Jesse Jackson’s Odd Complaint: Trayvon Martin Denied Jury of His Peers

Jesse Jackson’s Odd Complaint: Trayvon Martin Denied Jury of His Peers

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By Mark Finkelstein 

Newsbusters

Appearing on MSNBC this morning, Jesse Jackson condemned the Zimmerman verdict as a “tremendous miscarriage of justice.”  It is a mark of Jackson’s misconception of just what constitutes justice that chief among his complaints was that Trayvon Martin was denied a jury of his peers because there were no African-Americans or men on it.

But—as Jackson is apparently unaware—the Constitution provides that it is the accused, not the possible victim, who is entitled to an impartial jury [in fact the Constitution nowhere speaks of a jury of peers]. View the video after the jump.

Note that Jackson also claimed that Zimmerman was “at least guilty of murder.”  At least? Of what more serious crime would Jackson have had Zimmerman convicted?

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