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Trayvon Martin shooting: George Zimmermanís fate now in juryís hands
Daily News ^ | Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013, 2:38 PM | Lisa Lucas and Corky Siemaszko

Posted on 07/12/2013 12:42:37 PM PDT by Red Steel

The all-female jury will have to rely on the often-conflicting testimony from the 58 witnesses put on the stand during the two-week trial.

George Zimmerman's fate is in the hands of an all-female jury Friday after his defense team and prosecutors got their last licks in the racially charged case.

While only one of the jurors is a minority, five of them are moms.

Several of them looked uneasy when a photograph of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin flashed on a screen in the Florida courtroom.

There were no eyewitnesses to the struggle on Feb. 26, 2012 in an Orlando-area town house complex that ended with Martin dead from a bullet in his chest.

o the panel, which got its final instructions from Judge Debra Nelson, will have to rely on the often-conflicting testimony from the 58 witnesses prosecutors and defense attorneys put on the stand during the two-week trial.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder and could get life in prison if he is convicted.

But Nelson, over the loud objections of Team Zimmerman, has also given the jury the option of convicting the 29-year-old neighborhood watchman of manslaughter.

A conviction on that charge could send Zimmerman to prison for up to 30 years.

Before the jury got the case, lawyers from both sides took them through the evidence again.

Zimmerman’s lead defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, went first. He said Zimmerman is “not guilty of anything but protecting his own life.”

Martin, he said, sowed the seeds of his own destruction.

“We know he had the opportunity to go home, and he didn't do that,” O’Mara said. “The person who decided to make the night violent was the guy who didn't go home when he had the chance.”

There were four minutes from the moment Zimmerman reported to a police dispatcher that Martin was “running” to the moment when a resident called 911 to report a fight in progress, O’Mara said.

To demonstrate that, O’Mara then said nothing for four minutes as Zimmerman nervously mopped his brow.

“Four minutes,” O’Mara told the jury. “That felt like a long time. Four minutes to what? To walk home? To run home?”

But Martin didn’t do that, the lawyer said, adding that he circled back and attacked Zimmerman.

Prosecutors have not produced “a shred of evidence” in this “bizarro case” to show that Zimmerman had any other option but to shoot the teenager, O’Mara said.

O’Mara did not mention that Martin was black or that Zimmerman was part Hispanic.

Instead, O’Mara said there was no malice in Zimmerman’s voice when he first reported to a 911 dispatcher that a suspicious teenager was wandering through the development.

But O’Mara, in his argument, scrubbed the foul language Zimmerman used in the call when he told the dispatcher, “F---ing punks ... These a--holes, they always get away."

Despite testimony from Zimmerman’s two criminal justice professors and a police officer from the Virginia department that turned down his employment application, O’Mara said he was not “frustrated” or a “wannabe cop.”

Zimmerman, he said, was an “involved citizen.”

O’Mara also deftly reminded the jury how the prosecution’s star witness, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, undermined herself with embarrassing admissions about her lack of education on the stand. He said Jeantel never wanted to be involved in the case.

But O’Mara left out that Jeantel never wavered in her insistence that she was on the phone with Martin just before the shooting and said the doomed teenager’s last words were, "Get off! Get off!"

Wrapping up his three-hour-plus spiel, O’Mara reminded the jury that it’s not illegal to follow a person.

O’Mara preceded prosecutor John Guy, who argued that Zimmerman lied “over and over and over” again about what happened.

If Zimmerman had listened when a police dispatcher told him it wasn’t necessary to keep tailing Martin, “none of us would be here,” Guy said.

“That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him,” Guy said. “And did that child not have the right to defend himself from that strange man?”

Guy also waded into territory O’Mara avoided, stating flatly that “this case is not about race; this is about right and wrong.”

Then Guy left the jury something to think about: “What if it was Trayvon Martin who shot and killed George Zimmerman? What would your verdict be?”

“That’s how you know it’s not about race.”

On Thursday, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the jury that the only thing Martin was guilty of “was buying Skittles” at a 7-Eleven.

The refusal by Sanford police and prosecutors to charge Zimmerman with a crime is the chief reason that the fatal shooting exploded into a national story.

African-Americans were especially outraged, citing this as a glaring example of unequal justice. President Obama weighed in saying, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

Barraged with criticism, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, appointed State Attorney Angela Corey to revisit the case and she decided there was evidence to charge Zimmerman.

In an interview after the shooting with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Zimmerman explained what happened by saying, "I feel like it was all God's plan." He then apologized to Martin's parents and said he was not racist.

