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July 3rd, 2013
10:13 PM ET

Robert Shapiro on George Zimmerman potentially taking the stand: "That chair is the most difficult chair in the world to sit in"

As Wednesday saw the George Zimmerman trial recess for the Fourth of July holiday, jurors have been left with plenty to ponder while the prosecution prepares to continue its case Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

In reviewing and evaluating the proceedings to this point, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro, asking the man who successfully defended O.J. Simpson if the defendant may soon speak on his own behalf:

"Is there anything to be gained, Robert, by Zimmerman taking the stand, given the amount of material from his own mouth that we've already heard," Piers Morgan asked his guest during the exclusive, live interview.

"Yes," began Shapiro. "The jury can see him, look him in the eye, and that's the best way to make a determination if you're believing that person was actually in fear for his life."

But despite the potential value of Zimmerman's testimony, Shapiro admitted that it's a very dangerous play:

"There's tremendous risk, and that is anxiety, nervousness, inconsistencies, you say something a little bit different than you said it before," he explained. "That chair is the most difficult chair in the world to sit in. I don't care how good a witness you are."

Noting that he's seen no evidence of malice on the part of Zimmerman, Shapiro surmised that had the prosecution submitted a charge of manslaughter – as opposed to murder – the chances of winning would have been exponentially greater:

"Here is what happens in these types of cases: the prosecution generally over-charges in a case that's a high-profile case, and the other thing is they over-try the case," explained the man named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal. "They call many witnesses that are totally unnecessary. They call a witness to tell you that if you hit your head on the ground, you may bleed. That insults the jury."

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  1. am911

    Robert Shapiro does not want to talk about the OJ Simpson case. In the Zimmerman case Robert Shapiro states to let the jury system work. Really just like in the OJ Simpson case???

    July 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 333maxwell

    For the curious minded. I took the infamous 911 call (media provided by Sanford Police Dept) 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.
    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11548279

    July 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JOHN

    If george zimmerman gets off this Country will have RIOTs guaranteed!

    July 3, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jitacka3

      Well now, John, just what would a riot prove? That anger and rage rule? And that helps HOW? Misunderstanding and mistrust are the CAUSE of all the violence. Stop the rage. Speak to each other instead of assuming that "other" person is a jerk or out to get you. Know why that guy on the road just cut you off? Because his mother was just murdered by a renter in her house and he was still dazed and in shock about it. (True story.) You never really know why someone seems to "do you wrong" unless you take the time to just say "Hello" first. Righteous indignation can come back and bite you in the butt, or get someone killed!

      July 4, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • john

        Los Angeles Riots 1992 April 29, 1992 – May 4. Rioting, race riots, protests, looting, attacks Deaths 53 Injured (non-fatal) 2,000+

        July 4, 2013 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Heie

      Tell me, why do you hate George Zimmerman? What did he ever do to you? Did he go to your house and fart on your face?

      July 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lindee Arnold

      Mr. Zimmerman made a bad choice. Mr. Zimmerman should be punished for the murder of Mr. Martin. He took his crime watch too far. He approached Mr. Martin, I feel Mr. Martin tried to defend himself from Mr. Zimmerman, but lost the battle.

      July 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • steve

        you FEEL this wow thank god for judges and lawyers i feel the opposite from you

        July 9, 2013 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. missjanice62

    Reblogged this on missjanicesykes.

    July 4, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. arale norimaki

    Zimmerman on Drugs With Violent Side Effects When He Killed Trayvon

    According to the report, prior to the shooting Zimmerman had been prescribed Adderall and Temazepam, medications that can cause side effects such as agitation and mood swings, but in fewer than 10 percent of patients

    Police seemed to accept Zimmerman's account [of the shooting] at face value that night and that he was not tested for drugs or alcohol on the night of the shooting, even though it is standard procedure in most homicide investigations, ABC News reported.”

    July 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • steve

      so that means hes guilty yawn there is NO verdict cause noone knows

      July 9, 2013 at 4:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Coolchris

      get a life! it was a self defense. he almost got killed by that kid!

      July 14, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Tom Smith

    George Zimmerman used Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol to shoot Trayvon Martin, and the bullet entered Trayvon chest square-on, just to the left of his breastbone. After the bullet penetrated through Trayvon's 158 pound body, his chest cavity was filled with 2,300 milliliters of blood. That's about one-third of a healthy person's total blood volume.
    The type of the pistol has a muzzle velocity (MV) of 1020 fps, and the loaded bullet has 147gr. Based on the data, the kinetic energy of the bullet which impacted on Trayvon's 158 pound body is 460.5827 (joules-second) which is equal to 0.6174 horsepower.
    1 horsepower equals that the load of 33,000 pounds of coal in the bucket and ask a horse to move it 1 foot in a minute. It is equal to 375 miles per hour as well.
    Gunshots run to 140-170 decibels, and the pain threshold for hearing is 130 decibels for most people.
    After a bullet pierced Trayvon's lung and heart, how could Trayvon say 'Oh Gosh, You Got Me' to Zimmerman?
    From a physiological perspective, it doesn't make any sense at all.

    July 5, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ianis zisis

    Yes Tom and did you know that 1+1=11. I reckon this is fascinating courtroom drama and I'm leaning towards a guilty verdict. Wait for the outcome. Remember, a man is innocent until proven guilty. I reckon that's fair.

    July 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bill Smith

    The defense expert was wrong in his assertion that the position of the gun/bullet ["direct contact with hoodie, which was 2-4 inches from skin"] meant that Zimmerman shot from the "bottom position" with Martin on top of him causing Martin's sweetshirt to protrude 2-4 inches from the skin.

    Alternate theory: Zimmerman had a hold of Martin's hoodie with both hands clenched around the hoodie near the breast area. With Zimmerman's right hand reaching for his gun caused the left hand to pick up more slack in the hoodie. This would have made direct contact between the hoodie and Martin's left rib area. The direct contact would have been increased across Martin's entire front breast area. If Zimmerman's grip with the hoodie [left hand] was causing a 6-8 inch gap between Martin's hoodie and skin [for example] this gap would have been reduced to zero [tight to the skin at the left side of Martin's breast. The gap between the hoodie and the skin could have been 2-4 inches at the bullet's point of entry [Martin's heart], and all of this is not only possible, but plausible with Zimmerman holding the top position.

    July 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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