Jimmy Carter: Zimmerman verdict correct

Published On: Jul 17 2013 07:42:16 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2013 08:04:18 AM EDT

Former President Jimmy Carter is weighing in on the "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, saying the jury "made the right decision."

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Carter believes state prosecutors made a mistake by seeking to convict Zimmerman on second degree murder.

"The prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman -- that he was not at all defending himself," said Carter. "It's not a moral question. It's a legal question."

Carter says the jury had to follow American law and listen only to the evidence presented to them in court.

The former president believes the verdict will stand because it cannot be appealed as a criminal case.


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