Trayvon’s angry dad, Tracy Martin, rejected Zimmerman's words.

“There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son,” he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

"Defense attorney Mark O'Mara holds up a chart during closing arguments."


The Jury instructions http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2013/07/12/Zimmerman_Final_Jury_Instructions.pdf

1 posted on 07/12/2013 12:42:37 PM PDT by Red Steel
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2 posted on 07/12/2013 12:46:22 PM PDT by South40
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To: Red Steel
Yo! I hope they hurry up! They be a lot of peoples waiting to git them free TVs!


3 posted on 07/12/2013 12:48:58 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Red Steel

What would be great is if they came back.. like right now.. and said Not guilty all the way down the line. Just a huge F U to the judge and everyone involved in this sham...but I doubt that will happen.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 12:50:51 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Red Steel

Zim should be not guilty, but I’m cynical.

A deal was struck.

He’ll be convicted of manslaughter and get a light sentence in a “country club” prison. In exchange he’ll get a taxpayer funded stipend in the 7 figures. Plus he gets book rights and protection when released.

Within 2 years he’ll be off the radar. Two years of his life for a couple of million tax free and guaranteed income and protection after release.

Either that or a hung jury and the circus continues before ending as I predict.

He should never have been charged but the masses must be distracted and amused.


5 posted on 07/12/2013 12:53:41 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA , pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: South40

If political prosecution had a father, it would look like Obama.


6 posted on 07/12/2013 12:54:27 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: prisoner6

Plus he gets to sue CNN for a few million for posting his SS#.


7 posted on 07/12/2013 12:58:15 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I’m sure all the prospective looters have flat-screen TV’s in every room and vehicle...but, the problem is...most of them aren’t the new 3D TV’s!!!


8 posted on 07/12/2013 12:59:03 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: prisoner6

I shudder to think what will happen to the Zimster if sent to a Florida prison. It’ll be a death sentence; he’ll have to seek out the protection of the Ayran Brotherhood.


9 posted on 07/12/2013 12:59:57 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Red Steel

Just wondering.....if a woman was on trial for murder and the jury consisted of 6 men, you can bet there would be a hue and outcry from the media saying she wasn’t being tried by a jury of her peers.


10 posted on 07/12/2013 1:00:56 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: prisoner6

Unfortunately that is not the case. Manslaughter of a minor by using a firearm is 30 years in Florida. Chances are no one on the jury is aware of this.


11 posted on 07/12/2013 1:05:26 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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Self defense rules out manslaughter, though.

Doesn’t mean we won’t get some convoluted wacky verdict...


12 posted on 07/12/2013 1:07:50 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: South40

and the animals are gathering outside the court house


13 posted on 07/12/2013 1:13:42 PM PDT by molson209
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To: clintonh8r

I did not know that...is the 30 years mandatory? Could he be released early?


14 posted on 07/12/2013 1:13:57 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA , pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Twitter world is really heating up with the riot talk. When the not guilty verdict comes in stay out the Mall.


15 posted on 07/12/2013 1:16:43 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Red Steel

I think there will be an acquittal. How could anyone say the state has proven not self defense beyond a reasonable doubt? That chart says it all.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 1:17:10 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

No wonder CNN ratings are up


17 posted on 07/12/2013 1:17:17 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
About those large TVs: I live in a small gated community and a zombie would have to climb a high fence to get in. Even if they managed to break in a townhouse which is very iffy as only the front of the townhouses are available to break in, they would be stuck with a large TV and that tall wall to get out again. There would have to be more than one zombie in order to get a TV over that wall.

There are a number of older people in this complex, and some know every car that belongs in here and we don't have any teenagers in here. One time, one young man tried to climb over our 8 ft, brick walls dividing our gardens in the back and an elderly woman saw him trying to climb a wall so she called the cops, then called the elderly woman next door to tell her the guy was climbing into her garden. This elderly woman went into her garden, grabbed the guy, marched him through her house through the front door and by that time, other elderly people had gathered outside to hold the person until the police got there which was just a short time. Our older men are likely all ex-military and they booted out two young men who tried to come in after Ike when our gate was open.

Zombies should stay away from older people, especially in Texas and when they are together in a number. They aren't going to put up with anyone disturbing their peace. “We don't want no zombies in here.” This just isn't a good place to try a heist. Better to go where a car can stop outside and the house is a separate house.

18 posted on 07/12/2013 1:17:22 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Red Steel
No, Zimmerman's fate is in the state's hands. Even if the jury acquits, the state will be back.

