- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Former President Jimmy Carter gave a somewhat surprising viewpoint, given his leftist ideology, of the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman.

“I think the jury made the right decision based in the evidence presented because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman and that he was not defending himself and so forth,” Mr. Carter said in an interview with WXIA-TV.

He added that U.S. law is based on facts, not emotions or moral judgments.

“It’s not a moral question,” he said in the interview. “It’s a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented.”

Mr. Carter also said he is sorry for the decision, The Blaze reported. But he supports the jury — though guesses civil suits against Mr. Zimmerman are coming soon.

Mr. Zimmerman was cleared of murder charges in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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