'Zimmerman Acquittal and Trayvon Trial Reaction' [Loni Coombs @ Crime Time]
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George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin, and we look at the case specifics that worked in his favor, from the prosecution to the defense, to Rachel Jeantel and how the Sanford police department steered the outcome. We also discuss the social reaction to the case and how Trayvon Martin's family have handled it and if everything possible was done by the prosecution to put on the best case possible. Defense Attorney Mike Cavalluzzi hosts former prosecutor Loni Coombs on this episode of Crime Time. GUEST BIO: Michael "Mike" Cavalluzzi is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles County. He has been described by judges and prosecutors as aggressive, uncompromising, and relentless in his pursuit of justice for his clients. Having defended clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties, Mike Cavalluzzi has cemented a reputation as a top trial attorney. Loni Coombs attended Brigham Young University, graduating at the age of nineteen with a bachelor's degree in psychology and minors in philosophy and music. In 1988, after graduating from Pepperdine Law School, Loni began her legal career as a criminal trial prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Her numerous felony trials ranged from murders to sex crimes and DUIs. From 2003 to 2005, Loni headed up the District Attorney's Hate Crimes Unit, monitoring discrimination cases throughout the county and training law enforcement agencies. In 2006, Ms. Coombs transitioned into the broadcast world as a legal analyst for national and local broadcast outlets, including CNN, Court TV (now TruTV), Extra, The View, Entertainment Tonight, and KTLA. Loni covered various trials including Phil Spector, OJ Simpson, Mel Gibson, Warren Jeffs, and Casey Anthony. Her daily coverage of the Phil Spector trial on KTLA.com earned her an AP award. Loni anchored newscasts (KTLA's Prime News, KDOC's Daybreak OC), co-hosted talk shows (KTLA's 9 am Morning Show, Fox's San Diego Living), and reported from the field (KTLA's Morning News and Prime News). Loni appears as a regular contributor on "Dr. Phil", "The Doctors", and "Dr. Drew." ADD'L LINKS: Crime Time Full Episodes Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjk3H0GXhhGfIvJXM3emqDXkZ02SXgfgT Crime Time Shorts Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5BB-RIfwHw&list=PLjk3H0GXhhGdjFjMrl3rrU9... https://www.facebook.com/CrimeTimeWithAllisonHopeWeiner?directed_target_... https://www.facebook.com/thelip.tv EPISODE BREAKDOWN: 00:01 Welcome to Crime Time. 00:35 Mike Cavalluzzi welcomes Loni Coombs to discuss the verdict. 01:20 Responding to the verdict. 03:00 Rachel Jeantel as the turning point of the trial. 05:20 Looking at Det. Chris Serino's testimony. 08:32 Officer Doris Singleton's testimony. 13:49 Could the prosecution have overturned the police bias towards Zimmerman? 16:54 The testimony of John Goode working for the defense and his 911 call. 22:20 The critical problems of the prosecution's case. 28:32 Guns and race in America. 32:00 The issue of race in the trial. 35:02 The Martin family's options and civil trial possibility. 39:49 Defense closing arguments by Mark O'Mara. 41:46 Portraying Trayvon Martin as a thug.