BTW, I don't know why Zimmerman's defenders don't start accusing Martin's sympathizers of racism against hispanics. The race card can be played both ways here.

19 posted on 07/12/2013 1:18:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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Even if the jury acquits, the state will be back.

No, the state couldn't touch him again. The family could sue him and perhaps Holder would try to get him but I read somewhere that Holder/Justice Dept. wouldn't.

20 posted on 07/12/2013 1:24:42 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: skeeter
No, Zimmerman's fate is in the state's hands. Even if the jury acquits, the state will be back.

I'd like to say that the Constitution protects GZ if he's acquitted. Unfortunately, we no longer follow the supreme law of the land. He will face federal charges, civil lawsuits, or both from now until the day he moves to a non-diverse area (northern Idaho?) or is murdered by someone who looks like Obama's son.

21 posted on 07/12/2013 1:28:08 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Red Steel

That poor man’s gut must be tied up in 100 knots.


22 posted on 07/12/2013 1:29:31 PM PDT by KAESNO2
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To: Red Steel

Wasn’t it a Florida jury that acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her daughter to go club hoping?


23 posted on 07/12/2013 1:33:30 PM PDT by BobinIL
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To: prisoner6

I don’t know the range of the sentencing guidelines, but given this judge’s conduct, rulings and attitude, I think she would gladly give the maximum.


24 posted on 07/12/2013 1:34:18 PM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

How many hands did this Martin kid have???

He has one hand (at least) holding the can of Arizona Iced Tea he is slamming GZ with & he is punching GZ also presumably with the other hand. The attack mode of a punch down which the black punk community seems to think is very successful & fun.

WHAT HAND is holding the phone & using it to talk to the totally uneducated 17 (then) year old female who hates white people in all categories?

She made it perfectly clear that she had the instincts of a Mau Mau tribesperson in ANY dealings with whites.


25 posted on 07/12/2013 1:34:55 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Red Steel
“There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son,” he said.

Crips god, or Blood god?
26 posted on 07/12/2013 1:35:56 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: kenmcg

I am bothered by the fact that ONLY 6 persons are being used in a case where the penalty could literally be life in prison.

Why NOT 12 persons?

I sat on an Assault & Battery case years ago in the jury, and we had 12 persons for that crime. We also convicted him.


27 posted on 07/12/2013 1:36:46 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: South40

I’m heading to the rap forums to incite a riot.


28 posted on 07/12/2013 1:47:58 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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Why NOT 12 persons?

Floirida state law allows only six jurors in non-capital crimes.

That's why.

29 posted on 07/12/2013 1:49:37 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Red Steel

This ordeal reminds me of an incident I experienced just before the 2012 elections. I was in my car going around to the homes of voters I had targeted as strong Republicans with get-out-the-vote literature. While I was trying to set my GPS navigator to a house I was having trouble finding, a car moved up behind me and stopped. I got out and the driver, a female, got out of her car. She asked me, “What are you doing in her neighborhood?” I told her that I was working for the Republican Party putting literature at doors in the neighborhood. I told her I was lost and needed to find a particular house. She told me about the large amound of break-ins and said that she did not trust people doing what I was doing. She moved on and, since it was getting late, I went home.

Did I walk over and say, “Hey ho, why are you bothering me?” And punch her in the nose?

No, and when I got home, I received a ringing of my door bell. It was the county sheriff and he wanted to follow up on a complaint about me acting in a suspicious manner in a neighborhood.


30 posted on 07/12/2013 2:00:14 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Red Steel

The people in the media are very smart. Within minutes of a story breaking, they know how to frame it so it fits in one of their agendas. They may be completely off track, but it doesn’t matter. Once one media outlet starts the ball rolling, the others pick it up, and before long the low-information a$$hole believes the story.


31 posted on 07/12/2013 2:13:27 PM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: max americana

Whites didn’t riot when an obviously guilty double-murderer named OJ Simpson was acquitted. But then they were not looking for an excuse to steal and kill.


32 posted on 07/12/2013 2:16:01 PM PDT by South40
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To: Red Steel
The all-female jury

And there's the problem.

33 posted on 07/12/2013 2:22:54 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Red Steel
My prediction is a hung jury--4 in favor of conviction and 2 against.

And despite getting off to a bad start with the knock-knock joke, I think Mara did a great job with respect to the forces that are arrayed against Zimmerman, especially the looney Rat judge.

34 posted on 07/12/2013 2:38:25 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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