if the person who killed my child was innocent or not.  I wouldn’t care if my child provoked it, and I wouldn’t care if my child caused any pain to the other party.  The point is that it wouldn’t be up to me to decide who was guilty or innocent.  The main reason for having a jury is so that parents won’t have a say.

 The person with the worst judgment of Justice, when it comes to their children being killed, is a parent.  The jury’s job is not to judge based on how the mother feels.  The jury’s job is not to declare George Zimmerman guilty because the mother is sad.  The jury’s job is to listen to both sides of the argument and make a decision based on facts and testimony.  It is the jury’s job to make sure justice is carried out.  Reports say that Trayvon was unarmed right?  Can we really call it unarmed if he was beating someone’s head against the pavement?  How many people in this city wouldn’t use a gun if someone was beating your head against the pavement?

“Someone has to be held accountable,” she tells me.  Of course they do.  Why, though, do we limit the possibilities of who can be held accountable?  How can we support something that we know nothing about?

 Having kids is not reason enough to support putting a man in jail for life based on the premise of “If it happened to my kid”. I support the idea that George Zimmerman can be innocent.  There is also the possibility that George Zimmerman is guilty.  The courts will be the ones to make that decision, not the mothers of other children not involved.  Until Mr. Zimmerman’s verdict comes, he is innocent until proven guilty.

Andy Driver

Moultrie

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