RUSH: I haven't paid any attention to this -- well, I've been paying attention to the trial. I haven't paid much attention to this judge until today. You know, my instincts told me the fix was in on this thing from the very first moment Obama and Eric Holder got involved in it. But this is outrageous, what this judge allowed today. Folks, it's all up to the jury now, and it really depends on what they do because in the Zimmerman trial, I mean, every fear that we've had about this appears to be manifesting itself.
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Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial want to ask jurors to consider lesser charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter because they know that they haven't made their case on first degree murder. So they went and they said, "We want to let the jury decide," 'cause the alternative was acquittal or first-degree murder. And the prosecution today said, "No, no, no, no, manslaughter and maybe second-degree murder -- third-degree murder." I think it was a second-degree murder charge, not first-degree. And then, to compound this -- are you ready for this? -- it looks like the judge is going to permit the jury to consider a charge of child abuse because Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when this happened.
The attorney for Zimmerman stood up and was beside himself. He said (paraphrasing), "They're pulling this out of their hat. This has been buried deep. We didn't know this was coming. We need some time to prepare for this." The judge didn't seem too sympathetic at all. The judge seemed more than willing for virtually anything that will convict this guy of something to happen. Now, I had a little time here, not a whole lot when this started to shake out. As best I could determine, given the time constraints I had, I'm open to being shown wrong about this, but as I checked the statute on this child abuse business, I think, in order for Zimmerman to be convicted of this in something other than a banana republic court, he would have to have known that Trayvon Martin was 17 years old.
You heard that, too? Well, I don't think Zimmerman cared how old this guy was when this was all going on. I certainly don't think he knew he was 17. I certainly didn't think he thought he was involved with a child here. Prosecutors said that they would ask that the lesser charges be included as they hammer out jury instructions today. Prosecutors also seeking a child abuse charge against Zimmerman since Trayvon Martin was 17 at the time of his death. Never mind that Zimmerman's lawyers can't defend against either of these new charges 'cause they've rested. They rested their case, so this stuff comes out after they've rested. They have to ask the judge for special dispensation here.
Zimmerman's attorney has been on TV all morning, strongly objected to the prosecution's proposal that third-degree murder be included in the instructions. The defense attorney's name is Don West. He called the proposal "outrageous" given that it is premised on the idea that Zimmerman committed child abuse since Martin was underage when he was fatally shot. He said, "Oh my God. Just when I thought it couldn’t get more bizarre." West questioned how Zimmerman could be charged with child abuse while Martin was on top of Zimmerman "pummeling him."
The judge's name is Debra Nelson. She said today that she would allow the jurors to consider manslaughter. Arguments on third-degree murder had yet to be made. That's why the defense rested. There were no arguments made on third-degree murder. Look, my dad was a lawyer, but that's the extent of my knowledge here. I just think it's outrageous. And this is what happens in show trials. The only important thing in a show trial is pleasing the people in power and giving the unwashed masses a lesson. Show trials have nothing to do with dispensing justice. They're all about dispensing social justice, which is usually the polar opposite of real justice.
Now, I don't know; I would think we've got grounds for an appeal here. But, I mean, who wants to see Zimmerman dragged through the courts again, even on an appeal, even though he might have to do it. I don't know, folks. I was on Fox yesterday afternoon on their show at five o'clock, and they asked me about this, and I told them that the media, since day one, has been invested in a guilty verdict here based on race.
You know, most of the media people that I've met -- sports, news, you name it -- given their age and generation, the civil rights movement seems to have had a profound impact on informing them of life in America. They are of the belief that racial injustice is just as prevalent today as it was during slavery and that we have yet to really make amends for it, and they consistently look at minorities as really constantly always discriminated against. They've got unbridled sympathy -- you know, it's really what it boils down to. They have unbridled sympathy, and I think it's actually insulting. They look at minorities as incapable of handling themselves, incapable of navigating the canals and the rivers and the fjords of life. And it really is a put-down.
It's a contemptible condescension that they have toward minorities while claiming to love them and being in their corner and being their champions and so forth. But to arrive at that position they've gotta believe these people are pretty much incompetent and incapable and that's why this never-ending sympathy. So the case comes, just like the Duke lacrosse case, it's made to order, it fit the bill, and it didn't matter the nature of the evidence. It was yet another opportunity to prove that America is imperfect and needs to be perfected. It's yet another opportunity to prove that America is not yet the land of justice and freedom for all and that the people continually denied are blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities, people of color. And so the media champions, here comes a case, even to go to the extent of they called Zimmerman a "white Hispanic."
The New York Times, we researched it, only five instances in United States history in the media of somebody being called a "white Hispanic." Zimmerman was number five, and the other ones were in inconsequential references. CNN's picked it up now. He's a white Hispanic, all for the purposes of promoting racial polarization. All for the purposes of promoting a racial divide. So as is much the case and is often the case with liberalism, it's the seriousness of the charge that motivates. It's not the nature of the evidence that matters at all. In fact, the nature of the evidence must always be ignored.
