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Daily Show: Florida Needs New Motto

John Oliver slams Zimmerman case: 'The system worked'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 16, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Daily Show returned last night, and interim host John Oliver had a bone to pick with Florida in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. The problem, he said: "The system worked exactly as it's designed. How does 2013 Florida have a law that seems cut and pasted from 1881 Tombstone?"

In Florida, Oliver noted, "you can get a gun, follow an unarmed minor," have police "explicitly tell you to stop following them," then "keep following the minor, get into a confrontation with them, and if at any point during that process, you get scared, you can shoot the minor to death." Oliver's conclusion: "I think it might honestly be time for the Sunshine State to officially change its motto"—to "the Worst State." (In other Zimmerman news, Juror B37 speaks out.)

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