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Friday, June 28, 2013

Bit and Pieces of the Zimmerman Trial

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.


  1. This whole thing should've never made it into a courtroom, let alone warrant a murder charge. The only thing that Zimmerman did wrong was not hang back and let the cops handle things, like they told him to do. A law abiding citizen packing heat does not have a license to go seek confrontation, they have a responsibility to avoid it or any situation that potentially could end up as such. And this situation was entirely avoidable.

  2. You're right.

    If I had to guess what actually happened, I'm inclined to believe Zimmerman, out of frustration for the times he followed police instruction with suspicious people leaving his watch area, decided he'd follow this one a little longer, in the hope he could point Martin out before he walked away.

    Martin sped up, Zimmerman did too, but lost track of Martin. Giving up his pursuit, Martin, who was angry about being followed, confronted Zimmerman. After that it escalated, Zimmerman was getting his butt whipped and the rest is history.

    What bothers me most is the media involvement. All the racial undertones, conjecture and downright efforts to manipulate information to promote an agenda, are due to the media.

  3. Last week, I kid you not, a big black kid was walking down the fenter of our street. He was not from our neighborhood. He was cursing repeatedly and loudly into his cell phone.
    I had enough and went to the door and told him to shut up.
    He told me to go back in the house. I told him to move on and shut up. He spoke threateningly but kept moving.
    He left finally.
    I thought of Zimmerman.
    I was carrying, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from challenging him.
    I'm glad it came to nothing, except it didn't.
    I feel better (after the shakes stopped) for defending my neighborhood's peace.

  4. My take: Photographic evidence of Zimmerman having been beaten taken by police that arrived on the scene to investigate. I seriously doubt Trayvon could inflict that much punishment on another person after being mortally struck by a single 9mm round even if it was FMJ.

    This was a simple open and closed case of self defense before the media got ahold of it and turned it into a race issue which the county decided needed to be prosecuted, or persecuted, in order to appease a local minority and prevent a riot.