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Judge Snaps at Zimmerman Atty After He Objects to Her Asking Whether Zimmerman Will Testify
The Blaze ^ | 10 July, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern

Posted on 07/10/2013 12:33:25 PM PDT by Errant

The judge in George Zimmerman’s murder trial had a contentious exchange with one of Zimmerman’s defense attorneys Wednesday when he repeatedly objected to her asking his client whether he planned to testify in his own defense.

Judge Debra Nelson reminded Zimmerman that he was not required to testify, but when she asked whether he would like to, defense attorney Don West cut in, “I object your honor.” Nelson overruled his objection before asking again.

“I object to that question — ” West repeated.

“Overruled! The court is entitled to inquire of Mr. Zimmerman’s determination as to whether or not he wants to testify,” Nelson said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; judgenelson; kangaroocourt; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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Link to Youtube video of the exchange: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfit-b7FU-U&feature=player_detailpage
1 posted on 07/10/2013 12:33:25 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant

This judge is a huge POS..she is practically begging Zimmerman to testify..she is salivating for it..just shows what side she is rooting for..Zimmerman would be an absolute fool to testify, he has already won the case


2 posted on 07/10/2013 12:35:21 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Errant

The obviously liberal (and therefore sleazy and untrustworthy) judgess is worried that she may have to undergo some Obamadork Chicago “justice” if she doesn’t succeed in throwing this case.

Obama is slime.

And so, for that matter, is she.


3 posted on 07/10/2013 12:35:23 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Errant

I object to that question. What possible reason does the judge have to ask that?


4 posted on 07/10/2013 12:35:50 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: Errant

That question should be asked when the jury is not present.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 12:36:22 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Errant

This judge is a piece of work. It’s like she’s circumventing Zimmerman’s legal counsel inquiring into this.

It’s a type of intimidation.


6 posted on 07/10/2013 12:37:23 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Good..he is not going to testify, smart choice


7 posted on 07/10/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Indeed. It’s clear the judge knows this one is lost and the only shot the judge and the prosecution team (and they are a team) have is to get Zimmerman to screw up.

I have NEVER seen a judge so in the tank for one side as this, especially when being watched.

I think she has eyes on higher office and knows that if she is a complete ass, the Democrat higher-ups will appoint her to something.


8 posted on 07/10/2013 12:37:50 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Errant

Outrageous!!

The defense has not concluded nor rested their case and she is asking this now? Total BS!!


9 posted on 07/10/2013 12:38:12 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Errant
Is the judge trying to get a mistrial on a technicality so they can regroup and start again?
10 posted on 07/10/2013 12:38:22 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: Errant

I certainly hope that exchange wasn’t in front of the jury.


11 posted on 07/10/2013 12:39:09 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Errant
This judge should be disbarred. She knows damn well that Zimmerman has legal representation. For her to disregard his legal representation while ambushing him with questions is unbecoming of her office.
12 posted on 07/10/2013 12:39:47 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Errant

If Zimmerman is convicted, the judge asking that question in front of the jury will likely trigger to events:
1. A new trial for Zimmerman and
2. Discipline for the judge
because the question could poison the minds of the jurors.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 12:40:12 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: circlecity

The judge looks like Ozzie Osborne with blonde hair.


14 posted on 07/10/2013 12:40:44 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Cuing up for a DOJ job ?
15 posted on 07/10/2013 12:40:45 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: circlecity

The judge looks like Ozzie Osborne with blonde hair.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 12:41:18 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
This judge is to this trial what Candy Crowley was to the Presidential debate.
17 posted on 07/10/2013 12:42:16 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

She might be..you can just tell she is in the tank for the prosecution..but on the other hand, during the Casey Anthony trial, the judge seemed to be pro prosecution, sustaining most of the arguments the defense wanted and they still got Casey off so I guess anything is possible here


19 posted on 07/10/2013 12:42:48 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Errant

What a nasty piece of work she is.

I bet her husband sleeps on the couch....if she’s even married.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 12:43:16 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Errant

“No Judge, given your obvious bias against me, I don’t plan to testify beyond all the information I’ve previous supplied in various forms.”


21 posted on 07/10/2013 12:43:25 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: EQAndyBuzz

LOL!


22 posted on 07/10/2013 12:43:50 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: popdonnelly
If the jury was in the courtroom at that moment, it appears as though the judge is trying to create the implication that Z's decision not to testify indicates guilt.
23 posted on 07/10/2013 12:44:20 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Errant

That’s probably grounds for appeal right there if she did it in front of the jury. But since I doubt Zimmerman will be convicted then it’s pretty much a moot point.


24 posted on 07/10/2013 12:44:47 PM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: thorvaldr

Pigs should not wear black robes. It makes their snouts look funny...


25 posted on 07/10/2013 12:44:51 PM PDT by Bshaw (A nefarious deceit is upon us all!)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

“If Zimmerman is convicted, the judge asking that question in front of the jury will likely trigger to events:
1. A new trial for Zimmerman and”

I’m with you. This has appeal written all over it if it goes south for Zimmerman.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 12:45:06 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
This judge is a huge POS..she is practically begging Zimmerman to testify..she is salivating for it..just shows what side she is rooting for..Zimmerman would be an absolute fool to testify, he has already won the case

Or she is trying to make the point to the jury that he is not testifying, over and over again. She did everything except say, "Well if you are innocent, what do you have to hide?"

