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Forensics Vs. 'Feelings': Trayvon Martin Case Back In April...

For those who believe "forensics, not feelings" should be the basis of the U.S. legal system, Chicago Trib columnist Eric Zorn offers a look at a new book: "Intermediate Range," a 254-page paperback in which first-time author Michael Knox, a former detective with the Jacksonville (Fla.) sheriff's office meticulously details all the known evidence in the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.

I've not yet read the book; Zorn has, and interviewed the author. The former offers a fair, balanced overview of what the facts-as-now-know actually are, as opposed to the oft-erroneous, occasionally manipulated, and invariably emotion-based information that marked the first few months of "reporting" on the case.

With the next hearing set for April, it's not too early to do a little research... NOW, in the current quiet period before the rabble-rousers and ideologues from both sides again attempt to hijack this tragic issue.

Zorn's column is a good start, and reading (prior to reading the Knox book itself) might help the rest of us from embarrassing ourselves (at minimum) or adding to the emotional firestorm that is again on the horizon.

The column is (at least, temporarily) online at: http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2013/02/zimmermanniversary.html