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It was -- just let it to him personally but he was okay with green reading it to you so.
Don I was more taken -- just see -- on this volatility to court system of course what just Nelson did and make sure that this trial got moved forward.
You've got to -- conclusion but.
I don't think that anybody here realizes what.
After it was put into bonds sheriff's office and Sanford police department to make sure that everything that we had to do in this case was done properly.
That was the only way to ensure the safety of the community so if you indulge -- for just a minute.
You'll notice that in my arguments that none of my lettuce has brought the benefit of reproach so -- -- -- -- take a moment to express my my team's sincere thanks and appreciation for the way that your organization has handled the -- -- matter.
-- -- want to get this letter to you before the verdict this is -- it's wants to read.
Because it did not want its message to be impacted one way or the other by the eventual outcome.
I know the involvement it even proceeded my involvement back on April 2012.
And that you use the entirety.
But your department's resources to properly address the reality of where this case was.
And -- -- that whoever might go on any given day I understand that I am unaware most of the work that -- department has done I am very aware of at least some of the results.
I also understand by virtue of the confidential nature of -- -- the efforts you'll never received true recognition for the unseen work.
That -- each positive result.
I have what I perceived to be unique perspective on the countywide impact of this case in your responses to it the integrity in the dedication.
That you -- in charge sheriff's office is brought to this difficult and complex situation has in large part.
Helped direct it towards a more rational and peaceful involvement.
I'm not sure the next couple weeks may agree but I am confident that you continue to protect your county its citizens -- it and its institutions.
Particularly -- now often -- judicial system.
Notes or express my heartfelt gratitude for the way -- handled me and my team throughout the difficult times the men and women of your department.
Have treated all members of the process and my team to the Martin family took the prosecution.
To the public -- -- completely professional respectful way.
We have done it is such an organized this seamless manner that their presence went almost completely unnoticed.
What I have noticed is your department's calm certainty that they know what to do.
How to do it and hide protect all of those involved including the process.
While -- -- -- tasks.
Personally this made my job much easier because I can focus my team's efforts.
On the proper presentation of our case without concerns -- outside influences.
Or would just -- concerns we come to the courthouse every day knowing that you have that covered.
I do not know what awards accommodations are available to acknowledge the pure perfection with which you and your department handled the entire event.
But I am certain that you have devoted every member of my team the prosecution team.
That he -- stuff the media and every citizen who is interact with your department in this case.
Anyway I just thought that was appropriate because they'll give us from there.
Having said that.
We appreciate the jury's time and effort we really do they spent -- -- nighttime during the trial.
Obviously it was they're very -- I mentioned at one point there was some jurors you've got to wake him up by shouting at dropping a file want this terror.
They listened they took notes they were as engaged as anybody else in the process.
And it made for the type of verdict that we had to happen was the verdict from that listens to all available facts not all the -- -- all the available facts.
The evidence the law and the time to consideration -- the jury gave to it before making a final decision obviously we are.
The static with the results -- and was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self defense.
I'm glad the jury saw it that way and I hope that every one who -- particularly those who doubted Georgia's.
Reasons and doubted his background now understand the jury.
Everything that they knew was enough for them to find him not guilty.
You know even more than the jury know about both parties -- and we know that George the type individual from what you know.
And his involvement in this community this was not.
A unique event for George to try and be involved with this community.
That'd be involved the policeman was necessary to describe the jury saw it that way very very happy with the results.
Sometimes I can be a little more blunt.
I think the prosecution of George Herman Ruth was disgraceful.
Gratified by the jury's verdict.
As happy as I am for George Zimmerman.
I'm thrilled that this jury kept this tragedy.
From becoming a travesty.
-- that we are -- great.
But it makes me sad to that it took this long.
Under these circumstances home to finally get justice.
Stroke it through.
Thank you hi there -- -- Athens news thirteen I have a question for you mr.
This case became a little personal for you there were some threats made to your family.
Some jabs about opening statements we all watched as things kind of got heated between you and just not -- can you talk about what this was like for you this trial these last few weeks just personally.
-- -- even heard this one before.
No I'm not -- This trial is about George Zimmerman.
