Rich Galen

The only time I watched any part of this trial (not counting the verdict announcement which I watched only because Fox broke into the Nats-Marlins game to carry it) was while I was on the elevator in my office building.

I work on the 5th floor so we're talking maybe 15, 20 seconds at a time.

This is why I am opposed to cameras in the courtroom: They add nothing to the administration of justice. Cameras in court only provide fodder for legal voyeurs, most of whom have a legal background limited to whining about a parking ticket.

The American legal system is far from perfect. This case is a good example: For the most part the only person who actually knew what happened, George Zimmerman, didn't testify. The other witnesses testified to what they think they saw or heard or what they wanted to have heard or seen.

In the end there were only six people on the planet who had a say in how the trial was going to come out: the jury.

You and I don't have to like the result, but we didn't have a vote.

Neither did the national press corps.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at