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good morning, america. breaking overnight, the verdict. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. the all-female jury setting free the volunteer neighborhood watchman accused of killing 17-year-old trayvon martin. tears of joy from george zimmerman's wife and mother, while the family of trayvon martin calls for calm as his mother calls this verdict her darkest hour. this morning, we hear from both sides in a case that's transfixed and divided america. as emotions explode online and in the streets from coast to coast. demonstrators displaying anger. what now for george zimmerman? could he find himself back in court? can he ever lead a normal life? this is a special edition of
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"good morning america," george zimmerman, not guilty. and good morning, everybody, bianna is on assignment this morning. we're going to hear from her shortly in london. paula faris is by my side this morning. we have complete coverage of the george zimmerman not guilty verdict in the murder case that has consumed much of this country. abc news is out in force covering all the angles of the breaking story. also this morning, we're going to talk to defense attorney jose baez. he is no stranger to high profile cases in florida, and she successfully defended casey anthony. and the verdict dominating social media. trayvon martin's family taking to twitter. his father posting, quote, even though i am broken hearted, my faith is unshattered. i will always love by baby tray.
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the family said to be going to church this morning, really leaning on their faith. >> and we begin with matt gutman in florida. >> reporter: good morning, dan. this case didn't start as front page news, it was a routine homicide that triggered a national debate about race. but last night, as those six jurors filed back into the courtroom exhausted after 16 hours of deliberations, it wasn't about race. it was about the law. those jurors saying the state didn't provide enough evidence for them to convict zimmerman of second-degree murder. a moment 17 months in the making. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> reporter: a flicker of a smile from george zimmerman. handshakes with his attorneys and the embrace of his family. moments later, a free man. unfettered from the gps ankle bracelet and his million-dollar bond. >> you have no further business with the court. >> reporter: where the trial
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played out for 24 -- >> judge, this was a trick. >> reporter: -- days. minutes after the verdict, the defense attorney lashing out at the prosecution. >> i think the prosecution of george zimmerman was disgraceful. >> reporter: and defending his first words in the trial. >> knock, knock, who's there? george zimmerman. george zimmerman who? all right, good, you're on the jury. >> reporter: saying afterwards -- >> i still think the joke is funny. i'm sorry about that. i'm sorry i didn't tell it better. but there was an important reason for it. there needed to be a disconnect. >> reporter: the prosecution, john guy, who played straight man to the more animated bernie de la rionda.
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>> how does he get the gun out? >> reporter: and throughout the trial, implored the jury to think with their hearts. >> i'm asking you to use your common sense, use your heart, use what you know is real and use what you heard and what the law is in the case. >> reporter: overnight speaking from his heart. >> we have from the beginning just prayed for the truth to come out and for peace to be the result, and that continues to be our prayers. and we believe they have been answered. >> reporter: but not those of trayvon martin's parents who said through their attorney their hearts were broken, but urging calm. >> this is a very trying time for their family. and we ask that you respect their privacy. for trayvon to rest in peace, we must all be peaceful. thank you. >> reporter: now, noticeably absent from last night's verdict, trayvon martin's parents. over the past couple of days, they have been getting an increasing severity of death threats. threats against them. that's what we're learning this morning. those threats not limited to the martin family. also george zimmerman. his attorney says he's the target of death threats. even though he's a free man this morning, he could spend the next few years in hiding. dan? bianna? >> matt has been covering this story from the beginning.
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thank you. and now the anchor of "nightline," and abc's chief legal affairs correspondent, dan abrams. you have been predicting this outcome for days now. walk us through why you think the jury reached this conclusion. >> it was a finite question they were answering. and that is is there reasonable doubt that at the very moment george zimmerman fired that gun, that he reasonably believed that great bodily injury was about to be inflicted on him? meaning that he was about to get punched or pummeled again. and there was a lot of evidence in this case that trayvon martin likely was beating george zimmerman. he had injuries. there were witnesses. some would say wait a second, why can't trayvon martin defend himself? what about who initiated this? those are fair, legitimate questions, but the legal question in this case was only what happened in george zimmerman's mind in the moment before he fired that weapon? >> that's such a key point. let me ask you about something the defense said overnight.
