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Zimmerman Prosecution Imploding, Analysts Say
The New American ^ | 7/5/2013 | Alex Newman

Posted on 07/06/2013 4:21:34 AM PDT by IbJensen

The prosecution of George Zimmerman for second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin last year appears to be collapsing, thanks in large part to testimony offered by witnesses called by prosecutors, according to legal experts and analysts. Even though the judge refused to allow Martin’s history of drug use, fighting, and school suspensions into evidence, explosive witness testimony provided during the trial may still prove devastating to authorities and their bid to convict Zimmerman.

More than a few commentators have suggested that the murder charges were concocted to satisfy race profiteers, the out-of-control U.S. Justice Department, and the establishment media. Critics of the prosecution, including heavy-hitting law professors and attorneys, say prosecutors have engaged in ethical violations in what appears, to many analysts at least, to be an over-zealous bid to convict Zimmerman in the absence of solid evidence.

“The state of Florida’s politically driven decision to charge George Zimmerman with murder has resulted, as some of us predicted it would, in a pathetically weak case,” explained Andrew McCarthy, a former attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice who has been following the case closely. “It has taken only a few days of trial to collapse of its own weightlessness — undone, in fact, by the direct testimony of a prosecution witness.... This case does not belong in a criminal court. That it has gotten this far is a sad triumph of demagoguery over due process.”

As The New American reported last week, the prosecution’s so-called “star witness,” 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, proved to be a huge embarrassment for state prosecutors. The young woman — apparently the last person to speak with Martin, then 17, prior to his death early last year — actually ended up benefiting the defense, according to countless legal analysts and pundits commenting on the case.

In addition to the public exposure of potentially incriminating posts on social-media services referencing drug use, drunk driving, underage drinking, and more, Jeantel’s testimony in court appeared to make a mockery of the prosecution. The witness was forced to admit, for example, that she could not read a letter she supposedly “wrote” outlining the events of February 26, 2012, the night Martin was killed. “I don’t read cursive,” she explained.

During testimony, Jeantel admitted to lying under oath, putting her credibility in serious doubt. She eventually conceded that she did not know who started the fight, too. Her demeanor in court, meanwhile — eye-rolling, referring to an attorney as “the bald-headed dude,” answering questions with remarks like “that’s retarded,” and more — was widely criticized as well.

The “star witness” also revealed that Martin had described Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, as a “creepy-a** cracker” over the phone on the night he was killed — a term widely understood as a racist pejorative used to describe whites. Jeantel testified that she did not think the term “cracker” was racist but that she thought Zimmerman’s actions may have been motivated by race.

Much of the establishment press and the race-profiteering industry, of course, have bent over backwards trying to paint Zimmerman as a racist — even using deception, as in the case of NBC’s editing of Zimmerman’s 911 call. Prosecutors tried it as well, albeit in a more subtle manner, alleging that Zimmerman had “profiled” Martin. Now, the “racism” allegations aimed at Zimmerman appear to have become less tenable at the very least, with critics of the prosecution suggesting Martin was in fact the racist.

Jeantel, however, was hardly the only prosecution witness to apparently hurt the state’s case for murder. John Good, a neighbor who said he witnessed the fight between Zimmerman and Martin that preceded the fatal shooting, was also called to testify by prosecutors. Instead of bolstering the prosecution’s case, though, the witness’ testimony proved to be a major boost to Zimmerman and his claim of self-defense, according to analysts.

In essence, Good contradicted a previous witness — and possibly the entire narrative of Zimmerman as the crazed, vigilante-type aggressor. Good told the court this week that he saw Martin on top pummeling Zimmerman seconds before the gunshot rang out, just as the defendant has maintained from the beginning.

“Could you describe who was on top and who was at bottom,” asked prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. Good responded by saying that the color on top was dark, as Martin’s sweatshirt was that night, and that the man underneath was wearing red, as Zimmerman was. The witness also testified that the person on the bottom during the fight had “lighter skin color.” Martin, of course, was black.

