Disgraced ex-governor of New York Eliot Spitzer, who is now running for comptroller of New York City, sounded off on the acquittal of George Zimmerman on Sunday’s This Week (ABC), claiming that the justice system failed. Spitzer was never prosecuted for patronizing prostitutes over the course of several years.
“This is a failure of justice,” Spitzer said. “I don’t think there’s any other way to view it. The judicial system is not perfect. And in this case it has failed and before we get into a conversation of whether the prosecution was flawed, that they should have handled it in a different way, there is a simple reality here.”
Spitzer said that he didn’t believe the Department of Justice would step in with federal charges. “Double jeopardy is a fundamental principle in our American judicial system, as it should be,” said Spitzer. “And so it’s going to be hard for them to come back at the defendant, and, boy, this is just the, understandably, a hugely emotional moment for many people who say, that could have been my kid, it could have been my son. Where are we when the simple principals of justice should be applied? There are notable examples where our judicial system has failed. It is not perfect … It is still the best system in the world, bar none. The jury system is what we have to rely upon, but in this case it failed.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).