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Jurors hear F-bomb, knock-knock joke as George Zimmerman murder trial begins
Fox News ^ | 06/24/2013 | Fox News

Posted on 06/24/2013 9:24:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

The prosecutor cursed and the defense attorney told a joke as both sides laid out opening arguments in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the man who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin in what his lawyers say was self-defense and authorities say was a case of fatal profiling.

The all-female jury of six took in both unconventional statements, alternately stunned, taking notes and at times appearing to nod in agreement. Jaws in the jury box dropped when prosecutor John Guy electrified the courtroom with a short, but profanity-laced and impassioned argument that sought to paint the defendant as an angry and out-of-control vigilante who was stalking Martin when he shot the teen in the gated community in Sanford, where he lived.

“F---ing punks,” prosecutor John Guy said in open court, quoting Zimmerman's own words to a non-emergency police dispatcher. “These a--holes, they always get away.”

The language -- rare for open court -- appeared to stun the six female jurors who must decide whether Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old African-American teen in self defense, or if he stalked the youth and provoked the deadly confrontation.

“Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy who he didn’t know,” continued Guy, as jurors in the Florida courtroom listened intently, some taking notes. “And excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; georgezimmerman; kangaroocourt; martin; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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We expected this to be a circus. And so it begins.
1 posted on 06/24/2013 9:24:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

FTA:
Don West followed with opening statements on behalf of Zimmerman, offering a knock-knock joke that fell flat before the stone-faced jurors.

“Who’s there?” West said. “George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Okay, good. You’re on the jury.”


2 posted on 06/24/2013 9:25:36 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Probably not the best way to get the jury on your side.


3 posted on 06/24/2013 9:29:10 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Interesting how laws on juries vary from state to state. Only six jurors here, and if I recall my jury duty correctly, in California notes are not allowed.


4 posted on 06/24/2013 9:30:59 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Who’s there?” West said. “George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Okay, good. You’re on the jury.”


Incredibly bone headed to tell that joke in court. However, it is hilarious.


5 posted on 06/24/2013 9:34:18 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That was a STUPID move


6 posted on 06/24/2013 9:34:25 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Responsibility2nd

“And excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”
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oh yes they were yours

you made them yours by repeating them..


7 posted on 06/24/2013 9:34:33 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Responsibility2nd
He's quite right. All these people said they "know nothing"...about Zimmerman and the case. They don't watch the news, read the paper or talk to people.

Statistically, their "ignorance" is next to impossible.

Would love a picture of just one of the jurors in an anti-George rally.

8 posted on 06/24/2013 9:35:26 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Responsibility2nd

Knock Knock...Who’s there?

Me! Zimmerman’s asinine and adolescent defense attorney, who doesn’t take you or this case seriously...


9 posted on 06/24/2013 9:35:45 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: cuban leaf
Not really....just a reminder that the jurors have already, "more than likely" lied to get on the jury.

Book deals make people do funny things.

10 posted on 06/24/2013 9:37:08 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Responsibility2nd

To bad the defense didn’t play Martins foul tweets for the jury, tells a lot about his character. I bet these women jurors would find them enlightening.


11 posted on 06/24/2013 9:39:12 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“When Guy said Zimmerman “made a decision that brought us all here today,” the juror identified as E6 nodded her head in apparent agreement”


Well, there it is. Barely started and one juror has already found him guilty. Zimmerman doesn’t stand a chance. Not with his a-hole attorney cracking stupid jokes.


13 posted on 06/24/2013 9:49:10 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: mardi59

Oh, I’m sure NO_LIMIT_NIGGA will make an appearance.


14 posted on 06/24/2013 9:49:53 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I am hoping so.


15 posted on 06/24/2013 9:55:08 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Zimmerman is so screwed!


16 posted on 06/24/2013 9:55:10 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The language -- rare for open court -- appeared to stun the six female jurors

Nobody is stunned by the F Bomb anymore.

17 posted on 06/24/2013 9:56:27 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: The Wizard
But the procecution said he said “these f***ing punks always get away....” Clearly a deception designed to seem predijudicial...in the real world we call it lying to the jury...

Actually, according to the article, that is not what the prosecutor said.
18 posted on 06/24/2013 10:00:19 AM PDT by drjimmy
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To: Responsibility2nd

trying to lose the case before it starts, what an idiot to tell that joke or any joke.


19 posted on 06/24/2013 10:13:17 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

Heck, if I were the judge, I’d charge the lawyer with Contempt of Court for telling such a lame-a$$ joke.


20 posted on 06/24/2013 10:14:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: chris37

No, but a pretty good way to get the jury against the defendant.


21 posted on 06/24/2013 10:16:14 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Responsibility2nd

Anyone who uses the F word is guilty of murder?


22 posted on 06/24/2013 10:16:50 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Responsibility2nd

Zimmerman should fire his attorney right now and demand a new one. That stupid joke is going to stick in the back of the minds of the jury and they will view him as a clown that isn’t taking the trial seriously.


23 posted on 06/24/2013 10:19:31 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: dfwgator

the jury must be thinking WTF


24 posted on 06/24/2013 10:24:03 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: chessplayer
Not with his a-hole attorney cracking stupid jokes.

,,,,,,,,,,,,,and constantly wiping his nose with the back of his hand..................GROSS!!!

