April 11th, 2012
10:52 PM ET

Robert Zimmerman: "You don't call the police and then kill somebody"

Tonight, Robert Zimmerman sat down in an exclusive interview discussing today's news of his brother's arrest. In this heated exchange, Piers Morgan and Robert Zimmerman discuss who is at fault in the night in question:

"If he just carried on doing whatever he was doing with his life that night, Trayvon Martin would still be alive," said Morgan. "The only reason Trayvon Martin is dead because your brother decided that a young Black teenager in a hoodie looked suspicios and then pursued him."

Zimmerman disagreed whole heartedly:

"Absolutely false Piers. Absolutely – nothing could be further from the truth," argued Zimmerman Jr.

Referencing the infamous 911 tapes, Zimmerman Jr. suggested that by calling the authorities, Zimmerman showed his intentions as a good samaritan:

"What he said was, 'Hi, I'm calling because there have been a significant number of break-ins in my community.' So, he never called to say 'Hi, I'm calling because there's a black teenager in a hoodie.' And you don't call the police in order to go commit murder. You don't call the police and then kill somebody."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
April 11th, 2012
03:33 PM ET

Syria's FM spokesman: Syria "optimistic" about peace plan

In an interview with CNN's Hala Gorani Wednesday, Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said Syria is committed to the peace plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan.

"We are fully committed to have a successful mission for Mr. Annan, but at the same time people should know that I can say optimistically that 40% of the keys to solve the crisis is in our hands as government but the other 60% is in the hands of those who are harboring, channeling weapons, instigating in the media, against Syria," said Makdissi.

Makdissi also said it will take more than Syrian forces to stop the violence, adding the presence of United Nation observers on the ground will be essential to verify the cessation of violence.

"We are not afraid of the reality of the Syrian story," he said. "We want them to be on the ground and see for themselves who is violating this.

Full transcript after the jump.


April 11th, 2012
10:30 AM ET

Santorum rep: He will help Romney defeat Pres. Obama

Rick Santorum Press Secretary Alice Stewart joins Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to talk about how Santorum will help Mitt Romney coalesce Republican support and beat President Obama. She also discusses how the heated rhetoric of the primary will affect Romney in the general election.

Stewart says, “He had a nice conversation with Governor Romney yesterday and vowed to do what he could to help, help coalesce conservatives, both social and fiscal conservatives, to rally behind the presumptive nominee which more than likely appears to be Governor Romney because job number one is to defeat Barack Obama in his big government ways.”

She continues, “[Santorum] has vowed to do whatever it is that Governor Romney needs to help him defeat Barack Obama in November because that's important, and whatever he needs him to do, whether it's speaking, acting as surrogate work.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Soledad O'Brien • Starting Point
April 11th, 2012
08:32 AM ET

Zimmerman former attorneys: 'He acted in self-defense;' attorney/client privilge was not violated

George Zimmerman's former attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig join Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield & Zoraida Sambolin to talk why they dropped representation, Zimmerman’s call to the prosecutor’s office, attorney/client privilege, Zimmerman’s whereabouts and whether or not he’s a flight risk.

Sonner says, “When the facts come out it'll show he acted in self-defense, that the police department made the proper decision in not arresting him as there was not probable cause to make the arrest and, you know, he needs legal help.”

Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

Topics: Ashleigh Banfield • CNN • Early Start