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. Read the rest of this entry
Why would Mark O’Mara expect for George Zimmerman to pay him now?
On November 18, 2013, George Zimmerman was arrested on charges of felony aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief. He filed an affidavit that he is indigent, alleging that he is unemployed, has $144 in cash, and is in debt for $2.5 million. In that case, Zimmerman’s bail was set at $9,000. Frank Taaffe told Nancy Grace that he posted the $900 bond.
In other words, Zimmerman’s legal defense fund does not have $900 to post the bond on his behalf.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Jury Instructions and Closing Arguments are scheduled for today.
Don West argues that the State pulled “a trick”
The first video is partial and doesn’t start from the actual beginning.
Audio cuts in and out because of the live streaming.
This morning, the Honorable Judge Debra Nelson granted the State’s Motions to prevent the entry of Trayvon Martin’s text phone messages. The defense may use the animation during closing argument, but it will not be entered into evidence for the jury.
It is anticipated that closing arguments will begin tomorrow after one rebuttal witness for the State.
July 5, 2013
“There are two people involved here. One of them is dead and one of them is a liar.” Assistant State’s Attorney Mantei.
Wednesday – Day 8 of Trial
(Tons of thanks to croakerqueen123 for recording.)
What Don West fails to realize is the history of Black America. Chronologically;
In the 1600’s slaves were being shipped.
1787 The writers of the United States Constitution decide that slaves will count as three fifths of a person.
1863 Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t actually free any slaves because it related only to areas under the control of the Confederacy.
1954 In the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, the Supreme Court rules that separate schools for black and white students is unconstitutional.
1955 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the front of a bus, helping begin the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.
1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees that all people will have equal access to hotels, restaurants, and other public places.
1968 Martin L. King is assassinated.
2003 In Grutter v. Bollinger, the most important affirmative action decision since the 1978 Bakke case, the Supreme Court (5–4) upholds the University of Michigan Law School’s policy, ruling that race can be one of many factors considered by colleges when selecting their students because it furthers “a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body.” (June 23)
2008 Barack Obama, Democrat from Chicago, becomes the first African American to be nominated as a major party nominee for president. On November 4, Barack Obama, becomes the first African American to be elected president of the United States, defeating Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain.
While this history is not included in everyday schooling in America, it is not forgotten by those who have endured Jim Crow and who lived in the time of Martin Luther King and other civil right leaders.
By looking at the timeline, Blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, and Native Americans have not been afforded the same rights as Whites. They were born with those rights no matter what. We had to fight for those rights.
Don West, his daughters and people on the internet who have tried to diminish Rachael Jeantel’s education, looks, and use demeaning comments that are cruel, choose to ignore this history.
We are not that far removed in time of the 60’s. While certain laws may have been passed to level the playing field, that doesn’t mean it is done and enforced. Most of America went kicking and screaming thru the Civil Rights era —- and still are.
While education was taken as a right to whites, it was a privilege for minorities. While voting was a God Given right to our counter parts, it was a fight to get the same privilege.
We have been playing catch up to more then 230 years of adversity in a relative short time span of 53 years. (1960’s to the current year of 2013)
While we may have a bi-racial President, it does not change racism. Bigoted racists only see the color of his skin. It does not change how people feel about minorities.
The case of Florida vs. Zimmerman proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that people still feel hatred. Still spew hateful language. Even still, think a black young teenager had no right to walk in the dark at 7pm in the rain, in a hoodie, along, carrying some snacks and a drink.
This case highlights all that is wrong with the system, laws, attitudes, and the so called rights of gun owners versus human rights and civil rights.
While Mr. West may have tried to make Rachel Jeantel look inferior, he only made himself look like a fool. He is the person with no class.
On the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell’s program, Frank Taaffe inferred that witness Rachel Jeantel, was “precious.” Rachel Jeantel is the daughter of Haitian and Dominican Republic parents. Born in Miami, Florida, she first met Trayvon Martin when she was in kindergarten. On her birthday of February 1, 2012, she and Trayvon renewed their friendship. Jeantel was on the phone with Trayvon on the evening of February 26, 2012, when he told her he was being watched, and then followed, by “a creepy ass cracker.” Jeantel testified in court that the phrase; “creepy ass cracker” means “pervert.” Logically, a man watching a teen from his truck, then following in his truck, appears to be a pervert.
