Skip to comments.Judge Confronts Zimmerman
Posted on 07/12/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT by tired&retired
This is a link to a YouTube video of the judge in the Zimmerman case acting with prejudice against Zimmerman. It is a must watch.
Do I hear MISTRIAL?
He would be granted a retrial on that incident alone. That was the most unprofessional behavior I have ever seen.
Was the jury in the courtroom to see that discussion?
Some legal expert on Fox last night said that it wouldn’t be grounds for a mistrial because the jury wasn’t in the room when it occurred, can anybody confirm that because I was under the impression that they were?
This case certainly has put a lie to the claim that we have an “independent and impartial judiciary” in this country. But then again honest people knew that since 1973 when the SCOTUS legalized the wholesale killing of innocent human life. Once they acquiesced to that abomination, these “judges” are capable of any crime.
Everyone seems to say they were in the room.
She’s hardly being an impartial judge, and her behavior is grounds for an appeal at the very least, if not a mistrial.
There is an article on Drudge that discusses this video under the caption “Judge In Zimmerman Case Pressured by Obama Administration?”
only can have one if there is a conviction.
I do not think there will be a conviction.
but then Holder will probably try to convict him on the charge of violating Martin’s civil rights....wait and see.
They were not in the room.
I’ve spoken to some legal experts on this event, and they said while the way it played out was very unusual, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities for a judge to ask the defendant if they will be taking the stand in their defense.
Had it been me in Zimmerman’s suit, I would’ve politely told the judge that I defer to my legal team to answer that. She can’t hold him in contempt for deferring to his counsel.
Some legal eagles have said that the judge did this to close any real or perceived “loopholes” concerning Zimmerman’s right to testify in his defense. If he’s convicted and on appeal the defense stated that the judge would not let him testify in his own defense, it would be grounds for dismissal. However, since the judge basically closed that avenue for appeal, they’d have to rely on any of the myriad other injustices committed during this trial.
If her attempts to force Zimmerman into committing for or against his testifying in the manner she did was improper, then a full judicial review with possible removal from bench and disbarment should be an option.
I don’t know if it was improper or not. Not much about the “legal system” these days makes any sense to anyone not educated/indoctrinated into all the rationalizations of that system.
Excerpt from linked Drudge article:
“Speculation is raging that the judge in the George Zimmerman case could have been put under pressure by the Obama administration after she staged a bizarre outburst during which she interrogated Zimmerman while repeatedly silencing his lawyers. The hostile exchange began when Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he planned to testify.
Essentially, Judge Nelson told Zimmerman he had the absolute right to remain silent but then proceeded to demand he answer her questions interrogation-style while silencing his lawyers.
Defense attorney Don West twice objected to Nelsons interrogation, prompting the judge to raised her voice and exclaim, Your objection is overruled! in a manner more befitting of an angry parent lecturing a child than a legal professional.
Both of Zimmermans lawyers appeared shocked as attorney Mark OMara asked under his breath, what is going on?
Several legal experts and observers said the outburst was unprecedented.
I have never seen that in more than 30 years of court reporting, tweeted journalist Kathi Belich.
Former Senatorial candidate Richard Rivette also expressed his shock at the judges behavior.
This judge is an idiot. I spent five years investigating high profile capital cases defending people from the death penalty, and worked for the Federal judiciary as an independent investigator on other cases. No judge ever inquires as to whether a defendant will testify until the entire defense case is presented. If the defense rests and does not call the defendant then the judge knows there will be no testimony. If the defense calls the defendant then thats when the judge finds out. They have to get through the entire case first. To see if it is valid after prosecution cross-examines their witnesses and experts as to whether a defendant SHOULD testify, which is decided in private not in public, and NOT on the record. By doing this, the judge has undermined a portion of Zimmermans credibility. He looks like he is waffling and this is normal judge/defendant questioning, which it is NOT, said Rivette.
Respondents to the story at the National Review Online also expressed their view that Zimmerman was being railroaded.
A fix is in from the administration to find Zimmerman guilty regardless of what it takes, commented one.
Just curious...does this judge answer to anyone else for her actions? Is there a judge hierarchy that can sanction her behind the scenes for gross misconduct during a trial such as this? I know that they have their own professional associations and support networks.
Now blacks will be looked at MUCH, MUCH better if they DON'T RIOT....we'll see. Obama has set race relations back 40 years.
Indeed he has, just be sticking his nose in this with his s##tstirring comments about "If I had a son..."
In Pennsylvania there is a “Judicial Inquiry & Review Board” that acts as the police force over judges.
From their website:
The Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania investigates allegations of ethical misconduct against Pennsylvania judges. If necessary, the Board prepares and brings cases against judges who are accused of unethical actions.
The Board has 12 members, all of whom must be Pennsylvania citizens. Three are judges, three are lawyers and six are non-lawyers. Half of the Board members are chosen by the Governor, the other half by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Members serve 4-year terms, without pay.
I have personally used this several times on District magistrates over the past 30 years with great success in having them removed. I can tell you that they sweat bullets when an investigation is started. They appear to be non political in their decisions.
Florida does have a Judicial[the name just slipped my mind] to discipline and I believe that they can remove judges for cause. But in this case, so long as the judge sticks to the script, he[I still maintain that this is a male masquerading as a female] is ok. And the Script? Rail road, lynch, convict, and figuratively hang, George Zimmerman. By whichever means it takes.