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Excerpts from Zimmerman's apology, testimony
The Sun News / The Associated Press ^ | April 20, 2012

Posted on 04/20/2012 3:18:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

In an unusual move, George Zimmerman took the witness stand Friday to apologize to the parents of Trayvon Martin for fatally shooting their 17-year-old son. Assistant prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda took the opportunity to grill the neighborhood watch volunteer about some of the statements he made to police.

Here's a partial transcript of Zimmerman's testimony:

Zimmerman: I wanted to say I am very sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not.....

(Excerpt) Read more at myrtlebeachonline.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: florida; georgezimmerman; trayvonmartin; zimmerman; zimmermanhearing
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What a lame district attorney!! Did he get his degree above a barber shop? LOL
1 posted on 04/20/2012 3:18:20 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He did NOT apologize.

He said “I am sorry for your loss.”

Not the same thing. An apology would imply he did something wrong, which is why the media is running hard with the spin that Zimmerman “apologized to the parents” instead of merely making an expression of sorrow and empathy.


2 posted on 04/20/2012 3:26:04 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

CNN is having the vapors over this.

I caught it at a restaurant on closed caption, and they are just beside themselves at this “self serving” statement.

Also, on a local radio show this AM, a black caller who claimed to have investigated thousands of homicides stood firm in claiming that Zs injuries were caused a skin disease on his head and the scab just got picked off.

No amount of truth will ever stop the hate that has been falsely ginned up by the race hustlers Jesse, Al, and Barry.


3 posted on 04/20/2012 3:26:49 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Meet the New Boss

EXACTLY!


4 posted on 04/20/2012 3:27:31 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: digger48

There is a Freeper who implied Zimmerman, the evil racist vigilante, made the wounds himself with a razor, like a pro wrestlers do. Go figure.


5 posted on 04/20/2012 3:32:03 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zimmerman is proving to be a little stupid on his own. He’s going to make his situation a lot worse than it needs to be.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/11825300-418/zimmermans-lawyers-withdraw-martin-case-prosecutor-to-make-announcement.html


6 posted on 04/20/2012 3:33:00 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
De la Rionda: And tell me, after you committed this crime...

No bias there! Zimmerman should have shot that down.

7 posted on 04/20/2012 3:34:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

He said “sorry for their loss.”

Prosecutor looked like an ass.

Lead investigator had no evidence who started the fight. GAME OVER.


8 posted on 04/20/2012 3:35:57 PM PDT by TigerClaws (He)
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To: TigerClaws

Investigators did not have Zimmerman’s medical record either. Looks like they only investigated what they wanted to hear.


9 posted on 04/20/2012 3:39:15 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: BufordP

As I recall, he never actually hired those two lawyers, they just stepped up while he was in hiding from the Black Panthers and the rest of the lynch mob.


10 posted on 04/20/2012 3:39:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: TigerClaws

I agree, but I would not have allowed that prosecutor to frame what happened as a crime.


11 posted on 04/20/2012 3:40:23 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TigerClaws
Its game over unless the DA has unreleased forensic evidence that counters any of Mr. Zimmerman's statements or account.
12 posted on 04/20/2012 3:41:19 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There will be riots...there is no conviction here. So bring it...it is what it is.

Go ahead Jackson, Neo Black Pussies and Sharpton....stir the pot so that blacks riot in black neighborhoods when they let this guy go.

13 posted on 04/20/2012 3:43:46 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: IrishPennant

You cant say NEO Black Pussy!

That’s racist!


14 posted on 04/20/2012 3:44:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
De la Rionda: And tell me, after you committed this crime and you spoke to the police, ...

Why didn't his attorney object to this?
15 posted on 04/20/2012 3:45:15 PM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: IrishPennant

You meant New Black Pussies


16 posted on 04/20/2012 3:45:52 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: KarenMarie

Exactly!


17 posted on 04/20/2012 3:46:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: IrishPennant
There will be riots...there is no conviction here. So bring it...it is what it is.

I hope none of the rioters are carrying skittles and iced tea. Anyone with those in his hoodie pockets who attempts to murder an armed citizen is likely to start this cycle all over.

18 posted on 04/20/2012 3:47:24 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: mylife

Sorry...where are my manners....


19 posted on 04/20/2012 3:47:26 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The article merely demonstrates he’s been dealing directly with law enforcement rather than getting good representation. Whether this changes remains to be seen. I’m doubtful.


20 posted on 04/20/2012 3:47:55 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: Pollster1

Ask Z....he may not feel like it now but still better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6...


21 posted on 04/20/2012 3:48:16 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

An sympathy ‘apology’ which he had to make as a form of civil niceties. I kinda feel sorry for the parents, but they colluded with that black power lawyer and are absolutely unwilling to believe their little “boy” could have done something that warranted being shot.


22 posted on 04/20/2012 3:50:19 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: IrishPennant
AKA TanKlan
1. Hoods (check)
2. Hate (check)
3. Hate Republicans (check)
23 posted on 04/20/2012 3:51:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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AKA TanKlan

hehehehe...priceless

24 posted on 04/20/2012 3:53:10 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: BufordP

That’s old news and doesn’t prove your conclusion.


