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  • Liberal Law Prof [Dershowitz]: Zimmerman Case 'Should Never Have Been Brought in the First Place'

    07/15/2013 8:23:40 AM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/15/13 | Susan Jones
    "You know, this is a case that should never have been brought in the first place, certainly not as a second degree murder prosecution," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz told CNN's "State of the Union With Candy Crowley" on Sunday. Dershowitz said George Zimmerman was put on trial because "there was political pressure on the governor, and he appointed somebody (special prosecutor Angela Corey) who had the worst reputation in Florida for overcharging. And she did exactly what she was supposed to do; she overcharged. She charged second-degree murder in a case where there was reasonable doubt written all over...
  • The Zimmerman Verdict (Neal's Nuze)

    07/15/2013 8:18:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies ^ | 7-15-2013 | Neal Boortz
    Not that my opinions here mean anything more than anyone else’s, but I did want to put as many of my thoughts on the George Zimmerman trial down on paper (so to speak) before we all get caught up in the next controversy. So here goes ……. First, I want to share the perspective I bring to this. We each have a unique story, but you may find mine a bit unusual. I grew up in a military family; Marine brat. Right up until my junior year in high school I lived on a Marine Corps air station, or in...
  • Prosecutor Angela Corey accused of violating George Zimmerman's rights

    07/15/2013 7:03:38 AM PDT · by celmak · 49 replies
    The washington times ^ | 07/15/2013 | Joseph Cotto
    FLORIDA, July 15, 2013 — On Saturday night, an all-female six-member jury in the central Florida port city of Sanford acquitted neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Since then, attention has turned to prosecutor Angela Corey. Her apparently extra-legal tactics in the case have generated a groundswell of public concern. On Friday, she fired one of her office’s employees, Ben Kruidbos, after he testified in court about materials not being given to George Zimmerman’s defense team. According to right-of-center pundit Judson Phillips, Kruidbos “recovered images from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone. These images...
  • I Don’t Care What the Question is, the Answer is Gun control.

    07/15/2013 7:00:45 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-15-2013 | MOTUS
    Big Guy has effectively combined the precept: “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” with the Alinskyite mantra, “Never let a crisis go to waste,” and come up with a new, useful axiom for today’s world: “Never let a tragic death go without hammering for more gun control.” Accordingly, in a move some might consider ironic, Big Guy – who “inadvertently” (wink, wink) teed up the racial animus by claiming that if he had a son, he’d look just like Trayvon – assumed his old role as Appeaser-in-Chief, and issued the following statement yesterday: The...
  • Blackness Trumps Fairness (Eric Holder the Racist)

    07/15/2013 4:53:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7-15-2013 | Selwyn Duke
    As (J. Christian) Adams wrote in his book Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department: When asked to explain the passage, Holder replied, "It really says that ... I am not the tall U.S. attorney, I'm not the thin United States attorney. I am the black United States attorney. And he was saying that no matter how successful you are, there's a common cause that bonds the black United States attorney with the black criminal..." [especially when they're one and the same]. Think about that for a moment. Not only should we wonder what that common cause...
  • FBI records: agents found no evidence that Zimmerman was racist (One Year Ago)

    07/14/2013 5:24:53 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 20 replies
    McClatchy ^ | July 12, 2012 | Frances Robles and Scott Hiaason
    After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show. Even the lead detective in the case, Sanford Det. Chris Serino, told agents that he thought Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because of his attire and the circumstances — but not his race. Serino saw Zimmerman as “having little hero complex, but not as a racist.” The Duval County State Attorney released another collection of evidence in the Zimmerman murder case Thursday, including reports from FBI agents who...
  • Obama Responds to Zimmerman Verdict: 'Stem the Tide of Gun Violence'--For Trayvon

    07/14/2013 1:07:19 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 103 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 7-14-2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in...
  • Did Justice Department support anti-Zimmerman protests after Martin shooting?

