Trials Are Good for Starting "Useful Conversations"

I heard John McWhorter of The New Republic today talking about the Zimmerman trial, and he said the a conviction could lead to a "useful conversation" about race in the United States. Well, that very nice, but...

Shouldn't the matter of whether Zimmerman is, you know, guilty, enter into the matter of whether it would be good to convict him?


  1. I don't know much about this case, not being American, but I believe one prosecutor against Zimmerman said that she believes a trial will help get down to the truth of the matter.

    Wasn't it her job to determine the truth before pressing second-degree murder charges on him?

    1. I don't believe so, Prateek. I think the job of the prosecuting attorney is to see if there is enough evidence to bring a case, not to already be sure of the outcome.


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