25 posted on 06/24/2013 10:24:15 AM PDT by varon (Down with tyranny)
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To: cornfedcowboy

It seems like he is saying to the jury that the reason you are on the jury is because of your own ignorance.

If I was Zimmerman, I’d be furious with this man.


26 posted on 06/24/2013 10:27:58 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Vendome

What?


27 posted on 06/24/2013 10:30:52 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: chessplayer

>> Zimmerman should fire his attorney right now and demand a new one.

What a pathetic bunch of crap from an ignorant armchair quarterback with zero skin in the game.

We’ll talk again when Zimmerman is acquitted.


28 posted on 06/24/2013 10:33:27 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Vendome

Yeah, OK. After reading the article I get your point.


29 posted on 06/24/2013 10:33:28 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Taxman

Agreed. There’s no way this was or will be a fair trial.


30 posted on 06/24/2013 10:37:35 AM PDT by hawaiianninja (Palm note to self: Call 'em a Depression and a Cold Civil War. Pray for America!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Dumb move by the prosecution.

The women jurors were more likely "shocked" by the prosecutor's shouting those words in the courtroom, than by the idea that George Zimmerman muttered them --softly and under his breath-- while in a threatening situation.

Most American women (including me) have heard this kind of language, on the street, for the last few decades. It's a sad statement on the moral decline of our culture that these words no longer shock ... not on the street.

A courtroom setting is different, however. If I had been one of those women jurors, I would've felt insulted by an officer of the court spouting obscenities in an attempt to manipulate me.

31 posted on 06/24/2013 10:39:45 AM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He got some chuckles.


32 posted on 06/24/2013 10:39:59 AM PDT by IChing
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To: Raycpa
. . . The language -- rare for open court -- appeared to stun the six female jurors . . .

That's precisely the point: get the jurors to ignore the facts and make a decision based on how they feeeeeeeeeeeeeel . . . the same way they get less than bright people to vote Democrat.

33 posted on 06/24/2013 10:41:51 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Responsibility2nd; All

Regarding knock-knock joke, I suspect that it was intended to fall flat to sober up the jurors to the idea that Zimmerman is probably not getting a fair trial.

Regarding the f-bomb, the jurors are going to have to ask themselves how many times that they’ve used the f-word and then killed somebody.


34 posted on 06/24/2013 10:43:13 AM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Tennessee Nana

Not only that, it’s debatable as to what the word actually was—previously, TM supporters/media alleged that the word was “coons” or “spooks.” Others have asserted that the words is “cold” as in, Zimmerman exclaiming how chilly it was outside.


35 posted on 06/24/2013 10:43:14 AM PDT by IChing
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To: Responsibility2nd

social media evidence of Trayvon’s thuggery ruled off-limits


36 posted on 06/24/2013 10:47:45 AM PDT by IChing
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To: Responsibility2nd; All

Don West joke may not be so proper for a trial.....

However...it got everyones attention...judging by the comments. Got jurors attention

Jury does not have to like you....just believe you. Ask Casey Anthony


37 posted on 06/24/2013 10:49:11 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: Taxman

No he’s not, West is taking his time doing a very thorough and devastating job of obliterating the flimsy shred of a non-case against Zimmerman.


38 posted on 06/24/2013 10:50:38 AM PDT by IChing
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It can come in if prosecution claims “Trayvon was a good boy”...defense can bring in that as rebuttal


39 posted on 06/24/2013 10:52:45 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: IChing

Untill the idiot prosecutors slip up and allude to any aspects of St. Skittle’s past - like what a good boy he was; and then the defense attornies will spring.


41 posted on 06/24/2013 10:55:11 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeminoleCounty

GMTA (my post 41)


42 posted on 06/24/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: chessplayer

I think the joke worked. It played right into what the ordeal that the jurors have gone through so far, in terms of selection, processing, red tape, etc.


43 posted on 06/24/2013 10:56:32 AM PDT by IChing
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To: Responsibility2nd

I don’t think so, I thought the “judge” said no social media stuff could be entered?


44 posted on 06/24/2013 11:00:22 AM PDT by mykroar (China and Russia are playing chess while Obamas's playing 52 card pick-up.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Anyone who knows nothing about this is to ignorant to be on a jury. IMHO.


45 posted on 06/24/2013 11:01:21 AM PDT by Revel
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To: mykroar

See post 39 and 41. As soon as the Crumps open that door - in will come NO_LIMIT.


46 posted on 06/24/2013 11:15:18 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: IChing

Are you sure? After he delivered the joke, he said with a surprised face, “Nothing?!”


47 posted on 06/24/2013 11:17:48 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: SeminoleCounty
They have already called Travyon a “boy” just days past being 16. That is close enough for me but I am not the judge.

I told myself I would NOT watch this but I WILL stop now! :)

48 posted on 06/24/2013 11:19:00 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: chessplayer

I would be nodding my head just to stay awake during this circus.


49 posted on 06/24/2013 11:22:38 AM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: chessplayer

Don West is slaughtering the opening statements. He stumbles over his points instead of driving them home. He misspeaks then corrects himself. He pauses and backs up chronologically which confuses the timeline. Good grief.

I’ve heard that Mark O’Mara is an outstanding defense attorney. Why isn’t he delivering the opening statements?


50 posted on 06/24/2013 11:37:19 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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