To earn an acquittal, Zimmerman’s defense team must establish that he used reasonable force when he shot the unarmed teen. “There’s certainly a very good argument to be made that the force used was out of proportion to what was going on, and the kid was unarmed,” Fox guest Doug Burns, a former federal prosecutor, told the Fox host in an online interview. But then he ventured that in a “totally different case, let’s say the kid had a gun.”
Martin, of course, did not have a gun. He was found with only Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea can.
“I know everybody keeps sarcastically saying about he Skittles,” Burns said. “You could probably kill somebody with Skittles.”
Fox host Jamie Colby replied, “But he didn’t take that iced tea and bang Zimmerman over the head with the bottle.”
“The thing is, yeah, you’re spinning a lot of hypotheticals,” Burns said. “And you could break a bottle of iced tea, right, with the jagged edge, and you could kill somebody with it.”
Watch it: (HT: Crooks And Liars)
Last year, Fox host Geraldo Rivera sympathized with Zimmerman and prompted widespread protest over his remark that “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” As the case gained national attention, many used Skittles and iced tea to protest how Florida police handled the case.
Before the trial began, Zimmerman’s attorney also went on Fox to discuss “new evidence” about Martin’s life, which experts say was an attempt to pollute the jury.
Former NYPD detective Harry Houck told FoxNews.com Tuesday that “Trayvon Martin would be alive today” if he didn’t have “street attitude.” When criminal defense attorney Tamara Holder pointed out that his comment “can be used as something racist,” Houck laughed it off. “Personally, I think people who use the word ‘thug’ or believe that the word ‘thug’ is a racist [word] is racist themselves,” Houck said. “You know, because I call somebody a thug, I’m a racist? No. I don’t think so. I mean, that’s crazy.” Raw Story has the full video.