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Vinnie Politan: How does a father recover?

  • George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin
  • HLN's Vinnie Politan weighs in on the verdict and the impact the case has had on Martin's father, Tracy
Vinnie Politan: How does a father recover?

Monday night at 10 p.m ET on a special edition of HLN After Dark, Vinnie Politan is one-on-one with the Zimmerman prosecution team to try to find out what happened. HLN has been all over this case, and nothing is off-limits in this primetime interview.

Editor's note: Vinnie Politan is a former prosecutor and host of HLN's "Now in America" and HLN's newest hit show "HLN After Dark."

George Zimmerman walks. 

That's the headline, but that's not the story.

This case meant a lot of things for a lot of people, but for one man, it meant more.

Tracy Martin lost his son. He's heartbroken. He wanted justice for his son. He wanted his son's name cleared with the conviction of Zimmerman. 

Coming soon to HLN: Georgia v. Andrea Sneiderman

As I heard the words "not guilty," I thought of Tracy Martin. How painful those words are for him. Trayvon is gone and now a jury has said his death was justified. How can a man recover from that?

Then I thought back to another man who lost his son, who also had to endure those two words. That man is Fred Goldman. I will never forget the look on his face when the jury said O.J. Simpson was not guilty in the murder of his son, Ron. 

I cannot imagine what it does to a man when your son's killer is set free. I just hope Mr. Martin can remember all the wonderful moments he shared with his son Trayvon -- for 17 years and 21 days.

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