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Witness in Trayvon Martin Case Lied. Will It Even Go To Trial?

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, two significantly responsible for the national furor, do not respond to requests for comment.

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Bob Owens

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March 11, 2013 - 9:43 am
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The key prosecution witness in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman has allegedly been caught in a significant lie:

Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, the state’s most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie, it was revealed Tuesday.

It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position.

They had to publicly acknowledge that their star witness had lied under oath and had to answer questions about what they intend to do about it.

Reporters asked: Will you charge the 19-year-old Miami woman with perjury?

The state’s lead prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda, gave an ambiguous answer: “You can all read the law and make your own decision.”

The 19-year-old woman — who had originally claimed to be just sixteen at the time of the shooting, when she was in fact two years older — was caught in a second lie. She had told prosecutors that she was in the hospital during Trayvon Martin’s funeral, a claim that investigators for the defense now claim is false.

The unidentified woman, also identified in court documents as “Witness 8,” was the state’s best “earwitness,” having been on the phone with Trayvon Martin during the incident up until the point she claimed Martin initiated a confrontation with George Zimmerman. Shortly afterward, the phone went dead.

The physical evidence recovered in the case largely supports — and at least as importantly, does not conflict with — George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin attacked him, knocked him down with a punch, and then beat his head against a concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman claims that he feared for his life at this point, drew his 9mm pistol, and fired the single shot that struck Trayvon Martin in the chest, killing him.

None of the witnesses at the condominium complex saw the beginning of the confrontation, and those that did see part of the confrontation tell seemingly contradictory stories — some insisting Martin was on top, some claiming it was likely Zimmerman.

Witness 8′s alleged perjury puts the state in the odd position of having to possibly charge their best witness in the case with the crime of lying under oath, significantly damaging her credibility.

This puts the state’s case against Zimmerman in a particularly precarious position. Legal experts including high-profile Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz have claimed from the beginning that there was no evidence to support a second-degree murder charge in the case, and have even gone so far as to claim that the prosecution of Zimmerman was entirely political.

Social-justice activists such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were among those stirring the pot after the district attorney refused to bring charges against George Zimmerman. They raised both the profile of the case and inflamed African-American communities across Florida and across the nation, eventually creating the public furor that led Florida Governor Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the investigation.

Neither Jackson nor Sharpton has responded to a PJ Media request for comment on the developments surrounding Witness 8′s alleged perjury and the viability of the overall case against George Zimmerman.

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This is the exact type of atrocity that makes people rich.
I'll help Zimmerman sue Jackson & Sharpton to hell and back, along with every single person involved in the false prosecution of this case. That includes the parents of Martin.
If these people aren't prosecuted for their racial incitement and false testimony, then Our system of jurisprudence is irretrievably wrecked.
No one, of any race or ethnic makeup, should be subject to any hint of this type of treatment in the United States justice system, or We are no better than North Korea.
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From all the evidence that has been made public, the detention of Zimmerman has been a travesty from day one. I am not a fan of big damage awards, but I hope some enterprising trial lawyer gets hold of Zimmerman after he is cleared and sues the ever loving hell out of Florida.
1 year ago
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Of course it'll go to trial. it's a *narrative*.
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At this point, I think the best outcome is to have a well-publicized trial that presents the evidence supporting Zimmerman's claims, whereupon the prosecutor admits that he has not case and drops the charges. This will publicize the weakness of the case and Zimmerman's likely innocence, which is what must be done to reduce the extent of rioting.
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This is part of the last ditch efforts of the Obama Democrats and their criminal press and their (lL)Legal Ambulance chasers. They will stoop to any subterfuge, fabricate any slander and murder by proxy, physically and ethically. Zimmermans response should be how can I get my life back and 2 billion dollars that the liberal press owes me for bringing horrendous, egregious defamation of character that may be terminal for him. Shame on the (In)Justice Department for their renegade political hits. To all people I say we have to hold responsible those who use this to foment race war. War it is. War it shall be, unless responsible citizens stop the madness. Is this the country we leave our progeny?
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The state of Florida should be required to pay Mr.Zimmerman's court costs ten-fold AND hire him as a police shooting instructor.
1 year ago
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I don't know. Being a White-Latino should prove Zimmerman's guilt all on it's own. Isn't it time to re-try the Duke LaCrosss team ? They were, after all, 100% White. Or how about the Claremont Colleges gal who cried 'racisim !' when it was proven by cameras that she had vandalized her own car ?

What, Tawana Brawley could not be reached for comment ?
1 year ago
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Even if all charges against George Zimmerman are dropped, the damage is done. There will always be people who believe he is a murderer, based simply on what Jackson and Sharpton ginned up. Can he ever feel safe again?
1 year ago
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This proves it. Here we have the left wing media and it's supporters in a bind. They tried the case and concluded that Zimmerman should be hanged.

Now it turns out that the star witness for the prosecution is a perjurer X 2. And where are Sharpton and Jackson? They have their best running shoes on and are about to set a new world record for running a marathon with both feet in their mouths.
1 year ago
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Gee, big Al of Tawana Brawley fame refused to comment? Imagine that!
1 year ago
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This is the exact type of atrocity that makes people rich.
I'll help Zimmerman sue Jackson & Sharpton to hell and back, along with every single person involved in the false prosecution of this case. That includes the parents of Martin.
If these people aren't prosecuted for their racial incitement and false testimony, then Our system of jurisprudence is irretrievably wrecked.
No one, of any race or ethnic makeup, should be subject to any hint of this type of treatment in the United States justice system, or We are no better than North Korea.
1 year ago
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(I like the addition of the "post time", but, it looks like it hasn't updated to Daylight Savings Time yet. Instead of showing my post as 1 minute, it shows 1 hour).
1 year ago
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Jesse Jackson was a guest speaker at my school back when I was a public school teacher. He was a rambling and inarticulate, and came off sounding like an absolute babbling fool. The fact that he still has so much public influence is absolutely depressing.
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And look at AL Sharpton. He was hired by a major network for a talk show. How much more inarticulate can you get???
1 year ago
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Perjury, smerjury.
We're going to have a circus trial in Florida, and Zimmerman will be convicted. He'll be sent up the river to Starke, but in a couple years his conviction will be overturned on appeal and he'll be released.
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I keep seeing statements like this. The prosecution doesn't get to pick the jurors. In our system the defense has much more power to shape a jury than does the prosecution. Judges also don't like being overturned on appeal. He is going to throw out most of the prosecution's evidence. If the case goes to trial I wouldn't be surprised if the judge grants the defense's traditional request for a directed verdict of acquital.

At this point Zimmerman holds all the aces. I doubt very much this case will be tried. If I were Zimmerman's lawyer I would be telling the prosecutor that I am going "Mike Nifong" her if she takes this trail That's my deal we won't get you disbarred for gross misconduct if you drop this loser of a case.
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