The defense spent a lot of time on the subject of race on Day Four implying it was Trayvon Martin who injected race into the confrontation with George Zimmerman by using the term “cracker,” just before their fatal encounter. Former prosecutor Sunny Hostin and Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos debate the role of racial terms in the Zimmerman trial.
Hostin says it, “didn’t make a whole lot of sense. . . especially given the fact that the defense tried so hard to keep the prosecution from saying racial profiling.”
“They’ve taken what was the elephant in the room,” she says, “and painted it bright pink and now everyone is talking about it.” She also believes the star witness’s use of the term makes her sound more credible, because she’s using Martin’s exact words instead of sugarcoating it.
But according to Cevallos, it’s all about relatibility for the jurors: “At the end of the day, jurors look for relatibility,” he says. “And when you relate to someone, you find them credible.” He goes on to say, “The jurors are going to ask themselves whether they’re aware of it or not, is this somebody that at a cocktail party, would I use that language? Do I view the word cracker the way this person views it?”
In an AC360° exclusive, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney discusses the star witness’s testimony and how his client is doing.
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Trayvon Martin’s family’s attorney says the Zimmerman trial is not about race and talks about how the Martin family is doing.
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Authorities charged former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez with first-degree murder. Susan Candiotti reports.
Texas state Senator Wendy Davis spent 13 hours on her feet at the Texas Capitol during a filibuster of an abortion bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.
"It was an amazing moment for democracy in Texas," Senator Davis said on AC360. The large number of growing supporters inside the capitol gave her a push of energy.
She told Anderson, "I underestimated how difficult it would be both physically and mentally. About two hours in, I realized I was in for a long day, my back started hurting pretty early on and began to really hurt as the hours ticked by."
On Wednesday Texas Governor Rick Perry vowed to try again. The governor will convene the Texas Legislature on July 1 for a special session to take up the abortion bill. FULL POST
Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos discuss testimony by Trayvon's friend, neighborhood witnesses and previous 911 calls on the third day of the George Zimmerman trial.
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