'Subway Vigilante' Goetz: Zimmerman Trial 'Political Prosecution'

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 05:30 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Bernhard Goetz, who shot four black youths he believed were trying to mug him on a New York City subway in 1984, believes the prosecution of George Zimmerman was politically motivated, fraudulent, and warrants a special investigation.

"It’s all baloney. This is a political prosecution," Goetz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"America has many problems but this is a political prosecution just like my case was a political prosecution . . . If the public wants to be lied to and misled then they should just accept this."

Goetz, dubbed the "subway vigilante" in an incident that made headlines around the world, was acquitted of attempted murder, assault ,and reckless endangerment, but convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and served two-thirds of a one-year sentence.

Some residents consider him as a hero for taking a stand against New York’s mushrooming crime rate, while others thought of him as a ruthless vigilante whose act had racial overtones — not unlike the Zimmerman case.

Goetz, an electronics salesman, believes the prosecutors who tried Zimmerman are guilty of misconduct.

"The issue isn't guns, it's not whether Zimmerman was right or wrong. The issue is prosecutorial misconduct," he said.

"What should be done in this case, if people want to make the world a better place … [they] should start a petition or a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the conduct of Zimmerman's prosecutor."

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