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The Backwards Trial: After Two Bizarre Weeks, Zimmerman Prosecution Rests

The astounding details of how a prosecution appeared to establish reasonable doubt.

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Mike McDaniel

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July 8, 2013 - 9:54 am
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The second week of testimony in the George Zimmerman trial closely followed the pattern established in the first: the prosecution presents its witnesses; they promptly support the defense’s case. Yet the prosecution’s trial strategy was revealed: present Trayvon Martin as a small, innocent child profiled and ruthlessly hunted down by a racist George Zimmerman, a wannabe cop whose frustrations at a string of burglaries and thefts in his neighborhood built to a rage that exploded in murder when he saw Martin apparently casing a home that had recently been burglarized. The evidence of this hatred and depravity is Zimmerman muttering obscenities about the criminals plaguing his neighborhood during his non-emergency call to police to report a suspicious person, and that he carried his handgun fully loaded and with a round in the chamber. (Of course, this is precisely how it was designed to be carried, and how the police carry theirs.)

The following summarizes the witnesses from the second week.

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Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone

Dr. Nakosone is a renowned FBI expert in voice analysis, and was an impressive witness. The prosecution’s sole purpose for Dr. Nakasone’s testimony was to elicit an admission that a person familiar with someone’s voice might be best qualified to identify someone screaming in terror. However, Dr. Nakasone cautioned that such identification would only be the best of abysmal methods. This is enormously ironic in that it was Dr. Nakasone’s testimony in large part that cut the legs from under the prosecution’s desperate and unsuccessful attempt to allow “experts” that would have — using non-scientific criteria and methods — testified that it was Martin rather than Zimmerman screaming for help.

The obvious strategy of prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda was to later put Sybrina Fulton — Martin’s mother — on the stand to testify that the screaming voice is Trayvon Martin’s. Yet Dr. Nakasone warned of the problem of listener bias, of hearing what one wants to hear, and unfortunately for the prosecution, the defense would later produce multiple Zimmerman family members who convincingly identifed the voice as Zimmerman’s. In addition, John Good’s testimony comes solidly down on the defense side, and Jenna Lauer’s testimony — that the screaming voice was only one person and never changed — will also be helpful.

Doris Singleton, Sanford Police Officer

Among the most important tasks of any defense counsel is to humanize their client for the jury, a difficult task with most criminals. Singleton’s testimony, including a recording of her interview with Zimmerman, fully supported his account. Particularly harmful to the prosecution was this exchange:

Singleton: “I had a silver cross on and he asked me if I was Catholic. I said, ‘No. I’m Christian. Why are you asking?’”

Zimmerman replied that he noticed a silver cross she was wearing and said it’s “always wrong to kill” someone.

Singleton replied: “If what you’re telling me is true then I don’t think that’s what God meant — you couldn’t save your own life.”

She testified that Zimmerman, who appeared to be shocked, said: “He’s dead?”

She replied: “I thought you knew that.”

Investigator Chris Serino, Sanford Police Department

Serino is a controversial figure who is said to have favored prosecuting Zimmerman, but one would not know that by his testimony — it almost entirely supported Zimmerman’s account. Serino depicted Zimmerman as a mild, even meek man who repeatedly told Serino he did not want to confront Martin, had no intention of catching him, and followed him only to keep him in sight to inform the police.

Under cross examination, defense attorney Mark O’Mara elicited from Serino that, throughout multiple interviews, Zimmerman remained consistent. He agreed that Zimmerman was completely cooperative and that nothing Zimmerman told him contradicted the physical evidence, officer statements, witness evidence, or any other facts. Zimmerman never displayed anger or disdain toward Martin. O’Mara asked if Zimmerman was ever “cagey” or “less than straightforward.” Serino replied: “No, he was being straightforward in my opinion.” Serino also testified that he saw no racism in Zimmerman or his actions.

In one particularly brilliant line of questioning, O’Mara asked if there was anything in Zimmerman’s words that would suggest an uncaring attitude. Serino replied: “No.” O’Mara asked if Zimmerman, during his first interview with Serino at 12:05 a.m. on February 27, 2012, was ever “cavalier,” like: “Can I go home now? Are we done here?” Serino replied that Zimmerman was not.

This is particularly ironic in that Rachel Jeantel, upon learning she would need to return for a second day of testimony, behaved exactly that way and spoke words to that effect.

Serino acknowledged he was under great pressure to complete the investigation, and that it caused him to proceed more quickly than he liked. Surprisingly, he volunteered:

In this particular case, he [Zimmerman] could have been considered a victim too.

One of the week’s most destructive revelations for the prosecution occurred just before the court adjourned for the first day. In an attempt to trick Zimmerman, Serino suggested that Martin’s cellphone might have recorded video of everything that happened. He told Zimmerman: “If it’s there and you haven’t told us, it will be very bad for you.” The cell phone was dead, but Zimmerman didn’t know that. Zimmerman immediately replied:

Thank God. I was hoping someone videotaped it.

