Juror B29 has come out and apologized to the Martin family. She has called George Zimmerman a murderer. So why didn't she fight harder for a guilty verdict? We hear from her, and our panel weighs in on what may have been going on in the jury room. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, legal analysts and former federal prosecutors Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin and jury consultant Carolyn Robbins Manley weigh in.
Where was the the George Zimmerman trial won and lost? Before the testimony started, some argued it was already decided during jury selection. Now as we hear more from Juror B29, some say it was the jury instructions that made all the difference. Wolf discussed that issue with Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, legal analysts and former federal prosecutors Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin and jury consultant Carolyn Robbins Manley.
Another juror who acquitted George Zimmerman is speaking out, and she says Trayvon Martin's family deserves an apology. Juror B29, is calling George Zimmerman a murderer and says she had no choice but to acquit. How could this have happened? What does this say about our justice system? Joining us to discuss it is Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and criminal defense attorneys Mark Geragos and Jose Baez.
As many as 85-percent of Americans say they are not prejudiced, even though study after study shows otherwise. Not that people are good or bad, just that whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we even sense it or not, race registers. We make assumptions based on it, whether we realize it or not. Is racial bias built into the justice system as a number of studies suggest? I asked my legal panel, including defense attorney Mark Geragos, Robert Hirschhorn, who was a jury consultant to the Zimmeran defense team, and legal analysts and former federal prosecutors Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin.
The George Zimmerman verdict is challenging assumptions about race in America. It started a new national discussion, that we are continuing in our town hall tonight. We are taking an up close look at the hidden bias that often goes unspoken in our society, and surfaces in unexpected ways. It's something President Obama addressed in his remarks following the Zimmerman verdict. It's an issue I discussed with Grammy nominated hip-hop artist Nas; BET's Michaela Angela Davis; David Webb, co-founder of Tea Party 365; New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles Blow; and Andre Perry, founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University.
The President spoke on race in America almost a week after the Zimmerman verdict. He surprised those in the White House briefing room today with very candid comments for nearly 20 minutes. Cornell Belcher, Joshua DuBois, Michaela Angela Davis and CNN's Candy Crowley discuss what prompted his remarks and the impact they may have going forward.
Watch the president’s remarks on the issue of race in America here:
Cornell Belcher, Joshua DuBois, Michaela Angela Davis and CNN's Candy Crowley panel discuss President Obama's remarks on race and the justice system in the context of the United States’ "very difficult history."
Cornell Belcher, Joshua DuBois, Michaela Angela Davis and Paul Henderson discuss the action plan President Obama has set forth regarding "stand your ground" laws and where things go from here.
Watch the president’s remarks regarding the controversial self-defense laws here:
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