Reasonable Doubt and the Jurors' Decision

Inside the thought process that may have led the jurors to their decision of not guilty.
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-- in our chief legal analyst now -- one of the co anchors of Nightline Dan Abrams has also been following this trial with me every step of the way to end this jury made up of entirely women jurors five of the six were actually mothers themselves. And you make it very clear the legal are they had -- look at not George -- necessarily the person seeing across and then but there was a legal war. That's -- we don't know right now what these jurors think about towards government we don't know. If they believe George government's account of what happened that night -- his account is that -- -- -- and attacked him. We don't know what they thought about that here's what we do know. We do know that they had reasonable doubt. In this case and what does that mean. The heart of the defense was self defense George -- and basically saying that in that moment that trade on -- was shot. He reasonably. Believed. That great bodily injury was about to be inflicted on bottom line is George government's team argued he was on the bottom -- -- Marten was beating him. And at the moment that he shot and that. It was at that very moment that he reasonably believe that great bodily injury would be inflicted on him. We don't know -- the jurors believed -- we do know that they had reasonable doubt at the very least I'll be very interested to hear from them as to exactly what they thought the. So much in this case was made that not 11 call -- screens on the tape to fourteen screens and who the juror would believe ultimately was behind those screams and also. They're not 11 operators are you following him we don't need to do that does that factor into this or does it come down to whether or not they thought -- that particular moment. George government for your first life. The prosecution tried to make this about who initiated. The altercation. The prosecution. Argued that it was clear. That trade on Marten was stalked by George -- Zimmerman -- completely disputes that notion. But as a legal matter that may not even matter. As a legal matter the most important question and maybe the only question is what happened at that very moment. When it George Zimmerman shot trade -- mark. What was going on in Georgia remains mind. Would that be considered self defense and it than the least was it reasonable doubt. Because that's the big question these jurors at the very least had reasonable doubt. About yourself which is why it's going to be fascinating dandy here with these jurors have to say about the family of trade on Barton and of course about George Zimmermann. In the meantime -- we -- that question late in the day they've been deliberating all day today. They asked the judge for instructions again on manslaughter which of course was. Just beneath second degree murder the judge responded and said you need to be more specific than that with your question and then they never followed up with a question I. As you and I talked about when that question came out I thought that should make the defense team -- swat. Because it meant that at the very least they were very seriously considering manslaughter. And as -- technical legal matter I have always believed that this is a very tough case for prosecutors the minute I heard. These jurors are seriously considering manslaughter I thought well. This defense team's got to be concerned about that. In retrospect we now see the jurors never even got back to the judge -- judge -- be more specific the jurors never even got back the judge so I think. That we can really deduce from that that there was one juror likely who had a question who wanted something resolved. But that by the time the judge asked them the question. The jurors had really worked it out amongst themselves without even needing to go back to the court. With a specific answers to what they were looking our chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams and -- -- Nightline -- things.

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