Associate Dean Dan Filler Comments on Trayvon Martin Murder Case, George Zimmerman Interview in the Christian Science Monitor
July 20, 2012 — George Zimmerman's Fox News interview represents his defense team's effort to bolster public opinion of Zimmerman before he stands trial for the Feb. 26 killing of unarmed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, Associate Dean Dan Filler told theChristian Science Monitor on July 19.
The Zimmerman interview was a defensive tactic designed to humanize Zimmerman before trial without exposing him to potentially detrimental cross-examination. The tactic just might work, Filler claimed, because, "[i]t’s entirely possible that his lawyers will never put him on to testify so these public statements may be the only testimony jurors will ever hear from him.”
Filler is a former public defender who studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law.
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