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Wednesday, July 10, 2013



With the end of the Zimmerman V Martin trial coming to a close - I came upon a letter from Russell Simmons posted yesterday, that we would like to echo and re-post here at NFTOS.

I have made no bones about my stance in this case, and while the State of Florida has presented a horrible case, many points in the case are being left out, for whatever reason - decided by law or the Judges interpretation of said law.

Many will say our court system is the best there is. I call bullshit! There is only one true court and [ the heavenly court, which is not a court of flawed mans laws] I think our court systems are deeply erred.

What evidence to allow, what to not allow, an original query issued to a testifier is not acceptable in one instance - yet upon an objection and rephrasing of said question it is OK, and allowed in court. It would seem to the laymen that two key points have been omitted. A key portion in this case is, who is screaming in the 911 tapes. The latitude to not allow a voice recognition expert to testify as to who is screaming, is a huge travesty in my honest opinion! The failure to hammer the point that "Georgie" was told by 911, "ok, we don't need you to do that", referencing Georgie cease and desist of the stalking of Martin.

The biggest travesty in my opinion is the murderer himself George Zimmerman - that he shall be entitled to invoke his 5th amendment right.

If indeed Zimmerman is so innocent, put him on the stand, but like all murderers, they quietly sit in the defense chair with their testicles tucked under their posterior fearing the worst, and yet knowingly they can't get up in front of a jury and make their FUBAR story believable! 

This aforementioned true court I mention above, shall be the one that puts "Georgie" where he belongs, and that is throwing fireballs in the firmament of hell, and rightly so!  

Anyhow, off my soapbox, baring a major cataclysmic paradigm shift, the murderer named George Zimmerman, shall more than likely walk away a free man. I am just as disgusted and pissed off as most about the ebb and flow of this trial - and that its a high probability that this murderer walks away Scott free within a few short days.

I am asking that we let the process move forward, to channel our efforts lawfully as the verdict befalls us. To not be George Zimmerman like, lets handle this the way grown educated humans should, without violence and mayhem.

I found the below message, to be very well written. I leave you this day with a letter from Russell Simmons.
Like so many people across the country, I have followed the murder trial of George Zimmerman very closely. As we enter what is probably the last week of the trial, I am sure that everyone is anxious about the outcome. For the past sixteen months, I have proudly supported the courageous parents of Trayvon Martin as they have fought for justice for their son. I have greatly admired the grace and humility that they have exuded throughout this entire tragic ordeal. For them, the day of judgment in the courtroom will be a very difficult day and I certainly will say a prayer for them when that day comes.
Even with this important day coming soon, I remind myself that we have already accomplished a tremendous amount in the memory of Trayvon. All we ever asked for was for equal justice for the young man who was killed that drizzling night in Sanford, Florida. If George Zimmerman had rights, so did Trayvon Martin. And that is why Mr. Zimmerman was properly arrested and charged with murder in the second degree. He will soon be judged by a jury of his peers, and that is the best we can do. Whatever decision they make, is a decision that we must live with, whether we like it or not. Whether George Zimmerman is found innocent or guilty by the jury, I am firm believer that all of us live by karmic law, and he will ultimately be punished for the death of Trayvon, no matter what. However, if he walks free out of that courtroom, I understand that some people will be very sad, but we must remember the mission we are on. As I have heard Trayvon's parents say time and time again, they are not only fighting for justice for their son, they are fighting for all of us, especially those parents who have to live through the misery of burying their child and the sadness that comes after. 
Their inspiring leadership has already led to action. In 2012, for the first time in 8 years, not ONE state in our nation passed a new "Stand Your Ground" law. The power of the NRA and their gun-toting cronies in business were stopped in their tracks by the Justice For Trayvon Martin movement. That is an incredible accomplishment. That is the mission we must continue after this trial is over. Led by the heroism of Trayvon's parents, we will support their efforts to not only block new laws from being enacted, but also repeal the laws in the twenty five states who already passed "Stand Your Ground" type legislation. And we will certainly support their healing process, as they have become great protectors of our nation's compassion. It is the future that needs to be protected and everyone who stood up for Trayvon plays a part in that protection. If we failed to protect Trayvon on February 26, 2012, we will pledge to never make that mistake again.
Never we will stop fighting for justice for Trayvon, guilty verdict or acquittal, as our work will never be done!
~Russell Simmons

Roger West