Top 5 Acquittals that Shocked America
Top 5 Acquittals that Shocked America. These 5 acquittals all shocked America. Many believed these people to be guilty and to be found guilty but they didn't and it send a shock wave through the nation…
5. Michael Jackson
In 2003, nearly 10 years after settling a civil suit for the same alleged crimes, the King of Pop was arrested on claims of child molestation. A 13-year-old boy, Gavin Arvizo, claimed Jackson molested him, forced him to drink alcohol and held him captive at his Neverland Ranch, however a jury found the singer not guilty of all charges. To this day people continue to come forward accusing Jackson of sexual abuse.
4. Casey Anthony
The trial of Casey Anthony shocked the United States when the Florida single mother was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in July 2011. Casey Anthony failed to report the child missing, lied to investigators and was seemingly unbothered during the months the child was missing. Despite evidence that Anthony's trunk contained human decomposition, Anthony was found not guilty of the murder and was only convicted of providing false information to law enforcement officers.
3. George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman’s trial was a huge media circus. In February of 2012, Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old African American, inside a Florida gated community. He was tried for second degree murder and, claiming self defense, was acquitted. Angry protests against the ‘stand your ground’ legal caveat – which allowed Zimmeman to go free – erupted across the country when Zimmerman was acquitted in July of 2013. Do you think he should have been convicted?
Bringing the term "police brutality" into our vocabulary, four members of the Los Angeles Police Department were charged with using excessive force back in March 1991. Following a high-speed chase, Rodney King, the African-American driver, was beaten excessively by the Los Angeles officers – all while a bystander videotaped the incident. Each of the officers were acquitted of charges in a 1992 trial, leading to rioting and looting in Los Angeles for over three days in disgust of the verdict.
Accused of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, former National Football League player OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder in the "Trial of the Century" in 1995. Simpson was widely believed to be guilty, especially after leading police on a low-speed chase in his white Ford Bronco, but his dream team of attorneys including Robert Kardashian and Robert Shapiro convinced the jury that the evidence to convict the athlete and actor was insufficient…
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