Obama: Zimmerman Jury Has Spoken

     US President Barack Obama speaks during the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal presentation ceremony on July 10, 2013 at the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A day after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin, President Obama urged the country to respect the verdict. "I know this case has elicited strong passions," Obama said in a statement. "And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken." The president asked that people "widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities." He also encouraged the general public to think about ways to stop gun violence and prevent future tragedies.

    President urges people to stop gun violence.

    George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday night.

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