A CNN anchor told a legal guest Saturday she had to argue the pro-prosecution side in a debate about who made a stronger case in the George Zimmerman murder trial, after she "totally" agreed that they did not.
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Former prosecutor Wendy Murphy said first that the prosecution side was "very dramatic" and emotion-filled: "For me the prosecution's entire case...was all table-pounding because there is no, no way they disproved beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, and that's their burden of proof."
When anchor Chris Cuomo went to defense attorney Anne Bremner for the other side about why the prosecution has a strong case, she said she "totally agree[s]" that they don't.
"Well you can't now Anne, it's too late!" Cuomo said.
Bremner went on to say the prosecution "did a beautiful job" in their closing argument rebuttal talking about "who won this fight," noting that a juror wiped a way a tear.
Murphy noted that it was unusual that it was the defense arguing "the nuts and bolts of the law."
"Strangely that's usually what the prosecutor does," Murphy said. "[The defense] really do have the law and the facts on their side...it struck me as a bit unethical, if you're the government, you're not supposed to try to win, you're supposed to do justice and that means representing both sides including the rights of the accused."
She continued, "I was as a prosecutor offended at how emotional the prosecution's side was because that's not what they're supposed to do...the prosecution is supposed to rise above intense sentiment and really just play it straight and they did not do that."