As Wednesday saw the George Zimmerman trial recess for the Fourth of July holiday, jurors have been left with plenty to ponder while the prosecution prepares to continue its case Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.
In reviewing and evaluating the proceedings to this point, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro, asking the man who successfully defended O.J. Simpson if the defendant may soon speak on his own behalf:
"Is there anything to be gained, Robert, by Zimmerman taking the stand, given the amount of material from his own mouth that we've already heard," Piers Morgan asked his guest during the exclusive, live interview.
"Yes," began Shapiro. "The jury can see him, look him in the eye, and that's the best way to make a determination if you're believing that person was actually in fear for his life."
But despite the potential value of Zimmerman's testimony, Shapiro admitted that it's a very dangerous play:
"There's tremendous risk, and that is anxiety, nervousness, inconsistencies, you say something a little bit different than you said it before," he explained. "That chair is the most difficult chair in the world to sit in. I don't care how good a witness you are."
Noting that he's seen no evidence of malice on the part of Zimmerman, Shapiro surmised that had the prosecution submitted a charge of manslaughter – as opposed to murder – the chances of winning would have been exponentially greater:
"Here is what happens in these types of cases: the prosecution generally over-charges in a case that's a high-profile case, and the other thing is they over-try the case," explained the man named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal. "They call many witnesses that are totally unnecessary. They call a witness to tell you that if you hit your head on the ground, you may bleed. That insults the jury."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Shapiro, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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