Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry applauded a Florida jury after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Saturday.
“I think our justice system is colorblind,” Perry told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday’s “State of the Nation.”
“I will suggest that two extraordinarily capable teams laid out the issues and that jury made the right decision from their stand point,” he added.
In a recent New York Times editorial, the Texas governor was criticized for executing a disproportionate number of black convicts during his time in office.
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Pat Quinn, the Democratic governor of Illinois, where concealed carry just became legal this month, said he was “heartbroken” at the jury’s decision. Quinn believes the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law should be struck down, although Zimmerman gave up his opportunity to make a case for standing his ground in a pretrial hearing.
“I don’t think that’s a good law,” Quinn said regarding Stand Your Ground. “We don’t have it in Illinois, and we don’t want it."
In May, a Florida mother of three was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after firing a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband and was sentenced to a minimum 20 years in prison. While they both argued self-defense in their trials, there are several differences between Marissa Alexander’s case and George Zimmerman’s. While no one was harmed when Alexander fired a gun, Zimmerman fatally shot a 17-year-old. Zimmerman is a Hispanic male, whereas Alexander is black and female.