“The person on the bottom, I could hear a ‘Help,’” Good said during the trial, suggesting that it was Zimmerman who was screaming for assistance, rather than Martin. Who cried for help amid the fight — Martin or Zimmerman — has become a strong point of contention, with prosecutors and at least one witness suggesting it was Martin while the defense team and Good say it was Zimmerman. Good also said he saw the person on top using what seemed like mixed martial arts (MMA)-style “ground and pound” tactics against the person on the bottom.

After Good’s testimony, the prosecution called Jonathan Manalo, another neighbor. Manalo, who took the now-infamous photos of Zimmerman’s head injuries, testified that he talked to Zimmerman moments after the fatal shooting. The witness said that Zimmerman looked like he "got his butt beat" after the fight, also supporting the defense’s claims of self-defense, according to analysts.

Another witness who testified for the prosecution was Jacksonville medical examiner Valerie Rao. Her credibility has been questioned by experts, reported the Huffington Post, in light of complaints filed against her. While Rao only reviewed photos and videos, she told the court that Zimmerman’s injuries — bloody wounds on the back of his head and an injured nose — appeared “insignificant” and “not life-threatening.” Under cross-examination by the defense, Rao said that grazes on Martin’s knuckles were consistent with him having thrown a punch.

To secure a conviction in the case, which attracted nationwide attention when race-profiteers and anti-gun zealots thought it could be useful, the state of Florida will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to jurors that the former Neighborhood Watch chief acted with a “depraved mind” and disregard for human life. At this point, with prosecutors reportedly about to rest their case, that seems like a long shot. Experts said pursuing manslaughter charges may have been more plausible, but even that would be a tough case to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Zimmerman, of course, has maintained from the beginning that he shot Martin in self-defense following a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. According to Zimmerman’s version of the story, Martin, who was unarmed, brutally attacked him, slamming his head against the ground. Photos of the injuries appear to corroborate the claims, legal analysts say. Finally, when Martin reached for Zimmerman’s gun, Zimmerman was forced to shoot, the defendant argued.

A crime lab analyst for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Anthony Gorgone, testified this week that Martin’s DNA was not found on the grip of Zimmerman’s pistol. Under cross-examination by the defense, however, Gorgone admitted it was possible that Martin had touched the gun without leaving DNA traces.

Prosecutors are trying hard to attack Zimmerman’s credibility, most recently putting a college professor on the stand who taught Zimmerman about self-defense laws as part of a criminal litigation course. The Seminole State College professor testified about the defendant’s knowledge of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which Zimmerman denied knowing about in a media interview.

If convicted, Zimmerman could face up to life in prison, with a minimum of 25 years. According to news reports, the prosecution is just about ready to rest its case, making way for the defense to present its own witnesses and evidence. The trial is expected to go on for at least a few more days, and then the all-female jury will have to make its decision. What happens after that remains to be seen, but warnings of nationwide riots if Zimmerman were to be acquitted have been growing louder every day.


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A case that truly should never have been brought to trial and wouldn't have if the dynamics weren't directed by a DA who behaved like a chicken-hearted coward fearing an eruption in the government ghettos.

This is the OJ scene in reverse and 'justice' standing on its head in appeasement.

Considering that the trial is in Florida where gullible and juvenile juries are the norm, plus the race baiters and the money grubbing 'relatives' lusting after donations. The most ignorant thing was Obama saying Trayvon could have been his son. This mystery man who habituates the White Hut and the world stage continues to throw in his two cents (and it's not even worth that) in areas in which he has no business. How kind of him, however, to take a break from his goal of completely ruining this nation.

1 posted on 07/06/2013 4:21:34 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
This "case" was stoked from the beginning and daily by the MSM.

WHY?

Follow the beds.




2 posted on 07/06/2013 4:29:12 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: IbJensen

No matter what the out come these poor jurors are going to crap themselves when they see what this grossly biased judge would not allow them to hear.I feel for them.I only hope they have enough sense to think about each time the judge told the defense to remember her ruling on toxicology reports and it got them thinking “WTF is that about?”

I also hope they realize who ever hired the ME needs to be voted out of office next go round.


