5. I've read all the posts that say he is presumed innocent and I can't argue with that
Even though I think he is guilty as hell. The presumption of innocence is for the court. Not for a democratic message board. It protects all of us I suppose, if we are ever accused of a crime. GZ deserves his day in court just like anybody else. I'm sad that it took a major movement to get him to court. It's scary to me how close he came to simply getting away with murder.
Innocent people go to jail sometimes. Look at your friend Rubin. Guilty people go free all the time. Look at OJ. Our court system is far from perfect. I don't care at this point what happens to this guy in court. I think his parents wanted the facts to come out in court and now they will. I do want to know the facts as they really are and not what we are all making up.
The prosecutor struck me as a savvy woman. I listened to her talk about evidence, physical and otherwise, and I believe that she wouldn't bring 2nd degree murder unless she had strong evidence to support that charge. I think he will go away for a long time. I don't know how I feel about that. But I am glad that he will see his case tried.
I think he was a racist over-zealous idiot who made an epic mistake and took a boy's life "presuming" he was a thug. He should be punished for that.
I'm sorry I missed Rev. Al's speech. I will have to look it up. I remember him from when I lived in NY and the Tawana Brawley case. That was an epic mistake too, though no one lost their life. But over the years I have come to respect him and I feel quite fond of him, like an eccentric uncle who can be very eloquent and kind. I do enjoy listening to him speak. He sometimes can say just the right thing to make people feel better. He loves to stick up for the underdog. I like that in a man.
H I have not been on this board since * was pResident. I have not been this angry since then -- this seems to be the only thing that motivates me to come to DU. Lots of anger and a sense of unfairness and outrage.
My life is so peaceful now and yet this tragedy moved me to come back among the DUers who I knew would understand why I felt this way.
I kind of missed the feeling of camaraderie and it has been nice to be back for a bit.
Good to see your posts as always, so wise and so calming. Rather like the Rev. Al.