So now a unanimous citizen jury has agreed with Sanford, Fla. police chief Bill Lee (fired for resisting political lynch mobs and refusing to file baseless charges — http://tinyurl.com/l5bch6w) and the state prosecutor who first investigated neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman’s fatal 2012 shooting of black teen-ager Trayvon Martin.
The jury listened to the eye-witness, considered the corroborating physical evidence, compared that to a set of prosecution witnesses that left defense attorneys with little to do but raise their arms and shout Hallelujah, and ruled no crime was committed by the 28-year-old resident of the gated Twin Lakes community.
Novelists and screenplay writers would be told to come up with something more believable if they tried to invent a prosecution “star witness” to rival young Martin’s hefty girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, a 19-year-old high school senior whose ebonic accent and vocabulary often proved incomprehensible to those in the courtroom, and whose charming tweets on the subject of being unable to pass the Florida state high school competency test (http://tinyurl.com mlmo7jl) I decline to copy verbatim, even here.
As to the substance, it was all over once the fat lady sang. Miss Jeantel admitted on the stand she had not told police Martin — in his cell phone call to her shortly before his death — had said he was being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker.”