Former President Jimmy Carter
ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Our sister station WXIA 11Alive spoke with Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter
on Tuesday and discussed a number of issues, including the acquittal of
During the interview, Carter went on-the-record, for the first time, concerning the Zimmerman Trial.
"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. 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 thinks the verdict will stand because it cant be appealed as a criminal case.
When asked if Carter believed if race played a part in way the
Zimmerman Trial played out Carter was reluctant to give a direct
"I've seen outbreaks of this before, in California when a man was
beaten up by police and when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated;
there were terrible race riots. And I think eventually no matter how
deep the emotional feelings and moral feelings might be -- with time
passing, we start seeing what we can do about the present and the future
and put aside the feelings about the past."
Carter thinks America is moving forward and making progress.