The History of Confusing Verdicts From Florida Juries

There's a large file of verdicts from the Sunshine State that puzzle and frustrate us.

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Court spectators listen to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. (Getty Images)

Though many people worldwide were shocked at the not-guilty verdict handed down in the George Zimmerman trial, it's just one of many Florida trials with verdicts that made us wonder, "What was that jury thinking?"

Slate explores other cases in Florida that had frustrating outcomes.

A lot of people are having a hard time accepting this verdict, given that Zimmerman was armed with a pistol and Martin was not, and a police dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Martin, and he did it anyway.

It doesn't help that the same prosecutor who lost the Zimmerman case recently won a conviction against Marissa Alexander, a black woman who fired a warning shot to chase off her abusive ex-husband, hurting no one. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Twenty years for a warning shot against a known abuser versus no time at all for killing an unarmed teenager leaves you scratching your head and wondering if justice is not just blind but also insane.

Read more at Slate.

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