Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Death

Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin's DeathGeorge Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager’s death.

‘Intentionally committed’

The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race. The six jurors — all of them women — deliberated for 16½ hours. Five of the women are white; one is a minority.

To convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, the jurors would have had to believe he “intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin.” That charge could have carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, though the jury was not told of that possible sentence.


‘Deadly encounter’

Both sides of the case asked for peace after the verdict. In the immediate aftermath, they appeared to have gotten their wish — even though the Internet erupted with outrage. But now that Zimmerman is a free man, his defense and his brother fear for his safety.

The deadly encounter took place on February 26, 2012, as Martin walked back to his father’s fiancee’s house through the rain from a Sanford convenience store. The 17-year-old was carrying Skittles and a drink. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted him and called police. Sometime after that, Zimmerman and Martin got into a physical altercation that ended in Martin’s death.

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Source: Greg Botelho and Holly Yan | CNN

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Pastor’s Corporal Punishment Advices Cause Child Deaths?

Tennessee pastor Michael Pearl came under fire after several children have died in the recent years due to extreme corporal punishment inflicted by parents who seriously followed his controversial parenting advises in his book.

Pearl, 66, and his wife Debi, 60, said that the systematic use of “the rod” is effective in disciplining children. Their self-published book of 670,000 copies, To Train Up a Child, contains instructions on how to hit six-month-old children with a switch, and other things such as a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line. Pearl says older children should be hit with a belt, wooden spoon or willow switch. These methods are based on “the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.”

In September, Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley, Washington were charged with homicide by abuse after their adopted daughter Hana, 11, died from hypothermia and malnutrition. She was found naked and emaciated in their backyard. Hana, originally from Ethiopia, had been deprived of food for days and was forced to sleep in an unheated barn. Heeding Pearl’s advice — “a little fasting is good training” — the couple beat Hana with a plastic tube. Carri even gave a copy of the book to a friend. [Read more…]