Skip to comments.George Zimmermanís Lawyer: 'Facts Have Been Spun by the Media'
Posted on 04/02/2012 8:15:43 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
When George Zimmermans lawyer, Orlando-based criminal defense attorney Craig Sonner, defended his client to TIME on Sunday night, he would not say whether he is gathering evidence for a trial. But he hints he is thinking ahead to a criminal case. I err on the side of preparedness, he says. Every time I take a case I prepare as though I am going to trial.
Sonner continues to remain mum on the specifics of the incident, like why police surveillance cameras showed Zimmerman with no apparent blood and grass stains soon after the shooting, or whether or not he has run tests to confirm that Zimmermans voice is calling for help on a neighbors recorded 911 call. That will be litigated, he responds to each question. Then, the refrain: George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense on the night in question, and when all the information is released, it will show that.
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Drudge has this : Trayvon Martin: ABC enhances George Zimmerman video...
The MSM has been taking sides again - to push a lie. Zimmerman had cuts, scrapes and damage to the back of his head...
now that we have 24/7 new channels and blogs that are even faster, what kind of mind would read Time?
The best possible outcome to this entire fiasco would be for a Democrat appointed judge to throw out all charges on the basis that extensive pre-trial publicity and manufactured evidence would make a fair trial for Zimmerman impossible anywhere in America. The judge could then suggest that the organized mobs direct their rage at the media responsible for the situation, starting with NBC.
Media reports of the event are 180 degrees out of phase with reality. Remember that when you read ANY news story. The media is at best unreliable, and is usually flat out WRONG. Sometimes, as in this case, it acts with malicious bias
Absolutely. We have a local ABC station here WFTV Channel 9 that immediately started the charade and had Zimmerman guilty based on a couple of on camera interviews. They ran the story 24/7 and that is when chief race baiters Jackson & Sharpton entered. The rest is history.
What makes this interesting is the Sanford police department is very inept at public relations. If the police department had just made a statement early on that it appears to be self-defense and the facts would come out in court ONLY and then get a judge to put a gag order on the news media, this would have been nipped in the bud.
A while back a local fire fighter went missing here in central Florida. His rental car was found in a wallmart parking lot in Maine. Channel 9 went up there to investigate. From eye witnesses a suspect or person of interest was found. Channel 9 went to the persons home and was questioning the father of the suspect. The local police investigator came out of the house and screamed to the top of his lungs for the TV crew to get the hell out of there. They hesitated and he rushed them and they got the hell out of there. They left the area right after that.
It turns out the fireman was selling prescription drugs to the suspect and the suspect owed him money and he shot the fireman. He is in jail under no bond.
Now if channel 9 had gotten involved there is no telling what would have transpired. My hats off to the Maine police department. . . .
There haven't been any charges yet, so there is nothing for a judge to throw out.
I'm hoping the investigator puts together an evidentiary package for the media, and makes it all publicly available so the public can view it without going through the media; explains how the evidence (100% of the witnesses, etc.) shows that Trayvon was the instigator. Ridicules the press for getting the story all wrong, and refuses to take questions on the basis that the press is untrustworthy, and a menace to society.
Matt Gutman of ABC, and Benjamin Crump, the “family lawyer,” are primary agitators in this, yes.
Zimmerman is guilty.
“We’ll hang him tomorrow after the trial!”
-Dean Martin in ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICO.
ABC released a more accurate video this morning showing bumps and gashes. Will ping you to it.
More moon walking.
Zimmerman’s lawyer is Captain Obvious??? :)
No need to - I know there is plenty of credible evidence of Zimmerman's injuries. The press ran with "there aren't any visible injuries," and the press will be a laughingstock on that point.
They did make such a statement (below) and it was done by the black City Manager. The reality is that it doesn't matter if Zimmerman is guilty or not. There is an agenda here by the Left and the WH to exploit the incident for polticial purposes. The MSM has been complicit by not providing all the facts, intentionally altering the facts, and using propaganda tactics like providing photos of the victim and Zimmerman that alter perceptions of what actually happened. The obvious race baiting is intended to increase black turnout in November to vote for the guy who looks like them and Trayvon Martin.
There has been a lot of media attention to the recent incident where George Zimmerman shot andkilled Trayvon Martin. This is indeed a tragic situation and has caused a flood of questions andstrong emotions from within our community, the region and nation. On behalf of the employeesof the City of Sanford, Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trayvon Martin. As a father, I can only image the pain Trayvons family must be going though.In an effort to continue to be as responsive as possible to the public seeking information on theincident, I have asked Chief Lee to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter. Below are his responses. Please understand that since this is still an ongoing investigation, the Police Department is limited in what information it can publicly release.
The City of Sanford is committed to insuring that justice is served and, therefore, the City of Sanford has contacted the United States Attorney Generals Office for assistance in this matter. The men and women of the Sanford Police Department extend our heartfelt sympathies to theMartin family. This is indeed a tragic situation. The death of anyone due to violence, especially a17 year old young man, is morally appalling. As this incident has generated a lot of media attention, we wanted to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Why was George Zimmerman not arrested the night of the shooting?
