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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I guess if you follow the letter of the law, Zimmerman reasonably thought his life was in danger when Martin allegedly was beating on him; however, Zimmerman failed to head the advice of the 911 operator who told him NOT to follow the young man. As a result of that stupid act, two families have been destroyed!

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@ mom

I have no idea how people can still get a few words mixed up! It went like this- Zimmerman was told - he doesn't have to do that!!!!! That is a suggestion- not a demand! Following is not breaking the law!

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@ It is what it is

You are about as assinine as those so called'
Mothers' who gave this joke of a verdict. What do you not understand about stalking and murder?You and these jurors are some sick Mothers.

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@ lori+snyder

Oh... So it now the jurors! Of course and if all else fails lets blame the verdict on the rising of the fu*king sun! This was a political case not justice. The Stanford chief was fired because he would not press charges! He knew they didn't have the evidence and THEY DIDN'T! Did you see that ignorant b*tch from the Jacksonville office- she's the one who pressed and set the charge of 2nd degree murder! She said what really convinced her was the yelling stopped when the shot was fired- thinking it was Martin voice! If I was being beaten and shot the gun while I was yelling then I don't think I would have any need to yell anymore! neither would the guy who was shot! The stopping of yelling is what made them press charges! I have never seen anyone more stupid than that state official! She is a real BRAIN CHILD no doubt! Kind of like you!

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There is a reason I don't want my Hillbilly relatives coming to my house. There is a reason whites hold their purse close to them when in an elevator with a black. There is a reason why I won't let my nephew borrow my car. There is a reason whites move out of a neighborhood when blacks move in. There is a reason I don't want my 2 pack a day cigarette smoking sister around my kids and there is a reason why whites lock their doors when driving through a black neighborhood. It's reputation and until there is a reason to change your perception of any given individual or group then nothing will change. No matter if the DOJ files a federal lawsuit no matter how much Obama tries to push his change.

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@ It is what it is

You may be what you are what you are but your bullying vile remarks don't fly with those of readon. Those who confront a stranger with a gun Hey It , You are right about one
thing. This was not about the law
or justice.This was about a stalker with a weapon who confronted a kid without any clue of the reaction.An incredibly Rash & Stupid BULLY.He's obviously been wacked in the head a few too many times before. He is and
always be a MURDERER. Do you not understand that this 'Jury' , just like you, fell for all this drama: Who screamed, who fought who, who was where, when, why.These were all distractions meant to confuse those of you who are easily led away from a fact as serious as a Murder Charge.So yes, this sorry little jury actually must take the blame They get to decide what Killers can get away with taking Trayvon's life and like you, they got lost in the rhetoric,
and forgot the simple facts of Man shoots boy DEAD. Most jurors are only there because they are not smart enough to get out of jury duty.This system fails over and over again yet there it remains. And that's the way it is. It is what it is.Maybe you could use your political know-how to create a better judicial system?

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@ It is what it is

Well said

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@ It is what it is

This person got it correct you have areas that are predominantly African-American

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@ Fatther

This person got it correct you have areas that are predominantly African-American and if you or any other race you were told to keep out by law enforcement. It's about time we stop being politically correct in this country and start telling the truth. Another thing is that Trayvon is the one that called Zimmerman a cracker so if anything Trayvon was the racist not Zimmerman Let's stop turning everything into a black-and-white issue look at the facts. If anybody black or white or any other color were in the situation where their head is being bounced off the ground and the reason Trayvon had no marks on him was because Zimmerman did not fight back he was trying to get away he was the one screaming not Trayvon. Is it said that he was 16 yes but let's face the fact that there are 16-year-old and 15-year-olds that kill people all the time in this country. All I can say is, why didn't Trayvon stop when he banged Zimmerman"s head off the ground, broke his nose seen all the blood. If anything that would be a reason to stop knowing that you're about to beat somebody to death but he didn't he continued and was shot and killed by the person he almost killed.

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@ Fatther

True- Oh so true and when people stop picking the fruit and start looking at what makes this tree of fear grow then we will live in disarray. There is a reason people don't fear Hispanics, Asians, Whites! Just as their is a reason society fears blacks! Violence Violence Violence! Followed by racism and more race card racism! Until that faction of society can act in a civil manner then nothing will change! They are stuck and like many of us THEY are their own worst enemy! Respect is earned not bought or stolen!

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@ It is what it is

You sound paranoic to me.

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@ mom

Then u need to be very careful now because he might have a gun!!!

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@ It is what it is

I agree with you.

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@ cari

My Cc message was for you

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OJ? Casey Anthony? George Zimmerman? All 3 of them murdered the people they were charged with killing and acquitted of in trials by jury. Everyone knows it, and yet they all were set free. And I'm supposed to believe in the American jury system? I do not.

