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Alex for -- host of the syndicated TV program Jack Johnson who does he was always -- -- -- -- of a gut feeling on that.
Well legally I think you should be a not guilty I don't think the prosecution has met its burden of proving that it wasn't self defense beyond a reasonable doubt -- -- have to do.
And they certainly have improved second and manslaughter really is kind of the catch all in this case if you have an unjustifiable killing if you kill somebody and it's not justified it becomes manslaughter so the justification this case to be self defense if it's not self defense.
The by definition it's an unjustifiable -- so.
It's going to be one of those two in all likelihood and I think that the reason the prosecution gave that emotional closing and it was all about yelling and emotion.
Is because they want that emotion for the jury to say he's got to get something let's give a manslaughter they don't know the manslaughter thirty years with a point five your -- -- They don't know they don't know that what does -- -- what if I remember that it's it's a substantial so min minimum because of the death.
And the the second degree murder deal will the hatred despite -- just -- there hasn't been there from the beginning and they haven't been able to make you we just saw a little bit of -- Mara.
How he do -- closed.
I think he did well I think -- other things he left out that I that I would like to have had him explain to the jury he is a completely different style than the others but I thought he was persuasive.
I think he should have gone into the no bruising on the knuckles we heard white -- bonds knuckles did not have bruising if he struck George Zimmerman as many times as was claimed.
From the -- who said once the heart stops pumping there's no blood creating bruising which normally happens over time he should have gone into that with the jury.
He did that four minute wait where he sat there and said this is how long -- on effective get -- -- yes.
Effective but I would've been good for him to tie that in with Rachel gene tells testimony.
Where she said her first statement before she spoke to the family lawyer.
Was trade bonds said why are you following me and George Zimmerman said what are you talking about if you just -- somebody down and ran up to them.
You wouldn't say worried what are you talking about because you ran up to them you would say that if they came out of -- darkness to you and caught you by surprise.
And I thought that was pretty good evidence that it George's story it made sense.
He should've brought that up so there are a few points that deputy was effective in many ways.
And John guys rebuttal.
Which I thought was very effective in the fact that he was sort of hammering home the fact that trade on Martin was not a man.
He was a boy.
And that this was that the worst fear of any child to be followed by a stranger on his way home yes what do you think the jury it took away from that.
-- I mean there's no jury that will not sympathize with the mother who was lost her child for this.
I wanna say ridiculous -- Whether whether true bond was beating him up and he felt he really needed to shoot or.
Or whether it wasn't the way towards him and said either way it was a ridiculous -- -- that neighborhood watch and watch observers call the police not.
Not go and put themselves in a confrontation because things like this can happen and he was very strong on -- motion.
Mainly I think because they don't have any theory of the case they've changed your theory several times from -- -- on the bottom to -- on standing to for bonds back in the way.
And so they've got to go with a motion and he was very powerful on that and that -- is I think for the jury to give a compromise verdict of manslaughter.
And I think that -- needed to address the compromise verdict more I think he -- this is to say that that's a miscarriage of carriage of justice to just settle.
Have you found that juries -- Are more willing to go along with a lesser charge like manslaughter.
When they don't feel.
That the state the prosecution has proved its case are more serious murder charge well that's what they're supposed to do they're supposed to go in order take a serious charge and if it has not been proven that it considered the next charge in line which could be manslaughter.
And if that hasn't been proven -- the verdict is not guilty.
That's the way that's the way they're supposed to -- -- that.
The thing is that self defense in this case is a defense that everything you know and the jury may say.
We think that it was self defense but you know what he put himself in this position and the emotion of this child is dead and he was just short.
Just seventeen years old.
It could lead them to wanna dispute the chop these self defense in ways that otherwise they would just accept it.
So -- the jury will go down that progression whether they follow the law which case it's a not guilty or they are moved by emotion which case it's a manslaughter conviction.
And they can come back with second degree murder let's face -- jurors do whatever they want we saw that with a Casey Anthony trial.
But I think the odds are on an acquittal on legal basis judge Alex is the TV show judge Alex -- -- thanks so much for joining us it's my pleasure.
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