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  • 'Kangaroo court' in Brockton, Mass. convicts pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio on three charges.

    03/04/2014 1:07:05 PM PST · by massmike · 32 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 03/04/2014 | n/a
    On Wednesday, Feb. 12, pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio was convicted by a jury on three charges stemming from an incident when he held a pro-life sign in front of a school in Brockton, Mass. on March 21, 2012. After a two-day trial in Brockton District Court, the six-person jury found him guilty of disturbing a school, trespass, and resisting arrest. Those verdicts came despite the fact that Peter's lawyer (using testimony by the prosecution's own witnesses) clearly proved that he did not commit any of those crimes. This was a monumental miscarriage of justice. In the end, the facts and...
  • 'Why Have a Hearing? Just Expel Him' (Dartmouth College)

    02/15/2014 11:33:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | February 13, 2014 | KC Johnson
    "Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?" That astonishing question was posed at a conference on how colleges respond to sexual assault issues by Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth. According to Inside Higher Ed, Childress continued: "It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students. And higher education is not a right. Safety is a right. Higher education is a privilege." Give Childress credit for candor--even the campus spokespersons for increasing the number of guilty findings in campus tribunals usually aren't...
  • The next Trayvon case about to explode?

    01/27/2014 7:59:51 AM PST · by rktman · 58 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/27/2014 | unknown
    A racially charged shooting incident in North Carolina with eerie parallels to the Trayvon Martin drama has ended in the same way – with a jury refusing to hand state authorities the politically pressured charges they sought against the shooter. In a decision angering the NAACP and other civil-rights activists clamoring for “justice,” a Charlotte grand jury has declined to indict Charlotte Police Officer Randall Kerrick for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a 24-year-old black man who refused to obey orders to stop after police responded to a robbery call.
  • Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court

    09/19/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 171 replies
    A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News.
  • George Zimmerman trial cost Seminole $91K, county says

    08/09/2013 2:48:52 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 9, 2013 | Jeff Weiner
    The trial of George Zimmerman cost Seminole County government about $91,000, officials said in a statement Friday. Zimmerman's high-profile second-degree-murder trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin began June 10 and concluded July 13 with a not-guilty verdict. During the trial, Seminole County handled the "coordination of resources and planning," through its Emergency Operations Center, county spokesman Alan Harris said. According to Harris, the EOC's role included "public information, safety, liaison, logistics, planning, intelligence" and other operations. Its efforts were spearheaded by a team of fire-rescue, facility management, information technology, utilities, economic development and public works staff, as...
  • Jury weighing Zimmerman's fate asks question about manslaughter option

    07/13/2013 3:17:06 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 228 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/13/13 | Mariano Castillo and Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- After more than 12 hours of deliberation, the six women deliberating George Zimmerman's fate asked the court Saturday evening for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter, the judge said. That couldn't have even been a question a few days ago: Judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday, over the defense's vehement objection, to include manslaughter as an option for jurors, in addition to the second-degree murder charge. Their third option would be to find Zimmerman not guilty. The question -- which was read out in court, without the jurors present, shortly before 6 p.m. -- was the first posed by...
  • For George Zimmerman: Just Imagine

    07/13/2013 1:15:18 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 133 replies
    7/13/2013 | MHGinTN
    After folks have said this should be offered as a stand-alone thread, here goes: Imagine, just allow yourself to imagine ... You are in your vehicle on your way to the store one evening and you see a tall, slightly hunched over figure wobbling along the space between condominium buildings of your community in the dimness of the poorly lit sidewalk. The figure pauses in the misty rain to peer from under the sweatshirt hoodie he's wearing, to look into the back sliding doors of selected condos. It is dark and the figure is wearing dark clothing with the hood...
  • Dershowitz: Zimmerman Prosecutors 'Should Be Disbarred'

