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July 8th, 2013
10:58 PM ET

Daryl Parks on the strategy of the Zimmerman defense team: "It is totally wrong what they are trying to do to his [Martin's] character"

On a day which saw the start of the third week in the George Zimmerman trial, on Monday night "Piers Morgan Live" asked Daryl Parks to share his reaction to the proceedings thus far, offering his specific perspective on a pair of key developments.

As the judge ruled that Trayvon Martin's toxicology report will be allowed as evidence in the trial, the co-counsel for the late teen's family questioned the tactics initiated by the defense:

"They are committed to making this 17-year-old young black child appear to be some thug and to throw him into some negative light," said Parks. "It is totally wrong what they are trying to do to his character and to the image of him in this case."

As the Zimmerman camp called countless witnesses to the stand, each identifying the defendants voice on an audio tape while also vouching for his character, Piers Morgan asked his guest if the State slipped up by not having a larger witness list themselves:

"The amount of character evidence that they got into the testimony earlier today was probably out of bounds in terms of the amount that was there, and probably opened the door to some of the character evidence that they introduced in a very sly way," said Parks, who joined the program live from Florida. "However, you must remember that they [the State] have the right to put on the rebuttal case too. I'm pretty sure they will consider the possibility of putting on other rebuttal witnesses in their case when they come to that point."

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  1. Steve Phelps

    Piers Morgan is a race baiter. WOnder what his stor will be when Sanford goes to heck?

    July 9, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. A Fest

    Mr Morgan continues to propagate the notion that Martin was unarmed...he was well armed with fists, a concrete sidewalk and the element of surprise....

    I feel Martin's history of violence and evidence of stolen jewelry see the light of day in the courtroom.....

    July 9, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      He needs to try live in Compton, CA for at least a week. and then lets put him back on TV

      July 9, 2013 at 3:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ok


      July 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JAIME cueva

    It always seems that your commentaries are biased , it doe's not the matter what the subject of discussion is you always try to push and persuade on what you believe ,your commentaries are always stron on your personal believes , not on the subject matter , as o matter of fact it is clear you come out of the point like today with the interview of George Zimmerman
    lawyer , I could not beleve your question to the lawyer about the public reaction to an adverse judgement to Travon Martin case , this is not about Trevon Martin or George Zimmerman , it is about what is the Justice system , regardless of the public opinion , the day that we start to be concern about the public reaction to a fair trail , regarding of the outcome , we have lost everything that this country stand for " Liberty Freedom and Justice for all . we can no be cowards when defending what is right . That is why the majority of American are in favor of keeping guns for our defense , that is our culture , and the culture that you must respect , we don't care how your country or any other country value the right to carie guns , I just hope you never be in the situation to defend your life , because some times a gun can save your life , I and a friend of mine were attacked once by a gang of about (17) seventeen gang members , and the only thing that saved my life was the gun yhat i was carried with me , it saved my life . Guns in good hand may save lives .

    July 9, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jeff Froschauer

    Sorry to all I'm about to offend but the real story in this case, a story that occurs all too frequently but is never reported, is the overwhelming national media attention this case is getting, and the incredible bias of black america. I would venture that there are numerous black on black or black on white Murder 2 cases with self-defense defenses that you and I will never hear about because those incidents didn't happen in our local areas. This Florida case is white on black so here I am, in Nevada, hearing about it every day. I just wish our country – predominantly our black americans and our media representatives could treat ALL cases fairly! I fear this frenzy won't end well because, truth be told, the jury, nor anyone else still alive will know whether it was Trayvon Martib or George Zimmerman screaming for help so I can't see how a fair trial can result in a Murder 2 guilty conviction. I have confidence that despite the frenzy this trial has been fair. But in the end – with the racial tension that still, amazingly, exists in this county from both blacks and whites – a fair trial just won't be good enough. In the end I'm sickened by the death of a young man, whether or not he attacked Zimmerman, and I'm sickened by our country's divisiveness.

    July 9, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom Mark

      Totally correct.

      I don't understand how the Black Community is making this. Black/White issue?

      Zimmerman's complexion is as dark as Obama's!

      July 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. j groom

    I would like to know what happened to the cup of Ice Tea travon had/ was it set bottom down with tea still in it when travon approached Zimmerman or was it on the ground, spilled as if it had been knocked out of his hand. If it was setting on the ground with out being spilled. Then he wanted his hands free because he was going to take care of business with Zimmerman. this will go to the state of mind of travon pryor ot the altercation.

    July 9, 2013 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • truth much?

      When is the news going to be truthful about the fact that the combo of skittles -watermelon iced tea – and cough syrup are mixed together for a cheap high?

      I am SO sick of listening to Piers say that TM was only carrying skittles and iced tea. Does he know how dumb and uninformed he sounds?

      Why hasn't the press even mentioned that these two ingredients are needed for a three ingredient high? True – there is no proof that he bought those two items to mix with cough syrup, but he wanted them bad enough to go out in the rain to get them.

      Maybe if Piers would shut up for five minutes and let someone else talk, he would learn something.

