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As the George Zimmerman trial hit its seventh day on Tuesday, the topic of race continued to serve as a dominant theme woven throughout the fabric of the proceedings.
Not since the 1994 trial of O.J. Simpson has America been so polarized and divided, as nearly two decades after the Hall of Fame running back was acquitted of double-homicide, the country is again struggling for answers following an event that left African-American teen Trayvon Martin dead at the hands of a multi-racial Hispanic American man 11 years his senior.
Christopher Darden was a prosecutor in that O.J. Simpson trial, and joining "Piers Morgan Live" on Tuesday evening, he offered his experienced perspective on another case that exists as a microcosm set on the backdrop of larger racial issues:
"It's a race case without question. It was made a race case prior to the case being filed," Darden said. "The defense played the race card just the other day when they introduced a statement supposedly made by Trayvon where he referred to Zimmerman as a cracker. And so, race is the case."
Asked by the host for his analysis of the trial to this point, and Darden revealed an opinion that strongly favors the Zimmerman camp:
"I think this is a case for the defense to lose. I think the prosecution has an uphill battle. I'm not sure that I would have filed this case had I been the prosecutor, whether there was political pressure to do so or not," said the man who famously asked Simpson to try on the once-blood-soaked gloves. "We do have laws, we do have rules. And the right to self-defense is a law that has existed in this country since the beginning."
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