Skip to comments.Witness in Trayvon Martin Case Lied. Will It Even Go To Trial?
Posted on 03/11/2013 10:05:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The key prosecution witness in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman has allegedly been caught in a significant lie:
Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, the state’s most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie, it was revealed Tuesday.
It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position.
They had to publicly acknowledge that their star witness had lied under oath and had to answer questions about what they intend to do about it.
Reporters asked: Will you charge the 19-year-old Miami woman with perjury?
The state’s lead prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda, gave an ambiguous answer: “You can all read the law and make your own decision.”
The 19-year-old woman — who had originally claimed to be just sixteen at the time of the shooting, when she was in fact two years older — was caught in a second lie. She had told prosecutors that she was in the hospital during Trayvon Martin’s funeral, a claim that investigators for the defense now claim is false.
The unidentified woman, also identified in court documents as “Witness 8,” was the state’s best “earwitness,” having been on the phone with Trayvon Martin during the incident up until the point she claimed Martin initiated a confrontation with George Zimmerman. Shortly afterward, the phone went dead.
The physical evidence recovered in the case largely supports — and at least as importantly, does not conflict with — George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin attacked him, knocked him down with a punch, and then beat his head against a concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman claims that he feared for his life at this point, drew his 9mm pistol, and fired the single shot that struck Trayvon Martin in the chest, killing him.
None of the witnesses at the condominium complex saw the beginning of the confrontation, and those that did see part of the confrontation tell seemingly contradictory stories — some insisting Martin was on top, some claiming it was likely Zimmerman.
Witness 8′s alleged perjury puts the state in the odd position of having to possibly charge their best witness in the case with the crime of lying under oath, significantly damaging her credibility.
This puts the state’s case against Zimmerman in a particularly precarious position. Legal experts including high-profile Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz have claimed from the beginning that there was no evidence to support a second-degree murder charge in the case, and have even gone so far as to claim that the prosecution of Zimmerman was entirely political.
Social-justice activists such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were among those stirring the pot after the district attorney refused to bring charges against George Zimmerman. They raised both the profile of the case and inflamed African-American communities across Florida and across the nation, eventually creating the public furor that led Florida Governor Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the investigation.
Neither Jackson nor Sharpton has responded to a PJ Media request for comment on the developments surrounding Witness 8′s alleged perjury and the viability of the overall case against George Zimmerman.
Jose Baez, the lead defense attorney in the high-profile Casey Anthony case, has lambasted the prosecution for the weakness of the case:
“I have never seen a high-profile case that is so weak as the Zimmerman case,” Baez told Lauren Rowe on WKMG-Channel 6′s “Flashpoint.” The program aired Sunday morning.
Baez said he based his view on the evidence and not on his representing Chris Serino, the lead Sanford police investigator in the case. “I just think looking at the overall case, it’s extremely weak,” Baez said. “I had that opinion from very early on in the case.”
Baez cited several reasons for his take on the Zimmerman evidence: The only eyewitness says that Martin was on top during the fight, and Zimmerman told law enforcement he was screaming for help during the fight, a point backed up by a 911 tape.
It remains to be seen if the state will continue the case against Zimmerman now that their best witness has severely damaged her credibility, and what the ramifications will be publicly and politically if the case is no longer tenable.
Well, if they wait another two months, it will be hot enough to have a few dozen riots across the country so Phaeroh The IWON can call out his brown shirts.
Riot gear at the ready? They’ll need it if charges are dismissed!
It has to go to trial. They’ve already found him guilty. They need to make it official.
Hearsay from an admitted liar ?
And with blank phone data on the cell phone on the day in question, that makes her testimony even more questionable.
If she submitted an written affidavate or sworn testimony, then she should be charged with perjury.
And if the only testimony was through attny. Crump , he should be charged with aiding and abetting criminal perjury, and being an accessory .
The state of Florida and it’s Republican darling AG Pamela Jo “Pam” Bondi are faced with a dilemma. Either they railroad Zimmerman to jail in a gross miscarriage of justice or they will have mayhem on the ghetto streets. A real “Catch 22”.
I am betting on the former.
go with the riot. Shoot the rioters. Not with rubber bullets.
There will be a sudden dearth of riots in the country, or at the very least they will be confined to blue states.
“Shoot the rioters. Not with rubber bullets.”
Serously now, would not that be considered racist?
Well the govt sure is stocked up on bullets, but I don’t think for those who would “look like my (Obama’s) son”.
Just think how filthy it was of Obama to say that and how racist, and to help railroad Zimmerman.
From verything that I have seen, the prosecution doesn’t have a weak case gainst Zimmerman, they have no case! Every single piece of evidence they have released from discovery supports Zimmerman’s story, not Trayvon’s.
This is a racist casr only because Sharpton, Jackson and the Martins claimed that Zimmerman is a racist and only killed Trayvon because he was black.
Eventually, the Martin’s will have to accept the fact that Trayvon was a thug wannabee and got what he was asking for. Doubtless, either the prosecution dropping the case or a jury acquitting Zimmerman will give black Americans another opportunity to riot, loot and destroy the property of others.
IMO, in the long run, should any of that happen, zero will step in, sign an EO that confines Zimmerman to the toughest federal prison we have for “killing” Obama’s “son”. A chance to win 100% of the black vote for his 3rd (unConstitutional) POTUS bid is worth violating the rights of one individual. After all, the rule of law is dead, the Constitution has been shredded and zero has appointed himself as the Supreme law of the land.
If republicans really wanted Hispanic votes, here it is. But noooo that would be like them. So instead allow the left to play the race card any way it wants.
Gibs-Me-Dat (n.) Annuities, in the form of goods, services, or material (usually welfare checks) given predominately to blacks, in exchange for their tacit agreement to reciprocate by not burning down Americas cities.
Yo Trayvon, who you be votin' foe in 2012?
I gots to go wit Obama, baby. The democrats be givin out moe betta gibsmedat.
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“i hear that train a-comin’...”
poor Zim’s toast. if they were serious about justice, this thing never would have reached this stage. they’re all about placating the mob, now. not an atticus finch amongst them.
All Governor Rick Scott and AG Pam Bondi have to do is take Angela Corey and her staff off the case....and have this dropped. I will work to primary both out...heck I am so POd over this lynch job in my county that I would vote for Charlie Crist over ObamaCare Scott
This is nothing more than Black Ku Klux Klan Racism....and not calling it such just encourages the Black KKK
This Witness #8 was not on the phone with Martin. Period
They’ll probably declare the lies told are not material to the case, use Witless 8 and go to trial.
I’m cynical. The prosecution doesn’t really need a “win,” they just need to prevent Zimmerman from getting Civil immunity. Then, Crump and company can take over and sue Zimmerman into poverty. That’s the real goal here.
The guess here it will go to trial and before several black jurors who could convict him. Unlikely that a FL. judge will dismiss the charges. If he gets convicted it’s likely to get dumped on appeal.
So what? The term has lost all meaning, and certainly all sting.. Charlie Rangel, Al Sharpton, Bambi, Jese Jackson, etc. These are the true racists of our time, and the KKK never did it better.
Angela Cory should be dis- barred, like Nifong was.
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