"clever fox." in the circuit court for seminole county florida, state of florida versus george zimmerman, verdict, we the jury find george zimmerman not guilty. >> welcome to a special live edition of huckabee. george zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury last night of six women who heard evidence, were instructed as to the law, and acted with clarity. now, they're not heroes, they're just citizens doing one of the most difficult and thankless tasks that any american has called upon to perform. judging the guilt or innocence of another human being. george zimmerman is not a hero. he was a young hispanic man.
he believed he was in danger. and he used a gun to end what he felt was a threat to his own life. he is going to spend the rest of his life second guessing his decision to get out of the car to follow a young man he thought might be part of a crime wave in his neighborhood. and trayvon martin is not a hero, he was a young man whose life ended way too soon, maybe because he decided to confront a man he believed was showing him disrespect. even if one believes the jury got it right with a not guilty verdict, there's no reason for high fiving and back slapping, because it was a tragedy for all involved, and despite the screams of al sharpton who sees racism in everything and who claimed the verdict was a slap in the face of justice, this was in fact justice, as it was designed under our constituon. justice doesn't mean perfection or even right. it means we're reminded that we are a nation of laws, not men, a
nation with imperfect legislators who write the laws, reflecting our collective moral code. then laws which are enforced by a separate branch of government. and when believed to be broken, are submitted to yet a third branch of government to try to resolve whether laws were broken, and even whether they were just laws. by design, we have chosen to put the burden of proof on the accuser and the prosecutor and to presume the innocence of the accused unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. benjamin franklin, borrowing from jurist william blackstone said bertha 100 guilty persons should escape than one innocent suffer, and that's reflected in our system being weighted in favor of the accused. if there are no heroes, there are some villains. the media deserves to be excoriated for their role in inventing many parts of the narrative before the facts and evidence were even presented.
thank god the press is not a true fourth branch of government. they emphasize race because trayvon martin was black, but they weren't honest in saying george zimmerman was his panic. should they claim he is half hispanic, then be equally honest saying barack obama is only half black, and that if he had a son, he really wouldn't look like trayvon martin. the facts in the case as presented in the court under oath were far different than the heated comments spewed by al sharpton and others that call more attention to themselves than they did to the tragedy. now, if a march needs to happen, maybe it ought to happen in chicago where the murder rate for black males leads the nation, almost one half the nation's murder victims are black, and a majority of them between the ages of 17 and 29. black people account for just over 13% of the u.s. population,
and yet they were the victims of almost 50% of all the murders, and 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people. we don't have a race problem so much as we have a grace problem. our culture declares that people are expendable and disposable. we treat others with coarse, harsh content, we don't need a race summit, we need a grace summit. and god is still in the grace business. joining me now, two spiritual leaders here to discuss the impact of this case, and why it has evoked such strong reactions. dr.al in vitro a king, and niece of martin luther king junior, and the founder of simon wise enthat you will center and museum of tolerance. dr. king, rab brabbi, plesh you
are -- pleasure to have you here. tell me, do you see this case was blown out of proportion in regards to race or is this an honest and even a deserved reaction and a necessary reaction from the african-american community? >> governor, as i listened to your dialogue as you explained everything so thoroughly, i can only agree with you. as an african-american woman, as a mother, i do know and sympathize how the mother and father must feel. and so trayvon's deems have been buried with him. and of course, that's a very sensitive point, sensitive issues. as an african-american woman, i read my bible. my bible tells me mercy triumphs over justice, and that we're taught to love justice and love mercy, and walk humbly before our god. that's what i'm asking, not just
as an african-american, not just as a woman, as an american, as a christian. i had a young man at church say to me this morning oh, i'm so sad, i'm so distressed. i said this is the time to pray and turn to god, not to retaliation and not to violence. and that's going to be very important that message that you're giving. in the case of mr. zimmerman as well, i know his family was impacted. the whole nation has been impacted by these actions. this is a time i can hear my father, my uncle martin luther king junior saying do not resort to violence. let us with reason turn to peaceful solutions, and in that way, trayvon's life also would not have been in vain. >> rabbi, if you could speak to the fact that this has clearly been a divisive trial for the nation, and people have taken sides in a way that really don't reflect the fact this was a
local issue involving a couple of people that ordinarily wouldn't have made the news. speak to what do we learn from it, what do we need to do as a country to not make everything a point of racial polarity. >> first, let me say this, i didn't watch, i can't say i watched every hour of the trial, but i did watch. i got a good feel. any country would be privileged to have such a free judicial system as the united states of america. nobody on the defense or on the prosecution can say that this was stolen justice, that there was something blatantly unfair about the trial. it is tragic, a young man lost his life. it should not have happened. it need not have happened.
