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“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

Potpourri and Open Discussion

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

There is a person who today, subscribed to follow Blackbutterfly7.  I was recently informed that she wants me to acknowledge her.  So, in the spirit of treating everyone equally, here’s a heartfelt welcome to all new subscribers, and a heartfelt thank you to all who subscribed before this week. 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.


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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