On the night of February 26, 2012, a black seventeen-year-old
boy walking to a friend’s home—carrying only his cell phone, candy, and a fruit
drink—was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch coordinator. The public
clamored for George Zimmerman to be arrested for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
The July 2013 murder trial murder captivated the nation, as did Zimmerman’s
In Suspicion Nation,
Lisa Bloom, who covered the trial from gavel to gavel, posits that none of this
was a surprise: Our laws, culture, and blind spots created the conditions that
led to Trayvon Martin’s death and made George Zimmerman’s acquittal by far the
most likely outcome. A trial lawyer herself, Bloom details how the “winnable
case was lost” through new in-depth interviews of key trial participants. The
only nonwhite juror tells her story of loneliness and isolation during the trial.
Rachel Jeantel, the state’s star witness, reveals how poorly the state prepared
her to testify and what went through her mind when she was on the stand. And a
new examination of Trayvon’s school suspensions raises troubling questions
about racial profiling.
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