It seems that the entire world stopped as “that trial” gained the attention of news outlets, which almost all provided nonstop coverage, even while during sequestered breaks. Now that the trial is over and the defendant was found to be not guilty by a jury of his peers, he continues to be harassed and his civil rights violated by the DOJ, and people continue talking about race even though the FBI investigation found no racial bias. And now there is interference from out of State senate leaders and the federal government regarding Florida and other states’ Stand Your Ground laws.
While the media (and the Obama administration) made concerted efforts to ensure all eyes were on this very racially charged trial, there are two upcoming trials that all of us in New Media are hoping will get the same amount of coverage.
Keep in mind, none of the people who died at the hands of these two people may have looked like Obama’s son, “if he’d had one”, but the victims were sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, moms, dads and friends to someone.
First is the trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan. In November 2009, Hasan, a Muslim US Army Major, shot and murdered:
62-year-old Mike Cahill, husband, father of 3 adult children, and grandfather
52-year-old Major Major L. Eduardo Caraveo, husband and father
32-year-old Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, husband and father of 1
56-year-old Capt. John Gaffaney, husband and father
29-year-old Army Specialist Frederick Greene, husband and father
22-year-old Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, new husband of 2 months
29-year-old Sgt. Amy Krueger
19-year-old Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka
21-year-old Pfc. Michael Pearson
51-year-old Captain Russell Seager
21-year-old Pvt. Francheska Velez (and her unborn baby)
55-year-old Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, mother of 2 and grandmother of 6
23-year-old Pfc. Kham Xiong father of 3 young children
Hasan also wounded 32 others.
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