So George Zimmerman is going to trial, where a jury will decide what actually happened between him and Trayvon Martin. Until the trial is finished mulish minds on both sides will cling to their predetermined versions of the truth. Such devout passions deserve their own conspiracy.

Generally, conspiracy theories represent easy explanations for otherwise unexplainable events, or they promote a political agenda. Thus we have “Truthers,” “Birthers,” and tyrannical secret societies propagated by the Illuminati. However, just because most conspiracies are built on fluff rather than substance doesn’t entirely discount the reality of conspiracies. We’re witnessing one in Sanford, Florida.

Trayvon Martin’s life was unquestionably squandered, whether Zimmerman is innocent or guilty. That’s the singular point upon which all sides should agree; after that the facts are muddled. So let’s focus on the conspiracy rather than on rehashing divergent and unsubstantiated opinions. Doesn’t it seem odd for a prosecutor to file a second-degree murder charge after the initial investigation produced no such evidence? Why would an experienced prosecutor take such a stance?

Bear in mind that I’m not raising this question; it’s the question respected legal experts have asked since photographic evidence was revealed that supports Zimmerman’s story. What did the prosecution know concerning those photos prior to filing the murder charge?

According to Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman is “so thin it won’t make it past a judge . . . everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense.” Dershowitz also said the prosecution committed a “grave ethical violation” if the photos were known prior to filing the affidavit.

Mr. Dershowitz continued, “The whole country is watching. What do they benefit from having half-truths in an affidavit?”

I won’t pretend to instruct Mr. Dershowitz on the finer points of law. However, I will argue politics to a certain degree. And politics has forged public opinion about George Zimmerman from the outset. Therefore the State benefits greatly from filing a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman . . . if the evidence confirms he acted in self-defense.

Consider what a powder keg this case has been since day one. Zimmerman and his family have been threatened. Race hustlers accused the Sanford Police Department of a quasi-lynching and subsequent cover-up. Protesters demanded not only Zimmerman’s arrest but his conviction. The New Black Panthers placed a bounty on Zimmerman and the pros and cons of self-defense and gun control laws have been argued. The product of these variables is division and potential civil unrest, which truly benefits no one.

The prosecution found itself in a tight spot. There was a need to placate the mob mentality and avoid potential riots while also protecting the rights of the accused and of self-defense. What could be a better solution than filing a tough-on-crime charge that can’t produce a conviction? The mob’s call for justice is answered without taking a chance on imprisoning an innocent defendant or compromising the right of self-defense.

It’s a tidy conspiracy. Any takers?