George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

Tyler Durden's picture

For those who care.

Al Sharpton and the entire MSNBC cast , for whom this was nothing but a case about "guns" and "race", are furious.

From Reuters:

George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on Saturday for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in this central Florida town in February of last year.

 

If he had been convicted, the 29-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer, who claimed he acted in self-defense, could have been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder or up to 30 years for manslaughter.

 

A panel of six women jurors rendered its verdict in the case, which sparked a national debate on issues including race and profiling, after a trial that began in Seminole County court on June 10.

From NBC:

A Florida jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty.

 

Zimmerman, 29, said he was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in the chest during an altercation in a gated community of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. 2012.

 

He was not charged for 44 tumultuous days in which the case generated large protests in several cities, turned a hooded sweatshirt like the one Martin wore into a symbol of solidarity, and drew the attention of President Obama, who said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

 

As debate over race, guns and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law swirled, a special prosecutor appointed by the governor announced April 11, 2012 that Zimmerman was being charged with second-degree murder – a move that his supporters said was meant to quell the public outcry.

 

Zimmerman pleaded not guilty throughout the case to the charges against him.

 

When the trial unfolded a year later, prosecutors argued the volunteer neighborhood watchman was a wannabe cop who “profiled” Martin as the teen walked back from buying Skittles at a 7-Eleven, and then followed him against the advice of the police dispatcher he called to report a suspicious person.

 

“That child had every right to be where he was,” Guy said in a closing argument.

 

“That child had every right to do what he was doing, walking home. That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him, first in his car and then on foot. And did that child not have the right to defend himself from that strange man?”

 

The defense told jurors that Zimmerman was just doing his civic duty when he was ambushed by Martin, punched in the face and slammed repeatedly into concrete before he fired a single shot that pierced the teen’s heart.

 

“That’s cement. That is a sidewalk. And that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but Skittles trying to get home,” O’Mara said.

 

“The suggestion by the state that that’s not a weapon, that that can’t hurt somebody, that that can’t cause great bodily injury … is disgusting.”

 

Over the course of testimony, 56 witnesses took the stand, including Martin’s and Zimmerman’s parents, who disagreed about who was heard yelling for help in the background of a 911 call made by a resident of the Retreat at Twin Lakes during the fatal confrontation.

 

Zimmerman did not testify, but his call to the non-emergency police line, his statements to investigators and even a TV interview were part of the evidence jurors could consider. The panel was also given photos of Zimmerman’s injuries and pictures of Martin’s body at the scene and at the morgue.

 

Well aware of the passions surrounding the case, soon after the jury began deliberations Friday, the Seminole County sheriff appealed for calm whatever the outcome might be.

 

"We will not tolerate anyone who uses this verdict as an excuse to violate the law,” Sheriff Donald Eslinger said.

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AssFire's picture

The Free Shit Army received it's notice to put away the EBT card and simply walk out with their immediate urge.

Almost Solvent's picture

Over under on any riots in FL or anywhere else?

 

I say 1 riot, over by 6 am.

krispkritter's picture

Chicago will have a number of shooting deaths and the nation will be surprised and shocked...

THX 1178's picture

I'm in Orlando, I'll keep on the look out for roving gangs. Got my 9 and my mossberg "persuader" in case i need to do some persuading.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Everyone remember -- this is the power of a trial by jury.  The full force of the state (include O) was brought to bear, but he walks.  Remember that when someone tells you to give up that right for whatever reason (lower insurance premiums, terrorism, etc).

ACP's picture

Of course, Obama's regime, his Politburo and a lot of other savages will not be giving up.

I wonder, how long until some liberal propaganda outlet leaks the names and addresses of the jurors?

Taking all bets!

 

Edit: Paging Eric Holder. Your turn to persecute.

NoDebt's picture

You're right, ACP.  Those people need to duck and cover.  First one to open their yap or stick their head up get a MINIMUM sentence of a full-force media shit storm brought down on their lives.

UP Forester's picture

Fuck it.  On to the next sideshow....

flacon's picture

I'm in Canada... I just ate bacon wrapped chicken breasts for dinner... along with fresh southern Ontario corn. We still have a debt-based monetary system. And it's a fact that there are NO AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN CANADA. 

dryam's picture

That smiling picture of Zimmerman from CNN implies he was gloating when the verdict was read. The video never showed a smile on his face.

