I'm hearing, and reading, pieces of the Zimmerman trial. It's hard to sort through the evidence as presented, since this has turned into a racial, societal pile of crap.
What I'm getting from the evidence is that the witness, that claims she was on the phone with Zimmerman before the incident, has inconsistencies in her testimony.
The biggest threat to her credibility seems to be a letter she "wrote" as a description of what she observed. In cross examination, she admitted she couldn't even read the note, since it was written in cursive and she doesn't read cursive. That's damning for a witness. The entire reason for a trial is to find the truth, present it to a jury and let them decide what the information reveals. All the rest is procedural and required to keep the event orderly.
So, what does this do? If the jury is completely fair with their assessment, they'll be seriously doubting any evidence from the witness. This has nothing to do with anything but honesty, integrity and the serious matter of deciding what led to the death of a citizen.
The prosecution, if they're honest with their efforts so far, has reached a serious impasse in their argument. Not only has their witness become a liability, all evidence is now suspect. Even if the jury feels there is no reason for the prosecution to be dishonest, the nagging thought of gross incompetence is introduced. This leads to reasonable doubts, which a good jury will use to make their final decision.
The defense, from this point on, has an upper hand in the trial. Not only can the testimony of this witness be whittled away into irrelevancy, the rest of the evidence becomes suspect and the request for a mistrial becomes a possibility.
What a circus. Besides the deplorable involvement of the media, the ugly specter of intentional misconduct by a state justice system has now appeared. If the evidence is this weak, and the prosecution is so intent on pursuing a trial that is obviously poorly prepared - for whatever reason - logic dictates the motives are not for justice. There is no justice when the prejudices of prosecutors are allowed unbridled access to our justice system.
In Case You've Wondered
My blog is where my wandering thoughts are interspersed with stuff I made up. So, if while reading you find yourself confused about the context, don't feel alone. I get confused, too.
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One other thing: sometimes I write words you refuse to use in front of children, or polite company, unless you have a flat tire, or hit your thumb with a hammer.
I don't use them to offend; I use them to embellish.