We all know the bare facts: George Zimmerman, part of his neighborhood watch, was driving through his gated community in Florida and saw a man walking in the rain. He called the police and followed the man. Zimmerman exited his vehicle and a physical altercation ensued where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
That’s all we know for sure.
From the start it’s been a media circus with NBC doctoring tapes to make Zimmerman look like a racist to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson holding rallies demanding Zimmerman’s head on a platter. To you and me, the general public, the best we can hope for is that the facts and evidence will come out in trial and justice will be served.
This morning I was doing a radio interview about the Trayvon Martin case and most of the focus was on the six women on the jury. Was it a good thing or a bad thing for George Zimmerman? How could six women be considered a jury of his peers? Afterwards I had an interesting thought run through my head. What if George Zimmerman could choose his own jury? Who would he choose? Who would be on George Zimmerman’s A-list?
You can make up your own mind, but if I were George Zimmerman, here are a few people I’d want on my jury.
1. Wayne LaPierre – That’s right, Mr. NRA himself. Not one prone to wear his heart on his sleeve, Wayne would bring a cold, rational, and logic-based element to the jury. He would protect and defend Zimmerman’s right to keep and bear arms and would be in favor of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. The only real problem would be getting Wayne to enter the courtroom without his gun.
2. Judge Andrew Napolitano – I once heard this man speak at a pro-freedom rally in New Hampshire. The judge has a keen grasp of history and the law, which would be an asset in this case. He’s written such books as A Nation of Sheep and Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America. The only down side is being forced to look at his extremely low, combed-back hairline for the trial’s duration. (But then again, freedom isn’t free.)
3. Justin Bieber – This man-child has no brain, but he’d be useful to the other jurors as they’d be able to make fun of him during those long, boring hours of sequestration. And if he ever broke out in song, they could take turns slapping him into submission, then dancing on his broken body.
4. Ted Nugent – Every jury needs a foreman, and Ted would fill that role nicely. After all, he is the alpha male of rock-n-roll, and he’d be able to brow-beat any anti-gunners into submission with his cutting logic and rapier wit. (But we’d have to keep him separated from Justin Bieber to avoid the mess of Bieber’s submissive peeing on the courtroom floor.)