Zimmerman says it doesn't even sound like him. Serino says this statement didn't change the direction of his interrogation of Zimmerman. He also says the statement didn't cause him any concern.
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Serino says the purpose of his second interview could have been to challenge Zimmerman or extract the truth. He says Zimmerman was consistent throughout the interview.
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The court reporter reads back part of Serino's testimony from yesterday:
"So if we were to take pathological liar off the table as a possibility ... you think he was telling the truth?" asked O'Mara.
"Yes," said Serino.
The judge tells jurors this was an improper comment made by a witness and to disregard the question and the answer.
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The jury is being seated.
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"Simply not coming isn't really a reason to bar the direct testimony," said Mantei. He says he wants to play the video and the defense can cross-examine the witness when he's available on the phone or on webcam. The judge asks Mantei to figure out the witness' schedule and says she'll table the discussion until the afternoon.
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Defense attorney Don West says it's unacceptable for the video to be played and the defense to not have an option to cross-examine the witness. West says they'd want a chance to talk to the witness because they didn't know the prosecution wanted to call him until after the trial started. West says the defense wasn't able to make the interview last week because of a scheduling conflict. He says they should shoot for a time when the witness is available.
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Prosecutor Richard Mantei is talking to the judge about a witness who was unable to testify in person. Mantei says they scheduled a deposition for him but the defense didn't show up. Mantei says the witness may be available sporadically by phone but is unavailable today to testify remotely. Mantei wants to know how the defense feels about them playing the video from the deposition.
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O'Mara says the cases he's reading affected the rights of the defendant. He says Serino was supposed to be determining if Zimmerman was telling the truth, so he should be able to testify about it. Prosecutor de la Rionda says the state is also entitled to a fair trial. He wants the statements read back to jurors and for the judge to tell them to dismiss Serino's answers.
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O'Mara says it comes down to the client's right to a fair trial. He says he doesn't believe this hurts the prosecution's case, since it's the prosecution's own witness. O'Mara is reading the case law now.
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O'Mara says the whole premise of a challenge interview is to determine truthfulness, so he says Serino should be able to give his opinion. The judge reads case law that says it's an error for a witness to give an opinion about the credibility of another witness' statements. The case law goes on to say it's especially harmful for a police officer to do this.
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Defense attorney O'Mara is cuing up audio while prosecutor de la Rionda reads Serino's statements that he wants the judge to have jurors dismissed.
[Updated at 9:04 a.m. ET]