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In one of the biggest shockers in one of America's most racially charged periods of my lifetime, George Zimmerman apologist, Nancy Grace regular and confirmed racist Frank Taaffe is now saying something many of us have said all along: Zimmerman got away with murder.

During a recent interview with Orlando-based News Channel 13 (http://www.mynews13.com/...), Taaffe seems to be a changed man and is singing a much, much different tune.  Here's an excerpt:

"What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart," said Taaffe.

This is very different from what Taaffe told News 13 numerous times after the shooting, including during an interview back in May 2012 when he said, "That George Zimmerman in a position in a volunteer role wanted to ensure the safety of the community he lived in and he became the victim."

But today, Taaffe claims he just wants to clear his conscience, "I can only ask for the country to forgive me and today I believe that he racially profiled him based on the color of his skin. Reporter: Some people may wonder what does Frank Taaffe have to gain by doing this? Are you working on a book? No book. A TV show? No. I’m just working on me right now and getting right with God.”

Wow. Just Wow. With a scoundrel like Taafee all you can do is wonder why? Why now? Taaffe says recent losses of his brother and his sons changed him. And he claims he's trying to get right with God. He'd be better off trying to get right with all of those he offended with the way he staunchly and brazenly defended Zimmerman--especially Trayvon's parents.

Later in the story Taaffe made a feeble attempt at apologizing to them by saying: "I’m sorry that you lost your son, I know what that’s like and I wish things had been different."

You always have to worry about the motives of a reprobate like Taaffe. Why didn't he testify against Zimmerman during the trial. Why did he defend him so staunchly with subtle and not so subtle hints of racism? My best guess is that Taaffe is jumping off the Zimmerman bandwagon because the opportunities to make money off defending him are likely drying up.

Only God knows how sincere Taaffe is now, but for me this change of heart is way too little, way too late.  

Originally posted to Kwik on Sat May 10, 2014 at 07:53 AM PDT.

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  •  Yeah.... (3+ / 0-)
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    SuetheRedWA, NancyWH, Shippo1776

    I'm not going to question his motives but this is all too pat. It sounds like he knew what he was doing was wrong to begin with. Is that forgivable? It's not for me to answer but I agree with you: too little, too late.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Sat May 10, 2014 at 07:59:56 AM PDT

    •  We all make mistakes (3+ / 0-)

      Mr. Taaffe should be forgiven his past mistakes, just as I hope others will forgive me of mine own.

      It makes no matter whether Mr. Taaffe seeks "to get right with God" or get right with TV viewers (they are largely one and the same in modern America) - so long as there is recognition of an error made and a willingness to acknowledge that error.

      But words are easy to say and often used to deceive.  If Mr. Taaffe is sincere in his desire to right a wrong, that can only occur through his actions, not by words alone.  We need only watch what Mr. Taaffe does, not listen to his words, to confirm his sincerity.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat May 10, 2014 at 09:29:32 AM PDT

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  •  Double Jeopardy, He Gets to Have It Both Ways nt (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, NancyWH

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:02:00 AM PDT

  •  CNN should never have put this rascist on (4+ / 0-)

    I cannot understand why they had this disgusting person on night after night.  I was trying to follow what was going on but after the first five minutes it was obvious that he as a bigoted blowhard.  It was a disgrace that they brought him on after the first time, but CNN has totally devolved over the last year or so.  It's a shame, they used to be pretty good.

    sometimes the dragon wins

    by kathy in ga on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:04:13 AM PDT

    •  wait...CNN used to be pretty good--actually (4+ / 0-)

      they used to be great, but that was 15 years ago.  They've been somewhere below the quality of the Learning Channel (now TLC) for well over a decade...i don't think I could say their quality has declined over the last year--they were at rock bottom to begin with.  I don't think they can fall any more.

    •  I wrote them several times, now they have the (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Denise Oliver Velez, NancyWH

      lawyer whom Zhole stiffed.

      Mostly stopped watching CNN. Anthony Bourdain is the best person on there.

      Taafee belongs in the ninth circle of hell.

      I voted tuesday because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:15:28 AM PDT

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  •  Taaffe couldn't have testified at the trial (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    because none of this would have been legally relevant or admissible in the criminal trial.

    Taafe could have believed that Zimmerman is the biggest racist in the world -- and he could well be right.  But that would be evidence of Zimmerman's bad character.  And in this country, we don't allow evidence of the alleged bad character of a defendant to be admitted in a criminal trial.  That's because in our justice system, people have to be convicted based on admissible evidence of what they did during the incident in question, not on opinions of others about whether they are bad people.  

