Phyllis Kotey Quoted in NBC News on Zimmerman’s Exclusive Interview

In NBC News, Professor Phyllis Kotey is quoted on the possible strategic reasons for George Zimmerman granting an exclusive interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on national television.

In the article, Kotey states: “It’s a chance to hone the story and test it — test versions, what works, reactions, to see what’s going to happen. It’s an opportunity to see how a particular position will play.” She also notes that in a television appearance, Zimmerman can speak without the risk of cross-examination by the prosecution.

Phyllis Kotey is a retired judge and former prosecutor , who now teaches at Florida International University College of Law.

Zimmerman to appear on Fox to ‘open up’ about night of Trayvon Martin shooting

By Kari Huus, NBC News

George Zimmerman has granted an exclusive interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, scheduled to air Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, Fox announced.

“Zimmerman will open up about what happened the night of Trayvon Martin’s death and his experience in the aftermath of the fatal shooting,” according to a Fox press release.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. The case has become the focus of national media, and ignited an emotional debate over race and gun rights.

Zimmerman, the son of a white father and Peruvian mother of Hispanic descent, has pleaded innocent to the murder charge, and says that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. He is out on bail preparing for a trial.

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