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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 15, 2013 - 6:46 am

One shade of gray

Shadows are black. The jury was white. The jury in Sanford, Fla., was obligated to return a verdict based on shadows -- the shadows of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin as seen, indecisively, by witnesses who could only agree that, in the dark of night, there were two men struggling.

One was black -- the other was brown, but color never seemed to become an important part of the conflicting testimony. Among the witnesses called there seemed to be constant disagreement, but the jury rather quickly arrived at their decision -- based, seemingly, on a shadow -- the shadow of a doubt.

No matter what passions may be involved with any criminal case in any courtroom -- in America, one must be judged guilty or innocent -- beyond a shadow of a doubt! Simply based on media coverage alone, who among us could consider this a clear open and shut case? Oh, maybe the grand salamander of a Klan group would see it one way or that traveling comedy team of Jesse and Al would define justice differently.

But beyond the general consensus, that the prosecution was for the most part dreadful and the defense adequate, who really knows what happened that February night in Florida?

Only the shadows.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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