I still think that George Zimmerman should have been held criminally responsible for following Trayvon Martin with a loaded gun, if the law allows such a thing. That said, I could never see a case against him for murder or manslaughter. Was Zimmerman justified in shooting Martin when the latter was on top of him and his head was hitting the pavement? I don't know. Could a reasonable jury have concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman's act amounted to a crime?
No, and this jury didn't. They confirmed the original decision of police and prosecutors not to pursue charges against Zimmerman. There was never any real case. This was a show trial. It was generated by irresponsible behavior on the part of the media (Zimmerman was a "white Hispanic"?) and by political blowhards like Al Sharpton. That is precisely the sort of thing that the jury system is supposed to resist. In this case, it did.