The verdict on George Zimmerman is not guilty. From what I made of the case, it was a tragic incident were a young man was killed. From the reports, I wondered why Mr. Zimmerman continued to follow Trayvon Martin after he was told to stop. There are reports of some sort of turn around that say young Mr. Martin followed him as he was on his way back to his car after being told to stop the following.
I thought under the original charge of 2nd degree murder, he would go free. Most of the legal pundits said the prosecutors’ case for 2nd degree murder was just too weak. Then, when the judge allowed the manslaughter charge at the last-minute, I thought there might be a conviction, because of my experience as a juror on a manslaughter case. Well, no matter how any of us assessed what happened, we had no say in Mr. Zimmerman’s innocence or guilt. It was all up to the jury based on the presentation of evidence and testimony in court, the judge’s instructions and the laws of the state of Florida.
I pray that people who are angry at the not guilty verdict do not do what is expected of them, which is to riot and kill, because as they see it, there was no justice for Trayvon. There is a corporate plea to not do any violence in reaction to a guilty verdict. The call is for all protests to be peaceful. George Zimmerman is free, but it should not be a surprise if and when we hear of Mr.Zimmerman back in court facing Trayvon’s parents in a civil suit. There is even the possibility of the Department of Justice stepping in and charging him at the federal level for civil rights violations. As relieved as George Zimmerman is tonight, it is not over for him.