Barry Pollack Appears on WUSA9 to Comment on Zimmerman Trial

"Can Zimmerman Get A Fair Trial?"
WUSA9, 9 News Now
04.11.12

Barry Pollack discusses whether George Zimmerman can get a fair trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. "The answer is yes, but it's not going to be easy. They are going to have to very carefully screen jurors. Almost every juror that they are going to talk to has heard about the case, knows something about that case, but that doesn't mean they're biased. What they need to explore is: does the juror have an open mind? Is the juror willing to hear the evidence and decide the case based on the evidence," said Pollack.

When asked about a possible change in venue for the trial, Pollack said, "This is a case that people have heard of everywhere and people are going to have opinions everywhere, but they might not have the depth of feelings elsewhere, and they might not have the same concerns about what their friends, what their neighbors, what their colleagues are going to think as they might if they're living right in the eye of the storm."

"I think everybody watching ought to do the same thing that we are asking the jurors to do. There is a lot of information out there, some of it is extremely troubling. But, let's reserve judgment. Let's see what the facts are. At the end of the day if the facts warrant conviction, then he ought to be convicted but, conversely, if they don't, then he ought to be acquitted. We need to find out exactly what the facts are and hopefully all of us will learn something from that process," Pollack said.

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