Legal analysts not surprised by Zimmerman verdict

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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:00 am

MIAMI — After five weeks of trial and 56 witnesses, few legal observers believed that prosecutors came close to proving Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

So for many legal analysts, it was no surprise that jurors rejected even a lesser “compromise” verdict of manslaughter and acquitted him outright of all criminal charges, deciding that Zimmerman acted in a reasonable way to protect his own life.

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