Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson was a bit confused about that “jury of your peers” thing guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution. He seemed to think it applied to the victim — not the accused.
Jackson referred to the George Zimmerman verdict as a “tremendous miscarriage of justice” on MSNBC Sunday, and asserted that Zimmerman was “at least guilty of murder.”
“At least guilty of murder”? What else is there — treason maybe?
The MSNBC host then asked, according to the video.
“Reverend, I want to ask you about the make-up of the jury,” the MSNBC host then asked. “You tweeted this after the verdict was handed down, you tweeted: ‘The jury, no black and no men, was always suspect.’ Do you feel this affected the outcome — the make-up of the jury?”
“Well, it was a stretch, trying to avoid the obvious. There was no — you speak of jury of your peers: there was no man on the jury — Trayvon was a black boy — there was no man, no black on the jury. So at least the idea of jury of your peers was a stretch all the while.”
Just so we’re all clear on this, “a jury of one’s peers” is a right afforded an accused in a criminal proceeding — not the victim.
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