Not about pictures of ice cream cones or.
I still think the joke was funny I'm sorry about that.
-- I'm sorry I didn't tell it better.
But there is an important reason for it -- needed to be a disconnect frankly a disconnect.
An act that was hard to follow.
But I knew mr.
-- -- and you all soon found out that it was indeed just an act.
I couldn't follow that act with that kind of passion and glaring and staring and all of that we needed facts.
Unlike what -- -- said they brought the facts they didn't anybody that watched this trial knew the defense.
Put on the case.
We proved George Zimmerman was not guilty.
No -- will talk.
Yes or -- Montgomery Tampa Bay times can you give us any insight into.
Zimmerman state of mind upon.
Hearing the verdict.
I don't know exactly how you can feel when you're in trauma and stress for sixteen months.
And he's very very happy with the result obviously is this just a release that happens and emotional release and and Jordan and release an adrenaline release.
I think he's probably gonna settle on him tonight when he's with the Stanley can actually realize that he doesn't need to go back to the courthouse.
Tomorrow or ever again unless he wants to under his own -- well.
So I think he's going to be great.
I think you still worried.
And hopefully everyone will respect the jury's verdict ask me.
Shared and most have said they would and -- won't take it day by day but he's doing good.
This is grace along with in session.
I know this is a yes or no question but I want you to expand on it after I asked the question.
Was this a fair fight for you.
You know let me say it this way I need to apologize to every public defender in the state.
And for this reason because I said that.
The way that we were treated.
In the discovery process and he fights that we had to go through in the discovery process made me think.
Let me be the prosecution thought -- deal with a couple of young overworked public defenders.
And that insulted public defenders Don west was won.
My craft from public defenders if not the prosecutor that's who I learned from.
So to detected there was an insult there I -- I apologize for.
What I meant to say it was it seemed as though the prosecution is used to getting away with some of what they got away -- With the use that enormous demands they put upon us to try and get discovery -- in thirty years experience I've always gotten.
On the table right up front so yes it was a fight that we had to fight.
They -- funded us.
-- you've made it extraordinarily difficult if only we had the time in fact that it took us to fight for the stuff the information discovery.
Didn't just result that we had to fight for this case might be -- six months ago and certainly wouldn't have been hundreds and hundreds of dollars wasted.
This situation where -- -- it means waste time was it fair.
You know it was a -- David and Goliath.
But we want.
Jane -- the plenty of voice here.
George seem had a very good poker face on when the verdict came in at what point did he express his gratitude -- and how excited he was to finally be able to go home.
I think her what we discussed -- beforehand it was after everyone sort of left.
The room where you can actually.
Show a bit more emotions you know just when you have a an emotional outpouring like that you know sometimes you get that -- Cameras on my -- not really what we're recede but he certainly factors obviously and I think it was him on the -- remote as it became -- nation that.
He truly is done.
I'm Lisa Lucas near daily news.
And I'd like to ask you achieve Hilliard was your best moment and you weakest moment and ask the same and need to say that for the prosecution.
I think the best when we -- is.
When they -- not guilty.
Think that was probably probably the best moment -- -- I agree with that and that -- and -- -- it's wrong.
You if you haven't heard of trial -- notices are slated to -- -- -- absolutely believe that every time I open my mouth.
It was a great moment nobody else thought so but.
I always did so.
If it -- a hole it was it's a trial that's where we live it's really affect -- surgeon dean surgeries where you want to be it's what's more to do so.
Everything that we did it was with a purpose and a plan.
Most of it worked out how we wanted every emotion we found every argument we made.
This is what we do does not decent -- Lisa -- NBC news that -- have a couple legal questions.
One is speaking about the state attorney's office now that you've gotten a not guilty verdict he won -- you still gonna pursue the sanctions number one.
And then second of all it and hope hopefully not setting your wife that I'm sure you didn't need a vacation but.
I haven't you going to address the -- last activist now.
And as far as the stand your ground and keeping Georgia -- from being liable if so there.
At first yes it is sanctioned series and it has to be said.
There's not only -- But of course the -- is -- responsible for a lot of cost that we've been hurt.
