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.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Koppelli’s Gym owner, Adam Pollack, was arrested in March 2013 for attacking a woman and threatening to cut her fingers and toes off. Pollack testified today that George Zimmerman joined his gym in 2010 and began training in “grabbling” then switched to boxing. He testified that Zimmerman was trained in how to get free from being mounted, and how to protect his face from punches. Zimmerman did not advance quickly because he was obese and had no previous athletic experience.
“There are two people involved here. One of them is dead and one of them is a liar.”
On July 5, 2013, the defense for admitted killer and accused murderer George Zimmerman, filed a Motion for Judgment of Acquittal.
State prosecutor Richard Mantei argued for the State and brought out some of Zimmerman’s lies. The Honorable Judge Debra Nelson denied the defense’s motion.
This video is a summary of State Prosecutor’s Richard Mantei’s points on some of Zimmerman’s lies.
The day begins with the court denying the defense’s motion regarding entry of tapes of Zimmerman’s NEN calls for the 6 months before he killed Trayvon Martin.
Thanks again to croakerqueen123 for recording the trial and uploading to YouTube.
Some history and excerpts of the work of Assistant State’s Attorney Bernie de la Rionda, lead prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case.
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.
Most recently, Robert Zimmerman Jr., older brother of George Zimmerman, went on a media tangent. He focus was to speak about race and GZ’s case. He went beyond that when Tweeting a threat to Attorney Jackson that his life’s goal was to have her disbarred. Mark O’Mara, defense attorney for George Zimmerman, then posted on the legal defense site his disagreement with Junior’s statements and activities.
Junior has now responded. He makes no apologies for his threats, neither causing controversy by his media participation. His response is below.
On 4/11/2012, George Zimmerman was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder, and from jail, spoke to his wife about money donated to his defense fund. By his instructions, Shellie Zimmerman spent money, transferred money, put money in a safe deposit box, and then lied to the court about her knowledge of that money.
When the prosecutors gathered evidence of the misrepresentation, they put their ducks in a row and filed papers in court asking that George Zimmerman’s bond be revoked. In deciding to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond, Judge Lester stated to attorney Mark O’Mara:
“Does your client get to sit there like a potted palm and let you lead me down the primrose path? That’s the issue.”
George Zimmerman (GZ) was not required to testify in court during his bond hearing, but he was required to tell his legal counsel the truth. Had he done so, there would have been no need for witnesses, such as Shellie Zimmerman, to testify about their finances.
That was not the first time that GZ sat like a potted palm. In calendar year 2011, GZ received money in a legal matter and kept it secretive from a court of law.
On May 10, 2006, GZ filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. That complaint was against Aames Funding Corporation, d/b/a Aames Home Loan (Aames). That complaint alleged that GZ worked for Aames from 10/1/2005 to January 27, 2006, and that the company failed to pay him for overtime. (Complaint linked at bottom of page)
Paragraph 8 of that complaint sets forth that GZ retained the Pantas Law Firm to represent him in the matter and agreed to pay them reasonable attorney’s fees for its services.
On 5/5/2009, a “Suggestion of Bankruptcy” was filed in the case, setting forth that Aames had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, requiring that the District Court enter a stay of proceedings in GZ’s case. The court entered a stay of proceedings and thereafter, GZ’s attorney filed periodic status reports.
On 4/6/2012, a “Status Report” was filed in Case No. 6:06-CV-630-ORL-22JGG, George Zimmerman vs. Aames Funding Corp. Attorney Pantas set forth in paragraph 3;
“Previously, the undersigned was informed that payment was expected sometime in 2012. Recently, the undersigned has learned that said payment was actually sent to Mr. Zimmerman sometime in 2011. “
(Status report linked at bottom of page)
GZ did not inform his attorney that he received the money. As set forth in paragraph 2, the attorney for the trustee in the bankruptcy case notified GZ’s attorney that an actual payment was made directly to GZ, and that;
“Mr. Zimmerman has since cashed the trustee’s check. “
Remember paragraph 8 of the complaint? GZ agreed to pay reasonable fees to his attorneys. In the “Status Report” filed 4/6/2012, GZ’s attorney sets forth;
“No fees or costs were deducted, and Mr. Zimmerman retained the entire amount of the check.”
A copy of the check is attached to the Status Report, providing that it was issued to GZ on July 7, 2011 in the amount of $18, 219.71.
Maybe or maybe not by coincidence, on 4/9/2012, the Monday following the filing of that Status Report, GZ launched his website and although not charged with a criminal offense, asked for donations for his legal defense. In about 8 months after receiving $18, 219.71, and although having a full-time job, GZ was financially broke.
On 4/10/12, attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner held a press conference saying that they lost track of Zimmerman on Sunday when he stopped returning their calls.
According to Mark Osterman, after GZ killed Trayvon Martin, GZ spent about 6 weeks at his home in Lake Mary, FL. In Sonner and Uhrig’s press conference, they stated that GZ was no longer in the state of Florida. The six weeks that GZ spent at Osterman’s house suggests that he left right about the time when attorney Pantas notified the court that he was only recently made aware that in July 2011, GZ received over $18,000.
GZ’s acts of desperation that weekend might not be solely related to the murder investigation that was taking place. His wrong doing in not notifying his attorney in the civil case of receiving the check in July 2011, neither paying costs and fees, was now documented in court record.
For whatever reason, GZ could no longer remain at his best friend’s house in Lake Mary, FL. GZ found it necessary to run, to stop communicating with his attorneys, and — he needed money. GZ had sat like a potted palm for 8 months, leading his attorney down the primrose path.
GZ betrayed his legal counsel in the civil matter. Is he also capable of betraying Mark O’Mara?
On February 26, 2012, a 17 year old’s life was brutally taken in Sanford, Florida. His name is Trayvon Martin. The man who killed him, George M. Zimmerman, claimed self-defense under Florida’s stand your ground statute. He was not arrested until April, 2012, after the governor of Florida appointed a special investigating State’s Attorney to the case.
There is so much we want to write regarding the George Zimmerman case.
In all the websites, comments and other writings posted about the subject case, it appears that those supporting George Zimmerman’s innocence incorporate a race in a most denigrating manner. They also use unsupported allegations against Trayvon Martin. Even if the FBI is convinced that George Zimmerman is not racist, we can’t tell by the comments of his supporters. His supporters actually congratulate him for racial profiling and killing a “thug”; want him acquitted to kill more; and encourages others to do the same. SHAMEFUL!
After Shellie Zimmerman was arrested for perjury, those supporting George Zimmerman began an outright (and seemingly organized) attack on Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother. Blackbutterfly7 believes that Ms. Fulton has more class in her little finger than the “Zimmbots” could ever hope for. (Blackbutterfly7 refers to Zimmerman supporters who take his inconsistent versions as gospel as “Zimmbots.” So now you know.)
Check back often. We are just getting started.