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Just in: George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

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George Zimmerman has been found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  After 16 hours of deliberating, jurors, consisting of 6 women  acquitted Zimmerman of 2nd degree murder, as well as the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Zimmerman was charged after shooting and killing Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fl in February, 2012.

Zimmerman claimed self defense, and his legal team argued that he had the right to use deadly force despite following Trayvon, who was walking home from a 7-11. Trayvon was unarmed and was only carrying  a bag of skittles and iced tea.

If convicted, Zimmerman could have faced up to life in prison.

Jurors declined to speak after announcing the verdict at approximately 10pm ET, but both Zimmerman’s attorney’s and Trayvon Martin’s family’s  legal team addressed the media and answered questions regarding the controversial trial.

“I am gratified by the juries verdict”, said Zimmerman’s lead attorney Don West.  “As happy as a I am for George Zimmmerman, I am thrilled that this jury kept this travesty from turning into a tragedy.”

Lead prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda said, “I am disappointed in the verdict but I respect it. We accept the jury’s verdict.”

And, via twitter, Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy Martin responded to the verdict saying, “Even though I am broken-hearted, my faith is unshattered. I will always love my baby Tray … even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him.”

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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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