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July 13, 2013 - 7:15 pm

The jury in Sanford, FL reached a verdict tonight, and found George Zimmerman not guilty.

A verdict has been reached in the murder trial of George Zimmerman and will be presented in court shortly, bringing a case that held the attention of a nation for its overtones of race and gun rights closer to its conclusion.

The six-person jury — all women — basically had three choices: to find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder; to find him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter; or to find him not guilty.

Judge Debra Nelson will reconvene the jurors inside the Sanford, Florida, courtroom, late Saturday evening and will ask the them to read their verdict.

The jurors have been deliberating for 16½ hours total, including 13 on Saturday alone.

The verdict that the jury reached is a full acquittal.

The next question is, will there be riots?

Update: The Southern Poverty Law Center was quick to react badly.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes followed suit.

 

As did MSNBC contributor Goldie Hayes.

Al Sharpton described the verdict as “one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

CNN analyst and New Yorker columnist Jeffrey Toobin:

 

Verum Serum gathered up a sample of the death threats that are being tweeted at George Zimmerman.

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Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey cut a ghoulish figure as she smiled through the post-trial press conference. Having lost the case, she and Bernie De La Rionda continued to prosecute the case against Zimmerman before the media. At one point Corey said “This case was never about race … but make no mistake, Trayvon was profiled.” She evidently saw no contradiction in her own remark.

More: Newark, NJ Mayor and Democratic Senate candidate Cory Booker tweeted, and then deleted.

Former comedian Bill Maher stays in character.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Those against Zimmerman keep saying they only wanted justice. The truth is they wanted vengeance. They tried to use the prosecutors office as a political bludgeon and pretend it wasn't a disguised lynching.

That's why we're seeing these threatening tweets. Because they want their hanging.
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If I had a verdict, it would look like this.
1 year ago
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There won't be riots, but many blacks are angry. 100% of my black FB friends feel that an injustice was carried out. Of course, that's the opposite of what happened: Not only was Zimmerman properly investigated after Martin's death, after political pressure, he was re-arrested, tried and then found not guilty.

If anything, Trayvon Martin got an extraordinary amount of justice, but blacks still wanted Zimmerman to suffer an injustice.
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A human being has a God given right to defend oneself against a violent aggressor using deadly force. Note to any neighborhood watch personnel, time to buy a clip on surveillance device. Protect yourself from hoodlums and Democrats alike. Have a video of your encounter with that suspicious individual. If Zimmerman had such a device, things would have been quite different indeed. http://thespystore.com/video-surveillance-equipment/body-worn-video-cameras/color-camera-dvr-vsvmd90
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Despite what some like to profess, i.e., that we are close to having a color-blind society if only ---? If only, what? We need to get honest with ourselves.

We don not live in a post-racial society, whatever the hell that is. We live in a society, like other societies before us, that is highly racial and racist. It is not going away, because, simply because, different peoples are just that, different, with different appearances, cultures, intellects, and so on. We will continue to become more divided as we go along our present path of unending, unceasing immigration of other more diverse peoples into our society. Power may shift from one group to another, but that shift will not do away with racism, because most racism is based on observable differences, not manufactured, not created from whole cloth. Sure, welcome more Arabs, more Africans, more Hispanics and when we really have a mess, we can then divide the country into various segments so that people who prefer to live among their own kind can do so.

Warped thinking? Then someone please show me a country or nation that remained a viable and flourishing entity after it was besieged with outlanders of different cultures. Look around and show me a country that does not practice either racism or ethnicism, or whatever.

We spend as a society inordinate amounts of thinking and money on achieving the impossible - and we know its impossible, but we continue on and on, flogging a dead horse. This comprehensive immigration bill that has us all flustered is another of those pious, impious charades that bell ill for our nation.

Let's just quit kidding ourselves.
1 year ago
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Call the White House. Ask Obama when he's having a beer summit with Zimmerman.
1 year ago
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There'll be a "summit" alright; You have to wear a gray hoodie, and there will be Skittles and Arizona Watermellon juice.
NO BEER!
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----- This is America waddya expect? The only thing u aren't allowed to kill in an instant is a fetus. -- BM

Man, does the Left have a hate on for fetuses, or what? Not only is his reaction barbaric, it is wrong. Yo, Chuckles, u can kill a fetus in an instant under Roe V. Wade. These people are emotional birdbrains.
1 year ago
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So ends the Railroad Job of the Century. Mixed-race Hispanics rejoice! The president has failed to stigmatize your tribe! Whoopee!
1 year ago
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"Angela Corey said “This case was never about race … but make no mistake, Trayvon was profiled.” "
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It would appear the progressives' campaign to dumb down the education system has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. This one is dumber than a stump.
1 year ago
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Jury said what?
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Prosecution:
Zimmerman was a lying, hateful, wannabe, child killer who didn't have a heart. Presented in an unprofessional provocative manner.
Defense:
Presented as many facts as possible in a controlled professional manner.
Judge:
Applying to be on the US Supreme Court to complete the holy trinity of Sotomayer and Kagan.
Media:
HLN provided disgraceful coverage and commentary. The producer continuously interrupting the defense at key points for a commercial.
May Nancy Grace rest in peace.
1 year ago
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We are deep in the age that is known as , " The birth pangs of The Messiah ". I have written about this before but these events and the response to them provides a clear picture of what is going on-

