After his two week vacation, John Oliver said he was eager to get back to work and cover all the stories he'd missed... right up until 10 p.m. Saturday night, when George Zimmerman was found not guilty. "Wait: What? How could you possibly... You've got to be kid... There is no way... I can't... Oh my god," he said, which became the name of the segment because, "That feels about right. That feels, in your heart, about right."
Like others, Oliver found that the worst part of verdict wasn't the "not guilty" verdict, but that, according to Florida law, there could be no other verdict. "That is what makes this so much worse. That we can get a verdict like this, no because the system has broken down, but because the system worked exactly as it's designed. How does 2013 Florida have a law that seems cut and pasted from 1881 Tombstone?" Oliver suggested changing Florida's motto to "The Worst State."
Oliver then moved on to hypotheticals, specifically how it would feel if "George Zimmerman had a family member, maybe a brother, who said something so breathtakingly unaware that it makes you think there might genuinely be a genetic problem in the Zimmerman family pool." Or, in this case, Zimmerman's brother expressing an ironic fear of armed vigilantes.
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