    Sometimes that means that people who may have been guilty of a crime are not convicted.  And that can be very difficult for the family of the victim.  I know the family of a murder victim, where a person was convicted but later released because the rules of our justice system weren't followed.  That's very hard for the family.  But that sometimes happens, because the rules of our criminal justice system are designed to make trials fair to the defendant.  It's not a perfect system, but I believe it is the best system that has been thus far developed.    

    •  Thanks for the "explanation." (4+ / 0-)

      What would we do without our resident 'splainer?
      You, am sure, provide a valuable service. Really.

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:52:50 AM PDT

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    •  Taaffe could have testified at the trial, although (0+ / 0-)

      I don't believe he would have been a credible witness.  He seems more than a little "off" to me.

      He and Zimmerman were in the same Neighborhood Watch.  Surely, if the prosecution were so inclined, they could have elicited testimony from him in that scope.

      Also, he told Greta van Susteren that he met with George shortly after the murder and George discussed "talking points" he wanted Taaffee to promote.  Again, the prosecution should have been able to overcome the "hearsay" rule by exception, if they were inclined.  In addition, the Defense may have opened the door when they questioned the Neighborhood Watch coordinator about George's "demeanor and mannerisms" with her.  

      At the very least, the prosecution should have deposed Taaffee (and anyone else who worked with him on the Neighborhood Watch) just to understand how they functioned under his leadership/guidance.

      In any event, if his statements as noted in this diary had been deemed irrelevant, he might have been able to testify to other relevant matters.  Again, I don't believe he would have been a good witness for the prosecution from the information we already have about him.  But who knows what they could have found out upon deposing him.  

  •  Taafe is a racist himself and enjoyed his 15 (6+ / 0-)

    minutes.
    While he denies ever being a racist now (he must have discovered his big payday was not coming with his race shtick) here is the proof of the pudding from a very cursory search
    http://www.motherjones.com/...
    http://www.rawstory.com/...
    http://mediamatters.org/...
    http://wonkette.com/...
    http://gawker.com/...
    http://www.talk2action.org/...  

  •  If this guy has truly had a change of heart, (7+ / 0-)

    then more power to him. We should rejoice when a lost soul has found his way.
    It is not for me to question a reformed person's motives, but I am skeptical because he claims this transformation to be as a result of his own "recent" losses; but IIRC, he had already sustained those losses before Trayvon was murdered. And he just recently called Oprah Winfrey a "ni**."
    Bottom line for me is, if he's had a change of heart, then good.
    One heart at a time.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Sat May 10, 2014 at 08:58:05 AM PDT

  •  meanwhile, the SYG repeal bill just died (0+ / 0-)

    in committee.

  •  This guy is a right-wing gasbag clown (0+ / 0-)

    so his opinion shouldn't mean anything. My opinion on the Zimmerman case probably isn't popular here, but I just go with, ultimately, if Zimmerman was a cold-blooded murderer, why would he call the police to the scene first and then do the killing? Zimmerman is an arse, there's no question, but I highly doubt he went out there with the intent to kill Trayvon. This, to me, was a classic case of why guns should be banned--a bully who went out to confront a stranger because he felt powerful with his extended manhood from the pistol ended up with someone dead. Take the gun out of the situation and everyone survives. Guns should be banned and anyone who owns a gun (Zimmerman included) should be locked up if they don't comply.

    •  Overstatement does no one any good. (0+ / 0-)

      I personally think that handguns should be very tightly regulated and all weapons should be licensed and registered. This is the usual situation in developed countries.

      But if you're a farmer and have to deal with a sick and starving cougar, a shotgun will do you a hell of a lot more good than a bust of Gandhi (unless, perhaps, it's a bronze bust).

      A gun is a tool to kill things. Some people have a legitimate need for such a tool. Most don't. Ideally, the law should be adjusted to reflect that reality.

      This is the landscape that we understand, -
      And till the principle of things takes root,
      How shall examples move us from our calm?

      (Mary Oliver, "Beyond the Snow Belt.")

      by sagesource on Sat May 10, 2014 at 02:09:30 PM PDT

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      •  Well at least a full handgun ban (0+ / 0-)

        is necessary in my opinion. I'd probably have a full gun ban with a limited exception for shotguns for farmers who demonstrate a justifiable need like you described. And in a compromise to the hunters, maybe hunting stations where rifles are stored, like they do in the UK.

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