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  •  Really, Armando? Really? (0+ / 0-)

    you wrote:

    /You may not agree with everything Geragos writes here (for me the "of course they did" for the jury verdict overstates the case, though I would have voted the same way. /

    You would have voted to free Zimmerman?

    Is that what you are saying, or did I misunderstand?

    •  As I understand it under Florida law (4+ / 0-)

      they did. Even though none of this would have happened had Zim acted differently you had to look at whether he felt threatened at the moment the shot was fired. And since there were no witnesses, and a real evaluation of Zim by a doctor was never done, there was reasonable doubt.

      The laws are what need changing. They were writen so that good white people could kill bad people of color. Not that there are any good people of color in their mnds. In there minds the President is not a good person of color.

      Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

      by Mike S on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 05:50:40 PM PDT

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    •  I think that's a reasonable statement (2+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade, misslegalbeagle

      Almost all legal analysis of the trial that I have read seems to be nearly unanimous that the prosecution had a weak case.  While I did not actually watch the trial, I suspect that the majority of rational people would have voted "not guilty", reluctantly or not, if they chose to adhere to the standards for murder, manslaughter, and self-defense established by law.

    •  One juror could have held out (0+ / 0-)

      It is called jury nullification. Hold out against an unjust law that only the National Rifle Association says is a just law.

      That would have prompted a do-over.

      Maybe there would be some anti-racist jurors selected for a second trial.

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