TALLAHASSEE, FL – Lots of people are hot under the collar across the country, and not just because of record temperatures.
People continue to protest last week’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Travyon Martin killing, like folks in Houston.
Many protesters realize Florida’s laws played a big part in the verdict.
Now, juror B-37, who has been talking quite a bit about what went on during deliberations, says Florida legislators should think about fixing the law, “Prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than ‘not guilty’ in order to remain within the instructions. No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured.”
Four of the other five jurors have heard about enough from B-37, and put out a statement saying she does not speak for them.
They say the whole experience was emotionally and physically draining, but they did what the law required them to do.
“Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.”
Attorney General Eric Holder is feeling the heat from conservatives ‘and’ liberals; from conservatives for pointing out problems with Florida’s stand-your-ground laws, and from liberals for not aggressively going after Zimmerman for committing a race-hate crime.
Anthony Haughton is the associate director of Texas Southern University’s Center for Criminal Justice says, “In order to do that, they would look at it under the federal statutes. And the federal statutes would allow this to happen, and using essentially the basis of race to show the race-based claim.”
Meantime, protesters indicate they will endure the heat to keep the heat on holder.