Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
-- now live coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial.
As a jury Wednesday one of deliberations without a verdict they'll consider how will each side argued its case.
And defense attorney mark Tamara -- he tried to physically -- Zimmerman innocence earlier this week.
The injuries on this is that -- is fact -- -- consistent with them that we're doing this.
-- -- -- about this.
About abuse resistant Vietnam the injuries due to -- to -- -- pump cement if somebody who has resisting the proceed.
I -- I believe so I believe it was a culmination of downward force weather was from pushing her striking.
And I know clearly by the injuries to his face and that drew.
Would drive him back his head striking hard -- the country.
Meanwhile the prosecution tried to paint a very sinister picture of the defendant.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah one.
And I'm sure he's yeah.
People want to be.
In my does this community and he's gonna put -- -- that.
-- the police are taking too long to respond he's going to handle it.
So in the -- what side was more convince.
-- joining us now to analyze from Boynton beach Florida is defense attorney Michelle also ask our -- from Miami -- Snyder a former Florida prosecutor.
All right -- let's start with you -- from -- -- more prosecutorial.
How the prosecution do as this trial move forward.
There's a lot of criticism early on.
About they were not failing to they're not that able them reach their benchmarks that burden of proof.
And so things kind of change as a case one but what's your take.
But here's the thing it's really a factor of two separate trial from the moment the incident occurred pawn.
I think the stage -- a very poor job.
I think the fact that they allowed mr.
Zimmerman then turned his statement without being forced to take the stand for the colossal error that's being set everything poor read.
Altercation I think they did a very good job.
And I believe that -- a motion is the one -- doctor that the jury.
Police is their hat on and places their weight and there could be the possibility of a manslaughter conviction coming back.
Now Michelle let's let's you can respond -- that if you want I -- I I'm not as charitable toward the prosecution.
-- -- that's my former my former defense lawyer hat that I'm still -- But I I don't think -- they met the mark in this case I've been pretty consistent on that and didn't change for the closing argument.
Did pretty good job and what they had then have a lot but your take up first on what he set and then we'll move on well I.
You know I think that they just.
Did they do the best job that they possibly could do no I think they they -- it.
But there with things that they should have done that they could have done much much better and I think it was very disappointing.
I think that there.
They're closing argument yesterday was completely scattered and all over the place and offense -- and maybe just over the top really really over the top.
And it and I can't let it I think that there was also a lack of proper witness preparation I remember the medical examiner -- -- what we could've done with him.
But so no I think that you know if if you're gonna compare to I think that it.
I disagree I think that prior to the altercation everything gets looped into the same hot here.
And they think that they lose.
It just from the point when they filed these charges it was.
All downhill from there -- I mean from -- for that environment Zach Johnson calls parents understandably people thought people are being unfair to her.
The woman I was on the phone -- -- on.
When of course he was approaching that -- on when approaching Zimmerman.
And that was obviously not a good moment for the prosecution but even past that I mean you can't -- plant and -- you can time and you can't supplant.
With what the facts are supposed to be in a case to prove.
That element of ill will or anger or visceral hatred.
All trade on -- or am -- black person.
In order to prove that second degree murder charge -- -- -- -- manslaughter.
I would actually very -- I think they painted themselves in -- corner from the beginning by locking themselves into the version that they thought was gonna come out.
And quite frankly that version did not come out.
That being said the end of the day you still have a seventeen year old child he still about an individual who's dead through no fault of his own and I think that yeah.
If the state can showing no emotion of the jury -- a lot of weight with that they may do what -- -- -- put the baby and -- Well we don't want to come back with a murder two conviction that it -- that.
But we don't wanna come back with nothing this -- is that.
They don't realize the ramifications that a manslaughter conviction could be ten to thirty years so there is the possibility that a right ocean is the primary factor that they do what's -- and and a lot of conviction well.
What we're saying emotion is the primary factor or could it may and I know I know you're not -- saying that's what the way -- should go but.
That's not the way the criminal justice system is most operated for the prosecution or the defense we're supposed to be judging cases based on the facts not whether there's going to be -- -- Not whether the New York Times is gonna like it not whether Al -- gonna like it or not whether -- that the prosecution -- defense is gonna like about what happened that night with everything we know.
Beyond a reasonable doubt is the standard.
Not whether we want to split the baby I'm Michelle go ahead let's talk about the defense re -- as well the got.
No I you know.
At the -- I mean your your directly on target and the judge instructs the journey that that emotion should not be playing apart and that it and that's the only thing they have that's pretty sad.
At it again completely over charged here.
And what they did jumping up and down but from the very beginning about this cop wannabe who was over aggressive.
But they can't answer key questions what they wanted to -- was really have the jury throw out all of their common sense and -- and reason and -- you know what he got out of the car.
He wanted to be a cop and you know what nothing else matters because he's guilty he got out of the car but the fact is there's only one viable a viable.
Theory of what happened.
And they could not prove it there were too many unanswered questions and they -- to jury the jury to go on a journey with them.
Just wait too far into the stratosphere -- and I -- that's what Mark O'Meara was was continuing now harp upon.
-- -- -- little time.
Did you think that -- enactment video that was allowed to be played in the clothes saying but they were even the reenactment of what happened that night -- that powerful.
It was tremendously powerful because the state was kind of wavering as to the their theory of how this incident occurred in the defense that not a -- out.
This is how the incident occurred and with obvious that doesn't usually the State's position to do that in this case -- imperative that it was very don't actually matter I think it was actually better to use that -- the closing.
That it would have been using an actual case that's my tank top players thank you very much and coming up.
Filter by section