"It is painful to say this: Trayvon Martin is not a miscarriage of American justice, but American justice itself. This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended. To expect our juries, our schools, our police to single-handedly correct for this, is to look at the final play in the final minute of the final quarter and wonder why we couldn't come back from twenty-four down."
don't get it twisted. there is enough in the case as presented for me that gives me no doubt at all that zimmerman is guilty. his story just doesn't add up. his actions, his lies and the fact that someone is dead are "stable and unvacillating" facts that for me overcome his presumption of innocence (http://melvinbray.com/2013/07/14/of-course-there-was-reasonable-doubt/)--although
i agree the prosecution put forth a weak case. i post coates' piece because regardless of whether we agree about the validity of the verdict, his greater analysis is SPOT ON!