not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman Saturday night came a torrent of “exclusive” interviews with nearly everyone involved in the trial. While most of the lawyers, witnesses and jurors were prevented from speaking to the press during the trial, as soon as Zimmerman was acquitted they seemed eager to tell their stories and share their often surprising opinions about what it was like to be in the courtroom of the most-watched trial in recent history.
Below are some of the most shocking statements made by the people at the center of the trial over the last few days.
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Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara: ‘If George Zimmerman Was Black, He Would Never Have Been Charged With A Crime’
Exactly one hour after his client was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter,
George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara spoke to reporters, one whom asked if he thought this trial would have gone any differently if Zimmerman had been black. “Things would have been different for George Zimmerman if he was black for this reason: he would never have been charged with a crime,” O’Mara said. Read more...
BONUS: In a later interview, O'Mara argued Zimmerman has "even more reason" to carry his gun now than he did before the shooting.
Robert Zimmerman, Jr.: ‘I Want To Know What Makes People Angry Enough To Attack People The Way Trayvon Martin Did’
“We have to grow from this,”
Robert Zimmerman, Jr. said during an interview with CNN's . “I want to know what makes people angry enough to attack someone the way that Trayvon Martin did. I want to know, if it is true, and I don’t know that it was true, that Trayvon Martin was looking to procure firearms, was growing marijuana plants, or was making lean, or whatever he was doing. I want to know that every minor, high schooler, that would be reaching out in some way for help—and they may feel it’s by procuring firearms or whatever they may be doing—that they have some kind of help.” Don Lemon Read more...
BONUS: On Fox News Tuesday morning, Zimmerman said his family has "concerns and always have of having our phones tapped, having our phones listened to by the administration or whomever."
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda: 'I Prayed That [Zimmerman] Would Have The Courage To Take The Stand'
The prosecutors in the
George Zimmerman case spoke to ABC News Monday morning, continuing to doubt Zimmerman’s version of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and openly speculating about his reasons for not taking the stand.
“I prayed that he would have the courage to take the stand,” lead prosecuting attorney Bernie de la Rionda said. “But as we all well know, he made the decision not to.” Read more...
Zimmerman Neighbor Jorge Rodriguez: 'He Kept Everybody Safe'
George Zimmerman friend and next-door neighbor Jorge Rodriguez appeared on CNN’s New Day Monday morning to offer an unintentional, poignant rebuttal to Lewis’ premise, telling host that his friend “kept everybody safe,” and that Zimmerman was all about “keeping his community and fellow neighbors safe.” Chris Cuomo Read more...
Defense Attorney Don West: 'There Have To Be Some Lessons From This'
Barbara Walters: 'What Are They?'
The View co-host caught defense attorney Barbara Walters Don West by surprise Monday morning, after he stated vaguely that there “have to be some lessons” from the George Zimmerman trial—trafficking in the same imprecise, boilerplate language many have used in hopes of evading controversy following Zimmerman’s acquittal—and she responded, “What are they?”
West—who once upon a time opened a murder trial with a knock-knock joke—clearly did not expect this follow-up, nor did he seem to appreciate it. He paused for several seconds, huffed once, and slowly extracted an answer. Read more...
Juror B37: 'I Think George Zimmerman Is A Man Whose Heart Was In The Right Place’
Juror B37, who has already signed to a literary agent and just as quickly dropped the idea of penning a book on the trial, told Monday night that she thought Anderson Cooper George Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” during the incident that led to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Read more...
BONUS: During her full interview with Cooper, the juror said witness Rachel Jeantel " was embarrassed by being there, because of her education and her communication skills, that she just wasn’t a good witness.”
Rachel Jeantel: Trayvon Martin Thought George Zimmerman 'Might Be A Rapist'
lengthy interview with Monday night, star witness Piers Morgan Rachel Jeantel described how she and Trayvon Martin feared that George Zimmerman was a “rapist” following the 17-year-old teenager.
She explained that because Martin was not a homosexual, he was troubled by the actions of Zimmerman: “For every boy or every man who’s not that kind of way,” she said, “seeing a grown man following them, would they be creeped out?” Read more...
BONUS: Jeantel also explained to Morgan the difference between "nigga" and "nigger," a clarification that has had particular resonance for . Rush Limbaugh
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