I criticize our legal system often enough that people probably believe I hold no faith in it. Truth be told I don’t really hold much faith in it but even I will admit that it’s a damn side better than courts of public opinions. When you go by public opinion the evidence is no longer considered and only what the media tell you is accepted as fact, which is why tweeting the supposed address of George Zimmerman’s home doesn’t help the situation:
An elderly Florida couple have been forced to move into a hotel after their home address was wrongly tweeted as belonging to the man who shot teen Trayvon Martin.
The tweets were traced back to a man in California and the address was also reportedly retweeted by director Spike Lee to his almost 250,000 followers.
The couple, aged 70 and 72, have been harassed with hate mail, been hassled by media and had scared neighbors questioning them since the tweet, their son Chip Humble told the Orlando Sentinel.
Fearful for their safety, and hoping to escape the spotlight, the couple have temporarily moved to a hotel.
This is what happens in a court of public opinion, the supposed facts aren’t verified and lynch mobs go after innocent people. The two people who lived at the address tweeted by Spike Lee were forced to flee their home because of harassment by those demanding Zimmerman’s blood.
Yes our legal system is broken, and yes this is caused, in part, by monopoly maintained by the state over the court system, but it’s still better then roving gangs of blood thirsty idiots deciding who lives and who dies based on little evidence and unverified information.