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With recent proceedings in the George Zimmerman trial yielding quite a bit of controversy regarding evidence credibility, on Tuesday “Piers Morgan Live” invited Shawn Holley and Marc Lamont Hill to offer their insights on the topics of race and potential political motivation.
The host of Huffpost Live, Hill suggested that there had been "serious problems with the investigation,” which ultimately sparked initial civil unrest that dictated the state's response.
Holley meanwhile, herself a defense attorney, countered in saying that the response from the community came as a result of the original playing of politics by police:
“There was almost civil unrest because it was outrageous in my opinion that Mr. Zimmerman wasn't arrested immediately, and all of this stuff that were fairing out now isn't fairing out later," she told Piers Morgan. "So if anything it was simply a response to the political decision that I believe had been made initially which was not to arrest Mr. Zimmerman.”
But beyond the politics, which have now obscured the original charge of second-degree murder, Hill held fast to the notion that the crime committed against Trayvon Martin deserves severe punishment:
“We're not talking about something that was unavoidable, something that was a momentary slip of judgment. We're talking about someone who essentially was a self-deputized neighborhood vigilante who pursued a young man when being told to stand down by police," he insisted. "This is a fundamental problem. This is someone who has a record of just - of basically harassing anyone who came in the neighborhood who he thought didn't belong which is dangerous and loaded.”
As court remained in session late Tuesday night, Ashleigh Banfield joined “Piers Morgan Live” to detail what exactly will be required for the jurors to believe that George Zimmerman was fearing for his life at the moment he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin:
“If it's second-degree murder, they have to determine if these injuries were bad enough, that this defendant can say I was fearing for my life," shared the CNN personality. "I thought I was going to die. I had no other option, Piers. I had to shoot him. Well, the prosecutors have said those injuries were kind of minor. Really. Not even much to show. Yes, it was a bit of blood but the scalp bleeds a lot. These weren't intense injuries.”
However, as Banfield explained, during critical testimony by forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio the jury was treated to information stating that a blow to the head may have led Zimmerman to believe he was in more danger than he actually was. As the defense prepared to wrap up its case, Banfield and Morgan agreed that Di Maio's stance on the stand had been powerful, and compelling.