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Ex-area man [Mantei] prosecuted Zimmerman
Toledo Blade ^ | 7/24/2013 | Lorenzo Ligato

Posted on 07/25/2013 5:28:33 AM PDT by kevcol



Sitting behind the podium of a Florida courtroom, Richard Mantei commanded the stage with the same dramatic prowess as a professional thespian.

He tilted his head closer to the jury, raised his eyebrows in an expression of mockery, and craftily paced his speech with the poise of someone who has navigated the judicial system for 18 years.

“There are two people involved here: One of them is dead and one of them is a liar,” Mr. Mantei said
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In fifth grade, Mr. Mantei said he took the stage in an elementary school production of A Christmas Carol, playing the role of Tiny Tim in the popular novella by Charles Dickens. Later, Mr. Mantei honed his acting skills by performing in several musicals for his high school's drama club — an experience that well prepared him to enter the world of legal litigation and trials.

(Excerpt) Read more at toledoblade.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Florida; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; mantei; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
For those who watched the trial. Total fluff piece. I think all of the State attorneys were awful, over-the-top and annoying. I also think every single one of them knew George Zimmerman was innocent.
1 posted on 07/25/2013 5:28:33 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: kevcol

“Honed his skills in high school drama productions?” Whew. I am surprised that stretch did not snap back to bite the author.


2 posted on 07/25/2013 5:31:57 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: kevcol
Absolutely agree with you kevcol...I watched the trial everyday from the time the juror was picked until the verdict was given...I always referred to Mantei as a little Bernie De La Rionda minime...couldn't stand the guy...his arrogance is about as bad as Obama's...

3 posted on 07/25/2013 5:33:29 AM PDT by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: kevcol
WHAT'S THIS ... ?

A hellywood coming soon poster ?

4 posted on 07/25/2013 5:34:51 AM PDT by knarf (`)
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To: kevcol
What a waste of print. Why would anyone celebrate this guy? He is, at best, an incompetent failure of a prosecutor. At worst, he is a liar who knowingly brought charges against an innocent man. He should be swinging in the wind, in my opinion.


5 posted on 07/25/2013 5:35:15 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: 101stAirborneVet
Richard Mantei commanded the stage with the same dramatic prowess as a professional thespian

I just knew he was gay.

6 posted on 07/25/2013 5:38:05 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: 101stAirborneVet

That picture elicited a flash back to Jar Jar Binks’ wierd performance in the Zimmerman trial.


7 posted on 07/25/2013 5:39:01 AM PDT by House Atreides ( D)
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To: kevcol
The guy damn near made me puke, what a primadonna.
8 posted on 07/25/2013 5:44:32 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: kevcol

I watched every minute of the trial, too.

This guy thought he was a real hot shot, and seemed to often play to the tv camera, IMO.

However bad he was, though—it was the judge that I wanted to jump through the screen and bi#ch slap on several occasions. How Zimmerman’s lawyers were able to overcome all of this was gratifying to me.

I was also impressed with the way Mr, Zimmerman was able to sit there hour and hour, day after day, without altering the expression on his face.


9 posted on 07/25/2013 5:45:19 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Louis Foxwell; Uncle Chip; maggief

Notice drama productions NOT debate club. All show! Reason not so much!


10 posted on 07/25/2013 5:46:51 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then)
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To: kevcol
Oh, boy, more tripe regurgitated from the Toledo Bla, my too-close-for comfort neighborly bastion of always-antigun yellow journalism. Blargh...
11 posted on 07/25/2013 5:48:16 AM PDT by W. (B. Franklin printed currency that said "TO COUNTERFEIT IS DEATH.' Can we put that on our ballots?)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

"Evidence? Your Honor, we have no evidence so can I just stand here and Lie thru my teeth if it pleases the court?"

12 posted on 07/25/2013 5:48:23 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: mongo141
Mantei is nothing but an arrogant little prick that needs to go back to his chemistry classes. He certainly is not a good prosecutor as was demonstrated fully in the Zimmerman trial.

I too watched the trial and each time he came up to speak, he was condescending and arrogant which turned me against him IMMEDIATELY. Definitely would not want him representing me.