    07/14/2013 10:04:08 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/10/13 | Fox News
    A conservative watchdog group accused the Justice Department of helping manage the "pressure campaign" last year against George Zimmerman in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, citing documents that show an obscure agency spent thousands assisting local demonstrations.
  • Zimmerman Not Guilty: Official Race Baiting Outrage to Follow

    07/14/2013 8:15:35 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 23 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-14-2013 | MOTUS
    George Zimmerman, “self-described Hispanic,” was acquitted late last night. Robert and Gladys (née Mesa) Zimmerman, basis of George’s self-descriptionWe turn to the New York Times, America’s newspaper of record, for an inciteful (sic) reporting of the facts. Editorial comments and emphasis added. George Zimmerman [“white Hispanic” with a Jewish name], the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, [thanks to the DOJ, the Jackson-Sharpton Society of Perpetual Race Baiters® and their honorary members in the complicit media]  was found not guilty(SNIP)Even President Obama [self- described...
  • Trayvon Martin & Negro Riots

    07/14/2013 4:44:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 9 July | Man in Video
    If you want to see a sane black man speak about the Martin/Zimmerman phenomena, this is it. Link to YouTube Video 
  • State never proved its case, legal analysts say [George Zimmerman]

    07/14/2013 2:26:58 AM PDT · by grundle · 92 replies
    Miamai Herald ^ | July 13, 2013 | DAVID OVALLE
    <p>SANFORD -- After five weeks of trial and 56 witnesses, few legal observers believed prosecutors came close to proving Sanford neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012.</p> <p>So for many legal analysts, it was no surprise that jurors rejected even a lesser “compromise” verdict of manslaughter, acquitting Zimmerman outright of all criminal charges and deciding he acted in a reasonable way to protect his own life.</p>
  • Letting Go - The Zimmerman Trial

    07/14/2013 1:58:15 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 29 replies
    7/14/13 | self
    When African Americans don't get their desired result in court - the verdict is always racist. Yet, if the ethnicities in the Zimmerman trial had been reversed, they would have proclaimed the verdict as a great day for America. It is time that they take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask just WHO exactly the racists are. When things go in their favor, they are model citizens. When they don't, they fall back upon the racial oppression that their forebearers faced. Talk about a double standard. It is time for them to get over it. Sure, from...
  • Jury weighing Zimmerman's fate asks question about manslaughter option

    07/13/2013 3:17:06 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 228 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/13/13 | Mariano Castillo and Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- After more than 12 hours of deliberation, the six women deliberating George Zimmerman's fate asked the court Saturday evening for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter, the judge said. That couldn't have even been a question a few days ago: Judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday, over the defense's vehement objection, to include manslaughter as an option for jurors, in addition to the second-degree murder charge. Their third option would be to find Zimmerman not guilty. The question -- which was read out in court, without the jurors present, shortly before 6 p.m. -- was the first posed by...
  • For George Zimmerman: Just Imagine

    07/13/2013 1:15:18 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 133 replies
    7/13/2013 | MHGinTN
    After folks have said this should be offered as a stand-alone thread, here goes: Imagine, just allow yourself to imagine ... You are in your vehicle on your way to the store one evening and you see a tall, slightly hunched over figure wobbling along the space between condominium buildings of your community in the dimness of the poorly lit sidewalk. The figure pauses in the misty rain to peer from under the sweatshirt hoodie he's wearing, to look into the back sliding doors of selected condos. It is dark and the figure is wearing dark clothing with the hood...
  • Dershowitz: Zimmerman Prosecutors 'Should Be Disbarred'

    07/13/2013 7:20:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies ^ | 7/12/2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial should be charged with "prosecutorial misconduct" for suggesting the defendant planned the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. "That is something no prosecutor should be allowed to get away with … to make up a story from whole cloth," Dershowitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "These prosecutors should be disbarred. They have acted absolutely irresponsibly in an utterly un-American fashion." Zimmerman, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with gunning down Martin, 17, as the two fought following a confrontation in the gated Sanford,...
  • State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman Self-defense is not a crime: VERDICT WATCH.

