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  • Not Guilty -- Beyond Reasonable Doubt

    07/12/2013 7:30:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    hat the prosecution in the Zimmerman trial asked the judge to allow a verdict of "third-degree murder" -- i.e., child abuse, since Trayvon Martin was 17 -- testifies to the prosecution's failure and panic. For George Zimmerman's defense has proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he shot Trayvon Martin not out of malice, rage or hate -- but in a desperate act of self-defense. Zimmerman was being beaten "ground-and-pound," mixed martial arts style. His head was being banged on the cement. Screaming again and again for help, he pulled out his gun and fired. Even the prosecution is now conceding...
  • Zimmerman Final Jury Instructions

    07/12/2013 5:32:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 12, 2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The Court has released the final Jury Instructions that will be read to the jury this afternoon. For background on the argument leading up to the instructions, see Zimmerman Trial: The Jury Instructions. If Zimmerman wins, these sections of the Instructions likely will be decisive (full Instructions embedded at bottom of post): JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE The killing of a human being is justifiable and lawful if necessarily done while resisting an attempt to murder or commit a felony upon George Zimmerman, or to commit a felony in any dwelling house in which George Zimmerman was at the time of the attempted...
  • Late Breaking Zimmerman Trial News

    07/11/2013 4:10:43 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 36 replies
    7/11/2013 | MosesKnows
    Late Breaking Zimmerman Trial News Many of you may not know of the recent turn of events that occurred after the trial today. It is not widely reported at this point but the prosecution may have hit upon a face saving charge they believe they can prove. It’s beginning to look like the jaywalking charges may stick. The allegation is that when Zimmerman left his car he failed to cross the street at the prescribed pedestrian crossing placed there for his safety. There is a rumor, not widely distributed I should add, that the prosecution has an eyewitness that is...
  • Judge Nelson throws OUT 'child abuse' felony murder charge

    07/11/2013 10:08:00 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 172 replies
    June 11, 2013 | CivilWarBrewing
    Judge Nelson has ruled AGAINST the prosecution for their attempt at a jury instruction for felony manslaughter based on 'child abuse'.
  • 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...
  • George Zimmerman's Snippy Judge - Debra Nelson - Snapped Again

    07/10/2013 5:23:54 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 21 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/10/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    Has the Zimmerman trial judge felt the pressure from her community, her state, as well as the United States government, including Eric Holder? How could she not? The lady prosecutor, Angela Corey, as reported, waited a long, long time, and even bypassed the Grand Jury before she decided to haul George Zimmerman in for the "unjustified" murder of Trayvon Martin. I have noticed in this trial that Judge Nelson  has shown an obvious animosity toward George Zimmerman's defense lawyers. Her excuse, mostly, for her quick temper, is that she does not want to inconvenience jurors. "Hey lady," Jerry Lewis...
  • Why George Zimmerman Should Be Acquitted

    07/10/2013 1:57:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    On a rainy night in February 2012 at a gated townhouse complex in Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin stared at each other, and both perceived a threat. What followed is the focus of a murder trial that hinges on specific facts rather than the overarching, frequently misleading narratives that people tend to impose on this case. According to one such narrative, the case is about race, which was the reason Zimmerman, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, thought Martin, a black teenager, looked "real suspicious" and the reason Zimmerman was not initially arrested for shooting Martin. According to another,...
  • 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...
  • Sanford Police Prepare for Zimmerman Riots

    07/10/2013 11:02:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Florida released a public service announcement attempting to convince young people not to riot in case George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was acquitted of second-degree murder. That likelihood remains high, thanks to the fact that the prosecution itself was weak and pushed forward by a breathless media desperate for a racial hot point to drive ratings. The sheriff's office announced that it was "working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies" on a "response plan in anticipation of the verdict." Sheriff Scott...
  • Zimmerman's Pointless Trial

    07/10/2013 7:35:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/10/2013 | By Jonathon Moseley
    George Zimmerman will be found not guilty if his attorney connects the dots in his closing argument and the jury is fair. Then the professional race-baiters can go to work spreading disharmony. The trial concerns whether Hispanic (Peruvian) Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin, whom we are constantly reminded happens to be Black. Eight simple facts make it very easy to understand the now-famous murder trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin unfolding in Sanford, Florida. Finding the truth doesn't require all the subjective testimony and opinion dominating the trial: (1) It had...
  • George Zimmerman: A Pointless Trial [the Peruvian Hispanic "Not Guilty"]

    07/10/2013 12:44:28 AM PDT · by Moseley · 55 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    George Zimmerman will be found not guilty if his attorney connects the dots in his closing argument and the jury is fair. Then the professional race-baiters can go to work spreading disharmony. The trial concerns whether Hispanic (Peruvian) Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin, whom we are constantly reminded happens to be Black. Eight simple facts make it very easy to understand the now-famous murder trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin unfolding in Sanford, Florida. Finding the truth doesn't require all the subjective testimony and opinion dominating the trial: (1) It had...
  • If Zimmerman case Judge allows George's school history, then so too Trayvon's? [Vanity]