but it did. and the question is where we go from here. every day at the museum of tolerance we deal with survivors. every one of those survivors have the most tragic story you could imagine. some lost their children, their wives, they found the best way to rebuild their lives is by not allowing the tragedy that they've experienced to take over their lives. every day they talk about their experiences. but they talk with an idea of trying to rebuild the world, not to live constantly in the world of aush wits and my advice now, of course, the trayvon martin family is living with that tragedy, but the best way to rebuild their lives and not to feel that their lives are
shattered forever is to do something positive, to encourage tolerance. not to encourage violence. the worst thing in the world that can happen as a result of this trial is to see riots in the streets when we've had the freest trial that any country in the world could put on. >> let me just real quickly, dr. king, ask you, i need to keep it about 30 seconds because we're running out of time, can good come out of all of this? because right now there's so much anger and frustration. can good come out of this, and how? >> governor, we must have the courage to do what you and the rabbi just said, to speak reason, to speak the love and peace that needs to accompany this, and to encourage people to build upon this, to learn not to make the same mistakes in the future, and certainly i pray with the family of trayvon
martin and i'm praying over the whole situation. >> dr. king, rabbi hier, thank you both for being here tonight. appreciate it very much. up next, naacp leaders reject the jury verdict. they're calling on attorney general eric holder to run to the rescue. we will discuss it next. i'd like to hear from you. go to mikehuckabee.com. tell me what you think on the leave feedback section. or sign up for my facebook page and follow me on
>> well in response to the verdict naacp president benjamin todd gel lis said this we are outraged and heartbroken over today's verdict. we stand with trayvon's family and we are called to act. we will continue to fight for the removal of stand your ground laws in eerie state. and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed. now just this afternoon the department of justice also issued a statement indicating that they would continue what they claim has been an ongoing investigation of the case. joining me is columnist and author of the book "negro feel
yaw" america's racial obsession. and attorney and civil rights attorney. eric let me start with you. are you surprised the naacp's reaction to the verdict? oo no, i am not surprised at their reaction. although i do find it some what awed dash shoes. it was sort of sad in a way because it will facilitate this continuing to be an issue of race when it really never was an issue of race. they are going on that track with the civil rights department of justice and so forth. i think it is disingenuous i could go on and on about them trying to remain relevant in this current climate. what really concerns me is that
so many groups with an agenda has been able to drive people to these extreme positions of hate making the racial issue when there never was a racial issue to start with. >> speak to the fact that the naacp has now called for a justice department investigation. looks like they are going to get it. is that a good thing? a bad thing? is it fair? is it right? speak to it. >> i think that it is fair because there was already an open investigation now you have a criminal case that is closed and definitely they can look at facts presented at trial that maybe they didn't know about and other facts that were presented at trial and determine whether or not things should proceed. that being said i think the naacp is ridiculous in this statement. civil rights isn't only about race, black-and-white, it's also about gender, men and -- man and woman. the fact that you have somebody
like al sharpton who i have known and respected saying this is a slap in the face, the verdict is a slap in the face. you are talking about justice. death before dishonor. women took a vow. they took an oath they were going to listen to the evidence and make a decision. the fact that these people the naacp al sharpton and others do not rerespect the verdict and respect these women is a civil rights issue in and of itself. >> all right. i want to read to you a statement part of a statement that the president issued this afternoon part of it says this, we should ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to stem the tied of gun violence that claims too many lives across the country on a daily basis. we should ask ourselves as individuals and as a society how can we prevent future trag dies like this. as a citizen that's a job for all of us that's a way to honor trayvon martin. the president brought in whether we needed stricter gun laws stem
the tide of gun violence. is this an appropriate injection of the president of the united states in a criminal case in a local area in sanford, florida? >> well, it definitely isn't particularly when you have things going on like you do in chicago where it is practically like dodge city and young black men are dropping like flies. then going to the staff as a second amendment of course it was some what close. given the president's track record i am not really that surprised. once again, what saddens me is that there are so many people here with so many different agendas that have used this for personal, financial or political grandizement and that would include the president and some of the other folks you mentioned al sharpton the naacp. when you said at the beginning you pointed out this is a
