1. SOUNDBITE: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami Law School:

"I think it's not particularly surprising that the case is looking very difficult, because of course, the witnesses haven't given what the prosecutors might have hoped for, which is a really strong portrayal of George Zimmerman as someone who had a lot of animus, or a lot of hatred or a lot of depravity. We really haven't seen that from the witnesses. And so of course, that's not good for the prosecution."

2. SOUNDBITE: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami Law School:

"It's possible to go with manslaughter of some type. The problem is, of course, that once the prosecution has developed a narrative around second-degree murder, it's very difficult to get the jury to see something else."

3. SOUNDBITE: Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami Law School:

"If you have a jury that is very sympathetic to the idea that this is someone who acted in a way that was aggressive, and hostile, and seemingly racially profiling someone, then it doesn't mean that the prosecution is really going to have to do anything to rehabilitate that image. On the other hand, if you've got jurors who are much more sympathetic to the notion of self-defense, and find that narrative that George Zimmerman's defense is giving quite compelling, then of course that means trouble for the prosecution."


Legal experts are watching the courtroom drama play out in a Sanford, Florida, courtroom where George Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder of Trayvon Martin.

Mary Anne Franks of the University of Miami Law School suggests that the prosecution is not building the case it wants from the witnesses so far, but cautions that could change.


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