Let Me Start: The Zimmerman fallout

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George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center...
George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center...
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George Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin was greeted with protests outside the courthouse in Sanford, Fla., and across the country. But Zimmerman’s self-defense argument was too hard to topple. This morning, The New York Times is calling for a review of laws that make it easier to justify killing. Meanwhile, now that the criminal trial is over, the Justice Department is opening its federal hate crime investigation in Trayvon Martin’s death. Even President Obama reacted to the verdict.

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Let Me Start: The Zimmerman fallout

Updated