"The people shall be dog-faced, and a son will not be abashed in his father’s presence. In the generation of the Messiah’s coming impudence will increase, esteem be perverted.
The Wisdom of the learned will degenerate; fearers of sin will be despised; and the truth will be lacking. "

The pack mentality of unthinking dogs. These " tweeters " all know better but the safety of the pack is what they seek, not truth. Al over the USA those who fear sin are despised. The subjects of ridicule and violence. And Truth, honored my many is considered irrelevant by most.

Only when you understand the biblical pesrpective of todays events do they make sense.
1 year ago
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"We are deep in the age that is known as , " The birth pangs of The Messiah "."

Yes, we are sir!

"Thou art not far from the Kingdom of God" (Jesus to a scribe, Mark 12:34)
1 year ago
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Needless to say; The defense and jurors all acted stupidly, and they shall be prosecuted by the President, Department of Justus, and Bigotry Central (media and race industry).
Mullah Obama has spoken.
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I'm pleased with the verdict, though like everyone else who isn't Zimmerman, I don't know the whole truth. Just know Z was entitled to his rights and the state did not perform on its burden of proof.

But I can't help thinking that we're still seeing the sins of our grandparents and great-grandparents visited upon us.

There was once a time not so long ago when innocent black men could have their entire lives ruined because a crime had been committed and the prosecutors needed someone to convict, and a black man, any black man, would do.

We don't understand, so to speak, the physics of the supernatural. But every once in a while the Bible hints at its existence. In Exodus 34, the Lord proclaims His name to Moses...

“Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.”

Buddhists might call it karma, I don't know. A gambler might say, the tables have turned. However it is expressed, it seems to say that sins beget more sins and that they always come full circle.
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Karma can be good or bad depending on the actions of the individual - a group or a country. Karma is never directed onto the offspring of someone responsible for Karma except as the residual effect of being close to that person. The idea of a loving God exacting revenge upon someone's children's children's children seems rather unloving. Didn't Christ say children are innocent?

Nations can and do generate Karma - good and bad. But the idea of bad Karma being served upon us for the sin of slavery by our forefathers doesn't wash. Karma just does not work that way. Perhaps an unloving god does.
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> Karma just does not work that way. Perhaps an unloving god does.

If God exists, then He invented love. That means you would be holding Him to a standard He created. More plausibly, and respectfully, I'd suggest that He has existed for eons and has not sat around breathlessly waiting for a human to be born who would instruct Him about the meaning of love.

If, on the other hand, you were just looking for a snarky intro for proclaiming your own unbelief, then you are entitled to your opinion. But then you have to explain where your own sense of ethics came from. Reason? I rather doubt it. Someone can be reasonable and yet still malevolent. However you explain it, you'd need to show it has the authority to judge human actions. If it was invented by humans, that might prove hard to do.

Certainly, you'd have to love someone to take their lower form and let yourself be cruficied, Roman-style, in order to save him.

On the other hand, I've never heard of karma expressed in term of love, or even in terms of having self-awareness. If it exists, it sounds more like a force of nature than a moral arbiter.

And I do think in some form or other it does exist. The truth is there, it's objective, but man has had different perspectives about it. Even if our Eastern brethren have not had the revelation, they can still perceive parts of reality. It's there, after all, to be seen.



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> The idea of a loving God exacting revenge upon someone's children's children's children seems rather unloving.

It's not a question of revenge. It's more of a consequence of sin, which is itself a consequence of free will.

> Didn't Christ say children are innocent?

The Bible is pretty insistent that all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.
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Except Zimmerman wasn't "white" by even a liberals standards. He is a mixed race man (truly diverse) and a democrat who voted for obama.

If the left really wanted to go after a white guy why didn't they go after that leftist nut job who killed the black guard at the Family Research Council building?
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While that's a fair observation, it is also abundantly clear that the liberal media was using Zimmerman as an effigy for white man. Z was being very uncooperative when he showed up with his inconvenient Hispanic genes (certainly, with a name like Zimmerman, the media was expecting a fat blonde man of German-descent), but as you can see, that barely made them stutter for half a second. The first time in the history of the liberal media that they have ever awarded anyone the characterization of "white Hisoanic", and my bet is Zimmerman will retire the honor.
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