Skip to comments.George Zimmerman, Prosecution Red Flag Up in Trayvon Martin Case (Trial too much like LEO)
Posted on 07/03/2013 2:47:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Two weeks into the George Zimmerman trial the debate has intensified over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela tough on Crime Corey and her team is helping or hurting their case against Zimmerman with their witnesses. The string of witnesses has offered a mixed bag of both damning and corroborative testimony against and for George Zimmerman that has been more than enough to the send a red flag up. Though George Zimmerman is not a police officer being prosecuted for misconduct, hes the closest thing to it without a badge. And that conferred on him some of the same perks that cops tried for misconduct get in hyper racially charged cases where the victims such as Trayvon Martin are young African-American or Hispanics.
The two biggest are the top flight defense attorneys that defend police officers or those with some legal standing. They routinely twist and turn prosecution witnesses and their testimony inside out. They use a storehouse of techniques from subtly playing on racial stereotypes to dredging up the often checkered personal histories of prosecution witnesses to impugn their character,George-Zimmerman-and-Trayvon-Martin veracity, and integrity. This template has been employed with near textbook lethal efficiency by Zimmermans defense attorneys.
The far bigger perk, though, for defendants such as George Zimmerman are often the prosecutors. They are loath to bring charges against police officers or those that have close ties with the police that are accused of misconduct. More than a decade ago the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in its landmark study, Whos Guarding the Guardians, of the conduct of police and prosecutors in civil rights cases, told exactly why. It cited the traditionally close relationship between district or county attorneys and police officers, who usually work together to prosecute criminals, the difficulties they have in convincing grand juries and trial juries that a police officer did not merely make an understandable mistake, but committed a crime; and the lack of information about cases that could be prosecuted or systems for reviewing possibly prosecutable cases.
These hurdles were plainly evident in the moments after Martin was gunned down. George Zimmerman was not arrested, his statements largely were accepted without corroboration, and photos after the fact of his alleged injuries at the hands of Martin were widely distributed, and the leaks about Martins alleged bad behavior while silent about Zimmermans run-ins with the law. Then there was the initial decision by Sanford police officials in consort with local prosecutors not to file charges against Zimmerman.
The testimony of the first prosecution witnesses stirred the controversy. One virtually fingered Martin as the aggressor. And one Sanford police officer strongly hinted that he thought Zimmerman was telling the truth about his version of the confrontation with Martin and that an audiotape of the police dispatcher call seemed to support it. Another one tried to shoot down the notion that Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by Zimmerman. Prosecutors hammered both on their statements and got them to partially back away from them. One was so prejudicial in favor of Zimmerman that the judge even ruled that it could not be admitted. But the jury still heard the officers supportive words of Zimmerman.
The way around the often ingrained reluctance of local prosecutors to prosecute cops or individuals such as George Zimmerman or prosecute tepidly has been to appoint a special prosecutor supposedly who can be independent, objective, and with no close ties to law enforcement or those close to law enforcement in a city or county where the cops have been accused of misconduct. Thats why Corey was chosen to prosecute Zimmerman. But the U.S. Civil Rights Commission noted that the appointment of a special prosecutor does not guarantee that police officers accused of wrongdoing will be prosecuted and ultimately punished.
In many cases, the special prosecutor is another county or district attorney selected from a neighboring jurisdiction that may be subject to the same biases and partiality as the original prosecutor. The Commission cites numerous examples where special prosecutors have been appointed in high profile cases to eliminate real or perceived bias by local prosecutors for the defendants yet the prosecution has still failed to get a conviction.
The conventional wisdom is that a hard line law and order prosecutor such as Corey will pull out all stops to nail a George Zimmerman. But the mish mash testimony from the prosecution witnesses against him cant be casually dismissed when theres the ever present danger that jurors can interpret confused testimony from prosecution witnesses to mean that it has not proven its case against a defendant beyond the high standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.
The job of Zimmermans defense attorneys is to create just enough doubt to win acquittal or at the worst play for a hung jury. The absolute disastrous thing that can happen in these cases is for the prosecution to do anything that can be construed by jurors as aiding and abetting the defense. This is even more imperative in a touchy, polarizing, high profile, racially charged trial.
The prosecution needs its best A game to insure a conviction in these type cases. Without second guessing the George Zimmermans prosecutions choice of witnesses and testimony or trial outcome, the jury as always in these cases is out on how well the prosecution does its job.
In reality, the prosecution needs to raise the white flag of surrender.
Dude, Zim is a "spic" AND part Black, like Bammy.
I take it that is the POS who wrote this drivel? He thinks he is doing young black men a service of some kind by defending their behavior.
It is pure racism, defending them due to the color of their skin.
Well,I think it would be rather silly to call earl a "crazy a$$ cracker".But what *can* we call him...in addition to clueless?
When Zimmerman’s father first heard the tape of what went on and the screaming, he said that was not Trayvon Martin (his son) yelling.
Everything that has been testified to corroborates Zimmerman’s story. The prosecution witnesses - all I have seen - either support George’s account or are at worst, neutral to it.
Barf for the content. Second barf for the cruddy writing. Triple barf just because I can tell this written by one of those “every black man is innocent and every white (or “white”) man is a rayciss murderer”, black bigots.
I bet he denies crime statistics too.
Zimmerman should and will be walking free
Still playing the race card?
How do you get a fork to yer pie hole? You must be addled by bursitis and tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
St. Tray’s bio pop wuz apparently a gangsta. Son just following the fam path.
Earl....same BS for 30+ years.
“gunned down”... loaded language you might say
This racist article basically says damn the evidence, convict Z at any cost.
Angela Corey and Bernie “The Roach” and the ugly seem to be trying to
do just that.
All three should be disbarred and put in prison for bringing this case to
He’s got one of those would-be serious, “mean mug” expressions on his face, indicative of the Afrocentric scholar wanna-bee. It’s kind of funny, how do they all manage to acquire that same silly expression?
Oh waaaah friggin’ waaaaah.
“This template has been employed with near textbook lethal efficiency by Zimmermans defense attorneys.”
Phew! I was thinking that Zimmermans defense attorneys are barely hitting average. Efficient? Lethal? bwahahahaha! Not even!
When a warped worldview meets the real world...
‘My Name Is Earl. I look like Fu Man Chu.’
Many man smoke, few man chew.
I’ve heard some of his photographs have been taken down or altered in order to hide certain gang tattoos.
What are the elements of 2nd deg. Murder?
Where is the evidence for each element?
Haven't seen any yet.