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Jurors heard about 23 minutes of John's interview before the prosecution called in their next witness.
Here it's reaction to what happened today that would be day seven of the Zimmerman trial defense attorneys -- spilled more Remi Spencer and Rebecca rose woodland.
Really a dream team to -- yeah.
That act now it seem to need it the most controversial certainly -- I think segment of of those 23 minutes played today of sounds interview.
Was this when Zimmerman said these now famous words one.
Do you regret getting out of the car to follow -- on that night.
No sir do you regret that you you had a -- that night news from do you feel you wouldn't be here for this interview if you didn't have that kind.
You feel you would not be here I feel that it will solve God's plan and for me to second guess -- -- judges.
Is there anything you might do differently.
In retrospect the time has passed a little bit.
I feel it was all God's plan would.
How do you read that time was up.
I am what I I don't think it's going to really impress the jury one way or another I think what he was trying to say in answer John's question with a look.
I didn't do anything wrong I got out of my car I'm a lawful gun holder I have a -- -- -- -- -- question this guy and what happened happened.
I'm not going to apologize for that because I did not break the law and his mind and he could be right.
That's where he was going with -- so he's saying -- but that exploration he's saying it's -- -- God's will he survived.
That exchange -- six I think you're right -- -- I mean that the state.
Made the decision to introduce this video at the trial is very surprising this was an interview.
That Zimmerman set up with his lawyer and it was a self serving interview he explained and the jury now has heard.
That he did nothing wrong that he was defending himself why the state would give the defendant the opportunity to testify.
In the states casing chief.
Is -- really odd now maybe they're expecting that they're gonna impeach him some -- maybe they think that he may testify.
You know contradict what he said to Shawn in that interview.
But it almost seems like this state is.
Sort of throwing their arms up in the air and saying ladies and gentlemen of the jury you decide this is what he's saying -- you decide as if perhaps they didn't even want to bring this case.
To the courtroom while they created as of course you all remember that may not want to have brought this case there was tremendous political pressure brought to bear.
Com on the authorities here on the chief of police -- by different interest groups etc.
do you think the cases -- being made by the state here.
I think that the state is in deep trouble.
I think the state is in deep trouble to make a second degree murder charge -- ethic and with this jury one manslaughter YY second I think they overcharged I said that from the beginning they got -- Saturday think.
What will city at the end of this case we don't know yet right now where we are right now even yeah I'd say would be a really a toss up.
But with -- why would you put the defendant on the stand and not subject him to cross examination.
That's what they did by introducing Sean -- -- -- interview.
Allowing him to speak without cross examination without direct question by the prosecution.
It doesn't make any -- I mean why they did that.
I've yet to see and nor can I predict how this will help the prosecution I think it only hurt -- it seems so I just.
Special insight into this but he doesn't come off in that interview was a monster or someone animated by race hatred or anything like that is it is that your experience -- of the prosecutors just.
Ask for more than they think they're gonna get is it this is a negotiation and it seems if they come out with manslaughter and said you know we're not saying he was -- a racist -- crazy you're motivated by hate but he did kill this guy so in what could they have gotten.
Now what do they do that you know they might have been -- -- -- -- Smart for them to go there but from a defense perspective self defense is self defense self defense doesn't meanwhile I'm gonna get a lesser included manslaughter -- self defense -- I am not guilty or -- or the killing is justified because of that they play self defense.
So I don't know that would help the prosecution too much but to -- what I think they are the prosecution is going with this.
They put stupidly.
All of these videos into evidence stupidly we can agree on that.
But now what they're trying to do is.
By other witnesses showed that amendment was -- for example the witness that they had on his -- his friend who said yet -- He said that the guy that trade on reach for a gun and -- the -- what they bring on a fingerprint -- to say it.
There are nothing depends on that -- and said that's one little -- well they're trying to I think -- act.
I also -- that this may be the very unique case.
Where a defendant can put on self defense without ever having to testify thanks to what the prosecution is doing -- typically when you say.
Yes I did this they did it in the defense of myself for the defense of -- -- you are obligated to get on the stand to put your hand on the Bible and tell the jury what you did.
But he doesn't even have to do that anymore because of what this.
Eight has gone so when casino where a friend of Zimmerman testified today that Zimmerman had initially believed there was a videotape of his room altercation with trade on -- And in his first reaction to learning that there was such videotape was excitement he was grateful he was relieved.
Yes I but since exculpatory that's also that the lead detective on the case when he was questioning him questioned him in some different ways and one of the ways was.
Well you know there was a videotape mr.
-- -- -- the victim here.
I -- took a videotape on his found.
And apparently George Zimmerman said thank god.
From almost the beginning of being questioned he was thankful that the truth would come out which is what we -- hearing and what the defense -- Strategy has been all along just let's see the truth that you -- -- self defense.
Right smack you all -- it very quickly -- all of course defense attorneys very familiar with this you can of -- your peers in this case.
We'll strike deadline given -- between one and ten rating so far the defense in this case -- they are.
-- hope for the defense is doing well because the prosecution is so much yeah I took up.
I got by the fall but I mean you know that haven't got a good step in the forward direction and the prosecution does some things like -- -- lately and the witnesses.
The witness is -- telling the truth apparent.
-- hi this is the state case right now so we'll see if the defense is even gonna put on a defense but the way it is looking today.
This case is that for the defense intelligence if there's something so John if you're facing second degree murder charges would you want this defense team are presenting him.
Do I would want to be prosecuted by this process.
It's a that are different sounds like a proverb that may be prosecuted by this prosecutor I got a thank you all very much bank and.
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