To -- tourism and so we're -- here -- not as well.
We have what we were not quite done yet and -- civil aspect.
If someone believes it is appropriate to see Jordan Zimmermann.
Then we will -- and we will debt.
Immunity in -- civil here and we'll see.
His how many civil lawsuits has spawned from this fiasco.
-- -- -- Fox News.
Certain members of west what happens to and it's easier come basic follow but what what happens out mr.
-- really hear from him what does he do an hours ago.
Like what's what's next.
-- -- -- I don't know what you do after sixty months of this I'm really not sure I think you just -- -- -- relax get your bearings back.
You know I think that he would like to.
Once he settles then let you know who he really is since that couldn't be told -- -- through us and even that way quite limited.
I'm sure that if he could wave his magic won't it would just sort of get his life back.
And I've always brings up the idea of the life is lost forever won't comparing -- -- but.
From now that the jury decide that he acted properly in self defense misery from it and move it out.
Understanding as well as you know he's get on with his life after having suffered a -- -- -- I -- two part question Molly Hennessy as with the LA times that the first -- -- The prosecution raised this question about whether the outcome would be different if the races and it did defendant and and the victim were different.
Do you think it would have been different if George Zimmerman was black.
And the other part of my question is does he fear for his safety.
Have her -- made.
-- -- -- security.
But think that that things have been different if tourism has -- for this reason he never would have been charged with a crime.
It seems as though what happened was.
An event that was being looked into by -- police department and quite honestly as we now know looked into quite well.
I had taken advantage of police departments who have not done me good investigation of crimes because that's ready for a living.
When I looked at -- separate police department investigation they had done quite -- good job and you can repair what they did.
Across the country to see who does good -- bad job for their investigation that they are doing quite a lot.
What happened was this -- -- be focused for a civil rights events which again is a wonderful event to have.
They decided that adjoins that -- would be the person who they were to blame game.
And sort of use as the creation of a civil rights violation.
None of which was.
By the facts.
The fact that not.
Who was not born out -- -- -- to erase away.
Is that they they -- -- racist and you know all the anecdotes about the -- tees and the the children living in his home he was shown in this journal where incidents so if only those who decide to contend condemn.
Zimmerman as quickly and as viciously.
As they did it would have taken just a little -- -- who was that they were condemning.
It would never happen.
And it certainly would have happened if he was black because those people who decided that they're going to make him the scapegoat.
Would not have.
And I'm sorry it's.
She did have a -- -- I asked her questions -- -- it's.
First of all is -- you know how concerned is he is he going to sort of stage in hiding for awhile and sort of feel it out and see what happens and then.
The second question is I've never seen jurors.
Saying defense attorneys for giving them instructions on the law before.
As would happen to use during jury selection my jaw dropped open.
What was your reaction when.
They thanked you for explaining the law.
As to the first question yes he has to be very cautious and protective about his safety because there's still a fringe elements.
Have said in recent tweets from everything else that they want rebounds.
That they will not listen to a verdict of not guilty.
Although I think everyone -- -- would agree this is a very fair trial.
More fair to the state -- indications into the defense but certainly there was a fairer trial in depth the state got to present everything that they could.
So in that sense those people who have their anger -- is gonna have those -- angry people not because it's based in fact.
Can't help that we -- need to be worried about second question.
This year -- everything I do I think it's done well.
It was all right yeah I was that I don't remember a juror actually verbalize them.
Thank you tell me when I'm trying to help them understand the area of law that as we talked about is utterly unique.
And we dragged him -- off the street and asked him to take on -- men told of how we walk our lives in these courtrooms and to do well.
Thought -- maybe got maybe I'll take that as a compliment that they were listening and obviously.
They got an opportunity to put that in practice with the voters.
It's for Don west Michael wanna say chill and critic cross examine Rachel -- Intel and doctor -- did you relish the challenge or wasn't a nightmare.
No question it was a challenge.
What I think we needed to establish with -- -- -- tell.
While it took several hours to accomplish.
And they were their zone there's challenges within that itself we showed through her testimony.
When the phone call initiative that's second to last phone call ended with trade on Martin.
But was it seven.
1248 something like that 7-Eleven 48.