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one of the defense attorneys called the prosecution of george zimmerman disgraceful. what do you make of that? >> i don't think that's a useful comment. they won the significant case, knowing how sensitive it is, i don't care if you think it was disgraceful. i don't care if you think charges should never have been brought in this case. there's got to be a level of respect for the system on both sides of this. i was disappointed with don west's comments there. >> very quickly. we just have a couple of seconds, where does this case go from here? >> i think it's over. i don't think there will be a serious federal investigation. i think george zimmerman is now going to live a very difficult life. but i don't think there are legal ramifications. he's likely going to get back his gun and move on with his life. >> dan abrams, who has been providing excellent legal analysis throughout the case. dan, thank you, appreciate it. >> thank you.
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there was instant response from coast to coast. from the courthouse in sanford, florida, all the way to the streets of oakland, california, where they smashed windows and vandalized cars. our coverage continues now with abc's gio benitez in sanford. >> reporter: good morning. we are here at a memorial for trayvon martin. it was built by some of the residents here, and shows how passionate people are about this case here. overnight, the drama that started here at the county courthouse -- >> all: nationwide protests! >> reporter: -- following george zimmerman's acquittal has sparked growing tensions across the country. >> all: the system has failed us. >> reporter: in california, hundreds of people hit the streets to march in protest of the not guilty verdict. amid the chaos of demonstration, burned flags, and that violent attack on a police car caught on camera. >> no justice, no peace! >> reporter: upset protesters
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rallied outside of the daley plaza in chicago. and others congregated through the nation's capital. here in sanford, we watched as supporters of trayvon martin heard the verdict. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> reporter: and right outside the courthouse -- >> this is so crazy. >> reporter: -- emotion. you were crying the moment you heard that verdict. you drove all the way from georgia -- >> yes. >> reporter: -- just for this? >> i couldn't imagine being that family right now. i just thought we were going to get some kind of justice. >> reporter: zimmerman's supporters showed up before the verdict was read. >> i'm here to express my opinion. i believe that george zimmerman is an innocent man. >> reporter: zimmerman's acquittal even reached the entertainment stage. last night, beyoncé called for a moment of silence for the 17-year-old martin during her show in nashville before singing "i will always love you." and 73-year-old lester chambers was assaulted on stage after dedicating a song to trayvon martin.
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and messages of disappointment from civil rights leaders, such as jesse jackson saying, we are saddened and disappointed by this decision. in a written statement, the naacp said justice failed trayvon martin and called for the justice department to conduct a civil rights investigation. the department said it continues to evaluate the evidence from the first investigation and the trial. and overnight, no demonstrators here in sanford were arrested. paula, it appears everyone protested peacefully here. and now let's bring in benjamin crump, the attorney for trayvon martin's family. thank you for joining us this morning. martin's parents were not in the courtroom when the verdict was read. what was the reaction? >> well, they were heartbroken to say the least. right now they're just trying to make sense of it all. >> yeah, after zimmerman was arrested, the family said this is all we wanted was to go to trial. did they feel like they got justice for trayvon?
