Zimmerman not guilty MSNBC hardest hit (not really)

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Zimmerman not guilty MSNBC hardest hit (not really)

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.

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.