I have been asked this week by several reporters for my remarks and commentary in connection with the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman case. It’s indeed an honor to be quoted as some sort of authority (now as a criminal defense lawyer, and given my past as a former prosecutor) in a case of this magnitude — and specifically, the reporters were inquiring about Zimmerman’s prior “domestic violence,” restraining order/injunction, and Judge Lester’s comments from the bench (at Zimmerman’s bond hearing) as to the relative lack of seriousness of Zimmerman’s earlier domestic violence allegations. [This was being argued by the defense to show that Zimmerman was "not a danger to the community," one of the two major requirements for entitlement to bond; the other being, he "is not a flight risk," which he proved by self-surrendering.] I’m privileged to be included in any article written to educate the public or illuminate the lack of sensitivity on domestic violence issues.
The sensitivity to issues of domestic violence vary from judge to judge, and we’re already seeing where Judge Lester has certainly vocalized his “personal” opinions on this subject. By the way, his “personal” opinions should never interfere with his “judicial” opinions and the latter should always be rendered solely on the basis of the involved facts and established law, notwithstanding his personal opinions. Truth be told:
Domestic violence has become so pervasive over this last decade and it seems to touch almost every household these days — and you’d be right, I think, if you understood the judge’s comments to seemingly minimize some types of domestic “violence,” straining to differentiate those “less serious” cases from the more horrific cases of “strangulation,” “beatings,” and the others he described. How is this different than saying these are two types of stealing, one involving the mere theft of candy or less valuable items from a retail store, for example, as opposed to the more serious theft or embezzlement of larger sums of money from an employer or from the shareholders, etc. Theft is theft; deception and stealing, is deception and stealing; and the same applies to domestic violence — whether you push, strike, slap, punch or strangle, you’re doing “violence” to another human being; the victim is being bullied by the perpetrator, and are we to now quibble about the degree to which the victim is victimized? You can’t be a “little bit” pregnant; either you are or you’re not. Fyi:
If a prostitute charges only $20 in exchange for the use of his or her body, is this not the same crime of “prostitution,” as the high priced call girl or escort who makes 10 or 100 times that amount? Prostitution is prostitution. The brutal truth is, these crimes are by definition and reality essentially black or white; there are no shades of gray.
Those are my thoughts for today, whether you agree with me or not! I am,
always willing to be corrected or further enlightened, and ready to defend you whether you’re rightfully accused or not ,