    07/13/2013 6:07:06 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 4,131 replies
    annettekblog.wordpress ^ | July 12, 2013 | annettek
    I pray for a fair and just verdict. My support and thoughts go out to the Zimmerman family and the defense team as we wait. Links to Live Streams (Thanks Carole): WAT~ Local WFTV~ Click Orlando~
  • South Florida Prepares For Zimmerman Verdict

    07/12/2013 3:34:55 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | July 12, 2013 | CBS Miami
    MIAMI (CBS4) – The Miami-Dade Police Department is partnering with local pastors in anticipation of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. From the pulpit of the Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Miami-Dade Police Director JD Patterson preached peace Thursday evening. “Riots are not acceptable and riots are not expected,” Patterson said.
  • Zimmerman Defense Gives Evidence-Rich Closing, State Appeals to “Heart”

    07/12/2013 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Sopater · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Friday, July 12, 2013 | Andrew Branca
    This morning saw the defense give its closing statement in Florida v. Zimmerman, the last opportunity for them to deliver their compelling narrative of innocence to the jury. And boy, did Mark O’Mara deliver. In a closing rich with evidence, facts, and the law, O’Mara focused the jury on their legal obligation to deliver a verdict consistent with the State’s burden to prove Zimmerman’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. O’Mara stepped them through every significant piece of evidence, and every single witness that had appeared in court. He reminded them of their duty to come to a verdict using only...
  • Judge Confronts Zimmerman

    07/12/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 35 replies
    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.
  • Defense rests; Zimmerman won't testify in murder trial

    07/10/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT · by Sopater · 141 replies
    <p>Defense rests case in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial without the former neighborhood watch volunteer taking the stand.</p>
  • Obama’s Alinskyite Administration: The DOJ’s involvement in the Zimmerman case is highly suspect.

    07/12/2013 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/12/2013 | John Fund
    Judicial Watch, a conservative legal foundation, has used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents that show Eric Holder’s Justice Department used a “community relations” unit to support and stage-manage public protests in Florida against George Zimmerman after his controversial February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) even helped organize a meeting between Sanford, Fla., public officials and the local NAACP. The result was the resignation of police chief Bill Lee over his handling of the Martin case. While his resignation was rescinded after a few weeks by local officials, Chief Lee faced further pressure...
  • Why the Zimmerman Prosecutors Should Be Disbarred

    07/12/2013 7:17:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/12/2013 | Jack Cashill
    Toward the end of his closing statement on Thursday, Florida Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda posted a slide on a screen in a fifth-floor Seminole County courtroom. "Which Owner would be more inclined to yell for help?" read the banner on the top of the slide. The slide was divided in two. On the left was a photo of George Zimmerman's Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, and on the right was a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Beneath the photo of the gun was the question, "Who followed?" Under the can was the question, "Who ran?" So...
  • State’s Closing Argument: Two Hours of Raising Doubt (The State's Got Nothing)

    07/11/2013 6:50:32 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-11-2013 | Andrew Branca
    NOTE: Streaming video of the entirety of the State’s closing argument is provided at the bottom of this post. Today, the State presented their closing argument to the jury in the matter of Florida v. Zimmerman. After 14 months of investigation and discovery, weeks of pre-trial hearings, weeks more of trial testimony, and the expenditure of taxpayer money on the order of a million dollars, this was it–this is where the State would close the deal and deliver their compelling narrative of guilt to the jury. What the jury got was not a compelling narrative of guilt, however, but a...
  • The first verdict of the George Zimmerman trial was rendered a long time ago...

    07/11/2013 3:08:54 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-11-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Naturally, liberal politics runs a very very close second to this...On a totally separate note, I admittedly haven't followed this case too much. I don't follow "celebrity" trials because I fear that granting them legitimacy will dilute what real celebrity is.For instance, if guys like George Zimmerman have their 15 minutes of fame patronized what will eventually happen to the Kardashians?Eventually Kim will get desperate and commit another crime (against nature) by having another child (not with Kanye West, I'm pretty sure that's against one of the only rules Hollywood a-holes live by) just so we'll give her the kind...
  • Jury In Zimmerman Trial May Consider Lesser Charge

    07/11/2013 3:02:57 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 73 replies
    My Way ^ | July 11,2013 | Mike Schneider,Kyle Hightower
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain's second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
  • Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies

    07/10/2013 1:17:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies by Ben Shapiro 10 Jul 2013, 10:28 AM PDT On Wednesday, Judicial Watch announced that the Department of Justice had turned over documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request showing that the Community Relations Service (CRS), a small division of the DOJ, was sent to Sanford, Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help manage rallies and protests. In April 2013, Breitbart News' Lee Stranahan first reportedthe role of the CRS in Sanford. The new documents show that from March 25 through April 12, 2012, the CRS spent thousands of...

