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On a day which has seen the defense call its first witness in the George Zimmerman trial, this evening attorney Mark O'Mara returns to "Piers Morgan Live" to share his expertise and insight as part of a primetime, exclusive interview.
No stranger to the program, O'Mara has visited nearly ten times since signing on to represent Zimmerman in April of 2012, as past appearances have seen him offer perspective on everything from his client's noticeable weight gain, to the arduous task of financing defense efforts.
Meanwhile, as O'Mara and the rest of the Zimmerman camp take center stage now with the prosecution having rested its case late last week, tonight Piers Morgan invites a collection of legal experts to offer their reactions to the most-recent proceedings.
Tune in this evening at 9 as Judge Alex Ferrer and attorneys Jayne Weintraub and Alan Dershowitz detail the latest events, while Michael Higginbotham places the topic of race into context on the backdrop of one of the most-polarizing trials in recent American history.
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I have addressed this issue before, but I have not seen any reply. But again I would like to know why no one has commented on the fact that Zimmerman stated that he wasn’t sure where he had shot Trayvon or if he had indeed shot him at all. If that true, why did he (George Zimmerman) stop screaming? If indeed that was him screaming in the first place. Secondly, it is my experience in law enforcement, that even police in life-threatening situations, where they truly felt that their lives were in danger and had to use their firearms, are usually very shaken up, especially rookie policeman. Mr. Zimmerman was calm. In reference to Zimmerman’s uncle, when was the last time he heard George scream; when Zimmerman was 8, 10, maybe 12yrs of age? Come on give me a break. For the very same reason Trayvon’s father would have had difficulty identifying Trayvon’s voice screaming because he probably hadn’t been in a situation in the latter years of his son’s life to hear his son scream. And neither was Zimmerman’s uncle.
I think too the screams in life threatening situations are unique – when ever had somebody before so much fear of his life, so much fear in his voice? Wh at at I would say – also as a mother – the very ones I would considering to trust – are the mothers: They dedect easily the fear and the voice of their child
Your points are very good. If it was George Zimmerman screaming, why did he stop? He didn't even scream for help for Trayvon Martin who was lying there bleeding and dying. If he didn't know Trayvon was dead, why didn't he call for help for him? He has not shown one shadow of being sorry to have taken the life of another human being. Even the police will call for help for a person they have shot. I have known policemen who have been forced to shoot someone and they were, as you said, very shaken and even sorry even when they knew they were legally justified. George Zimmerman doesn't seem to care. I tend to think he got what he wanted.
“Keep in mind that george zimmerman was involved in a bitter domestic violence incident with his ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo. Zimmerman attacked her while the two were driving to a counseling session Zimmerman became enraged that she had come home late. They wrestled and he threw her on the bed, smacking her.
Zimmerman followed a man in his car until the police arrived. Daniel Osmun, the other driver, told police that Zimmerman was tailgating and that he spit his gum out the window "out of frustration.
zimmerman work as security He was fired for being too aggressive with patrons. He picked up and threw a women. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle.
Zimmerman was on various prescription drugs with known, violent side effects while acting as the neighborhood watch captain and on the night Martin died.It does further explain why he refused medical care that night though.”
Actually, 0% of what you said was true. It was all discussed, in motions, pre-trial and all came from FDLE. His girlfriend YELLED at him, he yelled back – neither were arrested, both took out mutual TRO's and dropped them 4 days later. Zimmerman broke up a fight between two men, one stepped on a woman's ankle – no police were involved. The prescription drug was ambien (this is ALL from court) he clearly was not on Ambien nor is he known to drink more than socially or EVER use drugs. Keep making up your lies. The defense could have rested after the case-in-chief, but is keeping this thing going to prove a point that the political and racial motivations were the basis for this trial. They are making phenomenal points – Angela Corey will be fired, De La Rionda will be fired and Sanford's entire government NEEDS to be overhauled.
Very well put Jeff- I do hope Angela Corey if fired- She should be brought up on charges...
I was appalled listening to Mr. Zimmerman's friend, on the stand this morning, describing conversations about weapons, target practice, type of gun to buy for various purposes, concealing a gun in a holster under clothes and on along these lines. It is frightening to think that citizens can conceal and carry guns, decide that someone is a threat , shoot them, and then claim self-defense. I say if your life revolves around guns and worry about threats you w i l l get what you fear. If Mr. Z had not had the gun, had not gotten out of his car, had not pursued, then Trayvon would be alive, most likely. It is the assumption that we need to carry a gun for protection that truly worries me. Would Mr. Z have been threatened by me, a white middle aged woman, a man in a suit instead of a hoodie, a jogger, a security guard, ???
