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A History Of Controversial Verdicts

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The verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman is just the latest reminder that in America's system of justice, Trials don't always go the way the public thinks they should and that's the subject of today's list.

Just to bring you up to speed, back on Saturday evening Zimmerman was found not guilty on all charges stemming from the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The jury's decision sparking protests in several cities around the country, including several right here in Los Angeles.

But then again this is nothing new, we've had a long history of controversial verdicts.

Here are 5 of them:

  1. San Francisco Supervisor Dan White admitted to murdering Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. White's lawyers argued his depression left him in a diminished capacity (we all remember the twinkie defense don't we) he served 5 years for manslaughter. And then he committed suicide 2 years after he got out.
  2. The not guilty verdicts in the trial of 4 white policemen caught on tape beating Rodney King.  Los Angeles residents will never forget what happened next, the verdicts touched off riots in Los Angeles that left 53 people dead. Two of the officers were later convicted of violating King's civil rights.
  3. O.J. Simpson was acquitted on charges he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. O-J was later found responsible for their deaths in a civil trial.
  4. In 2005 a Santa Barbara jury acquitted Michael Jackson of multiple charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy and holding him captive at his ranch Neverland.
  5. And two years ago, the trial that captivated the nation centered around Casey Anthony.  The young mother was acquitted on charges she murdered her 2-year old daughter Cayley although she was convicted on charges of lying to police.
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