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June 28th, 2013
08:21 PM ET

Mel Robbins on day five in the Zimmerman trial: "It’s kind of shocking, what the prosecution let the defense get away"

On the heels of yet another day of fascinating courtroom proceedings in the George Zimmerman trial, coming up this evening "Piers Morgan Live" invites Mel Robbins to offer her expert analysis.

Herself a criminal defense attorney, Robbins notes the strength of the testimony provided by a man the prosecution called to the witness stand:

"John Good was a fantastic witness," she states, referring to a gentleman who was able to offer key specifics regarding the actual, physical altercation that took place between the defendant and the late Trayvon Martin. "He was very clear, I was in the courtroom with him, the jurors leaning in Piers, taking down every single word as he flat out said, 'yes, I can’t say 100 percent but my gut, what do I tell you who was yelling, it was George Zimmerman.' He’s said very clearly, it was George Zimmerman on the bottom. So that was unbelievable."

Joining Piers Morgan from just outside the Sanford, Fla. courthouse, Robbins also offers key insight into other areas of Friday's testimony which she found to be particularly compelling and significant:

"The defense was able to establish that there were wounds all around his [Zimmerman's] head. Why? Well that supports the rolling around theory on the ground in the scuffle. He [attorney Mark O'Mara] also held up that photo of George Zimmerman with the nose that’s like 20 times bigger than it should be. A dozen times for the jury to see," explains Robbins. "And finally, what’s the last thing that physician’s assistant said? She said, she basically agreed with O’Mara and said, ‘well yea, if he didn’t stop the fight he would have been injured much more seriously.' So it’s kind of shocking, what the prosecution let the defense get away with today."

Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Mel Robbins, then tune in at 9 for a program dedicated exclusively to the latest developments in one of the most polarizing court cases in recent memory.
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  1. Strockerz

    From this article Mel does not appear to understand how Good's testimony helped the prosecution. He never saw or heard T hit Z. Even if he did not have direct visual access to Z's face he would have at least heard contact between T's fist and Z's face. More importantly, he said the straddling style allowed the person on the bottom to get out from underneath and/or throw punches himself. In short, he is an eyewitness proving Z was not pinned down.

    TImeline is the other issue. He saw this before the 911 call that captured the sound of the gunshot. This means roughly 40 seconds passed after he went back inside to call 911 himself. Nobody saw what was happening in the final seconds before the gunshot. Does anyone really believe T would simply keep trying to kill Z knowing there is a witness and the cops were on their way?

    There is a lot more information to cover but anyone who is celebrating Good's testimony as a victory for the defense is suffering from tunnel vision.

    June 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joan

    I must have seen different views of the court case today. A doctor said that small cuts on the head can bleed profusely. Thus the couple of two centimetre cuts on Zimmerman's head could have bled a lot and the rain would have made it run more and look worse. The cuts weren't bad enough to be sutured that night or the next day. The day after the killing, Zimmerman looked and acted pretty normal so his "beating" wasn't that bad.. As far as the swollen nose goes, I think George Zimmerman deserved to get punched in the nose. A grown man ignored the orders of the 911 operator and continued to follow this young man. Imagine what must have been going through Trayvon's mind. He must have been so scared not knowing who this guy was, why he was following him and that perhaps he was going to be assaulted and killed. Why is everyone so concerned about George Zimmerman being afraid for his life so he killed the young man? Why don't people seem to care that Trayvon was probably afraid for his life and fought back. I don't blame him. If Trayvon was on top when he was shot, then Zimmerman would have pushed him off of of him and wouldn't he have rolled onto his back? He was on his stomach with his arms underneath. That is odd. How do you know that Zimmerman didn't pull out the gun when he confronted Trayvon or if he had his arm up to his ear with his phone, maybe his jacket pulled up and revealed the gun. That would reasonably terrify Trayvon and of course he would try to defend himself. George Zimmerman was the instigator by continuing to follow the boy because he had been told not to. All he had to do was stay in his truck and wait for the police. The police would have come, seen that Trayvon only had a drink and Skittles and would have let him continue to his Dad's. No-one would have been hurt, there would have been no fight and definitely the boy would not have been killed. If Zimmerman isn't convicted of murder then at least he should get manslaughter. He caused the whole situation and yet he's alive and well. Terrible!

    June 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marva Smith

      George Zimmerman put the victim in a prone position like any good lawman would have. Haven't you seen a cuffed perpetrator; face down arms out before being hand cuffed. People are watching too much crime shows.

      June 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Joan

        Today a witness said that Trayvon Martin was on his stomach with his arms underneath him. He was already dead so he sure didn't need to be hand cuffed. This man even took pictures of Trayvon's body in this position. The police moved him when they came to try and revive him. It seems like maybe Zimmerman may have staged his body for some reason. Also, when did Zimmerman take out his gun and after the shooting why did he put his gun back in his holster? Wouldn't a law man know it would be evidence.

        June 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Strockerz

        He wasnt a lawman and good lawmen dont chase unarmed teenagers and kill them.

        June 29, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jas

    Where do these so-called experts come from?This Mel has been biased in every interview-states facts not in evidence and acts like her opinion is somehow truth-I'd prefer to hear the opinion of strangers on the street rather than these so-called experts that all seem to have an agenda-It seems all news related media is just pure bull-I'd love to hear someone that actually was neutral and stuck to facts.

    June 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Strockerz

      Im (almost) shocked at how many "journalists" are literally changing what witnesses are saying in court but even more disappointed in how many people are ignoring the available direct source and opting for second and third hand information.

