NBC Legal Expert on Zimmerman Trial: It Came Down to ‘Basic Self-Defense Principles that Are Enshrined’ Across U.S., Not Unique to Florida

by Andrew Johnson

On Meet the Press this morning, NBC chief legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie made clear that the verdict in the George Zimmerman case came about because the prosecution failed to prove that Zimmerman acted outside of self-defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

“It’s not necessarily that jurors by their verdict are saying, ‘We believe that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense,’” she said. “What they’re saying is, ‘We don’t believe that the prosecutors proved he didn’t act in self-defense.’”

She added that the law in question in Florida was not unique to the state, as some critics have said, but shared across the country. “Ultimately, this came down to not any particular peculiarity of Florida law, but basic self-defense principles that are enshrined in every state in this country,” Guthrie explained.