I'm with you. If this guy is his best friend, I think we can deduce the kind of man Zimmerman is. A man is known by the company he keeps. His best friend comes across as an ego carrying a firearm.
Zimmerman is a liar and coward .everything that come out his mouth is a lie.his lawyer is a scam bag . he know his defense is to blame the young boy. to get Zimmerman off. I hope mark you can sleep at nite for your blaming the young boy who was doing nothing wrong but walking home that nite.
I honestly don't understand why George is able to use a self-defense argument when he started the entire situation. If the situation had been reversed then Trayvon would be on trial as an adult. So then, why not give Trayvon the respect of ana dult in death and assume that he "stood his ground" and did what he could to defend himself from an attacker but lost the fight due to being unarmed?
Bravo!!! Exactly!!! Zimmerman was the aggressor.
"This guy is an idiot, and if he thinks he's going to fix judgement on Zimmerman, then he's pulling the trigger on the guy he says he's defending! "Stand your ground' was Zimmermans first defence of why he was so agressive, now they switch their defence?? If Zimmerman walks out of this crime as a free man, he will be shot within days. I'd be the first to pull the trigger if Travon had been my kid!"
"Stand your ground! Police say stop stalking! Then he tells the copper to say to his wife. 'I killed a man!'
Zimmerman is a Racist and a Killer!!"
"if a child was abducted and an abductor was on the phone-tape, the police would use that tape to trace the abductor, So saying that 'The voice on that tape is so simple to trace, and it's not Zimmerman's!"
"She was there?? Who is this stupid woman who knows all the answers for a Killer??"
someone crashed into me while skiing once, and as i fell i screamed in agony as my leg was breaking.....on the other side of the treeline, going up the hill on the chairlift was the rest of my family – upon hearing the scream, my 8 year old daughter turned to my husband and said, "That's mom!" --- so don't tell me that a mother (martin's?) doesn't know her son's screaming voice !!!
"Guilty of Premeditated murder of whom?? He went out to kill and clean up the neighborhood, he didn't care who died!"
Two things. 1) perhaps racism is not so much the issue as the "thin blue line." Trayvon's parents had a massive struggle to force the police to investigate the case and now the police come to court and testify against the state. This seems strange while you consider that Zimmerman has emmersed himself in the disciplines of the police. But questions arise when you learn that his uncle has had a long history as a police officer,and that in a large city neighboring on Sanford. I would like the police to answer questions like,"how long have you known George Zimmerman?" And "How well do you know his uncle?" His own attorney admits the police were easy on Zimmerman. Perhaps the reason was not only because their sessions with him were beyond cordial but even to the point of comforting him that God would not punish him because it was self-defense. 2) there must be a question about Trayvon Martin's right to stand his ground since Zimmerman was the aggressor. This says anyone has the right to instigate an attack and then claim self defense if the person resists the attack. This case bothers me terribly because I suspect there will be no justice for Trayvon Martin and, if the police are as culpable as they appear, and the state does not have the courage, or the desire, or the competence, to truly represent the people then we are all at risk. I think we are all at risk if these police are representative of our hope for justice.
Either the Martins lawyer lied when he said that Mr. Martin told him that it was Trayvon's voice and now that they had "cleaned up the tape" he recognized his voice, or Mr. Martin lied. This was a politically motivated prosecution from the moment Rachel sat down on Mrs. Fulton's couch beside Mrs. Fulton through the Police Chief not being allowed in the room when the "group" gathered to here "the tape". I think Mr. Zimmerman possibly over-reacted and will no doubtedly be punished in some way for the rest of his life but that is no excuse for the way this has been handled by the prosecution lawyers and the Martin family and their lawyers. This was a race case from the beginning and Mrs. Fulton knew it and helped choreograph it
Yes, the comment about Mr. Martin recognizing Trayvon's voice after the tape was "cleaned up" was clearly meant to trip up Mr. Martin. As Mark O'Mara stated, there was no cleaned up version. I fear for the safety of George Zimmerman first of all, for the judge, the jurors, and the defense team. As Mark said in tonight's interview he hopes people will believe in the justice system, and a fiar trial. Those who seek blood will always seek blood and it serves no purpose. I pray for the safety of all who are involved in this case. May God bless and protect you.
