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July 10th, 2013
10:55 PM ET

Scott Turow predicts the end of the George Zimmerman trial: "I don't think Mr. Zimmerman is going to be convicted"

As week three in the George Zimmerman trial is well underway, on Wednesday evening Piers Morgan invited author and lawyer Scott Turow to share his expertise on trials similar to the one being held in Sanford, Fla..

"In defense of the prosecutors: this is a case that the local prosecutors didn't want to bring," explained the author of "Presumed Innocent." "The special prosecutor brought it. And they are bringing this case and the evidence forward to let a jury decide. And so they're letting it all hang out, and they may look bumbling, and they may look like they're contradicting themselves. But they are, you know, following a classic strategy for particularly state court prosecutors of just saying 'we're going to put it all on and let the jury make sense of it.'"

With Turow to release his latest legal read, entitled "Identical," this fall, the "Piers Morgan Live" host couldn't resist asking the author how he might write the ending to the Zimmerman trial:

"I don't think Mr. Zimmerman is going to be convicted," he said. "But I also think that doesn't answer the larger cultural questions that are involved."

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  1. drake mallard

    To George Zimmerman you insecure shooting unarmed black boy it's gonna make your situation any better? That's your problem, Tricky Dick. You are paranoid.

    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.

    Temazepam is an immediate-acting drug used for the short-term treatment of sleeplessness and includes anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant properties. sleeping pills can also increase depression, which could lead to suicide. They impair your ability to function properly

    “Adderall it can make you manic and/or delusional if you're a young person.

    Treatment emergent psychotic or manic symptoms, e.g., hallucinations, delusional thinking, or mania in children and adolescents without prior history of psychotic illness or mania can be caused by stimulants at usual doses”

    this another reason the gun laws need some changing because people who are on these medication can and will harm others. They also can be so conniving around people that they want to keep on their side, just like men who abuse their other half and vice verse. They are okay right up to the minute they have harmed the innocent partner. Just like all the mass murders we have witness, some of these people didn't show signs of any mental issues but were.”

    July 11, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Derrick Campbell

    I think the use of the dummy in court shows that if Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman, Zimmerman would not have been able to draw his firearm since it would be covered by Trayvon's body and/or leg: this leads to Zimmerman already had his firearm drawn, which was locked and loaded.

    July 11, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • C Kelly

      Ur wrong... Holsters can be in other areas besides the side.. Nice try

      July 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • david

        C Kelly. Of course a holster can be other places...but Zimmerman's was on his waist, on the right-back side, under him and supposedly under Martin, too. Don't know much about the case, huh?

        July 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Donna

    I think George Zimmerman had his gun out and loaded when he approached Trayvon Martin on that dark rainy night. Zimmerman didn’t identify himself to Trayvon Martin and Trayvon feared for his life and screamed for help while he held George down after a brief struggle. Because of George’s weight and fighting skills was able to break free from Trayvon’s grip and viciously shoot Trayvon at a 90% angle – face to face. Trayvon Martin was walking home while talking to his ‘girl’ friend up until the moment Trayvon was approached by George. Trayvon wasn’t perusing George.
    Trayvon was fighting for his life.
    George is guilty.

    July 11, 2013 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Triple Lindy

      Prosecutors have to prove their case, the burden is on them. The defense does not have to prove a damn thing. Perhaps you have heard of it referred to as presumption of innocence.

      July 12, 2013 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cyndi

      II do not agree with you at all – Trayvon Martin had plenty of time to run home if he really wanted to and as evidenced he chose to stay and approach GZ! I have watched the Zimmerman trial from beginning to end and completely without prejudice – I would definitely find the defendant George Zimmerman 'NOT GUILTY" as there is no evidence whatsoever that Zimmerman did not in fact act in 'self defence'. The State could not provide any concrete evidence or any evidence at all that would even suggest that there was any hate/profiling etc. and I feel that George Zimmerman felt threatened by Trayvon Martin in that he thought he might be prowling the area to break in as there were many previous robbery cases in the area. After all, he was a neighborhood watch and his duty was to in fact protect the neighborhood. I also feel that the Judge did not detail the charges to the Jury properly as she seemed in quite a hurry! This is not acceptable.

      July 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • butch thomas

        i agree w you...........i lost my son at 19 6yrs ago so i know the pain the parents feel.......their son was a young man not a child..almost old enough for military service....................this case should never gone to trial he could have just gone home and not confronted Mr. Zimmermann

        July 13, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Cyndi

        I am so sorry to hear that you lost your son at age 19 years. This is so tragic. Thanks for pointing out the fact that TM was not a child and in fact was quite a fit young man and also known to be a fighter! What actually boggles my mind is the fact that most people assume that GM already had the gun in his hand when he approached TM. If this was the case why didn’t he mention this to the young lady who was talking to him on her cell phone? She clearly stated in her testimony that TV said to GM ‘why you following me’? According to her statement they continued talking until the head phone was knocked off his head. Also TM told her that he was running home. None of this makes sense.

