Race, Justice and Public Perception

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The killing that started out as the "Trayvon Martin Case" is now reported as "the George Zimmerman trial." Zimmerman is the only living witness to the shooting death of Martin in Sanford, Florida early last year. He's admitted he pulled the trigger, but claims self defense. Despite months of punditry, issues of race and Florida's "stand your ground" law have hardly been mentioned in proceedings carried live on cable TV. With closing arguments ending today, we hear some dramatic excerpts and review the twists and turns of a case that has defied expectations. Beyond the courtroom and the fate of the defendant, what are the likely consequences if the verdict is "Guilty" or "Not?"

Credits

Guests:
Ben Montgomery - Tampa Bay Times - @gangrey, Kenneth Nunn - University of Florida - @uflaw, James Taranto - Wall Street Journal - @jamestaranto‎, William Jelani Cobb - University of Connecticut - @jelani9

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Anna Scott, Kerry Cavanaugh