Some of the jurors in the Zimmerman trial felt that he was guilty of something but there was enough reasonable doubt to find him not guilty. Retired Superior Court Judge of Santa Clara, California, Eugene Hyman, believes the jurors were following the instructions of the court with respect to what their responsibilities and duties were.
Hyman says that jurors have to determine if each element of each charge is proven beyond a reasonable doubt and each must be decided independently. Further, he says it's not uncommon for jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and express later on that they thought something was there but that the crime they committed wasn't charged or that the person was guilty but the prosecution had not proven it.
Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network.