    07/13/2013 7:20:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 7/12/2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial should be charged with "prosecutorial misconduct" for suggesting the defendant planned the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. "That is something no prosecutor should be allowed to get away with … to make up a story from whole cloth," Dershowitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "These prosecutors should be disbarred. They have acted absolutely irresponsibly in an utterly un-American fashion." Zimmerman, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with gunning down Martin, 17, as the two fought following a confrontation in the gated Sanford,...
  • Zimmerman Defense Gives Evidence-Rich Closing, State Appeals to “Heart”

    07/12/2013 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Sopater · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Friday, July 12, 2013 | Andrew Branca
    This morning saw the defense give its closing statement in Florida v. Zimmerman, the last opportunity for them to deliver their compelling narrative of innocence to the jury. And boy, did Mark O’Mara deliver. In a closing rich with evidence, facts, and the law, O’Mara focused the jury on their legal obligation to deliver a verdict consistent with the State’s burden to prove Zimmerman’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. O’Mara stepped them through every significant piece of evidence, and every single witness that had appeared in court. He reminded them of their duty to come to a verdict using only...
  • Judge Confronts Zimmerman

    07/12/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 35 replies
    This is a link to a YouTube video of the judge in the Zimmerman case acting with prejudice against Zimmerman. It is a must watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UgDuu6i8MtE
  • Defense rests; Zimmerman won't testify in murder trial

    07/10/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT · by Sopater · 141 replies
    <p>Defense rests case in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial without the former neighborhood watch volunteer taking the stand.</p>
  • Obama’s Alinskyite Administration: The DOJ’s involvement in the Zimmerman case is highly suspect.

    07/12/2013 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/12/2013 | John Fund
    Judicial Watch, a conservative legal foundation, has used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents that show Eric Holder’s Justice Department used a “community relations” unit to support and stage-manage public protests in Florida against George Zimmerman after his controversial February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) even helped organize a meeting between Sanford, Fla., public officials and the local NAACP. The result was the resignation of police chief Bill Lee over his handling of the Martin case. While his resignation was rescinded after a few weeks by local officials, Chief Lee faced further pressure...
  • Why the Zimmerman Prosecutors Should Be Disbarred

    07/12/2013 7:17:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/12/2013 | Jack Cashill
    Toward the end of his closing statement on Thursday, Florida Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda posted a slide on a screen in a fifth-floor Seminole County courtroom. "Which Owner would be more inclined to yell for help?" read the banner on the top of the slide. The slide was divided in two. On the left was a photo of George Zimmerman's Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, and on the right was a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Beneath the photo of the gun was the question, "Who followed?" Under the can was the question, "Who ran?" So...
  • The first verdict of the George Zimmerman trial was rendered a long time ago...

    07/11/2013 3:08:54 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-11-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Naturally, liberal politics runs a very very close second to this...On a totally separate note, I admittedly haven't followed this case too much. I don't follow "celebrity" trials because I fear that granting them legitimacy will dilute what real celebrity is.For instance, if guys like George Zimmerman have their 15 minutes of fame patronized what will eventually happen to the Kardashians?Eventually Kim will get desperate and commit another crime (against nature) by having another child (not with Kanye West, I'm pretty sure that's against one of the only rules Hollywood a-holes live by) just so we'll give her the kind...
  • Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies

    07/10/2013 1:17:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies by Ben Shapiro 10 Jul 2013, 10:28 AM PDT On Wednesday, Judicial Watch announced that the Department of Justice had turned over documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request showing that the Community Relations Service (CRS), a small division of the DOJ, was sent to Sanford, Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help manage rallies and protests. In April 2013, Breitbart News' Lee Stranahan first reportedthe role of the CRS in Sanford. The new documents show that from March 25 through April 12, 2012, the CRS spent thousands of...
  • A TRAVESTY OF A MOCKERY OF A SHAM

    07/11/2013 2:06:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 11,2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    The farce that is the George Zimmerman “murder” trial took a bizarre turn when the prosecution sought leave to have the jury consider a new charge against Zimmerman — felony murder. Felony murder occurs when one causes someone’s death while committing a felony. What felony did Zimmerman allegedly commit? Why, child abuse, of course. Although it was clearly abusive of Zimmerman to have a child (Trayvon Martin was 17, don’t you know) beat on him and pound his head into the gravel, the judge declined to present a charge of felony-murder to the jury. I view the Zimmerman affair as...
  • Prosecutor to judge: Can we also charge Z w/3rd-degree murder based on, er, child abuse?

