The Florida Roundup
3:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided

Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome?  One juror who spoke with CNN said:

My prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than 'not guilty' in order to remain within the instructions. No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured.

And while Zimmerman’s tailing of Martin was seen as racially motivated, did race also motivate the jury to acquit him?

Panelists C.B. Hanif of the South Florida Times, Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald and Al Sunshine, formerly of CBS4, join WLRN’s Kelley Mitchell to unpack the emotion and politics of the Zimmerman acquittal.

Plus: Miami-Dade County’s decision not to raise property taxes will likely mean no plan to stave off the killing of shelter animals.  Would you have paid for this?  Elinor Brecher of the Miami Herald tells us more.

We also hear from the Herald's Christina Veiga who gives us the latest on Miami Beach’s new convention center plan.

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