Video: Defense Attorney Paul Batista ’70 on the George Zimmerman Murder Trial (CBS News)

Criminal defense attorney Paul Batista ’70 appeared on the early morning news program CBS News Up to the Minute, discussing the George Zimmerman murder trial underway in Sanford, Fla. Watch the clip to learn why Batista says he’d be surprised if the trial resulted in a second-degree murder conviction for Zimmerman. Read more about Paul Batista.


  1. Dale Tomlinson says:

    While I cannot disagree with Paul’s analysis, I think it is a sad statement on our society that the silly “stand your ground law” in Florida has led to this (and probably others, less well known). The irony is that Martin, in fact, was standing his ground and had the right — under the Florida law, as I understand it — to defend himself against the instigator, Zimmerman. He was being followed, possibly accosted verbally, felt threatened by Zimmerman, and turned on him, standing his ground, to coin a phrase. Without Zimmerman’s actions, nothing would have transpired. Also, if you are in a fist fight, the proportionality of using a gun escapes me, especially after the one with the gun “started it”. It is quite likely that once Martin had him down, he had noticed the gun, and was in a position of riding the tiger, so to speak. He was afraid to turn Zimmerman loose at that point, so the tussle progressed to the killing; but which of the two should really be covered under the stand-your-ground law? The law itself is the problem, along with the presence of the gun, in this case.
    For my part, I’d be more comfortable with a Martin in my neighborhood than a gun-toting clown like Zimmerman.

  2. Steven Plourde says:

    I agree with Paul’s analysis that the defense has presented a masterful case and wonder what will “hit the fan” when George Zimmerman is acquitted based on the evidence presented. It is a sad statement on our society that this case ever went to trial after the “special prosecutor” had a prayer vigil with Trayvon Martin’s family.

    As Paul pointed out, the investigators and local prosecutors did not want to go to trial. It is an even sadder statement about our society that there will be riots after Zimmerman is acquitted of a weak criminal charge that got to court ONLY through political pressure.

  3. Dan Sacco says:

    Very well said. I agree.

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