Acquitted Development

  • Aired:  07/15/13
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The controversial conclusion to the George Zimmerman murder trial suggests it's time for Florida to change the state motto. (6:04)

BURGUNDYIESQUE FOOK-UP.

YOU STAY CLASSY, SAN FRANCISCO.

AFTER ALL THIS THE ENTIRE DAILY

SHOW STAFF HERE WERE CHOMPING AT

THE BIT, YES, YES, THAT'S WHAT

WE LOOK LIKE.

WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED?

WE WERE CHOMPING AT THE BIT TO

GET BACK TO THE WORK AT THIS

COMEDY NEWS SHOW, AND THAT

FEELING LASTED UNTIL AROUND

10:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

>> WE THE JURY FIND GEORGE

ZIMMERMAN NOT GUILTY.

[AUDIENCE REACTS]

HOLY FOOK.

SO HE'S INNOCENT?

WAIT.

WHAT?

HOW COULD THAT POSSIBLY...

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING...

THERE'S NO... I CAN'T EVEN...

OH, MY GOD.

WHICH I GUESS IS WHAT WE'LL CALL

TONIGHT'S SEGMENT.

BECAUSE THAT FEELS ABOUT RIGHT.

THAT FEELS IN YOUR HEART ABOUT

RIGHT.

OF THE MANY TRULY DEPRESSING

THINGS ABOUT THIS CASE, WHERE

MAN WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY AFTER

ADMITTING PURSUING AND SHOOTING

AN UNARMED TEENAGER, ONE IS JUST

HOW UNSURPRISED PEOPLE SEEM TO

BE ABOUT THE VERDICT.

>> THEY HAD NO OTHER OPTION

GIVEN THE LAW IN FLORIDA.

>> IF AT ANY POINT IN THAT

ALTERCATION THAT ZIMMERMAN FELT

THAT HIS LIFE WAS IN GRAVE

BODILY HARM OR IMMINENT DANGER,

HE HAD THE RIGHT UNDER FLORIDA'S

LAW TO PULL THAT TRIGGER.

>>

>> John: RIGHT.

AND THIS IS WHAT MAKES THIS SO

MUCH WORSE THAT WE CAN GET A

VERDICT LIKE THIS NOT BECAUSE

THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN DOWN, BUT

BECAUSE THE SYSTEM WORKED

EXACTLY AS IT'S DESIGNED.

HOW DID 2013 FLORIDA HAVE LAW

THAT SEEMS CUT AND PASTED FROM

1881 TOMBSTONE?

[LAUGHTER]

LET'S BE CLEAR HERE, ACCORDING

TO CURRENT FLORIDA LAW, YOU CAN

GET A GUN, FOLLOW AN UNARMED

MINOR, CALL THE POLICE, HAVE

THEM EXPLICITLY TELL YOU TO STOP

FOLLOWING THEM, THEN CHOOSE TO

IGNORE THAT, KEEP FOLLOWING THE

MINOR, GET INTO A CONFRONTATION

WITH THEM AND IF AT ANY POINT

DURING THAT PROCESS YOU GET

SCARED, YOU CAN SHOOT THE MINOR

TO DEATH AND THE STATE OF

FLORIDA WILL SAY, WELL, LOOK,

YOU DID WHAT YOU COULD.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW WHAT, I THINK

IT MIGHT HONESTLY BE TIME FOR

THE SUNSHINE STATE TO OFFICIALLY

CHANGE ITS MOTTO.

YES.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

LOOK, LOOK, THIS IS...

[LAUGHTER]

THIS IS AN AWFUL STORY.

AND IT IS HARD TO MAKE A CASE

FOR IT NOT BEING AT LEAST

PARTIALLY ABOUT RACE.

YOU KNOW, IT DEFINITELY HAS SOME

RACIAL UNDERTONES IF NOT RACIAL

ONLY TONES.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT WE CAN

LEARN FROM THIS TERRIBLE

TRAGEDY?

LET'S HEAR FROM GEORGE

ZIMMERMAN'S DEFENSE ATTORNEY?

>> THE PROSECUTION RAISED THIS

QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER THE

OUTCOME WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF

THE RACES OF THE DEFENDANT AND

THE VICTIM WERE DIFFERENT.

