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July 2nd, 2013
03:16 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Natalie Jackson on George Zimmerman, Gov. Jan Brewer on the Granite Mountain Hotshots and Piers Morgan honors those that lost their lives

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Natalie Jackson on George Zimmerman’s testimony

As the George Zimmerman trial continues, opinions are becoming more polarized and nuanced. Last night, Martin family co-counsel Natalie Jackson weighed in on the inconsistencies in George Zimmerman’s recorded testimony, in the process surmising what it may mean for the prosecution’s case.

“The biggest ... piece of evidence against George Zimmerman is his own words,” Jackson argued.

While a recording of a conversation with the dispatch officer on the night of Trayvon Martin's death revealed that Zimmerman got out of his car to follow 17-year-old, Jackson cited a critical contradiction that appeared in testimony he later shared with the detectives investigating the case:

“He told Detective [Doris] Singleton and Detective [Chris] Serino that he got out of his car to look for an address. That's very inconsistent and that's very self-serving. And I think that goes to who confronted, who was the aggressor.”

Thus far, several similar inconsistencies have appeared peppered in throughout this case, as witnesses are called upon to recount a murder which occurred more than 18 months ago.

  • Gov. Jan Brewer on the loss of the Hotshots

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer joined “Piers Morgan Live” to remember the 19 elite firefighters that lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday.

“We've had a terrible, terrible tragic day in Arizona,” said the governor.

Details about how the young men of the Granite Mountain Hotshots found themselves unable to escape the flames are still unclear, Brewer explained:

“There's going to be an intense investigation taking place. But we assumed that the fire burned up, and then because of the thunderstorms and the wind, it turned on them, and then there was no way for them to leave the area in which they were in," she told the host. "In other words, there exit area was now on fire, so there was nowhere for them to go, so they sheltered down, putting the shelter over them, and holding it down with their hands and feet and hoping that the fire would blow across them, and it did not. It was not successful at this time.”

  • Remembering the fallen heroes of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

At the conclusion of Monday's program, “Piers Morgan Live” honored the courage and legacy of men who sacrificed their lives while battling a blaze in the name of providing the safety of the community in the Yarnell Hill fire.

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  1. 333maxwell

    For the curious minded. I took the infamous 911 tape into the studio.

    It OBVIOUSLY would not be court admissible (they barely allowed the real ones), but this is a unique and somewhat legitimate way at taking a look at the call in question. I compressed it so the lows came up a bit, limited it so you can hear other low sounds without your ears bleeding when the shots ring out. I then (thanks to the wonders of digital, couldn't do this with tape) slowed it down to just over half speed but PITCHED it back up to 100%. In other words.. you can hear the call without it hurting your ears, at a speed that is easier to digest and get a sense of. The pitch however is true to source. And there has been no EQ or altering ANY of the tonalities, although there are inherent nuanced swirly artifacts from slowing anything down that radically.

    Anyway, make of it what you will.. if you want to actually HEAR (what you can) the call, I wouldn't discount taking a listen to this version. The way I have done it is almost akin to the audio version of slowing down a video tape.

    Zimmerman Martin Altercation. http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11548279

    July 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ed

      Shots rang out ? There was only one shot-check your equipment.

      July 3, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Melissa Houston

    I loved Piers' closing last night with a tribute to the fallen hero firefighters.

    July 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Elloree Erwin

    Pierce ask someone, if this was a rainy night, Why is the blood on Zimmermans' head not smeared? I believe all this is restaged.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Virginia Brown

      And if Travon had been pounding Zimmerman's head numerous times on cement with his fingers wrapped around the sides of his head there would have to be blood splattered on his hands.......NO BLOOD OF ZIMMERMAN ON TRAVON'S HANDS CLOTHS OR BODY! Travon "pinching" Zimmerman's already bloodied nose? NO BLOOD OF ZIMMERMAN on TRAVON'S HANDS,CLOTHES or BOD!!!!!!!!! Maybe they were standing and Zimmerman pulled his shirt out from the front and fired through the shirt also!!!!!!!!!

      July 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ernie

    Zimmerman has a history of being a good citizen, nothing in his background, his character, his social media accounts all are about helping people and his community. There is an eye witness who says that Trayvon was beating him up, he has the injuries to prove that. If Zimmerman had asked "what are you doing around here?" And he said "I am visiting my dad why are you following me?" Then he would be alive today, but what happend was he cursed and attacked Zimmerman and when you attack someone who has a legal firearm yes you can get hurt. It was bad judgement taken by both of them. After the accident he called the police and waited until they arrived and followed procedure. That is not usually what a cold blooded killer does. If he ran or hid the gun he would have been acting as a man who knew he did wrong, but those where not his actions.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jose

      Good explanation, but what do you think if Zimmerman didn't get out of his car as they ask him: officer: Are you following him? Zim's Answer: Yes. officer: We don't need you to do that. Do you know why did they ask him this question? It's surely for Mr Zim is not the right person to do that. No one has doubt there was a fight. when you're fighting, the powerless will get down. What people want to know is: who was the attacker? Was the street Mr Zimmerman house? I think this should serve as a good experience for anyone. when you have ears they should be used to listen. Peace

      July 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Virginia Brown

      If Travon were pounding Zimmerman's head repeadedly there would have been blood from Zimmerman on his hands. He would have to wrap his fingers around the sides of Zimmerman's head and blood would spatter. The so called "pinched" nose, already punched would have been bleeding also. There was NO BLOOD OF ZIMMERMAN ON TRAVON'S BODY,CLOTHES or HANDS.

