After today’s verdict, it would be understandable if we concluded that – in the eyes of the law – Oscar’s life didn’t matter. The jury had verdict options of murder, voluntary and non-voluntary manslaughter. They choose the latter; the most lenient. After slaying Grant in front of hundreds of witnesses, Johannes Mehserle may well be out of prison in two years. face a five to 14 year sentence if he is not granted probation (Source for the correction).

There’s so much to say about this verdict. Simply, I’ll say today was a sad day for justice, for Oscar’s family and for his memory.

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