I'm listening to the Sanford, Florida scanner (via Broadcastify) after the George Zimmerman verdict, and watching the Florida v. Zimmerman wikipedia page. As of 10:20 p.m. ET, I'm one of 6210 people listening, and there have been a dozen edits in the 20 minutes since the trial concluded. UPDATE: at 11:00 p.m. ET, the count of scanner listeners is 7355, down from a high of over 7600. Other busy scanners on Broadcastify include Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles.
11:45 p.m. Switched over to the Chicago scanner (via Broadcastify), which has 1274 listeners.
NY Times: Zimmerman Not Guilty. "But because of Florida’s laws, prosecutors had to persuade jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Zimmerman did not act in self-defense. A shortage of evidence in the case made that a high hurdle, legal experts said."
Miami Herald: Not Guilty. “From a legal perspective, the jury believed that George Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force, that he was in danger of great bodily harm or death in the altercation with Trayvon Martin,’’ said David Edelstein, a Miami criminal defense attorney. “They believed he was simply responding with the force necessary to protect himself. They may also have concluded this was a tragic accident.’’
NBC News: Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty. "Well aware of the passions surrounding the case, soon after the jury began deliberations Friday, the Seminole County sheriff appealed for calm whatever the outcome might be. "We will not tolerate anyone who uses this verdict as an excuse to violate the law,” Sheriff Donald Eslinger said.
Slate notes weaknesses in the prosecution, in an article published before the verdict. "To convict Zimmerman, the prosecutors have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. That hasn’t happened. And if the prosecution can’t prove its case, then Zimmerman should walk. Many will see this as an unsatisfying outcome; many will think it shouldn’t be this easy to kill someone, concoct an uncontradictable excuse, and get away with it. But a legally satisfying verdict cannot always be the same as a morally satisfying verdict. It would be unjust if Zimmerman were convicted based not on the strength of the evidence against him, but rather on the public sentiment against him."