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George Zimmerman Coverage: Journalists And Pundits React Emotionally To Not Guilty Verdict

George Zimmerman is congratulated by his defense team after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of Zimmerman's trial at t
George Zimmerman is congratulated by his defense team after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of Zimmerman's trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Forida, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (Pool photo/Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images

George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin prompted an impassioned outpouring of responses from members of the media on Saturday night.

The case had gripped the country, and the press, for over a year, and had proved as divisive and emotionally fraught as any trial could be. The reactions from journalists and pundits showed the depth to which the trial had become a symbol of race, the criminal justice system and what it means to be young and black in the United States.

While left-leaning media figures mostly expressed outrage at the verdict, conservatives largely either lamented the overall situation or cheered the result.

Below, see some of the many reactions to Zimmerman's acquittal.

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