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JBMaybe you haven’t, but I have been constantly observing and paying attention to the matters surrounding George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin in February 2012. If you don’t remember the details of the story, let me share a few with you.

On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, 17-year old Trayvon was murdered by Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. Zimmerman followed Trayvon because he ‘looked suspicious’ and ended up shooting Trayvon dead. Trayvon had nothing but a bag of Skittles and an iced tea in his possession. Zimmerman claimed the shooting was in self-defense and the police in Sanford agreed.

What was the result? Zimmerman was never arrested and walked as a free man for months. Zimmerman was eventually arrested and since then, he, his family and lawyers have been seeking to paint Zimmerman as the “good guy” and Trayvon as the “thug and criminal.” This whole issue has been extremely disturbing to me because I don’t believe anything Trayvon did in his life prior to meeting Zimmerman the night of his execution, should be used to assassinate the character of this young man and justify his murder.

SkeletonThat is why I am so happy to hear that Circuit Judge Debra Nelson refused to delay the June 10 trial of Zimmerman and also ruled that Zimmerman’s lawyers can’t mention anything about Trayvon’s school records, past fights, marijuana use, ownership of gold teeth, or any photos or text messages found on the teen’s cellphone.

This is good news, in my opinion, because it hopefully allows for an impartial and equitable trial with evidence that is solely relative to the case. It doesn’t force jurors to have to consider things that occurred prior to Trayvon meeting Zimmerman, but only focus on things that have to do with the murder.

Now, Trayvon’s past or some of the things he may have done may not have been something to write home to momma about, but so are the skeletons we have buried in our closets.

It is so interesting to me, how this young man has had his character put on blast through various media outlets and how Zimmerman’s attorneys have been putting this stuff out there in order to sway public opinion in a negative way about Trayvon and in a positive way about Zimmerman.

Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, believes that Zimmerman’s attorneys were trying to sway potential jury members. Regarding Trayvon’s text messages, photos and school records, Crump declared that “most lawyers knew this evidence was inadmissible,” and that “we have to not let people get away with polluting the jury.”

And that is exactly what Zimmerman and his lawyers have sought to do; pollute the jury. Sadly, Trayvon is dead and can’t speak for himself in this matter. He has been subject to public ridicule and can’t do anything about it because his voice was silenced. Wouldn’t it be something if we all could have our lives dissected and picked apart like Trayvon’s has been?   I mean, Zimmerman wanted to have details of his life withheld from public scrutiny and from the jurors, but fought to have Trayvon’s life and past put on Front Street. Talk about blatant hypocrisy!

As I think about this and other stories, I can’t help but recall that passage in the Bible in the book of John, Chapter 8, regarding the woman who was caught in adultery by the Scribes and the Pharisees and how they wanted to stone her to death and get Jesus to co-sign with them.

John 8:3-10

3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either.

Jesus was so smooth, because He knew that none of those men were free from wrongdoing and past mistakes and therefore couldn’t condemn the lady for anything they themselves weren’t guilty of having done in the past. Honestly, I wonder if the same folks who are condemning Trayvon, would even have the guts to allow everyone access to their cell phone records, past records, photos or access to their daily lives on video? Wouldn’t that be something?

If folks start doing that, I am certain that we would see a change in tone and action. I am sure many of us wouldn’t be able to cast any stones or condemn anybody for their past, because ‘Trust Me…..You’ve Got Skeletons in Your Closet Too!”

Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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