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Associate Dean Dan Filler Comments on Trayvon Martin Murder Case, George Zimmerman Interview in the Christian Science Monitor

July 20, 2012

George Zimmerman's Fox News interview represents his defense team's effort to bolster public opinion of Zimmerman before he stands trial for the Feb. 26 killing of unarmed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, Associate Dean Dan Filler told theChristian Science Monitor on July 19. 

The Zimmerman interview was a defensive tactic designed to humanize Zimmerman before trial without exposing him to potentially detrimental cross-examination.   The tactic just might work, Filler claimed, because,  "[i]t’s entirely possible that his lawyers will never put him on to testify so these public statements may be the only testimony jurors will ever hear from him.”

Filler is a former public defender who studies the effects of social anxiety on the development of criminal law.