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    had to be not guilty. The benefit of every doubt must be given to the criminal defendant. That's the foundation of our legal system and it is a good thing that prevents major injustices. In fact, Ben Franklin stated a foundational principle of our system: It's better that ten guilty men (apparently everyone was male back then) go free, then for one innocent man to be convicted. I believe this is a good principal and that we should be more concerned about wrongful convictions than people who might be guilty, but got acquitted. It's not like GZ going to prison for the rest of his life would bring Trayvon Martin back from the dead. So, the jury has to go with the defense's version of facts, except for any portions that are rendered completely unreasonable by the prosecution evidence. That means that the jury had the duty to accept that it was Zimmerman's voice screaming for help and that Martin attacked Zimmerman, unless the prosecution had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that wasn't true. In other words, the jury did their job correctly and the verdict was right, even if it leaves many of us feeling unsatisfied. Disclaimer: I'm a criminal defense lawyer.

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