NewsNation | April 19, 2012
>> us. now let me bring in kendall coffey. let me start with the last thing that he noted of interest. that george zimmerman 's attorney would like to have him in regular citizen clothes and not the original jump suit or something that you would often hear? that's a very sensible request. you may recall the notorious case of laci peterson . one of the first things the attorney did is got him clean up and out of the jump suit so he would start to appear more human in front of the eyes of the public.
>> so that is a standard question in a high profile case. especially when you have cameras following every detail here.
>> and a high profile case where the eyes of the nation are watching. you dope want your china to look any more like a criminal than perhaps he already does in the minds of some.
>> let's get to what would likely happen in the bond hearing tomorrow. we know the judge met with the attorneys in his chambers. what is likely happening behind the scenes to get this decided on tomorrow? the two things may be going on, the state and the defense are trying to work out some agreement for what would allow george zimmerman to be released pretrial. remember, florida has a very, very heavy presumption in favor of pretrial release. even in cases where the crime of murder is charged. it is not an easy thing for the state to keep somebody locked up prior to trial due to the presumption of innocence. tame, both state and defense, assuming they don't have any agreement, are gearing up for what is a very, very important day in court tomorrow.
>> we heard kerry mention this arthur hearing where if the state decides to challenge and not have zimmerman releesd, we would perhaps see more details regarding the evidence in this case than we were prepared to see, perhaps because many people thought this would come down the line.
>> exactly. a distinct feet you are in florida. an arthur hearing is required by the florida constitution . not something that you may have in any of the other states. what the state has to do to keep george zimmerman locked up, unless he is a flight risk or a danger to others in the community, they would have to demonstrate not only probable cause but well beyond that. they have to put together evidence that says that george zimmerman is guilty of the crime of second-degree murder. that their showing is so strong, it is even higher than the standard for conviction which as we know is the standard of showing guilt beyond a reasonable doubt . very, very high standard that the state would have to meet tomorrow if they want to keep george zimmerman locked up.
>> because of the attention with this case, obviously the zimmerman family and george zimmerman 's attorneys have expressed concern regarding his safety. would there be likely any guidelines set aside? any security? anything unprecedented if his life is being threatened to protect and make sure that he is able to go on to court and have a fair trial in.
>> that's exactly the issue. especially if the state and the defense might be thinking of working something out. how do you get one of the most controversial defendants in america right now released in a way that's safe? what they would look for, i would speculate, would be some form of home detention and someplace that is hopefully safely removed from potential distractions, extreme community pressures, at the same time as you know from other cases you've covered. ankle bracelets, lots of very exacting conditions. if that is put together, i think that would be a reasonable way to assure his presence and at the same time protect his rights to a presumption of innocence.
>> knowing what you know, do you believe he is likely to be released on bail or bond tomorrow? f .
>> if i'm weighting man, i would say he won't be locked up.
>> kendall coffey, thank you.