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>> well, you know, they lost their child. and they -- they just feel empty right now, paula. and they're trying to make sense of it all. >> i want to ask you a question, mark o'meara criticized you last week saying you led a misleading pr campaign and pushed martin's family to trial. what's your reaction to that? >> if that was your child that got killed like that. don't we, as a society, owe it to them to give them all the answers, to put all of the constitutional protections for their child's life to the forefront? and i think that that's all they ever wanted. >> as for what's next, benjamin, we're hearing possible civil suits. the naacp is calling for the department of justice to pursue a civil rights case. what is your advice to the family right now? >> they are very emotional, and they're just trying to reflect
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on the 17 months of fighting to get justice to hold the killer of their son accountable. so, they have not looked past this morning. >> benjamin crump, thank you for joining us this morning on "good morning america." >> thank you, paula. now, this verdict has political implications. as you may remember, the president himself weighing in quite strongly early on. >> my main message is to the parents of trayvon martin. you know, if i had a son, he'd look like trayvon. >> and that was the president speaking shortly after the shooting of trayvon martin. let's bring in george stephanopoulos. he's the host of abc's "this week." what are you hearing from washington this morning? no comment from the white house itself. >> no, pretty muted reaction. from washington. no comment from the president or the white house. relatively little comment from the members of congress so far. no official statement from the justice department. i was able to speak with a
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justice departmentff that did emphasize that, as gio reported, an investigation is open, has been open in this case. but you have to know that the bar for a civil rights prosecution here is very, very high. it would be under the shepard act. named after matthew shepard. the hate crimes act. to have a successful prosecution there, you would have to show that this violence was motivated by race. you would have to also show, not negligence, not an accident, direct intentional violence motivated by race. it's a very high bar given the fact that george zimmerman's been acquitted not just of second-degree murder but also manslaughter. >> does this reignite the debate of the controversial stand your ground law in florida? >> they're going to continue to fight for repeal. this morning, i'm having members of the senate judiciary committee on my program as well and all of the fallout from the verdict. >> in many ways, the case is not fully over. thank you, george.
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"this week" with george stephanopoulos coming up soon on abc right here. george, thanks again. social media exploding with reactions to the verdict this morning. twitter offering an emotional release to millions of people who feel compelled to respond. and abc's rob nelson is covering that angle. rob, good morning. >> reporter: after those six jurors acquitted george zimmerman last night, millions of americans wasted no time in having their say, flocking to social media in droves in the hours after the verdict, nearly 4.5 million tweets were unleashed, even surpassing the numbers of the tweets sent after the newtown shooting in december. saturday's tweeted showed an angrily divided country. while protests following the zimmerman verdict mostly fell short of what police feared days ago, the real battleground saturday night proved to be twitter, where passions exploded overnight across the country, especially with trayvon martin supporters.
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some of the trending top nix the last few hours. #if i see zimmerman. #no justice for tray von. #rest in peace, trayvon martin. reaction came swiftly and revealed deep divisions. one tweet read, i think our justice system did what it's supposed to do. another wrote -- wow, america, you can kill any child and get away with it. some of the more controversial tweets of the night came from athletes. new york giants wide receiver victor cruz wrote zimmerman doesn't last a year until the hood catches up with him. that tweet was later deleted. atlanta falcons wide receiver roddy white is taking heat for this tweet. all them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid. celebrities also chimed in. rapper q-tip said, can't be surprised. black life has no value in this country. film maker michael moore tweeted -- had a gun-toting
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trayvon stalked an unarmed george zimmerman and shot him to death, do i even need to complete this sentence? ann coulter simply tweeting hallelujah. russell simmons tweeting, i know people are very upset, but we must remain peaceful. no matter what, remain peaceful. trayvon martin's mother tried to rise above and ease the warfare. tweeting -- lord, during my darkest hour, i lean on you. you are all that i have. at the end of the day, god is still in control. at the height of the barrage, the verdict generated about 48,000 tweets every minute, paula? >> rob, thank you, clearly a lot of division right now. another story breaking overnight. a star of the popular show "glee" found dead in a hotel room if van -- in vancouver. the body of cory monteith, who played finn, was found by the
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staff. his sudden death stunning costars and fans. linzie janis is in los angeles with this story. >> reporter: there is an outpouring of grief right now from friends and family online. one of the latest tweets is from taylor swift, who dated monteith. she says, speechless, and for the worst reason. ♪ oh, why you look so sad >> reporter: cory monteith, the man who played the football player turned sing heartthrob on "glee" -- ♪ hello, i love you >> reporter: -- was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 31. the staff became worried when he failed to check out on time, and found him unresponsive in his room. >> the deceased is 31-year-old actor cory monteith, who achieved great fame on the popular tv series "glee."
