Closing arguments concluded yesterday evening. The State conducted effective closing argument, incorporating the use of Power Point. The defense however, talked for about 80 minutes, often being redundant, and took statements out of context.
Judge Healey is bringing in the jury to give them instructions, and then they start deliberations. We will be on verdict watch.
To watch the jury receive instructions, and if they have any questions for the judge, and when they announce that they have reached the verdict, use any of the following links.
JUSTICE FOR JORDAN DAVIS!
Ted Wafer took the stand for the second day, and went under cross-examination by the prosecution and re-direct by his attorneys.
The video below has excerpts. If more videos become available, I’ll post them here.
Also today, the judge allowed the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter to be included in the jury instructions.
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Each side has one hour. Then it’s up to the jury.
MUCH THANKS to everyone who keeps us informed and up-to-date by following Twitter and joining in discussions. Yahtzeebutterfly deserves a vacation after this. I recommend Hawaii and that she takes me with. (snicker)
I suspect that closing arguments will be made late today or Wednesday in the Ted Wafer murder trial. The judge will then read the jury instructions and send them off to decide the verdict.
As we learned in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, there are some courts that allow the attorneys to amend jury instructions, even omitting sections. Thus, the Supreme Court Committee in those states waste their time writing model or pattern jury instructions that judges toss aside for those written by defense lawyers.
Personally, I think that is a miscarriage of justice, especially in criminal cases. Model or Pattern Jury Instructions are written because of criminal statute and prosecutors should not be placed in a position where the statutes are rendered moot by jury instructions that do not fit the law.
For all intents and purposes, Ted Wafer is claiming that he shot and killed Renisha McBride in self-defense.
The below are Michigan’s actual jury instructions for use of deadly force in self-defense. Read the rest of this entry
Final Jury Instructions in the George Zimmerman case.
Please click on link. It is a pdf document.
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.