I first learned of this, by the way, my life has been a never-ending education of liberalism. During the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, I kept hearing advocates for Anita Hill wringing their hands talking about the seriousness of the charge. Yeah, well, what about the evidence? That doesn't matter. Seriousness of the charge. Oh, actually, it was before that. The first time I heard it, there was a professor at Columbia named Gary Sick -- appropriately named -- and, in 1990, he published a book, and the book claimed that George H. W. Bush was flown secretly to France on an SR-71 spy plane to negotiate with the Iranians. He struck a deal where the Iranians would keep our hostages through the 1980 election, thereby making Carter look bad and enabling Reagan to win. In 1990, 10 years after the fact. Of course, this was all about the George H. W. Bush reelection in 1992.
The Speaker of the House at the time was a man known for stealing airline food, Thomas Foley from the state of the Washington. Well, he was. He'd fly commercial flights and he'd steal people's food and disembark with it. He really loved the plastic knives and forks that came with it. Anyway, he goes to the microphones and the camera, said, "The seriousness of the charge is such here that we are required to investigate." The seriousness of the charge? By who? A whacked-out Columbia professor? Yeah, that's all it took, the seriousness of the charge. It's the same bogus BS here. The seriousness of the charge, racial discrimination, racial hate crime, i.e., same thing at the Duke lacrosse case.
It doesn't matter what happened at the Duke case. It doesn't matter everybody involved was embarrassed profoundly. It doesn't matter they were dead wrong, same thing here. So now the trial happens, and the prosecution, everybody knows it, and then the news fails to make their case on second-degree murder, uh-oh, time for emergency procedures. Guess what? You know what? We want to go for "he broke his finger and has a hangnail," whatever we can get a conviction on, child abuse. The judge says, "Oh, that's interesting, oh, okay we'll consider that." And Zimmerman's lawyers don't know what to do.
We're in a show trial. This isn't about justice, folks. Eric Holder goes down there and ratchets up public opinion with Reverend Al. The president says, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," thereby injecting race into a story that may not have been about race at all. Probably was not about race. We certainly do not have white on black crime here. We have made up white Hispanic so-called crime on black here. The only reason this trial is taking place is because the media is invested in a guilty verdict, and the race hustler industry, including the attorney general, flew down there the minute this case happened, when Zimmerman wasn't charged. Remember the original police chief wouldn't charge. They didn't have enough evidence to charge. There was nothing to charge here.
The race hustler industry got involved and brought public pressure on the law enforcement officials down there, and even on the state attorney. In order to satisfy the demands of the all-powerful federal government, they charged Zimmerman. The original law enforcement bunch first exposed to the evidence didn't charge Zimmerman. There was nothing to see. And then the Reverend Sharpton and the other race hustlers got in business and flew down there, Eric Holder flew down there, thanked Reverend Al, as he called him, for his community outreach and service.
The regime saw an opportunity to turn something into a profoundly racial case for the express purpose of ripping the country apart. I don't know how to describe it. I really don't know how else to describe it. Last night on CNN's Anderson Cooper 175 correspondent George Howell interviewed the former Sanford, Florida, police chief, Bill Lee. He was the guy that said there was no probable cause for arrest and he was the guy that was fired, or removed from the case. So the CNN correspondent Howell said, "Your lead investigator, Chris Serino, suggested manslaughter on that initial police report. Why is it that for 40-plus days George Zimmerman walked a free man?"
LEE: The laws of the state of Florida and the Constitution require you to have probable cause to arrest someone. The evidence, the testimony that we had, didn't get us to probable cause. You know, if we had people that were witnesses that could tell us that the self-defense claim or the way George Zimmerman said things happened that contradicted that, then we certainly may have probable cause.
RUSH: Okay, so no probable cause. We didn't have any evidence. You know, folks, I interviewed yesterday for the newsletter, and I actually think I'm gonna play segments of it. I interviewed for the newsletter yesterday a man named Conrad Black, who is one of the most erudite and educated men that I've ever met. He's got a new book out called "Flight of the Eagle." Here's the title. "Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies that Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership." I strongly -- I'm gonna do a segment on this later -- I strongly encourage you to get this book. It's a big book. It is heavy reading, but it is marvelous. It is an absolutely terrific, wonderful book about American history. "Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies that Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership."
Conrad Black has led an incredible and storied life. He was a media mogul. He was chairman of the UK Telegraph newspapers in Britain. He founded the National Post in Canada, where he remains a columnist. He writes for National Review Online, the Huffington Post. He's authored multiple books on Nixon and FDR, biographies. He ran Hollinger. But he also ran up against the United States justice system. He was accused of financial crimes in 2005. All 17 counts were dropped, rejected by jurors, or unanimously vacated by the Supreme Court, but he nevertheless served I think 42 months in jail and had every asset practically taken away from him. He's done research and books on the justice system in this country and the prosecution conviction rate's like 99%. Just when the prosecution, the state attorney, the DA, whatever, when they say something, the media automatically believes it.
