Dan Abrams of ABC News tries to steer the legacy media home to reality on the Zimmerman case:
Analysis: George Zimmerman Probably Won't Be Convicted of Murder or Manslaughter -- Here's Why
Folks who have made an effort to understand the case and the law will find nothing new here. But Lizette Alvarez of the Times makes a bit of a stab at similar attempt to manage expectations:
For supporters of the Martin family, Mr. Martin’s death was part of a more complex tale of profiling and injustice.
Just so - what kind of a world are we living in that teenage boys can't assault annoying people they identify as "creep-ass crackers"?
But this perception has run up against the protocols of a criminal trial and Florida’s expansive self-defense laws. These laws, critics say, give too much leeway to people who say they acted violently because they felt threatened.
In the past two weeks, defense lawyers have chipped away at the prosecution’s case, legal analysts said, raising the possibility of an acquittal. The law in Florida allows for the use of force if someone fears great bodily harm, and prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Zimmerman did not act in self-defense.
However, the Times is keeping hope alive!
The twists and turns of the case — its weaknesses and legal complications — were not a factor for many supporters of the Martin family, until recently.
“We thought this was an open-and-shut case,” said Mr. Jackson, the pastor in Richmond Heights.
When facts and the law are set aside in favor of The Narrative, sure, many things are open and shut. But I don't know what to make of this cryptic comment:
Mr. Oliver, the Sanford pastor, said he remained optimistic. “You can feel a little sense that anger is re-emerging,” he said.
He is optimistic because the anger is re-emerging? Dare we ask how he expects to see that anger demonstrated?
The possibility of an acquittal has prompted community leaders, ministers and law enforcement officials in Miami and Sanford to prepare. This week in Miami, they will hold a meeting in Miami Gardens, where Mr. Martin lived, to talk about the complexity of the legal case and what has happened in the courtroom so far. They are also reaching out to young people in schools and parks and through Web sites, urging them to remain calm.
“It is important that we still maintain peace, even though decisions are not made to our liking,” Mr. Jackson said. “That is our message, and that is what we are preaching.”
Even the suggestion that trouble may follow an acquittal is fraught with racial overtones, particularly since much of the preparation is focused on the black community.
But in cities like Miami, which have experienced racial unrest, the ministers and activists said it was a reasonable concern. It is better to be prepared, they say, than caught off guard.
“Everybody wants to know the pulse of the community,” Mr. Jackson said. “It’s not an insult to ask whether we feel there will be unrest.”
I assume there are members of the political class who will benefit from a bit of creative racial tension.