George Zimmerman Verdict: NOT GUILTY of Murder, Manslaughter in Trayvon Martin Trial

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Following a weeks-long trial and a case that has captivated the nation for a year and a half, a Sanford, Fla., jury has reached a verdict in the George Zimmerman case:

Not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

George Zimmerman in Court

They reached a verdict after deliberating all day Saturday. Late in the evening, jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter.

At about 6 p.m., lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about their question and then recessed court.

Just before 10 p.m., they reached a verdict and acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in the controversial case - one ultimately filled with reasonable doubt.

A conviction would mean jurors rejected Zimmerman's claim he killed in self defense, and "intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death" of Martin.

Ultimately, they determined he was justified under the letter of the law.

Whether those laws are flawed is a different topic altogether, but after 16 hours of deliberations, jurors felt that the state's case was not strong enough.

Unable to establish what happened in the confrontation that left Martin dead, prosecutors could not prove murder or manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt.

Persuading jurors of who was the aggressor that night was the primary goal of both sides, and the defense seemed to prevail throughout the trial.

The shouts on the 911 calls and whether it was Martin or Zimmerman heard screaming for help was a point of contention, both disputed and inconclusive.

Experts also testified that Zimmerman's bloody head injuries could have been caused by blunt contact with concrete, which seemed to bolster his case.

Prosecutors said in a press conference after the fact that they respect the verdict, but are disappointed just the same, believing he is in fact guilty.

In the end, they said Zimmerman profiled Martin, Zimmerman followed Martin, and Zimmerman exceeded the boundaries of his right to self-defense.

What do you think? Did the jury reach the correct verdict?

 

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Racism, white supremacy, is and always will be an expression of mental illness. The comments from you racists give evidence to that. Zimmerman does not see himself as a non-white, or Hispanic. He identifies with his dad's white genes, and thus, the greatest validation of whiteness: white supremacy.
Take notice of the hatred spewed by these evil comments that suggest an EXTREME hatred for Blacks. If Blacks are wrong, and always blaming whites for their failings, why would that cause you hate them so? You could easily ignore these sentiments. You could try to show that YOU have no bias at all. Instead, you racists use the pointing fingers of Blacks merely to validate your reasons for hating them in the first place! Lol...As if you really needed a reason.
As one intelligent person observed, a teenager was shot to death...by a grown man. Zimmerman is a weak punk. And he appealed to the weak punk in all white racists by asserting that a tall, lanky Black kid was pounding his fat, wimpy ass senselessly. A REAL man would not accept that defense. Racism is weak. A defense for total punks. You weak, racist Punks celebrate this injustice as a victory... But you know, deep in your sissy hearts, you are just frightened little gun carrying imbeciles who think your Minority coworkers can't see the evil in your phony smiles at work!

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@ James Mitchel

Right on, James.

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@ James Mitchel

James, hispanics are just as racist. Take a trip thru any Mexican hood in LA,or, thru South Texas.

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@ For+Sure

Fo-sure your jealous right mad because your white women turning to our black men . Your voice loud because your pink penis is small. That's the real problem your mad. Get over it hey that got Viagra .

Da-vincian

This plays perfectly into the hands of our Government & gun control. So horribly saddened by this.

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I think any one who was having their head bashed into the concrete would have shot if they had a gun. To bad Trayvon's real life style wasn't brought out in court. He wasn't the nice little innocent boy they made him out to be.
Good call.

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@ McKay

Ya well most teens are not all what they say they are were u the perfect teen u did nothing wrong maybe tried a lil grass oh prob not

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@ McKay

How about the fact that the 911 dispatcher told him not to go after him but thats ok street justice is always better if I were him I would keep a body guard at all times

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@ dusty

I'm thinking he keeps the bodyguard on his hip! Don't you think or were you paying attention!

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@ McKay

Dude. His head wasn't bashed. He had two little cuts on his head. If his head was truly being bashed, it would have been way worse than two little cuts. There would have been gashes. Its fucking concrete

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I don't care what it looks like, this is a law-abiding citizen. "Innocent until proven guilty" is the law of the land, and the fact of the matter is that there just isn't any indisputable evidence that it WASN'T self-defense.

