CNN Anchor Wonders If Jurors See 'Sexism' In Zimmerman Attorney

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux teed up the Trayvon Martin family attorney on Thursday, asking if George Zimmerman's attorney Don West's attitude towards the female judge might be viewed as "sexism" by a jury that includes six women.

"There have been so many fights, if you will, or tense moments between Don West and this judge, Judge Nelson," Malveaux noted. "Does it seem like an element of sexism? I mean, if you have the six women who are on the jurors and they're looking at this exchange, this dynamic between these two?"

Malveaux's question was yet another episode of CNN showing some bias against George Zimmerman during the trial.

Malveaux had floated some ridiculous spin against Zimmerman's case earlier in the week. And host Piers Morgan has argued against the case that he could be set free without punishment after the shooting.  

Last June, Morgan also put pressure on Zimmerman's case by arguing that if he hadn't been carrying a gun, nothing would have happened.

(H/T Mediaite)

Below is a transcript of the segment, which aired on July 11 on CNN Newsroom at 1:14 p.m. EDT:

SUZANNE MALVEAUX: And Natalie, I want to talk to you a little bit about this because you and I, we talked about it during the break, actually. There have been so many fights, if you will, or tense moments between Don West and this judge, Judge Nelson. How do you think this is playing out with the jurors? And you had an interesting perspective on this.

NATALIE JACKSON, attorney: Yeah. I think that – I understand Don West's position because I have done criminal defense law and I know when you representing someone, you become very passionate about it. But I think what he has to worry about is that you have a jury full of women and they're watching the way he has treated this judge and the attitudes that he's given this judge. So, I think he needs to watch that aspect, just from the legal perspective of the jury, and if they think that he has been disrespectful to the judge. This is her courtroom. And this is her domain.

MALVEAUX: Does it seem like an element of sexism? I mean, if you have the six women who are on the jurors and they're looking at this exchange, this dynamic between these two?

JACKSON: It could, yes. And that's why he has to worry. I mean, there is a difference to some people, and I think lay people don't understand the difference between being a passionate advocate and just being plain rude.
 

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014