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The Florida Courier - Sharing Black Life, Statewide ^ | July 3, 2013 | James Harper

Posted on 07/04/2013 12:58:32 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The attorneys monitoring the George Zimmerman trial differ on the final outcome. One believes there could be ‘a powder keg going off’ if the jury delivers a not guilty verdict.

One of the attorneys for the parents of Trayvon Martin told the Florida Courier this week that he believes George Zimmerman will be found guilty.

Daryl Parks, who shares a law firm in Tallahassee with Benjamin Crump, also has been at the Zimmerman trial in Sanford since jury selection began two weeks ago.

“He (Zimmerman) was following Trayvon. Was the amount of force justified? Prosecutors are proving it wasn’t justified,” Parks noted.

On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Martin in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense in the shooting.

Parks said he was not upset that the judge ruled out letting experts testify during the trial over whether or not the voice on a 911 call was Martin yelling for help.

“The layperson can identify the voice better,” he remarked.

Response to lack of protests

Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton was scheduled to take the stand as the Florida Courier was going to press to validate that it was her son’s voice asking for help on the 911 call.

“The world is watching this case. They are listening,” Parks said when he was asked by the Courier if he was upset that Sanford residents and others have not been protesting outside the courthouse since the beginning of the trial.

“We live in a different age,” Parks added, noting that the TV ratings for the trial have been phenomenal with millions of people watching it every day.

Seminole County NAACP President Turner Clayton Jr. was quoted last week, saying that the “so-called demonstration area” that has been designated you will not see us protesting in that particular area cause no one tells us where to go, how long to stay, what to do, and what to say.”

‘We are crusaders’

Regardless of what happens during the criminal trial, Parks said they will be going after Zimmerman in civil court for monetary damages.

They are waiting for the results of the Department of Justice investigation into whether Martin’s rights were violated.

Daryl Parks

Parks said the Martin case is just one of many incidents where Blacks have been killed unjustly and he said their work for the voiceless will continue.

“We are crusaders. There are all kinds of battles going on,” he concluded.

Parks also told the Courier: “Zimmerman said this guy threw the first punch.

Zimmerman has admitted he was on top. Was Zimmerman in fear of Trayvon? He was following him in the dark.’’ Parks added that he believes Zimmerman may have been overzealous and attempted to hold Martin until the police arrived.

Another point of view

Attorney Ted Williams, who is based out of Washington, D.C and is a legal analyst for the Fox News show “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” was in Sanford this week to monitor the trial. Unlike Parks, he is apprehensive Zimmerman will be found guilty.

Considering what the prosecutors have presented and the witnesses they have called, Williams said, “every witness the prosecutor has put and evidence presented helps the defense.”

“I’m very concerned the defense is not going to put on a case,” he declared, speaking to the Florida Courier on Monday.

Williams said what must be proven is that Zimmerman was the aggressor.

Williams added that if the prosecutors can prove Zimmerman approached Martin and touched him in any way, “if there was any physical contact by Zimmerman, he could be seen as the aggressor and self-defense cannot be used.”

Williams noted, “I do believe there could be a powder keg going off (if there is a not guilty verdict.’’

Zimmerman’s profane words

Inside the courtroom this week, jurors got to hear Zimmerman tell his side — through phone calls and video.

In a phone call with a police dispatcher minutes before he shot Martin, Zimmerman said offhandedly “those (expletive) punks.’’

On Tuesday, that phrase became one of the most important of the trial so far.

Chris Serino, the Sanford police detective who led the homicide investigation, told jurors that when Zimmerman said it, that showed the Neighborhood Watch volunteer had “ill will” toward Trayvon.

Up to that point — although they had put on more than six days of testimony — prosecutors had failed to show one of the key elements they must prove to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder: that the defendant acted with a depraved mind, hatred, malice, evil intent or ill will toward the high school junior from Miami Gardens.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda suggested that when Zimmerman called Trayvon a “punk,” he was profiling the teen as a criminal.

Zimmerman didn’t say a word in court Monday but jurors spent much of the day hearing from him as prosecutors set about trying to catch him in a what Assistant State Attorney John Guy called a “tangled web of lies.”

“The truth about George Zimmerman is going to come directly from his mouth and from the lies that he told,” Guy had told jurors in his opening statement.

The struggle

On Monday, prosecutors played four statements Zimmerman gave to police — one a video-recorded walk-through the day after the shooting.

In each, Zimmerman gave the same general story but some details changed, especially about what Martin said and what happened as they struggled on the ground.

In each, Zimmerman consistently maintained that he found Trayvon suspicious because although it was raining that night, Feb. 26, 2012, the Miami Gardens teen was standing in the yard of a Zimmerman friend whose home had been burglarized.

Zimmerman called police then followed Trayvon on foot, he said. He lost him so Zimmerman turned back toward his truck and was leaving, then the two came face to face.

There was a short exchange of words, Zimmerman said, then Trayvon punched him in the nose, knocking him to the ground. The teen then got on top of Zimmerman and began hitting him and slamming his head against the sidewalk, he said.

Accounts varied

In a statement he wrote for police that night, Zimmerman added, “My head felt like it was going to explode.”

But his accounts varied. He originally told police he was not following Zimmerman – that he got out of his truck because he was trying to find a street sign to pass along better location information.

But in an interview three days later, Zimmerman said something different and was challenged: “I wasn’t following. I was just going in the same direction.”

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: crump; ericholder; florida; traydmark; trayvon; zimmerman
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To: Ronin

Maybe his homeowners insurance?

21 posted on 07/04/2013 3:39:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And I hope he goes after them, and the liars in the media including Michael Savage who have slandered this man.

22 posted on 07/04/2013 3:39:24 AM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: A Navy Vet

>>Really? How in the hell did you get through law school and get accredited?

Its called affirmative action.

23 posted on 07/04/2013 3:47:08 AM PDT by qwerty1234
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To: A Navy Vet

If he wants to make it about race-I wish just one person in the media had the spine to point out that whites have more to fear from blacks than the reverse. The statistics show that year after year, in multiple categories. I’m so sick and fed up with this false picture that blacks are under seige from whites, when if it’s a matter of interracial crime, the reverse is the truth-and whites are the majority population, three times over blacks.

What about that 11 mo old baby shot in its stroller in front of the mother by two thugs, because she had nothing on her for them to steal? What about 11 yo old Bailey O’Neill, beat to death by a black thug, whose father, when interviewed about his thug son, made no apology and showed no remorse?

What about Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome? What about the elderly couple in OK in which the 80 something year old wife was raped and murdered, the husband beat, and died later in hospital?

The books are full of these crimes, many of them notable in their savagery. That’s hate. That’s targeting victims.

What about the mobs, who break out on a regular basis to target white or non-black businesses to loot and vandalise, and victims to beat, punch? For a “game”? (Knock-out King, Polar Bear Hunting)?

This hypocrisy is at a point where it couldn’t be any more brazen-yet we’re still subjected to this myth of an evil racist white majority preying on innocent helpless black victims.

I’m sick to death of it. If it keeps up, which it will, partly because people are stupid and don’t want to know, and partly because the government and its media arm have a stake in continuing the lie, everyone’s going to eventually reach that state.

What then, I don’t know, but one thing is for sure, this has just got to come to an end.

24 posted on 07/04/2013 3:49:12 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
‘We are crusaders’

Should be: 'We are Saracens' and what's with capitalizing black?

25 posted on 07/04/2013 4:08:57 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suspect they won’t get it. Zman will be busy suing them for that million.

26 posted on 07/04/2013 4:09:56 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Secret Agent Man
It’s the whole good evil, evil good motif.
27 posted on 07/04/2013 4:10:25 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Their paydays are coming up — except they will be the ones doing the paying.

Is this the same Daryl Parks with a record for illegal weapon possession???

28 posted on 07/04/2013 4:14:35 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: mrsmel

All unarmed victims. When people start defending themselves, the attacks will stop. If you live in an area where yutes are in numbers, you need to be armed and ready. Even a knife is better than nothing.
Black people have known this for decades and they always have a blade handy. Yutes were attacking them long before it came to us.

29 posted on 07/04/2013 4:14:38 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mainly the Homeowner’s association (see early article at ). That’s the deep pocket most closely tied as having acknowledged and will be purported to have condoned all his activity. While they should fight it and win, insurance companies for the association will likely settle if the thugs parents don’t get too greedy. It’s all about weighing the risk - how much will it cost to defend and what are the odds of losing - and how much.

30 posted on 07/04/2013 4:16:14 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If You Got No Case, You Must Use Race.

31 posted on 07/04/2013 4:16:48 AM PDT by TruthBeforeAll
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Always read further for the hidden gem:

Parks said he was not upset that the judge ruled out letting experts testify during the trial over whether or not the voice on a 911 call was Martin yelling for help.

“The layperson can identify the voice better,” he remarked.

I guess the bar association has its own wing of affirmative action members. Sigh. On another note, Zimmerman needs to sue the absolute crap out of the scheme team and its clients. After he shuts them down, then he can go after NBC, Al, Jesse and the rest of them. May God bless him, watch over him and give him the strength to persevere.

32 posted on 07/04/2013 4:36:59 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unless Zimmerman is found guilty they've got nothing:

Florida Statutes: 776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.— (1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant. (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful. (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).

33 posted on 07/04/2013 4:43:37 AM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

34 posted on 07/04/2013 4:54:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If illegal aliens voted (R), then the Dems would create the tightest border security in the world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
JUDGE: "Jury, do you have a verdict?"

JURY: "Yes Judge. NOT GUILTY. In addition, the state is a bunch of douchebags".

OMARA: "Judge, we need your signature right here for property release of George's Passport and Kel-Tec Handgun.

ZIMMERMAN: "Hey...this jacket is a little tighter! Only 7 bullets! I had 8! Oh well. Mark Omara, where is the Gulfstream to fly me to Peru again? Lets go!"

35 posted on 07/04/2013 4:56:47 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They'll be going after Z in civil court for monetary damages

From what I understand, one of the caveats of Florida's "stand your ground" law is that no one can be sued for wrongful death unless they have been formally charged with a crime.

That's why the family enlisted wrongful death attorny Crump and his homies as well as the justice brothers to bring pressure on the prosecuting attorney via the MSM to reopen the case and charge him...

36 posted on 07/04/2013 4:58:37 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I ain't no cracker, I'm a white a$$ soda biscuit...)
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To: Lancey Howard
LOL! Does Zimmerman have "deep pockets"?

A monetary judgement in this case would be non-discharchable in bankruptcy court.

Its a way of preventing him from building any kind of wealth in the future.

37 posted on 07/04/2013 5:10:46 AM PDT by ClaytonP
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To: RegulatorCountry

That was very funny....

38 posted on 07/04/2013 5:30:55 AM PDT by homegroan (Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option....)
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To: AppyPappy

After the New Jersey beating of that woman, I’m tempted to get me an open carry holster to wear around the house. They come in my house, they’re going back out on a coroner’s gurney. I have my but at home, IF they broke in I wouldn’t necessarily have it at my fingertips, thus the open carry holster. :) Saw one pictured on the Well Armed Woman website and thought how true it is that you need to be ready in days like this we are now living.

39 posted on 07/04/2013 5:35:15 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Qwackertoo

oops I have my CCL but at home . . . typo

40 posted on 07/04/2013 5:36:17 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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