Jeantel: Zimmerman Verdict 'BS'

Trayvon Martin's friend talks to Piers Morgan
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
Jeantel: Zimmerman Verdict 'BS'
Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, June 27, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, the last person to speak with the teen and the witness who testified that she heard Trayvon yell at George Zimmerman to "get off," has one word for the not-guilty verdict: "BS." She tells CNN she's "disappointed, upset, angry, questioning, and mad" about the acquittal, and she says the case revolved around race: "Let's be honest ... it was racial," she told Piers Morgan last night. "If Trayvon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that happen?"

She called Zimmerman "weak," saying he's not a "real man" since he didn't testify. As for his defense team, it acted "like a punk" by trying to paint Trayvon as the threat, she said. Juror B37 was also on CNN last night, and she told Anderson Cooper she didn't find Jeantel's testimony "very credible," but said she "felt very sorry for her. ... I think she felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communication skills." Jeantel told Morgan that made her "angry" and "upset." As for Don West, who aggressively cross-examined her, Jeantel pointed out that she "never cussed out" the defense attorney. "The only reason I have not said nothing to Don Weston [sic] 'cause my parents taught me better. That's an adult; you don't have the right to disrespect an adult." (Read more Rachel Jeantel stories.)

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