      June 29, 2013 at 8:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Marva Smith

    This is a tragic situation that reallyboils down to who threw the first punc. Has anyone considered that the victim, Trayvon Martin may have been standing his ground or feared for his life?
    We all must remember to focus on frame of mind.
    George Zimmerman was upset with the number of burglaries in his community. He was very clear that he was going to protect the property of neighbor's as well as his own. How many of the general public have felt that way? The question is how many of you would have gotten out of your car with a loaded gun to follow a suspecious character without thinking how am I going to protect myself if confronted by that suspecious person. That is premeditation or intent to use bodily harm if necessary.
    Trayvon Martin was a 16 year old teenager. It was raining and he was on his way home from the store. He was pre occupied on the phone with a friend. Some how he noticed that he was being followed by a strange man in a car. The strange man then got out of his car to get a closer look at him and he began to run; notknowing who was following him. George Zimmerman never Identified himself. Would you lead a stalker to your home, knowing there is another 12 year old minor. Wouldn't you have run to get away? Left with no choice wouldn't you have challenged your stalker? What would you have done if you felt threatened by a stranger? Idon't know about you but I would have died fighting too.
    The laws need to be changed adults should not be allowed to approach anyone that is underage because of Stranger Danger that every mother teaches their child.
    This case has nothing to do with race.

    June 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dw

      This case has everything to do with race! There would not even be a trial if trayvon was white! Check your facts! Look In the mirror. wow!

      June 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dw

    The charge is wrong in this case, because of race, the charge should be manslaughter, Zimmerman has the right to defend himself.

    June 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marva Smith

      I agree unfotunately the law on Stand Your Ground is ambiguous. I believe the jury will not vote to convict on the charges presented. I just hope his concealed weapon permit is revoked as well as his ability to own a gun. This is a case where only 2 people know the truth and one of them is dead.

      June 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • gene shockwell

        Why revoke his carry permit if he isn't convicted (as you suggest) of any crime?

        June 29, 2013 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      If Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman when he shot him through the heart, shouldn't there have been a lot of blood on the front of Zimmerman's jacket? A bullet in the chest through the heart at that close range should have done a lot of damage. You would think that there would have been a lot of blood.

      June 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • deb

        Are you watching the trial at all? Trayvon had no blood on his own shirt from the bullet wound, why would he have bled onto Zimmerman?

        June 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joan

    To Deb, yes I have been watching but not moment by moment because I don't have that much free time. You can't miss this trial because it has saturated the airwaves. I had not heard that there was no blood on either Martin or Zimmerman's clothing. That seems odd. Anyway, thanks for answering the question. If technicalities about the Florida stand your ground law allow Zimmerman to walk a free man it is a shame. Trayvon Martin should have been able to stand his ground also since he is the one who was being stalked.

    June 29, 2013 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Strockerz

      Deb has no idea what she is talking about. T did have blood on his shirt and some of his dna got on Z's shirt as shown by the medical reports released last year. There wasnt a lot because T's heart stopped beating shortly after the bullet tore it apart plus his sweatshirt was being pulled away from his body so any immediate spray from his chest would have been caught by the inside of his shirt.

      June 29, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • deb

        "There wasnt a lot because T's heart stopped beating shortly after the bullet tore it apart plus his sweatshirt was being pulled away from his body so any immediate spray from his chest would have been caught by the inside of his shirt."

        But yet some of this very small amount of blood got on Zimmerman's jacket. How could this be if Zimmerman was straddling Martin from on top and beating him? You have said there would have been no spray, so it could only have got there by gravity.

        June 29, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • deb

      Zimmerman's own lawyer has said that Stand Your Ground is irrelevant in this case and will not be part of the defense. If Martin was being "stalked", how can the the fact be explained that the fatal encounter, which took place about five minutes after Zimmerman left his vehicle and most of which time he spends calmly talking on the phone, took place about 110 feet by the footpath from his vehicle? A better description might be that Martin was "lurking" and looking for an opportunity to attack Zimmerman. Nothing prevented him from simply going home.

      June 29, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Strockerz

        You are asking people to believe the guy who ran away was the attacker. Do you have any idea how silly that sounds? T was running away from someone in a truck so what makes you think T should have thought he could run faster than Z could drive?

        Z lied and kept looking for T after he got off the phone and that is why the fight happened. The prosecution hasnt even presented half of its evidence yet so I will let them shore this up. Besides, Z supporters are not exactly known for addressing the facts and evidence.

        June 29, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Burns

      It won't be "technicalities" that get George acquitted. It will be the fact that all the evidence clearly supports his claim of self-defense. That's been fairly obvious from the beginning of this farce, and is the reason the grand jury phase was flagrantly bypassed. It's also obviously the reason he wasn't initially charged.

      July 1, 2013 at 2:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Strockerz

    Deb, I didnt say Z was straddling and beating T. I also didnt say T's blood was found on Z's shirt or jacket. Z had his hands all over T after the shot was fired. One would expect dna transfer from Z's hands to his own clothes.

    June 29, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      "You're asking people to believe that the guy who ran away was the attacker?"

      Ah, the Argument From Incredulity. You can't conceive of it in your limited imagination, therefore it didn't happen.

      How about you actually follow the trial for a bit? 'Cause Trayvon's friend DeeDee testimony nicely lays it out for you.

      Here's a hint: the prosecution and the defense both agree that Trayvon initially ran from Zimmerman. Yet the prosecution doesn't seem to think that's such a strong argument in proving who initiated the confrontation. Ever wonder why? Well, watch the trial, then.

      June 30, 2013 at 1:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bonnie

    you are not pausing today. Why?

    July 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ty

    according to the first 911 call the dispatcher tells z they dont need him to follow t he agrees but you can still here heavy breathing and wind coming through the phone which clearly means he still pursued t after he was told not.the same way z didnt want to tell his address because t was still around is the same way t probably felt about z knowing where he stayed

    July 2, 2013 at 3:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
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