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The bottom line here is that the Sanford Police Department's decision not to charge George Z was the correct call. If this had not been a rare white-on-black shooting (most black victims are shot by black criminals) that could bring the race profiteers and the clueless national media to town, the supportable claim of self-defense would have prevailed. The police did a thorough job and felt George was telling the truth (as Investigator Chris Serino testified), which is the most likely probability. The fact that Mr. Z had had to undergo 14 months of vilification and then be called on to essentially prove his innocence is the real tragedy of this case.
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Zimmerman is a victim of black racists and their demonic hatred; they have been joined by white yuppies who also hate the white race because they hate themselves so thoroughly. White people in America had better become aware of the oncoming pogrom dictated by and instituted by the merican gubmint.
1 year ago
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Can a judge like Nelson be so dishonest as to provide means for the prosecution to have the means to declare a slam-dunk mistrial, knowing how fouled up this has been from the beginning? Certainly if there was a second trial the prosecution would do the entire thing differently.

I have a bad feeling for Zimmerman. One can't help but get the feeling this incredible injustice will end the way it started, in the racist mind of Crump. One thing's for sure: if Zimmerman walks you can be assured the whining and confirmation bias will be loud and sustained. These really evil people on the Left, despite seeing the truth of the matter, haven't changed their minds one wit. How could they, since all was "known" as soon a Martin died.
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1 year ago
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I wonder how many of you have heard of the lynching of Leo Frank?
1 year ago
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Hey, what can you say, they thought they'd found the perfect White (Hispanic) to sacrifice on the hungry fire of Political Correctness. Oh well, they will try, try again. Liberals are programmed to learn nothing.
1 year ago
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So, would this whole brouhaha had gotten started if Mr. Zimmerman had been named something like 'Carlos Lopez', not something which on first hearing might bring to mind somebody who might look like a model for an old Nazi propaganda poster crossed with a good old English boy?
1 year ago
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Funny thing. Listening to a very conservative LA talk radio station, the normally measured hosts devoting a segment to this trial were over the top positive that Zimmerman was a guilty, "a racist vigilante with delusions of frontier justice driving him to reckless manslaughter of an innocent young black man" - who was just minding his own business. They even hung up on a caller - calling him a not job - who tried very calmly and articulately to present some (otherwise) well known evidence to the contrary.

I am stunned at how powerful the MSM can be when they establish a narrative and promote it relentlessly. And I lost a ton of respect for these radio hosts - probably shouldn't have had any to begin with.
1 year ago
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If you are thinking of the pair that I'm thinking of, I don't know why you consider them conservative. They are just professional cranks.
1 year ago
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"Judge Nelson, considered by many observers to be prosecution-biased, became increasingly testy as the day wore on."

I've watched her quite a bit....an utterly biased obsessed incompetent...clearly in the prosecutions camp,a total moronic POS that shouldn't even be in traffic court, let alone in a trial like this.
1 year ago
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I had mixed feelings about whether Zimmerman had gone too far before this trial started. I used to think he might, with some reservation, be guilty. Now I am convinced he is innocent, regardless of final verdict.

I think the prosecution got pushed into a political trial that they didn't have enough credible evidence nor desire to prosecute. They were pushed into trying a case when they, regardless of the defendant's guilt or innocence, did not have enough evidence to make their case. Too much media attention makes for bad justice.
1 year ago
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None of this matters. A jury that has been made to fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones could still return a guilty verdict. And that is what I worry about.
1 year ago
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And if that moron Scott doesn't have the NG standing by to rout the lawless feral beasts...he doesn't deserve the Governors chair again. It was bad enough that the cute little bubble head blonde AG, Pam Bondi didn't have the guts to arrest the NBPP for putting out a death warrant..clearly in violation of the law.
1 year ago
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The bottom line here is that the Sanford Police Department's decision not to charge George Z was the correct call. If this had not been a rare white-on-black shooting (most black victims are shot by black criminals) that could bring the race profiteers and the clueless national media to town, the supportable claim of self-defense would have prevailed. The police did a thorough job and felt George was telling the truth (as Investigator Chris Serino testified), which is the most likely probability. The fact that Mr. Z had had to undergo 14 months of vilification and then be called on to essentially prove his innocence is the real tragedy of this case.
1 year ago
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"the supportable claim of self-defense would have prevailed"

Supportable? As this trial has shown, it's not just supportable, it's a slam dunk.

But that's only the truth, and truth doesn't seem to matter to this court.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Zimmerman is a victim of black racists and their demonic hatred; they have been joined by white yuppies who also hate the white race because they hate themselves so thoroughly. White people in America had better become aware of the oncoming pogrom dictated by and instituted by the merican gubmint.
1 year ago
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