Top Five WTF Florida Acquittals; or Why America Hates Us
Regardless of where you come down on the Martin case, you have to admit that on Saturday night, the Sunshine State proved once again that judicial mechanics down here are just a little bit different. Just look at the street protests that have broken out all across the country over the last 48 hours -- a nation-wide WTF over how Florida handles the criminal justice system.
But this isn't the first time - and hell no it won't be the last - when a jury here has handed over a mind-blowing verdict. We've dipped into history for this highlight reel.
5. Jim Leyritz.
The Alleged Crime: In December 2007, the former New York Yankees catcher was involved in a Fort Lauderdale car crash that ended with the death of 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch. Leyritz had been out celebrating his birthday on the night in question, and later prosecutors would claim the retired athlete was drunk at the time. Three years later, a jury let Leyritz walk on a DUI manslaughter charge, although he was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
Jury Deliberation: 7 hours.
The Defense the Jury Bought: Veitch, a mother of two, was also drunk at the time of the accident, so let's just call it even.