George Zimmerman found not guilty

  • Article by: MIKE SCHNEIDER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 13, 2013 - 10:14 PM

SANFORD, Fla. — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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Marykate1Jul. 13, 13 5:05 PM

When Florida enacted the "Stand Your Ground" law, I thought what a terrible idea.

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theagonybhoJul. 13, 13 5:39 PM

Theres your verdict, hes not guilty of murder but because this is political he has to be guilty of something so it will be manslaughter.

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supervon2Jul. 13, 13 6:34 PM

The jury is scared of violence. Zimmerman will be thrown under the bus because of Mob violence.

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comment229Jul. 13, 13 6:39 PM

Political? Really? As some people are saying on the national media, switch the two people around in their roles, and what would you be saying then? I guarantee you it would not be "political." One question that comes to mind is the question of a prejudgment of hatred to get a second degree murder conviction. If I read the transcript of the call Zimmerman made to the police as the events unfolded, he definitely showed hatred with his choice of words and characterization of Martin.

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comment229Jul. 13, 13 6:41 PM

PS... I am not taking sides here, but if Travon Martin was a tall skinny red headed white kid, would he (Zimmerman) have acted the same way? or would he have just kept on driving? I think I would bet the farm on the answer to that one.

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comment229Jul. 13, 13 6:43 PM

Finally, I have no doubt that no mater what the verdict is, we are not done. There will be a civil suit filed again Zimmerman.

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petepelosiJul. 13, 13 6:47 PM

Thanks to ABC for editing the original 911 call, and thanks to Mr. Brain Wizard Obama for saying IF I HAD A SON, HE WOULD LOOK LIKE TRAYVON. Man, you Obama voters are really smart.

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jarlmnJul. 13, 13 7:02 PM

Under any circumstances than this race-bating travesty, this case would have been thrown out of court or a mistrial declared at the very least! I can only hope Zimmerman's lawyers had been preparing their challenges long before this particular trial even started. It's been a forgone conclusion that Zimmerman would be thrown under the bus to appease the race-baiters. Zimmerman's arrest and trial and the lynch-mob mentality accompanying it, has always been about blind retribution, not about actual justice. The saddest part is that this politicized lynching and the media circus around it, will worsen, not better, race relations!

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arspartzJul. 13, 13 7:05 PM

comment229: "Crazy *** cracker" is a term of endearment? This shows Martin's pre-disposition as well. If the "kid" and been blonde and blue, Zimmerman would have still had the right to question a stranger in a gated community and probably would have. The difference is in the reaction of the "kid." Perhaps after being raised in a different culture the response to being "disrespected" by asking questions, would have been to answer the questions rather than throwing the first punch.

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gking2mnJul. 13, 13 7:07 PM

Just think why did the 911 operator say don't follow him. Enough said, think before you act if you see someone being hurt help if you see a shady side call 911 and leave it alone.

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