Started as a mess, ends in a mess. Even unsympathetic TV pundits note that Mr. Zimmerman is facing an uncertain future, given the amount of hostility expressed towards him.
Me, I think it was [based on the available facts] the right verdict -- even though I still question his judgement in following a guy he thought was sketchy. Remember (as the outraged masses will not), the bar for conviction is set very high. O. J. Simpson's case looked a lot worse, and he was found not guilty. (Count on that to go unremembered, too.)
The sun will come up tomorrow. Will it rise above smoking wreckage? Too soon to tell. There are places where I wouldn't want to be right now.
I hope you're not in one of them. I hope I'm not, either.
For those convinced George Zimmerman should have been found guilty, I offer Blackstone's Formulation.
ETA: I am proud of my fellow citizens. Local TV had a series of short "man on the street" interviews and the one common thread among respondents was the burden of proof: the prosecution hadn't shown beyond reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was guilty. And it was people with opinions either way, persons of every hue, saying that. Coverage from outside the courthouse was not lacking in "outraged masses," and they didn't engage in violence, either. The media seem disappointed; me, I'm impressed.
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