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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Piers' panel predicts the outcome while Daryl Parks shares insight from the Martin family

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  • Piers' Panel: Four guests predict Zimmerman trial outcome

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.

  • Daryl Parks' personal account of the Martin family

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.

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  1. drake mallard

    Who calls the police just prior to committing 2nd degree murder? Someone who is known by the police and whose father is a retired judge would be confident that there would no consequence. And if it wasn't for the outrage by the public, he wouldn't be on trial.He had a dad who could tell him how to get away with stand your ground. There's a reason why the Police Chief is gone and Serino himself got knocked down from Lead Homicide Detective to 3rd-shift beat cop! They learned Zimmerman was lying only after they botched the investigation.

    July 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. sherel davis

    Why isn't anyone talking about Zimmerman's criminal record? I get that it's not allowed in court but, you in the news media can and should talk about his violent history. His current wife has a criminal past & lied at his bail hearings along trying to flee country with fake passport after her arrest. Osterman was fiered after lying about moonlighting for a con-artist. Taffy is a drunk driver x2 & domestic violence criminal. Zimmerman had his records closed by (retired judge)George senior his father & should have never been able to carry a gun if those records were available to reference! Zimmerman also was e-mailing with a now fired chief of police who worked with Osterman threading to expose a case he hid on the shooting of an innocent homeless man. Zimmerman has drunk driving conviction, battery on law inforcement & domestic violence against an x-fiance. And that is just what I found in 15 minutes of research. Why is he off limits after he killed a boy in cold blood with no remorse? His so-called trainer for MMA, also has an arrest for threading to mame someone by cutting off fingers & toes. His people who all lied in court are fakes and criminally connected. Have you heard the saying, show me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are????? Please give the public the real truth about who they all really are! What happened to freedom of the press? No-one is telling the real story and the injustice of it all.

    July 12, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jeremiah Hudson

    What if Trayvon saw the gun in George Zimmerman's and felt like his life was on the line. Do we ever think about this or do we think about Zimmerman side of the story.

    July 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cynthia Passera

    Has anyone given thought that George Zimmerman could have smashed his own nose with his left hand (he is left handed) after the shooting?? Looking at the injured nose it is smashed to the right side of his face. Something to think about. Reason for no blood on the hands of Trevon. Was Trevon right handed?

    July 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ron blessing

    Piers Morgan should reconsider his thought process and tone of questioning considering the fact that O.J.Simpson, a black man, pummeled and stabbed an UNARMED white woman and white man and was subsequently acquitted for those murders. And, if he accepts that verdict, he should accept this one with humility and dignity and then go back to England.

    July 13, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. audrey whitaker

    The interview with Robert Zimmerman did his brother's cause no good at all.
    He comes off as arrogant, unsympathetic and cold. He questions why people are so upset and why they feel hatred for his brother.
    It's simple ..... George Zimmerman is alive and NOW he is a free man .... Trevon Martin is DEAD! Period
    If Robert is going to do interviews he should practice behaving like a human being with feelings.

    July 14, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ruth Stoffel

    I would like to have someone bring up the fact that the jurors, though quite smart, did not understand the judge's instructions. In my opinion, the instructions should be written so 5th grade child could easily understand them. The commentators were able to explain them in laymen terms.

    July 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Nicanora

    Me gustaria que todos los ciudadanos dejen de estar en contradictoria acerca del veredicto quela ciudad de Miami dio al caso de zirmenman Por favor debemos de dar respeto a cada leyes que cada estado tiene en la region, este caso no tiene que ser burla para nuestras leyes de este pais tan libre, deseo que respeten los derechos de las personas que estaban como jurados y que respeten a la jueza que dio el veredicto final. Este caso tomo un rumbo publico solo porque se hicieron rumores de racial a todo al publico les suplico hay cosas que las leyes deben tomar su decicion y no el publico que hacen el veredicto. Respetemos a las personas que participaron para dar un justo veredicto el cual es todo claro desde el principio se vio que todo fue sobre defensa personal aceptenlo. Espero pongan final a la comunidad por hacer relajo con nuestra justicia.

    July 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Larry Moniz

    Would someone rewind Piers Morgan and put him away somewhere until his contract expires. I was a journalist for 45 years and he makes me ashamed every time he calls himself one. I can't help but wonder if he has a clue about how to remain unbiased. I realize it's his training, or lack thereof, as a Rupert Murdock employee, but I yearn for the good old days of Larry King, who still is able to be far more fair in his questions than Morgan. Morgan should return to America's got Talent, that's more in keeping with Morgan's fairness quotient. Just my opinion after decades as a journalist and writer.

    July 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    The news media can add fuel to the fire or put it out. Right now CNN specifically Piers Morgan is adding fuel to the fire BIG TIME. As a longtime resident of Sanford I am disgusted and sick of the news media doing their best to instigate such action. The trial is over, go away and allow us Sanford residents to get back to normal before our town is destroyed.

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