Based on Jeantel’s and Trayvon Martin’s phone records, they were indeed talking during the time that George Zimmerman was on the phone with police dispatch, and also when Trayvon and George Zimmerman came into physical contact. That in fact, Jeantel’s phone call with Trayvon disconnected just seconds before witness, Jeanne Lauer, called 911 to report hearing screams.
Precious is a movie, released in 2009, about a New York City overweight, sexually and physically abused, illiterate teen, who enrolls in an alternative school in hope of taking her life in a new direction. Based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, the movie is the celebration of life against the odds.
The movie won the AFI Award for movie of the year. It also won the Academy Awards’ Oscar for Best Performance by an actress in a supporting role (Mo’Nique) and Best Adapted Screenplay, (Geoffrey Fletcher).
The movie was nominated for Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, and Best Motion Picture of the Year. Overall, the movie won 79 awards worldwide, and 49 nominations.
Gabourey Sidibe, who played the movie’s leading character, “Precious,” was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Claireece “Precious” Jones, a taciturn, pregnant sixteen year-old, was Gabourey Sidibe’s first acting role on-screen.
For these accomplishments, Frank Taaffe, supporter of admitted killer and accused murderer George Zimmerman, apparently believes that Precious is a person who is supposed to be ashamed and denigrated. Frank Taaffe, in addition to other George Zimmerman supporters who have compared Jeantel to Precious, do not see that the movie’s main character represents metamorphosis through struggle – transformation within — from caterpillar to butterfly.
As a caterpillar, the verbal and physical abuse, and mocking lowered Precious’ self-esteem. She day dreamed of being loved and admired. Through the struggle, Precious raised her self-esteem, and acquired courage, hope, and determination. She also learned not to argue with ignorant people. She was no longer afraid to be herself or ashamed that she did not match the stereotype of what others believe is smart and beautiful. Effectively, in their comparison of Jeantel to Precious, Taaffe and other Zimmerman supporters call good, evil.
The movie’s Precious had much more to live for than just herself – two children, one which is a special needs child. In like manner, when Jeantel took the witness stand, she didn’t think of herself. Throughout this ordeal, she made it plain that she was concerned for Sybrina Fulton’s pain. On the witness stand, Jeantel wasn’t interested in competing to win a public speaking contest. She took the stand to testify of her last conversation with Trayvon. She laid the pain of her loss aside. Through cross-examination by defense attorney Don West, Jeantel flew above his condescending inferences, his interrogation as though he was a detective trying to get her to confess to committing a crime, and his hours of repeating the same questions.
Jeantel’s answers revealed just how far Don West is from reality. For instance, he drilled her on why she did not call the police. Jeantel’s answer was consistent; i.e., she did not know that the man who killed her friend had not been arrested. Logically, admitted killers are arrested.
Don West also demonstrated his ignorance of jurisdictions. How was Jeantel suppose to call 911 in Sanford, Florida, when she resides in Miami?
Frank Taaffe’s taking of good and using it for evil is — well — evil in itself. He fails to recognize that the movie character Precious does not represent shame. Rather, Precious is a character who in spite of not meeting Taaffe’s standards, overcomes against the odds.
Rachel Jeantel is hereby awarded the butterfly award.
Don West, a lawyer on accused murderer and admitted killer George Zimmerman’s legal team, took a photograph of himself with his daughters. Nothing unusual about that. However, the caption that his daughter put to it when uploading the photo to Instagram, speaks volumes.
“We beat stupidity …”
First, it tells us that Don West discusses the case with his daughters, and not just the case, but his personal opinion of witnesses. In this situation, the celebration photo came just after Don West kept witness, Rachel Jeantel, on the witness stand for hours. Jeantel is the young woman who was on the telephone with Trayvon Martin seconds before George Zimmerman killed him.
The “We” indicates that Don West’s daughters involved themselves, and give themselves credit, for helping their dad humiliate, denigrate, condescend, and badger 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel. It causes me to wonder if they bully people in their personal lives in the same manner that they coached their dad.
The most important indication in the “We beat stupidity …” caption, is that it demonstrates Don West’s personal prejudice against Rachel Jeantel. He wants to recall her to the witness stand after demonstrating his personal opinion of her as written by his daughter, which is that he thinks she is stupid.
