Zimmerman Trial Is Really a 'Revolutionary Tribunal'

Media hysterics, political ideology make our justice system a joke: Victor Davis Hanson

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 9, 2013 12:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – George Zimmerman probably wouldn't be on trial if he went by the name Jorge Meza, using his maternal last name and the Hispanic version of his first name, argues Victor Davis Hanson at the National Review. But instead he's George Zimmerman, which allows "racialists" to depict this as a more explosive white-on-black crime, says Hanson. It's another example of how the US is "in jeopardy of turning our own criminal-justice system into revolutionary tribunals—fanned by the popular media and public opinion," writes Hanson. And only those who run afoul of liberal sentiment seem to be the victims, he adds.

He ticks off other examples, from former Dick Cheney aide Scooter Libby to conservative media mogul Conrad Black. What they were ultimately convicted of pales in comparison to what's going on today with members of the Obama administration, writes Hanson. Why aren't special prosecutors going after intelligence chief James Clapper for lying or the IRS' Lois Lerner? Because "media hysteria, popular anger, and ideology" haven't combined to trigger one of these new "revolutionary courts," he writes. "Twenty years ago we laughed at the absurdities of the OJ Simpson trial and verdict. But that circus has proved to be the blueprint for 21st-century American criminal justice." Click for Hanson's full column.

George Zimmerman listens at his trial in Seminole Circuit Court on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
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