Thank you, Jax.Like I thought.
Eagle doesn't know everything he thinks he does.
Turns out that if Zimmerman isn't convicted on the murder charge, the jury does still have the option of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
There are dozens of sources that explain this in detail. Most are academic, but here's an easy to understand article that covers it...
The George Zimmerman Case: Five Key Questions
"...it was still a wise strategy on Corey's part, as a jury can always find him not guilty of second-degree murder but guilty of manslaughter. A jury can never find someone guilty of a higher charge, but they can always find him guilty of a lesser charge, so in a sense, she's covering her bases."
The moral of this story is, DON"T TAKE LEGAL ADVICE FROM EAGLE!!!
That's what I was asking.