“A lot of us wanted to find something bad, something we could connect to the laws,” said Maddy, who had recently moved to Sanford, Fla., from Chicago. “But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty,” she added.
For those who firmly believe, as Maddy does, that Zimmerman deserves punishment that the law couldn’t give, we noted in our last post on this case that law and justice don’t always point in the same direction. The prosecution had to meet a tough standard, and in the view of the jury it manifestly failed in the task.Maddy’s emotional intuition and sense of justice led her to want to punish Zimmerman, but her respect for the law and determination to do her job as a juror led her to vote for an acquittal. This is the way the jury system is supposed to work. Maddy is a powerful reminder that our legal system ultimately relies on the honesty and integrity of ordinary Americans.[Blind Justice Image courtesy of Shutterstock]