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We have all lost someone dear to us and the grieving process takes time and it is necessary to move on.

Trayvon’s parents were robbed of this. They found out their 17-year-old, unarmed son was killed because Zimmerman thought he was acting suspicious and was up to no good.  After a brief statement to the police, Zimmerman was allowed to go home and sleep in his own bed. Trayvon’s parent’s journey for justice had only just begun.

It took almost two months for Zimmerman to be arrested. Thank God Trayvon’s mom and dad, the public and anyone with a teenage son could imagine or be horrified that this could happen to their son and raised all kinds of hell and the arrest finally happened. Here’s the facts: a grown ass man with a big ass gun followed an unarmed teenager and Trayvon, in fear for his own life, fought back AND he didn’t have a gun . . . so he died.

I have observed that the trials in the year of 2013 are turning out to be ‘Blame the Victim’ and unfortunately, the victims are no longer here to have a say.  They are virtually being murdered twice. Their lives were taken and now their reputations.  Thankfully, this was not the case in Arizona nor in Kansas, and the defendants were convicted, but we’re not in Kansas anymore … we’re in Florida.

Sixteen months ago on Feb. 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old multi-racial Hispanic man who was the appointed neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Trayvon was temporarily staying.

At the time of the shooting, Zimmerman was in his final semester at Seminole State College for an associate degree in Criminal Justice. In late 2011, he was refused an associate’s degree. He had failed at least one class and had not accumulated enough credits to graduate. In one of his interviews with police, he stated his goal was to become a judge (and in this case, the executioner). I find it scary that a person who wants to sit in judgment of others has questionable judgment.

This past February, Zimmerman had requested a ‘Stand your Ground’ hearing, however, his defense team decided against this. After a little research, it is apparent that would not have worked. Here’s why: Zimmerman’s account(s) of what happened did not even come close to meeting the criteria for a ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense so now it’s self defense.

It is now time for the trial and the defense team has stated over and over they are not ready and need more time and apparently lots more money. If we thought the arrest of Zimmerman took a long time, well, it looks like seating a jury may take even longer. The jury selection process has started. 500 potential jurors were summoned and out of these, eight to ten unbiased, open-minded, and unaware of the case, etc. need to be seated before the trial can proceed.  I am hoping this can be accomplished.

(Photo: AP

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