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>> reporter: the cause of death was not apparent, but he was clearly deceased when the paramedics arrived. they have ruled out foul play. surveillance cameras showed him entering his room alone saturday morning. >> i think i want to be your boyfriend. >> reporter: monteith had been open about his life long battle with substance abuse, that he said started at the age of 13 with drugs. he voluntarily checked himself into a treatment center back in april. it was his second time in rehab. twitter has been flooded with an outpouring of support and love for the late star. tweets from costars like mark salling, who played his friend, puck, on "glee," simply wrote the word no. kristen chenoweth wrote, rip, cory monteith. you will be loved. always. >> i'm marrying you. nothing makes me happier. >> reporter: monteith was famously involved on screen and off with actress lea michele. the two were working on the fifth season of "glee." ♪
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monteith is survived by his parents and older brother. the reaction is just pouring in as hollywood starts waking up to this news. the star's representative tells us we are in shock and mourning this tragic loss. paula and dan? >> linzie janis, thank you. such a long struggle beginning at age 13. really sad. >> and sad he recently checked himself into a clinic for substance abuse. so he was trying to get help. >> indeed. a lot of other news overnight. for that, we turn to ron claiborne. ron, good morning. >> hi there, dan and paula. good morning, everyone. we know the identity of the third victim of the plane crash landing, she is liu yipeng a 15-year-old from china. she died friday from injuries. she was part of a group of chinese schoolchildren attending or visiting the u.s. to attend a summer camp. as were the two other teenage girls that died in the crash. and investigators say it appears that batteries are not to blame for a fire on an empty passenger plane at heathrow
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airport in london. the ethiopian airline 787 dreamliner caught fire on friday. the entire fleet was ground earlier this year with the overheating batteries that was causing fires. the cause of friday's fire is under investigation. and in baseball, a no hitter for san francisco's tim lincecum. and he owes a big thanks to his teammate in right field, hunter pence, who made this spectacular catch to take the hit away. lincecum struck out 13 lead iin them. and a surprising revelation by j.k. rowling, a british newspaper is reporting she secretly wrote a crime novel under a different name. the book, "the cuckoo's calling," written under the name robert galbraith. it's about a war veteran turned private eye and got great reviews. only sold 1500 copies under that
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name. i'm guessing, it may sell a few more. what do you think? >> 1500 in the next hours. >> probably happy. thank you, ron. time to check the weather. ginger, it looks like we're talking about the return of the heat dome this morning. >> we are. and that's in the northeast. i'm going to get to just how hot it's going to be for philadelphia and new york city. but look at this. that's a funnel near pike's peak. it's not unheard of, but rare to have it that high around 11,000 feet. and it rained a lot in colorado. so much that they had flooding issues. we're talking two inches in less than 45 minutes. this is west of denver. this is actually downtown denver. so it was a problem everywhere. more of that rain, show you some of the numbers, 2 to 4 inches just west of dallas. some of the spots like new mexico up into colorado need it, of course. but then you get into the mudslide possibilities. and all of that. and back to the heat dome i promised you. look how hot, new york city 97 by tuesday, heat advisory today through tomorrow. and philadelphia, excessive heat warning as we go into the beginning of this week.
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a real quick look at the soaked southeast. florida, i'm sorry, you keep >> coming up in the next half hour, water spouts also in the southeast because of all this action. so i'll have many more videos and pictures and warnings to come. >> i know it's selfish, it's of local interest. but this heat dome over the northeast.
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brutal. 97. >> this is through next weekend. >> i think i'll take the week off. >> at least it's not as hot as death valley. the poor northeasters, right? >> a little perspective. thank you, paula faris, for that. coming up, much more on the breaking news in the george zimmerman trial. the attorney who defended casey anthony responding to the verdict. how does he think his client would advise george zimmerman to lead life after a trial like this? and also ahead. it may not be over yet. pierre thomas with where it goes from here if anywhere at all. and other news, as england awaits the birth of the royal baby, we're going to take a look at this question. what would princess diana have been like as a grandmother? bianna golodryga will report from london. keep it here. when it comes to getting my family to eat breakfast, i need all the help i can get. i tell them, "come straight to the table."