13 posted on 07/25/2013 5:48:51 AM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for SMALLER , HONEST government)
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To: kevcol

Thespian is a great way of describing him!

He acted as 5bough GZ was guilty when in fact he was defending his very life.


14 posted on 07/25/2013 5:49:54 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kevcol
Mantei is the slimer who sprung the states request for a child abuse/murder 3 charge against GZ. Good bet that even today he's losing his lunch money.
15 posted on 07/25/2013 5:51:19 AM PDT by JPG (Obama Does Egypt.)
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To: kevcol

From the article it would seem that Mr. Mantei was that smart mouthed little kid that everyone couldn’t stand that ended up getting stuffed in a locker after gym class in Jr. High.

HS drama club, think Glee!


16 posted on 07/25/2013 5:51:25 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: kevcol

My Cousin Vinnie could have done a better job than this idiot.


17 posted on 07/25/2013 5:51:41 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: mongo141
Primadonna?I dont think so,
Pussy yes.
I am also willing to bet he was “picked on” big time through out his school days.
18 posted on 07/25/2013 5:54:37 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Progov
I too watched the trial and each time he came up to speak, he was condescending and arrogant which turned me against him IMMEDIATELY. Definitely would not want him representing me.

Half the Lawyers today finished in the bottom half of their class. The Most of top Half went to work for themselves, Corporatations, Large Legal Firms etc. A few become Judges.

The bottom Half start in the Public Defenders office just to earn a buck, the real slimey bastards hire into the Prosecutors Offices or Friend of the Courts-Child Custody areas. Then the Peter Principal takes effect. The worst end up as Prosecuting Attorneys ruining peoples lives just for the power trip.

19 posted on 07/25/2013 5:55:20 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: kevcol
In fifth grade, Mr. Mantei said he took the stage in an elementary school production of A Christmas Carol, playing the role of Tiny Tim in the popular novella by Charles Dickens.

No doubt honing his skills for his future role as the Spirit of Malicious Prosecutor Future.

20 posted on 07/25/2013 5:56:10 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Progov

Prick, yes. His camera schtick apparently didn’t fool the jury. Likewise, I believe the judge’s blatant animosity towards the defense team did the most harm to the state’s case besides just being wholly unproven charges.


21 posted on 07/25/2013 5:58:47 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 101stAirborneVet

I couldn’t agree more.


22 posted on 07/25/2013 6:00:17 AM PDT by sport
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To: kevcol

“...“There are two people involved here: One of them is dead and one of them is a liar,” ...”

Indeed, the liar was the prosecuting attorney.

He’s a gigantic, smelly, septic piece of Obamastuff.


23 posted on 07/25/2013 6:03:49 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: kevcol

“...“There are two people involved here: One of them is dead and one of them is a liar,” ...”

Indeed, the liar was the prosecuting attorney.

He’s a gigantic, smelly, septic piece of Obamastuff.


24 posted on 07/25/2013 6:04:19 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: kevcol
“I have prosecuted everything from police officers to capital murders,” Mr. Mantei told The Blade after the Zimmerman trial was resolved, noting that prosecutors need to have “a good heart and tough skin” to fulfill their duties.

I'll say it again, we need to get rid of the "adversarial" justice system and the job of DA, and adopt the sort of inquisitorial system which France uses. NOBODY should have any sort of a money or career incentive to simply put as many people as possible in prison.

The job of District Attorney in America seems to involve almost limitless power and very little resembling accountability; granted there is no shortage of good people who hold the job, the combination clearly attracts the wrong kinds of people as well and in the worst cases, the job has proved a natural magnet for psychopaths.

DA is often the first rung in the ladder of political careers and some of those careers are paved with the blood and shattered lives of innocents. Cases which are well known and easy to research on the internet include those of Janet Reno and her witch hunts (Grant Snoden, Bobby Fijnje, Frank Fuster, and a couple of others), Scott Harshbarger, Mike Nifong, Martha Cloakley who almost became a US senator from Massachusetts, Ronnie Earle who managed to convict Tom Delay of being a Republican, that lunatic sheriff of Wenatchee Wa. who almost succeeded in having Wenatchee disincorporated when it could no longer buy insurance, the prosecutors in that hideous David Camm case in Indiana....