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@ JimmyT

Thank you, Jimmy T.
Human lives left in the hands of who knows who yet this is lost in all this madness.

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Your liberal media lied to you. They said the Zim Man was a racist a monster, the devil with a hate filled heart and ONLY after the trial started did we all see it don't add up! Not even close! The kid was black and the original thought was Zimmerman was all white! That's how this civil rights political so called justice got started. If Zim was black and Martin white - your sorry piece of shit liberal news would not even air the story! That is a fact! The Obama lead administration has once again tried to force their agenda- rumor filled white hate and 6-6 -6 -yes 6 women who had kids of their own knew damn good a well it was a bullshit scheme from the start! Did the prosecutors actually think that they were going to bullshit mothers on the stand! I bet all of you liberals watch the Kardashians, you probably think that that's real life? Just because the kid was black DOES NOT MEAN- that real justice should not served! I don't feel guilty about a damn thing! I will not be lead to believe that since I'm white I should apologize to the world that my people need to get down on our knees and ask for forgiveness. I can't even complain about blacks because their are so many pitiful soulless whites that will do anything(including selling your dignity) to save face! To those- you are an embarrassment and a total waste of oxygen.

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I wonder if the people who are so outraged about this verdict were also outraged at the OJ verdict??

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@ Cc

In a nutshell- I guess we all were a bit liberal at some point. Youth bears the fruit of ignorance BUT- this youthful group are raised on the Internet, reality TV and all they want to do us be accepted! Trouble is - this social media says you must apologize for who your parents want you to be- you know- responsible, accountable, respectable! If you don't like the gay lifestyle then... You must hate them? What? All those things! Just look at the way white women are portrayed! Look at what Miley Cyrus has become or Amands Bynes- it's ludicrous! Society is raising our kids and my own kid who is all of 21 - I've spent the last 3 years trying to drain the god damn poison out of him that was pumped into him from high school! If society wants to get better- then start with the trash our kids are subject to! This "air bubble" of the Zimmer trial is only "PEEK" as to what is actually wrong!

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@ Cc

Why does everything need to be liberal or conservative bs?? I am not a liberal and I believed Zimmerman should have been charged with manslaughter.....I did not think he was racist, but I don't know why everyone has this idea that just because he was half mexican he couldn't be racist! Hispanics can be racist just like sicilians can, just because you have african blood way down the line somewhere does not mean you have to like blacks. I am half hispanic/white and know plenty of hispanics who are racist. My belief is that Zimmerman should have never gotten out of that car! We have too many cops riding around trigger happy, do we need wannabe cops riding around with guns now? In the end Zimmerman followed a person who did nothing, and that person was a 17yr old boy. Just like Zimmerman protected himself, Trayvon felt like he was protecting himself when he attacked him after Zimmerman got out of his car. Zimmerman would have never gotten out of that car if he did not have a gun on him...

Da vincian
@ star

Its strange how they can MIS-CHARGE someone this easily and he get away with a crime because of it?? Who eventually settles on the charge for a defendant?? Didn't they know manslaughter was more the case anyway??

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@ star

Getting out of the car was not breaking the law- the case started when the law was broken and it ended in death! It's like saying .. I would have never been hit by lightning if I would have stayed in the house. There is always risk and consequence. Do you know any racist blacks? I do! You say you only know white/ Hispanic racists? Is CREEPY CRACKER RACIST! Blaming this totally on Zimmerman is like me blaming a fork for my ass being fat! Do you think Zimmerman called 911 so the cops could come watch him shoot the kid? I am certain who the racist are on this thread and in the courtroom! Do you realize the prosecutor couldn't even find someone who could claim Zimmerman cheated on an 8th grade math test! Yet Martin was kicked out of school- that's why he was in Sanford! This witch hunt is making people look more racist than they already are! Sometimes when you look for shit you find it! This was one of those times. It's sad the boy died just as its sad the world world labeled Zimmerman the most hated man before he even took the stand! Unbelievable!

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@ It is what it is

So because that Dolt passed his math tests and Trayvon(so you heard) got kicked out of school itmakes sense that Zim is excused for murdering this Delinquent Kid..Yah,like you are such a Thinker.And NO, what caused your fat ass is the same thing that caused your mind to turn to Blubber.Not Using It.

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@ star

Sorry that comment was for no sellout

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@ Cc

AND were those happy about ZIMMERMAN also HAPPY about CASEY ANTHONY but i guess you missed that one that got away too in FLORIDA??? Try to stay focus on child killers and molesters infesting in FLORIDA,, not SUPER STAR athletes like OJ thats doing time anyway DUMB ASS!