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coming up on the broadcast, we're going to talk to jose baez. as everybody remembers, he represented casey anthony, accused of killing her daughter. what does he have to say about this latest high-profile case out of florida? and what does he think his former client would advise george zimmerman about o
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we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> the breaking news overnight. george zimmerman found not guilty on all charges for the killing of 17-year-old trayvon martin. the jury of six women reaching the verdict after more than 16 hours of deliberations. igniting what we have seen, an instantaneous, emotional response from coast to coast. good morning, america, i'm paula faris in for bianna golodryga this morning. >> on a very busy sunday morning. i'm dan harris. this is sunday, july 14th. after 23 days -- actually 12 days of testimony and 56 witnesses, we have a verdict in the criminal case. but the dust may not have fully settled here. already the question, what is next? will there be a civil suit? will federal prosecutors now get involved? >> let's bring in the senior justice correspondent for abc
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news pierre thomas. the naacp is calling on the justice department to get involved. >> the justice department has been investigating for quite some time. no final decision has been made. the bar, as george said, is very, very high for a case like this. but believe it, the civil rights community is going to push hard for something to be done in this case. >> you have done a lot of excellent reporting in the african-american community about their response to this case. trayvon martin has really become a symbol. can you talk a little bit about that? >> it's personal for many african-americans. martin became the son of many. i think of an interview we did for "world news tonight" with die can sawyer. with two african-american women. highly educated, two-parent households. every day they teach their sons they must act differently in public than their white counterparts. no hands in pockets when they go into stores. never wear a hoodie. that's a conversation every day, not once in a while. >> in terms of symbols, this is -- it's hard to forget the way the miami heat treated this
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story. something we saw recently at the b.e.t. awards with jamie foxx. this is really something -- this issue is something not going away any time soon. >> the emotions are intense, and people are coming back to the court of public opinion. race could not be dealt with in a meaningful way in the courtroom. but they're talking about how race was the backdrop. how that young man was walking home, doing nothing, and ended up dead. >> i have to ask you a question, martin luther king jr.'s daughter, dr. bernice king, sent a message to benjamin crump, who is the family attorney of the martins. and it said, quote, today is a defining moment for the status of if i -- status of my father's dream, whatever the zimmerman verdict is. this was sent before the verdict. what is your reaction to that? >> dr. king talked about being looked at for the content of your character, not the color of your skin. one of the things that is not
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disputed is that martin was profiled. whether race was the primary reason, we don't know. we can't get inside of george zimmerman's mind. but people are asking the question, why did a young man -- when no crime had been committed -- at that particular time of night. not 2:00 a.m., not midnight. between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., why did that young man draw such attention? >> and on stand your ground, is there any chance we could see a change on this very controversial law? >> hard to say. it's a politically divisive and heated subject. >> pierre thomas, so great to have you weighing in on this sunday morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. there are other headlines from overnight. for that, as always, we turn to ron claiborne. good morning. dan and paula, pierre, thank you. good morning, everyone. in the news, actor cory monteith, star of "glee," has been found dead in a vancouver, canada, hotel room. his body was found in the hotel room by staff when he didn't check out. police do not suspect foul play right now. monteith was 31 years of age, played finn hudson on the popular fox tv show. and former nsa contractor
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edward snowden is keeping people guessing about where he'll end up. russian officials say they have not received a request for him for political asylum. he's still stuck at the moscow airport. he's received offers from three south american countries. and a 6-year-old boy rescued from a sinkhole in indiana is in critical condition this morning. doctors say he is responding to simple commands. he was buried in sand while walking with his parents at the indiana dunes national lake shore on friday. it took rescuers three hours to dig him out. what does a superstar do when she has some downtime on tour? well, hit the beach, of course. beyoncé putting up pictures on instagram of herself and her 17-month-old daughter little blue ivy. they are enjoying quality time together. ginger zee, i imagine you have weather, ginger? >> i sure do. thanks, ron. i'm guessing beyoncé and the baby were not in florida. because unsettled is an