Don West deposed Jeantel, and kept her on the witness stand for hours. Her memory of her last conversation with Trayvon Martin was consistent. Yet, Don West wants to lay a guilt trip on Jeantel for not calling the police. What police? She doesn’t reside in Sanford, FL. Was she suppose to call the Miami police department and ask that they relay a message to the Sanford Police Dept.
Jeantel said several times that she didn’t call the police because she thought Zimmerman had been arrested. Don West misses the sense and logic in that. In general, when a person admits to killing another, they are arrested. George Zimmerman admitted killing Trayvon Martin. Don West assumes that a then 18-year-old high school sophomore was supposed to know, and understand, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law which Zimmerman claimed to avoid arrest.
Rachel Jeantel is far from being stupid. It’s Don West’s assumptions that cause him to appear removed from reality; his knock-knock joke being one example of that, and now his “We beat stupidity …” celebration photo with his daughters.
Shame on Don West, and shame on Molly West.
With Don West’s insulting and prejudicial opinion of Jeantel, the State should bring it to the court’s attention so that Jeantel is not further abused and publicly denigrated by Zimmerman’s attorneys.
This page will be updated throughout the day with videos of today’s trial proceeding.
The defense is not making a good impression to the jury. Don West badgers witnesses and it is clearly seen that he mixes testimony and interjects his own descriptive words in attempt to paint State witnesses in a bad light.
In addition to this, Don West and Mark O’Mara are not defending George Zimmerman but rather, following a White Supremacist agenda to make this case solely a matter of race. The Honorable Judge Nelson ordered that the State can use the word “profile” or “profiling” but not “racial profiling.” Don West clearly used “racial profiling” when cross-examining DeeDee.
Let’s be clear — George Zimmerman was arrested because investigators found evidence to support a charge of 2nd degree murder.
Below are the videos from today’s proceeding provided by croakerqueen123. A word to the White Supremacists and bigoted racists; please be respectful of croakerqueen123’s video pages. If you (meaning, White Supremacists and bigoted racists) don’t like that she takes time to record live stream and make them available on her Youtube channel, then get your own software, learn how to use it, and open your own Youtube channel.
Regarding part 4, croakerqueen123 wrote;
Some got cut out. They looked at the witness’ twitter account, and BLDR had some issues with twitter, and it turned out she was not following Robert Zimmerman (but there is spec BLDR was logged in his account still, and it was saying HE wasn’t following) I will try to find that part, and post it as soon as I can.
(Administrator’s note. Croakerqueen123 now has the video where the witness’ Twitter account is discussed. It is below part 4.)
Thank you, croakerqueen123. Your work and time is greatly appreciated.
The latest hearing in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman was quite the circus to say the least. In my opinion the hearing was not just for O’Mara’s ludicrous sanction motion against the state for getting rip to shreds in Bernie de la Rionda’s response, but to put on a show for the dwindling support group for the Zimmermans.
I say Zimmermans to include the family as well. Their actions speak for themselves.
The hearing was yet another attempt to get at Mr. Crump, Ms. Sabrina Fulton and Witness 8, aka Deedee. This is the misdirection.
Misdirection is a form of deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another.
Counsel for the defendant keeps failing to realize this is a murder trial with witnesses, forensic evidence, the defendant’s multiple statements, the defendant’s Hannity interview, bullet casing location, GPS data, phone records, text messages and DNA evidence.
Mr. Crump has done everything he can and will do legally in helping his clients Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, for the senseless shooting death of their son Trayvon Martin. Anything garnered by Mr. Crump’s efforts are protected by work product/attorney privilege.
What part of that statement/ruling made by the judge in the black robe do they not understand?
Don West starts off with his ongoing complaint of attorney Crump’s interview of Deedee. If the Sanford Police Department would have done their due diligence in finding her, they could have questioned her themselves. Law enforcement commonly obtains permission from the parents and or through a warrant to access data on phones. This case has been fouled from the very beginning. Many things were done wrongly and some rightly. More often than not the Sanford Police Department is responsible for a lot of the wrongs.
West continues to go on and on about the non-hospital visit of Deedee. It is a non-issue. Big deal! So what! What does that have to do with a man with a record of domestic violence, and anger issues, menacing Trayvon first by car, then on foot, chasing him in the dark, and ultimately killing him with a gun that is registered to his wife, Shellie.
What does Deedee making an excuse, (not a lie of not attending the funeral of a person she was in love with), have to do with the murder case filed by the State of Florida? Most human beings do not like facing the death of a loved one, let alone one that was murdered.
