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Perry: Judicial system is ‘color blind’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Sunday that he supported the acquittal of neighbood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on murder charges for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and bristled at claims the criminal justice system discriminates against minorities.

“I think our justice system is color blind,” Perry said during an appearance on CNN’s "State of the Union."

“It may not be fool-proof, people may make mistakes in the jury system,” Perry added. “In this case I will suggest that two very extraordinarily capable teams laid out the issues and that jury made the right decision from their standpoint.” 

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, was more critical of the decision, saying he was “heartbroken” and that the so called “stand-your-ground” law that shielded Zimmerman should be struck down. 

“I don’t think that’s a good law,” Quinn said. “We don’t have it in Illinois, and we don’t want it.“

Quinn stopped short, however, of saying the justice system is racist.

The two governors also clashed over their respective states record on jobs, with Perry touting Texas’ business-friendly regulatory environment and the jobs added on his watch.



Quinn countered that Texas also has one of the worst poverty rates in the country and blamed lax regulatory policies for a high incidence of industrial accidents in the state. 


Perry, who is said to be mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was noncommittal about his intentions. 

Quinn suggested that Perry would not be bashful, recalling a week the two men spent as roommates during a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq four years ago. 

“For seven days, I heard him talk about his favorite subject: Rick Perry ,” he joked.