From Sandberg to Silberman, some readers had strong reactions to the verdict.
“I don’t like IRL media workers being imprisoned. However, the court didn’t exonerate Kyle in the literal sense of the word and he is still guilty on at least a civil legal matter.”
“What a tragic story. It would have been nice if Kyle’s’s attorney had chosen a different legal strategy, but at the end of the day his rights and what the law requires still apply and there is nothing I can do as a viewer.”
“This makes me sad but nervous about life. I think every American needs to take a look at the fact we have become so interested in bringing prosecutions for individual offenses and pay more attention to our sentencing laws.”
“But as John Oliver pointed out, even if the police went back and reviewed the tape they still wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a good cop trying to go after a bad cop and any other ‘homicide squad,’ which treats every murder as a suspicious death even if the ‘victim’ is suicidal and the killer isn’t.”
“I think justice was done. Hopefully Kyle will be a citizen.”
“The people of Bristol should know that one day they will be judged on how they are treated by the government and that such things as the courthouse doors closing to allow the celebration of a guilty verdict can happen.”