George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Marin is a week old, and many are concerned about the strength of the prosecution’s case.
While I have purposely kept the trail at arm’s length, the pieces of courtroom action I’ve seen look like they are bolstering, rather than picking apart, Zimmerman’s case.
This trial has inflamed passions on both sides. While it took large-scale protests and petitions to even get law enforcement officials to charge Zimmerman in Martin’s death, the former neighborhood watch captain has his defenders as well. One glance at social media will either have folks threatening to riot if Zimmerman is not convicted, while others agree that he was justified in killing the unarmed teen.
One thing is clear, though: Bernie de la Rionda’s case hasn’t been smooth sailing. Key prosecution witnesses have helped Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense, which has led many to wonder whether or not the prosecution is handling the case well.
One major setback came when Officer Chris Serino, the lead investigator, said he felt Zimmerman was telling the truth when he claimed he fired in self-defense.
Prosecutors in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman scrambled Tuesday to undo damage to their case by one of their leading witnesses, a Sanford police officer who interviewed the defendant hours after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
The witness, Officer Chris Serino of the Sanford police, had testified under cross-examination on Monday afternoon that Mr. Zimmerman seemed to be telling the truth when he said he had fired his gun in self-defense. The officer’s remarks made for a dramatic moment in the trial — and clearly benefited the defense — but drew no immediate objection from the prosecutors. The court then recessed for the day.
A recent MSNBC panel also conceded the prosecution may be losing this case, with Michael Eric Dyson noting, “I don’t think there’s much expectation that Zimmerman will be found guilty.”
The defense will have an opportunity to put on their case after the prosecution, but does it matter?
What do you think? Is the prosecution losing the Zimmerman murder trial?