On Saturday, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on all counts for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in February of last year. In addition to second-degree murder, Zimmerman was also acquitted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Per the New York Times:
Mr. Zimmerman said he shot Mr. Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in self-defense after the teenager knocked him to the ground, punched him and slammed his head repeatedly against the sidewalk. In finding him not guilty of murder or manslaughter, the jury agreed that Mr. Zimmerman could have been justified in shooting Mr. Martin because he feared great bodily harm or death. [New York Times]
Florida's laws stipulates that prosecutors had to prove beyond "a reasonable doubt" that Zimmerman did not act in self defense. With a lack of eyewitnesses and evidence beyond Zimmerman's word, the prosecution failed to meet that high bar.
(Via the New York Times)
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