25 posted on 04/20/2012 3:54:09 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: kanawa

He’s already apologized when he should have kept his mouth shut. The judge rewarded his contriteness by jumping down his throat.


26 posted on 04/20/2012 3:55:56 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: digger48
No amount of truth will ever stop the hate that has been falsely ginned up by the race hustlers Jesse, Al, and Barry.

I thought Barry Fitsgerald had passed on.

27 posted on 04/20/2012 4:05:55 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
De la Rionda: And tell me, after you committed this crime and you spoke to the police, did you ever make that statement to the police sir, that you were sorry for what you'd done or their loss?

A perfect example of why an accused should never attempt to make any type of statement until properly trained and prepared by a first class criminal defense attorney, Zimmerman should have answered forcefully: I committed NO crime, sir! Intoning "sir" as one would address a child molester.

The scumbag De la Rionda goes on to lay a Scooter Libby perjury trap in that Zimmerman will never be able to exactly accurately remember his exact words in the many times he will be under oath, and incorrect recall one time giving contradicting testimony will convict him of perjury with a stupid jury.

28 posted on 04/20/2012 4:06:58 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: nerdwithagun
...absolutely unwilling to believe their little “boy” could have done something that warranted being shot.

IMO, they do believe it. That's why mother came out with the "it was an accident" comment, quickly retracted upon advice of counsel.

29 posted on 04/20/2012 4:09:59 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: kanawa

Scratch “judge”. Should have said “prosecutor”. I heard “judge” earlier today walking the hall at work. Just heard Harris Faulkner say “prosecutor”.


30 posted on 04/20/2012 4:11:08 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: digger48

Skin disease, eh?

31 posted on 04/20/2012 4:11:07 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: mylife
"De la Rionda: And tell me, after you committed this crime... No bias there! Zimmerman should have shot that down. "

That wa so blatant.

Couldn't his attorney object?

Why did he testify to begin with? STOOPID!

32 posted on 04/20/2012 4:11:35 PM PDT by evad (STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING, STOP SPENDING. It's the SPENDING Stupid)
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To: evad

I agree!


33 posted on 04/20/2012 4:13:52 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: rabidralph

Yeah.
Its called “cement induced lacerations”


34 posted on 04/20/2012 4:15:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BufordP

I was just watching this exchange on Fox News. They somehow doctored the video and made Zimmerman look Hispanic.

I wonder if the other networks have an undoctored video.


35 posted on 04/20/2012 4:17:11 PM PDT by gitmo
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To: gitmo

Well, I also saw on the news today they’re beginning to discuss Romney and his stance on immigration. So now they have to transition to the persecution of the Latinos.


36 posted on 04/20/2012 4:22:01 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: BufordP

But Zimmerman is not “Latino.” His mother is Peruvian.


37 posted on 04/20/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: BufordP

If the defense starts worrying about the prosecutor’s reaction
it might as well give up and plead guilty.

The prosecutor doesn’t determine guilt.

And as per ‘Meet the New Boss’ post above, he did not “apologize”.


38 posted on 04/20/2012 4:39:30 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Elsiejay

Yeah, but you know better. MSM viewers do not.


39 posted on 04/20/2012 4:40:26 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: kanawa

You say tomato...


40 posted on 04/20/2012 4:42:39 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: BufordP
Zimmerman is proving to be a little stupid on his own.

Actually he's not and it won't. Your article was written on 4/10, it's old news and everyone is beyond that now..........

41 posted on 04/20/2012 4:49:11 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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To: mylife
would not have allowed that prosecutor to frame what happened as a crime.

That's obviously why you're not a defense attorney since you would not have a choice, that is what prosecutors do. And that's why you also have a court of law to dispute whatever the prosecutor offers.......

42 posted on 04/20/2012 4:55:44 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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To: hoosiermama

Just like in the Duke case. Only investigate that which suits your end result.


43 posted on 04/20/2012 4:56:21 PM PDT by FamiliarFace
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To: BufordP
Zimmerman's ad lib statements have been ill-advised but represent the behavior of someone comfortable with the police, who does not see them as adversaries, and who trusts the system.

In other words, devoid of mens rea.

44 posted on 04/20/2012 5:02:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Hot Tabasco
...old news...

Let me guess ... 'cause I just got back from an 8 day vacation ... is Zimmerman our new FReeper hero and thou shalt not criticize?

Don't get me wrong. I don't much care how this pans out. But he opened himself up for a beatdown today - not two weeks ago. Just making an observation.

Patterns of behavior.

45 posted on 04/20/2012 5:02:45 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Excuse me?
Zimmerman did not have to go along with the notion and let the prosecutor steamroll him.


46 posted on 04/20/2012 5:05:37 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I hope that helps him in the long run.


47 posted on 04/20/2012 5:08:11 PM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: hinckley buzzard

He is coming across as trusting (perhaps to a fault IMHO).
He certainly isn’t coming off as a predator.


48 posted on 04/20/2012 5:10:38 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BufordP
is Zimmerman our new FReeper hero and thou shalt not criticize?

Absolutely not! But if you're attempting to make a critical observation on Mr. Zimmerman's current behavior then do yourself a favor, use current news...........

That'll cut down on challenges to you and prevent yourself from having to defend your statements. Easy, isn't it?

49 posted on 04/20/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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