Increadible. The defense had not even finished calling witnesses. If Zimmerman were to say one thing now, and change his mind later, in response to the witnesses yet to be called, what is the jury to do with that information?

27 posted on 07/10/2013 12:45:14 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gun Control Haiku: Say "Registration" / And they call you paranoid / So say "Privacy")
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To: Errant

The judge should direct her questions to Zimmerman’s attorney, that’s why he’s there!!


28 posted on 07/10/2013 12:45:25 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
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To: 1rudeboy
"If the jury was in the courtroom at that moment, it appears as though the judge is trying to create the implication that Z's decision not to testify indicates guilt."

Absolutely. Focusing that much attention on the defendants decision as to whether to testify, especially when there were more defense witnesses to call, would be reversible error in any court in the country.

29 posted on 07/10/2013 12:46:14 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: SpinnerWebb
Judge Nelson said "There is substantial evidence, both direct and circumstantial to allow this charge to go to the jury"

Ohhhh REALLY? Where? All that I've seen supports Zimmerman's claims 100%.

30 posted on 07/10/2013 12:46:39 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: laplata

After seeing a photograph of the subject, it is my professional opinion that this is a man masquerading as a woman. Kinda like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


31 posted on 07/10/2013 12:47:01 PM PDT by sport
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To: Sarah Barracuda

As always, Sarah, I agree with YOU. She was practically telling him he had to testify! She wouldn’t let it drop.


32 posted on 07/10/2013 12:47:05 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Errant

Outrageous!


33 posted on 07/10/2013 12:47:41 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Errant

I wish Zimmerman would have said, “Not if you are going to ask the questions”?


34 posted on 07/10/2013 12:48:12 PM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: Haiku Guy

I think the jury was out of the room.


35 posted on 07/10/2013 12:48:14 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: liberalh8ter
This judge is to this trial what Candy Crowley was to the Presidential debate.

Bump that!


36 posted on 07/10/2013 12:49:42 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Doesn’t matter. There was never a case. The cops proved that from the outset.


37 posted on 07/10/2013 12:49:55 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: Rock N Jones

LOL...


38 posted on 07/10/2013 12:50:23 PM PDT by Errant
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To: sport

After seeing a photograph of the subject, it is my professional opinion that this is a man masquerading as a woman. Kinda like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


You’re right about that. I bet she has butched hair and that’s a wig.


39 posted on 07/10/2013 12:51:07 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: circlecity

“I certainly hope that exchange wasn’t in front of the jury.”

If it wasn’t in front of the jury, there would be no objection.


40 posted on 07/10/2013 12:51:22 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: miss marmelstein
I think the jury was out of the room.

I don't think so. Other sources have indicated that the jury saw the whole thing.

If the jury was out of the room, I don't have much of an objection. It makes the Judge looks like an idiot, but that ship has sailed a loooooong time ago on this trial.

But if the jury saw it, it is a huge problem.

41 posted on 07/10/2013 12:51:28 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gun Control Haiku: Say "Registration" / And they call you paranoid / So say "Privacy")
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To: Haiku Guy

I remember when the judge asked Casey Anthony if she was going to testify or not, he asked her, she said NO and that was it..with this judge she had to ask over and over and over again..he said NO end of story


42 posted on 07/10/2013 12:52:34 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Errant
Judge Debra Nelson reminded Zimmerman that he was not required to testify,
but when she asked whether he would like to, defense attorney Don West cut in,
“I object your honor.” Nelson overruled his objection before asking again.

Just like I told her to do.

43 posted on 07/10/2013 12:52:35 PM PDT by McGruff (I need a new party.)
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To: keats5
"If it wasn’t in front of the jury, there would be no objection."

Why not? Any lawyer would object to a judge trying to get their client to commit on this issue with more witnesses left to call whether it was in front of the jury or not.

44 posted on 07/10/2013 12:52:46 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Errant
Paul Newman's line in "The Verdict"

Your Honor, with all due respect, if you're going to try my case for me, I wish you wouldn't lose it.”

45 posted on 07/10/2013 12:52:53 PM PDT by grandpa jones (obama delenda est)
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To: Haiku Guy

I believe the jury was NOT in the room during all of this..they had already left


46 posted on 07/10/2013 12:53:01 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: TexasCajun
The judge should direct her questions to Zimmerman’s attorney, that’s why he’s there!!

The lawyer should have used Brendan Sullivan's famous line from the Ollie North Congressional Hearings... "What am I, a potted plant?"

47 posted on 07/10/2013 12:53:02 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Gun Control Haiku: Say "Registration" / And they call you paranoid / So say "Privacy")
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
This judge should be disbarred. She knows damn well that Zimmerman has legal representation. For her to disregard his legal representation while ambushing him with questions is unbecoming of her office.

It is beyond outrageous. This judge should be ripped from the court room and taken outside to be tarred and feathered.

The rule of law is dead in this once great Republic.

48 posted on 07/10/2013 12:53:41 PM PDT by sand88
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To: Jewbacca
I have NEVER seen a judge so in the tank for one side as this, especially when being watched.

The only worse one I've seen was the judge in the Newman movie "The Verdict".


49 posted on 07/10/2013 12:54:31 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Hilarious!!.. Here's Judge Nelson's new band!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfkATcv-dVY

50 posted on 07/10/2013 12:54:34 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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