When the Sanford Police Department arrived at the scene of the incident, Mr. Zimmermanprovided a statement claiming he acted in self defense which at the time was supported byphysical evidence and testimony. By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED frommaking an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time. Additionally, when any police officer makes an arrest for any reason, the officer MUST swear and affirm that he/sheis making the arrest in good faith and with probable cause. If the arrest is done maliciously andin bad faith, the officer and the City may be held liable.According to Florida Statute 776.032 :776.032
Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.
(1)A person who uses force as permitted in s.776.012, s.776.013, or s.776.031is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action forthe use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s.943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance withany applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known thatthe person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term criminal prosecution includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting thedefendant.
(2)A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for usingforce unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used wasunlawful.
Why werent the 911 tapes initially released?
There are exemptions to the public records laws for active criminal intelligence and for ongoinginvestigations. In this instance, the 911 calls made by neighbors in the subdivision, and the non-emergency call made by Mr. Zimmerman are all key to the investigation by Sanford PoliceDepartment. In consultation with the Office of the State Attorney, the Sanford police departmen that decided not to release the audio recordings of the 911 calls due to the ongoing investigation. Many times, specific information is contained in those recordings which is vital to the integrityof the investigation. At the time, it was determined that if revealed, the information maycompromise the integrity of the investigation prior to its completion. The 911 tapes have sincebeen released.
Why did Mr. Zimmerman have a firearm in his possession while acting in the role of aneighborhood watch member?
Mr. Zimmerman holds a concealed weapon permit issued from the State of Florida. He is authorized to carry the weapon in a concealed manner wherever Florida Statute dictates. Neighborhood Watch programs are designed for members of a neighborhood to be eyes andears for police and to watch out for their neighbors. They are not members of the Police Department nor are they vigilantes. Training provided by law enforcement agencies toNeighborhood Watch organizations stresses non-contact surveillance of suspicious situations and notifying police of those situations so that law enforcement can respond and take control of the situation.Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying hisweapon when this incident occurred. He was in fact on a personal errand in his vehicle when heobserved Mr. Martin in the community and called the Sanford Police Department.
If Zimmerman was told not to continue to follow Trayvon, can that be considered in this investigation?
Yes it will; however, the telecommunications call taker asked Zimmerman are you following him. Zimmerman replied, yes. The call taker stated you dont need to do that. The calltakers suggestion is not a lawful order that Mr. Zimmerman would be required to follow. Zimmermans statement was that he had lost sight of Trayvon and was returning to his truck to meet the police officer when he says he was attacked by Trayvon.
Why was George Zimmerman labeled as squeaky clean when in fact he has a priorarrest history?
In one of the initial meetings with the father of the victim the investigator related to him theaccount that Mr. Zimmerman provided of the incident. At that time the investigator said that Mr.Zimmerman portrayed himself to be squeaky clean. We are aware of the background information regarding both individuals involved in this event. We believe Mr. Martin may have misconstrued this information.
What about media reenactments of the shooting incident?
Any media reenactments of the shooting incident are purely speculation. To date the SanfordPolice Department has not released any rendition of the events of the evening to anyone otherthan the Office of the State Attorney. The renditions we have seen are not consistent with theevidence in this case.
The Sanford Police Department has conducted a complete and fair investigation of this incident. We have provided the results of our investigation to the Office of the State Attorney for their review and consideration for possible criminal prosecution.
Although the Police Department is the target of the troubling questions, let me assure you we too feel the pain of this senseless tragedy that has dramatically affected our community. Therefore,as we move forward and strive to answer the questions that are a point of controversy in thecommunity, we ask for your patience, understanding and assistance in getting the correct information to the community.
Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr.,
March 19, 2012
This incident happened WEEKS ago - but did any of us hear about until the Race Baiter in Chief opined, intimating that a poor little black boy who, if he had a son, “would look like Trayvon” was profiled and brutally gunned down by a - um - ‘WHITE Hispanic’?
Once the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES weighed in, for political reasons (He cut his teeth on “don’t let a crisis go to waste”), he, essentially gave the media and the can-always-be counted-on race baiters/riot rousers carte blanche to jump in run with it.
Now, with death threats, with innocent people in hiding in fear of their lives, with bounties issued, SILENCE. He’s not even offering a beer on the WH lawn.
Why is NO ONE calling him to task?
(Maybe they’re all to busy getting ready to switch over to the story of the funeral shootings - 12 injured - including a 5 year old girl - 2 dead. Oh wait! that was only black killing blacs. move on - Their lives don’t count for political/money/headlines hay.
this case, assuming the original fact correct, should never involve an arrest or one second in court.
If he doesn't want to do that, he's doomed.
remember the bit in Starship Troopers?
Murderer caught in the morning, tried this afternoon, execution these evening...
>> what kind of mind would read Time?
Bite your tongue! Some poor schmuck in a doctor’s waiting room will be reading THIS VERY ARTICLE. In about 18 to 36 months, once the magazine has been properly “aged” in a sack at the doctor’s home... :-)
Headline is the understatement of the year, lol!