3 posted on 07/06/2013 4:29:21 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: IbJensen

The next stop will be a federal charge against Z for violating M’s civil rights in order to quell the rioting from Miami to Chicago after Z is aquitted.


4 posted on 07/06/2013 4:31:15 AM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: IbJensen

The bag Martin was purportedly carrying is said to contain burglary tools and stolen jewelry. Does this no longer exist?


5 posted on 07/06/2013 4:31:26 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: IbJensen

Another great article by The New American. Anyone who has ever read even one knows why TNA is part of our home schooling curriculum. The history articles are always a favorite.


6 posted on 07/06/2013 4:32:58 AM PDT by SilverMine (silver@mainetv.net)
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To: sonofagun

Hopefully he will swiftly depart to Peru before that farce of a charge comes through. Nice to see the “Just-Us” department would define that a teen Black thug’s civil rights include attempted murder.


7 posted on 07/06/2013 4:35:19 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: All

Al Sharpton and Jesse jackson are the ones that deemed this news worthy. They heard of the case though their grapevine and saw the name”Zimmerman” and thought they had a jew so they leapt into action. Once they saw the guy wasn’t the kind of person his name indicated, they backed off but it was too late.

They wanted a repeat of the Crown Heights riots so they can grab more national spotlight. Jesse needed more shakedown money and Al wanted to be able to divert attention from his debts.


8 posted on 07/06/2013 4:36:24 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: IbJensen

The defense this coming week will have to so destroy any remnants of the state’s case left in the jury’s mind so that they will have no choice but to vote for acquittal.

The state is just hoping for one holdout who slept through the trial or was hypnotized into a trance by their DNA “expert”.


9 posted on 07/06/2013 4:37:35 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: IbJensen
The state of Florida’s politically driven decision to charge George Zimmerman with murder has resulted, as some of us predicted it would, in a pathetically weak case

The case is weak no doubt but equally alarming is the belief that fomenting a race war would be politically advantageous for our so-called public servants.

These are the same people, of course, who would tsk-tsk about riots after their little show trial collapsed.

On a practical level, they obviously took the wrong lessons from Nifong's Duke shambles.

10 posted on 07/06/2013 4:40:33 AM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: SilverMine

Been subscribing for decades.


11 posted on 07/06/2013 4:40:59 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: sonofagun

In the meantime, if you see a hoodie approaching you RUN!


12 posted on 07/06/2013 4:41:44 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: sonofagun

“The next stop will be a federal charge against Z for violating M’s civil rights in order to quell the rioting from Miami to Chicago after Z is aquitted.”

My understanding is that it can’t be done in a self-defense case.


13 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:26 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Louis Foxwell

That was a bag he had at school I think


14 posted on 07/06/2013 4:48:46 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: IbJensen

This case was pushed by Gov Rick Scott and AG Pam Bondi...both GOP. I will be working to primary both of them out in 2014. They took this case from our Seminole State Atty and gave it to their buddy Angela Corey (who is a GOP State Atty from Jacksonville area)

Pam Bondi also has ties to the Martin family attys Ben Crump and Darryl Parks...how she won a GOP primary the first time baffles me

Now they just started the defense portion of the case. Watch them really implode the prosecutors.

Meanwhile....my tax dollars are paying for this lynching....embarassing and revolting


15 posted on 07/06/2013 4:54:21 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: IbJensen

Rather, one should go to Condition Orange and scan for additional threats.


16 posted on 07/06/2013 4:59:15 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: IbJensen

With a sufficiently large jury pool—you can convict anybody of anything.
Does OJ come to mind?

The FIX is in. Traayyvoon gonna get his jussis!
Or else!

If by some odd chance justice does prevail, Holder and Co. will jump in with some OTHER trumped-up charge.


17 posted on 07/06/2013 5:01:31 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The redcoats are coming" -- TO SEIZE OUR GUNS!!--Paul Revere)
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To: IbJensen

“In the meantime, if you see a hoodie approaching you RUN!”

Several local stores in Tallahassee have signs at the entrance: “If you enter these premises wearing a hoody the police will be called.”