    07/02/2013 5:03:42 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 38 replies
    July 02, 2013 | Obama_Is-Sabotaging_America
    Can any legal minded FReepers answer this question? I'm thinking that if the Judge allows the Prosecution to present evidence regarding Zimmerman's school history such as classes taken, etc., then wouldn't she then be compelled to allow the Defense to present Trayvon's school history, to include suspensions, etc? If the Prosecution seeks to paint Zimmerman as 'wanna be cop' then so too shouldn't the Defense be allowed to present Trayvon as a hostile street thug?
  • WSJ’s James Taranto On Media’s Emotional Investment In Racial ‘Show Trial’ Of Zimmerman

    07/02/2013 2:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto expanded on themes he recently wrote about relating to Florida’s thin case against George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin in 2012. Taranto told WSJ’s Mary Kessel that the prosecution of Zimmerman, in the words of one Slate columnist, was supposed to serve as a “referendum” on racial privilege in America. “There’s a word for a trial that is held as a referendum – it’s a show trial,” Taranto said. “We don’t do show trials in this country.” “Why has the press been so convinced from the very beginning that...
  • Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Trial I

    06/28/2013 6:09:28 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 37 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/28/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    <p>President Barack Obama, more than anyone, ginned up the Trayvon Martin frenzy when he announced. "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon" in March of 2012. And I believe it . . .</p> <p>It would be too easy to fault the prosecution's "star witness" for her incoherent, stumbling, disrespectful, and contradictory testimony recalling  her final cell phone conversation with Trayvon Martin on the night of his shooting.</p>
  • Witness describes Zimmerman's injuries, phone call to wife

    06/28/2013 9:39:06 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 76 replies
    Fox News, AP ^ | June 28, 2013
    A resident of the Florida community where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin last year after a confrontation took the stand Friday and described going out to investigate a noise and seeing one person straddling another and throwing punches down at the person on the ground. John Good said he was watching TV with his wife when they heard a noise and he went out to investigate, despite his wife warning him not to. At first, he thought a dog might be attacking someone, but as he moved closer, he said he observed what looked like "a tussle" between two people....
  • "Retarded" Racist Zimmerman Trial Witness!!

    06/27/2013 7:05:05 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 85 replies
    youtube.com/stevencrowder ^ | 06/26/13 | Steven Crowder
    What say you, creepy-ass crackas? Will the media give this broad a pass? Is it racism?
  • Star witness at Zimmerman trial to defense lawyer: ‘That’s real retarded, sir’ [video]

    06/27/2013 11:24:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 113 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/27/13 | staff
    LilMissAmerican @LilMissRightie "That's real retarded, sir. That's real retarted sir". No. She. Didn't. Did I actually hear that? She's a soft-talker - maybe I heard wrong.
  • THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL SO FAR: A FIASCO FOR THE PROSECUTION?

    06/26/2013 5:53:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Powerline ^ | 06/26/2013 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    If you are interested in the George Zimmerman trial, in which testimony is now under way, the place to go is Legal Insurrection, where Andrew Branca, a Massachusetts lawyer who authored The Law of Self Defense, is posting a thorough, witness-by-witness commentary on the evidence, with videos of the actual courtroom scene. Branca thinks today’s testimony was “an utter debacle for the prosecution.” In Branca’s view, the witnesses called by the state did far more to bolster Zimmerman’s defense than to advance the prosecution. The portrait they painted of Zimmerman was positive, and in a dramatic moment that Branca describes...
  • Day 13 (Week #3) Zimmerman Trial – Witness Discussion Thread…

    06/26/2013 5:34:24 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 1,032 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | June 26, 2013 | Sundance
    Today, June 26th, is DAY #13 (of 3rd week) State of Florida V. George Zimmerman case. An explosive second day of deconstructed witness testimony took place yesterday. Which leads to the “big question”: Will witness #8, Rachel Jeantel, be called to the stand today? [Yesterday could] … only be characterized as an utter debacle for the prosecution in Florida v. Zimmerman. Besides the testimony of a couple of highly professional law enforcement witnesses, the testimony of the the other State witnesses ranged from signing George Zimmerman’s praises, to acknowledging the utility of following a suspicious person from a distance, to...
  • George Zimmerman Trial: Trayvon Martin "viciously attacked" former neighborhood watch volunteer

    06/25/2013 2:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/25/2013 | Erin Donaghue
    <p>In opening statements Monday, defense attorneys portrayed murder suspect George Zimmerman as a citizen looking out for his neighborhood when he was confronted and attacked by Trayvon Martin, a stark contrast to prosecutors' picture of a vigilante who profiled the Forida teen.</p>