Skip to comments.The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 32.5: The Prosecution Rests; The ME Explodes!
Posted on 07/06/2013 5:44:33 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
The final day of the prosecutions case remained true to form in every respect, and also provided another glimpseactually, a substantial lookinto the prosecutions closing arguments.
Sybrina Martin, Trayvon Martins Mother: The first witness of the day was Sybrina Martin, who testified that the screaming voice in the Lauer 911 recording is Trayvon Martin. The prosecution, not wanting to open the field to anything she might know about Trayvon, kept their questions limited to only that.
On cross OMara tried to make it clear that Sybrina might have reasons other than absolute truth to identify the voice as Trayvon. He may have had some success in that Sybrina seemed not only coached, but potentially rehearsed. She often tried to avoid directly answering OMaras questions and parsed her answers so as not to concede even the most obvious points, even those not harmful to the prosecution. Her overall appearance was stoic, and the potential waterworks did not materialize.
It was clear that she was a prosecution witness through and througha strangely rare occurance. Its unfortunate that the jury will never hear that she has already won a seven-figure settlement, and has a continuing financial interest in the outcome of the case.
Jaharvis Martin, Trayvons Brother: A soft-spoken and well-spoken young man, Jaharvis confirmed his mothers testimony, and like his mother, testified to nothing else. On cross, however, his credibility suffered badly. OMara caused him to admit that when he first heard the recording in the office of the Sanford Mayor with a substantial number of other people, he told others he was not sure the voice was Trayvons, but later changed his mind. He said he didnt want to believe it was Trayvon due to shock, sadness and denial.
As with his mother, I detected coaching, and his answer regarding why he didnt identify the voice as Trayvons at his first exposure to the recording seemed rehearsed, however, his demeanor was substantially more effective than his mothers, and I suspect many viewers not familiar with these matters might not have picked up on that. He did not, for example, give the appearance of trying to avoid cooperating with the defense.
Dr. Shipping Bao, Medical Examiner: Dr. Bao, unlike Dr. Rao, actually conducted the autopsy on Trayvon Martin, which gave the prosecution the opportunity to display a wide variety of graphic autopsy photographs so that Bao could, in a perfunctory manner, identify them. The primary purpose, of course, was to elicit revulsion and sympathy in the jury................
Two weeks of prosecution witnesses have ended without the prosecution proving, beyond any doubt, the three elements of the offense. As they offered no probable cause to prove those elements in the affidavit for the charge (Update 2) this is hardly surprising. In the many months from Zimmermans arrest to the trial, the prosecution could find no new evidence to demonstrate that the decision of the Sanford Police and the local prosecutor was wrong. The prosecution was also unable to prove beyond any doubt that Zimmermans self-defense account was unsupportable. In fact, most of their witnesses supported it, either fully or in part.
For readers unfamiliar with the workings of the law and the criminal justice system, its difficult to explain how utterly amazing and bizarre this is. As Ive written, its as though the entire system suddenly turned backwards. For a prosecutor to complete his case and to be unable to disprove self-defense, offering nothing but theories unsupported by any credible evidence, and for a prosecutor to be unable to offer evidence to fulfill the elements of the offense is simply astonishing. It demonstrates what I, and others, have been saying for a very long time: this case should never have been filed; there is no evidence of a crime.
I expect a very aggressive, effective and devastating defense case. Consider how badly the prosecution did on offense, when they had every advantage in presenting and proving their case. Will they do better when theyre playing catch up?
I thought Bao didn’t actually do the autopsy...just signed off on it.
This whole case stinks from the git-go.
I fear that the FIX is IN, though; and that Traayyvoon is a-gonna get hiss jussis!
Should justice prevail here—there are ALWAYS Holder’s boys to keep up the PERSECUTION of the WHITE Hispanic (did you ever hear that term before?).
Well — here was the interchange of the day:
Bao: Nobody knows TrayvonMartin autopsy better than me.
West: Except that you know nothing about it.
If you think about it you would realize which one was more likely to be screaming.Zimmerman had his nose broken and his head severely lacerated and Martin was shot in the heart.
Its unfortunate that the jury will never hear that she has already won a seven-figure settlement, and has a continuing financial interest in the outcome of the case. ............................................That is what this case is really about. She already received more than Trayvon would have earned in his lifetime had he continued on the path he was on. He would have ended up as another prison statistic, or worse yet, a drive by victim. She leaves me with the opinion that all she hears is ka-ching ka-ching.
Are you joking?? He actually said that??!
It is especially aggravating that she and her husband have been allowed to sit in that courtroom, day in day out, under the Florida Victim Family law listening to other testimony (and being coached/rehearsed by the prosecutor each night) AND THEN be allowed to testify herself is not only patently unfair to the defense, but especially egregious bias on the part of the judge.
To me, this one fact alone should be grounds for a mistrial (not going to happen) or reversal on appeal.
There have been multiple instances like this where the judge has arbitrarily ruled against the defense in favor of the prosecution. She has no inkling of what justice is. She should be disbarred.
The only thing I can think of is that he has a book deal or something on the side and wants to make sure it matches his testimony.
Did he say he met with the prosecutor the day before for 45 minutes.
What they should do is “booth them” so the jury cannot see them and visa versa.
The prosecution says that since the screaming stopped right after the gun shot, it’s obvious to anyone in their right mind that it was Trayvon screaming. That’s just a dumb enough statement to show the fix is in. I guess that means Trayvon was beating the hell out of Zimmerman while screaming “Help, I’m beatin’ this cracker’s ass! Help!” BAM! “Never mind.”
No joke — he said it.
What stunned me was his announcement that he had changed his opinion on marijuana’s effect that night. Because he did that the defense may now be able to get the marijuana useage into evidence. O’Mara announced that yesterday.
