In-studio experts predict Ross Harris trial outcome

Our legal experts have gone over all the evidence in the Ross Harris hot car death trial. As the jury deliberates, this is what they think about the case.   

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Our legal experts have taken the time to go over all of the elements of the Ross Harris hot car death trial, and have taken a hard look at the evidence as presented by both teams.


Vinnie Politan 

11Alive anchor and former prosecutor Vinnie Politan predicts who won the Ross Harris hot car death trial.

His life was spiraling out of control. It was clear he was obsessed with women – obsessed with sexting, and he wanted to sleep with as many women as possible in his lifetime.

He is acting reckless, and if you're acting reckless, you're guilty of criminal negligence.

The moment he strapped little Cooper into that car seat, that is the negligence that caused the death of little Cooper.

And because of that, I say, the defense wins on Malice Murder because he didn't do it on purpose -- he was distracted by this lifestyle he was trying to lead. But it is that same lifestyle that makes him guilty of felony murder.


Joseph Scott Morgan 

Joseph Scott Morgan, professor of applied science at Jacksonville State University, talks in-studio about the Ross Harris trial.

He was so distracted that he forgot his child.

He, in fact, did neglect his child.

This is the height of maltreatment of a small child. Let’s also keep in mind he was also engaged in deviant sexual practices with underage people – a 15-year-old, he was texting illicit images to.


Charles Mittelstadt

Charles Mittelstadt, criminal defense investigation/consulting firm, talks in-studio about the Ross Harris trial.

The sheer magnitude of the evidence that was presented with regard to Ross Harris’ absolute distraction and lack of focus on his child particularly on the day of this tragic event, may demonstrate to the jury that he was negligent, and they may not follow the exact letter of the law in terms of exactly what that means. 

The child cruelty aspect is a very difficult case.

It may come down to them doing a compromise verdict where they don’t feel that they don’t feel that the prosecution has proven their case with regard to malice, but they feel that Ross Harris should be held responsible.


Meg Strickler

Meg Strickler, criminal defense attorney, talks in-studio about the Ross Harris trial.

Cruelty to children – definitely hands down; third degree, hands down, done. Second degree, hands down, done. First is a little more difficult. But I think they’re going to convict on that, which then makes it a felony murder conviction as well. He’s going to go to prison for years on end.
They were able to prove that he was a horrible father, a horrible employee, a horrible husband – everything you heard from the prosecution and the defense was about Ross Harris being a double-life person. 
Did you hear from his family? No, you only heard from his brother. Why? Because they’ve known him since he was a baby, and they know what a scumbag he is.

LaTonia Hines

LaTonia Hines, prosecutor, talks in-studio about the Ross Harris trial.

They let you see the duplicitous Ross Harris.

Ross Harris is not a good guy, not a good husband, and definitely was not a good father on June 18, 2014.


Randy Kessler

Divorce and family attorney Randy Kessler discusses who he think won the Ross Harris hot car death trial.

Did he really do it? Was it an accident? He said all the right things.

Yes he did it, yes he was responsible, but was it a criminal act?

Did he really mean to do it? It’s very, very hard to convince anybody that they would really kill their child intentionally. The defense gets the benefit of being on the right side of the burden of proof. They have the easier side, they just have to poke holes in the prosecution’s case – I think they did it.


Dr. Joyce Morley

Dr. Joyce Morley, psychotherapist and relationship expert, talks in-studio about the Ross Harris trial.

He could always remember what he wanted. He always remembered to go to Chick-fil-A. How does he have a child he loves? A parent who has a child he loves never forgets that child in the car.

Ross Harris was narcissistic, compulsive in many ways.

He had a borderline personality disorder, and he was having psychological problems that just didn’t develop – he brought them into the marriage. There is no real winner here.


Darryl Cohen

Darryl Cohen, criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, talks in-studio about the Ross Harris trial.

Ross Harris is someone who destroyed his life? Who cares. But someone who destroyed the life of his 22-month-old son.

Who lost? Cooper lost.

Cooper will never be able to grow up to become a teenager, to become an adult.
Ross Harris could not have forgotten – could not in three minutes and change and a text saying that he and his buddy needed to be free. Ross Harris demonized himself.


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