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To: Sopater

He should have taken the stand, I think he made a big mistake in not doing so.


23 posted on 07/10/2013 12:58:16 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Is the jury sequestered?


28 posted on 07/10/2013 1:00:56 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Zimmerman taking the stand was the last ditch hope of the prosecution as they still have no case at this point. They would have worked him over mercilessly hoping for the slightest slip up to pounce on. The judge knew it as well which is why she tried to goad him onto the stand, or at least help to make him look guilty in the jurors eyes by constantly reminding them that he won’t take the stand.


79 posted on 07/10/2013 1:53:41 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: fortheDeclaration
He should have taken the stand, I think he made a big mistake in not doing so.

To give the prosecution their chance to shout random accusations and obscenties to him, interleaved with "did you not?" - while the judge sits back and allows all this?

GZ should not even come close to the witness stand. He has already delivered his side of the story in the video.

92 posted on 07/10/2013 2:28:27 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: fortheDeclaration
He should have taken the stand, I think he made a big mistake in not doing so.

I'm glad he didn't for the same reason to never talk to the police. He'd be cross-examined for five days over any possible perceived inconsistent statement attempted to shatter his credibility.

Most people convict themselves - even if they aren't guilty.

111 posted on 07/10/2013 5:38:52 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: fortheDeclaration
He should have taken the stand, I think he made a big mistake in not doing so.

My take is that Zimmerman very effectively made his own case - with the "day-after" video being presented by the prosecution (and then validated as reasonable and consistent) by the detective who was questioning him during the walkthrough) - without having to take the stand and subject himself to cross examination.

Given the prosecutorial abuse/malfeasance that I think I've seen in this case, I did chuckle how the State had to be the one that admitted it into evidence.
113 posted on 07/10/2013 5:45:11 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: fortheDeclaration
He should have taken the stand, I think he made a big mistake in not doing so.

Hi, Ftd. Zim has outstanding lawyers. He should do what they advise. They've been through this before. We haven't.

My understanding of their decision is they think they're winning, so why risk Zimmerman being tripped up. No possible gain makes it worth while right now from their view.

What item(s) do you think the PROSECUTION has proven at this point?

131 posted on 07/11/2013 5:23:37 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: fortheDeclaration
He should have taken the stand, I think he made a big mistake in not doing so.

I disagree. I think he's already presented an excellent defense and taking the stand could only provide an opportunity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
134 posted on 07/11/2013 7:11:35 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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