>> I THINK THAT THINGS WOULD

HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF GEORGE

ZIMMERMAN WAS BLACK FOR THIS

REASON: HE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN

CHARGED WITH A CRIME.

>> John: YEAH, I SUPPOSE THE

ONE THING THAT OUR JUSTICE

SYSTEM IS NOTORIOUS FOR IS HOW

LENIENT IT IS ON BLACK PEOPLE.

[LAUGHTER]

LOOK, AS LONG AS WE'RE DOING

HYPOTHETICALS, I WONDER WHAT IT

WOULD FEEL LIKE IF GEORGE

ZIMMERMAN HAD, SAY, A FAMILY

MEMBER, MAYBE A BROTHER, WHO

SAID SOMETHING SO BREATHTAKINGLY

UNAWARE THAT IT MAKES YOU THINK

THAT THERE MIGHT GENUINELY BE A

GENETIC PROBLEM IN THE ZIMMERMAN

FAMILY POOL.

>> THE KID'S A FREE MAN IN THE

EYES OF THE COURT, BUT HE'S

GOING TO BE LOOKING AROUND HIS

SHOULDER FOR THE REST OF HIS

LIFE.

THERE ARE FACTION, THERE ARE

GROUPS, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT

WOULD WANT TO TAKE THE LAW INTO

THEIR OWN HANDS AS THEY PERCEIVE

IT OR, YOU KNOW, BE VIGILANTES

IN SOME SENSE.

>> John: YEAH, YOU JUST HEARD

RIGHT.

THAT WAS GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S

BROTHER EXPRESSING A FEAR OF

ARMED VIGILANTES.

IF FLORIDA'S LAWS ARE SO FLAWED

AS TO LET A TRAGIC INCIDENT LIKE

THIS GO UNPUNISHED, WHAT, I

WONDER, ARE THEY GOING TO DO

ABOUT IT IN

>> DO YOU SEE ANY ACTION ON THE

STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS, ON THE

GUN LEGISLATION COMING OUT OF

THE OUTRAGE OVER THE DECISION?

>> NOT IN FLORIDA.

AS YOU RECALL, THE GOVERNOR

APPOINTED A COMMISSION.

THEY DIDN'T RECOMMEND ANY

CHANGES.

PEOPLE IN FLORIDA LIKE THEIR

GUNS.

>> John: OKAY, FLORIDA, JUST

BECAUSE YOU'RE SHAPED LIKE SOME

COMBINATION OF A GUN AND A

[BLEEPED] DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE

TO ACT THAT WAY.

NO, NO, NO!

LET ME.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

LET ME TAKE THAT BACK.

LET ME TAKE THAT BACK.

I'M SORRY.

THAT'S AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE.

I SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID THAT.

I TAKE IT BACK.

THE FACT IS, WHETHER WE AGREE

WITH THEM OR NOT -- AND WE

DON'T -- THE SUNSHINE STATE DOES

HAVE VERY STRONG SELF-DEFENSE

LAWS, INCLUDING ITS FAMOUS

"STAND YOUR GROUND" PROVISION.

THEY MAY SEEM STUPID -- THEY DO

SEEM INCREDIBLY STUPID -- BUT AT

LEAST THEY'RE APPLIED RIGOROUSLY

ACROSS THE BOARD.

>> A FLORIDA WOMAN HAS BEEN

SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR FIRING A GUN INTO THE AIR.

MARISSA ALEXANDER'S DEFENSE WAS

FLORIDA'S STAND YOUR GROUND LAW,

BUT A JUDGE RULED THAT THE LAW

DIDN'T APPLY IN THE CASE OF

ALEXANDER FIRING A GUN INTO THE

AIR TO SUPPOSEDLY SCARE OFF HER

ABUSIVE HUSBAND.

THE JURY CONVICTED ALEXANDER

AFTER ONLY 12 MINUTES.

[AUDIENCE REACTS]

>> John: HAS IT EVER OCCURRED

TO ANYONE WHEN VISITING ORLANDO

THAT WHEN MICKEY MOUSE IS WAVING

AT YOU, WHAT HE'S ACTUALLY

TRYING TO SAY IS, "PLEASE,

SOMEONE GET ME THE [BLEEPED] OUT

OF HERE.

THESE PEOPLE ARE [BLEEPED] CRAZY

"?

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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