Jimmy Carter: Jury got it right in Zimmerman case

posted at 8:41 am on July 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This should have a few heads exploding on the Left, and possibly the Right as well — but former President Jimmy Carter gets it correct in this interview with WXIA in Atlanta. Well, mostly right, anyway (via TPM):

“I think the jury made the right decision based in 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 defending himself and so forth,” Carter told television station WXIA in Atlanta. “It’s not a moral question, it’s a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented.”

I hate to nitpick, especially when Carter gets it right in the broad sense, but the prosecution’s decision to set that bar was hardly inadvertent.  They deliberately charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder, which required them to show deliberate intent or a depraved indifference to human life, and prosecutors followed that up with … no evidence whatsoever to prove it.  However, the jury didn’t have to stick to that “high” standard — they could have convicted on manslaughter, which didn’t require those conditions, a charge which the jury considered and discarded.

Other than that, Carter’s correct. Juries weigh evidence, not public opinion, and that’s what happened in this case.  Note too that Carter sends a subtle message about federal involvement in this case, by advising everyone to accept the verdict and take Barack Obama’s advice to respect the jury’s decision, later in the interview.

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Darn, I got checked out and questioned in broad daylight while out for a long run in a new rural area I’d just moved to. Being suspicious at night makes even more sense.

chemman on July 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM

We live in a very rural area. And sometimes the local PoPo will just drive around and see what’s going on.

Badger40 on July 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

That was great just for the look on that nasty liberals face when she didn’t get the response she expected. Dang these people are so closed minded and limited in their thought processes.

peacenprosperity on July 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

That wasn’t a crime, but it didn’t necessarily show great judgment.
BuckeyeSam on July 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM

First off, that didn’t happen. A dispatcher, not a police officer said to him when Zimmerman told her he had got out of the car to see where Martin went, “We don’t need you to do that.” Second, Zimmerman did nothing wrong that night and being attacked justified his decision to carry the weapon.

Man, it sounds like you are really for mob justice. Throw him to the lions because they are hungry. How long have you been a fan of lynchings?

peacenprosperity on July 17, 2013 at 11:30 PM