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July 8th, 2013
11:13 PM ET

Family testimony in Zimmerman trial

Mark Geragos, Sunny Hostin, Danny Cevallos and Marcia Clark discuss how family testimony affects a jury.

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  1. S. Turner

    The dispatcher was not a police officer. And the home owner's association of Zimmerman's gated community praised George's tactic of dealing with suspicious behavior of individuals.
    The screams from the audio recording seem meaningless, the fact there was eye-witness testimony that Martin was straddling Zimmerman, after Martin lept out from bushes to attack is most important to Zimmerman's self defense, whether Zimmerman was walking toward Martin to question him or not...Zimmerman did nothing illegal, Martin did.

    July 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
  2. Dave Beaz

    I'm curious as to why nobody has talked about the fact that the "stand your ground" law applies to Trayvon Martin just as much as it applies to Zimmerman, You have a kid walking down the street, eating a snack, talking on the phone. At night. Suddenly some guy starts following him around in a car. The guy gets out of the car and the kid sees the guy is packing heat. The guy starts demanding what the kid is doing. The guy does NOT identify himsself as a cop, nor as neighborhood watch, nor as anybody. Would you be afraid for your life? I would. And that means that Trayvon Martin had the right to use force, even deadly force, to protect himself.

    Yet nobody is talkking about that. Why?

    July 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  3. steve

    There is a big question about who was screaming during the fight. It seems to me that if it was G. Zimmerman screaming during the fight, he would have made this point to the police during his statement. There were 2 important points he would have remembered when he made his statement. One point about being violently beaten and the second about screaming for help. Did he in fact make a statement like this? The prosectution should point this out if he didn't make such a statement.

    July 9, 2013 at 2:49 am |
  4. antonio knight

    what's bothering me is this ..how can they keep saying self-defense when the police dispatcher clearly told him not to follow this child.. if Zimmerman would have left him alone none of this would be going on right now..so charge him with murder and get it over with. it's just that simple

    July 9, 2013 at 1:54 am |
  5. George P Sanchez,Jr

    Mr. Cooper, I attended a lecture for counselors and mental health therapist given by Dr. Arambula, MD, who works at the morgue in San Antonio, TX. He stated that everyone has a Protective Shield at the frontal lobe of the brain that helps us to know what is right and what is wrong. Dr Arambula, also stated that when people are under drugs, like marijuana, including alcohol, beer, wine that this Shield kind of Disappears and this makes the person insensative, gives us courage to do things that we would not normally do. This shield keeps developing until the age of 21.

    July 9, 2013 at 12:30 am |
  6. Michelle

    What about GZ defensive tactics training he sould have gotten when he went through the Law Enforcement training?

    July 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm |