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The Zimmerman case disintegrates
Human Events ^ | May 21, 2012 | John Hayward

Posted on 05/21/2012 10:53:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The release of evidence in George Zimmerman’s murder trial quickly made a mockery of his second-degree murder charges, and threw a further layer of shame upon media and political opportunists who misrepresented a tragic, but fairly straightforward, case of lethal force employed in self-defense.

It is remarkable to take stock of this evidence and realize that it supports every single aspect of Zimmerman’s statement to the police. His injuries are consistent with his account of physical assault by Trayvon Martin. Martin’s gunshot wound occurred at the very short range described by Zimmerman, demolishing fantasies about a racist mall-cop wannabe stalking and murdering an innocent black kid for no reason.

The Smoking Gun highlighted this bit of eyewitness testimony – released to the public by the Sanford police only a few days ago, but known to the prosecution when Zimmerman was charged – tendered to the police only 90 minutes after the shooting occurred, by a resident of Zimmerman’s community who heard the altercation and decided to investigate:

The man recalled seeing “a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help.” The black male, he added, “was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style.'”

The witness--who was in his living room and about 30 feet away from the confrontation-- said he called out to the two men that he was dialing 911. “He then heard a ‘pop,’” police reported, and saw the black male “laid out on the grass.”

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit relates the discovery of video from Trayvon Martin’s YouTube account, removed at some point during the last month, that shows he was actually involved in some sort of underground “fight club.”

Also fatal to the prosecution’s case is the discovery that Martin had THC in his system – he had apparently been smoking pot that night. As related by the local CBS News affiliate:

According to the autopsy report made public record by the Office of the Medial Examiner, the blood from Martin’s chest contained 1.5 ng/ML of THC, a drug commonly found in marijuana. There was about 7.3ng/mL of THC carboxy, the by-product of the body’s metabolism of THC.

Depending on the amount of THC consumed and the frequency in which it is consumed, THC carboxy can stay in a person’s system from somewhere between two weeks to a month, according to WBTV. THC itself can stay in the body for as long as four hours.

This is important because the charging document clearly, and without evidence, accuses Zimmerman of racially “profiling” Martin. On the other hand, Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher that Martin caught his eye because “this guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something… it’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Only then did the dispatcher specifically ask about Martin’s race, and request a description of his clothing.

Despite the prosecution’s awareness of the autopsy reports and eyewitness testimony, they included none of it in their affidavit against Zimmerman. Criminal lawyer and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has been beside himself ever since the Zimmerman charges were filed, writes in the New York Daily News that it’s time to drop the charges, but doubts State Attorney Angela Corey “will do the right thing,” because “until now, her actions have been anything but ethical, lawful, and professional.”

As Dershowitz points out, the evidence released in this case means Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law isn’t even a factor in Zimmerman’s defense. Much political hay has been made out of this law, but if Zimmerman was on the ground getting beaten to a pulp, withdrawal from the encounter was physically impossible for him. “A defendant, under Florida law, loses his ‘stand your ground’ defense if he provoked the encounter,” observes Dershowitz, “but he retains traditional self-defense if he reasonably believed his life was in danger and his only recourse was to employ deadly force.”

For that matter, as Dershowitz notes, there is not one shred of evidence to support the prosecutor’s contention that Zimmerman provoked the encounter. Neighborhood Watch patrols are not illegal. There is no evidence that Zimmerman shouted any “fighting words” at Martin.

Dershowitz also mentions a suspicion I’ve harbored since the weird, circus-like press conference at which Corey announced the charges: they’re a political instrument designed to buy time for everyone to cool down, leading to a long trial that dismantles some of the hysteria built up around the Trayvon Martin case. If true, the strategy is understandable… but utterly outrageous. The United States does not do “show trials.” The justice system is not a safety valve for releasing unhealthy levels of political tension. Individual citizens are not pawns to be shoved around in media games by gun-control advocates, race hustlers, or opportunistic politicians. The purpose of law enforcement is to protect the public, not appease certain segments of it.

State attorney Angela Corey responded by saying, “What the general public has to remember, and the media has to remember, is that there is a lot we cannot release by law.” Zimmerman’s lawyer also cautiously conceded that more evidence may be in prosecutorial hands, as yet unreleased to either him or the public.

That doesn’t change the virtually indisputable fact that Corey deliberately suppressed evidence helpful to Zimmerman when her affidavit was written. At best, that’s very sloppy work. ABC News discusses the sort of cards Corey might be holding:

One key to the case is which of the two men instigated the clash that left Martin dead. The prosecution says Zimmerman initiated the altercation when he "profiled" Martin that night, and then got out of his car to follow him. In the newly released documents, lead homicide officer on the case, Chris Serino of the Sanford Police Department, called the shooting "avoidable" had Zimmerman remained in his vehicle.