When the next -- started and then when.
The event itself occurred through that testimony corroborated by the phone records.
We could show -- mister America clearly pointed out in closing there were four minutes there were four minutes in between the time when -- -- on Martin ran off.
Until he reappeared and the confrontation.
With George Zimmerman occurred.
As well the circumstances.
-- was asked to answer questions were extraordinary challenging for her my goodness.
She wanted to be left alone she didn't volunteer anything until she was pulled out of this.
In the first interview she gave us with the family lawyer with the family present on the other end of the the phone.
It was a an interview made for TV not for law enforcement that was then followed by an interview.
The state attorney's office on April 2 under the most extraordinary circumstances that took place in.
-- -- -- living room with miss Fulton sitting next to his -- -- that set the stage for.
The witness herself saying I wasn't comfortable.
Changed my testimony.
Really to accommodate the feelings of missiles and that was the setting for all of this plus.
Who as mr.
America -- she really didn't want to be there.
Was that a challenge of course it was but I think ultimately.
When you distill it too it's important.
Hearts that we did accomplish ultimately what we want -- as to doctor bow.
Did you hear doctor the meier's testimony.
Much of my cross examination of doctor Val was to set the stage for that.
Indicating where they were clearly disagree trying to identify why and how they would disagree.
And then offering I think perhaps the foremost expert in the country on the very issue we had -- -- Yes.
I'm -- life fox 35 news -- questions.
T think the judge was fair or unfair TO semantic question is do you think this verdict will hurt race relations.
-- -- courtroom very well and should move this case alone at a pace that I appreciated.
I'm obviously we were asking -- questions to continue along the way not because of part time on this much is because the State's concerns over discovery.
It turns out.
We -- to accomplish what we needed to in the times he gave us within the context of the courtroom herself.
As I mentioned a couple times I appreciate this reminds me you win do things like speaking objections or somehow.
No no no kids out of my mouth.
And that's OK -- she needs to run a -- courtroom.
And I think as she did so I had sort of appreciate.
And and I'm OK it was dead area we certainly had some concerns of the rulers as -- occurred but we respect -- minister Rosario.
There's certain -- and.
-- that I kept saying a year ago that I really hope that they don't I kept suggesting to mr.
-- on three separate occasions.
That we do not suggest that this is a civil rights case of the century because it's just not it was in self defense case.
Did it bring to the forefront the content the deep conversation that.
Young black males are treated a certain way and from our justice system absolutely is that positive absolutely.
Do we have a conversation absolutely however.
If -- attending that conversation on top of the Zimmerman verdict.
It's going to affect their ability to have that conversation shame on them because that competition needs to be happen.
And now -- may not be had because we have sort of artificially separated the two camps if you will over this verdict this verdict.
Has nothing to -- civil rights civil rights is -- talked about.
But not in the context of the drugs and we.
George -- CNN.
This question specifically to you mr.
west as far as the relationship with the judge -- back and working talk was just a bit about that you feel that you were getting.
Their treatment and the second question that similar to -- the -- what do you save regarding the tension.
You know what do you tell people who dug in on one side or the other.
I'd like to keep my bar license for a couple more years.
And the second part of the question.
What do you tell people this is -- you know people watched around the country.
And have dug in on either side of this what do you tell people just given the tension that could follow this it.
You know that's been such a challenge for me.
Obviously while I've tried a number of cases over the last 33 years or so a number of them with extremely high stakes death penalty cases.
Nothing of course like this with the media attention nothing that had the case tried over and over and over again in the media.
Nothing where the media was accused of such irresponsibility.
Early on frankly.
Being swept along with this narrative that simply been shown not to be true.
To me as a trial lawyer that was.
Incredible distraction because.
I I like to in fact the only place I can try cases in the courtroom and I think we did that so I don't know how to respond.
It's just -- for the times of London and the Daily Beast you mentioned about George wanting to get his life back.
This one person he's not going to -- -- gusts and US attorney from Martin's family.
They suffered tragedy.
I've -- into the fairway on three previous occasions.
Can bring back trade vote tomorrow.
Every time any life is lost particularly a young life it's a tragedy we hear about -- car accidents.