It’s passive third person, but it seems to work. I’d say. “We will call the police if you are wearing a hoody.”


18 posted on 07/06/2013 5:05:13 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: SeminoleCounty

“.how she won a GOP primary the first time baffles me”

She did a Rubio on us in addition to the challenger was very weak, and they rode the wave of the 2010 Tea Party rout. Now that the GOPe has exposed itself, they will join the Democrats in the coming tsunami.


19 posted on 07/06/2013 5:06:30 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: sonofagun

Yeah, I hope GZ has safe house plans....maybe even a plan for asylum. Damn shame that American citizens are no longer confident the government can help protect life and liberty.


20 posted on 07/06/2013 5:06:38 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: IbJensen

“Considering that the trial is in Florida where gullible and juvenile juries are the norm,”

As opposed to juries everywhere else?

Or do you just think you’re better then the Americans down in Florida?


21 posted on 07/06/2013 5:07:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: IbJensen

I fear that this SIX person jury, full of emotion driven women (sorry ladies but a lot of women are), will convict poor George. The prosecutors should feel soooo proud


22 posted on 07/06/2013 5:09:16 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: mazda77

She is well connected to the GOPe and had significant backing from them.

She’s a cute blond female “republican” who will bow down to the elite.


23 posted on 07/06/2013 5:12:06 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Nifster

My wife would find him innocent in a second.


24 posted on 07/06/2013 5:13:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: IbJensen
Zimmerman, of course, has maintained from the beginning that he shot Martin in self-defense following a series of burglaries in the neighborhood.

On a related note, I wonder if those burglaries are still going on in that neighborhood?

25 posted on 07/06/2013 5:13:41 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: IbJensen
The Holder DOJ sets the tone for this kind of travesty and FL state officials eagerly went along with the race-baiting case against GZ. Where are the people of integrity who will say, “NO, there is no case here and you can protest all you want but we're not going forward with it.”
26 posted on 07/06/2013 5:18:26 AM PDT by JPG (Obama Does Egypt.)
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To: driftdiver

The Casey Anthony trial comes to mind as well.


27 posted on 07/06/2013 5:18:37 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Louis Foxwell

That was one of the incidents when Martin was in school. He was found with a large screwdriver and womens jewelry. The police weren’t able to find the owner of the jewelry.


28 posted on 07/06/2013 5:21:32 AM PDT by meatloaf (3)
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To: sonofagun

The rioters and the federal government will be dead wrong. Who cares what they do?


29 posted on 07/06/2013 5:33:27 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Uncle Chip
The state is just hoping for one holdout who slept through the trial or was hypnotized into a trance by their DNA “expert”.<\i>

They are going to need 6 holdouts, or one dominant Leftist and 5 milk toasts that will do anything not to be called a racist.

Having never sat through a meeting run by a woman that didn't take way too long, while never tackling the problem, I predict a long deliberation.

30 posted on 07/06/2013 5:46:01 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: IbJensen
Been subscribing for decades.

The only news source to tell the truth about Oklahoma City. God bless them.

31 posted on 07/06/2013 5:46:32 AM PDT by SilverMine (silver@mainetv.net)
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To: jiggyboy

There are dozens of cases in every state.

If you think you’re better then other Americans perhaps we should just proclaim you King.


32 posted on 07/06/2013 5:53:44 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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>> The state is just hoping for one holdout who slept through the trial or was hypnotized into a trance by their DNA “expert”.

To counter that possibility, I’m praying that at least ONE juror is blessed with the ability to think and pay attention to what she has seen, and the persuasive skills and stamina to swing the “holdouts”, if any, to the right decision.

“It only takes one.”


33 posted on 07/06/2013 6:05:55 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I’ll be working with you.


34 posted on 07/06/2013 6:07:52 AM PDT by spacejunkie2001
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To: AppyPappy
My understanding is that it can’t be done in a self-defense case.

My understanding is one cannot stand outside a polling place with a weapon and intimidate voters.

This justice department plays by different rules.

35 posted on 07/06/2013 6:08:28 AM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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>> Or do you just think you’re better then the Americans down in Florida?

