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Former Pres. Jimmy Carter speaks on Zimmerman acquittal

ATLANTA -- 11Alive spoke with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday and discussed a number of issues, including the acquittal of George Zimmerman. 

During the interview, Carter went on the record for the first time concerning the Zimmerman trial. 

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"I think the jury made the right decision based in the evidence presented because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman and that he was not defending himself and so forth. It's not a moral question, it's a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented," Carter said.

Carter thinks the verdict will stand because it can't be appealed as a criminal case. 

When asked if he believed race played a part in way the Zimmerman trial played out, Carter was reluctant to give a direct answer. 

"I've seen outbreaks of this before, in California when a man was beaten up by police and when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated -- there were terrible race riots," he said. "And I think eventually no matter how deep the emotional feelings and moral feelings might be -- with time passing, we start seeing what we can do about the present and the future and put aside the feelings about the past."