How stupid can all these expert be, There were only
two people there Zimmerman and Trayvon. Only one person
was screaming, so if it was Zimmerman screaming he didn't need
to recognize the voice because he was the only one screaming.
If he can not recognize the voice he was not the one screaming.
Zimmerman said during the interrogation when, I believe, it`s Chris - detective Chris Serino, he clearly said on the recording, he said he yelled for help, and the detective obviously heard him, because he said, who said help, and then he changed his statement and said, I yelled for help. I have a problem with that. It was at that point that I totally believe that Zimmerman was lying and he was flipping the script.
"O Mama, why try to defend a guy as the victim, when this victim tried to defend himself as the Agressor. 'Stand your Ground! suddenly flipped to 'Flat on your back???:
Can Piers please ask his legal experts if this case will be precedent setting? If Zimmerman is acquitted, will anyone who initiates confrontation, and later simply feels afraid or gets overwhelmed in the conflict, be allowed to kill and walk free? Will this case have the effect of legalizing vigilante behavior and make it harder to prosecute murder? What do police and DAs think about how an acquittal could affect future homicide cases? Is this a case of "self defense" simply being defined by whoever the last man standing is? What are the consequences of this legally?
Agree. If somebody had followed Zimmerman in the rain and dark then the argument might have some merit. He was the one who carried a loaded weapon to chase after somebody based on his own, unqualified, opinion that the person had no right to be there. Martin's reaction is really immaterial. He had a right to stand his ground since he was not the aggressor.
""Airspeed is not Groundspeed, over water! Air over water is not the same as air over water at ground level! I never forget that British Verical take off jet, suddenly sucked into the ocean."
Air over water is 'watterlogged' it has to be to keep this planet Cool!"
TM was up in Sanford because he was on suspension from school for drug possession. He evidently got bored and took a walk in the rain to the store. He notices GZ watching him from his car. He circles him in his car and stares at him. He then walks behind the homes in the direction of his dad's home. GZ drives to a spot and then gets out to see where he disappeared to – all while still talking to dispatcher. GZ loses sight of TM and is told not to follow him any further. He says okay and heads back to his car. TM, bothered by being watched by GZ, comes out of nowhere and confronts him (instead of continuing to his dad's place where he could have been inside by this time). GZ is assaulted and beat up until he pulls his gun in self defense ( he could have pulled it immediately when confronted but did not). It is very sad that a lfe was lost here, but if TM had just kept on his path home, or at the very least, just let GZ know he was staying at his dad's, this could have been avoided. Observing someone from a distance is not a crime. Assaulting someone who is observing you is....
zimmerman should have not been carrying a gun from the start.and zimmerman "was" running behind martin.-with his gun out.else how did martin see it to know that he had one.zimmerman was told to "not" follow martin.but.zimmerman wanted to make martin lay face down until the police came.but it all went wrong.–from the start.
and what right would he have had to make Martin lie down in the first place? Zimmerman was totally out of line, probably since before the day he ever joined neighborhood watch. It is a nightmare that guys like him actually become policemen
Yeah, but don't let the defense hear that. Mr. Z "Isn't the kind of guy who could throw a punch" Really it bugs me to death how they don't wanna use his past actions to easily reflect on how aggressive Mr. Z most likely was, and how he COMPLETELY, created the issue that killed Trayvon.
This man doesn't deserve to be aquitted, and if he does that's a shame, truly I will lose all my hope in the legal system of this country. How obvious does it have to be: He was told no, don't do what he has done, which was following Trayvon. What was following that boy gonna accomplish? And with a loaded GUN!? Come on now, he simply wasn't just "checking around". I believe Zimmerman might have used that gun to provoke Travyon, I have been stalked. I know the feeling you can get from being followed. It's nothing simple as saying hi to a stranger. Trayvon was scared, he simply wanted to seem collected on the phone, because it was his girlfriend. It's not rocket science, he was MURDERED.
"Zimmerman" shot "T.Martin" while he was holding onto the front of his clothing.two things should have been looked at more in dept and that is "T.martin" pants and hoodie.if he was on top of "Zimmerman",grass stains,second,he was trying to get away,and "Zimmerman" was holding on to him from the front,trying to make him lay down until the police came.but,a fight broke out,and "Martin" knocked the gun away from "Zimmerman" while on top,and "Zimmerman" was trying to out wit "Martin" to get back control of the gun.and he did.while Zimmerman was trying to make "Martin" lay face down, "Zimmerman" shot him in the chest.and he "Martin"said,"you got me",after he shot T.Martin.Martin was holding his chest.-all because Zimmerman should have Never gotten out his truck or car,from the start..