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@ BeckySue

Actually I don't think anyone was happy about ,
Casey Anthony's verdict . But remember she took her own child's life. NOT someone else's... OJ killed 2 people out of pure jealousy and got away with it. Zimmerman keeping his neighborhood safe!

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@ Cc

LOL!!! Cc,, Cc itself, what a dumb ass racist,,, poor thing!

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@ Cc

I THINK YOUR THE RACIST! YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT. WAKE UP!!!!

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@ Cc

u fuckin people are TOO STUPID for your own good that you act like CASEY dont count because she took her child's life?? WTF??? LOLL!!! OJ took his wifes & bf life, that shit happens all the time too! SICK! Now lets get back to fat disgusting man that killed an UNARMED TEEN?? try your best RACIST..

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Are some of you telling me that if I'm sitting in my house and I hear a noise outside and I retrieve my legal handgun and I walk outside and out of the shadows some knocks the shit out of me and I fall to the ground and the guy climbs on me and I shoot him dead that I SHOULD GO TO JAIL? WOW! Zimmerman lived in that neighborhood not Trayvon! The kid was staying there not living! There had been many breaking in the past year! That is why he followed him! Did you not understand this or we're you to busy listening to NANCY"IM A BANDWAGON BITCH" as she convicted Zimmerman! Or... Was it the NBC criminal act of editing the 911 tapes that thru u 4 a loop? Are you people ever going to wise up and see that the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT are the ones who pushed the weak ass case!

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@ Wake up

You said it yourself in the first sentence, If you hear a noise outside of you house. So how does that factor in with an UNARMED teenager walking back to his relatives house with wait a minute.......a bag of skittles and a can of tea. Who was he supposed to attack or break into a house with those items found on the UNARMED teenager????? Zimmerman was told to Not get out and follow. So why did he, he already called it in to 911 so just follow in your car and give the police details. If you were walking home at night and a stranger is following/approaching you in a way that you feel you have to defend yourself like Trayvon M. did, wouldn't you? The only reason Zimmerman got out of the car was because he was armed and trigger happy. Do you have kids? Wouldn't you want your kids to come home safely from the convenience store without being harassed, followed and killed for just walking home (unarmed) with a bag of skittles and a can of tea. So sad. Trayvon wasn't committing a crime. A crime was committed on him and his family.

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@ houston,texas

For someone being from H-Town you are slow in the head! If I told you " Would you like too" is that the same as saying "You must do this"? Zimmerman was not told he was given a suggestion- YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT! It is not the same thing! It is not unlawful! I've been an adult for years and I eat skittles and who cares?WRF IS IT WITH THE DAMN SKITTLES? What would I have done? Hauled ass home? Knocked on a door and told the person that lived there that someone was following me! How about getting OFF THE PHONE with shauwwntee oR who ever and then I call 911? Your media and public tried to play the race card up until yesterday and it didn't work! Yet you are still playing it! The race card is handicapping your people yet you do what you know.

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@ Wake up Houston

@HTOWN - you living in the shadows of 5th ward so you should no something about violence! The is not about race?????? This is all this was about! Look at the black on black crime and YOU Houston Tejas doesn't bother to be upset about it! BTW- if he has arms and a cement sidewalk- HE IS ARMED! Skittles- for the love of god I'm sick 2 shit about the skittles

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@ Wake up Houston

I see you're the one slow in the head. Nowhere does my comment say anything about race, racecard or media. But that's all you seem to know. Race. I mention skittles to show you how a simple unarmed kid is walking around. He wasn't armed and had to defend himself the best way he could, and that was with his hands. The COWARD Zimmerman hid behind a gun and he wouldn't have had to "defend" himself had he NOT gotten out of car and followed someone that was unarmed and NOT bothering anyone. What was Trayvon's crime.

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@ Wake up

But he was protecting his neighborhood! lol....although he ended up killing a teenage boy that did nothing..it was okay for zimmerman to claim self defense, but not trayvon after being followed???

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@ star

regardless of what is going on in the neighborhood people do not need to go around following people with a gun on them! zimmerman got his butt kicked by that 17 yr old, so that obviously tells you why he had a gun on him because he can't defend himself with out one, so yes i do have a problem with an idiot patrolling the neighborhood with a gun....

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@ star

I totally agree with you. Why did Zimmerman, ARMED, follow a teenager, UNARMED, that was just walking home from convenience store? All he had to do was call it in and report and follow at a safe distance in his car until police came. What was Trayvon doing to make Zimmerman ,ARMED, get out of car and follow him? So sad.

