Jimmy Carter: Zimmerman jury ‘right’

A jury was right to acquit George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday evening.

"I think the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented," he told Atlanta's WXIA. "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. It's not a moral question, it's a legal question, and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented."

Zimmerman could have been found guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. For both charges, the prosecution had to prove that he acted with intention.

As to whether race played a factor in the decision, Carter said he couldn't say that the jurors who acquitted Zimmerman were not as sensitive to the issue as anyone else. "I would presume that they listened to the evidence," he said.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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