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understatement for what's been happening in the southeast along the stationary front. we have video from sarasota, florida. a water spout. one of so many reported in the southeast yesterday. so multiple, from the carolinas, all the way through florida. some along the coast. and today, the scattered showers and thunderstorms, tallahassee, 88, 86 for orlando, new orleans, close to 90. houston, right around 91. but of course all that rain building to the west of houston and dallas. it will be fen official for some folks. but not so much for pensacola. they have had more than 20 inches already, just this month. wow. and in the midwest, 87 for chicago today. but for you, i want you to know you're going to get hot, too, by the midweek. feels like right around 100. 85 for kansas city today. rapid city around 81 behind the front. you want to get comfortable and pleasant, go to the west coast. you go to places like monterey, 64, very cool, portland will close in on the upper 80s. i want to leave you with a look
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across the nation here. unsettled here and close to the heat dome. boy, are we going to build the heat in the northeast as we go through the week and beyond. but nice out west. this weather report has been brought to you by thomas' english muffins. dan and paula? >> thank you, ginger. coming up on the broadcast, jose baez, the attorney who successfully defended casey anthony weighs in on the george zimmerman verdict. also ahead, remembering diana. soon-to-be parents william and kate are making sure her spirit and values are passed on to the royal baby. bianna golodryga reporting from london coming up on "good morning america." ood morning america." baby. bianna golodryga reporting live from london on "good morning america." [ female announcer ] shaving can irritate skin,
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before anybody ever heard of george zimmerman, there was another headline-grabbing case out of florida with a firm grip on the national consciousness. the casey anthony trial. she, of course, is the young mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter caylee. and like the zimmerman case, her acquittal sparked strong
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emotions. joining us now, her defense attorney, jose baez. thanks for joining us, good morning. >> good morning, dan. >> what's your reaction, let me start by asking you, what is your reaction to this verdict? >> i wasn't surprised for a second. there was a reason law enforcement didn't arrest george zimmerman. and there was a reason the prosecutor in seminole county refused to file charges. and that's because they just simply didn't have the evidence. that doesn't mean that mr. zimmerman was innocent, but there was no eyewitnesses, and only one person's account. and no other forensic evidence to contradict it. i wasn't surprised for a second. >> so do you think there should be no legal ramifications for george zimmerman after having shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy? >> i don't think that at all. but in order to convict somebody in this country, you have to have a little thing called evidence. and sometimes, that's very difficult to do. our law is set up in a certain
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way where it tells you we don't have the ability to go back and find out exactly what occurred on certain days. they set up certain standards to ensure against wrongful convictions. this case was clearly weak from the beginning. the prosecutor set up unrealistic expectations, and they just couldn't deliver. it really isn't surprising. this is the weakest high-profile case i have ever seen. >> you know something about representing controversial people in high-profile cases. what do you think your former client, casey anthony, would advise somebody like george zimmerman about leading life with some semblance of normalcy in the wake of a trial like this? >> i don't think casey could advise mr. zimmerman on anything. mainly because these are two separate cases. but both of these individuals won't be able to live a normal life ever again. they are forever etched in history.
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they will have to go and live quiet lives somewhere and try and do something with their lives. i certainly hope that -- mr. zimmerman's been given a second chance, he does something good with it. >> forever etched in history, no hope or little hope of living a normal life. it's interesting to hear that, especially from your perspective. jose baez, thank you very much for joining us on this very busy sunday morning. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> we have a lot more coming up. >> yes, we do. as britain and the world awaits a royal baby, the grandmother the royal baby will never know. how his or her parents will instill diandiana's values. we will hear from bianna next on "gma." royal values. we will hear from bianna next on "gma." time for a technology makeover. she's coming to the new samsung experience shop at best buy to spend her graduation bounty on a... new laptop, a smartphone, camera and a tablet.