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Trayvon was a trouble making little thug. It's sad he died. But that's what happens when your parents bring you up to be a little thug and don't teach you right from wrong. George was doing his job watching out for his neighborhood. When this little drug addict thug thinks he could start trouble. Look at Trayvon's record everybody.... He's nothing but a trouble maker. From school to on the streets. He slapped his bus driver because he didn't stop where he wanted him to. He was a drug dealer. He just got arrested a week before the encounter with George. He was always in trouble with the cops. So really... One less trouble making thug off the streets. Blame his parents for raising him that way. His dad looks like a thug himself. so Don't blame George because he's trying to protect his neighborhood! Most of you people are ignorant and have no clue. Do your research before commenting. George Zimmerman is a FREE MAN and deserves his freedom!

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@ Cari

Yessiree! Let's murder all the evil
teens and let all Killers go and they can stalk and shoot anyone and we will all be safe with them to protect and watch over us.If this drug addicted 'THUG' had already been murdered he wouldn't have caused this huge problem for 'Curious George' and
this would not make him have to hide out like a Cowardly Killer',
Finally we have a reasonable solution.
Still to solve'Those six sick mothers'.

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@ Cari

How can Zimmerman have known about Trayvons arrests, trouble and run ins with the law by only watching Trayvon WALKING to his relatives home, UNARMED. Really, Cari, how many thugs do you know walk around ready to rob or break into homes with a bag of skittles and can of tea??? Don't thugs carry a gun to commit crimes?? It may be a fact that Trayvon was no angel or a great student, but does that mean he couldn't walk home, without bothering anyone, with a bag of skittles and tea in his possession just to be killed because of Zimmermans racial profiling.

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@ houston,texas

Keep convincing yourself. Who said you have to carry a gun to commit a crime? Btw... I have to say you sound really intelligent! Never said Geroge knew about Trayvon's run in with the law is the reason he did what he did. George was protecting his neighborhood. Point blank the kids a trouble maker and messed with the wrong person at the wrong time!

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@ Cari

Exactly.....You said that.George Z. didn't know Trayvon had been arrested week before this incident, according to your original post, so George couldn't have just let Trayvon walk home? He didn't mention in his 911 tape saying Trayvon was in anyone's yard or window or breaking into anything. Im just saying it could of been avoided by calling it in and follow in his car. I work hard for things I have and I believe in protecting my family, so I understand about protection, but really George went to the extreme.

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@ Cari

My thoughts too. I would like to ask all these people who are so outraged about this verdict.... if some one was beating your head into the concrete and you had a gun.. would you shoot? if they say no, they are lying. Besides, this wasn't an innocent little boy. He was 6 ft 2 and wasn't an angel as they made him out to be.

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@ McKay

You two are some of the biggest assholes....he was a 17 yr old, who cares if he was not an angel! he still had time in his life to clean up his act.....just because someone makes bad choices does not mean they deserve to die especially at that age! You guys need to be followed by george zimmerman and maybe he will accidentally pull the trigger

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@ star

You say who's cares if he's not an angel! Are you a complete retarded? The boy was a trouble maker! Not saying he deserved to be killed. George was protecting himself. I bet half the people on Trayvon's side is only because they probably have a trouble making child out there too. So they want to blame George. The kid wouldn't be a trouble maker if he had parents with sense to teach him right from wrong! Your comments make you sound so intelligent let me tell you.

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@ star

Yay Star * You are a bright spot in
this sea of miserable nasty rants.We must accept that uneducated and uninvolved people now have this forum to display both hostility and their ignorance.They put the blame on Liberals, the gov't, the victims,hell, even on the
Kardashians. We must stay positive and active in society & it's easiet for the lazy to put the blame on anybody else. Curious
George is still a Killer, still responsible for the death of this boy. He started and ended it & now a panel of mothers has said it's O.K. to commit this crime. It"s so past the time to revamp the jury selection process and really
the whole severely flawed 'injustice system'.Stay positive girl & don't let a few goons get to you. We must keep fighting for the all the good people and human rights. People like Trayvon This barbarism cannot be allowed any longer.

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If this was a black on black or white on white trial, it wouldn't be on TV. Ah, but CNN and others hear the cash registers ringing as they can get both white and black audiences to sit through the commercials. "Play up the race thing. We'll double the viewers. We'll need to match the advertisers to the audience. Get Expand a Hose on the line." "Please take your seats. The next media trial will start in five minutes.
We will first learn the verdict from the media and then proceed with
the trial. Now a word from our sponsors."

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@ MontanaTrace

I just got one thing to say,if it was the other way around nobody would have herd about it..

Da vincian

What do you think??
Did the jury reach the correct verdict? Yes. The jury got it right. 36.6% No. They blew it. 63.4%
Total Votes: 1976

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@ BeckySue

What percents did you expect from this liberal readership? Go to a conservative publication and the results will be the expected reverse. Surely you get that. Or, maybe you don't.

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Never should have gone to trial in the first place. Glad to see George found innocent because he is!

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