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On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed CNN national correspondent Deborah Feyerick, best-selling crime novelist, Linda Fairstein and attorney Alan Dershowitz to discuss the disturbing case of the cannibal cop, a NYPD police officer who is on trial for plotting to kidnap, kill and eat dozens of women. The defense claims that the police officer had no intention of executing his plans and that he was simply engaging in fantasies.
"People don't like to hear this, but cannibalism exists," responded Fairstein. "There have been other cases of it."
"So it's very repellent to a jury and they may want to think it's a fantasy and I think the prosecution has a difficult job. But I think this is as good a case short of a murder that you are going to find with this fact."
"What prosecutors did today is they introduced a series of e-mails to try to prove that this cop, this six-year veteran of the NYPD actually conspired with others online to kidnap a woman, then cook her, and eat her," reported Feyerick.
"They talk about different body parts, how they're going to basically prepare her, they're going to make bacon out of her stomach, or at one point they're going to cook the feet as she watches and screams in torture and terror. There was a lot of thinking that appears to have gone into this."
"You've got the fact that he went on to a New York City Police Department law enforcement database to try to find some of the women," added Fairstein. "He actually took a step that's beyond the fantasy, beyond the Internet, beyond just enjoying this in his own room, that he made contact."
Dershowitz spoke about the difficulty the prosecuting team will face during the trial noting, "You can't convict somebody just for planning or plotting or wanting to do something."
"This is a really cutting edge issue," said Dershowitz. "Because it poses the question when does the criminal law intrude when you have somebody who we can't ever be absolutely certain he would do it, but we're very worried."
Also as Tuesday marked one year since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Mark O'Mara returned to the program.
With the upcoming trial set for June, the attorney for George Zimmerman (the man who killed Martin,) responded to people who have been trying to cast the shooting as a "racial event."
"We're countering it by trying to get out more of the information that should have been out at the beginning," said O'Mara. "The unique thing about this case is that it was handled in the beginning where a lot of information came to the forefront and was really focused upon that suggested it was in fact a racial event."
"However, once the FBI got involved, we know that everything that they looked into, they found absolutely no racism. As a matter of fact, they found a lot of events and instances where George was what you might call an absolute non-racist. So, the racial overtones early in the case, we've been trying to dispel by getting out the rest of the evidence."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as "Piers Morgan Tonight" continues to provide up-to-date coverage and in-depth analysis on these two fascinating and controversial cases.
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