ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Former President Jimmy Carter says the jury in the George Zimmerman trial made the right decision in finding the neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty.
During an interview with WXIA-TV in Atlanta Tuesday, Carter said the jury made the correct decision based on evidence they were presented with in the case.
During the interview, Carter went on-the-record, for the first time, concerning the Zimmerman Trial.
"I think the jury made the right decision based in the evidence presented because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman and that he was not defending himself and so forth. It's not a moral question, it's a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented."
Carter thinks the verdict will stand because it cant be appealed as a criminal case.
When asked if Carter believed if race played a part in way the Zimmerman Trial played out Carter was reluctant to give a direct answer.
"I've seen outbreaks of this before, in California when a man was beaten up by police and when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; there were terrible race riots. And I think eventually no matter how deep the emotional feelings and moral feelings might be -- with time passing, we start seeing what we can do about the present and the future and put aside the feelings about the past."
Carter thinks America is moving forward and making progress.