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the uk, and we are, too, here at "gma." awaiting the addition, the birth of the royal baby. and this new addition to the royal family will be surrounded by queens, princesses, dukes, and duchesses. >> and like what every woman wants with the delivery room, the entire world. >> can you imagine the pressure? >> i can't. i just can't. there's one grandmother the royal baby will never know. the late princess diana. prince william and kate are expected to pass along the values she instilled in her children. let's go to bianna in london. just outside buckingham palace. hi, bianna. >> reporter: there's no doubt the future king or queen will have a privileged life that most of us could never dream of. but one thing this new baby won't have, is a paternal grandmother. given that diana spencer was one of the world's most famous women, one has to wonder what kind of a grandmother she would have been. she was the princess revered as the perfect mother, forever showering affection on her boys.
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now many wonder what diana would have been like as a grandmother. what kind of a grandmother would she have been to this child? >> it's intriguing to wonder if she'd have been a great granny as well. i think she would have been right on the cutting edge, trying to introduce new ideas. >> reporter: diana revolutionized the idea of the role of royal mothers. insisting her boys have as normal a life as possible. but she insisted her boys learn about those less fortunate. >> diana taught william how to work with the public, how to empathize with the people of great britain. >> reporter: she famously took william and harry to visit aids victims and the homeless. many believed she would have worked to do similarly socially conscious things with her grandchildren. perhaps with her own facebook and twitter accounts. >> i'm sure, diana, were she alive, would have her own blog. and she would be getting her grandchildren involved in that sort of thing. >> it's about getting the feel
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right and remembering her. >> reporter: since her death, her boys have worked tirelessly to honor their mother. holding charity konser t in her memory and doing relief work if africa. william noted when he proposed, to kate, diana's memory loomed large when it came time to selecting the ring. >> it's a family ring, yes. it's my mother's engagement ring. i thought it was nice. she's not going to be around to share the fun and excitement of all of this. this is my way of keeping her sort of close to it all. >> reporter: experts say diana may not be present in body when william and kate welcome their child, but she most certainly will be there in spirit. >> i think if this is a girl, there'll be a diana name in there. doing honor to diana, it's a very, very high priority for prince william as we see every time. >> you'll see diana in william, and alongside kate, they are the modern version of diana, the people's princess. >> reporter: and next month marks the 16th anniversary of
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diana's death in that car accident in paris. and aside from people wondering what she would have been like as a grandmother, a lot of people speculate about her relationship with kate as a mother-in-law. a lot of people we speak with say they probably would have gotten along. but there may have been a hint of jealousy. diana would be 53 years old, she was a beautiful woman always if the spotlight. having kate step in and take some of that attention away may not have done so well and sat so well with her. >> interesting dynamic. interesting to look at the pictures of what an affectionate mom she was, it was out of step. with the way the royals did it until then. >> it was, she was very nurturing. nice to see. >> thank you, bianna. we'll be back with more "gma." keep it here. years ago, my doctor told me
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to the verdict, "this week" with george stephanopoulos, and on "world news" with david muir, and all day on abc news.com. and i want to quickly thank paula faris for being with us all weekend. great to have you. >> my pleasure. >> thanks for watching, everybody. have a great day. >> my pleasure. >> thanks for watching, everybody. have a great day.
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good morning and welcome to "this week." breaking overnight with the verdict is in. >> we, the jury, find george zimmerman not guilty. >> protests break out after the high stakes trial that gripped the country, as america faces big questions now about race, justice, and gun control. then new low? the gridlock, the squabbles. >> these are dark days in the history of the senate. >> was it washington's worst week left? to the center of the fight and the closed door meetings. plus the roundtable on sphi second chance. and the tell all book that has washington talki

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