Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial on Tuesday played parts of Sean Hannity’s 2012 interview with Zimmerman, seemingly allowing the defendant to tell jurors his side of the story yet again. Judge Andrew Napolitano called the decision a “head-scratcher” and accused the prosecution of shooting themselves “in both feet.”
Appearing on “America Live” with Megyn Kelly, Napolitano said he’d never seen a move like that from prosecutors. He said it seems the prosecution is trying to prove to the jury that there have been some inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s story about what happened on the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Napolitano went on to say that perhaps potential inconsistencies could be helpful during cross-examination if Zimmerman is called to testify by the defense. However, at this point, Napolitano said he couldn’t imagine the defense putting Zimmerman on the stand.
“He doesn’t have to testify,” Napolitano added. “There has been so much of him in front of this jury at the choice of the government. All of the explanations he gave are lucid. The differences between them are minuscule. I honestly think that the government has been shooting itself in the foot and with what they did today, they shot themselves in both feet.”
He also called the Zimmerman case “a dangerous intersection of racial politics and law.”
“Were the racial politics not animating this prosecution, prosecutors should be free to say, ‘you know what, this is not a second degree murder case’,” Napolitano said.
Judge Alex Ferrer argued the prosecution is desperate at this point to poke holes in Zimmerman’s story. Still, he said there were few details that could help their case.
Watch the entire 2012 Hannity interview below:
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(H/T: Fox News Insider)