    07/11/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Revealing, for two reasons. One: It shows that the state’s worried enough about its case that not only do they want a lesser charge added to hedge against an acquittal on second-degree murder, which seems all but assured, they want one added to hedge against the lesser-included offense of manslaughter too. The judge already agreed this morning to instruct the jury on manslaughter, which was always a more plausible explanation for what happened between Martin and Zimmerman. But the state couldn’t get away with not trying for murder; this case is supposed to illustrate a Larger Truth about white (or...
  • "Crackers," A "Teenage Mammy" -- The Sorry Truth About Race And Zimmerman Trial (BARF Alert)

    07/11/2013 8:22:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 11,2013 | Juan Williams
    "White Hispanics," "Creepy-Ass Crackers," "Teenage Mammies," and "Suspicious A--holes who always get away" -- that is the vernacular of the George Zimmerman trial. George Zimmerman faces life in jail as a jury considers second-degree murder charges against him for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But thanks to the media he is already sentenced to life in the American public's mind as a racist.
  • Zimmerman Trial Judge Springs "Child Abuse" Charge against Zimmerman for Tougher Sentence

    07/11/2013 7:44:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 131 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 7/11/13
    Watching Fox News Channel coverage of Zimmerman trial. Judge has just sprung another surprise against Zimmerman, saying jury can consider Martin's death as child abuse so jury can convict based upon that, too, and perhaps convict him of voluntary manslaughter. This trial is a travesty.
  • Rush enraged by Obama's Trayvon rallies

    07/11/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    WND ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    PALM BEACH, Fla. – As the murder trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin heads toward a conclusion, radio powerhouse Rush Limbaugh says the case should never have been prosecuted. “This is a trial that should not even be occurring,” Limbaugh declared on his national radio program Wednesday. “This is a trial occurring because the [Obama] administration wants to promote racial division in this country. I don’t know how else to describe this. There’s no case here.” Zimmerman, 29, is accused of second-degree murder in the February 26, 2012, death of Martin, a 17-year-old from Miami...
  • BREAKING: JUDGE RULES JURY CAN CONSIDER LESSER CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST ZIMMERMAN...

    07/11/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 174 replies
    DRUDGE Headline: BREAKING: JUDGE ALLOWS LESSER CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER...
  • Defending our Friend; the Most Hated Man in America [George Zimmerman]

    07/10/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    amazon ^ | 9/11/2012 | Mark & Sondra Osterman)
    The sound of a single gun shot cut through the quiet, rainy evening and a lanky, black teen, Trayvon Martin, fell to the ground. The shooter was someone Mark and Sondra Osterman spoke with daily. He played Santa for their daughter, treated his wife with preciousness, often ate at their table, and shared their joys and sorrows. The Ostermans are George and Shellie Zimmermans best friends. They were the first people Shellie Zimmerman called on that tragic February night in Sanford, Florida. Because of serious death threats, the Ostermans took George and Shellie Zimmerman into their home, hiding them for...
  • Judge Snaps at Zimmerman Atty After He Objects to Her Asking Whether Zimmerman Will Testify

    07/10/2013 12:33:25 PM PDT · by Errant · 182 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10 July, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    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...
  • Letter from Ukraine

