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The Daily Show's John Oliver Registers His Shock at the Zimmerman Verdict: VIDEO

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On last night's The Daily Show, interim host John Oliver covered the result of George Zimmerman's trial in a segment called "Wait: What? How Could You Possibly... You've Got To Be Kid... There Is No Way... I Can't... Oh My God." If you don't have the time to watch the clip or can't view it on your mobile device, then all you need to take away from it is John's slack-jawed incredulity when he recounted:

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 [the minor] and 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."

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  1. Especially when you're getting pounded by the minor who is on top of you

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 16, 2013 7:12:51 PM

  2. Andy, your site is being taken over by white supremacists, and other trash from Stormfront.

    You need to start cleaning out the garbage, or you are going to lose your loyal base.

    Posted by: Peter | Jul 16, 2013 7:20:38 PM

  3. the autopsy report shows none of zimmerman's dna found on trayvon......if there was a struggle then there would be

    also the report stated the gun shot wound showed being fired from a distance not up close

    ^ contradicts zimmerman's testimony and condemns the jurors and florida forever more

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 16, 2013 7:22:02 PM

  4. He's right. This is the worst state.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Jul 16, 2013 7:32:09 PM

  5. A british muslim wannabe-journalist who doesn't like Florida. We must be doing something right.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 16, 2013 8:25:09 PM

  6. @KevC, EVERYBODY knows that Florida is batsh!t insane! Just Google "Florida Man" and join in on the joke. (The Twitter link is best because it has links to the original news stories.) If you want to consider that "doing something right"... well, I just that's just another example of Florida's batshittiness.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 16, 2013 8:41:50 PM

  7. Give climate change a 100 years and we won't need to care about Florida anymore.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jul 16, 2013 8:51:13 PM

  8. So after hearing all the evidence, the jury concluded that Zimmerman was innocent. The liberal extremists, who did not hear ALL the evidence, disagree with the verdict and claim the jury must have been anti-black. Nonsense. The jury delivered the right verdict based on the state of the evidence. And Peter, get a life. Just because someone disagrees with you does not mean they are racist. I love how liberals like Peter love censorship.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 16, 2013 8:53:07 PM

  9. @Matt. He's not guilty of 1st & 2nd degree murder and manslaughter. He's far from innocent. There is a difference.

    Posted by: Frank | Jul 16, 2013 8:57:27 PM

  10. This reminds me of another case that happened of few years back, but at least these guys got an assault charge, and they didn't even have a weapon.

    Posted by: Frank | Jul 16, 2013 9:00:57 PM

  11. From what we know for certain about what happened -- and as Moz's points out, there are plenty of reasons to at a minimum doubt and probably best to dismiss GZ's account of what happened -- TM would have been correct to fear for his life. And given the stand-your-ground law, TM would have had every right to pound GZ's head into the pavement until he was dead. And we all know that if it had played out that way: TM would not have been given the benefit of the doubt and would have been on his way to a lengthy if not lifelong term in prison.

    John Oliver's reference to Tombstone is spot-on because the abstract logic of stand-your-ground is that in any conflict that turns violent, whoever shoots and kills first is not guilty of doing anything wrong. But in reality of the US (not just Florida), these laws don't play out in the abstract -- they play out with respect to race and other factors (like being gay) where some people are treated much better than others.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jul 16, 2013 9:08:05 PM

  12. High profile cases often go awry. There were several un-noted murder convictions this week too.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 16, 2013 9:10:07 PM

  13. @ Matt

    get it right


    far liberal is conservative compared to me

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 16, 2013 9:10:57 PM

  14. @Caliban, the british don't understand self-defense. In britain, self-defense means when someone assaults you, don't say anything to offend your attacker or you will be charged with a hate crime. You can't even legally defend yourself in your own home in the UK. That's how stupid and insane the british are. Criminals rights surpass the law-abiding.

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 16, 2013 9:22:06 PM

  15. Rachel Jeantel insinuated during her testimony--and spelled it out on Piers Morgan last night--that she and Trayvon thought Afro-Peruvian/Jewish George Zimmerman was gay. When Piers asked Jeantel if Trayvon was creeped out by George, she said:

    Rachel Jeantel: "Yes. Definitely. After I say, "Might be a rapist." For every boys or every man, every WHO'S NOT THAT KINDA WAY [emphasis added], see a grown man following them, would they be creep out?"

    Jeantel: "And people need to understand, he didnt want that creepy ass cracker going to his father or girlfriend's house to go get--mind you, his little brother was there."

    So attempted gay basher Trayvon initiated a gay bashing that went wrong. And what do the lock step leftist gays want? Justice for the gay basher. And white people are all racists.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    Posted by: OVER IT | Jul 16, 2013 9:37:51 PM

  16. And Florida didnt keep unrepentant murderer Ted Kennedy in the Senate for 47 years. That would be socialist paradise Massachusetts. I guess driving your car off a bridge and leaving a 28 year old woman to die inside it doesn't count as part of the "War on Women" (trademark pending).

    Justice for Mary Jo Kopechne!

    Posted by: OVER IT | Jul 16, 2013 10:07:00 PM

  17. Here's just one of many examples of british mental insanity:

    Posted by: Kev C | Jul 16, 2013 10:29:25 PM

  18. Some liberals, including myself, can actually think, and think for myself.

    If gz were black, this would not have been practically the sole event covered by the media for weeks.

    And If u disagree, develop your brain to formulate a response other than a string of insults.

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 16, 2013 10:38:31 PM


    If you're thinking for yourself, you aren't a liberal.

    An GZ is a person of color. He's an Afro-Peruvian Semite.

    But the lynch mob keeps calling him white because....because....because....YOU'RE RACIST! And White privilege and something! And social justice!

    Posted by: OVER IT | Jul 16, 2013 10:45:40 PM

  20. BTW moz, the coroner's report indicates the gun was shot at a distance of one to eighteen inches

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jul 16, 2013 10:47:45 PM

  21. If George Zimmerman was black and profiled, followed, and then shot and killed unarmed Trayvon Martin without being charged with a crime it would have been THE EXACT SAME INJUSTICE.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jul 16, 2013 11:18:09 PM

  22. MOZ - facts please about the firing distance...or RickS has gotcha and you have misled the rest of us. What's the TRUTH?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 17, 2013 1:19:06 AM

  23. Moz is just making this up out of whole cloth.

    The medical examiner's report actually states that the bullet wound "is consistent with a wound of entrance of _indeterminate_ range." I.e., there is no information about the distance of the gun or any discussion about the position of Trayvon Martin relative to the gun.

    There is also no discussion whatsoever in the report about searching the body for "zimmerman's dna."


    Some news sources have interpreted this report as showing a close gunshot wound. E.g.: "Presence of stippling indicates that the gun was within 2 feet of the victim's body when it was discharged."

    (The report mentions stippling, but doesn't explain the significance of this finding.)

    Posted by: Xyzzy | Jul 17, 2013 2:28:10 AM

  24. @Over It, are you out of your fracking mind? Did you really just accuse Trayon Martin of initiating a gay hate crime? Are you for real??!

    Posted by: Zeta | Jul 17, 2013 8:52:57 AM

  25. Frankly, considering all the trolls here, I'm just going to block the comments section in firefox.

    Posted by: SPOT | Jul 17, 2013 9:41:54 AM

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