I watched the so-called legendary Pathologist, Dr. Vincent Di Maio's testimony in cross examination today.What stood out to me was his graphic description of how the nozzle of Zimmerman's gun could have come in contact with Trayvon's Hoodie, which must have been two to three inches from his body.He noted that Trayvon must have surged forward and that because Trayvon had an open can of soda and skittles on him, could have all made the clothes move off from his bodyadding that when the bullet went through the hoodie into his chest, it created what he called a "power tatoo." My view here is that, it's possible one could be on the ground on his/her back trowing your fist or hand in the air and your hoodie or clothes possible moving away from your body especially in the chest area.. The other thing that the can was open. Why would Trayvon put an open empty can in the pocket of his Hoodie and not his cell phone?
I don't think that you watched it. The soda was found unopened, he talked at length about that. Did you not see him pick up the EVIDENCE bag that contained it?
about the cellphone/Arizona Ice Tea comment... good point... a good sign he was using the phone. Agree with all you said.
Since Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton came here and got people stirred up – are they going to come here and give a peace speech when Zimmerman if found not guilty??
Perhaps you don't realize your comment is racist. However, Trayvon's mother wanted justice and not because her son was black, but because he was her son. If she hadn't done something his murder wouldn't have every been investigated. The police just weren't doing their job. And murder it was, second degree or at the total least manslaughter.
Apparently you haven't heard that there is a group assembling in Miami, and since you have so much knowledge I guess you can tell me what they are coming for and please be truthful about it- so now who is racist? The decision to bring 2nd degree murder charge was from Angela Corey which was totally political and racially motivated and I hope she gets fired!
If there is a group assembling in Miami I am not surprised. But race would never have become an issue if the police had done their job and the state had done its job. As I said in my later comment, I don't believe George Zimmerman did what he did because he is a racist. I believe he did what he did because he is a small man who can only prove his manhood with hollow bullets. I believe he chased Trayvon because of a runaway ego that wants the power of being a policeman (for him to become one would be a worse horror than a group in Miami). I don't defend the group in Miami, if they exist. I abhor racism from either side and I think the issue of race has given an excuse for people of any color who are racists to vent their small minds. This kind of hatred–from you or from the group in Miami– works to the advantage of others who would profit from the people not coming together. The operative word is "the people." Neither you nor I nor the group in Miami profits from the police not doing their job. The specter of the two sides venting their anger at each other only serves to remove the focus from the ones who created the demonstrations: the police did not do their job. The state did not do its job and a mother was desperate for justice for her son. We all should consider what it will be when we, ourselves, are being followed in the night, in the rain, by a stranger with a gun who happens to be a friend of the police. Will we get justice when they kill us in a fit of insecurity? We should all put down our anger and make the state do its job because it benefits nobody if the police fail in their duty. By the way, I am white.
Since being followed is such a horrible thing to do according to most of America- I guess when a cop is following us and running our tags – or if in a store an employee is following you – or the many security cameras are following our moves – I guess the thing to do is to haul off and punch someone in the face- that seems to be okay with most of America- We are all being followed one way or another- stop being stupid!!
As a woman who has been followed in the dark (as was Trayvon) by a stranger I can tell you that being followed is not always so innocent. Every day the papers are filled with stories of women, children, even men sometimes, who were first followed, then disappeared, then were found rotting in the woods somewhere. Following is not one of those modern day "get over its." It's serious. Zimmerman was not the police checking Travon's license, he was not a policeman at all, he just played one in his mind. He was not an employee of anyone with a right to ignore the directions of the police and follow an innocent man in the rain and dark. This was not an acceptable situation and George Zimmerman is guilty, whether his egos in suits defense gets him off or not. I hope he at least gets some kind of record that prevents him from ever becoming a policeman.
I don't believe the crime was racially motivated. I do believe that Zimmerman would have gotten off without so much as a slap on the wrist if his mother had not fought and fought to have the case investigated. Then she had to struggle to have the case tried. However the demonstrations originated they served a purpose for us all... eventually the police and the state were forced to do the job they should have done from the beginning.
