As we await the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, I have deep reservations that it's not just the guilt or innocence of Mr. Zimmerman that will ultimately be decided but our collective guilt or innocence as nation.
The George Zimmerman murder trial is among the most closely watched criminal trials in recent memory. However, a crucial aspect of the trial, the jury instructions, hide in plain sight despite the wall-to-wall television coverage.
Some executives at CNN are suggesting that the Yule log be broadcast permanently, as part of the network's ever-changing attempts to broaden the definition of what constitutes news.
The question of a mother's hope was put to Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton. It came during cross-examination by defense attorney Mark O'Mara.
Whatever the verdict and however any of us feel about it, this incident is a symptom of a sickness of which we are all a part.
As Judge Nelson has shown her tough judicial mien throughout the trial, the haters didn't waste anytime revising their assessments, calling her a snippy, quick-tempered, Chris Farley doppelgänger.
From Rodney King to Mark Duggan to Trayvon Martin, the challenging relationship between police and ethnic communities has erupted in social protest.
It's hard to quantify what the prosecution gained by introducing Zimmerman's statements. To be sure, the prosecution was able to point out several discrepancies in Zimmerman's accounts, but these were really minor inconsistencies.
Under intense competitive pressure, reporters and self-promoting legal commentators -- all with an interest in prolonging the trial's suspense -- are in danger of confusing rather than clarifying responsibility for the killing.
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.
It is impossible for anyone to know precisely what was in Zimmerman's mind, except for (maybe) Zimmerman himself. We can guess, but fair-minded people may draw different conclusions, and reasonable doubt will likely creep into the equation regardless of the conclusions reached.
It's the Johnny Cochran Magic Glove Circus Part 2 and, I fear, with the same ultimate outcome.
The first week's testimony in the Zimmerman trial shows clearly that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey overcharged Zimmerman with murder in the second degree.
CNN and MSNBC are giving wall-to-wall coverage to the Trayvon Martin murder trial. Fox News is taking brief breaks to empathize with Darrell Issa and Paula Deen, but otherwise the cable news channels are all race-crime-porn all the time. They have three good reasons for doing this.
The court case that opened this week has dramatically exposed the consequences -- as tragic as they are shocking -- of allowing virtually anyone to carry a concealed handgun in public.
On the rainy night of February 26, 2012, which of the two men had a superior claim of acting in self-defense? Who, in effect, had the right to stand his ground in the altercation that led to Martin's death?