The strangest criticism yet about the prosecution in the George Zimmerman case?
"I think they're throwing the case," attorney Mark Geragos announced Tuesday night on Anderson Cooper's CNN show, "Self-Defense or Murder?" The discussion on that program, which airs at 10 weeknights, is fascinating. This special Cooper series is running for just the duration of the trial, but it certainly is one of the strongest programs in cable news these days.
Fellow analyst Jeffrey Toobin called Geragos' throw-the-case comment "absurd."
But Geragos had ranted about the performance of Dr. Valerie Rao, a medical examiner for the prosecution. "This woman is abysmal," Geragos said. "She's like the worst defense expert normally that you would get, and somehow the prosecution thinks this is helpful?"
Geragos also ripped the way prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda questioned Chris Serino, the lead detective in the Zimmerman case. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Geragos recalled that de la Rionda asked if Serino read the comics, and the police officer said no. But de la Rionda pressed on.
Geragos' take: "Then he [de la Rionda] said, 'Do you remember when in the comics they had that little bubble over their head?' Seriously, didn't you cringe? Didn't you really think at that point, this prosecutor has basically lost his mind? Because I suspect they're just throwing the case."
That fiery talk sets the CNN show apart, and Geragos doesn't go unchallenged. Fellow analyst Sunny Hostin said the medical examiner was helpful to the state's case. "I have got to tell you, I just don't know which trial Mark, my friend, is watching," she said.
Jasmine Rand, an attorney for the Martin family, told Cooper that the prosecution has "done exceptionally well in this case."
But Geragos wasn't done ripping the state. "If this judge actually did her job, she would say there is not enough evidence to put this case in front of the jury," Geragos said. And he called de la Rionda "that kind of Bozo the Clown prosecutor."
ABC's "Good Morning America" took a dim view of the prosecution's performance Wednesday morning. Reporter Matt Gutman said "the prosecution's case has been limping along, there is no smoking gun, [and] the witnesses they have put on the stand have turned against it."
ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams added that the prosecution's "best case is George Zimmerman's story doesn't make sense. The problem is the inconsistencies they're talking about are relatively minor compared to the consistency of the major issues in George Zimmerman's account. I think that is the reason we will not see George Zimmerman take the stand."
Other serious complaints about the state's approach could be found Tuesday on Fox News Channel. Judge Andrew Napolitano complained that the government made "a conscious choice to demonize the defendant."
"The prosecution has a weak case, this is a dangerous intersection of racial politics and law," Napolitano said. But the state was going forward because of public pressure to prosecute Zimmerman, Napolitano said, adding it's "not the way these things are supposed to work."
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