I have followed the trial closely, to include the makeup of the jury.

I don’t see that Zimmerman’s jury is all that bad. I think they will acquit him.

On the other hand, watching your Florida prosecution “machine” at work, and doing some side research on them — I think your public officials are arguably more corrupt than most. The ones working this trial from Bondi on down are pure evil.


36 posted on 07/06/2013 6:15:03 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: sonofagun

You sound like you are a tad skeptical of the government.


37 posted on 07/06/2013 6:20:34 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: AppyPappy
You sound like you are a tad skeptical of the government.

Lessons learned...

38 posted on 07/06/2013 6:22:33 AM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: IbJensen

In the state of FL, a prosecution can implode and still win with the jury. Happens regularly there, as people are so uninformed.


39 posted on 07/06/2013 6:27:54 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: JPG

“The Holder DOJ sets the tone for this kind of travesty and FL state officials eagerly went along with the race-baiting case against GZ.”

The GOP Gov. Scott, bowed down for phantom black votes. The GOPe did this for the same reason they voted for Amnesty in the Senate. They believe they can get Hispanic, and black votes in this case, by putting on this kangaroo court.

Watching some of the work from these prosecutors and the ME Bao makes me want to literally puke.


40 posted on 07/06/2013 6:38:53 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: rbmillerjr

Alternatively, the state knew the only to resolve the mess was to have a trial. During the trial all the facts would be put forward and innocence would be not only shown, but proclaimed by a jury.


41 posted on 07/06/2013 6:42:38 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To me that is a worse scenario.

It shows to what extent the government apparatus will go to 1) promote it’s Leftist paradigm of Political Correct laws and 2) that the individual is a mere minor player in the whole dram...to be sacrificed for the good of the state.

This man could be sent to prison for life by a low information group of jurors for defending his life.


42 posted on 07/06/2013 6:49:45 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (We have No Opposition to Obam a's Socialist Agenda:)
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To: Future Snake Eater

I’ll bet they’ve ended.

Hoodie in Florida=perp.


43 posted on 07/06/2013 6:58:51 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: driftdiver

too bad she is not on the jury


44 posted on 07/06/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: driftdiver

I am in Florida, Diver.

The majority of those selected for jury duty are not very intelligent. Florida has more illegals than any other state in the Southeast, so, it would appear that there is a shortage of Americans here.

You know, on reflection, I might just be better than most of the Americans in Florida. At least I know the importance of Independence Day and who the first president of the United States was. In fact I know all of them.


45 posted on 07/06/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Corey is being investigated on corruption charges, isn’t she?


46 posted on 07/06/2013 7:07:23 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: meatloaf

Actually, the police did find the owners of the jewelry later. The hidden story was that the “School Police” who found the bag with the large screwdriver and the stolen jewelry chose to not report the findings to the authorities to help keep the school reputation untarnished. If they had done their job, Trayvon wouldn’t have been in North Fl at the time. On another note, I read something to the effect that a bag with burgular tools was found under a bush at the site of the murder several days after the crime was commited. There seems to be some question as to whether they were Trayvon”s. Can’t remember where I saw that.


47 posted on 07/06/2013 7:07:26 AM PDT by Desparado
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To: Uncle Chip

The state is just hoping for one holdout who slept through the trial or was hypnotized into a trance by their DNA “expert”...

...an all female jury increases that possibility materially...


48 posted on 07/06/2013 7:10:12 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: IbJensen

In all fairness, the underlying purpose of trial is to prevent blood feuds. So even when the evidence is meager, the inclination is to have a trial, especially with a “major” trial, because whatever the verdict, it is backed by the authority of the state.

This was as true in the old West as it is today. If a murderer was convicted then, the state would hang him. If acquitted, he would be given safe passage.


49 posted on 07/06/2013 7:31:10 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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“I also hope they realize who ever hired the ME needs to be voted out of office next go round.”

They used the M.E. from another county because the M.E. for theor own county would not go along with the plan to rail road. Of course, I wonder if the Judge will allow that into the record for the jury to cogitate upon.


50 posted on 07/06/2013 7:32:21 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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