The other thing I noticed from the hearing was both attorneys, Mr. Mark O’Mara and Mr. Don West, used the hearing, not only to attack the State for their hurt feelings from the response by Mr. Bernie de la Rionda, but to also discuss, at length, depositions taken of Ms. Sybrina Fulton and Deedee.
Depositions are never a part of the case record. Not being a part of the case record means there is no requirement to seal or unseal. The court never sees depositions. Depositions are solely for discovery and not intended to address the facts of a case neither legal conclusions. They are maintained by the attorneys. Some depositions are never reduced to transcripts – that is, written out, because attorneys do not find any information in them that has merit in the case. When that happens, if opposing counsel wants a transcript of the deposition, they have to pay for them to be transcribed.
In essence, we the public, do not get to see transcripts of depositions because they are not a part of the case record.
The attorneys for the defendant found a way to talk about the depositions without getting in trouble with the court. For example, would we have known that the letter that was presented from Deedee to Ms. Fulton was not written in her own hand but was dictated by her and written by a friend named Francine? It doesn’t make the letter any less authentic because she did not pen it herself; they were her thoughts written by her friend. She signed the letter. By signing the letter she made it hers. The content of the letter could have not come from her friend, because she was not on the phone with Trayvon. Deedee herself was describing as best she could for Ms. Sybrina Fulton what happened that night. The audacity of the defendant’s attorneys to actually make this woman take a personal letter out of her Bible to prove she had the original goes beyond the limit of human decency.
It goes to show us the only strategy O’Mara and West are using is to keep attacking witness 8, aka Deedee, and Ms. Sybrina Fulton. This will not work. We have viewed the available evidence and data to date and all of it points to the absolute guilt of George Zimmerman.
Quite a few bloggers have painstakingly taken apart evidence, timelines, DNA data, police timelines, videos etc. that can put any experts that O’Mara employs to shame.
By the way we never have known the friend’s name if it weren’t for Mr. West’s big mouth either. This is why the identity of witness 8 is taken with the utmost care by the State. The lengths that some blogs (they know who they are) and the attorneys themselves have gone through to get information about her are enough to scare any person.
Bernie de la Rionda cross-examination of West was outstanding! He got Mr. West to answer when the existence of the letter to Ms. Fulton was discovered. There was no withholding of discovery. Bernie de la Rionda also revealed how long the defense team deposed Ms. Fulton – 7 hours; really, they actually asked her about her employment, and how much money she made in previous years. How relevant is this? The amount of time spent on witness eight and Ms. Fulton borders on witness intimidation.
I also noticed that Bernie didn’t fall for their crap either; he didn’t do a tic for tat by revealing any of the juicy details from his interviews.
The lawyers for the defense were trying, very badly I might add, to deflect from the real issue of the immunity hearing. O’Mara wanted nothing more than to crawl back under the rock he slithered from, than to have that taken right off the table. He had to eat those words previously said at interviews and in court that his client welcomes an immunity hearing. O’Mara said “His client wants to take the stand and plead his case”. When did Mark O’Mara know that he would not proceed with a pre-trial immunity hearing? Please see the video below.
Weren’t those the days, Counselor? (LOL)
As previously stated by Judge Lester, the case against George Zimmerman is strong.
There aren’t many days left till June 10th. We are already in the first week of May. As my good friend Lonnie says, Tick, Tock George, Tick Tock.
On Oct. 26, 2012, the State v. George Zimmerman was heard in court on two motions. In layman’s terms, Zimmerman wanted State witnesses not to talk to State Attorneys before O’Mara, his attorney, deposes them. Presiding Judge Nelson said “no’ denying Zimmerman’s motion.
The other motion was filed by the State for a gag order against all attorneys and their staff using the media to promote their positions. Judge Nelson is to rule on that on Monday.
Attorney West for Zimmerman, approached the podium in effort to regurgitate the statement of Witness 8, who is commonly known as “DeeDee” or Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend. Judge West refused to hear the matter re-argued as she entered order regarding the recorded statement last week.
Judge Nelson also set a Case Management calendar.
Originally, we presented videos of the hearing that were recorded by Trent Sawyer, (stateoftheinternet), and posted to his YouTube channel. Since the verdict, Trent has made the videos private and they are no longer available.