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

(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.

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cornelison
Jul 11, 2013 9:17 PM CDT
Any bets on why this isn't over? How about Trayvon's family suing the police dept.? They let Zimmerman go home that night. There's a dead boy and no formal police investigation immediately??? Would this happen if a rich white kid were dead??? Remember this; Zimmerman had overnight to formulate his "story" of what went on that night. What do the rest of you think?
sobe
Jul 10, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
Hanson, he's not on trial because he's white... he's on trial because he killed an unarmed teenager who was not using deadly force. Zimmerman could have been black, he still would have stand your ground challenged.
realtruth
Jul 10, 2013 7:14 AM CDT
This is nothing but the OJ Simpson Trial all over again.. Or is it Paula Dean.. Or is it the National Enquirer making news .... No it Newser..