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Kash Patel of the Criminal Justice Committee on the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman

August 6, 2013

The verdict in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman only acquitted one man. Viewed more broadly, as it must be, we see that it divided a nation with as many cheering for “justice served” as those lamenting “justice denied.” Regardless of the side on which you find yourself, slinging destructive epithets at our legal system tarnishes issues worthy of discussion. This was a trial in our legal system, not a trial of it. Most think the case failed because the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida permits such conduct. That principle was solely a pre-trial matter that was rejected by the defense. It could not be and was not raised during the trial. An unpopular verdict often leads to attacks based upon hyperbole, but such should not be allowed to eviscerate a system that proved itself in the most charged of cases. The law prevailed here because reasonable doubt was not overborne, and it could not be done so on the facts presented by the special prosecutor. Whatever angst you may have in the verdict should be limited to the verdict, rather than applied to America’s legal system as a whole. Analyses of the case overlook the most testing of issues, that our legal system functioned exactly as it was intended, reaching a conclusion based on facts and the law, rather than emotion and instinct.

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