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With the fate of George Zimmerman now in the hands of six Florida women, on Friday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited a collection of legal experts and media analysts, as well as a live audience, to debate and discuss the individual elements and specific pieces of information which will ultimately factor into the final decision.
After three hours spent mulling over evidence and testimony, on Friday afternoon the jury suspended deliberations, with plans to resume at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. According to Judge Alex Ferrer, the man who's fate they will decide has been rather convincing in sharing his side of the events:
"When he tells the story, for him to have made it up, he made it up immediately after the shooting, within seconds of a witness coming out from the apartment, he would have to be brilliant," said Ferrer, as a live audience hung on every word. "He doesn't know who watched, he doesn't know if anybody videotaped, he doesn't know what forensic evidence they're going to find on the floor. And yet, the story he told, with minor inconsistencies, does coincide with the physical evidence, in almost every material way."
Seated two spots to Ferrer's left, Marc Lamont Hill wasn't able to resist delivering a little zinger:
"And I've seen enough of George Zimmerman to know he's not brilliant," quipped the HuffPost Live co-host, as applause trickled throughout the studio. "I think what it is, is that George Zimmerman believes the story that he's telling, and that's why this is complex. I think initially we wanted a very flat, simple, easy story, which was this crazy racist, saw a Black kid, and decided to go on a killing spree. And I don't think that's true, I don't think that's the case at all."
Meanwhile, joining the program live via satellite, jury expert Jo-Ellan Dimitrius touched upon Zimmerman's personal focus on crime within his community, suggesting he failed to follow the rules of his position:
"Piers, I can't help but think that these jurors are going back and looking at the perspective of the fact that as a neighborhood watch commander he is taught to observe, report, and be a good witness."
Watch the rest of clip as defense attorney Jayne Weintraub adds her professional insight in explaining the exact specifications required to accurately claim self defense, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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