Jimmy Carter: Zimmerman Jury 'Made Right Decision'

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 01:45 PM

By Dan Weil

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A Florida jury was correct in its decision to acquit George Zimmerman of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin, says former President Jimmy Carter.

"I think the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented, because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman and that he was not at all defending himself and so forth," Carter told Atlanta TV station WXIA.

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"It's not a moral question. It was a legal question, and the American law requires that the jury listen to the evidence presented," Carter said.

Carter said he agrees with President Barack Obama's stance on the decision. "President Obama said he regretted the decision, but that he had to accept the results," Carter said.

Obama actually didn't express explicit regret. He did say, "We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."

Carter said he doesn't see any evidence that race played an issue in the jury's decision. "I can't allege that the six jurors, all of whom are women, are not just as sensitive about the race issue as I am," he said.

"I would presume that they listened to the evidence. The judge warned them over and over that they had to listen to the evidence only, not to their own feelings about race," Carter said.

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