Skip to comments.THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL SO FAR: A FIASCO FOR THE PROSECUTION?
Posted on 06/26/2013 5:53:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
If you are interested in the George Zimmerman trial, in which testimony is now under way, the place to go is Legal Insurrection, where Andrew Branca, a Massachusetts lawyer who authored The Law of Self Defense, is posting a thorough, witness-by-witness commentary on the evidence, with videos of the actual courtroom scene.
Branca thinks today’s testimony was “an utter debacle for the prosecution.” In Branca’s view, the witnesses called by the state did far more to bolster Zimmerman’s defense than to advance the prosecution. The portrait they painted of Zimmerman was positive, and in a dramatic moment that Branca describes and which you can also see on video, the one witness who purported to have any information about the actual events surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin–an “ear witness,” as Branca calls her–was shown to have signed a petition calling for the prosecution of Zimmerman as “the killer of our son Trayvon Martin.” Ouch!
I confess that I find much of the commentary on the Zimmerman case, and even a good bit of the evidence, mystifying. There is no question that Zimmerman shot Martin; he claims self-defense. That defense raises a straightforward question of fact. All of the nonsense about whether Zimmerman was a “wannabe cop,” and whether he “profiled” Martin, and whether he was or was not a “racist,” is utterly beside the point. If, as Zimmerman says (and I assume will testify), Martin initiated the fight, knocked Zimmerman to the ground, jumped on him, punched him repeatedly and smashed his head against the sidewalk, Zimmerman had an absolute right to defend himself. Whether his character is otherwise sterling is immaterial.
The physical facts appear consistent with Zimmerman’s story. I don’t know how he possibly could have sustained these wounds except by having his head pounded into the pavement, as he says:
And we know from the witness statements that have been made public that at least one witness told police he saw Martin sitting on top of Zimmerman and beating him, as Zimmerman shouted for help. So it would seem that Zimmerman’s defense is quite strong.
Of course, there is much evidence yet to come, and the prosecution may yet prove its case. In the meantime, to follow the proceedings, Legal Insurrection is the place to go.
PAUL ADDS: I agree with John’s overall assessment and his view that the photograph corroborates Zimmerman’s claim that Martin pounded his head against the pavement. But how will the “Free Country” label on Zimmerman’s shirt play with the jury (we know how it would play with the IRS)? I mean, is it still okay to express that thought, even if inadvertently?
it’s theater anyway.
Don’t count out the mush brained jury. They didn’t pick them for their grasp of logic and their ability to critically think and reason.
I live 20 miles away from Sanford and refuse to watch the trial because I fear it will not end justly. It is Florida you know. I am rooting for George and not the political pressure to prevail.
Free George Zimmerman.
Should have been said several hundred years ago:
PLANT YOUR OWN COTTON!
I live in jax, Fl and I believe that IF Zimmerman is found innocent...all hellll will break loose here.
Its in the 90’s every day here..unemployment is high with Black Youts and it won’t be pretty and won’t be confined to just Sanford.
Multiple witnesses saw one person on top of another, fighting, or similar. Since George Zimmerman did not have knuckle scrapes, and Trayvon Martin did not have any injuries other than knuckle scrapes and the bullet wound, they actually have implicit confirmation from multiple witnesses that Zimmerman had a justifiable fear for his life.
http://trayvon.axiomamnesia.com/people/witnesses/witness-2-files-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-case/ Witness 2 "saw a fist fight, but doesnt know who was hitting who". Since Trayvon was never hit, we can draw a logical conclusion.
http://trayvon.axiomamnesia.com/people/witnesses/witness-3-files-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-case/ Witness #3 says she ". . . heard someone screaming for help, but couldnt tell who it was . . . saw a guy on top with a white t-shirt." Since Trayvon was unharmed, why would he have been screaming for help?
http://trayvon.axiomamnesia.com/people/witnesses/witness-6-files-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-case/ Johnathan Good saw "Black guy was on top while they were wrestling. He could tell this because the guy on the bottom was a lighter color." Since others saw the guy on top administering a beating, this supports Zimmerman.
http://trayvon.axiomamnesia.com/people/witnesses/witness-13-files-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-case/ Johnathan Manilo saw 'George Zimmerman was out of breath and acting like he had just gotten his butt beat.'" Again, the testimony is consistent with the self-defense claim.
To reach a guilty verdict, they would have to conclude beyond reasonable doubt that Zimmerman could not have reasonably feared for his life. I'm sure the far left is trying to fix this trial, but that's a tall order given the evidence.
People sticking their heads in the sand is one of the reasons that things do end unjustly.
Unless it's your life on the line.
I mean *star* witness
I am not on the jury so I have no influence and have no need to spectate.
I don’t remember “all hell breaking loose” and whitey rioting when OJ was found “innocent.” I must have missed all that.
No -- It's the state that has to make its case not the defense and thus far the state has still not even proven that somebody is dead.
I wonder how many more Trayvons will be lost in the riot violence.
Will the defense move to dismiss anytime soon or have I seen too many trial movies?
What’s the reason for the sunshine laws if spectating had no benefit???
I am looking for a honest person\lawyer on HLN, but like Diogenes cant find one
You should hear the spinning that they are doing over there...Today was a good day for prosecution seems to be the talking point
all I can say is.....Thank God the jury is sequestered
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