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May 17th, 2012
07:48 PM ET

Benjamin Crump on new evidence: "If George Zimmerman suffered superficial injuries, Trayvon Martin suffered a fatal injury"

On the heels of recently released discovery materials in the Trayvon Martin case, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites attorney Benjamin Crump to share his insight and reaction.

As Thursday's autopsy reveals trace amounts of THC to have been found in Martin's system, Crump points instead to the tests that were not run:

"What's really relevant is the fact that there was no toxicology report on George Zimmerman," says the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family. "We don't know what else was in his system, with the prescribed medication that he was on, to have him get out of his car in the rain, and profile, pursue, and confront Trayvon Martin and then kill Trayvon Martin."

Asked about a new photo showing Zimmerman with an injury to his nose, Crump suggests it pales in comparison to what his client's son endured:

"Trayvon Martin was fighting for his life, he was fighting a man with a nine millimeter gun," Crump tells Piers Morgan. "If George Zimmerman suffered superficial injuries, Trayvon Martin suffered a fatal injury. George Zimmerman did not have to go to the hospital that night for his injuries. Trayvon Martin was certainly taken away in an ambulance."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as the attorney for Martin's family further details Thursday's discovery material.
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  1. Bralynneal

    Piers, would you please run a translation of Crump's words beneath his image (as in a foreign film) when he speaks tonight? His ialliteration and pronunciation are not understandable.. I really don't want to wait for a transcript to come out. Please help us out here.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • roy

      I thought Crumps owners had just set him free. That would explain his unbearable street accent. ., OH, excuse me, I was just told he is speaking in Ebonics? Must be a black thingy eh?

      July 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. vicky

    Piers. Please change subject. I am tired of hearing about Obama. He is a cold hearted bigot. He pardoned the black KKK and the Scott sisters for medicals reasons, however he is having has proven no mercy for white minor children. He was groomed by G. White and by his mother who kept away from the white race.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MrUniteUs

      Do you know the origin to the term redskin?
      Whites would get paid for bringing back Indian scalps. Some started bringing in white scalps,
      Then it was declared the that the scalps must have redskin. Over 90% of Native Americans, Caribbean Indians,
      Australians, and Tasmanians were wiped out, buy Europeans settlers and their descendants. Today non native men often get away with assaulting Native American women on reservations. Republicans are blocking attempts to include Native American women living reservations in the Violence against women act.

      May 21, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. worldcares

    When I first heard this story, I got a gut instinct.
    Everything will come out in court, I hope.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Fred Smack

    Crump is an idiot. Terminate with extreme prejudice (a movie line – don't blame me). Zimmerman will be found not guilty or charges dismissed by the judge. No jury in FL would convict based on what we know. The "system" is trying to avoid racial issues. Whatever..........

    May 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big Daddy Jack

      You are correct sir. This guy is just making things worse. It reminds me of my african-american shipmates when I was in the navy....when it was their turn to buff the floor they would scream "bias" or "racist". Dang, everybody had a turn. "Logic" is an unknown concept to him, he will say anything and everything while he is arguing for arguments sake. But I guess people believe what they want to believe. It's sad, really. I think his beliefs are not based in reality. He calls for the truth but the truth is he DOESN'T want to know the truth. It's all self-serving for them. And I think somehow people like him can sort of brainwash themselves into thinking they are right and there is ultimately no way of swaying their opinion to realize "the truth" because their thoughts are unreasonable and illogical. I, personally, think that's not a good way to live. It would be fine for them to live in their own make-believe world if it didn't affect others...but it does affect others. Selfish, ignorant and hateful they are.

      May 18, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Neyde

        I had always asemsud that the police had taken pics of the injury, if not at the scene, then at the PD. Turns out that it was a witness who was there within minutes of the shooting, who had the wherewithall to take pictures with his cell phone.Who would have guessed.This should tell everyone this: No matter what your thoughts, don't assume O'Mara is aware of all theories or potential evidence. I suggest you post your conclusions on sites like this and anywhere else you can, so that the web crawlers pick it up and it gets back to O'Mara's office.(Note: attorneys do in fact use the Net 24/7 to investigate, research and get the pulse of the community. So your postings stand a good chance of getting to the defense.)There's no more effective an investigation for Zimmerman than what thousands of us can do when we are unleashed on to the Internet. So get to it. Don't whine for Zimmerman, help him out.Here is an example of what I mean. I went on Google Earth and looked up the condo complex AND the location of various 7/11 stores that could have been the one that Trayvon supposedly made his purchase. I noted that there was only one store it could have been, 1.2 miles from the condo.Anyway, I looked at the Google statellite pics and noticed there's a LOT of businesses and residences along the way. Surely someone somewhere may have had a web cam, camera, video camera going to record all activity around their property. Have the police and/or O'Mara thought about this? Canvassing those areas in search of witnesses or video evidence?I have also confirmed via the Net that many of the theories that the racist conspirators are advancing simply don't hold up.

        June 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. charles obryan

    so as the case unwinds they now declare that George brutally beat Trayvons fist with his face. Its amazing, these black leaders will except nothing less than a hanging.

