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A Look Back at the Trayvon Martin Case; Rosie Perez

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Legal analyst Lisa Bloom talks about George Zimmerman's trial and the laws and biases that allowed the Trayvon Martin shooting to happen. Actress Rosie Perez talks about her harrowing childhood and how she found happiness and success.

Racial Profiling, Stand Your Ground, Injustice in the Trayvon Martin Case

It’s been two years since an unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in July.

Legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered the trial for NBC. In her book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It she discusses covering the trial and outlines what she sees as the major mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose the case. Bloom tells Leonard in this interview that the prosecution blundered by downplaying the issue of race in the courtroom when it should have been central. “I believe racial profiling is at the heart of the case, not only for Zimmerman, but for the police who did a lax job of investigating the case, for the jury, and I have new info from the jury room that substantiates this, from the judge who didn’t want anyone to talk about racial profiling even though it was so obviously a part of the case,” said Bloom. “Not just in that courtroom, but for all of us.”

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Rosie Perez on How Brooklyn Has Changed

The actor and activist responds to Spike Lee’s recent criticism of gentrification: "I think it’s good and bad. It’s great that it’s safer. It’s great that it improved. But it’s bad because a lot of the people who have been there from the beginning are not allowed to participate."

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Guest Picks: Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, talking about her memoir and her tumultuous childhood in Brooklyn. She also told us what she's a fan of that you might not expect.

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