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Tonight at 9: The final stretch of the Zimmerman trial and Ryan Coogler “In the Chair”
July 11th, 2013
05:02 PM ET

Tonight at 9: The final stretch of the Zimmerman trial and Ryan Coogler “In the Chair”

As the Zimmerman trial takes its final strides towards a verdict after over two weeks in court, “Piers Morgan Live” invites a slew of legal experts, analysts, judges, and critics to weigh in on a dramatic day in court and the impact of the prosecution’s crucial closing arguments.

Among the guests is the compelling Martin Family Attorney Daryl Parks, renowned lawyer, author and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and New York’s own Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder.

From an exclusive interview with Casey Anthony’s attorney J. Cheney Mason, to an epic panel of legal veterans including jury consultant Richard Gabriel, Georgia Judge Glenda Hatchett, and the always outspoken host of Huffpost Live, Marc Lamont Hill, tonight promises a boisterous discussion of the details that might make or break the prosecution’s case.

Also, in his first appearance with “Piers Morgan Live,” Ryan Coogler, director of the much anticipated “Fruitvale Station,” joins Morgan on set to discuss the significance of his film in the context of the Zimmerman trial and the discourse that surrounds it.

The film chronicles the murder of unarmed, 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot by a transit police officer in Oakland four years ago. Coogler and his film warn about the potential for backlash if Trayvon supporters feel that justice isn’t appropriate served in the Zimmerman trial.

Tune in to "Piers Morgan Live" tonight at 9 for an hour full of lively debate and educational discourse.
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  1. Dewey

    I'm not an atty, and have no dog in this fight; but believe I have a lot of common sense... GZ should have identified himself better, first and foremost.. But, If it's such a small neighborhood, why didn't TM run home? That's what Im telling my boys, if someone is following you and your close to home...RUN, do not stop and find out why? We can ask questions later... The prosecutor asking how many arms does TM have was ludicrous... Has he ever been in a fight? You arm's are flinging to get out of or create any hold, TM could have tried to hold his mouth and nose, plus punch and push his head against the concrete within a few seconds with 2 hands... My take, Sunny H is very biased...

    July 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Robby

    To me there is one important detail that shows Zimmerman is not being truthful, but it seems to have been over looked. There is a 2 minute time gap between when Zimmerman hung up after talking to the police and when Martin's phone went off, which apparently is when the fight began.

    Zimmerman said when he hung up with Police, he was walking back to his car and that is when he encountered Martin at the sidewalk T. It does not take two minutes to walk back from where Zimmerman was to the T. You can see for yourself on the video Zimmerman did with police. That in itself tells me Zimmerman is lying about how this happened, and I don't know why it hasn't been discussed.

    July 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Commander Zsvartz

    If the verdict comes back early enough, the lemmings coming from Friday's prayers
    during Ramadan should keep the fires burning in enough locations to signify insurrection leading to a
    coup. This administration will welcome the riots as Mandela did in South Africa.
    CNN needs riots to boost ratings.

    July 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mister Peebles

      1. Take your meds.
      2. Educate yourself.

      July 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tom webber

    would someone please mention the fact that gz would not have been able to scream the help phrase over and over uninterruptedly/clearly if he was being pounded in the mouth. note the defense with the doll stopped banging the doll when he talked! i'm having a conniption here...........web

    July 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. George

    You guys keep on saying GZ is not consistand. If your head was getting slammed against concrete slab and you would end up trying to save your life I would like to see how consistant would you be

    Mr Morgan keeps taking sides. This is so premature! Nancy Grace and him could make a good show together

    July 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tammie Holland

      Really? GZ chased someone attempting to assert himself. He started a fight and when Trayvon started kicking his tail, he like must "Coward Punks" took out a gun and shot someone. No different from the Thugs on the streets in Chicago. Carry a gun and shoot. Lucky for GZ that he lives in a state like Florida...completely not shocking. They don't even know how to vote( hanging chads, people in line until after midnight on election night) SMH!!!!

      July 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Chef

    Reality is George Zimmerman is a Dirty Harry want to be, not enough talent to be a cop to proud to be a Mall Cop because they have no guns. Then add a bunch of stupid laws allowing a non trained idiot encourage by scared neighbours to empower him with the Batman syndrome. Society created the Zimmerman’s of this world by letting them walk the streets keeping an eye in our neighborhoods. What do you people expect? What do you think the conclusion of such power was going to be? Miracle is there is not more cases like this one.
    If Martin had the gun and had kill Zimmerman, no TV trial and questions about race, just another black kid involved in drugs, killing a white guy!!! I don’t believe Zimmerman had the intention to kill the kid when he was fallowing him, more like he bit more than he could chew. Tragedy of both of them getting into the fight degenerated to the conclusion we sadly know.
    Think about this, how much money tax payers pay every year in court cases like this one or similar to this one? How much time spend in courts? Lawyers, Judges, court staff and everyone else involved in it. All that money could hire REAL Cops to patrol neighborhoods, COPS and not ZIMMERMAN”S. Like everything it is a choice of putting time, money and energy in the right place……

