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Joining us here in the studio Harry -- as a retired NYPD detective Louis the suit though -- -- a trial attorney also teaches.
Advocates see at pace law school is the director of the African C program.
You know Lewis this is the worst opening statement I've ever seen in three decades.
And I suspect that this is something that you'll want on tape -- show your students how not.
Open a case -- can't agree more that statement I don't know why he opens with that joke I am sitting here listening.
First won't feel too bad as it comes in -- in the case of this magnitude secondly.
The joke fell flat on the face and he knew it was gonna fall.
He prefaced the whole discussion before you told the joke on how risky was why you take a risk coming up the defendant sitting there facing the charges he's facing.
In this kind of case is outrageous to me I just don't get it.
Don't you also teachers students that when you deliver the opening statement it is not an argument as -- closing argument that's why they refer to it is opening statement.
It is supposed to be Cogent and sustain and directed and yes powerful you are not.
Is supposed to put the jurors to sleep by plodding along -- laughter -- tale.
Giving the jurors just a bit of what the case is about a roadmap for where you're going who your witnesses -- where your strengths and weaknesses are.
That's what you -- -- an open this is way over the top.
It appeared as though he wanted to defuse.
Some of the impact of the telephone call between.
George government his client -- the 911 dispatcher by plane.
It in its entirety.
Another mistake I think so.
There's a lot of phone call that is up for interpretation some of -- that doesn't fall very favorable to George Zimmerman.
Specifically the instruction from me -- -- one operator not to follow trade -- A wanna go to Harry -- because -- speaking of calls you look through.
Transcript of some of the other calls that were placed.
That night the night of the shooting from other neighbors who saw fleeting things heard things what have you gleaned from.
Well you know I actually listen to the calls.
And there's probably there's several calls but I think they what the does that put together the most important of the colts.
-- right and we have we have one witness here who calls the caller as the the third call -- witness female.
She looked out the -- -- and saw a guy on top wearing white.
Okay which is consistent with its amendment statement saying that that trade on -- was on top of -- now Zimmerman was warrant a red and black shirt.
OK so she probably couldn't see him at all but you could see the -- -- see that somebody was definitely on top.
Of of him she couldn't say which I was which -- -- she did know the description note -- description and that description of the person on -- was true on one.
I went out like.
Also we saw as a for -- the six core kinmen witnessed over fourteen and fifty.
All right fourteen calls fifteen walks into the house as on the the call saying that he came and began his -- All right to help the guy.
All right so 9/11 didn't press anymore questions.
Right but that appears to me that.
He saw the person that was on the bottom and that he needed help right and so he was gonna come in and get his door to try and help out that's when the shot.
-- occurs and he stays inside of 9/11 -- impression for more information.
It -- -- and one more caller.
The female number witness number eight.
She saw them wrestling on the ground so she saw that there was wrestling going I don't know although that doesn't look like she can identify who was who it that time.
And again -- 9/11 operator didn't press the call up.
Let's get back to it and it's apropos to what you have just told our viewers.
But you know -- -- one of the things that the prosecutor said during his opening statement is.
There are recipient witnesses summary you're witnesses summer eyewitnesses that nobody saw everything.
What they saw were bits and pieces of it.
In away he's he.
Communicating to villagers that you know.
Nobody saw everything and in the end you may not know what happened that night which would equal reasonable doubt.
Yeah I think he -- in the -- I think that the problem of the prosecution's case is they have pieces of evidence and trying to put those pieces together what he's gonna try to do.
On the other hand what's gonna happen here is -- jury's going to be disappointed with the quality of each individual feats as soon present a problem for them have a reasonable doubt.
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