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And this is a Fox News alert we -- on verdict watch in the George Zimmerman murder trial the jury began deliberations at 2:30 PM eastern standard time today.
And they recess at 6 PM after three and a half hours they will resume deliberations tomorrow at 9 in the morning.
-- welcome -- the -- studio audience edition of Hannity and just a moment we're gonna bring in our distinguished group of attorneys law enforcement experts political comments for.
Complete analysis of the trial but early today the defense team presented closing arguments.
Reiterating what they believe the evidence points to and that is that Jordan Zimmerman shot trade on -- in self defense after being viciously attacked.
So while we eagerly await the verdict let me bring in this great studio audience welcome all of you that -- -- are right let me start with a question for all of you.
Is ready to view that think the verdict will come back second degree murder show -- -- Manslaughter.
During the is that a yes or no and I think -- hopefuls -- hopeful that five hi how many think he'll be not guilty.
Hung -- yes.
To do two hundreds -- right.
What I felt today how many would agree with me that the jury instructions were really important -- Peter you're a -- term but.
Definitely critical it and it's so important that we understand that it's not.
Feelings it's not actual harm it's the perception.
Of harm the perception of serious injury or death.
In terms a justifiable homicide and that's -- To this case what George -- and was feeling at the time he shot the shot I just to get the other side and how -- -- Anna Sega -- prosecutor.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- In his state of what he's thinking but was it reasonable I think where the two sides didn't matter where you -- in this case.
People start thinking very definitely what is reasonable and what is.
-- of -- turn -- wanna put up on the screen for our studio audience here this is the eve of the jury instructions that.
That the jury was given today and this deals with the issue of self defense -- started the beginning.
An issue in this case is whether George Zimmerman acted in self defense.
It is defense for the crime of second degree murder and the lesser included offense of manslaughter if the death of trade bond.
-- resulted from the justifiable use of deadly force deadly force means likely to cause death or great bodily harm.
I'll continue a person is justified.
In using deadly force if he reasonably believes that such forces necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself.
I'll move one more if George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be.
He had no duty to retreat and he had the right to stand his ground to meet force with force including deadly force.
If he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself.
Or another to -- prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
Now as I read that.
When you add the eyewitness.
Who -- eyewitness that ground and pound -- style fiscal imbalance.
And the injuries consistent with that story.
Does that should that be -- the case -- -- you agree that that's powerful argument.
Even though you think it'll be what most of you who disagrees.
There is a narrative that took place immediately before and the narrative that take place during the actual confrontation.
And one of the elements of this instruction as that George Zimmerman could not have been.
Conducting -- government committing a crime when he actually.
Pulled out his got a question is do what T attacking George -- -- -- on Martin.
Altercation this confrontation and turned itself aren't that -- eyewitness Mercedes than the eyewitness say that.
Identify -- on on top of George yeah.
There was also another imminent domain of that -- was certainly -- did that to that expert that that it was Zimmerman on the -- but here's the big issue with ex wife -- reasonable is that person meaning that -- -- Recently believed that he at imminent fear back -- What precipitated then we before we don't know it's.
-- -- -- -- -- Florida I don't have an -- is an attorney in Florida doesn't matter in New York would be different in Florida -- -- what you mean for the week goes -- -- -- -- -- -- just attack you on the street for no reason.
-- you being strong and in my -- -- it could overcome a lot hypothetically hypothetically could overcome me.
Be -- me and putting my head and the cement the point where I believe recently.
I might die from this -- meet me suffered severe injuries at that point I -- -- my floor will pick up my gun and.
And that if you -- -- it doesn't matter what sort of like matter -- -- -- -- right.
Actually have been injured -- the important thing that they the judge did not instruct them on what rate currently it is.
-- it doesn't matter it doesn't matter and at this point or for those of you don't think that this is justifiable -- ask -- Based on what these instructions -- here if you believe it's great bodily harm is it not reasonable to think -- round -- the one eyewitness that's reasonable.
Backing an expert in this specifically said those injuries were not life threatening that if fractured nose and lacerations and yeah.
Every -- I don't like -- and that he believes that they will life threatening or.
My closest and bite I'd -- at -- the expert for the defense was I got it right best expert in this case the loyalty to renowned I'd I'd like.
I think it was unimpeachable and he said listen.
It would be reasonable for something that they might not only point is that it is but it didn't quite -- which I've gotten through other clubs.
You -- guys on the ground and you start used to come -- with some punches in his head no.
-- treated that you should on the concrete you can you -- you can actually lucky.
You catch a lucky blow and you could put you could really hurt -- seriously that back if that's why that's why the concrete as it -- -- objective evidence today was so great when he used the concrete during his closing because he showed that -- -- uses it and it happened just like us that often.
The prosecution was never able to negate.
Use of force expert that the defense -- So the jury -- -- -- say that was never Contra for net -- you only find out what it was important work he said we don't know.
If you don't know Rebecca.
Now must acquit -- -- about that is exactly what is here we have reasonable doubt no matter yes something tragic happened there was reasonable doubt.
There should be an excellent outlet don't last.
Yes yes that's how I met him and Zimmerman did not testify it's gonna go to the fact of the jurors have to decide what they consider to be reasonable we don't know what he thought and if it's reasonable.
And not the queries have to say I don't think it was justified I think what could be cut I based on injuries that word.
Presented during the trial I don't think they justify someone believing all I was about to be killed or seriously injured world.
You wonder what it probably don't know that we don't think the -- -- -- The witness had to -- them and make ground and pound injuries broken nose laceration.
Bombs on his head that's that's reasonable to happen in any fight we don't know what.
-- yeah it.
-- -- -- -- yeah I have never believed that that pounding was going to either kill them all of course yours is 200 if it was remarkably well.
And yeah -- get a yeah I don't know the.
And gets hurt -- They don't -- it on -- budget but I don't.
I don't feel calm things down Pete Elliott that bad is it tough Smart but -- the.
Issue is actuality.
Vs perception -- some analysts are saying all we didn't really have injuries there's no actual damage.
And -- and Joseph has it right it's the perception.
Of injury is the perception.
Of great bodily harm.
Even if it is not met by actuality that I -- reality paredes and and then hey yeah that yeah -- what are you already ahead.
Being pounded on the ground.
Two times or three times and you think that it's -- cause you great bodily harm.
Under the state of Florida law you have the right and it is adjusted -- ultimately -- literally -- -- -- -- you believe it should be equipped what you think -- Well I think it actually should be equipped but I'm afraid it might be home.
You know -- the emotion elevate that we're seeing even in this -- audience.
Have a lot of look at here until we got to take a break we got couples and we have three holes segments just for you -- -- -- we'll get everybody again and we got to take a break we'll come back and coming up.
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