    07/09/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/9/13 | George Weigel
    A Church of martyrs confronts the cultural iron curtain.L’viv, Ukraine — It was almost a decade ago when I last visited Ukraine, and the surface changes over that period are immediately evident. Then, my flight from Poland was met by a Soviet-era school bus, sans engine, towed by a Soviet-era tractor: a bizarre jury-rigged hybrid that carted my companions and me to a one-hour wait in a Soviet-era “VIP lounge” at the Soviet-era L’viv International Airport, while the visas we had spent the better part of a day acquiring in a classic Soviet-era bureaucratic muddle were validated. On July 3,...
  • ‘The Illuminati’ clothing brand calls for George Zimmerman’s murder on Twitter

    07/09/2013 5:20:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Illuminati, a popular clothing brand and activist blog that powers itself on paranoia and conspiracy theories, has called for the murder of George Zimmerman in order to restore “justice.” “The Only Justice for Trayvon Martin is to take the Life of George Zimmerman. #EyeForAnEye #ZimmermanTrial,” the group posted Tuesday morning. With more than a million Twitter followers, the post quickly went viral, gaining more than 600 retweets and 200 favorites at the time of this report....
  • Intent matters in this case (State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman)

    07/09/2013 4:53:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Vail Daily ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jackie Carter
    Given the highly charged racial implications of this homicide case against George Zimmerman, it is important to review the potential intent of both parties since the facts could go either way. This is key in the defense of a “stand your ground” incident. Was George Zimmerman a trigger-happy racist? Was Trayvon Martin a juvenile delinquent looking for trouble? Or, could this be simply a tragedy caused by two young men overreacting? What happened on Feb. 26, 2012, in an Orlando suburb? Could the scenario have gone something like this … Trayvon Martin Imagine that you walked to a nearby convenience...
  • Zimmerman Trial Update: State's Attempted Railroading Goes Off the Rails

    07/08/2013 5:10:03 PM PDT · by IChing · 110 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 7/8/13 | Donald Joy
    ItÂ’s George ZimmermanÂ’s defense teamÂ’s turn to put forth their case, and quite frankly, they have a fairly easy path ahead. The wind is at their backs because no real, compelling evidence was brought before the jury by the prosecution in their initiative phase of this kangaroo charade (because none actually exists). Nonetheless, despite the lack of evidence against the accused, rather than issue a judgment of acquittal last Friday, the judge punted the whole matter onward, and eventually toward the jury phase. So now we watch attorneys Mark OÂ’Mara and Don West solidify the fortress of exculpatory factors for...
  • Broward County Sheriff Releases Riot Prevention Video (Zimmerman0

    07/08/2013 5:47:05 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 70 replies
    RAISE YOUR VOICE, NOT YOUR HANDS Date: July 8, 2013 PIO Number: 13-7-9 The Broward Sheriff’s Office, working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, has coordinated a response plan in anticipation of the verdict. Freedom of expression is a constitutional right. While raising your voice is encouraged, using your hands is not. BSO has created a public service announcement with the help of kids from the Jason Taylor Foundation, H.A.N.D.Y. (Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth) and basketball star James Jones of the championship Miami Heat team urging young people not to let their emotions...
  • Benjamin Crump and others reportedly exploiting Trayvon Martin's death (Ya think?)

    07/08/2013 6:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2013 | Joseph Cotto
    <p>The shooting of Trayvon Martin has generated a great deal of attention and polarization. Much of this can be chalked up to a controversial group of activists, no small number of whom are quite powerful.</p> <p>Some refer to said group as the “Black Grievance Industry” as most of its members are African-American.</p>
  • State seeks to halt animated re-enactment of Trayvon shooting

    07/08/2013 6:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2013 | Barbara Liston
    Prosecutors asked a Florida judge on Monday to block the jury in the George Zimmerman trial from seeing an animated re-enactment of the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying the video distorts the events of that fatal encounter. Defense lawyers want to show the video to the six-woman jury that will decide the fate of Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot Martin in self-defense. State prosecutors argued that the video fails to show the Kel Tec 9mm pistol that Zimmerman, 29, a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, used...
  • George Zimmerman trial defense attorney Don West: Controversial Instagram prompts rape threats