        July 13, 2013 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
      • Kim

        As you have stated that Trayvon "had plenty of time to run home", Mr Zimmerman had plenty of time to return to his truck; as a matter of fact, if he had stayed in his truck and let on officer of the law, not a want a be cop, handle this situation then a young man with a whole life ahead of him would be here today. He had no right to follow Trayvon and catagorize him, as those profanities he used while on the phone surely displayed his hate and anger for this young man in a hoodie. Please people wake-up, have some common sense! Zimmerman has wanted to be a police officer for a long time, he thought he had the same power because he carried a gun and law said he could, then he joined a neighborhood watch and look out, he was the man and out to prove it! If the Martin family does not get any justice for their son we might as well put out a big sign, "Come to Florida and get away with Murdering Children". First Casey Anthony proved you can murder your child,throw them away like trash, be found not guilty and free to go on and possibly have more children, maybe make a bundle of cash by writing a book or selling your story to the movies. Now we have the Zimmerman case, who by the way has already made more money then I have in twenty years of nursing and working two jobs, he murders another kid who lived in Florida, and if he's found not guilty, will also be able to sell his story and make more money, while another innocent life is taken with no justice or regarding here in the sunshine state.

        July 13, 2013 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Timato

    I am sick of Piers (go back to England) acting like the primo Democrat liberal anti American KNOW IT ALL trying to tell real Americans how we should live and be governed. GO HOME! Take your stupid accent back to where you came from. we don't need you. We don't WANT you! And while you are at it, take your buddy Barack! You make me SICK!

    July 11, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zada

      Yes, Timato I am so glad you said exactly what I was thinking. Peeers is a complete flaming brit who really should go back to britain and bore those limeys with his leftist bull and quit telling Americans what we are doing wrong. He seems to get such a thrill from preaching to Americans on what we should do and not do. I am so sick of this piece of cr@p man who calls himself a journalist. He should be preaching somewhere about something he knows...whatever that may be and certainly not in the U.S.

      July 11, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dave843

      The sad thing is he's really not so different than the rest of the mainstream media, just with a British accent.

      July 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. linda lilly

    I have been following the Zimmerman trial. It seems odd that no one has questioned the instructions of the 911 operator. After telling Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, the operator asks if Zimmerman can see where he is or what he is doing. That may encourage someone to look a bit further. The neighbor who called 911 was also asked what was going on and if she could see anything. Fortunately she had the good sense not to be egged on by the 911 operator. Her answer was that she didn’t want to go out there. 911 operators ought to be instructed to ask if the person is in a safe place. In the event the person is in a safe place, the individual should be instructed not to move. On the off chance the person can see something from a safe position the information should certainly be given to the authorities. But the 911 operators ought not to inadvertently encourage witnesses to get involved.

    July 11, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Timato

    The prosecution admitted that Travon was ON TOP! A clear change of strategy and factual recount. Clearly the prosecution is scared about their tactics and it is evident taht GZ WAS defending himself against someone he FEARED. NOT GUILTY!

    July 11, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cyndi

      I agree with you about the fact that the prosecutors now suddenly agree that Trayvon Martin was on top.I have watched the Zimmerman trial from beginning to end and completely without prejudice – I would definitely find the defendant George Zimmerman 'NOT GUILTY" as there is no evidence whatsoever that Zimmerman did not in fact act in 'self defence'. The State could not provide any concrete evidence or any evidence at all that would even suggest that there was any hate/profiling etc. and I feel that George Zimmerman felt threatened by Trayvon Martin in that he thought he might be prowling the area to break in as there were many previous robbery cases in the area. After all, he was a neighborhood watch and his duty was to in fact protect the neighborhood. I also feel that the Judge did not detail the charges to the Jury properly as she seemed in quite a hurry! This is not acceptable.

      July 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. max

    the two 16 year old black kids that set the white 14 year old boy on fire. the way Morgan will see it. what did the white kid think he was doing being born, walking down the street, and he ran away to put him set out, and not just let them kill him. some how this will have to become the white kids to blame for there actions. as the film maker was to blame for the four that were killed over seas. for some reason color and faith is playing with our brains in what is right and wrong. If we all saw each other arm may be will stop acting so badly. to bad the kid that was set had nothing to keep this from happening. Wild west sure is, to be set on fire!

    July 11, 2013 at 2:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      A 15 yr old Black kid was set on fire by his two white classmates. Wheres his justice? Wheres the hate crime?

