The state rested in their travesty of a second degree murder case against George Zimmerman on Friday, and while Mark O’Mara’s bid for an immediate bench acquittal by the judge was denied, legal experts are coming to the conclusion that an acquittal is just around the corner:
ABC Chief Legal Affairs Anchor and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams told Good Morning America on Saturday that the prosecution in the Zimmerman trial had failed to make its case for convicting George Zimmerman beyond a reasonable doubt, and that the jury had little legal basis to anything but acquit.
“The prosecution’s case is now in,” Abrams said. “They’ve presented all of their evidence. I do not see how the jury, as a legal matter, convicts of either second degree murder or manslaughter.”
Florida juries, of course, are notoriously flaky (Casey Anthony trial, anyone?), so Zimmerman’s acquittal is hardly assured. The evidence of more than two dozen witnesses has done far more to corroborate his story than impeach it, however, and dispassionate trial viewers have come to the conclusion that the prosecution’s case did more to support Zimmerman’s claims of self defense than impeach them.
The defense called two witnesses late Friday (Zimmerman’s mother and uncle) who testified the voice screaming for help on the Lauer 911 call was George Zimmerman. The defense’s case will resume Monday morning, and is expected by some analysts to be a short case, concluded within the week, considering the apparent weakness of the prosecution’s case.