What are your thoughts on the Zimmerman verdict?
Are you surprised that the vote was unanimous?
Given the evidence I don't see how it could have been otherwise
I agree with Superkev and Alphadogg16. I feel sorry for the family because I'm certain they would want to see the person that killed their son behind bars but the law is not that simplistic. But GZ as much as you may dislike, like, or be indifferent to him, has had his day in court and was found not guilty. At least the Martin family has had a sense of closure and it will take time for them to heal. Many families NEVER even get a day in court. They fought for it, they got it, and this is the result. A civil suit is possible or likely depending on whom one speaks to. There are no winners, period. GZ's life will never be the same as is the case of TM's family.
Its not surprising at all..........Nobody really knows what happened exactly except Zimmerman and Trayvon, and Trayvon can not speak. So I really don't have any positive or negative thoughts. It is, what it is.
I thought that the jury came to the only conclusion given the evidence presented before them. I did think that the politics surrounding it would have them punk out and declare him guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to 2nd degree murder. This verdict stopped the tragedy from continuing further if there had been a guilty verdict for either counts. No one should be jubilant at the not guilty verdict, Zimmerman did shoot a 17-year-old young man who died and he will have to carry the burden of that deed for the rest of his life.
No matter how you look at it, the whole thing was an ugly situation. I am somewhat surprised by the verdict. I thought Zimmerman would get railroaded for sure.
The fact is, however, in this country a defendant is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. The evidence for a guilty verdict was just not there.
I believe in our system. He was tried by a jury of his peers and found not guilty. I can't argue with that.
I believe the jury was instructed to follow the law and they did. Having been involved in court reporting for as long as I have, I know better than to second guess juries. Unless you are there and experience every nuance and subtlety that they do, you don't have "all the evidence." It is a tense and grueling situation in many ways, and I believe most jurors do the very best they can to follow the law. I'm not surprised that the vote was unanimous. The sole African-America woman voted her conscience just like the others did. The law is the law.
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