Medical examiner Shiping Bao's testimony prompted this change about Trayvon's marijuana use becoming evidence, WKMG-Channel 6 legal analyst Luis Calderon said. Bao originally said the THC level in the teen's system would have no effect on the Trayvon's behavior, but the M.E. changed his findings and said the THC could have made a difference.
"Nothing else had changed in this case until that testimony," Calderon said. "He said it could have some effect or it could have no effect. That's my opening. That's enough for the defense."
Bao is the state witness that keeps giving -- to the defense.
WOFL-Channel 35 legal analyst Larry Walters said the ruling was big news and predicted it could prolong the trial. Some analysts have been saying the trial could be over by midweek.
There was a fascinating conversation about the toxicology report on CNN. Martin Savidge said Judge Debra Nelson's toxicology ruling "clouds perhaps the perception of the victim."
CNN's Sunny Hostin highlighted that part of Zimmerman's observations were correct that Trayvon seemed to be on drugs, and that could help the defense. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon's fatal shooting.
Jose Baez, also on CNN, said the ruling could open a Pandora's box about Trayvon's marijuana use and the teen's suspension. But Baez said that society has accepted marijuana as a nonlethal drug and predicted that defense wouldn't go overboard on the issue.
But Hostin questioned the defense's style as "guerrilla" and "anything goes" because Zimmerman's attorneys had questioned Trayvon's mother and put the teen's father on the stand.
WFTV-Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, came off as a sympathetic figure. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara "paid a price" for putting the father on the stand, Sheaffer said.
WESH-Channel 2's Bob Kealing described the jury as riveted by Tracy's Martin's testimony and said the jurors were "pretty much all business."
Gym owner Adam Pollock may have helped Zimmerman by describing the defendant as soft, fat and not an accomplished athlete in any way, shape or form. In other words, Zimmerman was inept at martial arts.
WKMG's Calderon said "the big takeaway was Zimmerman had .5 ability coming in and 1.5 was ability after a year of training."
Anchor Lauren Rowe smiled broadly at the comment.
The takeaway for CNN's Ashleigh Banfield: Zimmerman is awful at fighting.
WOFL's Diana Tennis said the testimony Monday "went a long way in humanizing him [Zimmerman] in some pretty creative and emotional ways by the defense."
The role of Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Martin family, was a source of discussion on WESH. "It's one thing to bring in an attorney to counsel you," legal analyst Richard Hornsby said. But it's another thing when the attorney is counseling other witnesses and running a parallel investigation of a homicide, and that raises a question of bias, Hornsby said.
"What role did Mr. Crump play? Did he influence the way these people testified?" Hornsby asked.
WESH analyst Alisia Adamson noted there was a lot of political pressure about the case, but she said it would risky for the defense to call Crump.
What stood out for you Monday?