We hear about it with cancer I lost -- thirteen year old needs to cancer.
We hear about it constantly and it's always a tragedy.
But I'm not pretty shy away from the fact that I think that the evidence supported the tour's image and nothing wrong.
And that -- battered and beaten by a a seventeen year old who for whatever reason we won't know.
Thought that he had to.
Lash out and attacked violently.
And it turned out that all the forensic evidence supports that.
None of us reports that George was ever -- -- are certainly not legally and I don't believe morally.
So did that end up leading to the tragic loss of life yes could've been avoided.
Yes -- it really came down do -- 45 seconds before the gunshot.
When I was getting -- I still believe in that decision wasn't -- one's hands more than my points.
And as I mentioned.
They get my greatest sympathies.
For that tragic loss of their son -- we should ever have to suffer losing a child.
But it happens much more than we're willing to knowledge sometimes -- that we want to admit.
This is a tragedy like many other -- -- children is just not want that to us.
Was responsible for.
-- -- -- -- -- Oh and the jury asked for clarification on instructions from god manslaughter was there any there -- is between you guys enjoy -- then be faced lesser charges.
My understanding was that they were confused by refusing.
I said to the judge mr.
west's first dog did one day -- the -- out of my -- next day.
That the -- -- instructions very confusing -- against illegal part of it and I know you don't but if you look at it.
Just follow homicide is identify with the manslaughter excusable homicide -- -- -- -- manslaughter and somewhere separate is just follow on years of deadly force.
If you try and read those who have logically inconsistent.
But not legally consistent and I think that's very as Smart as they obviously they -- -- them.
But debt instead what why are you telling us about excusable homicide.
Just that we had to even though I had no applications.
The facts in this case.
-- I mentioned.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Diana west you said that I am there at the history kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty he talk about what it's tragedy you're talking about.
We talked about civil rights issues here people.
Not falsely Iran really seen grace you just tell you anymore what you mean by that tragedy into a travesty.
The tragedy is the loss of trade on Martin's life.
In every respect.
Regardless of what he was doing or immediately what led up to it.
It's a tragic loss of life it not only.
Will impact of course -- -- on Martin's family and all those that knew him forever and ever this event itself.
Also impacts George -- for ever and ever and ever this is something no one gets over.
There's no winners here there's no monsters here that's the tragedy.
It would have been a travesty of justice.
Had George Zimmerman -- convicted that's the -- Thanks guys which is -- time.
I think I think that was that was that was the last question.
-- -- and we are watching the defense attorneys for George -- Zimmerman on this night in which a jury has given its verdict.
Of not guilty in the George Zimmerman murder trial a couple of things to watch out for on your screen.
-- west and Mark -- taking questions.
We -- you first the prosecution's response and now the defense team's response.
To the verdict this evening that an affair client George Zimmerman as we know it is not guilty not of second degree murder you not as manslaughter.
The jury of six women with -- making that decision earlier this evening and this case had huge huge implications across the country.
It has so politically and racially divided the nation and many ways.
Justice isn't there some concern.
That -- America.
Because the justice that.
We'll look for comes from a jury and that jury has rendered its verdict we're still watching and listening this is Mark O'Meara let's look.
NND for 45 seconds.
And then a man who believes in the system whose dad was a judge who made you want to be a -- prosecutor.
Think it's assistant to systems run against George Zimmerman.
That he had he can't understand.
You guys the media.
He was life.
Be patient in an operating table.
-- mad scientists were -- experiments on him and he had no anesthesia.
He didn't know why he was -- did to this monster request that you guys have a lot to do is that you just did proceed to up a story.
That was fed to you.
And you ran with it and you -- right over him.
And that was horrid to him.
Then he comes into his system that -- trust let's not forget six voluntary statements voluntary surrender.
And he believes in this system that she really wanted to be part.
And then he gets prosecutors that charged with a crime they could never.
-- on tape didn't lose evidence along the way right so I don't think anyone would argue with me in this room that they had evidence of second -- murder.
This in your heart kind of stuff.
That's -- we're supposed to do -- what they're supposed to do so those two systems fail from.
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