Florida Man Under Suffers Public Opinion Punishment In Shooting Death of Sanford Teen

Jacksonville’s children have faced many cases of racism, some escalating from small acts of hate speech to actual physical manifestations of violence and other types of racism. However, when a person is accused of a crime related to discriminatory conduct, that person becomes a target in the court of public opinion. If one has been subject to a situation such as this or might be in the future, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case.

According to the Florida Times-Union as well as other newspapers throughout the area, the death of Trayvon Martin, a death which has ripped the nation apart in news and public opinion battles, is now under investigation. Martin’s death came after the juvenile was shot by George Zimmerman, the local neighborhood watch leader, inside his gated community while walking home from a local convenience store. Zimmerman has not been arrested and no charges have been filed to date.

Jacksonville gun crimes tend to be crimes of anger, self-defense, or accident. However, when there is a racially based issue in the crime’s occurrence, that cause for action or motive on behalf of the accused substantially broadens. In this case, Zimmerman has been accused by many groups of shooting the boy because of his skin color. Unfortunately for many accused of such a crime, the act does not always involve a racially based motive, even if evidence points in that direction.

Many times, people will like to postulate about the outcome of a case, particularly when there are controversial issues involved. From the OJ Simpson trial to the Michael Jackson hearings, the public loves to make a guess as to the outcome or will try to advocate for the outcome they favor. However, the sentence that the accused will inevitably serve in the court of public opinion might have an adverse affect on the jury pool, should the case reach that point.

When a court proceeding first initiates, particularly those cases that are not so high profile, the accused has a better opportunity to not only have an impartial jury pool, but will also have a smoother time in the court system. However, if charges are not filed immediately in a high profile case and the media has ample opportunity to inform the public as well as fill the public’s minds with the many opinions on the issues, the jury pool at large becomes tainted.

Unfortunately for the accused in a situation like this, one has a very slim opportunity to make sure that the jury and even the judge one pleads one’s case to will not be tainted and be unfavorably swayed away from impartiality. However, if one in a situation like this obtains an experienced Jacksonville gun crimes defense attorney to fight for one’s case, one can ensure one’s rights are protected and that one will have the best defense possible to one’s charge.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:
Neighborhood watch shooting of Trayvon Martin an extreme case
, William Browning, The Florida Times-Union