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Gov. Scott on verdict: 'We have a sacred system that works'



Gov. Rick Scott, appearing live on Bloomberg TV on Monday, called the death of Trayvon Martin a "tragedy," thanked the six jurors in George Zimmerman's trial and declared that the American justice system "works."

"We all wish we could bring him back. But we have a sacred system that works," Scott said. "I think we all have to appreciate the six female jurors that put their lives on hold, listened to all the evidence, deliberated and made a decision."

He noted that he introduced members of Martin's family to FDLE; appointed a special prosecutor in the case (a decision that has drawn extensive criticism from criminal defense lawyers) and appointed a task force that recommended no major changes to the self-defense law known as stand your ground.

The governor did not directly answer Bloomberg anchor Tom Keene's question as to whether the U.S. Department of Justice now should investigate whether Martin's civil rights were violated. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to speak Tuesday at the NAACP national convention, being held in Orlando.

"We have a great system in our country. We have lots of checks and balances. The federal government gets to make a decision whether they want to pursue something. They'll make that on their own," Scott said.

Watch Scott's discussion of the case on Bloomberg here.

[Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:17am]


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