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July 2nd, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Toobin: Good day for Zimmerman defense

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says day six of George Zimmerman's trial was extremely effective for the defense.

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  1. Phil, south jersey

    How does Zimmerman go from 0 to 100 in defending himself. His lawyer says he didn't throw one punch. You tell me Zimmerman is taking MMA classes 3 times per week and couldn't find a way to get light Travon off of him, long enough to pull out weapon and force Travon to give him space. You have to try to use lesser force to get person off you before just going straight to deadly. He didn't shoot him in leg but straight to heart to ensure Travons silence. This man is wrong on many levels and deserves at least 30 years....a life for a life.

    July 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
  2. Phil, south jersey

    Zimmerman lawyer is just talking a bunch of jiberrish that doesn't make since and is just trying to confuse the juror. He gives examples of a man throwing a guy over his shoulders and a driver mowing people down in the streets. Well of course that's not ill will because they didn't know people they were hurting. But Zimmerman had a history with "THESE PEOPLE" who he was steady building resentment for and that night was determined to not let them get away. Cause you can also say that if they had not had those burglaries and the people he made phone calls on....Would he had followed him like that? There is a strong chance he would not have. He built up ill will for thes people and used deadly force

    July 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  3. Phil, south jersey

    Zimmerman keeps saying the operator was forcing him to follow Travon and look for an address. This is totally false. The operator only tell Zimmerman to keep an eye on him when Zimmerman says Travon is approaching him with his hands in his pants, and looking at him. After that Zimmerman had given the address of the clubhouse and that would have been good if Zimmerman wasn't so intent on following him. And then operator ask if you still can see him, that means is he in eyesight or can you get to a safe place to keep him in sight...NOT to get out your car and chase somebody down who you think has a gun. That's just idiotic to ever think an operator would want to put you in more danger. A reasonable person cannot see why Zimmerman would go to those extremes to catch someone. I could probably see following at an out of sight distance. But when you continue to chase after someone who runs from you, you get out the car and search for them...Then you are acting like the police and deserve punishment for acting like something you have not the professional training to be. People can take a couple of courses in being a physician,,, but they don't just start going out there operating on people off those couple of classes. He didn't follow the neighborhood watch protocol, not less the police. You have to have a great proof of evidence when you want to play God and take a sacred life. It's wrong if he would have done that to a white kid, Hispanic kid, Chinese kid......NO kid should be profiled, followed and killed just for taking a walk. If it doesn't stop now...other kids of other races will be next by people of depraved minds.....injustice knows no color.

    July 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  4. Phil, south jersey

    This jury selection does not feel right. No males, no African Americans in the twenty first century especially when Sanford is at least 43 percent color. Then one is Hispanic who will potentially identify with Zimmerman. They should have at least one or two blacks and males.

    July 4, 2013 at 7:41 am |
  5. Phil, south jersey

    How do you get to shoot a young kid with skittles and a soda and then lie all about the story and not go to jail. Zimmerman lied about looking for an address, lied about going right to car after operator said not to follow, lied about not knowing about self defense, lied about Travon grabbing the gun, about travons hands being over nose and mouth plus grabbing gun, lied about moving travons hands. And how could Zimmerman move from under Travon without getting tons of blood on him? lied about Travon being in the bushes and ambushing him. If you really feel justified in what you have done, you don't have to lie about a thing. It's only when you feel guilty and it doesn't add up, you have to lie to prevent consequences. When he went after Travon, it was time to man up and except what happens to you especially if your not doing things right. it doesn't matter what color you are, justice is justice.

    July 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  6. Phil, south jersey

    This lead investigator has a dog in the fight. He was fired do to the Martins seeking justice, so he probably has a motive to get back at them. It's weird that he wanted to bring charges but is intent on helping out the defense. And in the tape, he seems to be coaching Zimmerman. He tells him, This is you screaming right. As if to say, you better say its you because it's your best defense. The prosecution needs to be more forceful in making their points. They, at times, just seem to be going through motions without trying to make points. They did great yesterday but could have had most days like that.

    July 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
  7. Phil, south jersey

    Zimmerman isn't only being inconsistent, he is flat lying!! It was brilliant for the prosecution to show his class work proving he lied to Hannity when he said he didn't know about self defense. He knows it proves he was bating Travon into confrontation and fixed up his story to fit a self defense. Zimmermans classes show that he has had thoughts of being in situations like with Travon. And when the situation wasn't playing out that night like he hoped, he got out his car and pursued the confrontation. He must have thought when he parked in front of Travon and he was supposedly approaching him, that Travon was gonna drag him out the car but Travon ran. Zimmerman was out the car for like 10 seconds when the operator actor said we don't need you to follow should have only taken him 10 seconds to get back to his car and the operator would have heard him close the car door. But instead Zimmerman is on the phone for thirty or forty fivr more seconds, talking at a whisper with no plans of returning to his car.
    If Zimmerman is getting beat up so bad and Travon is this big tough kid, why would travon allow Zimmerman to out tough him for the gun especially if Zimmerman is gasping, weakly for his life. And Travon would have put up his hands or something to try to prevent the bullet. Zimmerman was severely negligent......he had knowledge of what to do in these situations, he was neighborhood watch, and still did so many things wrong to take a sacred life so brazin.

    July 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  8. khaaliq

    I wanted to know if this was a common thing that happens when someone takes the stand in a trial the lead investigator was being questioned about martins arms being out wide as per zimmermans statement the prosecution then presented evidence of a photo of martin's arms tucked in as he did this the lead investigator then look at Zimmerman and shrugged his shoulders apologetically and then seemed to say " sorry about that one" is that a normal reaction on the stand from an investigator? WOW I guess we know what side he's pulling for

    July 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
  9. James Whedbee

    Why would the jury think there would be a latent print on a gun that was wet from the rain? Of course Trayvon's prints aren't on the'd be surprising if there were usable prints from Zimmerman. Muchado about nothing...

    July 2, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  10. Dale Mikolak

    Now I know why Marsha Clark lost in the OJ murder case. She is clueless as to the statements made in the court. I am just glad that I am not on trial in Florida. The State had no case against Zimmerman but decides several weeks later to place him on trial for second degree murder charge. This is a racially charged case and although a17 year old was killed it seems to me that regardless of the outcome this will continue to be debated for years.

    July 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm |

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