    07/11/2013 2:06:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 11,2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    The farce that is the George Zimmerman “murder” trial took a bizarre turn when the prosecution sought leave to have the jury consider a new charge against Zimmerman — felony murder. Felony murder occurs when one causes someone’s death while committing a felony. What felony did Zimmerman allegedly commit? Why, child abuse, of course. Although it was clearly abusive of Zimmerman to have a child (Trayvon Martin was 17, don’t you know) beat on him and pound his head into the gravel, the judge declined to present a charge of felony-murder to the jury. I view the Zimmerman affair as...
  • "Crackers," A "Teenage Mammy" -- The Sorry Truth About Race And Zimmerman Trial (BARF Alert)

    07/11/2013 8:22:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | July 11,2013 | Juan Williams
    "White Hispanics," "Creepy-Ass Crackers," "Teenage Mammies," and "Suspicious A--holes who always get away" -- that is the vernacular of the George Zimmerman trial. George Zimmerman faces life in jail as a jury considers second-degree murder charges against him for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But thanks to the media he is already sentenced to life in the American public's mind as a racist.
  • Zimmerman Trial Judge Springs "Child Abuse" Charge against Zimmerman for Tougher Sentence

    07/11/2013 7:44:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 131 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 7/11/13
    Watching Fox News Channel coverage of Zimmerman trial. Judge has just sprung another surprise against Zimmerman, saying jury can consider Martin's death as child abuse so jury can convict based upon that, too, and perhaps convict him of voluntary manslaughter. This trial is a travesty.
  • Rush enraged by Obama's Trayvon rallies

    07/11/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    WND ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    PALM BEACH, Fla. – As the murder trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin heads toward a conclusion, radio powerhouse Rush Limbaugh says the case should never have been prosecuted. “This is a trial that should not even be occurring,” Limbaugh declared on his national radio program Wednesday. “This is a trial occurring because the [Obama] administration wants to promote racial division in this country. I don’t know how else to describe this. There’s no case here.” Zimmerman, 29, is accused of second-degree murder in the February 26, 2012, death of Martin, a 17-year-old from Miami...

    07/11/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 174 replies
  • President Obama vs. George Zimmerman: America Loses

    07/11/2013 6:48:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 7-11-2013 | Karin McQuillan
    The Zimmerman case began with the media making up a racist story: a black kid carrying candy is shot in cold blood by a white man in a gated community. It was a story that sent fear and anger through black people across the country. President Obama was in a low point in his re-election campaign, trying to gin up the black vote. Zimmerman, as a scapegoat, was used as a chance for Obama to bond with fellow blacks. So, making history, the president of the United States intervened in a criminal justice matter to foment race-hatred and fear. President...
  • Ex-Sanford Police Chief Pressured To Arrest Zimmerman — Fired For Refusing Arrest w/o Probable Cause

    07/11/2013 4:46:44 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-11-2013 | Mara Zebest
    An Ex-Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee tells CNN he was fired for not arresting Zimmerman. Bill Lee was pressured by city officials who didn’t care if Zimmerman was innocent, the city officials just wanted an arrest. Bill Lee told the officials you can’t arrest without probable cause, and was fired for upholding Zimmerman’s constitutional rights. [video] CNN reports the following: The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida. Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, told CNN’s George Howell in an exclusive interview...
  • Ex-Sanford Police Chief: Zimmerman Probe "Taken Away From Us"

    07/11/2013 3:15:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies ^ | July 11,2013 | Eliott C. McLaughlin
    (CNN) -- The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked "in a number of ways" by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.
  • Did Zimmerman Profile Martin -- or the Other Way Around?

    07/11/2013 2:14:32 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies ^ | 7-11-2013 | Larry Elder
    Why did the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case become a national obsession? After all, about 14,000 murders take place every year in America. In Chicago alone, murders are on pace to reach around 400, down 27 percent from last year but on par with 2011. In 2012, only 26 percent of homicides were "cleared," meaning the case was closed, with or without the killer being arrested or charged. That Martin, a black person, was killed by Zimmerman, described as a white Hispanic, is rare. Most homicides are same-race crimes. Most black killers kill other blacks. Most white killers kill other whites....
  • Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow

    07/10/2013 6:10:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-10-2013 | Andrew Branca
    The defense team continued on what is expected to be the last day of their presentation of their case. The day began and ended with a bang. This morning Judge Nelson denied the defense’s request to introduce their animated movie as evidence, although they will be permitted to use it for demonstrative purposes during closing. Professor Jacobson covered this breaking news this morning here: [link] Then at the end of Court today the defense rested their case, and it was agreed that the State would present its closing argument tomorrow at 1PM, the defense would present their closing argument on...
  • Trayvon Martin's testimony wouldn't have changed anything in Zimmerman trial

    07/10/2013 4:44:34 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2013 | John Lott
    In the days since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a common claim has been: "we will never know what happened between Zimmerman and Martin since the only person who knows the truth and is still alive is Zimmerman." But this statement is not accurate. Zimmerman's defense rested its case Wednesday. And the truth is, we know a lot about what happened on that fateful night. Trayvon Martin's testimony, could he have spoken, wouldn't changed anything. For those who have watched the trial, ask yourself: is there even one piece of convincing evidence that Zimmerman...
  • Zimmerman trial: It's about race

    07/10/2013 12:42:05 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2013 | Roxanne Jones
    (CNN) -- We have all been duped in the Trayvon Martin case. Bamboozled. This case was never "open and shut" as Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump insisted in a news conference at the start of the trial. I doubted it was that easy from Day One. Said Crump then: "The jury will have to hear all of the evidence. We think this is a simple case. No. 1: Zimmerman was a grown man with a gun. No. 2: Trayvon was a child with no blood on his hands. Literally." When I heard Crump's words, I was immediately suspicious. Could it...
  • Mannequin becomes key witness in George Zimmerman murder trial

    07/10/2013 11:00:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies ^ | 7-10-2013 | FoxNews
    George Zimmerman's lawyer literally flipped a prosecution witness -- a gray, foam dummy -- to re-enact the defense's version of the confrontation that ended in the death of Trayvon Martin, straddling the mannequin and bashing its head against the floor as stunned jurors looked on Wednesday. The mannequin was initially introduced by prosecutor John Guy during cross-examination of defense witness Dennis Root, a former law enforcement officer who testified as an expert on defensive use of force. Guy used it to show how, if Martin were straddling Zimmerman, he would have had difficulty reaching for a gun holstered at his...
  • Breaking - Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

    07/10/2013 7:48:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 53 replies ^ | 7-10-2013 | Andrew Branca
    Also, Animated Video Not Evidence The Judge in the Zimmerman trial just ruled that the jury will not get to see numerous text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding his prowess at fighting, including texts as to how to punch someone in the nose and make them bleed. The Judge did not give an explanation for her ruling other than to stand by her prior ruling as to social media evidence. It is not clear if the Judge found a lack of authentication, which was one of the arguments last night. The Judge did indicate she reviewed the Lumarque case...
  • Zimmerman judge needs to read this case on authentication of text messages

    07/10/2013 5:55:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 51 replies ^ | 7-10-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    In my post last night I noted a near shouting match between defense attorney Don West and Judge Debra Nelson over whether text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding fighting were “authenticated.” Judge Nelson stated that there was no evidence that Trayvon typed the texts even though the messages were on his phone and stored in double-password protected format using phone apps. Judge Nelson read from the bench from what appeared to be a treatise on evidence. The defense countered that its computer forensic expert, who testified, was able to track hundreds if not thousand of text messages on the...
  • Judge to rule in morning about Trayvon fighting texts after contentious nightime hearing

    07/10/2013 5:52:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 7-9-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    A hearing was held this evening, concluding just before 10 p.m., on the attempt of the defense to introduce expert testimony as to text messages regarding fighting found on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone. The judge previously had ruled that such social media evidence could not be mentioned in jury selection or opening statements. A large group of texts and photos were released in late May, but only some of them are at issue now. [video] The judge expressed concern (full embed below) about admissibility on ground of authentication, that the defense could prove that the texts were to and from...
  • ‘The Illuminati’ clothing brand calls for George Zimmerman’s murder on Twitter

    07/09/2013 5:20:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Illuminati, a popular clothing brand and activist blog that powers itself on paranoia and conspiracy theories, has called for the murder of George Zimmerman in order to restore “justice.” “The Only Justice for Trayvon Martin is to take the Life of George Zimmerman. #EyeForAnEye #ZimmermanTrial,” the group posted Tuesday morning. With more than a million Twitter followers, the post quickly went viral, gaining more than 600 retweets and 200 favorites at the time of this report....
  • Intent matters in this case (State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman)

