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July 3rd, 2013
03:15 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Remembering a Hotshot hero, Star Jones on Racehl Jeantel, and O.J. Simpson gets his

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.

  • "Hotshot Hero": Widow remembers fallen Ariz. firefighter
  • In the wake of the overwhelming Yarnell Hill fire which cost 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots their lives, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed Claire and Dave Caldwell, the widow and father ofRobert Caldwell, one of the men who perished Sunday.

    According to his family, Caldwell had devoted his entire life to being a firefighter, always willing to put his life on the line to protect other people, in particular his loved ones:

    “[The Hotshots] sacrifice so much for everybody every day,” Claire noted. “So just say thank you to our Hotshots, because every day this could happen. It could have happened every time he left. So don’t forget how much they sacrificed for us. He’s a hero. They’re all heroes.”

    As the wildfire continues to rage, the people of Prescott, Ari. have banded together.

    "[I am] truly proud to have lived here over 20 years," said Dave. "Robert spent his whole life here. It’s been hard, but we’re dealing with it and the community has helped us out a lot.”

    Claire told Morgan she'd like for Robert "to be remembered as a hero, as a Granite Mountain Hotshot. As a hero. Somebody who gave everything for everyone every day of his life. He sacrificed everything, every day. And they all do. Don’t forget about the ones who are living, too.”

  • Jones on Jeantel: "Made to look like an idiot"
  • As Tuesday saw the George Zimmerman trial move forward into its seventh day, Piers Morgan asked Star Jones to offer her analysis thus far, in particular the testimony of the the prosecution's ear witness, Rachel Jeantel.

    “As a prosecutor, you don't get to pick and choose who your witnesses will be. We don't get to pick and choose who our victims are going to be, who saw what, when they saw it or where it took place,” said Jones, herself an attorney. “Rachel Jeantel happened to be the young woman on the phone with the victim of a homicide moments before he was killed. She didn't think that that was the last conversation she would have with Trayvon Martin. She was not thinking that she would be put on center stage, and be made to look like - I don't want to use a word that upsets me, but made to look like an idiot - which is exactly what a lot of people have been calling her and using as a way to really blast her, and it really disappointed me, Piers.”

    Jones explained that the reason Jeantel has been subject to such flagrant criticism is that the people who are judging her have not tried to understand her background:

    “As a prosecutor,” she explained, “you take on the burden of making your witness relatable to the jury, and you make that witness relatable to the jury by letting the jury get to know who that person is.”

    In the eyes of many, the state came up short in its attempt to accomplish this goal.

  • O.J. nearly 20 years later: Prosecutor predicted he'd "get his"
  • In an attempt to better understand the impact that the the makeup of the jury may have on the George Zimmerman trial, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan welcomed Christopher Darden.

    The prosecutor in the infamous O.J. Simpson trial of 1994, Darden himself worked before a predominantly female jury, giving him vast experience in standing before a group that is notably stacked in one specific direction.

    "I'm just not sure,” said Darden, referring to the all-female, six-person jury serving in the current trial. "I mean, why these six individuals? I supposed to some others, you know, a lot of people will say if the case is lost by the prosecution, that, you know, the racial makeup of the jury was a factor.”

    On the heels of O.J. Simpson’s more recent legal run-ins, which have landed him in prison, the very result Darden was unable to achieve two decades ago, Darden tipped his cap in the direction of foreshadowing and balance within the universe:

    “When the trial ended and when I wrote a book about the trial called 'In Contempt,' on the back cover I wrote this little thing, and I said that we all get ours in the end, you know. And he - he has certainly gotten his.”

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    soundoff (4 Responses)
    1. Gil Bauche

      Why is it that the significant difference in physical size and weight between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin is or has not been mentioned, shouldn’t that a huge bearing on the self defense argument?

      July 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    2. MAssHo

      Gil,

      I must agree with your excellent and credible observation. However, you made the honest mistake of posting it 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.

      July 4, 2013 at 3:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    3. Lois Penberth

      Why is it we always pull inept and unprofessional Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden out of the woodwork when there is a murder ? These two had an affair during the OJ trial they both wrote books and today are millionaires. They both quit their jobs and blantly broke the law to help the cops. Now we are to listen to what they have to say about other cases . PLEASE .Marcia Clark had so much face work done she looks like Kris Kardashian's sister.

      July 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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