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I’m watching the Zimmerman trial and the commentators are saying the prosecution is not making their case for a second degree murder charge. Well exactly what  needs to be proven and if they don’t meet that threshold, then what?

The jury could decide that Zimmerman is:

  •    Guilty of Murder in the Second Degree


  •     Guilty of Manslaughter


  •     Not Guilty of Everything

There is another possible outcome.

The burden of proof lies on the State to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict of the jurors must be unanimous, meaning all six must agree on the same verdict.

If they cannot all agree, then that results in a hung jury.

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