The latest George Zimmerman trial update is this, the jury reached a verdict of Not Guilty of all charges concerning the shooting death of Trayvon Martin after nearly 16 hours of deliberation. Zimmerman′s jury make up of six women, reached a decision last night after requesting a clarification from the judge about the manslaughter charge. But Judge Debra Nelson asked the jury to be more specific in their question, which the apparently caused the jury to decide that it did not matter. As the verdict became public, the crowd gathered outside the Seminole County Courthouse began yelling, ″No!″, and chanted about no justice for Trayvon. While reaction thus far has been generally peaceful, there was a violent demonstration in Oakland, California, resulting in looting and some vandalism. So what was the George Zimmerman case all about and why did it end this way? Has it really ended may be a better question, as the NAACP calls for the Department of Justice to charge Zimmerman with violating Trayvon Martin′s civil rights, plus a series of civil lawsuits stemming from the case.

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Zimmerman′s defense lawyers probably summed up the case best during their post-verdict press conference. Don West blamed much of the hysteria over the trial on the Media, which all but convicted Zimmerman of murder long before the facts of the case surfaced. Indeed, one pending civil lawsuit is Zimmerman suing NBC for allegedly doctoring an audio recording of the 9-1-1 call in an effort to portray Zimmermen as a racist. But race had nothing to do with the case. Prosecutors tried their best to confuse the jury by painting Zimmerman as a racist, as a nut, and as a wanna-be cop. They tried to argue that Zimmerman deliberately stalked Trayvon Martin because he was a Black youth and ′profiled′ him as a criminal.

But as the facts shown during the trial clearly showed, George Zimmerman, as a volunteer member of the local neighborhood watch program, only did what he had been instructed to do. Observe any suspicious characters and report them to the police. He did not confront, nor even challenged Martin. Zimmerman followed Martin as he talked with a 9-1-1 operator, and it was only after Zimmerman broke contact and headed back to his vehicle that a confrontation occurred. Those were the crucial four minutes which the defense team discussed during their final summation.

Trayvon Martin could have been back home, safe and sound, had he not back-tracked to ambush Zimmerman from behind a bush. If Martin truly felt threatened by Zimmerman following him, why did he not call 9-1-1 himself? Instead, he was chatting with a girlfriend on his cell phone about being followed by a ″creepy cracker.″ It was Martin who verbally assaulted Zimmerman, and then physically battered him by punching him. Trayvon may have only been 17 years old, but he was taller than Zimmerman and in much better physical condition. Martin knocked Zimmerman to the ground and began beating him senselessly, pounding his head against the concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman, who legally owned and carried a handgun, shot Martin in self-defense, fearing that his life was in danger, just as the Florida ′Stand-Your-Ground′ law permits.

While Zimmerman′s past was fair game with the prosecution, Martin′s violent past was not allowed by the judge to be discussed in court. The prosecutors say Zimmerman was a wanna-be cop, but the evidence does not prove that. I know the type, often seen as badge-heavy security guards, shining their weaponized Mag-Lites in your face as they ask, ″Got ID?″ Zimmerman did not do anything that night extraordinary. He may have sinned, breaking the 6th Commandment, but he did not break any Florida state laws.

Fortunately, the jury reached its verdict and acquitted George Zimmerman on the reality of the facts and not on the hyped-up emotions, fueled by the race-baiting industry and the Media. George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges. While this trial may be over, there is still more to come. Protesters, many bused in by the Department of Justice, are calling for the DoJ to go after Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin′s civil rights. Martin′s family may initiate a civil suit against Zimmerman as well. Then you have the New Black Panther Party, chums of Eric Holder, who have placed a bounty on Zimmerman′s head. So the circus is far from over, folks.