Friday, July 26, 2013
Good morning my friends:
Juror 29 misunderstood a jury instruction and a remorseless child-killer is free to kill again.
She decided that Zimmerman murdered Trayvon, but she could not find him guilty “because of the law.” She said the prosecution did not prove that he intended to kill Trayvon and that is why she eventually caved and voted not guilty.
Intent is not an element of second degree murder. The instruction said that the prosecution had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to commit the act or acts that resulted in Travon’s death and that such act or acts evinced a depraved mind indifferent to human life.
In other words, the prosecution only had to prove that the defendant intended to shoot at Trayvon, not that he intended to kill him.
How bizarre is it that the defendant was acquitted because at least one juror misunderstood the jury instruction?
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