      July 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. cassandra

    Daryl D Parks ID: 6942291
    Names / Aliases: N/A
    Name: PARKS, DARYL D
    SPN: 160852
    Race: BLACK
    Gender: Male
    Eye Color: BRO
    Hair Color: BLK
    Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
    Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
    Birth date: 6/10/1968
    Clerk Case # Offense Date Charge Literal Statute Bond Amount Booking Date Booking Agency Agency Report # Actual Release Date
    2003CF3058A1 09/04/2003 CARRYING CONCEALED WEAPON FIREARM 790.01 2 2500 09/04/2003 TALLAHASSEE POLICE D

    July 9, 2013 at 2:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. George

    Mr. Morgan, be a real journalist, don't take sides and make premature judgements. Let justice system to decide who is guilty and who is not

    July 9, 2013 at 3:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. sonia sims

    Why didnt GZ start yelling when the attack started instead of waiting til he pull out the gun 2 shoot. If I cant fight Im not going 2 go out following nobody & dont know what can happen. GZ stated TM act like he on something but u get out ur car & go in a dark area where u cant see. How smart was that. What was GZ really on that night that GZ made a decision 2 be the law. I wouldnt have answer GZ either I dont know u like that . He could have been a burglar breaking in people house far TM knew. Who 2 say he wasnt.

    July 9, 2013 at 3:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. max

    when we worry about the way two groups of people as we do, that they will act in anger we need to step back and think about it. what do you think of a parent that is fearful of a spoil child? if they keep up giving in to the child is any one save or will they always act out this way? freedom for all or freedom for none. Its up to us!

    July 9, 2013 at 6:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Roy Stafford

    Why do you keep insisting there is no witness, when the closest neighbor walked outside; saw Trayvon on top of Zimmerman... raining down blows and GZ crying for help? You WANT so much for GZ to be guilty, you've checked your common sense in at the studio door. You guys blow my mind... you argue minutia and ignore the obvious. Hopefully the jury is not as emotional or stupid. You and most of your commentators have become advocates... Not unbiased observers. This case should never have gone to trial. Accept it... another young Black Man... on the way to embracing a Thug Life... dies a Thug's death. It saddens me to say that... but it is the truth!

    July 9, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 9, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. KC

    Piers Morgan's reporting on this trial is biased. 1) He states that Mr. Zimmerman got out of the car to track Mr. Martin even though the 911 operator told him not to do that. This is not true. The 911 tapes states that Zimmerman was already walking while talking to 911. When the 911 operator heard him out of breath, the operator asked if he was following Martin then told him that they did not need him to do that. Piers changed the facts to support his own bias. 2) Once the two men crossed paths, who jumped who? Zimmerman states that Martin jumped him, strattled him on the ground, punched his face and beat his head against the ground. An I witness attests to Martin being on top of Zimmerman and Zimmerman's injuries reflect his statement and the witnesses statement. Yet, Piers Morgan ignores this pivotal part of the testimony which is the eyewitness. 3) Piers also comments that since a boy, who was unarmed, was shot a killed, Zimmerman should get some jail time. First of all, the "boy" was larger than Zimmerman, yet CNN only shows pictures of Martin when he was younger. That is deceptive reporting. Second, Martin was armed with a weapon: his fists. And third, just because a person was shot a killed does not automatically warrant jail time. 4) The question I have for Piers is how many blows do you think Zimmerman should have taken before he reached for his weapon? Two more? Ten more? If Zimmerman died from head injuries inflicted by Martin, would you still cover the story?

    July 9, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jerry h

    I lost my respect of CNN when they defiled the legacy of Larry King replacing him with this hack from the disgraceful British tabloids. Morgan is NO journalist, just a pompous a%& trying to push his one sided agenda. Although rarely watch CNN anymore, would like to see him & Nancy Grace do an interview together to see who interrupts the guest the most when they don't get a response that doesn't chorales with their misguided bias. Blitzer & Erin Burnett are the last bastions of CNN's legitimacy as a 'news' provider. As for Don Lemon.....never mind, not even worth it.

    July 9, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KC

      Agreed. I noticed a shift over the recent years from true news reporting to a bias at CNN, trying to persuade the viewers. It's a shame since for years it was my #1 news station. I now turn to Fox for most of my news. As it turns out, most of the nation has made a switch too, according to new polls.

      July 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jerry h

        Well put KC. Also still have PBS with Charlie Rose (great interviewer) and Jim Lerher thank God.

        July 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bryon Freitas

    QUESTION ?. Mr Z was told to let the police handle it ? What if the police shot Mr Martin and we all know Mr Martin was unarmed. I'm sure sure the trained professionals (police) would of had Mr Martin on the ground hands behind the back and when they found no gun just a bag a skittles they would of questioned him and the young man would of been on his way. Guess we should give Mr Z a pass because he was a untrained want-a-be with a gun.

    July 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Daniel

    ust one word for you: Omorosa

    July 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Tom Mark

    The Martin/Zimmerman case is Totally about Race! Many years ago, a certain race was tried, judged and executed without the benefit of presenting facts, based on the color of their skin. The other race didn't listen to facts, didn't try to look at the facts from a different perspective, they voted, sided based strictly on color of skin.

    This is exactly what we have here, every Black Person from the President on down has crucified George Zimmerman from the first day the Doctored 911 call was played.

    The President and news agencies should shut their mouths and let the legal system work.

    Mob rule, Riot when you don't get your way, look who's the Racist's Now!

    July 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Kkk

    Thank you George Zimmerman! Because of George Zimmerman I can now negatively profile anyone that I want and deem them as a no good drug using loser . Next, I will call police and soundly say that there's a
    F***ing Punk in my neighborhood. Then, I follow you in bad weather, shot and kill you, pop my self in the nose and head, then yell self defense. I would get away with it... and there would be nothing you or anybody could do about it... you'd be dead and I'd be alive to tell whatever story I please. #salute to the american justice system

    July 10, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • KC

      You tell a good story, but it conflicts with the facts of this case. And to think that you might be called one day to be a juror.

      July 10, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse | Reply

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