    07/08/2013 7:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | July 8, 2013 | Andrea Torres and Christina Vazquez
    George Zimmerman's trial defense attorney Don West recently reported he received e-mails from people threatening his daughters with rape over a controversial post on Instagram. Rachel West, who was not in the family picture, was in the courtroom Monday. In a response to a July 2nd prosecution's request to investigate the social media post, West said the family photo prompted "threats of violence" that were "vicious." West also said he was distressed that in a request to investigate the post, the prosecution had made "reckless, dangerous and inaccurate allegations." Prosecutors linked the motive for the post to witness Rachel Jeantel,...
  • Judge rules defense can show Trayvon Martin died with marijuana in his system

    07/08/2013 5:19:56 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7/8/2013
    Defense lawyers will be permitted to show that Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system when he and George Zimmerman had their fateful encounter in a gated community in Florida last year, the judge in Zimmerman's murder trial ruled Monday. Judge Debra Nelson denied a motion by prosecutors to keep toxicology results showing THC in Martin's system from the jury, paving the way for Zimmerman's lawyers to argue the drug may have influenced the teen's behavior. Defense attorney Don West noted that in Zimmerman’s statement to the non-emergency 911 dispatcher that it appeared the person he was observing in the...
  • Win for defense: Jury to hear Martin's pot use

    07/08/2013 8:54:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Headline News ^ | July 8, 2013 | Graham Winch and Amanda Sloane
    Judge Debra Nelson ruled Monday that jurors in the George Zimmerman trial will be allowed to hear about marijuana found in Trayvon Martin’s system the night he was fatally shot. Prosecutors argued the amount was so minimal that “we just don’t know” what effect it had on Martin. They also accused the defense of trying to "backdoor some very negative character evidence” into the trial. But the defense said the amount found in Martin’s system would have had an impact on his judgment that night and is therefore relevant to the case. The judge ruled she would allow the testimony...
  • FL Defense Lawyer On CNN: After Today, ‘Impossible’ Not To See Zimmerman ‘As A Good Guy’

    07/08/2013 11:10:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 8, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Appearing on CNN with Jake Tapper, a Florida-based criminal defense attorney was asked on Monday for her thoughts on the course of the day’s testimony in the trial of George Zimmerman for the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin. The attorney said that the start of the defense phase of the trial has been good for Zimmerman. She added that it is “impossible” not to see Zimmerman as a “good guy.” “It seems as though there have been some big blows to the prosecution,” Tapper said of the course of the day’s testimony. “This is a classic scorch and burn defense,”...
  • In Reversal, Florida Judge Okays Testimony About Trayvon Martin’s Marijuana Usage

    07/09/2013 3:09:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | July 9,2013 | The Smoking Gun
    Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be able to hear defense testimony that Trayvon Martin had small amounts of marijuana in his system at the time he was shot to death in February 2012
  • Broward County Sheriff's Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan

    07/09/2013 4:26:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 71 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 7-8-2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a video calling on the public not to riot in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, expected this week or next in Florida. The Sheriff’s Office released a statement explaining that it was “working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies” to coordinate “a response plan in anticipation of the verdict.” The video, titled “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands,” focuses on attempting to channel reaction into non-violent response. It depicts two youngsters, one black teenage boy, one Hispanic teenage girl. “Raise your voice!” says the...
  • Day 21 (Week #5) Zimmerman Trial – Witness Discussion Thread

    07/09/2013 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 2,663 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 9, 2013 | Sundance
    Today, July 9th, is DAY #21 (of 5th week) State of Florida V. George Zimmerman case. Yesterday was the first full day of defense witnesses. Perhaps the most significant of the first set were the two police officers who stated Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, said on 2/28/12 the cries for help on the 911 calls were NOT Trayvon. Later in the day Tracy Martin took the stand and essentially said the two detectives were lying. A great analysis of the events from yesterday is available HERE. What additionally strikes as important to us is the first signs of desperation from...
  • Why Zimmerman’s Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted

    07/09/2013 5:52:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-7-2013 | Andrew Branca
    Immediately following the close of the State’s case on Friday, Mark O’Mara, the lawyer leading George Zimmerman’s defense team, stood before Judge Nelson and made his oral motion for a judgment of acquittal for his client (a parallel written motion was also submitted to the Court). c George Zimmerman defense counsel Mark O’Mara The motion was well-reasoned, and strongly founded on Florida’s case law. It was also doomed to fail before a Judge who has consistently denied reasonable defense motions out of hand, while rubber-stamping motions by the State that bear not the slightest relevancy to the facts of this...
  • Ten Aha! Moments in the Zimmerman Trial to Date

    07/09/2013 6:04:23 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/9/2013 | Jack Cashill
    In April 2012, the office of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey drew up an affidavit of probable cause against George Zimmerman for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. The affidavit was loaded. Martin was walking back to the townhouse "where he was living" when Zimmerman "profiled" him. Zimmerman "assumed Martin was a criminal." He called the police. The affidavit cited Martin's phone "friend" to attest, "Martin was scared because he was being followed by an unknown male and didn't know why." Again, according to the affidavit (and this was critical): "Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued." Martin's mother then...
  • Zimmerman Attorney: 'My Client Will Never Be Safe' If Acquitted

    07/09/2013 8:24:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 7-9-2013 | Noel Sheppard
    George Zimmerman's attorney said something Monday that is a truly sad statement about our society and the current state of America's media. Appearing on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, Mark O'Mara said that if Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges, "He'll never be safe" (video follows with transcript and commentary): [video] PIERS MORGAN: If George Zimmerman is acquitted, completely acquitted, not found guilty of second-degree murder, no lesser charge of manslaughter, and walks free, having killed somebody we know after the event was an unarmed young teenager, there is a concern that this will create a lot of ill feeling, particularly...
  • Disney World, Sanford(FL), and Zimmerman Verdict: Place to stay away from?

    07/09/2013 10:19:36 AM PDT · by topher · 75 replies
    Possible Riot Plans (Broward County) | July 9, 2013 | vanity
    For more on the current riot plans (Breitbart.com): Breitbard.com: Broward County Sheriff's Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan But if one is in Florida or planning on visiting Florida, what precautions should one take? It should be noted that Sanford is on the Northeast side of Orlando, Florida. Disney World is on the Southwest side of Orlando. Will that be far enough away so that innocent tourists will not become victims? Will trouble spill over into other Florida cities/locales? Troubling is that Obama is not trying to keep people from possibly rioting. Seems like our president should be trying to...
  • George Zimmerman Trial: Expert says evidence jibes with Zimmerman's story

    07/09/2013 10:57:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    AOL ^ | July 8, 2013
    As the trial continues into its 11th day, forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio took the stand to describe how and where Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman. An expert on gunshot wounds, Di Maio, hired by the defense, testified Tuesday that George Zimmerman's account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence. Di Maio said that the trajectory of the bullet and gun powder on Martin's body supports Zimmerman's version that Martin was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin's chest. The gun's muzzle was against Martin's clothing and...
  • Forensic expert: Gunshot wound indicates Martin was atop Zimmerman

    07/09/2013 9:45:45 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 97 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-9-2013 | FoxNews.com
    A forensic expert testified Tuesday that Trayvon Martin's gunshot wound indicated that he was likely on top of George Zimmerman when the neighborhood watch volunteer shot him. Forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert on gunshot wounds who has written and co-authored several articles and a book on the subject, said the single shot that killed the Florida teen passed through Martin's clothing as it hung 2-4 inches from his skin, indicating that Martin was over Zimmerman and leaning forward. "If you’re lying on your back, the clothing is going to be against your chest," Di Maio testified. "So...
  • Zimmerman Lawyer Mark O'Mara: "My Client Will Never Be Safe"