tragedy, i think that as a people we are really above that even if our press and our president and a lot of our prominent political and social figures are not. >> you represented people in civil rights cases, i am just curious will the department of justice find anything most likely. they cause them to believe the civil rights of trayvon martin were violated. >> i worked like you said i have worked in in the inner city in chicago i have seen civil rights cases i have seen the abuses that many people experience. that being said, i don't think that there is anything there. although no side was able to call it racial profiling, not racial profiling. we are talking about a guy who
was hypersensitive who was very concerned and we don't know what happened at that very moment but the jury found him not guilty and he was reasonable for killing trayvon martin. i don't see where the racial issues with him. now i think the problem is the police investigation not george zimmerman is a racist but the police. the way they acted in the situation the way they failed to investigate is very disturbing to me and we see that all across the country. >> thank you both. eric and tamara appreciate you iffi being here. >> famed attorney will explain why he thinks the prosecutors in the george zimmerman case ought to be disbarred. that's nex
should be held accountable for the crime. >> how could they say not guilty for anything? this man did not follow the law. >> murdering children in sanford. >> those are some of the sounds that were happening immediately after the verdict last night. joining me now, harvard law professor alan dershowitz by skype. sorry to interrupt time with your family on the weekend. i want to ask your reaction to the department of justice release today that they are going to be looking at this as perhaps civil rights violations. is that to answer the public pressure or is there good reason for them to be concerned about civil rights violations here? >> in general, the justice
department does not investigate civil rights violations committed by one individual against another, unless that individual works for the state or the federal government. a violation of civil rights usually involves the state, the government violating someone's civil rights. george zimmerman can't really alone violate civil rights of an individual, even if he were to be guilty of the crime. there ought to be justice department investigation, but ought to be on prosecutor cory. she really violated civil rights in this case. what she did is she filed a false affidavit in front of the judge in order to get a second degree murder charge. she failed to tell the judge that there were photographs and failed to show the photographs that demonstrated that zimmerman's nose had been broken, that he had wounds on the back of his head. she mislead the judge into giving her an older charge,
second degree murder charge, against zimmerman. that's a true violation of civil rights, and the rest of the case is relatively routine. there was reasonable doubt written all over this case. to this day, nobody knows who struck the first blow. and that's already reasonable doubt. nobody knows who yelled out "help me." nobody can be absolutely sure who was on top and who was on bottom. evidence overwhelmingly suggests that trayvon martin was on top, and was banging the head of zimmerman against concrete, thereby risking his life or certainly risking permanent injury. that doesn't sound like a civil rights violation. that sounds like a classic case of self defense. >> and the idea you said that you thought the prosecutor ought to be disbarred, that's a pretty serious type of violation to get a person disbarred. it is that serious to you. >> right, it is. she submitted an affidavit that
was completely misleading. she violated all kinds of rules of the profession, and her conduct, criminal conduct. she has a horrible reputation in florida, known for overcharging, known for being highly political. in this case, of course she overcharged. halfway through the trial realized she wasn't getting a second degree verdict, then went for manslaughter. then said she would charge him with child abuse and felony murder. that was such a stretch that it goes beyond anything professionally responsible. she was among the most irresponsible prosecutors i've seen in 50 years of litigating cases, and believe me, i've seen good prosecutors, bad prosecutors, but rarely have i seen one as bad as this prosecutor, cory. >> i have a feeling there's going to be some examples coming up in your law classes at
