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Happening right now dramatic day in the George Zimmerman murdered trial is both sides deliver some hard hitting opening statement satellite looking at the courtroom by the way.
Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of -- on -- An unarmed black teenager and Central Florida have Zimmerman is pleading not guilty saying he shot -- in self defense.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled -- and prosecutor John guys first and worst of the jurors today.
While they were a little too obscene -- -- three -- here but he was quoting a call Zimmermann made to police.
As he followed -- -- day.
Ladies and gentlemen.
About the murder of trade Juan Martin is going to come directly from his ma.
From those hate filled words.
That he used to describe our perfect stranger.
And from the -- that and so.
To the police to try to justify -- actions.
So that's -- lead prosecutor but the family of -- about Martin also has their own attorney and on the way into court today this is what data attorney had to say.
We think that this is a simple case.
Here too important.
Backs in this case noble Warren.
Was a grown man what we're -- And number two.
Cherry bomb mark and was a minor.
Who had no blood on his hands.
Literally no blood on his hands.
There was none of jars Immelman is DNA.
Found -- cherry -- mark has hands -- underneath his fingernails.
Jackie -- that as a criminal defense attorney joins us now Joseph what do you think of that that argument laid out by the family's attorney.
Well it it to keep it simple so what.
It still does not.
If the argument was that the shooting happened.
As soon as mr.
Zimmerman approached Mitt -- Juan Martin -- I I will concede that that's absolutely devastating but that's not what happened here.
There are photos that show that a struggle occurred.
There -- mr.
Zimmerman has a fractured nose to bruised eyes and abrasions to the back of his head.
That is clear that there is a struggle so under those facts and circumstances.
The only thing that the prosecution is left with at this point is -- work.
So I've written criminal defense attorney than one where it what's your strategy we saw the prosecutor make the opening statements.
Saying this this is you know these are the words that these hateful words at the man on our screen right now doors and remain -- What's your strategy how to how would you present this case.
Well first that I wouldn't make that joke that the defense attorney made.
Early on I think that fell flat and and I think it's grounds for it for jurors to hate him and what is the joke is I don't think we have that on it and it I hate to not have a for our viewers that -- -- make sure -- It was a knock knock joke which quite frankly I didn't get it had no place.
As part of an opening statement.
In my opinion it -- very very flat if I was handling this case.
It would be simple.
The opened the first the first couple moments I would open by a knowledge -- That this is a tragic situation that some somebody has died and and it's unfortunate that being said.
This this all occurred in self defense that mr.
Zimmerman was justified.
In in in his actions would you have Zimmerman testify.
It's too early to tell.
I don't have the benefit of sitting with mr.
Zimmerman and to see what his personality the personality is like.
And it's also too early simply because we haven't seen what what evidence that the prosecution has brought forth.
If they do bring forth a strong case.
At that point I think it would make sense for mr.
Zimmerman to testify but at this point.
It's it's stupid too premature to make that determination.
-- both families have been very outspoken about this case jurors in Harmon's brother.
Has been outspoken his father has been quoted in local press and the national media as well.
You have -- on Martin's parents obviously very emotional very outspoken about the case Joseph on Friday the judge ruled that when it comes to this controversial nine -- among call.
Stanley can testify.
Not an expert -- gambling what is the right way to use family in this case and in what ways can -- backfire.
Well I mean it's clear -- a prosecution will want.
To bring that for a family member up onto the stand they want the jury to feel the pain that this family is feeling.
And even though they're they're bringing them forward for the purposes of testifying regarding a 911 call.
The real reason is simply to to get the jury to feel the pain that this family is feeling so.
It it -- it backfire potentially.
But but it's clear that the family members will be here are to portage.
His heart strings Joseph thank you so much for your expertise -- -- try to find that not knock joke for our viewers because it sounds like it was very important -- opening statement.
And good advice probably by a unit that act knock knock jokes can sometimes go wrong.
-- thank you thank you.
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