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Hi I'm Laura Ingraham in for Bill O'Reilly thanks for watching us tonight.
No time for talking points memo as they wanna get straight to the drama unfolding in the courthouse in Sanford Florida.
But the prosecution's star witness in the George Zimmerman murder trial wrapped up her spellbinding testimony.
Rachel John tell is a nineteen year old friend was on the phone with train on -- moments before he was shot and killed.
Testimony that gave John tell she gave yesterday elevated the racial component of the trial.
After she said that train on describe Zimmerman as a quote cracker.
Well today the defense revisited that -- -- Describing the person is what made you think it was a racial yes and that's because you describe him.
As a creepy ass -- -- So it was racial.
But it was because -- when Martin put the race in this.
-- only -- original comment.
-- You don't think that creepy ass crack her.
There's a racial.
Not racial okay well according to Jeanne tell that's apparently just how people talk.
My question if you call this to -- asking you.
Dad traded Baltimore refer to marriage equality -- are pretty wild grass yeah.
And you lose that you -- derogatory viewers as a way people's behavior Coulter and her age group didn't leave.
-- -- At another point today the defense -- John -- about a letter that she had a friend right on her about half.
To trade on Martin's parents.
Are you able to read that -- well enough that you can tell us if it's in fact the same letter no.
Are you unable to read that at all.
Can you read any of the words on it.
Conditions the -- here.
At times during the course of her two days on the stand that -- -- on talent seemed visibly annoyed.
And her parents demonstrates just how difficult it is to predict how powerful -- given witness's testimony.
Is going to be a trial.
John tell is done testifying for now but the defense has reserved the right to call her back to the stand.
Joining us now from New York -- with more on this extraordinary trial.
Is Arthur -- -- and Stacy Schneider both are criminal defense attorneys.
Stacy it lets us start with you.
Look I think -- -- read this both ways -- some people it that would feel bad for.
For this witness because as she seems -- and a bit at C a few times.
On the other hand she seems to me.
Earlier statements that she made to authorities.
This murder and and today she's adding the extra details that.
Because of money at presently make it look that -- better for the prosecution.
Yeah I mean this witness.
Poses now a a lot of credibility problems and this is a big score for the defense on two fronts because.
These recent revelations she has been -- up and down by law enforcement by the attorneys she's been deposed.
And not once did she mention the cracker comment and now all of a -- in court she suddenly inserts this card into the trial.
And I think the jury can take that to mean she's fabricating her testimony so that's problematic with her credibility.
And the other problem that I have now arises for the prosecution and helps -- Zimmerman is if say the jury decides to believe.
That's a -- about Martin actually made that comment.
That inserts inserts a racial undertone with his state of mind and that might add to.
Jordan Zimmermann is self defense claim because the jury can infer that -- on Martin was the aggressor so this is like a double victory in a way.
For the defense and we'll see what else comes out to tie it all together but this is a defense attorney's dream.
Thought about -- you can you can both.
Not be -- -- do with her testimony and think she's changed her testimony.
And still believe that.
Zimmerman committed this murder can you not mean you could not like current still think he's guilty.
Absolutely and -- would you generally though you hit the nail on the head with you cannot predict how your star witness.
He's -- -- perform on the -- I will tell you I am somewhat disappointed in her performance when your.
Dealing -- beat this level the stakes -- this high.
And she's your main witness I expected more from our.
I expected better from our.
I expected more better from the defense attorney in his opening statement so both sides haven't exactly come with their eight game according to me but yes what you said is dead on.
If she says if you the the defense wants to argue she's telling the truth that he used the term cracker well -- you have to get the believer that the all throughout the believer -- -- -- why do you follow any man why are you following me which is a big problem for George -- Well that an addition Stacy she added a comment.
About that exchange right that she overheard she said -- at trial that.
That -- Zimmerman said what are you doing here.
To train on Martin she didn't say that in our initial statements.
-- initial statement she said that Zimmerman had said.
Well what are you talking about -- went -- when he when he was referred to and when not trade on said.
Why you following -- and -- -- -- what are you talking about that seems kind of an innocuous answer from Zimmerman but -- that.
Became -- -- incriminating towards Zimmerman.
NYC got into the witness stand is that that's constant in my mind as a lawyer -- -- that goes to credibility on her -- her credibility does matter.
A 100% and none of these statements are innocuous none of these statements are insignificant the words she is -- the words that.
She is repeating.
In court as being the testimony -- -- last statements of trade on Martin -- force he was shot.
Are all extremely relevant to the issue of the -- -- guilt or innocence in this case.
And the prosecution to put a witness up like that who is giving inconsistent.
Statements she's testifying like she's just dozed off in the library and written read a boring book there's no emotion -- it -- flat this -- Yeah this and I've got to say -- -- there aren't there she seemed to.
Quite -- to me that he -- say she was quote she was -- to say yes to announce that he's got herself in real trouble yesterday.
But -- yes or no yes or -- -- To me that that that wasn't that wasn't -- that helpful you know I think they tried to make it more palatable I think it came across as I'm annoyed why my hair.
And I'm so -- I had describe my Twitter account.
So -- And let's talk about reality this is what I do this is what I did I was a prosecutor in Brooklyn in the ninety's I did these types of gazans with these -- -- witnesses and -- I can tell you using your summation.
Ladies and gentlemen I wish my star witness was a priest I wish my star witness was it was a -- or rabbi but that is.
-- -- -- -- -- -- came in here and she was odd -- she didn't want to be here she doesn't want to cooperate with more portrait.
Because she showed a dead too little different part of the world that maybe you and I are front and where she's from saint cracker.
That said that has no racist overtones to it that's just the way she speaks at -- where a lot and that's just hard.
And I ask you to accept her for what she is.
All right closing argument -- aren't really thanks so much ahead.
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