harvard involving this case. speaking of your law practice, you have dealt with a lot of high profile, celebrity clients. this case has brought such infamy to george zimmerman, if you were advising him how to start putting his life back together in the aftermath of what is this international publicity, what are some steps he needs to take to just have a semblance of normal life again? >> well, i can tell you i certainly advised clause vonn buhl oh to disappear, he went to england and disappeared, that served him well. o.j. simpson didn't do that. o.j. simpson forced himself onto the public that wasn't interested in seeing him at all. i would hope that george zimmerman would disappear from view and just try to rebuild his life. as far as prosecutor cory is concerned, i would invite her to my class, let her justify her conduct in front of my students. when i accused her of misconduct early in the case, she complained to the dean of
harvard law school, and asked that i be disciplined for criticizing her. just the other day, she fired one of her people because he blew the whistle on her misconduct. so she has engaged in this kind of tyrannical suppression of criticism against her, you know, and every american is in danger when we have prosecutors like her who don't obey the law, who follow political pressures. we're the only country in the world that elects prosecutors and elects judges. a case like this would never have been brought in any other country. they never even would have brought charges. it was such an obvious case f self defense, and there was obvious reasonable doubt. and the only reason this case ever came in front of a jury was because of political pressures that were brought by groups of people who were dissatisfied with the first investigation and with the fact that a responsible prosecutor and responsible police force decided there was reasonable doubt, and that the state could not prove beyond a
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haven't seen that before from a defense attorney. but look, they were happy, they were excited, and i don't really blame them. they had the better case. the prosecution came out defending themselves, ironic when you're the prosecution. they were always defending themselves, all from the beginning of the trial, when you turned on the tv, looked at the prosecution, many, many times looking at the state case, i thought it was a defense case itself. >> remi, you heard alan dershowitz, he was not, let's just say he was not even gracious about his excoriating views of the prosecutor. do you share the views that the prosecutor went way over the line in this case? >> well, the prosecutor has an obligation and duty to investigate. if they believe there's probable cause, they have to investigate. i certainly don't know if mr. dershowitz is correct. i don't know if there was truly political pressure and that's the only reason the case went to trial. i tell you this, governor, if
that's the case, that's the crime here, and that is really a problem with our system, because the prosecutor's office is charged with obligation to protect and serve, and it is not to get conviction, but remember justice is defined by a fair process. making sure that the jury sifts through the evidence and that at the end of the trial, the verdict they reach, whether guilty or not guilty, as long as the process is fair, that's what justice means. i would like to say one thing about what the lawyers were saying yesterday. i think we need to give them a bit of a break because at the end of a very high profile trial and the stress that they're under, they may have poorly spoken, may not have chosen their words perfectly, but i think that they were relieved on both sides that it was done. >> to be fair to the prosecution, they had some things, didn't have enough beyond a reasonable doubt, should never have charged second degree murder, should have
started with manslaughter, then maybe thinking about self defense from the beginning. to be fair to them, they have a young man, a young boy dead, an unarmed boy dead, as the prosecutor said in rebuttal. all trayvon martin was doing in the last four minutes of life was trying to go home. so they have that. they have the 911 call, have the things zimmerman said on the phone which were horrendous things. they have the previous 911 calls. they had some things to go forward with. did they overcharge? yes. but i can see from the prosecutor's standpoint that they at least should -- frankly, they should have brought it to a grand jury, let them decide. >> a grand jury exists to ensure the defendant is not brought to trial without probable cause. you know, in this case, one of the very unique things about this criminal trial is that the defense called several of the state's witnesses in the defense of mr. zimmerman, and in most cases, a defense attorney would never need or want to do that.
and in this case we had law enforcement, detectives testifying for the defense. that's what really rings uncomfortable if you will, and may form the basis of a malicious prosecution case. >> that's going forward, yes. >> right. but don't forget, there are -- >> ten seconds for each of you. hold on, i have to wrap it up. ten seconds from each of you. both of you said you thought it would be not guilty verdict. were you kind of relieved, satisfied, in a whew when it was all over? >> i was, i don't believe the state met its burden. that's not to say that mr. zimmerman is innocent, but the evidence didn't support the charge. the jury reached the right result. >> there was no whew minute for me at all. i am glad it is over and that justice was done. >> glad you both were here last night and again tonight. thanks. great to talk to you. the irs can't keep order in its own house. the president wants the agency to enforce his health care law.
