This “Dr. Phil” stated at the outset that “Trayvon’s case triggered a racial divide in our country.” No, no, no, no. no. The racial divide was already there. This case simply illuminated that gulf.
Juror Maddy admits that she had to follow the law instead of her heart! Duh! That’s what a juror is supposed to do! Lawyer Bloom replies to “Dr. Phil’s” question, “did she (Maddy) have a choice on how she voted? Bloom – “She didn’t”. Duh! So what is all the commotion about?
Lawyer Bloom says that according to Rachel, Trayvon was afraid of Zimmerman, that Trayvon tried to get away “time and time again” – well, then, why didn’t he just run the 40 seconds it took to get to his father’s girlfriend’s condo? Why was he hanging around instead?
Lawyer Bloom says that according to Rachel, that Trayvon wanted to get home “in time to watch the NBA All-Star game” so why did it take Trayvon 40 minutes to not get home on what should have been a 12 minute jaunt from the 7-11 store?
Lawyer Bloom says that the prosecution “failed to connect the facts to the law”. Not a problem, The defense did that for them!
Lawyer Bloom uses a fallacious argument to suggest that the defense attributed the wrongs of two African-American men to all African-American men (which the defense did not do) via the testimony of a white female who was victimized in that housing complex which Bloom says is the “very definition of racism.” That is not why the testimony was taken, but Dr. Phil viewers won’t know that from this show.
Lawyer Bloom states that “Trayvon Martin was not a burglar, he had no criminal record”. She’s right. Trayvon was a non-burglar who was caught with stolen jewelry and burglary tool in his backpack on school grounds.
He had no criminal record is true, but school records indicates this may have been due more to the recent Miami-Dade schools policy to not record student criminal activity as such, but as a disciplinary matter.
This “Dr. Phil” didn’t have any sharp questions for Lawyer Bloom or Maddy. Maybe the real Dr. Phil will return tomorrow. Maybe Dr. Phil can get George Zimmerman on his show and ask him softball questions. That is, if he can pull George away from his twitter account.
You have to feel sympathy for Maddy. She did the best she could. The glare of public attention is often not kind.
Dr. Phil, nor no Dr. Phil, the Trayvon Martin case remains what it always was, a tragedy. A tragedy for the Martin family and for George Zimmerman. A tragedy with a lot of confusion left in its wake due in part to shows like this Dr. Phil segment.
How can we as a society fix what ails us if we use our time together to do a commercial for a book which this Dr. Phil segment turned out to be?
How can the truth ever be told in full? Do we simply chock this case up as the best its going to be and move on to other matters? Is there anything more we can do to fix the problems with media reporting, abusive prosecutors, and racist vulnerabilities in the justice system?
This segment today truly let both sides down. What do you think?