And yes, we still have a debt based monetary system that is destroying the economy.

HulkHogan's picture

That's correct. NBC interupted the American Girl movie I was watching with my two little girls to show this verdict. He never smiled. The media is trying to start a race riot. Fucking assholes.

economics9698's picture

ACP Florida has a sunshine law and the names of the jurist must be released.  The most time they might get is 6 months before their names are released.  It’s easy to find addresses, it’s called the property appraisers office.

LetThemEatRand's picture

You are completely wrong.  The sunshine law has nothing to do with jurors.  Please cite the statute that you believe says otherwise, government (public university] employee.

economics9698's picture

The Florida Sunshine Law, established in 1995, is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies in Florida. Public records include all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law to ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.  Some exemptions that are included are federal records that the federal government has designated as non-public, personal e-mails sent from or received by city employees using a government computer, some “drafts” or “notes” are also exempt.

LetThemEatRand's picture

doesn't apply to jurors, asshole.  Cite it.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Much like Fransisco Franco the rule of law is still dead.

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Sounds like the rule of law is still working to me.

 

Burden of proof is still key.

 

They couldn't prove it and no one really knows.

 

If you want an innocent person to go to prison so you can feel good....then you suck.

 

 

 

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

 

It's some hispanic guy that everyone keeps calling white.

 

No...I don't know why.

 

 

 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

FWIW, I am down here on a visit to Peru.  No one here gives a shit about GZ.  Nor does anyone give a shit about St. Edward Snowden.  Hmm.

But, when I get back, I`ll have my 9 close at hand...

***

Hola LTER!  Nos vemos en Campo FEMA!

LetThemEatRand's picture

Mas cervesa, amigo (extent of my Spanish).  

Telemakhos's picture

Title XIX, Chapter 286 of the Florida Statutes.  The statute, requiring open records of all meetings, expressly applies to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.  A few, limited exceptions are made, and jurors are not specified among them, so the statute has been (strictly) interpreted as requiring that juror information be released.  Hence that the Casey Anthony juror names are all public; the judge could delay them by three months, but he could not withhold them despite the death threats that were issued against the jurors.

Florida actually has decent laws requiring government transparency and a population that wants to hold the government accountable. The state government releases data that other states would not even consider releasingEvery state employee's salary is listed online, including the governor's (he gets exactly twelve cents because of some technicality that requires him to take some pay somewhere along the line).  There's a separate Excel spreadsheet that lists every college and university employee and their pay, too, and a pension database as well.

ACP's picture

My point was that someone will want to leak these names while emotions are high. The judge in the Anthony trial delayed release until long after her verdict, but there's no doubt someone will be trying to find these jurors in order to publish them as quickly as possible, specifically to put the jurors in harms way.

Bringin It's picture

I don't know and you don't have to know either, what the f'n 'Anthony trial' is all about.

Put down the remote and slowly back away from the tube.

tarsubil's picture

It really is that simple. The Zimm trial means nothing to me yet I let it have some small effect on me positive and negative. What a waste. These trials are just another ring in the circus.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

The word you are looking for is "Show Trial". The Soviets mastered the art.

knukles's picture

If I had a son like George, I'd have his "I don't give a fuck what the jury said" ass lynched.
   -unknown cuntshitootional schillar

 

Jesus H Fucking Uknowho
Those fuckers on MSNBC stated that Zimmerman openly and brazenly with a gun, shot dead an innocent helpless black, etc., etc., etc.

Kangaroo courts and racism, much?

This is exactly what the left used to decry of the evil the right, years ago.
Bigotry and racism

Man, is we in the shits....

sleigher's picture

Best part of the Zimmerman trial happened Friday

 

 


Overfed's picture

If you fire warning shots, you don't believe your life to be in imminent danger. NEVER, EVER, fire a warning shot.

Telemakhos's picture

Even better: don't go to your ex-husband's house to take stuff when you think he's not there, find him there, leave and go to your car to get your firearm from your glove compartment, return to the house, threaten your ex-husband with said firearm, then fire a "warning shot" that manages to hit the wall instead of your ex-husband.

