Florida U.S.A.-(7/14/2013)-The long George Zimmerman trial is finally at an end. "Not guilty" say the jurors. Like the outcome or not, the justice system has spoken. We are a nation of laws.
It's been a long time since the start of the Zimmerman saga. Did he shoot Trayvon Martin in self defense? Did Zimmerman force the 17 year-old's hand by following him? You probably have an opinion as to which one of the aforementioned happened. The jury believed Zimmerman fired because he thought Martin was trying to kill him.
Reporters can't , and should not, take sides in news stories. I will, however, say that this has been tough for both sides of this story. Parents lose a son and other parents deal with a legal nightmare.
George Zimmerman may have won his freedom in court, but he'll never really be a free man. I've heard some radical groups have already put a bounty on his head. Where can George go where he won't be recognized? Zimmerman will be a target for whakos everywhere.
There is also the possibility of other legal action against Zimmerman. The NAACP has already raised that issue, saying it will contact the U.S. Justice Department with a request for a civil suit against Zimmerman.
The Martin family has accepted the jury's decision. They may not like it, but have urged others to react in a nonviolent way to the verdict. No amount of civil unrest will reverse the decision.
A victory in this case is nothing to shout about. Zimmerman regrets his confrontation with Trayvon Martin. He will have to live with the fact that he killed someone. The Martin family will live on without a son.