Zimmerman jury followed the law

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 16, 2013

An adult white male shot and killed an unarmed black youth and was charged with murder. A jury heard the case and rendered a verdict that outraged many people. They demanded a reversal of this “miscarriage of justice.”

This is what happened in 2011 when Jerome Ersland was convicted of murder for killing 16-year-old Antwun Parker in Oklahoma City. Ersland's supporters believe he never should have been arrested, much less tried for first-degree murder. Following the conviction, his outraged supporters demanded that Ersland be pardoned.

And now another case of alleged miscarried justice is before us. Anger at the jury's verdict is strong. The acquittal of George Zimmerman enraged thousands of Americans. They can't accept the verdict for what it was — a careful consideration of the evidence and the law.

Race was a dominant factor in how one views this case, as it was to some extent in the Ersland case and to a larger extent in the O.J. Simpson case. Ours is an imperfect system, but in neither the Ersland case, the Zimmerman case, nor the Simpson case did the system itself fail.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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