Skip to comments.Zimmerman Prosecution Imploding, Analysts Say
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 Martins 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 Floridas 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 prosecutions 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, Jeantels 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 dont 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 thats 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 Zimmermans 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 NBCs editing of Zimmermans 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 states 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 prosecutions 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 Martins 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 Goods testimony, the prosecution called Jonathan Manalo, another neighbor. Manalo, who took the now-infamous photos of Zimmermans 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 defenses 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 Zimmermans 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 Martins 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 Zimmermans 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 Zimmermans 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 Martins DNA was not found on the grip of Zimmermans 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 Zimmermans 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 defendants knowledge of Floridas 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.
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.
Follow the beds.
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.
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.
The bag Martin was purportedly carrying is said to contain burglary tools and stolen jewelry. Does this no longer exist?
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Been subscribing for decades.
In the meantime, if you see a hoodie approaching you RUN!
“The next stop will be a federal charge against Z for violating Ms 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.
That was a bag he had at school I think
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
Rather, one should go to Condition Orange and scan for additional threats.
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!
If by some odd chance justice does prevail, Holder and Co. will jump in with some OTHER trumped-up charge.
“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.”
“.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.
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.