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  • First of all, I would like to thank people for pointing out the problems with the Florida justice system with a requirement of only six jurors instead of twelve. Furthermore, I appreciate the information delivered by Turtle in her link to the interview where the fact is revealed that jury consisted of only 5 white women and 1 Hispanic woman.

    However, I have to reiterate my previous statement. NO! NO! NO! NO!

    Folks, this trial was televised and covered so completely by the media that any impropriety would have been so apparent as to cause immediate reaction from the people.

    So the problem is the Stand Your Ground law. Okay, all you Floridians. You elect your representatives. You can vote. You are the people who can make this happen. Change it. It is, in my opinion, a bad law.

    Now, if you change it, will it bring Trayvon Martin back to life? NO! Could it then be used to reverse the decision as to George Zimmerman's guilt or innocence? NO! (Ex Post Facto, folks, the law was on the books at the time.) What will it accomplish? Perhaps it will prevent this same incident from occurring again in the future.

    If you are going to rally behind a cause to change this law, then let the cause be the unnecessary death of this young man, the needless suffering of his parents, and the cavalier attitude of the legislature that allowed a law like this to pass in the first place.

    This case is not about race. It is about a bad law used to excuse depraved indifference manslaughter.

    Stay focused on the right thing.

    What is justice? Justice would be for Trayvon Martin to live out his life and perhaps be able to contribute to society. Justice would be for George Zimmerman to spend the next 15 years of his life behind bars for depraved indifference manslaughter. Justice would be the state of Florida acknowledging a need to train citizens before arming them, and to advise them that taking a life is a last resort.

    Justice will never be achieved in this case, no matter how hard we try. But we can change this so it does not happen again.

    If you live in Florida and you can vote, send a letter to your representative and tell him or her you want this law revoked. Push and work to get it on the next ballot and change the law. VOTE!

    We have a system in this country, a system that does not include mass media hysteria and lynch mobs. USE THE SYSTEM and you will discover something strange and wonderful. It Works!

    Fred
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