The Anniversary of the George Zimmerman Trial
This coming Tuesday will be a year since several hundred potential jurors appeared for jury selection for the 2nd degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. The process continued to actual selection and trial. On July 13, 2013, 6 women acquitted Zimmerman for killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
Because Trayvon Martin lives in the hearts of many, we cannot forget discovery, pre-trial procedures, jury selection and the trial itself. An important issue for the trial was who was screaming for help, the screams being captured in the background of a 911 call. All experts concluded that the voice was NOT that of George Zimmerman, but the Honorable Judge Nelson who presided over the case, would not allow those experts to testify.
While it as plain from his call to police dispatch that George Zimmerman left his truck and followed Trayvon, the Honorable Judge Nelson would not allow the initial aggressor part of self-defense law to be included in jury instructions.
Orlando Sentinel interviewed Robert Zimmerman Jr. about the life of his brother, George, since the verdict. According to his brother, George, who is now 30 years old, moves among the homes of people who let him sleep on the couch. He is still unemployed; his divorce from Shellie is still pending; and he owes his defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West $2.5 million.
“I think his state of mind is better,” said Robert Zimmerman, Jr., “but I would submit that he is a very traumatized person because he has had his liberty taken away from him.”
Since he took the actual life of a teen who ran from him, I would submit that George can’t complain about his own liberty. His life is the consequence of his own actions.
Judge Debra Nelson who presided over the murder trial is also presiding over Zimmerman’s defamation case against NBC. A hearing is scheduled next week on NBC’s motion to dismiss the case.
Since the verdict, Mark O’Mara has raised his hourly rate from $400 to $525 and speaks to Bar Associations, law schools and attorneys about what he has learned about the media, high-profile cases and social media.
Witnesses Jonathan Manolo and John Good have written books and Mark O’Mara has plans to write one as well where he wants to address race and the criminal justice system. After using dog whistles, thugifying Trayvon, and a closing argument that appealed to the racial biases of the jury, I wonder how such a book with work out for O’Mara.
Before Zimmerman’s trial, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin settled a wrongful death claim for more than a million dollars against the homeowners association where Zimmerman was the Neighborhood Watch. They have put the money to good use, advocating against gun violence and stand your ground laws. They have established the Trayvon Martin Foundation. They often speak at hearings, marches and rallies. In December, they met with publishers about a potential book about Trayvon. Last month, Sybrina hosted a weekend retreat for mothers who have lost children to gun violence.
My question remains, where is Don West?
Posted on 06/08/2014, in George and Shellie Zimmerman, Justice For Trayvon, Trials & Cases and tagged anniversary, Debra Nelson, Don West, George Zimmerman, Judge Nelson, justice for Trayvon, Mark O'Mara, NBC, trial, voice experts. Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.