The question you have to ask is, how many people are sitting around in prison today for no other reason than that one of those people managed to put on a better performance than some public defender??

25 posted on 07/25/2013 6:14:30 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: kevcol

His excessive acting sure looked like Elementary School playacting and only his parents thought he was a star.

From the Jury box, such over-acting by either set of lawyers is usually not getting the result they are hoping for. Every jury I have been on has mostly people on it that use a fair amount of common sense in reading everyone involved in a court case.


26 posted on 07/25/2013 6:35:41 AM PDT by X-spurt (Ready for the CRUZ missle.)
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To: mongo141

“The guy damn near made me puke, what a primadonna. “

I want to see the toilet flush on his “career”.


27 posted on 07/25/2013 6:38:34 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Mark Furhman said it well. “They didn’t have the evidence so they used emotion to try to get a conviction.”


28 posted on 07/25/2013 6:44:00 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: kevcol

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Vyshinsky


29 posted on 07/25/2013 6:55:04 AM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: 101stAirborneVet

He’s a fairy.


30 posted on 07/25/2013 7:15:38 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kevcol

Subject: Re Socialist Injustice
:How an examination of the Neighborhood Watch area of the Zimmerman trial exposes it.

Since the Zimmernan not guilty verdict has been rendered, the facts of this case are still being shamefully being concealed by the media to the extent they are advancing and are complicit in permitting a putrid injstice to be committed of the worst order,organized and instituted by our governent.While denied. It began as a miscalculation when a surname of a Jewish origin shot up and lighted the heavens like a star shell in the darkest of nights. It would have been difused if the media used pictures of both side by side because they look like cousins. And the area where this occured of paycheck to paycheck struggling homeowners of all races trying to protect themselves had been reported and not some ritzy all white enclave.they portrayed..

Instead the party that hypenated itself from God at their 2012 convention into demo-coms, and believe that all groups should be hyphenated , Afro-American, Hispanic-American, etc..Decided Zimmerman to be the egg that is to be broken,. sacrificed, so that we have an omlet..Just like Stalin did to the Ukrainian land owners known as Kulacks whom he executed, (and used that egg example) in a soclal engineering plan to organize collectives during a Russian drought..Because as we have learned there seems to be the intention to use a collective data base to create collectives.where a utopia of uniforimity of conformity exists. As was done in Detroit, and Oakland California.only this time a poor whitey or blacky won’t be able to move,.

Just as with the energy plan where the cost of fuel used for energy and transportation has skyrocketed placing those on fixed or limited incomes dependent on government handouts because of this regimes socialist policies the sacrifice of Zimmerman must die for . This time to another communist plan. We all move together in centers designed and approved by comrades running the collective who (just like Obamacare aren’t in it) won’t and never live there.

Too bad half of the so called conservatives talk show hosts I’ve been listening to can’t seem to be willing to connect the dots to what a heavy hand his imperious highness played in this despicable example of socialist justice which will turn on an innocent staunch supporter and churn out vicious life threatening propaganda against him just to mete out diatribes to serve the policies of the state . Turning this into a show trial replete with wall to wall tv coverage..The least they can do is get the facts out for tthe reason for the trial and its background instead of cope-ing with Obama moving the ball futhur and furthur away from what was done in a “Neighborhood Watch Area” while they’re milking the emotion response.routine like “big brother “does..
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/3044800/posts
An example of this is demonstrated by the “news” circulating in local black or mixed areas in publications like the The New Amsterdam (linked) that unquestionably follow, follow,follow, like martinets., Are they being duped by the handouts of lies they’re getting from this government. and unwilling accomplices to a horrendous and disgusting injustice ? Or are they contributing to it for the good of the collective ? It’s a question only they should be made to answer. For those vehicles which contributed to this demonstration of disinformation of a contemptable injustice should be asked and severly dealt with if they did.. It’s time to hold them accountable” ..