Because that might not be self-defense.

rwe2late's picture

HulkHogan,

Commenters who claim this is a "message to the free shit army"

are even more clearly trying to start race riots.

Could it just be that reasonable doubt existed as to what Zimmerman did?

Oh no! This has to be a "message" to turn in the "EBT" cards.

 

(by the way, the term "race riots" applies BOTH ways. Whites have committed more than their share of them.)

BooMushroom's picture

Your reading comprehension is poor. He said " put away the EBT card and walk out," or in other words, they can just steal a bunch of stuff, rather than "pay" for it.

Lord Koos's picture

Apparently it's now open season on unarmed young black guys.

akak's picture

Only fair, as its been open season on the unarmed by young black guys for several decades now.

disabledvet's picture

and no i'm not moving to Canada because there are no black people there. these episodes are what makes America strong not weak. the rest of the world is not 100 percent white nor 100 percent black. our ability to deal with these types of realities do in fact send a message to the world relative to the struggle of making a multi cultural, multi racial, multi ethnic and multi belief system work. i welcome the President stating that "Trayvon Martin is the son he never had." This makes such tests even harder and as real as it gets. "It ain't America if we ain't takin' sides and making it a battle to the death." there will be no appealing this decision. if the Administration wants to override a jury verdict in a capital crime...all i have to say is "go for it."

Lets_Eat_Ben's picture

IF they spark a race war (which is what it seems like they're doing) it would give them a reason to go after guns.

knukles's picture

Yes,
The ones owned by middle class folk in the suburbs, gainfully employed tax payers...
Not the inner city rabble where all the killings take place.

flacon's picture

I didn't say there weren't black people in Canada. I said there weren't AFRICAN-AMERICANS in Canada. That is a BIG difference. I knew someone would trip up over the Orwellian term "AFRICAN-AMERICAN".  The "hyphenated-race-indivudual" is strictly an AMERICAN phenomenon.

Black people in Canada are from countries, like Sierra Leone, or St. Martin, or Zimbabwe or South Africa. They aren't "AFRICAN-CANADIAN", they are just simply Canadians. Americans have this notion that there are Americans and there are African-Americans who are only 3/5th's human. It seems to serve both of them just fine to have this raciality as a handicap/crutch. The whites can feel guilty and pay for the sins of their forefathers, while the blacks can accept a chip on their shoulder and get special government grants for being only part human. 

 

LOL! 

Buck Johnson's picture

Your wrong, in America they never wanted to have African as Americans so they wanted them distinct.  Also in Canada I don't believe you had centuries of slavery and then the whole govt. and political system working to make sure that AFRICAN AMERICANS couldn't make it in the country.  Hell some ran to Canada to get away from the repression in the US. 

 

I have a question for you.  We see most if not all the comments on this shitting all over the blacks and the way they may or may not react to the verdict and calling people the I get stuff for free crowd.  How would you make these people in this country feel things are fair?  How would you convince them when you don't trust them and they don't trust you?

TPTB_r_TBTF's picture

.

 

How would you convince them...things are fair?

 

Give them a consolation bonus on their EBT.

LongBallsShortBrains's picture

The message that you send is "things are not fair, so you are justified in initiating violence"

Life isn't fair

But lack of fairness does not justify violence.

skeeterpi's picture

What about your French Canadians in Quebec? They even speak a different language. Canada is not as white as the wind driven snow.

joego1's picture

I want to move to Canada and eat glow in the dark corn too.

jbvtme's picture

i was just visiting in ontario.  there is gmo corn growing everywhere.  i split before i got a rash

THECOMINGDEPRESSION's picture

You ate hormones mixed in with your chicken chewing on poison Monsanto corn surrounded with Nitrates in the bacon..Paid by with fake fiat..Man your really doing well today..

flacon's picture

I suppose you ate organic Fukushima tofu.

THECOMINGDEPRESSION's picture

The truth is painful isn't it..

James_Cole's picture

GMO etc. aside....bacon wrapped chicken breasts? I don't particularly care if people are intent on turning their bodies into bloated clogged-up piles of fat, but I always wonder why? 

Chicken breasts and butter covered corn are just not enough.. gotta get some bacon in there! And what's bacon, corn and chicken without a generous dousing of salt right?

grgy's picture

I think Canada is quite a way down the obesity chart compared to the US.  Just saying.