That’s an amazing graphic in your post#24. Totally amazing.
Conservatives will defend Zimmerman - BECAUSE we identify with a person being railroaded by the MSM.
Liberal elites don't know what that's like.
Holder and Obama are not concerned with 'what's right' they're concerned with advantage. The MSM doesn't care what's right or wrong they care about pushing a liberal elite agenda. Black poverty pimps care about ginning up black hate and white liberal guilt - guilt that open wallets...
Nope, we're it. We'll go to bat for Zimmerman - the Hispanic democrat - and he'll never vote for our side...
Here’s ABC’S Matt Gutman Biography and Photo....if you are right that it is he and the ‘family attorney’ agitating the case to where it is now.
I agree from what we currently know....however there are other cases where that too should have been so but public outcry did effectively work countrary to that.
At any rate the family and their supporters, be it whomever, are not going to let this rest. They will do whatever is necessary to keep this ball rolling....if for no other reason then the media's co-operation in seeing to it this remains an ongoing story to engage the public, and the revenues all have to gain by doing so.
And of course we know a certain individual has "political" gain as well...that remains to be seen when all is said or not said and done.
The woman on "Fox & Friends" this morning (forget her name) announced that "the authorities" have determined that the voice on the tape calling for help is Trayvon's. I assume she was referring to the two "experts" who said there is only a 48% likelihood that it is Zimmerman's voice (but no one seems to have a recording of Trayvon's voice for comparison's sake). People who aren't following the details may now think Zimmerman was beating up on Trayvon before the shot.
Crump was first contacted by a cousin of Trayvon Martin's father.... The cousin, a Miami attorney,.... was familiar with Crump's civil rights work in Florida.
Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks, are Tallahassee-based.. 'personal injury attorneys..' who primarily handle wrongful death and negligence cases..... But their everyday work..'often involves civil rights issues'.
"While there may be a wrongful death issue,....' it involves in their eyes more than anything a civil rights cause' ... .......(Crump) has a passion for issues that have something to do with civil rights violations."........said James Messer, a Tallahassee attorney who serves on the board of the Tallahassee Bar Association with Crump.
' Attorney Crump's strategy' ..'for making the case international news' :
....began with a series of heart-wrenching news conferences in which Martin's parents spoke about their loss. ....Florida media outlets began to notice.
Then, ....'he enlisted'... U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to help convince authorities to release 911 tapes,.... recordings that brought the case to the attention of national media.......
... He's further ratcheted pressure on authorities by organizing a series of rallies'.... and working with national civil rights figures such as 'Al Sharpton.'
Crump, who was in Washington for several days of meeting with members of Congress and appearing on national news shows. ....."We've been pushing relentlessly day and night." http://www.thegrio.com/specials/trayvon-martin/benjamin-crump-martin-family-lawyer-known-for-civil-rights-cases.php
Clearly, the death of Trayvon Martin has been manipulated and the media play out of the story has been orchestrated. But why?
I think Jesse Jackson, Al Shapton, the media and many others are doing a setup for Obama's reelection. Racial tensions will continue to mount over this and other incidents. The violence is already spreading and will peak during the heat of summer. At that point, Barack Obama will hold a "beer summit" of some sort and will miraculously heal the racial wounds. The medial will declare him a racial messiah and will sing his praises for bringing America together. He will run on a theme as a "unifier".
He can do this after he's arrested and charged,and odds are good he's getting charged. No one “Offs” the “presidents son” and walks free, especially with Sharpton fanning the flames. Sanford may require a sacrifice to Obama to remain standing.
This isn't just MSM. This is the Oval office publicly winking to Al Sharpton to go get the rope.
I think the town corrected that failure of basic information early on, too. The family was notified on February 27th. That is a non-contentious piece of information.
Zimmerman's lawyer is very shrewd. Right now the ball is in the FL independent investigator's office. If she pushes ahead, he's ready. And, if she presses charges, SHE is going to be his adversary #1.
Not so. The local media reported it right after it came out.
I heard some lady on Rush just now say the kid lay in the morgue for 3 days before his parents were notified. If it is true it is inexcusable. I don't think it is true. I never heard it before. I did hear that the person watching the game with him didn't know until the next day he was dead.
It is true. The family filed a missing persons request. One would think that the cell phone would have given the police a clue as to who he was.
Zimmerman’s not going to be arrested - he didn’t do anything wrong.
Aw, we can always pray he'll have a conversion. That saying that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged couldn't be more true in this hellish scene right out of Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. But it's not unique - it's been played out over and over and over. Lives are ruined, people die horrific violent deaths, and the usual suspects begin to wave the bloody shirt.
Exactly, that's the whole idea, that's why people need to pay attention, but, unfortunately, they are too busy watching american idol, dancing with the idiots, etc etc etc
Call for them to be fired.
I'm starting to think the problem is the editors. Journalists might be trying to keep their jobs - maybe the uber liberal ones are more pleasing...