beginning in 2014, the irs is supposed to start enforcing obama care by requiring businesses and taxpayers to prove that they met the law's employer and individual mandate. now, this is the same irs that's targeted conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. this is the same irs that spent $50 million on conferences that included line dances and star trek videos. republicans in congress feel that same irs has no business getting involved in your health care, and they've introduced a bill called keep irs off your health care act. that's expected to be voted on before the house goes into recess in august.
texas congressman louie gohmert is a sponsor of the bill. i spoke to him earlier and asked how the bill prevents the irs from getting our health records. >> we need the bill to require that they not touch our health care records. we've seen what they've done with conservative organizations' records. as you know, it has just been disclosed in the past week or so that they may have released 100,000 social security numbers, largely from conservative organizations, donors. these people cannot be trusted. tom has a great bill, he came up with this, and we all feel the same way, and actually, governor, you know how much sometimes i have been opposed to what my leaders in my party have felt was appropriate, but i am thrilled that the feeling in our party across the board is let's cut the irs budget at least 24%. a lot are howling, but that's a way to start.
a lot of opposition from our audience for sure, but what about the prospects for it actually passing not only the house but the senate, and will some democrats, louie, support this? >> i think there will be some democrats that will be afraid not to support it, and the odds of it passing the senate are directly proportional to the backbone of our republican leaders. if our leaders will stand strong, say no, we have watched the abuse for too long, and if you don't allow us to cut the irs, all this waste, at least 24%, then we're going to hang line dancing and star trek videos around your neck in the next election. you do what's right here, let's cut out this waste, fraud and abuse of the irs. we know you're in love with the irs, democrats in the senate, but you better come through on this one, or you may not be in the senate next time. >> i think that's a good point to be made with them. i don't know of anybody that
thinks that the irs is their pal and their buddy. a lot of people are truly ticked off after they were caught red handed, admitted they targeted conservative groups, nobody has been punished, nobody has been held accountable. >> nobody. >> and i know if people in our audience, if they don't pay their taxes, they don't just get to say excuse me, i intended to, but no harm done. doesn't get to work like that. so let's talk about the effect of the bill. how much -- >> governor, could i -- >> yes, go ahead. >> well, they do have one group of buddies, and we know that because we found out this year there was an executive order by the president back in 2010 that required the national treasury employees union leaders to be consulted in private discussions that were not recorded, kept private, and those were to be had before any decisions were made by the irs on important matters, so the irs does have
some good friends. they're the leaders of a union that hates conservatives, hates tea party people, and goes after the big bulk of people paying taxes. that's the one set of friends they do have. >> what i was going to ask you, what would the effect of this bill be on obama care, how much would it limit obama care from being implemented, would it slow it down or bring it to a grinding halt? >> well, it should help bring it to a halt, but we do need to defund so many of the things that are in there. i want to defund the whole thing, then get it repealed, but the way we can do that, no money gets spent by any agency, any department on any program unless congress first authorizes it and appropriates it. the senate cannot do it by itself. although this president has shown tendencies toward monarchy, where he doesn't like immigration law, so as i speak, so shall it be, in this case, surely the republican leaders in the house would stand strongly
enough to say mr. president, you cannot violate the constitution, we're not funding the irs doing this, we're not allowing the irs to get the health care records because we know how the irs can be when it's weaponized, we've seen it now firsthand. coming up, why did the military build a $34 million facility in afghanistan and had no plans to use it? and a shocking loophole in the immigration bill that puts business owners that have been obeying the law at a real disadvantage. don't mi we're cracking down on medicare fraud. the healthcare law gives us powerful tools to fight it... to investigate it... ...prosecute it... and stop criminals. our senior medicare patrol volunteers... are teaching seniors across the country... ...to stop, spot, and report fraud. you can help. guard your medicare card. don't give out your card number over the phone. call to report any suspected fraud. we're cracking down on medicare fraud.
