John Guy made a stirring argument at the close of the George Zimmerman trial today.
The prosecutor quickly became a trending topic as he laid down his case before the jury. Guy argued that Zimmerman had lied multiple times in the wake of Trayvon’s death and asked the jury to think about how things would change if Zimmerman and Trayvon’s roles were reversed.
Guy said: “If the situation was reversed and 17 year old Trayvon Martin was driving around in a car, followed and shot George Zimmerman what would your verdict be?”
Guy also told the jury that Zimmerman had lied about being hit dozens of time by Martin and argued that the case was not about standing your ground. Instead, Guy said that the case was about “staying in your car.”
Guy said: “This case isn’t about standing your ground. It’s about staying in your car.”
Guy’s rebuttal came shortly after Mark O’Mara gave his final words for the defense. O’Mara told the jury not to make any assumptions about the case and not to jump to any conclusions.
O’Mara said: “If it hasn’t been proven, it’s just not there. You can’t fill in the gaps. You can’t connect the dots. You’re not allowed to.”
Guy’s argument was clearly the more powerful, emotional address but O’Mara is hoping that the jury won’t be persuaded by a stirring argument.
What did you think of John Guy’s statement? Here are some reactions from Twitter.
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@alpha1906) July 12, 2013
Powerful rebuttal by Prosecutor John Guy. He just wraps up. Jury instructions after lunch recess.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) July 12, 2013
It feels like John Guy is arguing for the right to simply be a black male and EXIST in America right now. I feel like he’s arguing for ME.
— Dwyane Shade (@rodimusprime) July 12, 2013
Somewhere, Ben Affleck is standing in a mirror practicing his John Guy impression before the Lifetime network calls.
— Travon Free (@Travon) July 12, 2013
The jury will soon enter into deliberations to decide the fate of George Zimmerman. The jury will have three options. They can find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter, or may decide that Zimmerman is not guilty.