    07/09/2013 4:53:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Vail Daily ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jackie Carter
    Given the highly charged racial implications of this homicide case against George Zimmerman, it is important to review the potential intent of both parties since the facts could go either way. This is key in the defense of a “stand your ground” incident. Was George Zimmerman a trigger-happy racist? Was Trayvon Martin a juvenile delinquent looking for trouble? Or, could this be simply a tragedy caused by two young men overreacting? What happened on Feb. 26, 2012, in an Orlando suburb? Could the scenario have gone something like this … Trayvon Martin Imagine that you walked to a nearby convenience...
  • Zimmerman's 'nose was very disfigured' after run-in with Martin, says neighbor

    07/09/2013 4:10:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies ^ | 7-9-2013 | FoxNews
    George Zimmerman's "nose was very disfigured" and blood covered much of his face immediately after his deadly confrontation with Trayvon Martin, a woman who previously lived near him in their Florida subdivision testified Tuesday. Eloise Dilligard, whose testimony was beamed into the courtroom via the web because of an undisclosed health problem, said she said went to the crime scene immediately after the Feb. 26, 2012 incident, and saw several residents of the gated community milling around. She said a police officer came up to her and asked for help identifying "someone who may know the people involved in the...
  • Zimmerman Trial Update: State's Attempted Railroading Goes Off the Rails

    07/08/2013 5:10:03 PM PDT · by IChing · 110 replies ^ | 7/8/13 | Donald Joy
    ItÂ’s George ZimmermanÂ’s defense teamÂ’s turn to put forth their case, and quite frankly, they have a fairly easy path ahead. The wind is at their backs because no real, compelling evidence was brought before the jury by the prosecution in their initiative phase of this kangaroo charade (because none actually exists). Nonetheless, despite the lack of evidence against the accused, rather than issue a judgment of acquittal last Friday, the judge punted the whole matter onward, and eventually toward the jury phase. So now we watch attorneys Mark OÂ’Mara and Don West solidify the fortress of exculpatory factors for...
  • Broward County Sheriff Releases Riot Prevention Video (Zimmerman0

    07/08/2013 5:47:05 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 70 replies
    RAISE YOUR VOICE, NOT YOUR HANDS Date: July 8, 2013 PIO Number: 13-7-9 The Broward Sheriff’s Office, working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, has coordinated a response plan in anticipation of the verdict. Freedom of expression is a constitutional right. While raising your voice is encouraged, using your hands is not. BSO has created a public service announcement with the help of kids from the Jason Taylor Foundation, H.A.N.D.Y. (Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth) and basketball star James Jones of the championship Miami Heat team urging young people not to let their emotions...
  • Benjamin Crump and others reportedly exploiting Trayvon Martin's death (Ya think?)

    07/08/2013 6:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2013 | Joseph Cotto
    <p>The shooting of Trayvon Martin has generated a great deal of attention and polarization. Much of this can be chalked up to a controversial group of activists, no small number of whom are quite powerful.</p> <p>Some refer to said group as the “Black Grievance Industry” as most of its members are African-American.</p>
  • State seeks to halt animated re-enactment of Trayvon shooting

    07/08/2013 6:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2013 | Barbara Liston
    Prosecutors asked a Florida judge on Monday to block the jury in the George Zimmerman trial from seeing an animated re-enactment of the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying the video distorts the events of that fatal encounter. Defense lawyers want to show the video to the six-woman jury that will decide the fate of Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot Martin in self-defense. State prosecutors argued that the video fails to show the Kel Tec 9mm pistol that Zimmerman, 29, a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, used...
  • George Zimmerman trial defense attorney Don West: Controversial Instagram prompts rape threats

    07/08/2013 7:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | July 8, 2013 | Andrea Torres and Christina Vazquez
    George Zimmerman's trial defense attorney Don West recently reported he received e-mails from people threatening his daughters with rape over a controversial post on Instagram. Rachel West, who was not in the family picture, was in the courtroom Monday. In a response to a July 2nd prosecution's request to investigate the social media post, West said the family photo prompted "threats of violence" that were "vicious." West also said he was distressed that in a request to investigate the post, the prosecution had made "reckless, dangerous and inaccurate allegations." Prosecutors linked the motive for the post to witness Rachel Jeantel,...