Geraldo Rivera had me on his radio show Thursday to discuss what’s next in George Zimmerman’s case. Listen here first, at the 31-minute mark, as I discuss how race relations will play into the case. I don’t believe it’s as simple as African-Americans supporting Trayvon Martin and white people supporting George Zimmerman, as Rivera alludes to. I believe the case is more complex and not so “black and white.” Before my interview, Mark O’Mara discussed his game plan, but gave limited details and Casey Anthony’s former attorney Jose Baez also gave his spin on Zimmerman’s case.
Also, listen here at the top of the hour as we discuss several issues that could factor into the case. Will President Obama’s remarks that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” play into the defense or prosecution’s case, as River asks? I highly doubt it, and I believe the President’s comments at the time were appropriate, though some radio listeners seemed to disagree.
We also discuss whether Zimmerman will be stripped of his indigent status once he is able to post bond and if that will lead him to plead guilty to a lesser offense since he would not be able to afford a defense attorney. This was a theory brought forth by Casey Anthony’s former attorney Jose Baez in the interview before mine, however I highly doubt this scenario will occur.
The next test is whether Zimmerman can get a fair trial and an impartial jury and while Rivera seems to believe it will be difficult given the race relations in the case, I believe it is possible to find jurors who have not yet made up their minds, despite the extensive media coverage. Listen to these interviews and let me know what you think in the comments section below.