Skip to comments.Breaking - Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts
Posted on 07/10/2013 7:48:33 AM PDT by servo1969
Also, Animated Video Not Evidence
The Judge in the Zimmerman trial just ruled that the jury will not get to see numerous text messages on Trayvon Martins phone regarding his prowess at fighting, including texts as to how to punch someone in the nose and make them bleed.
The Judge did not give an explanation for her ruling other than to stand by her prior ruling as to social media evidence.
It is not clear if the Judge found a lack of authentication, which was one of the arguments last night. The Judge did indicate she reviewed the Lumarque case in which a trial court was reversed for failing to allow text messages.
The Judge also ruled that an animated video prepared by the defense (consisting of still animation pages, not motion) will not be allowed in evidence, but could be used as a demonstrative exhibit by the defense. That means that the animation images are merely part of the defense argument, probably in closing, not evidence the jury takes back into the jury room.
Travesty of justice in this case. All the way around.
If Zimmerman is unlikely convicted, this is immediate grounds for a mistrial. This judge is completely wacko and does not rule on the law.
Is the judge a democrat?
I think you mean grounds for reversal on appeal.
A judge and several people in the DA’s office need to do hard time for this kangaroo court debauchery, whether the jury acquits or not.
This judge is a real piece of work. Reminds me of the FL kangaroo supreme court re: Bush v Gore back in 2000
Especially considering they needed password(s) to access them.
Lots of grounds for an appeal too...this judge is a lot like the showboating Judge John T. Raulston during the Scopes trial of 1925, who made danged sure that the accused was duly convicted to satisfy the masses.
The same people who leaned on John Roberts just got through to this judge.
Almost certainly, she's getting her marching orders from above, probably all the way from the WH, backed up by threats and intimidation. That's probably why she left so abruptly last night. Had to confer with Holder about what she was and wasn't allowed to do.
Just to fill in a gap from Branca’s remarks, the basis for Nelson’s ruling was that the evidence did not fall within a hearsay exception. She claimed that she addressed the constitutional argument in a previous ruling.
Why do I feel someone is pulling this judge’s string?
“Travesty of justice in this case. All the way around.”
Nothing like having the judge with her foot on the scales of justice is there! For his unholy involvement in this case, I hope that the voters of Florida send Gov. Scott down the road at the first opportunity.
Yes, I stand corrected since Nelson won’t declare a mistrial on herself (although she should).
As with most other leftists,
they don’t need anyone pulling their strings,
because they all have the same goals
and, more importantly, the same underlying worldview assumptions.
The judge is eric holder’s puppet.
The “Judge” just wants a conviction no matter what.
She KNOWS she is committing plain error which will get conviction reversed.
Hope the Jury is not as similarly corrupted.
Everything in this case is upside down.
Remember the initial Judge forced perjury charges to be filed against George and his wife because they failed to reveal the defense fund coming in when they had a bond hearing. That is still hanging over their heads.
It is a total Kafkaesque nightmare for this family (just because he carried a gun and was forced to use it)
Absolutely pathetic. They go to the heart of who he was. The only upside is that this makes a great reason to overturn the case on appeal should things not go Zimmerman’s way.
Why would anyone be opposed to openness, especially when a man’s life is on the line?
Did you think that they would?
This idiot judge may be Zimm’s best friend. IF (big if) George is convicted, she is guaranteeing him all sorts of grounds for reversal.
Did you see that thread from Conservative Treehouse? One of the major reasons the judge and the State want the phone records kept hidden is that they prove St. Skittles and “Fruit” (Tracy) were dealing in illegal guns together.
Nice family, huh?
If Ebonics is your language of choice, the judge DISRESPECTED that creepy-a** white cracker lawyer.
Well, she's a moron so.....probably!
She’s a coward.
There's a difference between that kind of case (where there was a long history between the combatants) and this one (where there was not). That's not to say that these texts shouldn't come in (they should), but it's a different kind of case.
"Judge Debra Nelson said she will allow defense lawyers to show jurors the computer animation during closing arguments. But she rejected the defense bid to present the animation as actual evidence, which means the animation can't be reviewed by jurors during their deliberations. "
The judge is on the side of the prosecution.
About Judge Debra Nelson
Source: 18th Judicial Circuit Courts
January 1980 July 1983
Broward County State Attorney’s Office, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Chief Prosecutor Misdemeanor, Hollywood Court, Felony Prosecutor.
Amazing how this "judge" allowed hearsay from all trademarks friends, but wont allow trademark himself to be presented!
I like that they can use the demo animation in the closing argument, that is probably even better (no cross examination by the idiot prosecutors?)
But the texts should absolutely have been let in- they show the budding young THUG Traycon was, not the saint skittles they portray
That is not a real woman - that is John Goodman in drag!!!!!
Bad call. I don’t know Florida rules of evidence, but in many states this sort of evidence is admissible in self-defense cases to show the dead guy was the initial aggressor.
Judge Friesler strikes again.
“The judge is eric holders puppet.”
I would expect her appointment by Obama to an important Federal Judgeship sometime soon after her overseeing of the Kangaroo Kourt after Zimmerman is convicted and sentenced to state prison.
I agree. She couldn’t call him too late - she sure vacated her seat quickly.
She has been told not to worry about it. This judge is corrupt to the core and does exactly what she is told.
I'd love to see the NSA records of who she was on the phone with last night.
HA! I was thinking exactly the same thing!
Suppression of evidence by the judge.............
That pic of Judge Nelson must have been 20 years and 75 pounds ago.
What? If she was interested in justice, this trial would be over and verdict ‘not guilty’. And then she still wouldn’t be his best friend but simply a judge doing it’s job.
At first I thought she looked like Gene Hackman. But he looked better. Or maybe John Travolta, or Robin Williams?
Yes, the jury will get to see it, because she ruled that the defense could use it in closing arguments.
Too bad, the jury needs to realize that Trayvon died doing what he enjoyed doing.
At this point, they are probably happy about this. They are likely getting off anyway, but if they don’t, this seems a pretty clear shot at getting a retrial.
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