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Thursday marked the close of the prosecution’s case against George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. As the nation remains fixated on one of the most-polarizing cases in recent memory, “Piers Morgan Live” invited a star-studded panel – including Judge Glenda Hatchett, Defense Attorney Jayne Weintraub and Huffpost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill – to offer reactions and predictions moving forward.
Meanwhile, with experience in both the O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony trials, jury consultant Richard Gabriel offered particularly poignant insight as to the strategies used to persuade this particular jury, and what we can expect from these six women after weeks of compelling arguments from both sides:
“The truth is that verdicts are rarely just about evidence or the law. They are about human judgment, and both of the attorneys have to sit there and say, here is my juror. I've got a nursing assistant with eight kids. I've got a safety officer. I've got a woman whose husband is a space attorney who used to carry a conceal-and-carry weapon but let it lapse," he detailed. "These are the people that we have to talk to. This is the judgment that has to be made. It's what they think of it. It's likely that their judgment has already been made and their views may have even been formed before this case started.”
So with the understanding that jury rulings are largely dependent on personal experiences and attitudes, Piers Morgan asked for a ruling from his four guests, and was handed a hung jury, as Hatchett and Gabriel predicted a manslaughter conviction, while Lamont Hill and Weintraub forecasted a not guilty verdict.
With the media frenzy surrounding the dramatic court proceedings in the Zimmerman trial, the personal experiences of grieving family members can at times be overlooked.
On Thursday, “Piers Morgan Live” invited Martin family co-counsel Daryl Parks to shed some light on what Trayvon’s parents are feeling following weeks of painfully personal testimony:
“It's very emotional,” said Parks, of the family’s role in the case.
However, Parks explained, there is a support system in place:
“Sybrina's mom is here, one of Tracy's very good friends is here. Sybrina's bother is also here, as well as the CEO of their foundation.”
Having been with them from the beginning, Parks noted that both parents “are very tired at this point. It's been a very, very long enduring four weeks for them, and so they are trying to do their best to make it to the end."
Offering additional insight, Parks continued:
"As you know, there was a lot of emotional testimony this week, for example, to sit through the defense case and to hear people make statements that all of us knew were not true or lack good foundation was very tough for them.”
But with strong closing statements from the prosecution’s Bernie de la Rionda, Thursday's guested revealed that the family seemed to be maintaining hope that justice will be served.