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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book for All Americans to Read, February 27, 2014
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This review is from: Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It (Kindle Edition)
Lisa Bloom's book covers much more than the Trayvon Martin murder trial, it delves into the many reasons why this black youth was racially profiled and the racial bias we ALL hold (even though we think we don't). In addition to that, Bloom lays out the damaging effects of Stand Your Ground laws and the need for gun reform laws.

If this book doesn't make you stop and think about racism and gun violence in America, then you need to start over and re-read it.

The first half of the book lays out the errors made by the state in proscuting George Zimmerman, and reflects many of my own feelings as I watched this trial unfold. As I watched the Jordan Davis murder trial, once again I was constantly questioning what the state was doing, why were they letting so many important facts be presented in such an offhand manner? While Michael Dunn will likely spend the rest of his life in jail for the attempted murder of Jordan's friends, Jordan Davis has not received justice yet.

The second half of the book covers, in great detail, just how we, as Americans, have arrived at this place in history. Bloom has done her homework (apparently with her son's help!) and has provided startling statistics and studies that shine a light on just how far out in left field we are.

While you might feel the second half of the book drags a bit due to all the statistical information provided, you owe it to yourself to wade through it all and absorb it, because what happened to Trayvon and Jordan (and so many others), not only shouldn't have happened, we ALL must do our part to make sure it stops happening.
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2014 9:22:33 AM PST
The Martin case had NOTHING to do with Stand Your Ground--SYG wasn't mentioned by prosecutors nor defense attorneys. Three times at the post trial press conference the prosecution team was asked about the SYG law and three times they said it was not a SYG case. Only the dopes in the media still persist with this false narrative.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 9:26:38 AM PST
Zimmerman didn't even know Martin was black--he said "I think he's black"--when asked by dispatch re the color of the person he was calling about. Racial profiling is NOT illegal when done by private citizens even if he WERE profiling. Martin is dead today b/c he decided to confront Zimmerman, break his nose (it didn't break by itself) and get on top of him and bang his head on the sidewalk. Bloom seems to have forgotten that there was an eyewitness who saw Martin ON TOP and "raining blows upon him".

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2014 11:54:24 PM PST
J. G. Warne says:
Actually, SYG had EVERYTHING to do with this case. Here is part of the instruction on self defense as read to the jury (I've capitalized the most relevant portions, though it is all relevant and a basic restatement of SYG):

If the defendant was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had NO DUTY TO RETREAT and had the right to STAND HIS GROUND and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 5:13:53 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2014 5:18:18 PM PST
When the dispatcher told Zimmerman to back off, that's what he should have done. Instead he relied on the "stand your ground" law in Florida, which of course bone heads like him abuse and he got lucky and won the case. Now, having said that, watch what happens to the rest of his life. So far, he's going downhill, which in my opinion he deserves.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2014 12:35:57 PM PST
If I slammed a person's head on concrete - they would have suffered from a concussion. Something that is easily determinable by looking for pupil dilation with a flashlight and should have been documented in a medical x-ray/cat scan.

Also - Trayvon's body was some distance away from the concrete in the grass. If his body was not moved, then where was Zimmerman during the fight?

Did you ever look at where the holster for Zimmerman's gun was? It's located toward the back. Tell me, how easy is it to get something from your back hip while you are on your back getting our head "slammed repeatedly" into the concrete? How easy is it for an assailant on top of Zimmerman too easily heave that fat body and get that gun out of the holster while Zimmerman was "fighting for his life". This was murder.

And not knowing that Trayvon was black is such an out and out lie that it strains my credulity. Guess what - I can tell a black person from a non-black person very easily at night. The black person (the skin color of Trayvon) is harder to see. White people are far more visible in darkness. I guarantee that zimmerman could tell that Trayvon was not white and that was the reason he decided to stalk and murder that innocent boy.

