Skip to comments.Defense rests; Zimmerman won't testify in murder trial
Posted on 07/10/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT by SopaterEdited on 07/10/2013 1:25:19 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
George Zimmermans defense team rested its case Wednesday, after using its final day of testimony to paint the neighborhood watch volunteer as a wimp who was getting pummeled when he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, at one point commandeering a mannequin introduced by prosecutors in order to re-enact its version of the fight. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/10/zimmerman-defense-winding-down-case-wednesday/#ixzz2Yfzctpuu
You may be right... Here is a photo of Hal Smith (the town drunk Otis from Andy Griffith) in drag for comparison sake...
So it’s not uncommon for the trial judge to ask the defendant personally if he wants to testify, to preclude that kind of later argument.
I thought the Jury was present. If the jury was present it would have been a different story.
You are right.
Judge stated defense & state had copies of jury insructions and she didn’t. Who wrote these?
I can understand how Obama and Holder will fight for injustice. It's part and parcel of their very nature and is reflected in the entire corrupt cabal they've put into place.
But I don't get how Florida Governor Rick Scott is involved. From afar (here in Texas), he seems to embrace Conservative and Christian values. If that's so, how can he be on board with George Zimmerman being jailed?
My fear: The jury will convict on the lesser charge of manslaughter, unaware of the fact that in Florida manslaughter of a minor carries virtually the same sentence as second degree murder.
If she asked that with the jury present, she was WAY out of line, and probably committed reversible error.
He listened to his incompetent AG Pam Bondi and appointed a special prosecutor who is essentially a political animal. He should have let local authorities handle this as they would have any other potential crime, but he bowed to political and media pressure instead.
Awesome - I’m going to be in far north Wisconsin for the next 5 days..
Stay safe out there - if you’re in a city.
It was never on the books for Z to testify. It is a very unusual thing for a murder-case defendant to so, and there was no need for it in the Z case. The defense had already done more than enough to win.
Kinda looks like that fat John Goodman guy in a way.
Even if he’s convicted of anything, there are so many grounds for appeals.
The judge will probably be up for nomination to the supreme court next week.
Guilty! Oh, sorry, wrong thread.
Jury, you will be excused to deliberate until you come to a unanimous decision of guilty. Don't make me cut-off your food.
To be fair, she may just have been trying to figure out how much time the last part of the trial was going to take. OTOH, she has been biased (maybe taking instruction from the Dept of Injustice).
Fat and full of hate, sounds about right.........
Absolutely correct. Some states it is mandatory. Judge must ask(without jury present) in either situation. If the Def. is going to testify the Judge must ask if they have made the decision without coercion.
Huh? Duh. Once the defense rests, it then clear that Z (or anybody else) is not going to testify.
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