The Zimmerman trial issues have been misunderstood and misreported from the beginning, leading to a backlash against the judicial system. People were told that the judicial system would "correct" societal problems that the courts can not and do not handle.
Here is really cogent report on the trial by TalkLeft.
You may wonder who they are: liberal law blog.
Their cred: correctly predicted the issues and outcomes since the indictment.
Anyone who was surprised at the verdict needs to read this.