Given the defense's theory of the case, a verdict of involuntary manslaughter might provide a conflicted jury an opportunity to arrive at a compromise, "split-the-difference" decision. Involuntary manslaughter is the trial's real battleground.
The Zimmerman case jury may be fair and impartial. But to pretend that racial bias doesn't exist in racially charged trials is self-serving and dangerous. His case could again cast an ugly glare on jury race bias.