In another installment of “Criminal prosecutions: the gift that keeps on giving.”, wrongfully acquitted George Zimmerman has been arrested on some minor unspecified charge that ordinarily wouldn’t even make local news on a really, really slow news day. But a wrongfully acquitted person’s every “brush” with law enforcement is immediate national news.
He was pulled over for speeding, too, doncha know.
Meanwhile, maybe he helped some people after a car crash but no one cares about that. We prefer our villains to be entirely one-dimensional.
I agree with his attorney:
“If I were him I would leave the country.”
Personally, I think Zimmerman is a jerk who went looking for trouble and found it. In so doing he killed a 17 year old kid. The death of a 17 year old is sad beyond words. I grieve for him and his parents and I understand the anger against Zimmerman. I feel that way myself.
I might differ with most people, though, in that I don’t think my anger ought necessarily translate into criminal liability for the object of my anger. And I never have any problem, intellectually or emotionally, with an acquittal.
The title of this post is meant tongue planted firmly in cheek. There is no such thing as a ‘wrongful acquittal’.