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Zimmerman Defense Rests Case

George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom during his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., today. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

The defence has rested its case in the murder trial of a Florida neighbourhood watchman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager last year. Twenty-nine-year-old George Zimmerman's lawyer said they had proven his “pure, unadulterated innocence” in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But prosecutors said he had told a series of lies about the shooting. A jury of six women will now decide if he should be acquitted, or convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter. They must decide who was at fault in the fatal confrontation on the night of 26 February 2012 as Martin walked from a shop to the home of his father's fiancee in a gated community in Sanford, Florida/BBC. More here.

Question: What will the verdict be?

Casey Anthony Could Go Free Soon

Jurors aren't talking. Prosecutors are stunned that they lost. Defense attorneys are lashing out at the media. And Casey Anthony could be free by the weekend. A case that involved years of forensic investigation, weeks of often highly technical testimony and untold hours of media analysis turned out to be a quick decision for the jurors weighing whether Anthony killed her toddler daughter. Early in their second day of deliberations, the 12 men and women concluded Tuesday the 25-year-old lied to investigators but wasn't guilty in her child's death. Now Anthony waits to learn if she could spend her first night out of jail in almost three years since she was first accused in the case/Associated Press. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Any predictions re: what will become of Casey Anthony once she's free again?

Casey Anthony … Innocent

Casey Anthony with her attorney Dorothy Clay Sims on the last day of arguments in Anthony's murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. on Monday. Moments ago, Anthony was found innocent of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. Story here. (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool)

Question: Any thoughts of Casey Anthony verdict?

Anthony Deliberations In 2nd Day

Casey Anthony stands for the arrival of the jury at the start of the second day of jury deliberations in her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., this morning. Anthony has plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. Story here. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

Question: Any thoughs on Casey Anthony's guilt or innocence in this high-profile trial?

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