Rittenhouse verdict shows our justice system works | Opinion

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So, now a jury has found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty. And the cries go up across the land that the American Justice system is broken.

No, it is not, and it is in fact doing well in the United States, Florida, and Leon County. What is troubling, though, is that those who claim it is broken obviously do not understand the American Justice system and are willing to substitute their uninformed and clearly biased judgment for that of the jury selected in that case.

Because when they say the system is broken, they are really saying the Constitution is broken.

But it is not, and the Rittenhouse case showed that. As required by that fundamental law, six or 12 members of the community, acceptable to both prosecution and defense, were chosen to decide his fate. Each of them said they could be fair and impartial in rendering a verdict of whether the defendant was guilty or innocent. They swore an oath that they would consider all the evidence presented by the prosecution and defense and would apply the law given to them by the judge. They also affirmed that they would not let emotion, passion, or sympathy for the victim, or the defendant affect their decision.

And that is what they did, and it is exactly what the United States Constitution required and guaranteed the defendant and the people of this state and the nation-a fair trial.

Thus, contrary to those quick to judge, the system, or the Constitution, is not broken.

Now, the real problem Rittenhouse presented came from the time-honored defense of self-defense, and in Florida in particular the “stand your ground” permutation of that claim.

If that is a foolish law there are ways to correct it, as provided in the Constitution. It is called democracy. We can approach our elected representatives to change the law. They can, and if they do not, we can elect men or women who will. That way of doing things or system, also is not broken in the United States, Florida, or Leon County despite what Donald Trump may claim.

So, President Biden is correct when he said that the system or Constitution worked because it did.

David A. Davis is a retired attorney who also teaches US History at Tallahassee Community College.
David A. Davis is a retired attorney who also teaches US History at Tallahassee Community College.

David A. Davis retired from practicing law as an Assistant Public Defender for 38 years

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