Remember George Zimmerman? It seems that the media has all but stopped talking about the senseless death of teen Trayvon Martin, especially with the presidential election nearing and so many other tragedies in the news. Nonetheless, this is still an important trial that everyone in the country should be paying attention toÂ—as it may define whether or not some people can get away from murder with these "stand your ground" laws. The latest update in this case (and the updates are becoming fewer and farther between) comes with some delightful news.
There will be no gag order in this trial. Prosecutors had requested one, and the judge presiding over the case has rejected this request. Judge Debra Nelson said that there is no reason to instate a gag order and that this wouldn't affect whether or not the 29-year-old will get a fair trial.
It seems rather pointless to ask for a gag order anyway, seeing as though the public knows many of the details in this case. The public is well aware of plentyÂ—in particular the massive amount of money George Zimmerman has pandered from his so-called supporters, many of which only support him out of twisted political views and bigoted ideology. While the so-called "liberal media" immediately wanted to know whether this case was racially fueled or not, there were plenty in the public (and in other media outlets) politicizing this tragic murder case to suit their own agendas. All the way around, this case has been very high profile. It's too late for a gag order.
The brother of the accused child murderer spoke to the media again recently, as he's been known to do, and he wants you to know his family isn't racist. Really though, it seems that at this point, people would get over the racial issue in this case and simply look at the fact that this boils down to a grown man shooting a juvenileÂ—a teenager. It's bad enough without race baitingÂ—even though there do appear to be some racial elements in this case.
Did Trayvon Martin die in vain?
Probably not. This high profile case cast a light over the "stand your ground" laws in the country; not just Florida. A lot of attention has been given to these laws because of this case, and that may affect whether or not these laws exist in the future. With more people aware of the "stand your ground" laws, more people might be willing to change them. Trayvon Martin didn't deserve to die, and his death may never be given justiceÂ—even if Zimmerman is convicted. But the future could be changed thanks to the attention Trayon's case garnered.
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