Just changed the channel and was surprised to see the not guilty verdict, when I heard the jury ask about manslaughter I presumed he was in trouble.
There are a lot of long faces on MSNBC and CNN isn’t all that happy either but in terms of what it will mean for rating and their memes they do a lot better with an acquittal than with a conviction. With an acquittal you can play the race card all day long.
Already Sharpton is talking a civil rights case and the MSNBC expert is really blaming the prosecutors.
I think it’s unfair to them. The Prosecutors had a lousy case and they did the best they could with it in terms of lawyer.
The ball is in the community’s court
Update: Did Angela Corey actually try to say this case wasn’t about race? This entire prosecution was about race and she insults our intelligence by saying so.
Update 2: At the press conference the lead defender was asked how this case would have gone if George Zimmerman was black (he is actually) his answer was dramatic, provocative and absolutely true” “If George Zimmerman was black he never would have been charged with a crime”
The best comment I’ve seen however comes from Robert Stacy McCain: emphasis mine
Honestly, I thought the jury was going to convict on manslaughter — even had that set up as the headline and then was shocked when I heard, “Not guilty.” But I was never emotionally invested in this story, one way or the other. There were arguments to be made either way. A kid should be able to walk to the store and back without ending up shot dead; on the other hand, the original finding of investigators was that Zimmerman was exercising his right to self-defense, and there were those who believed Zimmerman was put on trial simply to satisfy political agitators.
Justice may have been the winner in that Zimmerman should not be locked up but the bottom line is Martin is dead, Zimmerman’s life is likely destroyed and the country is divided and none of this from the shooting to the charging to the trial needed to happen, period. Everyone involved needs prayers.
Update 3: A very good point by Ed Morrissey:
The panel appeared to have taken its duty seriously, and reached the only verdict possible with the evidence presented to it. Clearly the second-degree murder charge was ridiculous on its face, and the prosecution’s decision to overcharge could possibly have undermined its credibility, too.
The second-degree murder charge was unreasonable — and the prosecution provided almost no evidence in support of it. A manslaughter charge was at least rational, though, and a jury might have convicted on that charge, if they could find no reasonable doubt that Zimmerman had rationally feared for his life or grave bodily harm without the use of lethal force.
I’m wondering if the state charges Manslaughter and plays the case from day 1 based on that charge does it win? after all they Jury took many hours to ask the manslaughter question. That suggests the entire process was political in nature rather than justice driven.