On Friday, the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Tryavon Martin concluded. A MSNBC panel speculating about the verdict which the jurors deliberating the case may reach virtually ruled out a conviction on second degree murder. The guests agreed that, “at best,” Zimmerman may be guilty of manslaughter, but a full acquittal is just as likely.
Tamron Hall asked NBC legal analysis Lisa Bloom for her thoughts on what the verdict would be. “I think it will be a defense verdict,” Bloom declared. “I think the defense attorneys simply out-lawyered the prosecution in the case.”
“There’s evidence there, at most, for involuntary manslaughter,” criminal defense attorney John Burris agreed. “If I had to bet on it, I’d say it’s not as likely.”
He said that he was surprised that the prosecution did not spend more time outlining the case for a manslaughter verdict, noting that the state “could have done a better job” litigating the case.
“At best, it’s manslaughter,” Burris repeated. “It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a defense verdict.”
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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