What has yet to be seen are two main pieces of evidence: Zimmerman's statement on the night of the incident, and his reenactment of the events of that night, which could prove vital when and if the case is heard in court.

It’s difficult to see how any of that might convince a jury to hand down a “guilty” verdict to Murder Two charges. How does that “stay in your car” principle work? Do you have to stay in your car when you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighborhood, or do the age, sex, and racial background of the subject matter? Does everyone have to stay in their cars, or only members of certain age, sex, and racial groups?

Or is it simpler for the law to assert that beating someone into the ground and administering an MMA-style thrashing is wrong, even if they looked at you funny?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman; zimmermancase; zimmermanevidence
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1 posted on 05/21/2012 10:53:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looking bad for DA


2 posted on 05/21/2012 10:55:39 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good news.


3 posted on 05/21/2012 10:59:41 AM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

She’s done a great job of nifonging herself! Looking forward to her trial and conviction!


4 posted on 05/21/2012 10:59:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

While all of this is ture, it is important to remember that O.J. Simpson walked free.

Our legal justice system is biased, crooked and corrupt.

In spite of the obvious facts, Zimmerman could be convicted.


5 posted on 05/21/2012 10:59:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This ain't over 'til we say its over!

6 posted on 05/21/2012 11:00:55 AM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

In spite of the obvious facts, Zimmerman could be convicted.
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No way. All it takes is one juror to hold out for “Not Guilty”.


7 posted on 05/21/2012 11:01:18 AM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My only questions is why would she fall on her own sword? Is she doing it for Obama?


8 posted on 05/21/2012 11:01:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

In spite of the obvious facts, Zimmerman could be convicted.
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No way. All it takes is one juror to hold out for “Not Guilty”.


9 posted on 05/21/2012 11:01:23 AM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Granted it might not be the wisest thing in the world to approach an oddly behaving person (worst case scenario for Messrs. Z and T) and ask him what the heck he is doing, but this is by no means counter to any law.

It ought to be over when the jury here (or judge, if Mr. Z opts for bench trial) barfs back at the prosecution after fifteen minutes; but sadly the ever political Obama, for all his bleeding heart liberalism not really caring about any individual person but only about faceless classes, has more dogs to sic on Mr. Z. The half?-black has it in for the quadroon.


10 posted on 05/21/2012 11:03:39 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I find it particularly disingenous that Cerino thinks that citizens just should close their eyes and just abdicate all responsibility for individual and neighborhood safety to the police.

Well, that’s what citizens did for years, Detective Cerino, and now the once pround urban areas of the US are filled with ghettos where productive people used to live. PC told them don’t profile, don’t take a stand in their neighborhoods, and NOW, NOW, the police are urging people who don’t give a rat’s patoot about their neighborhoods, to take them back.

A little damn late and they are speaking to the wrong crowd.


11 posted on 05/21/2012 11:04:51 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

She traded a short term MSM problem for an even bigger one.


12 posted on 05/21/2012 11:05:30 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What is this person’s political aspirations? What favors might she owe?


13 posted on 05/21/2012 11:05:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: Molon Labbie

Police may feel it’s job security if citizens are ever-chicken about such matters.


14 posted on 05/21/2012 11:07:09 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“....and threw a further layer of shame upon media and political opportunists....”

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They are totally devoid of any sense of shame — deceptive opportunism is in their DNA.


15 posted on 05/21/2012 11:09:10 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Baynative
SHARPTON:"Resist, we much!"
16 posted on 05/21/2012 11:09:15 AM PDT by frogjerk (OBAMA NOV 2012 = HORSEMEAT)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Too many damn police as it is. And that’s coming from a police officer who has seen some of the bums that are being allowed in the field these days.

But yeah, let’s keep the War on Drugs/Citizens going and taxing hell out of people for driving.


17 posted on 05/21/2012 11:11:23 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Was she set up by a rival?


18 posted on 05/21/2012 11:11:35 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama born in Kenya...Is he lying now or was he lying then?)
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To: Molon Labbie

” I find it particularly disingenous that Cerino thinks that citizens just should close their eyes and just abdicate all responsibility for individual and neighborhood safety to the police.

Well, that’s what citizens did for years, Detective Cerino, and now the once pround urban areas of the US are filled with ghettos where productive people used to live. PC told them don’t profile, don’t take a stand in their neighborhoods, and NOW, NOW, the police are urging people who don’t give a rat’s patoot about their neighborhoods, to take them back.”

The irony did not escape me.