To reiterate; Many Neigborhood Watch areas consist of modest dwellings including the one Zimmerman was a “watch captain in are comprized of single dwelling units or as in Zimmermans case townhouses.His was a mini US melting pot which includes a number of black families which banded together and set up patrols to protect their area.. In this case they were struggling with single and groups of young blacks from other “hoods” on the prowl., In some instances armed, preying on homeowners in his area..Watch activities are closely co-ordinated with local police departments and follow very set protocols. Most conservative hosts demonstrate their ignorance.and are rendering no futhur information then their listeners get from MSM .thus allowing the MSM to set an agenda of distraction from this regimes history of corruption and scandal..

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3043817/posts

Usually such neighborhood watch areas are posted with a window or garden sign announcing that fact and those patrols will observe any one; black,white, green, or blue .If the area is “gated” because it is private property even stop and question them.. When an area is “gated” public right of way is restricted solely to the entrances and exits to it.. .That fact and the area wasn’t ever divulged by any of the so called media because it wouldn’t fit their agenda if true journalisim existed, Because it couldn’t support any racial assertion or questioning of movement .for anyone entering knows and surrenders that right when entering it. ..

It would even explain Zimmerman’s action taken during his surveilance of Martin because this watch volunteer got out of his car and continued his observation on foot because he lost sight of Martin. In many watch areas that’s done frequently when the subject disappears from view they may leave their vehicle and continue surveilance on foot.. ....

According to the testimony there was an exchange after which as Zimmerman was going back to his vehicle Martin doubled back and attacked him and was severly beating him to the extent he feared for his life. To put it bluntly Saint Trayvon was a smart ass punk who attacked a guy with a gun and got killed in the struggle over it when he had the guy on the ground.beating the hell out of him..

Obama in his latest attempt threw more gas on the fire by portraying Saint Trayvon as what he was, an irreponsible pot head and subsequently found to be a petty thief ..That explains Bengahazi, where he left a top American diplomat and his aides die and the rest of his scandals like “travelgate II” Obama hopes his diatribes will hide. .

Even after learning the shooter was a staunch Obama supporter, not Jewish, (very quickly dismissed ?) and a dark skinned “hispanic”. Obama did nothing to curtail the hyperbole or tone down his edict creating this as a white racist episode. Obama the boss of bosses and gets all the information about anybody ignored Zimmerman’s defence of a homeless black maltreated by a local police officer which resulted in the disciplining of the offending officer that Zimmerman fearlessly waged a campaign for and got.. .

The socialists controlling the media propaganda machine oblidged.. They began claiming the exclusive “gated” neighborhood watch captain was a “white hispanic” . Used a picture of a 12 year old Martin instead of the 6 foot 165 pound person he was vs the smaller 140 pound lttle fatty neighborhood watch captain. Worse yet allowed his US Attorney General to use questionable activities to promote a show trial and ignored using a threat of prosecution to black militant groups threatening the watch captain’s life.

Do not confuse todays politicians and their ahearants in the press and academia as followers of “Liberalism”. . These are die hard God denying I’m right you’re wrong socialists incapable of independent thinking running todays media.. Devising political campaigns of lies and manipulated inflamatory languange disguised as “news or reliable information” designed to destroy any opponent or group to what is edict-ed by their leader. You must wind up goose-stepping in unison protecting the collective otherwise we will through the use of the government we control step on you and squash you like some insect..

Why is this being done ? Who accompained Obama on his many trips around the world at taxpayer expence ? Were they the heavy hitters or their friends holding the president’s hand ? Never looked into either by the House and certainly not even speculated about or reported on by the media. Seems like that could be considered pay back at US taxpayer expence. Isn’t that an impeachable offense ? Now if somebody even suggests impeachment. What better way to discourage that by organizing the base for riots in the streets ?


31 posted on 07/25/2013 7:47:20 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: VRWCarea51

So where do the mob lawyers come from?


32 posted on 07/25/2013 5:38:07 PM PDT by GreyHoundSailor
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To: kevcol

33 posted on 07/25/2013 5:44:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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