And SYG - unfortunately for you - the jury was told about SYG during jury deliberations. To pretend that SYG was separate from this court case is just stupid and naive.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 8:18:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2014 7:56:42 PM PDT
Kale says:
Let's follow the witnesses and evidence:

The unidentified "creep" followed the teen all the way home that night, but Martin had no key. There were 3 witnesses that placed the unidentified creep down at the southern end (where Trayvon's home was) -- Witnesses #1, #2, #8 (the Bahadoor sisters who lived further south and Rachel Jeantel).

Earwitness #8 was told by Martin that he was [outside] home (when the creep tried to somehow apprehend Martin and Martin was heard saying "get off, get off" by his friend Witness #8, and next Witnesses #1 & #2 heard/saw one chasing the other (about 10 feet apart) northward toward the "T" (the creep later completely left all of this out of his story, so we can guess who was chasing who). John Good's girlfriend had told police that she thought the person crying for help was running because the cries got louder.

According to the documented EMS evidence, no one was given a bloody nose from a punch and the spotless clothing and hands document this as well. (the bleeding nose comes later ... it's exterior bleeding only ... and it's from the gunshot stippling to the tip of the creep's nose and gun recoil to the nose bridge). All minor bleeding appears totally undiluted/unaffected by the rain -- meaning the wounds occurred at the very end.

So far, the unidentified creep is not hurt ... but he's gone from following and attempting to apprehend to chasing and generally scaring an innocent kid who had every right to be walking in the neighborhood. The two end up on the grass near the "T".

Please, do tell me AT WHAT POINT can Martin defend himself ...

Because at this point, I believe anything the creep does is with intent and NOT INNOCENT.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 7:01:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2014 4:00:33 PM PDT
Kale says:
Regarding the on-scene bloody nose photo of George Zimmerman in the police car (the one where the camera is so close it magnifies the size of his nose) ...

Why didn't the Prosecution explain the gravitational phenomena that GZ wanted us to believe?:

First google the photo: "George Zimmerman's bloody nose" and ask this question:

Q: What position would a person have to be in to have blood flow from the nostrils to the tip of the nose?

A: Full vertical upside down (i.e.: dangling from their toes and turning head to look down)

Zimmerman was not bleeding from the interior of his nose: The EMS Report (Mucous Membrane NORMAL) and page 3 of the Physician Asst's Report document that there was no blood in Zimmerman's nostrils. The minor bleeding was FROM HIS GUNSHOT: exterior and from stippling - concentrated residue blast imbedded in the tip of his nose. To have the residue cause bleeding the gun had to be EXTREMELY close - recoil close (google: "CNN Zimmerman sues NBC Universal over edited 911 call" and see Photo #4 for stippling and minor bridge nick). Zimmerman shot with his non-dominant RIGHT hand and the gun recoil hit the RIGHT side of his nose bridge. DNA evidence shows that Zimmerman's blood was found on the grip of his gun.

So, there goes half the "brutal assault" out the window and Zimmerman's self-serving story about a broken nose while refusing to have an x-ray taken or an ENT check. As for the head injuries that didn't require a single suture, the Physician Asst's testimony:

O'MARA: If you saw those wounds, would you clean them off and put bandages over them?

FOLGATE: I would likely have them cleaned and if the patient desired, I would put a bandage over them. It doesn't necessarily have to be bandaged, but there would be no problem with doing that to keep certain debris out of the area.

Brutal assault?

Still think TM punched Zimmerman in the nose? Then explain how blood could flow from the nostrils and end up coagulated on the tip of Zimmerman's nose (see bloody nose photo of GZ that night).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2014 12:31:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 24, 2014 12:32:43 PM PDT
Kale says:
In the Zimmerman case, the jury instructions contained the SYG Law's key provision and instructed jurors that self-defense meant Zimmerman was entitled to "stand his ground" with "no duty to retreat."

I do not see a point when Zimmerman was ever anything but the aggressor. I believe the trial was bogus and an absolute miscarriage of justice.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2014 1:33:56 PM PDT
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