At this writing the feds are considering trying George Zimmerman for “violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights,” creating de facto double jeopardy.
The lawyering classes have defecated on the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against double jeopardy by using legalistic gimmickry to create multiple courts – criminal, civil, federal – and similar legalistic contrivances to create multiple charges for identical crimes.
Used together it becomes possible to charge the same person with the same crime and drag him through different courts until he’s finally guilty.
They’ve done this before in the Rodney King case. After the LA cops who beat King were acquitted they were found guilty in federal court for “Violating King’s rights.”
“Violating King’s rights” is just “beating him” under a different name in a different court.
Suing O.J. Simpson in civil court for the same thing he was acquitted for in criminal court was in fact double jeopardy under a different name in a different court; he was still tried twice for the same thing.
(As a point of curiosity, how many white people rioted in the streets after O.J. was acquitted of killing two white people?)
But why stop at those three courts? Why not create a slew of other courts and drag the defendant through a People’s Court, then a Special Prosecutor’s Do-Over Court, then a Race-Baiter’s Sore Loser Court and a General We Don’t Like You Court until the government law dogs get their guilty verdict?
And if their target is acquitted for “Murder” charge him with “Homicide,” and if he get’s off bring him up for “Unlawful Killing of a Legal Person,” and if that doesn’t work try one count of “Violently Suspending a Human Being’s Life Force Against His Will” and if he’s acquitted again try him for “Coercively Superseding a Breathing Individual’s Existence With Death,” and if he’s found not guilty bring him to court again with “Unauthorized Violation of a Homo Sapien’s Biological Lifecycle Processes Resulting in an Unwanted Discontinuance of the Condition of Being Alive” until they finally get him!
Crime and race for libertarians is simple, honest and straightforward: he who throws the first punch is the aggressor and he who responds is the defender.
Had Zimmerman been on top of Martin banging his head into the pavement and breaking his nose and Martin shot Zimmerman libertarians would have agreed with that self-defense outcome too.
So move along. No racism to see here.
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