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Well....Looks like the murders are gonna go up since the dumb ass jury let a murdering t bastard walk. I guess now you can kill anyone and say it was self defense. That bitch is guilty. I don't know what was going through that jury's head. Zimmerman lied over and over and it was proven yet he still walked. Also, Zimmerman said that Trayvon had both hands over his mouth and nose. If thats so, how was it Zimmerman screaming for help? Also, if Trayvon was using both hands, how did he reach for Zimmerman's gun? I guess he has a third arm. Once again, the Justice System has failed. And I have lost all faith in it

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@ Tristan Tragedy

T.T. You are so right.Not much going on in that jurys' mind at all.Much like these hate mongers,
don't you think?

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@ Tristan Tragedy

Go to bed and suck your thumb. You can always destroy your life tomorrow.

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@ Stupid

U got the perfect name Stupid. U asshole now u go fall into a deep sleep nd neva wake up, ur wasting space Dumb Ass

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I'm still in shock over this. Where's the justice? I don't get this at all. Trayvon was heading home and got killed just because he "looked suspicious". Ok, so does that mean I can kill someone because they "look suspicious"? Karma is a bitch and Zimmerman will get his soon enough. My heart goes out to Trayvon's parents because I believe that this has to be hard on them.

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If they followed the law, there would have never been a trial. But there was, and he was found innocent....as he should have been. The police chief should be given his job back, or file a law suit against the town.

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Thank you Florida! This case should never have gone to trial in the first place, very pleased with the verdict.

Da-vincian
@ jacasa

Child molester hasn't served single day of 43-year prison term. http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/...

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@ jacasa

I am glad u are happy but maybe we put ur kid in trayvons place and see how u feel u sick human waist

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FACT: 90 % of INTERRACIAL CRIME is black on white! Blacks live in perpetual victimhood and blame whitey for everything.Even in this case where a HISPANIC GUY killed a black guy whites get blamed why? Are you people mentally ill? This should of been a local case all along but the DOJ and the prez had to run their big gums and viola: a kangaroo court..learn to pick your battles black folks.You can't blame whites for everything.

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@ Zak

Well they really should they did not ask our white ancestors to come and chain them to boats and take them from their familys and then beat them and rape them but hay its us great whit people that have fucked up our country hears a nig thumbs

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@ Zak

Fatboy half white nd chico what difference does it makes he ain't black. Trayvon is a kid . Just because Trayvon wore a hoodie he was characterize as a thug. I have a jacket with a hood i wear when it rains or cold am i a thug. I don't care what color Zimmerman is for one he aint black. Whateva the race is u ppl always gone blame the black women or man with this case the black boy TRAYVON MARTIN. You don't care because he wasn't your child or loved one

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@ Nukie

Tray on isn't being called a thug because of a hoodie... Look at his background. Smacking a bus driver for not stopping where he wanted him to. Sold drugs... Great kid, not to mention how his parents raised him. It's all the blacks walking around like thugs and trying to look bad... When they really look stupid. You don't see white people acting like that! Black people teach there kids the thug life, not the positive things is life. That's why most are in prison by the time their 18.

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@ Christie

Hate to see who 'Raised' you then.You are just so wrong on so many levels & add that self-righteous attitude and it's a very dad mess.Is ignorance really Bliss?

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@ Christie

Let me correct myself I have a son.

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@ Christie

Child please don't go there with that shit that's how black ppl raise there kids. U have a son I raised him with respect and Morales he is 21 now I've never been to a jail or courtroom not even the principal office when he was in school. So rephrase that stupid ass comment and yes there are plenty White, Hispanics and Asians Walk around wit tattoos, gold teeth, pants baggy with boxers showing and yes they smoke weed and sell drugs matter fact a white guy cross the way from me sell pills and weed so are they thugs, were they raised like thugs. And for ur info i dnt live in the hood i have a condo so dnt talk of something u dnt know

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@ Zak

He is white and Hispanic dumb bitch.

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@ Andrea Cortez

You have a son and you say you raised him well... So you say. Well look at your mouth to all of these people. You sound like a child and very ignorant. So we should believe you? Not that we care.
Also, I know white people sell and do drugs just like every race... It's the majority of blacks. I never see a young black man walking with his pants pulled up right or speaking like he has sense.

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@ Christie

Sorry that was to Nukie

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@ Andrea Cortez

Yo dick dum bitch hispanic cracker whateva hoe he ain't black

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@ Nukie

It's that attitude you display. The ignorance you pass on to your bastards. You really didn't do him favors. Let me guess? You had a illegitimate child!

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The law sucks No JUSTICE No PEACE. To many blacks and black children dying by the hands of stupid ppl with guns who want to be super heros. So you dum ass ppl on the jury who let that fat f"""ker go gave him the right to go kill another Punk Asshole or Coon. Racist ppl go kick rocks

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