RUSH: I'll get back to Conrad Black and that story in just a second. I want to finish the Bill Lee story because I think the idea the prosecutor is looking for a charge of manslaughter, third-degree murder, child abuse... It's an admission they overcharged in the first place. Anyway, back to Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida, police chief. The CNN correspondent said, "Tell me about the outside influence. There were civil rights leaders who came to town and protests and, you know, people see this situation differently. But there's a segment of people who said from the beginning that had Zimmerman been black, he would have been arrested. He would have been behind bars. What do you say about this suggestion from people?"
LEE: (whispering) The Sanford Police Department conducted an unbiased and professional investigation. Race did not come into play for the Sanford Police Department.
REPORTER: When you look back at what happened, was there a lot of pressure on you to make an arrest?
LEE: There was pressure applied. The city manager asked several times during the process, "Well, can an arrest be made now?" And I think that was just from not understanding the criminal justice process. It was related to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn't care if it got dismissed later, and you -- you don't do that.
RUSH: Bingo! "[T]hey just wanted the arrest." They wanted the optics. They didn't care if the arrest was dismissed, because the pressure was being brought to bear from all the way down the line, from up to the White House on down, and from the Department of Justice. These are a bunch of yokels in Florida compared to the people in Washington, and pressure was being brought and they were begging, "Will you just charge the guy? Just arrest him for doing something! We don't care what you do later."
RUSH: And now we are back with former Sanford, Florida, police chief, Bill Lee, who just told CNN last night that it was related to him that the city manager, the mayor, the city fathers, the city mothers, the city children, they just wanted an arrest. They didn't care if it got dismissed later. They just wanted an arrest because the pressure was intense, all the way from the White House and the Department of Justice, not to mention the militant race hustler community down there agitating.
I mean, these people, it's a small town. They don't want their place blown up. So they buckled. "Can you just charge the guy? Gosh, just arrest the guy, come on, come on. I don't care if you dismiss it." And the police chief said, "You don't do that. I don't have the evidence to charge the guy." So then the CNN correspondent said, "Is it fair to say, Mr. Lee, that the investigative process, in a way, got hijacked?"
LEE: Yes. In a number of ways. That investigation was taken away from us. We weren't able to complete it. And it was transferred to another district, or a different state attorney. So -- and that outside influence changed the course of the way the criminal justice process should work.
HOWELL: There was political pressure on one hand; would you agree?
HOWELL: There were outside influences on the other?
HOWELL: Did you get a fair shake?
LEE: I don't think so. I upheld my oath. You know, I uphold my oath to abide by the laws of the state of Florida and the Constitution, and I'm happy that at the end of the day I can walk away with my integrity.
RUSH: It's a small town, folks, it's a small town, and the state attorneys there, that's what Florida called their district attorneys, they just wilted with the pressure being brought to bear from national concerns, the White House, the Department of Justice, the race, militant race hustler movement, and they just wilted, and that's why we're where we are. Now, obviously we've had overcharging. The prosecution can't make the case on second-degree murder. They know it, so they go to the judge after the defense rests. "By the way, we want to go for child abuse, too, and third-degree manslaughter," and all this other stuff. The judge, small town judgment, says okay, fine, I don't know what the judge decided. I hadn't paid much attention to the judge -- her name is Debra Nelson -- until today. And I watched today and I was just outraged.
Conrad Black got railroaded by the American judicial system, spent 42 months in jail for crimes he didn't commit. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled they weren't even crimes. He spent 42 months in jail, wrote about the experience, did a lot of research on the American judicial system and found out that most people convicted are not convicted at trial as a result of pleas, plea bargaining, because nobody can stand up, nobody's got the resources, very few have the resources to fight, go to the trial.
Anyway, his experience in this is informative to people. And it is true, folks, as one who's there, law enforcement, leaks, or makes announcements, and whatever they say, they are automatically believed. I mean, it's human nature. I don't mean to be critical of law enforcement. I'm one of the biggest supporters of uniformed security forces, be they military or domestic police, but the fact of the matter remains that whenever prosecuting attorneys, state attorneys, district, whenever they leak or say anything, the media automatically believes it. And most people do, too. Why would they bother charging somebody if they're not guilty? It's just the natural thing for people to assume.
And despite controversies, people genuinely generally believe that the judicial system is pretty fair and balanced and impartial, except for the people that have been in it. But people that haven't been into the bowels of it, they just happen to believe it's Superman, truth, justice, the American way. And it is interesting, the law enforcement authorities can leak information about a suspect that could -- look, well, a great example is this poor guy that did the video that Obama and everybody blamed for causing riots in the Middle East. This poor guy is still in jail without bail. So it's a very powerful bunch of people.