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Darren Wilson Testifies Before The Grand Jury

FergusonFerguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown 6 times, twice in the head. The shot to the top of Michael’s head spilled his brains unto the street. Photos and videos show Darren Wilson casually standing and walking around as Michael’s blood flows like a river from his body.

Darren Wilson has been in hiding. On Wednesday, news sources reported that Darren Wilson testified before the St. Louis County grand jury.

St. Louis Today reports:

Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his shooting Aug. 9 of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.

Wilson was not obligated to appear, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said Wilson was “cooperative.”

New York Magazine cites the Post-Dispatch, reporting:

The Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on August 9 has finally told his story in court. Darren Wilson spent nearly four hours in front of a St. Louis County grand jury on Tuesday, the Post-Dispatch reports, despite not being required to testify. An anonymous source called Wilson “cooperative,” and said he has also given his side of the story twice to local investigators and once to federal investigators.

MSNBC has a video with an introductory line that says:

Big questions surround Officer Darren Wilson’s reported grand jury testimony. Legal expert Lisa Bloom has answers.

As Lisa Bloom says in the video, grand juries are secretive. My perspective is from that basis. Read the rest of this entry

The Impact of Trayvon Martin’s Death on America

Trayvon lives onOutside of his family and friends, Trayvon Martin was unknown until a few days after February 26, 2012. On that evening, Trayvon Martin was the average 17-year old child of divorced parents where the father is involved in his son’s life and there is an extended family. Living in Miami Gardens, Trayvon was visiting his dad in Sanford, Florida, who was staying with his girlfriend. He went to the 7-Eleven and on his way back, was followed by a man in a truck. Trayvon was on the phone with a childhood friend named Rachel, and told her about a creepy looking guy following him. Trayvon ran. The man got out of his truck, followed Trayvon, and shot him dead.

enhanced-buzz-20534-1373759092-14The killing of Trayvon Martin impacted America more than the killing of some U.S. Presidents. Because of technology and the internet, people from across the globe took interest in the case.   Because of Florida’s “sunshine law,” discovery documents and pleadings filed in the case were made public. George Zimmerman’s trial for 2nd degree murder was shown on television, and live-streamed. Read the rest of this entry

On Vacation For 3 Days – Open Discussion

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

butterflies_peace_sign_framed_tileIt’s not a real vacation such as leaving town and not having to cook and clean.   Some personal business is calling my name and I can also use some rest.  Don’t worry, because I’ll check in for the administrative stuff, such as checking on comments in moderation, and embedding photos when links are in comments.

Before I sign off temporarily, I want to thank our new subscribers.  I look forward to visiting their blogs in the near future.  If anyone else is interested in doing the same, check under “likes” for their gravatars and click on them.  Their blogs are listed on their profiles.

butterfly thank you 1Lately, the children gone too soon have been on my mind.  My heart continues crying out for them because no matter the law, trial, verdicts or even suicide by their killers, man does not have the power to resurrect. Read the rest of this entry

“Suspicion Nation” – Addressing the Critics; Re: The Gun

In her book, Suspicion Nation, Lisa Blooms writes:

“Two weeks into the three-week trial, I used the opportunity to take another look at the important evidence that had already been admitted in the trial, as I would if I were trying the case myself for either side.”

“That’s when I noticed some critical evidence about the placement of Zimmerman’s gun.  That black KelTec 9mm PF-9 semiautomatic handgun was holstered not only inside his waistband (that is, inside his pants, concealed), but behind Zimmerman, on his backside.”

George-Zimmerman-re-enactmentLisa goes on to write about learning this from Zimmerman himself, as she watched his reenactment video several times.  Like many of us who studied Zimmerman, not only in words, but his re-play of actions, noticed that he reached behind his pocket when reenacting where he wore his gun.  We concluded that there was no way that Trayvon could see, much less reach, for that gun.

The anti-Trayvon Martin camp criticizes Lisa Bloom for her keen perception.  They say that Zimmerman did not carry his gun on his backside.  They make excuses for why Zimmerman reached behind his pocket when showing detectives where his gun was when he reached for it.

So the question is, where did George Zimmerman carry his gun?

The answer comes from his own mouth; i.e., his “hip.”

The hip is not the waist and George demonstrated what he believes to be his hip.

Lisa Bloom questions what many of us also questioned, which is why did the detectives allow Zimmerman to demonstrate from a standing position, those things that he said happened on the ground while he was on his back.

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“Suspicion Nation” – Addressing the Critics; Re: Maddy

I tend to not like writing long blog articles but this is one that I feel cannot be parsed.  Thus, I apologize for the length, but it’s the only way for me to present an entire picture in support of my opinion.

From the time that the killing of Trayvon Martin hit the airways in March 2012, until the verdict was entered in George Zimmerman’s murder trial on July 13, 2013, there were people who kept up with every release of discovery material, every press conference held by attorney Mark O’Mara, and every hearing conducted in the courtroom.  They watched videos of George Zimmerman’s statements.  They almost memorized, word for word, all written witness statements and then their oral interviews.  Their focus was on George Zimmerman and discovery evidence beyond “George said.”

If anyone wrote a book about the George Zimmerman trial, those who diligently followed everything from the beginning might expect for it to be like an investigative piece re-litigating the trial; presenting  every aspect of evidence against Zimmerman.  After all, re-litigating is what started after the verdict, and continues to this day in social media.  In my opinion, it’s because we have heard jurors say that they considered Zimmerman’s wounds, but not that they considered any other physical evidence during deliberations. Read the rest of this entry

Juror in Zimmerman’s Trial Says She Was Demeaned and Mocked By Other Jurors

The Daily Beast reports that Maddy, also known as Juror B29, spoke with Lisa Bloom about her experience.  They have published an excerpt from Bloom’s just published Suspicion Nation.

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Maddy – Juror B 29

Maddy revealed that she was fed up before the trial was over.  Being the only minority on the jury, she said that she was sequestered with five White women who didn’t understand her.  They demeaned, mocked and trivialized her.  She was ready to leave and return home saying, “If they had to put me in jail for going home, then put me in jail.” Read the rest of this entry

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