    07/09/2013 10:17:08 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 22 replies
    Well, first of all, my client will never be safe because there are a percentage of the population who are angry, they're upset and they may well take it out on him. So he'll never be safe.
  • Zimmerman Trial Day 9 — Families Feud Over Scream Identification

    07/05/2013 5:03:22 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-5-2013 | Andrew Branca
    Today began with the expectation that it would the the day on which the State rested it’s case. That proved true, and it was. It was also among the most bizarre and disturbing days of a lengthy trial full to the brim with bizarre and disturbing days. Sabryna Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother The first State witness of the day was, as anticipated Sabryna Fulton. She had two missions for her appearance: (1) identify the screamer in the background of the Jenna Lauer 911 recording as her son, Trayvon Martin; and (2) avoid saying anything nice about the reputation or character...
  • Zimmerman’s prosecution: Vigilante justice? (Rubin)

    07/05/2013 5:11:32 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2013 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Trials, unlike punditry, operate not in the world of evoked memory, allegory and free association, but in the world of facts. When it is a criminal trial the facts must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. There is a reason that exacting standard is used — someone’s freedom, or life in the instance of a capital case, is at risk. A journalist can construct a scenario in the Trayvon Martin case in which he can nonchalantly assign criminal liability with phrases such as “shot an unarmed man,” but these banalities have no legal meaning. Let’s take the charge at issue,...
  • Jurors hear F-bomb, knock-knock joke as George Zimmerman murder trial begins

    06/24/2013 9:24:25 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/24/2013 | Fox News
    The prosecutor cursed and the defense attorney told a joke as both sides laid out opening arguments in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the man who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin in what his lawyers say was self-defense and authorities say was a case of fatal profiling. The all-female jury of six took in both unconventional statements, alternately stunned, taking notes and at times appearing to nod in agreement. Jaws in the jury box dropped when prosecutor John Guy electrified the courtroom with a short, but profanity-laced and impassioned argument that sought to paint the defendant as an angry...
  • Day 15 (Week #3) Zimmerman Trial – Witness Discussion Thread

    06/28/2013 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 1,476 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | June 28, 2013 | Sundance
    Today, June 28th, is DAY #15 (of 3rd week) State of Florida V. George Zimmerman case. [Yesterday] … it was simply not a very good day at all for the prosecution. The primary State witnesses today were Rachel Jeantel, Jenna Lauer, and Selma Mora. The first had her credibility substantively destroyed, the second was powerfully–almost humiliatingly–co-opted by the defense, and the third provided testimony entirely consistent with the defense’s theory of lawful self-defense. (continue reading)
  • Key Witness Against George Zimmerman Is Hard to Understand, Harder to Believe

    06/27/2013 7:15:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Yesterday and today, jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial heard testimony from a key prosecution witness: Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old_friend of Trayvon Martin who was on the phone with him right before the scuffle that ended in his death. Jeantel said that Martin repeatedly complained to her about a "creepy-*ss cracker" who was following him and that she urged him to run, which he did. After the call was dropped, she said, she called him back about 20 seconds later, and he sounded tired from running. She said he told her he saw the man again, and she heard...
  • George Zimmerman Judge Rejects Motion to Dismiss the Case

    07/05/2013 5:55:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2013 | SENI TIENABESO AND MATT GUTMAN
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The prosecution rested their second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman today and his legal team immediately asked the judge throw out all charges, arguing that the state had failed to present evidence he murdered Trayvon Martin. The judge swiftly rejected the argument, but not before both sides made emotional legal arguments that are usually reserved for summations at the end of a trial. In an impassioned plea, Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara stated that the state did not produce direct or circumstantial evidence that Zimmerman acted with "ill-will or spite," the Florida requirements for second degree murder. "There is not...