Tonight, George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges related to the death of Trayvon Martin. Here’s all you need to know.
1. A jury that was selected with input from both the defense and the prosecution heard all the evidence that was admitted by each side. They had the best seat in the house, and the evidence was presented to them by both the prosecution and defense. They know the evidence better and viewed it in more detail than CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, PBS, ESPN, Nancy Grace, and anyone else who is employed by a news/broadcast agency. They especially know the evidence better than anyone on Twitter. The jury looked at every witness, observing their demeanor and listening to each word.
2. The jury deliberated for approximately 16 hours. Weighing the evidence and juxtaposing it with current Florida law.
3. They found that the prosecutors did not prove the elements of the alleged crimes beyond a reasonable doubt.
4. Based on this, they found Zimmerman not guilty.
5. Despite what is said on Twitter, the prosecution, state, governor, and the Martin family cannot appeal a not guilty verdict. They cannot appeal it to a state appellate court, state supreme court, federal court, federal appellate court, the United States Supreme Court, Maritime Court, Bankruptcy Court, small-claims court, The People’s Court, Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Roy Bean, Cour Internationale de Justice;, or the Salem Special Court for Witchcraft Appeals. The only thing Twitterers who encourage the Martin family to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court are showing is that they did not pay attention during high school civics class. Use their collective wisdom as a watermark for how woefully sad we are as humans.
6. A young man named Trayvon died. He didn’t need to die. That is both tragic and sad.