Jimmy Carter has come out in support of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, arguing that "the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented." Loosely echoing President Obama's statement over the weekend, the former president encouraged Americans to accept the verdict and put aside tensions. From the New York Daily News:
“The prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman that he was not at all defending himself,” he added.
“It’s not a moral question, it’s a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented,” Carter continued.
In the interview with WXIA-TV in Atlanta, where The Carter Center is based, the former president was also asked whether he believes race played a role in the case. He suggested it did not.
"I can't allege that the six jurors are not as sensitive about the race issue that I am, or you are," Carter answered. "But they had to listen to the evidence only, not to their own feelings about race."
Carter went on to compare racial tensions nationwide with riots following the 1991 beating of Rodney King, as well as the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.