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Janelle

Very well done, Lance.

KC45s

A billion comments and news stories out there and you nail it in your last paragraph.

Lemastre

What you write may be true, and it's what a lot of people believe. But the fact is the prosecution failed to make its case, and the jury ruled accordingly. So maybe we should be more concerned with the jury system or the rules of evidence than with our feelings about the outcome of this one trial.

the blonde

This from Leonard Pitts, one of my favorite columnists: The killing of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman's acquittal shows "the cost of being black in a nation that considers black the natural color of criminality."

Chris the cop

Never should have charged him with murder - should have been manslaughter. The Prosecutors bowed to public pressure and tried to prosecute a case they couldn't prove. They should have had broader shoulders and faced down the calls for Zimmerman to be charged with murder.

Also, if Trayvon had been white, this case would have received next to zero national exposure. And the Stand Your Ground would have likely prevented any arrest.

Not saying race wasn't a factor (and Zimmerman certainly is not anyone you'd want walking around with a gun) but it wasn't murder, and race made a charge more likely, not less.

NBC doctoring Zimmerman's 911 call didn't help and should get Zimmerman some cash. All in all, not a good day for justice and common sense.

Mark

Lance, you are undoubtedly absolutely correct. It's exactly what I thought. When I heard one juror say in an interview that race did not enter into their deliberations, I thought, "Yeah, right." But it may be true, because it was an unstated assumption, one that didn't need to enter the deliberation. Plainly and simply, the assumption was that a black person's life was not worth as much as a white person's life -- any white person.

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