On a day which saw the defense rest its case in the George Zimmerman trial, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Benjamin Crump to join the program for a live, exclusive interview.
Having been sequestered in the event he might be called upon to give testimony, the co-counsel for Trayvon Martin's family was unavailable for comment to this point. However, with the sequester now lifted, on Wednesday Crump offered his insight into the proceedings to this point:
"If the jury follows the evidence, George Zimmerman will be held accountable of killing Trayvon Martin because nothing has changed. George Zimmerman followed, profiled, made a decision to get out his car and chase Trayvon Martin," Crump summarized for Piers Morgan. "So, who threw what first punch, if they were struggling and rolling on the ground? Well George Zimmerman started this confrontation and so we can never get beyond Trayvon Martin just walking home and a strange man chasing him. Doesn't Trayvon Martin have the right to self-defense?"
As debates over race, courtroom protocol, and Florida law continue to dominate the case's headlines and talking points, Crump made a special effort to identify the emotional elements which may infiltrate the jury room:
"Those women on the jury have children and they have to think that 'this could be my child.' This could be anybody's child. And that's what's so troubling about this case and that's why it's so emotional, Piers," he told the host. "People all over the country are saying, especially minority parents, 'what if this were my child?'"
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Benjamin Crump, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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