19 posted on 05/21/2012 11:13:11 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit relates the discovery of video from Trayvon Martin’s YouTube account, removed at some point during the last month, that shows he was actually involved in some sort of underground “fight club.”

Interesting. I hadn't heard about this.

20 posted on 05/21/2012 11:16:03 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: hoosiermama

If she was and she really doesn’t want this ball of wax, she could just cede the case. This case, however, has a zombie life now. marching resolutely on while dead.


21 posted on 05/21/2012 11:19:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So the “little boy” was in a fight club? Why am I not surprised?

But here is the latest wrinkle sure to drive the Dimmhoroids bonkers. Travon was homophobic and thought that Zim was a “creepy fag” as he told his girlfriend on the phone. That is why he attacked so violently and without warning.

Yet, in this Mondo Bizarro world of liberalism a ‘gay bashing” self defense would probably work for Zim if he chose to use it. Witness the beating of that white He/She in the McDonalds by two black women that was on U tube a while back. Only after it was revealed that it was “transgendered” were the hate charges filed.

The world is really upside down these days


22 posted on 05/21/2012 11:20:00 AM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: hoosiermama
I think a few factors are at play. If DeeDee is who I think she is, she and Corey could connect on a deep level of shared Christian belief. Corey would tend to lose objectivity, and be inclined to take DeeDee at her word, maybe overlooking internal inconsistencies in her story.

Corey seems to have taken a personal like to the Martin family. She's biased.

If she's looking at her prospects for election, she's courting the black vote. She may also think that charging Zimmerman somehow counterbalances her charging that juvenile as an adult. I don't see much sense in that, but IMO, Corey is not acting with steely-eyed rationality.

And then she has the governor appointing her when the public is screaming for an arrest. He doesn't have to remind her that the public is screaming for an arrest, but maybe he did.

Some good may come of it all. I read that the Florida legislature is considering passing a law that requires special prosecutors to take cases to a grand jury, even if the case is not a capital case. The point of having a special prosecutor is to avoid the appearance and occurrence of an extraordinary result - not to create one.

23 posted on 05/21/2012 11:21:27 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Uncle Lonny

Too bad Tray’s pushing up daisies as he would be sport for such a hate crime trial.

But hey, if Mr. Z gets sued by Tray’s folks, I can see the countersuit ready made.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 11:24:32 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: no dems

All it takes is the rest of the jury to intimidate that one juror.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 11:24:44 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
ABC News discusses the sort of cards Corey might be holding:...

Perhaps her thinking, and perhaps what worked in past non-high-profile cases, is figure out what charge makes sense, then increment figuring there would be a plea-bargain down to the appropriate level. If so, this is her undoing, as Z and his lawyers get the charges dropped, as it cannot support Murder-II, and no plea bargain.

26 posted on 05/21/2012 11:25:27 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: Molon Labbie

Cops don’t like Neighborhood Watch groups.

For many reasons. They can’t control them. They generate calls. They have people putting themselves into situations where the police will not protect them. Etc.


27 posted on 05/21/2012 11:28:41 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Cboldt

So what was this again, Dee Dee is alleging at the moment of truth/falsehood, forget what went before? That she was told by Tray that Mr. Z was bearing down on him, bent on a brawl?

This is not a good representation of what being “Christian” is. This does not mean buying in to every sob story. It means looking at the reasons for believing what they believe.


28 posted on 05/21/2012 11:28:51 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Got that right. For the longest time I believed that she HAD to have something more solid than what we were all hearing. If she didn’t she is an absolute friggin’ idiot for bringing this case.


29 posted on 05/21/2012 11:30:18 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: redgolum

You have to cultivate them right and that takes engagement by the agency involved. Each needs to understand their roles, their limitations, and that the goal is the same.


30 posted on 05/21/2012 11:33:01 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you are a white, or a white-hispanic, you must never leave your car unless no blacks are around.

If you are white, you must never leave your car unless there are no hispanics around.

As a general rule of thumb, before exiting your car, look to see if anyone darker than you is there to take offense. If so, stay in your car. You lose the right to self-defense if you are guilty of ‘exiting your car in the presence of a person of darker color’...


31 posted on 05/21/2012 11:33:01 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (A conservative can't please a liberal unless he jumps in front of a bus or off of a cliff)
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To: Mr Rogers

Since Mr. Zimmerman is 1/8 black, could he at least roll down his window or stick one foot out?


32 posted on 05/21/2012 11:34:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

she believes she has unfettered immunity form any consequences by mere title of office.