      July 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dan

    This trial is a sham. There is no evidence to refute Zimmerman's claim of self-defense. He is not guilty. The race obsessed media is trying to put a case out there and the professional racists like jesse jackson and al sharpton should be ashamed. How would anyone else like it if their fellow Americans declared them guilty without a proper trial?

    The only reason this is a story is because martin is black. A young man in Kansas City was set on fire by 2 black teenagers but none of the media cares. Where's his justice? They literally said "you get what you deserve white boy"! Where's the justice? Where's the hate crime? Nobody has even been arrested!

    July 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      A 15 yr old Black kid was set on fire by his two white classmates. Wheres his justice? Wheres the hate crime?

      July 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • storhertugen

        Every day black thugs target innocent white people, not the way around.

        July 11, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyndi

      I certainly agree with you! Everything seems to be 'race profiling' and I am sick of it. GZ was doing his job as Neighborhood watch as evidenced today and was NOT profiling anybody... as a matter of fact I have watched the Zimmerman trial from beginning to end and completely without prejudice – I would definitely find the defendant George Zimmerman 'NOT GUILTY" as there is no evidence whatsoever that Zimmerman did not in fact act in 'self defence'. The State could not provide any concrete evidence or any evidence at all that would even suggest that there was any hate/profiling etc. and I feel that George Zimmerman felt threatened by Trayvon Martin in that he thought he might be prowling the area to break in as there were many previous robbery cases in the area. After all, he was a neighborhood watch and his duty was to in fact protect the neighborhood. I also feel that the Judge did not detail the charges to the Jury properly as she seemed in quite a hurry! This is not acceptable.

      July 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • deannamaria

        Neighborhood WATCH. Watch doesn't involve a gun

        July 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cyndi

        Are you aware that Trayvon Martin talked about all of the fights he had been in as well as looking for a gun to buy! It is not illegal to carry a licensed gun. Personally I too would carry a gun if doing neighborhood watch duties.

        July 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kempirepacific

    In George Zimmerman's re-enactment, he tells the video crew filming it that he had his gun in a holster on the INSIDE of his pants exactly in the middle of his BACK. If Trayvon was on top of him three facts would be clear: (A) Trayvon would have bled on George at least a little bit after he was shot and this did not happen, (B) Trayvon never would have seen George's gun to go reach for it like George says he did, and (C) George wouldn't have been able to reach for the gun himself because he would have been defending himself if he was being beaten like that,

    What happened was George thought he was a tough guy with a gun, got himself all worked up, got out of his car and pointed his gun at Trayvon and that's when Trayvon screamed and then after the scream was the shot. I think George quickly injured himself or had someone in the neighborhood do it. George probably shot him then jumped on him and still started beating Trayvon after he was dead. George better be convicted his story makes no sense and his following someone walking on a sidewalk through a neighborhood would be enough to scare anyone into wanting to defend themselves anyway from a scary stalker at night and now Trayvon is dead. If George is acquitted at least I'll have comfort knowing that he will never have a good life and will always be afraid some psycho might come after him. I hope that never happens to George, but I certainly hope he has the worst life ever because at least he still has one.

    July 12, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. AF

    The Atlantic on the anticipated verdict. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/07/the-zimmerman-trial-and-the-meaning-of-verdicts/277724/

    July 12, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. patricia

    i have lot of friends that are black and i love them all but the news people are only bring blacks in that are rascaly like the woman that said there will be trouble if he is found not guilty, she is still living in the 60s, and goverment that was busing all he blacks to sandford was just adding to the trouble that was already there . what if the white bused all the white in when someone is killed by blacks in this world . why don,t we started living in to days world

    July 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. thomas

    Geo Zimmerman will NEVER be FREE,,he will be blacklisted ...he'll never get a job..maybe he will write a book..but who will buy it ?...

    July 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jim bui

    To Mr Robert Zimmerman Jr.
    Your repeated statement that the fact that the jurors found your brother George innocent meant that they found Treyvon's death was not the result of George's wrong doing is far stretched from the truth. The verdict simply meant that the jurors believe though he may or may not be guilty, there was not enough proof beyond reasonable doubt to convict him. You have the right to believe in your brother's innocence, but please don't say that that was also the jurors' belief. They simply said they don't know for sure. No more, no less. And I accept the verdict base on the ground that there was no witness around to conclusively determine one way or another. There is a difference between not guilty and innocence.

    July 14, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cyndi

      In Court, no one is given the opportunity of pleading 'innocence' – you are either 'not guilty' or 'guilty' – so could you please clarify what you actually mean???

      July 14, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. El

    Has anyone considered that Trayvon may have hesitated to go home (once he realized he was being followed by Zimmerman) because he did not want his pursuer (Zimmerman) to know where he lived? If he thought Zimmerman was a "creeper" or molester, why lead him home???

    July 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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