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Top story of the most anticipated trial of the summer got under -- today as lawyers in the George Zimmerman murder trial delivered their opening remarks.
Zimmerman shot and killed seventeen year old -- -- on -- in Sanford Florida last year.
And that is not in dispute what is -- issue is whether it was in self defense or murder.
We -- com.
That at the end of this trial.
You will know.
In your head.
-- -- And your stomach.
That George Zimmerman.
They're not Cheap Trick on -- because he has to.
-- for the worst of reasons.
Because you want to George Zimmerman is not guilty.
He shot -- and Maarten in self defense after being viciously attacked.
Joining me now from the courthouse in Sanford is judge Alex for -- -- former Florida circuit court judge and host of judge Alex.
-- right judge Alex tell us what you saw today and we had first witnesses come out of course -- let's start from the beginning does that mood.
And the feeling as he walked into the courtroom.
Well as -- a powerful beginning of the case prosecution got up there -- -- really impact full.
Powerful opening statement they took the jury right to the location of the crime using very strong language that they say came right from George Lieberman's mouth.
And I think everybody who heard that opening statement said it had the desired effect that the prosecution want it.
Then everything changed the defense got up there and started with what I can best describe is a somewhat inappropriate joke.
In the murder trial involving a victim was only seventeen years old and whose father or mother were sitting in the courtroom.
A joke that fell flat in the courtroom and then proceeded to give an opening statement that dragged on for three hours.
Was very much a cross between an opening and -- closing argument.
Perhaps a strategy on their -- to slow things down and perhaps strategy due to hit on every single point that they possibly could to get the jury's attention.
On the differences between the prosecution's case and the defense of self defense but it was a completely completely different field between the prosecution's opening statement.
And the opening state.
But what happens yeah I think my curiosity judge about the joke what in the heck could that being yeah.
-- -- this ridiculous.
It would it was ridiculous honestly admit we've all heard the joke before I've even used it myself when people -- asked whether or not jurors.
We could find a jury that had never heard of the case.
-- -- the joke about the OJ Simpson case on occasion where they say knock knock who's there OJ OJ who welcome to the jury how you have -- -- it well.
Around quite event not even funny thing is that what you want to hear that how it.
And and they used it in front of the jury which kind of sends to the jurors a message like we only picked you because you know nothing because you can't return a partial.
I'm now the really bad bad choice and -- and distasteful front of the parents of the of the dead victim of course I can't call it after that I have problems I -- -- -- -- -- witnesses also I've testified -- -- -- right.
Yes that's right I think it was trade bonds.
A young family member -- believe that this cousin who was.
Who was waiting for him to bring the scandals -- -- testified first and after that they went to the the person that the 7-Eleven the clerk who actually.
Sold that in order to set a timeline of what was going on he left the house he went to -- the scandals and the and the the -- guys -- -- or whatever.
And then they got to be 911 operator was when we're getting to the meat to the case they were getting ready to play the 911 tapes that they asked if there was any objection over the next three tapes are going to be played and the defense said no and apparently didn't realize -- -- gonna go right ahead and play him and so all of a sudden we got an objection the defense claiming that they David.
Objected on one ground I had not -- along -- -- intended to object on the look at the ground and now we're at a standstill they rested for the day the most important part the opening statement.
Which is really a roadmap for the jury it's kind of like the picture of the box of the jigsaw puzzles of the jury knows.
What's coming -- case it doesn't come in in chronological order that was done now will move forward.
All right well lesson of the day and leave the knock knock jokes at home.
Judge Alex thanks so no absolutely.
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