She is a PROSECUTOR she can charge anyone with anything regardless of evidence and do it with impunity. Truth is irrelivant. She need only satisfy her prosecutorial whim.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 11:36:56 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
-- This is not a good representation of what being "Christian" is. This does not mean buying in to every sob story. It means looking at the reasons for believing what they believe. --

I agree, and one should value the quality of steely-eyed objectivity in a prosecutor.

But Corey made a point of telling the public she prayed with the Martins, and if DeeDee is who I think it is, DeeDee also professes a relationship with Jesus Christ. I have a hunch that reason went out the window.

Not for the same "soul sister" (in a Christian sense, not racial sense) reason, but Bernie de la Rionda's interview with DeeDee is leading as all get out. He talks more than she does, and seems to be approaching the interview from the point of view of a shared, known scenario. He believes he knows what happened, and he 1) believes she heard it go down the same way so all she's doing is filling details and 2) expects her to tell him a story that aligns with the one that he has preconceived as true.

In short, he does not treat her as an objective skeptic would treat a witness.

At least the special prosecutor's office isn't criticizing SPD's investigation, at least not publicly.

34 posted on 05/21/2012 11:38:56 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Baynative

Says it all! Great pix.


35 posted on 05/21/2012 11:39:23 AM PDT by Eastbound (3-7-77)
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To: Cboldt
It was days/weeks between the time of the incident and the time she spoke to LEO. Would like to see who she spoke with and had to opportunity to place ideas in her head in that time period.
36 posted on 05/21/2012 11:48:10 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama born in Kenya...Is he lying now or was he lying then?)
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To: Cboldt
It was days/weeks between the time of the incident and the time she spoke to LEO. Would like to see who she spoke with and had to opportunity to place ideas in her head in that time period.
37 posted on 05/21/2012 11:48:34 AM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama born in Kenya...Is he lying now or was he lying then?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nifonged.


38 posted on 05/21/2012 11:50:03 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The local Orlando rag, the Orlando Sentinel had a fawning article about Angela Corey and how professional she is. It went on and on about how she would do the right thing and get to the bottom of what happened. The Slantinel, as we call it here in O-town, is owned by....wait for it—the Chicago Tribune!


39 posted on 05/21/2012 11:52:00 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Yardstick

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/05/newly-discovered-video-previously-scrubbed-from-youtube-shows-trayvon-martin-participating-in-local-fight-club/


40 posted on 05/21/2012 11:58:38 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The man recalled seeing “a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help.” The black male, he added, “was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style.'”

No, the Racist bait Mongers (Al Dullton (aka Al Sharpton) and Jessie Jerk) will try to say that George forced Trayvon Martin to kick him because George told T that he'll be shoot T if T didn't beat him up!!

The Zimmerman case disintegrates

yes, like a wet paper towel...

41 posted on 05/21/2012 12:14:26 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Zimmerman should ask Dershowitz to represent him, and turn this into a huge public embarrassment for race-baiting leftists.


42 posted on 05/21/2012 12:19:11 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: redgolum

All it takes is the rest of the jury to intimidate that one juror
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This might surprise you, but there are still some people in this nation who have a set.


43 posted on 05/21/2012 12:20:13 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Remember the system is stacked in favor of the accused.

The defense gets to discard more jurors than the prosecution.
Look for Zimmerman to be defending himself in front of a jury of recent mixed race immigrant stock. The whole racism spew isn't likely to play well.

44 posted on 05/21/2012 12:25:36 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, is Zimmerman still going to be a liberal Democrat after all this? What about his politically well-connected family? Reckon they might rethink a few things?


45 posted on 05/21/2012 12:35:21 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: hoosiermama
It was weeks, and she come into view until after SPD made a series of 911 calls public. She came into view via Crump.

I think she's lying, but I also feel some sympathy for her. Tough spot. Friend is dead, and you know he started it. Snitches get stitches and all that. There's a reason she was not forthcoming.

46 posted on 05/21/2012 12:42:15 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Mr Rogers

That really is what it boils down to, MR. It’s unbelievable, but that’s where we are. White animals are less equal than animals of color.


47 posted on 05/21/2012 12:50:16 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

48 posted on 05/21/2012 12:56:26 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The United States does not do "show trials"?

Was John Hayward in Outer Mongolia during the Scooter Libby trial?

One could argue that whatever the outcome, this case has already done irreparable harm to the public's confidence in our judicial system. It has shown how it is easily manipulated for political reasons, and it has shown that prosecutors don't have to adhere to standards of honesty or basic decency.

Maybe it's just a case of turning over a rock and letting us see the cockroaches that were there all the time.

49 posted on 05/21/2012 12:58:16 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Cboldt

I wouldn’t discount offers of big money either. They have been known to make intelligent and ethical people do stupid things.


50 posted on 05/21/2012 12:58:16 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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