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Did George Zimmerman get away with murder? That’s what one of his jurors says, according to headlines in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers. Trayvon Martin’s mother and the Martin family’s attorney are trumpeting this “new information” as proof that “George Zimmerman literally got away with murder.”
The reports are based on an ABC News interview with Juror B29, the sole nonwhite juror. She has identified herself only by her first name, Maddy. She’s been framed as the woman who was bullied out of voting to convict Zimmerman. But that’s not true. She stands by the verdict. She yielded to the evidence and the law, not to bullying. She thinks Zimmerman was morally culpable but not legally guilty. And she wants us to distinguish between this trial and larger questions of race and justice.
ABC News hasn’t posted a full unedited video or transcript of the interview. The video that has been broadcast—on World News Tonight, Nightline, and Good Morning America—has been cut and spliced in different ways, often so artfully that the transitions appear continuous. So beware what you’re seeing. But the video that’s available already shows, on closer inspection, that Maddy has been manipulated and misrepresented. Here are the key points.
1. The phrase “got away with murder” was put in her mouth.
2. She stands by the verdict.
3. She thinks the case should never have gone to trial.
4. The jury was not ethnically divided on Zimmerman’s culpability.
5. Race wasn’t discussed, and she didn’t focus on it.
6. She was no pushover in the jury room.
7. To the extent she feels racial or ethnic pressure, it’s against Zimmerman.
8. Acquittal is not personal—or national—exoneration.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much
Originally posted by Metallicus
reply to post by NickDC202
At this point in my life I don't trust any of the mainstream media outlets. This is not the first time one of the big networks has manipulated the facts to push their own agenda.
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