As week three in the George Zimmerman trial is well underway, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan asked J. Cheney Mason to join the program with his incomparable personal insight and specific legal perspective.
Two years since serving as co-counsel in the Casey Anthony trial, the "Piers Morgan Live" guest shared his reaction to the proceedings thus far, in the process offering analysis based on his own professional experiences:
"I've been involved in handling homicide cases for 40 years among others. Juries usually like somebody to be responsible for and pay for where there's a death. Where there's a death and there's no question of who did it, when they did it, and how they did it, and where they did it, now they have to just deal with why," he explained. "I can tell you that my feelings right now from what I have seen...I think there at least is a significant reasonable doubt as to whether or not Mr. Zimmerman was justified in what he did based on the fear of great bodily harm."
All too familiar with the glare of the spotlight that comes with trying a case ripe with national scrutiny and obsessive pressure, Mason reminded the host that not all testimony is relevant, pointing out the specific facts that he feels will ultimately contribute to the case's outcome:
"I have listened to days of hearing all this stuff back and forth about who hollered, who was screaming? I don't know that that really matters because there's as many people saying that it was Mr. Martin as there are Mr. Zimmerman. I don't know whether that's going to carry the day with the jury or not," he said. "I think they're more inclined to look at the injuries and determine whether or not they justified, with a reasonable belief, of fear of great bodily harm and then go from there...all we know for a fact is that this young man was killed, and that's tragic."
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