    May 18, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Greg Clemensen

    If we want to know why Crump is representing the Martin family we only need to follow the money. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal trial there will be a civil trial. Crump will go after the insurance money from the homeowners association. Can you say, "Big Bucks?" Crump is no idiot.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big Daddy Jack

      It ain't gonna happen dude. Not even little bucks. But you are right about one thing: Crump is not an idiot, he is just stupid. His grammar is crap. I can't believe he even made it out of middle school. Coaches gave him a pass.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Lt. Charlie

    George wins, because it is always better to be judged by twelve, than carried by six.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dan

    How dis this man Crump have a Law degree if he can't even speak the English language correctly?

    May 20, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • miscadverts

      It's law degree, not Law degree. When you criticize a person's language skills you should always make sure your language conforms to whatever the accepted standard is at the time. As for Mr. Crump's spoken English you will find that there are several hundred English dialects in the USA alone. Wikipedia can inform you on dialects if that's of interest to you.

      However, the bigger question is whether you understood what Mr. Crump said? If not, no doubt the transcript will help you out.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dave

    The meat of the matter isn't Benjamin Crump's diction, nor is it his apparent inability to pronounce the letter "t" in Martin. It's GZ's negligent vigilante behavior orchestrated beneath the guise and misuse of every rule of proper neighborhood watch protocol which he used to racially profile Trayvon Martin, and against police instruction – to stalk Trayvon which triggered a natural fear response which caused the STAND YOUR GROUND pummeling Zimmerman received.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg

      Listen to the 911 tape. Martin began running. Presumably running to get home. After all, it was dark, raining, and a person in a SUV was on his phone and watching him. Martin's younger brother was waiting for him at home and the basketball game was about to start. Zimmerman went looking for the prowler who he had told the dispatcher about but now had lost sight of. If Martin ran home, he would have arrived in about 30 seconds from the time Zimmerman noticed Martin running. Yet their confrontation didn't occur for more than two minutes. Was Martin hiding in the darkness? Did Martin make it to his fathers place then double back? Why didn't Martin just go home and stay there? If Martin was as you say, in fear, then he could have easily reached the safety of his home.

      May 20, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Zharan

        You put it nicely. I would add that if Trayvon were NOT an aggressor AND was somehow bothered by being followed, lus IF he was not on drugs, would not he have gotten a call into 911 instead of continuing to talk to a girl in a far away town who he had been talking with off and on all day?

        May 21, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marilyn

        Greg if someone was following you would you lead them directly to your home? Seriouslyu think about this and then you will be accept the fact that he was afraid. Trayvon hid in effort to lose George. George however knows the area well. When he came out of hiding, George spotted him.

        June 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Daddy Jack

      Wrong again! Why was he wearing a hoodie? Was it a fashion statement? I don't think so. You must be as high as Trayvon was if you really believe what you are saying. He was just a mean kid....oh not to his family and his girlfriend and his homies.....just to white people. Do you not agree that Crump is more racially biased than anybody out there? I used to see it on my ship in the navy all the time. I mean really? Do black people have it sooooo bad???? I am American-Indian. The white man couldn't capture Indians to enslave them so they just killed them. But nobody hears much about that. And why is that? Because there aren't that many of us left to bring attention to it. I am sending you a nickel. BUY A CLUE!!!

      May 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Zharan

    Crump is using bullying tactics. That worked on the State Attorney who filed the charge, so he continues to use it. Everyone who knows enough to know the English language (sorry for a little sarcasm there) knows that the police did not file charges in the case up to the point the commotions started BECAUSE they had not gathered sufficient evidence to support a charge against Zimmerman. TV Media is sensationalizing bullies which stirs up interest and higher number of viewers. So, in our age, the "wrong" leads the "right."

    May 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Shey

    Seems to me that people would rather believe what television analysts have to say instead of using your own brain. WHY was he wearing a hoodie? Probably because it was raining, and seeing that Florida is not a cold weather place, I think a hoodie suffices. The logistics don't matter. FACT: Treyvon was unarmed and Zimmerman was. Fact: Treyvon's body was found close to home. Which shows Zimmerman DID follow Trayvon, and Trayvon had the right to STAND HIS GROUND by whooping Zimmerman's tail. FACT: Zimmerman has lied in this case countlessly about the events of that fateful night down to how much money he has in his bank account. This case stinks of injustice. That CHILD did not deserve to die.g

    May 29, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg

      If you want to rely on FACTS, then you must wait until they come out. So far all the FACTS have not been released from the police. PERIOD!

      May 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Big Daddy Jack

      And I guess it was raining inside the little store? Yeah, I didn't think so. And maybe if that "child" didn't have the "munchies" then he would have been home instead of getting his fix of skittles. P. S. You argue like Dale Gribble.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sharon Hagan

    It was interesting to hear Zimmerman say that he thought this whole thing must have been God's plan. Obviously, that is something that would be difficult for those closely involved to understand when they hurt so much. However, I trust that through this painful situation blacks can come to understand that whites are not as prejudiced as they presume. It seems to me that blacks are prejudiced about how they think that whites perceive them. We cannot deny there probably are those whites who are prejudiced, however, to make the ASSUMPTION that Zimmerman was prejudiced and therefore guilty? Now, THAT is prejudice.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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