Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rethinking Dunn

I am trying to come to a rational decision on the verdict of this case. I am second guessing myself because so many persons of color and others who share my political slant are upset with the verdict. I keep wondering if I should be furious too. I am not because I continue to be thrilled Dunn will never see the outside of a jail cell again. It is as if he were found guilty of the murder charge in that each attempted murder charge puts him in jail for life.

What happened, as I review it on a clear morning instead of the fog of evening, is that the prosecution, same one as Trayvon, over charged the case and stand your ground should have been a part of the prosecution which again it was not. Racism was never considered and there was clear evidence that it existed because the moron defendant actually wrote racist letters while in jail awaiting the trial and its conclusion. That is why, I believe, others of my political persuasion are having trouble with this verdict. An institutional statement against the racist "stand your ground" legislative malevolent law which is used as an excuse for hate and the murder of black males was never addressed. I agree with that but the man is still behind bars and will be for the rest of his life.

The case, as I see it, should have been a second degree murder case or a manslaughter case against Dunn not a first degree murder one because it is difficult to determine the malcontent Dunn's motive. The important thing to me is Dunn will spend the rest of his life in jail.

As I said before, I feared another Trayvon Martin miscarriage of justice. We did not get another Trayvon because unlike Zimmerman this man will never see the light of day. I thought, although not a first degree murder guilty verdict, the guilty verdicts on the other charges will diminish the open season on a black man mindset because of the consequential status of the defendant. He is in jail for life. I was happier with the outcome than I thought I would be as I feared his getting away with all of it. But No. Thank God he did NOT get away with it all.

I breathed a sigh of relief when a guilty verdict on all four attempted murder and other counts was delivered. I can see where the jury had a problem with murder in the first degree but this was so serious and sentencing justice had to prevail in that he could not get away with not serving significant time. He will serve significant time in that a guilty verdict on the other counts running consecutively will mean life in prison.

This racist defendant is going to spend over 75 years in jail and, although still not a statement against racism, that, for now, is good enough for me!

Stand your ground should be relegated to the ash heap of history and is yet another reason Republicans must be electorally crushed on the local, state, and national levels. Justice will never prevail if they remain in positions of power caring only for white rich men and caring nothing for the poor. While Democrats are surely not perfect (no one is) they do not come with discrimination, ignorance and hate flowing through their veins as Republicans do. November, 2014 should ensure it never does.