What I do believe is that the people deserve an explanation from the police why, exactly, they did not investigate the murder from the beginning. My experience of a couple of decades working in the court system and knowing the police makes me wonder if George Zimmerman was someone the police in Sanford knew quite well, someone they had known in his neighborhood watch and someone they knew wanted to be a policeman. Sanford is not that large a town.
Sanford borders on the larger county where Zimmerman's uncle has worked for decades. Having worked in the court systems it is very likely that the police of Sanford have known his uncle for a long time.
Now the trial and the police testify, even when called by the state, for the defendant. I think the people deserve answers to the questions to the police: "How long have you known George Zimmerman and in what capacity?" and how well do you know George Zimmerman's uncle? Also, why did you comfort Zimmerman that God, of all beings, would not hold him responsible for killing Trayvon? It seems the relationship between Zimmerman and the police is not objective.
Now another witness, an ex-policeman now in the business of testifying in court who VOLUNTEERED his services to testify for George Zimmerman. My question to him would be, how well do you know the Sandford police? Are you familiar with his uncle? Have did you discuss the case with any Sanford police prior to volunteering to testify for Zimmerman? Or the Orange County police where his uncle works....What was the nature of your discussion with the police prior to volunteering to testify?
Racism is in the background. I think what the state has neglected to question, perhaps because they need the police in the future, is why are the police testifying for the defendant.
previous post: I didnt make clear that it was Trayvon's mother who finally forced the police and state to act.
If the defense is painting George Zimmerman as a soft weak person at a fight, then why and how did he become the neighborhoods watch person. And to boot, give him a gun to walk around with for defense, when he is not experienced to fight as they say.... Plus to load hollow bullets in a gun, meaning those bullets can do more damage then regular pointed tip bullets... When you load hollow tipped bullets in your gun, you already are saying: "I have evil & ill will intent to infilct maximum harm if I have to use this gun."
It's an ego thing. The weaker he is in a fight the more he has to prove he is a man. So he gets some hollow bullets and loads one of them into a chamber. Then he lets the adrenaline do the rest for him. George Zimmerman is a small man and he just wanted to be a big one. That's what I think.
The judge has been helping the Prosecutor at every turn beginning at pre-trial. The lead prosecutor may be charged with at post trial for not turning over all evidence to the defense. We are talking about TMs cell phone data. Then the Judge refuse to allow it in as evidence. I am not taking any sides on this case, but I am watching court procedures and it is anything but proper. The other thing is how much race has become an issue. There is nothing about this case that has anything to do with race! One is dead black, the other is Hispanic. Then all I see are photos of TM that are 3-5 years old. So, it seems media is creating a spectacular to draw watchers.
West and OM are doing a great job at tag teaming the court, whole the whole Prosecutor team is horrible. West is the aggressor and OM cleans up. They are a great team and I would use them to defend me anyway if needed. let me put it this way, if you were on trial would you rather have a lawyer willing to truly defend you and do whatever it takes like most just take your money and do so very little?
Mr. Crump has disappeared, but not before cashing in on the HOA... TM's parents netted a cool 2 million, not sure what Crump made off of that.
Two other points need to be made;
First: Cell Phone issues… I am hearing the Judge was wrong on court’s authentication logic, Voice for Free America, PJ Media, Bob Owens
1. State did not provide evidence TMs phone was hacked.
2. A judge does not make authentication objections that is something the State must raise, and support with evidence.
3. The expert who testified said the phone data did not now evidence of being cracked/
4. He testified use patterns prove TM was the one texting
Second: The Role of the Judge: The judge in no way has been abiding by these rules. I get the picture. President Obama gets evolved, sends DOJ down to assist the prosecutor's office. Ms. Angela Corey sits in the courtroom daily in front of TM's parents and stares at the Judge. Oh, she is the Judges boss. Like in that Godfather movie where an under boss is going to testify against him, so they bring in the under bosses brother and upon seeing him in court he claims up. The Judge has assisted the prosecutor, hell she is the lead prosecutor!
Judges play many roles. They interpret the law, assess the evidence presented, and control how hearings and trials unfold in their courtrooms. Most important of all, judges are impartial decision-makers in the pursuit of justice. We have what is known as an adversarial system of justice – legal cases are contests between opposing sides, which ensures that evidence and legal arguments will be fully and forcefully presented. The judge, however, remains above the fray, providing an independent and impartial assessment of the facts and how the law applies to those facts.
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