      July 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • virginia brown

      That is your version of what happened as you said, "What actually happened was..........." If Travon had been pounding Zimmerman's head numerous times on cement there would have been blood on Travon's fingers or hands. Also "pinching" Zimmerman's already bloody nose would have done the same. NO BLOOD OF ZIMMERMAN'S ON TRAVON'S BODY< HANDS OR CLOTHES. Zimmerman's only defense is to LIE about what happened. Most of his story was made up, in my opinion. The witness only saw a moment or two when perhaps after this "stranger" approached Travon a scuffle started and the witness came out when Travon happened to be on top.........I think they both got up and Zimmerman may have grabbed the front of Travon's shirt and shot into it. He murdered that teenage boy either way it goes. If some creep were following me home and approached me in the dark i would be prepared to defend myself too! Are you kidding me? What are you thinking Ernie? Zimmerman's only defense is to lie. His lies are a web tangling around him and I do feel sorry for him because he appears to be dangerously mentally disturbed. It is all very sad for both families. Morals do matter...... when a defendant is lying numerous times, the victim is dead, and the forensics do not prove the victim had any blood or dna of the accused on him, when the stories don't line up and the accused is found to commit BOLD FACED LIES....and the vivtim is also a kid versus a man.....and a coward who doesn't know how to fight with his hands.............. a kid against him??????????????? Give me a break..........the jury will go with their gut feelings and put 2 plus 2 together..it equals 4. Their moral judgement together with the forensics and the web of lies...............will be the defense for a teenage boy who can not speak for himself. This is a murder case. The innocent boy who was stalked and murdered by Zimmerman. Nowadays the "laws" are changing. We who are smarter know that TRUTH conquors LAW. In Jesus Name............Amen. May God have mercy on Zimmerman yet the TRUTH will prevail and expose the darkness..................

      July 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Griff

    "They won't be doing Zimmerman any favors, if they do get him off. The kids know who guilty around his neighborhood, and he won't last two minuts out on the streets."

    July 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ToWit

      Griff, I am not aware of any violence against "blacks" by "whites" after O.J. was acquitted. So why would you appear to predict with favorable anticipation violence against "whites" by "blacks" if Zimmerman is acquitted?

      July 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ToWit

    What matters in the Zimmerman case the law, not one's moral convictions.

    The burden is on the prosecution to establish beyond a reasonable doubt its claim that GZ committed second degree murder. The defense is counter-claiming that GZ could not be found guilty of second degree murder because GZ acted in self defense. If the court finds that GZ had, indeed, acted in self defense, then such finding would preclude even a conviction of the lesser charge of man slaughter. With regard to the self defense argument, even if GZ had assaulted TM, and TM retaliated in such a manner that it was reasonable for GZ to fear severe bodily injury or death was about to result, GZ would still be found under the law (and not just Florida's "stand your ground" law) to have acted in self defense. I should note that GZ suffered obvious physical injuries (bloody wounds on back of head and bloody nose and lip) that comport with his claim and that of at least one eyewitness that TM was on top of GZ (GZ on the ground, flat on his back) and pummeling him and that TM had only one minor wound on his hand (finger?). We must also be mindful of the fact that GZ was carrying a gun and that, even if GZ's claim that TM was struggling with him (while GZ was on the ground, on his back) to take his gun and use it on him was false, the mere visibility of GZ's gun would be sufficient for a reasonable person in GZ's compromised position to feel fear that that would indeed happen.

    The evidence, thus far, appears to substantially comport with GZ's statements, which would support his self defense claim. If the court finds GZ not guilty due to self defense, then I don't see what lesser charge of which GZ could be found guilty.

    July 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Juan Mejias

      The confusion of who was on top can be explained by realizing that they were fighting and at any given moment they could have rolled over and changed positions, therefore explaining the conflicting testimony of some witnesses. The voice screaming for help was Martin's. If you would play the tape to various trained and untrained people they would all agree is that this is the terrified screams of someone in fear for his life. The screaming voice is obviously in motion or running to escape. It is entirely possible that during the struggle and Z. grabbed his gun and started to chase TM. TM decided that he would take his chances turning around and tried to grab the gun and Z killed him. That was the reason that immediately after the shot was heard the screaming stopped immediately as fast as the sound would stop on a radio when you press the off button. The statement Z made about TM screaming "you are going to die tonite" wa inserted by z in order to invoke self defense. It is highly unlikely that M would take a pause and say oh by the way before I forget, you are going to die tonight homey. The mention of TM reaching for his gun, was also another statement
      carefully and artificially inserted for the same reason of invoking the self defense clause. As with all of the crucial testimony on this trial, it all relies on us believing GZ and who else has a better reason to not tell the truth but him. it is highly unlikely that the only one who had a gun during the confrontation would be screaming for his life. And the voice of the person screaming came from someone in motion or running not in a stationary position, therefore the Help!! Help!! Help!! BANG!! and...........................RIP

      July 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ToWit

    Corrected typos for first and last sentence in my post.

    The first sentence should read:

    What matters in the Zimmerman case the law, not one's moral convictions.

    The last sentence should read:

    If the court finds GZ not guilty of second degree murder due to self defense, then I don't see what lesser charge of which GZ could be found guilty.

    July 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. SillyViewer

    Melissa,

    You made the honest mistake of posting on the @$$clown Piers Morgan's webpage. You see, he's not actually regarded as a credible journalist in any nation on earth. However, he gets high marks on being a self serving @$$clown, though not quite on the level of Christiane Amanpour. CNN seems to be amassing quite a collection of these, while legitimate actors on the network sadly abandon en mass.

    While Piers' triple chin tells the truth, the rest of him is worthless and cannot be trusted. My recommendation? Join with me everyone to get this @ssclown off the air. C'mon, even Larry King can see he's worthless, and sadly, on most topics he couldn't focus on anything beyond the next question. That's stating the obvious brothers & sisters.

    July 4, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply

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