Skip to comments.The Zimmerman case disintegrates
Posted on 05/22/2012 5:35:29 AM PDT by marktwain
The release of evidence in George Zimmermans 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 Zimmermans statement to the police. His injuries are consistent with his account of physical assault by Trayvon Martin. Martins 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 Zimmermans 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 Martins 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 prosecutions 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 Martins 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 bodys metabolism of THC.
Depending on the amount of THC consumed and the frequency in which it is consumed, THC carboxy can stay in a persons 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 hes up to no good, or hes on drugs or something its raining and hes just walking around, looking about. Only then did the dispatcher specifically ask about Martins race, and request a description of his clothing.
Despite the prosecutions 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 its 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 Floridas Stand Your Ground law isnt even a factor in Zimmermans 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 prosecutors 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 Ive harbored since the weird, circus-like press conference at which Corey announced the charges: theyre 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. Zimmermans lawyer also cautiously conceded that more evidence may be in prosecutorial hands, as yet unreleased to either him or the public.
That doesnt change the virtually indisputable fact that Corey deliberately suppressed evidence helpful to Zimmerman when her affidavit was written. At best, thats 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.
Its 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?
I curse Benjamin Crump!
Trying to kill somebody with more firepower than you have has ALWAYS been dangerous and problematical, ask the captain of HMS Hood.....
My question for them is, why do you so desperately want an injustice to have occurred? Why are you not content or satisfied that Zimmerman did what he had to do to protect himself?
Thank you for posting Cracker/Minority.
I’ll bet Trayvon’s learned his lesson in that regard..
To avoid embarrassment.
Since he and his bottom feeders incited racial discord, I’d like to see a smart lawyer sue him on behalf of anyone that gets hurt by Black thugs in retalliation for Trayvon.
Justice would be Mr. Crump being financially trayvoned.
3, 4, 5? generations of engrained victimhood mentality, that’s why.
Here, let me try...
“He was told not to follow him, and he did.”
“He deserved the beat down for ‘dissing’ Trayvon.”
Corey and her minions are the ones who are depraved.
Reality is racist.
The HMS Hood had the forepower but it lacked armour in a certain spot.
the Hood was stripped of the amour to help it’s speed.
Of course; this spectre is already in limp mode; and so, a wait/watch at this point; as to whether Trayvon makes it.
(Al's resume includes, of course; his history of experience; in keeping a 'criminally, false narrative' alive. . .and so all supporting 'Trayvon'; know that he is in the best of hands.)
The lame Zimmerman bashers change their story from Weak to Weak.
Zimmerman’s fate will be held by the type of jury that is selected. There will be pressure to fill the jury with persons who can be easily swayed by the emotion and not the facts. To even find an unbiased jury after this media circus and guilty by innuendo race baiting will be difficult.
LOL, very good!
I thought the process of discovery required the prosecutors to release all evidense to the defense - else, how can the defense do its job? Any leagal beagles able to enlighten me?