64,000 square feet headquarters building in southwest afghanistan. oh, it cost our defense department $34 million. there is only one little problem. military has no plans to use it. and with u.s. forces handing over security to the afghans and expected to withdraw to under 10,000 troops in the country by the end of next year, well, it doesn't make a lot of sense. earlier i spoke to the president of the government accountability institute. i asked him why the mill tare would pour that kind of money into a facility it is not even going to use. >> i think we use the term the military in the sense that we always have the brave men and women serving in uniform in country. the reality the is that the military also has an enormous civilian component at the pentagon. includes contractors and there is a lot of money that gets thrown around.
part of this is a story about waste. they are justin mckee not paying attention to how taxpayer money has been used. lass problem of what i call cronie capitalism. a lot of contractors paid a lot of money to build the projects and at the end of the day nobody involved in the transaction, governor, really cares whether the thing has any use or not and that is what i think happened in this particular case. >> you in your book really outhind just how extensive this hand holding is between government and contractors. there are a lot of people getting just disgustingly rich with government contracts. so how extensive is it? >> it is a huge problem. you know, governor, if you are somebody who works at the pentagon or you work at the department of health and human services and you are a government employee you will have a lot o of contact with people who can make a lot of money based on decisions you
made. so often times what happens is what they call the resolving door. somebody it in the pentagon, a civilian employees. they are writing contracts to build, let's say, warehouses. guess what? they leave their government job and go to work for who, a company that makes warehouses or a broker thinnishiates the construction -- that initiates the construction deal. is a resolving door and when you have government employees handing out literally billions upon billions of dollars that can make or break a company they become attractive for this kind of capitalism problem. it is something that we associate with only certain parts of the government but the reality is it is a problem in military and you are looking at tens of billions of dollars a year completely and totally wasted by the department of defense because of this kind of problem. >> i want to talk about how your organization has found a shocking hidden loophole in the immigration bill. >> yes, thank you governor.
we have a report o coming out on monday. the senate bill specifically says that companies that are currently hiring illegals that the documentation provided by the illegals to get the status in the united states cannot be used against the employers. that is shocking because what it is saying, governor, is basically companies that have played by the rules who have not hired illegals who are at a competitive disadvantage to begin with are going to be penalized because the rule breakers going to have the slate wide clean. that is shock -- wiped clean. it goes to a deeper problem not just about the immigration bill but issues like the financial crisis andever where where we have in the country increasingly the fact that people who break the law or teak excessive risks get a recase, a redos redo of the expense of people doing it all
along. >> in essence a business owner who has played by the rules hired only legal people, he has to ensure all of his people under obama care, but the person who didn't play by the rules who had illegals who didn't provide any benefits for them now is not only allowed to call them legal, but he doesn't have to provide obama care because they are in that transition, so there's really a double benefit to the people who have been hiring illegals, wouldn't there be? >> yes. absolutely. what you said about obama care is absolutely true. it also deals with taxes. if i hire for example american citizens i pay taxes for that person, social security, medicaid, et cetera,nd i have to take that out and handle it. if i have that job and i pay them less in cash i am not paying any of those taxes. that is actually tax fraud. but with this bill if this bill passes it's essentially saying
those companies engaged in the tax fraud paying people under the table not paying taxes that would pay american citizens they are going to wipe the slate clean no problem you get to start over again. i think it's outrageous. >> i can assure you this if you haven't read his book get the book it is riveting it is called "just throw them all out."
>> in theathof the ge in the aftermath of the george zimmerman verdict a lot of people are trying to figure out what lessons can be learned. more importantly than the lessons as to what racial issues still exist in america, maybe there is a more important lesson for all of us and this is that sometimes we do things that are irrevocable. the encounter between these two
men had irrevocable consequences. gives us all a reminder to be careful what we do. a.t has a total impact. i am truly sorry. >> this is a fox news alert. thousands are gathering in new york city's times square and other cities across will country tonight in support of trayvon martin. protesting the acquittal last night of george zimmerman. you can see that right there on the screen. hello and welcome to a special edition of "justice." i am judge jeanine pirro. thank you for being with us tonight. in a few minutes we will hear from robert zimmerman the brother of george zimmerman with his reaction to his brother's not guilty varied. tonight in the wake of this verdict many are having should charges even have been brought in this case in the