As disturbing as the recent Zimmerman trial has been, the most shocking part of this story may still be unfolding. A Florida jury acquitted neighborhood watch citizen George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the fatal-shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has decided that the jury got it wrong, and that Zimmerman still needs to pay, saying, “we must not…let this opportunity pass.” Implying that Zimmerman’s actions were racially motivated and that he may have committed a civil rights crime, Holder is preparing to try Zimmerman again for the same crime! This is ironic given the fact that the FBI had previously conducted a lengthy investigation that found no evidence that Trayvon Martin’s death stemmed from racial motives.
This is a violation of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: “[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb . . . .”
The issue at hand is NOT whether we agree with the jury or not, or whether or not they got it right in their decision. It is about upholding and respecting the Rule of Law. If anything appears to be “racially” motivated here, it seems like Holder’s actions.
Eric Holder has also taken an action against the Romeike family from Germany who sought asylum here in the U.S. so they could homeschool their children for religious reasons. Holder has declared that the family should be shipped back to their country, where the compulsory attendance laws were written by the Third Reich! Our friends at HSLDA are going to appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. May God bless their efforts!
Eric Holder is the same man who was found to be in contempt of Congress last year by a 255-67 vote! Our Executive Branch of government is out of control, with our President making an astounding number of Executive Orders and creating an alarming number of Executive “Czar” positions. Be assured that Holder is not going to be taking significan actions like this that are not fully encouraged and supported by his Boss. Because of his blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and our Rule of Law, he (and his Boss) should either resign, or be impeached from his office.
Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker.