I’m basically happy with our justice system. For the most part it works and, even in the worst of times with the craziest of prosecutors, you still get your day in court before a jury. It’s good for people like me, who lean towards law and order conservatism, to occasionally see someone like me in the dock. Zimmerman could be me or a brother or a friend. Even people in bad neighborhoods who make mistakes are not always guilty of what they’re charged with. They get off some times . . . because of juries.
The criminal courts should punish the guilty and protect the innocent. This is why juries work so well in criminal trials; most people feel this way. Sometimes tribal loyalties undo this, as in the twin extremes of the Jim Crow South or the modern day Bronx. But mostly they work, and the demographics of Seminole Country are such that Zimmerman should be able to get a reasonably favorable jury. Prosecutors are part of this process, but they often fail. But their word is not final, the jury has the final say.