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July 1st, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": A look ahead at week two of the Zimmerman trial, Judge Alex and Page Pate look at the defense's success in week one

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  • Week two of the Zimmerman trial: What to expect

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.”

  • Judge Alex Ferrer and Page Pate on the defense’s week one success

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.”

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soundoff (16 Responses)

    A lot of guys just want to appear to be cops. Gun, badge, pretend they're on TV that george zimmerman

    George Zimmerman D’s in Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Delinquency, and a C in a course called Evil Minds -Violent Predators. He failed algebra and astronomy and had been placed on academic probation in 2011.To the extent that he had some knowledge of self defense, he would have been able to put together a story that made some sense,”

    Who calls the police just prior to committing 2nd degree murder? Someone who is known by the police and whose father is a retired judge would be confident that there would no consequence. And if it wasn't for the outrage by the public, he wouldn't be on trial.He had a dad who could tell him how to get away with stand your ground. There's a reason why the Police Chief is gone and Serino himself got knocked down from Lead Homicide Detective to 3rd-shift beat cop! They learned Zimmerman was lying only after they botched the investigation.

    July 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gabrielle

    Seems like piers Morgan will agree with everyone who comes on his show. He agreed with almost everything that was said tonight.

    July 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Edmund

    Why was George Zimmerman carrying an automatic weapon with a with a round in the chamber and the safety off? If the fight happens the way he said it did, he could not have chambered a round and taken the safety off that quick with on ehand

    July 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gary

      how did Zimmerman remove his weapon and then holster his weapon from his position and martins position. do not understand how prosecution can miss this

      July 2, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • creedwait

      You are mistaken. Zimmerman did not have an automatic weapon. An automatic weapon is commonly referred to as a 'machine gun'. Zimmerman was carrying a semi-automatic pistol similar to a standard police issued weapon.

      July 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lisa

    Can somebody answer the question that the July 1,2013 asked,his name is Edmund.Please can you tell us why George he was carrying a loaded gun,and secondly why was he surprised that the 16yr old boy that he had shot was dead.Please make a lot of us understand.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Gloria Boyett

    It defeats CNN's purpose of showing the Zimmerman trial, by bleeping comments during the testimony. Post a warning before starting the testimony and let your viewing audience hear everything! Testimony content changes when certain parts are deleted!

    July 2, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lorraine blum

    Zimmerman should have been charged in murder one. He was out looking to find someone to shoot. He wanted so bad to be a hero. In his mind that was what he is. Too bad he had to kill someone to look good in his sick arrogant mind. He could care less what happened to an innocent teen. He needs to be found guilty or we are going to be seeing more murderers getting away with it by saying it was self defense. Is anyone saying Trayvin had the right to defend his life?

    July 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    For the curious minded. I took the infamous 911 tape into the studio.

    It OBVIOUSLY would not be court admissible (they barely allowed the real ones), but this is a unique and somewhat legitimate way at taking a look at the call in question.

    I compressed it so the lows came up a bit, limited it so you can hear other low sounds without your ears bleeding when the shots ring out. I then (thanks to the wonders of digital, couldn't do this with tape) slowed it down to just over half speed but PITCHED it back up to 100%. In other words.. you can hear the call without it hurting your ears, at a speed that is easier to digest and get a sense of. The pitch however is true to source. And there has been no EQ or altering ANY of the tonalities, although there are inherent nuanced swirly artifacts from slowing anything down that radically.

    Anyway, make of it what you will.. if you want to actually HEAR (what you can) the call, I wouldn't discount taking a listen to this version. The way I have done it is almost akin to the audio version of slowing down a video tape.

    Zimmerman Martin Altercation.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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