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Week one of the George Zimmerman trial put a spotlight on a number of the nation’s most-controversial and polarizing issues. In advance of a second week in the Florida courtroom, on Friday evening CNN’s Martin Savidge joined “Piers Morgan Live” with a preview:
“The prosecution probably is going to start putting forward witnesses like the medical examiner, and that can be very interesting,” Savidge predicted. “The body of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin could tell us a lot about what went on.”
Savidge speculated that among the last few witnesses to take the stand for the prosecution will be “somebody who ran that gym of mixed martial arts, which apparently George Zimmerman attended. And then, perhaps, also in a dramatic move, we would see, one or maybe both parents of Trayvon Martin,” which will be rather telling it terms of being able to identify the voice heard yelling for help over the phone.
A topic that will likely be avoided, said Savidge, is that of guns:
“Remember, he was licensed to have that weapon, so there was nothing clandestine about it. And, of course, in Florida, there are a lot of people who have weapons. That has not so far been an issue. It's whether he was justified in using it. That's still to be determined.”
On Friday, Judge Alex Ferrer and Criminal Defense Attorney Page Pate detailed what they viewed to be the successes and failures of the Zimmerman trial after its first week:
“This was a devastating week for the prosecution,” Ferrer argues. “At this point in the trial, it's the prosecution's case. We should all be going wow, he did it ... he's definitely guilty, and then you get to the defense's case and it starts to shift and you start to wonder whether there is reasonable doubt of not.”
In Ferrer's eyes, specific details offered by the prosecution’s witnesses left several openings for the defense to attack:
“When you put all of the bricks together it's like the defense is building their defense case completely in the prosecution's side of the case," he maintained. "It's been a disaster for the prosecution.”
Similarly, Pate saw this week as a victory for Zimmerman's camp:
“I certainly agree that the defense had a great day today [Friday,]" he shared. "It's not the common situation for a defense attorney to be able to use prosecution witnesses to prove their own case in the middle of the prosecution's case.“
But a seasoned defense attorney, Pate cautioned against coming to judgement too quickly, predicting that the prosecution’s anchoring witnesses will provide some compelling evidence:
“The state hasn't rested yet," he reminded Piers Morgan. "We're going to hear more witnesses next week, probably scientific witnesses, technical witnesses, but I would be surprised if the prosecution doesn't have a few very solid, very favorable witnesses waiting in the wings to testify toward the end of their case.”