I tend to think differently. I don’t think the Victim Family law was intended to provide this sort of unfair advantage for the prosecution. Only keeping them from seeing the jury or influencing them to me is not enough.
HEARING the testimony of other witnesses goes against all procedure as far as witnesses go. The only one normally allowed that is the accused. This law subverts that and puts someone who, other than having a familial connection, has no first-hand input into the case.
I am not compassionless; I think their testimony should be heard after conviction - in the sentencing phase. But this is just outrageous.
The suit was settled in April. I’m sure that everyone on the jury knows about it. Women pay attention to these things. It usually pi**** them off.
I might have remembered this incorrectly, but I think the Judge ruled that THC effects on Trayvon would NOT be permitted. IIRC, this testimony by the ME was given when the jury was out.
Think someone put the fear of God in him that his testimony could land him in jail or worse. He’d successfully testified in twenty other cases I’d bet he didn’t need notes and had little problems with any of them but this case was created differently. He’d already moved out of state. Ask yourself why!
You’re right — she did but O’Mara said in his presser yesterday that the issue is not dead since this ME testified yesterday that he changed his mind and he was the one whose report was used to get it excluded in the first place.
Failure of this judge to let it in is another appealable error.
I wonder if Zimmerman is found innocent, the insurance company can go after Fulton. Martin and Crump for fraud?
You don't happen to have a link to the MOM presser online do you?
Thank you Schultz!
I’m betting it’s Lloyds of London...and yes, they will go after it. It’s called insurance fraud.
He was afraid.
2851 on the long thread —
That would be correct. Not before the jury. But, as MOM said in his dismissal motion, the judge was aware of everything the jury heard PLUS other info they did not and as such should render a dismissal of all charges.
Of course she was about as moved to do that as is Mt Everest to move (and she looks like it too).
There is something DEFINITELY weird about that testimony.
I find it hard to believe he always testifies like that.
Might it be something to do with the change of opinion about the THC since it was his testimony that kept it out of the trial during pre trial hearings.
He definitely was worried about perjury
I STILL don’t know if he actually did the autopsy or just signed off on it.
Was he ever directly asked that question ?
I have watched this fiasco from the opening gavel, and have found myself screaming at the stupid TV.. It is embarrassing how utterly committed the media is to hanging this pour man.. Shamefully, every black commentator, save one, is riddled with race hate, to the point that any attempt at objectivity has been lost...
I fear that many more are like me, and have lost any respect for the entire black community that I have defended for oh so many years.. It is as though if they loose their race card, they perceive that they have lost their identity.. Sad, so sad...
Not only will any conviction, if it occurs, be thrown out on appeal in record time, but this judge should be sanctioned if not outright impeached and removed from the bench for her obvious bias in favor of the prosecution.
Having said that, the likely outcome is a hung jury. I will be shocked to see a unanimous verdict for either conviction or acquittal. That's when the fun begins.
The fact that you could read that..and think it is a joke..shows how unbelievable that testimony was...
I am still shaking my head over it.
The fix is in? Yes you are right. Zimmerman will walk. The Prosecutor handed the case to the Defense big time. So I don’t know which side you are on but it seems to me that you want Zimmerman in jail. I do not but they way you believe this trial is against Zimmerman, we must be watching a different trial.
Except he lived 1- 10 minutes after he was shot...
which lead to another unbelievable event..Bernie having to be sworn in during a sidebar.
Talking head believed Bernie asked to do that himself given the nature of the situation..
I thought her name was Sybrina Fulton?
Three depositions are taking place this weekend — one of them is Crump’s. Expect him to take the stand and the Diamond Eugene testimony to blow up in his lap.
I have to go back and verify but I thought he said he spent 45 minutes with the prosecutor the day before. I’m guessing...but considering that they told him NOT to mention marijuana.
I would expect a motion for dismissal from the defense.
Of course it will be denied, but if there ever was a case for immediate dismissal based on failure of the prosecution to present proof of a criminal act this is it.
and yet he stood up to leave the stand
Thx much, Uncle Chip...and thx for all your diligent work on the trial.
You’re not along. There are a lot of people who have gotten a wakeup call from this trial —
So the woman that DIDN’T RAISE MARTIN has a huge book deal, and the woman that actually raised him (Alicia Stanley) has nothing. I saw her on Anderson Blooper. She raised the boy, not the mean-ass looking biological mother. From the age of 3 she said Martin lived with her and his father, and was in her house 95% of the time. She also said he NEVER MENTIONED his real mother to her, indicating he barely knew her. I hope this woman gets on every news channel in the country and tells her story. I would suspect the reason she was not called as a witness is because she has already said she couldn’t positive identify the voice as Martin. In otherwords she wouldn’t lie for the State....some that Sybrina the witch did. Look for her ex to file for a divorce real soon and remarry the lying witch so they can really rake in the money.
Of course the judge is tainted, but there is one scenario that could be coming into play, a far stretch at best, that the judge is allowing the prosecution to hang themselves, with an obvious trumped-up, overcharged case, that it will soften the final blow and remove the steam being generated outside the courtroom...
My fear, and I am sure a lot more agree, that the intimidation will effect the jury, and force them to hit and run back to their lives... This is our Country, and unless something doesn't change, we are indeed finished as a great nation...
It’s Sybrina Fulton. And there is a question as to whether she and Tracey were ever married.
Breitbart site does not post my comments, particlualry when the word NEGRO is included..........anyone else have any problems with Breitbart?
Did she mention why the dad got custody...it just seems so odd
You’re right — he said he spent 40 minutes with the prosecutor the previous day but then claimed that he did not tell the prosecutor during that time of his change of testimony.
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