    July 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. carlton edmonson

    to me this would not have happen if GZ would stay in his car when they told him too.....that show that he wanted to be a out with a gun.....come on

    July 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. JP

    Black or White, TV is gone. Tragedy... However, GZ, a neighborhood volunteer oesnt deserve 30 years...his dead behind bars! USA should have somebody compassion... Get ridf the guns, and chalk this up to self defense, what it was...

    July 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. J Hanson

    Finally Pierce! You and I are the only 2 that seem to think the case would not be a case if only Zimmerman had identified himself. Martin asked him...why are you following me... What is your problem. Zimmerman had 2 opportunities to deflate the situation and because he didnt I think Martin acted like a scared 16 year old might act and ended up standing up for himself. Bottom line this is not about who was on top, or what the expert said blah blah blah. It's about an inexperienced, unprofessional gun in tote individual with 2 references not to approach, provoked ( i mean the dictionary definition not the legal one which is all we can expect for martin to understand at his age) a young kid and he needs to do some time for that. We all need to learn from this. Martin stood up for himself AFTER asking and not getting any straight answers. I would too.

    July 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • G Mountain

      J, you are going off the Sunny Holdin definition of Trayvon. The reason he was even staying with his dad was because of fighting. There was no scared 16 year old girl syndrome with this kid. Everyone talks up the GZ impression. Wanna be cop, vigilante. On the other end you have the gold grill wearin' have THC in my system, stolen jewelry and a screwdriver in my possession, gets in fights at school Trayvon. The press makes is trying to turn this into a police justice case. Just another poor black kid gunned down. If all of these rabble rousers have such concern, maybe they should all hop on a bus and rally amongst themselves in Chicago (not stand in front of city hall saying do something.) I see every black on TV saying what a great job the prosecution is doing, and another lawyer then asking what trial they are watching. They are so swept up to be on "their side" that they take off their professional lawyer hats just to do it. To me, that is being a racist. It definitely goes both ways, I just like seeing it exposed. Naturally the press infers it is one sided still, but I have faith that there are still some smart folks out there.

      July 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JP

    Get rid of the guns.. We are all good here in Canada

    July 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. CNY

    GZ didn't know the address because those apartments/townhomes all look the same! People need to use their heads. His story fits the evidence and other witness stories.

    July 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. C. Lohmann

    I do not understand why the prosecution has not brought up the fact that Trayvon Martin was terrified and thought that he was going to lose his life (which in fact he did), and was trying to defend himself. That is why George Zimmerman had injuries to his face/head. Trayvon saw that George Zimmerman had a gun and was coming after him. What would you do??? It is ironic that the defense argument for Zimmerman is exactly what Martin had to do to try to survive, not vice versa

    July 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. lotero

    July 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. kr0636

    Jury stacked in favor of Zimmerman
    The defense engaged the most sophisticated jury consultants to determine the selection of jurors. Jury consultants have elevated their skills to a high level of precision. The selected six members of the jury therefore had these characteristics; five were white middle class women, one was half white; they were all advocates of the “stand your ground” law; they were all proponents of the “right to bear and carry arms”. All of these characteristics were favourable to Zimmerman’s defense. The defense was aware of these prejudices and did a fine job of enlisting them in the ensuing jury deliberations. In addition to this jury stacking, there is the question as to whether a person of average intelligence is equipped to objectively evaluate the legal technicalities and manipulations of skillful attorneys. Research has shown that even a college-educated person is vulnerable to the manipulations of skillful attorneys. In this regard, it would seem that the time has come to have a hard look at the jury system as it currently obtains. The recent interview by one of the jurors attest to this bias in the jury; she consistently refers to Zimmerman as "George" and minced no words in derogating Trayvon Martin. The prosecution must bear most of the blame for this travesty of justice. They stand idly by while the jury selection process was manipulated by the defense. The question is "where do we go from here". We have a black president. He received a mere handful of the white electorate, but with the coalition of minorities was able to prevail. Let us look at the scream for help. There was a fight; Zimmerman was loosing, he pulled out his gun; Trayvon staring down the barrel of the gun, screamed for help; Zimmerman pulled the trigger and shot Trayvon through the heart. The scream and the gunfire were almost instantaneous. Anyone facing a loaded gun would scream. The question of who screamed was therefore nothing but a red herring by the defense. Race it seems will always be a contentious aspect of life in America for the unforeseeable future.
    Cephas Keith Reyes, PhD.

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