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Zimmerman Closing Arguments: Detailing What the Mob Ignores

No intellectually honest protester — or jury — could have convicted. Challenge the mob's assertions with this summary.

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Mike McDaniel

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July 15, 2013 - 9:15 am
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George Zimmeman was found not guilty by a six-woman jury late in the evening of July 13, 2013. To try to understand why they came to that decision, consider the closing statements of the prosecution and defense. In many ways, they forecast that verdict.

In this backwards case — defense attorney Mark O’Mara called it the “bizarro case” — the prosecution plumbed improbable depths once more by springing a motion to send an alternate charge of third-degree murder to the jury. Third-degree murder in Florida is murder committed during the commission of a felony. The supposed felony here? Child abuse. Even Judge Nelson couldn’t warp the law to conform to that degree of lunacy, and eventually settled on second-degree murder with a lesser included charge of manslaughter.

The state’s closing argument:

Bernie de la Rionda’s closing was laced with supposition, innuendo, misrepresentation of evidence, unsupported accusations of Zimmerman’s lying, hysterical arm waving, pacing, and yelling at the jury. It stuck entirely to the narrative, not to the testimony. There were many mentions of Skittles, hoodies, and characterizations of Trayvon Martin as essentially a 17-year-old baby. De la Rionda presented virtually no evidence to fulfill the elements of either offense or to disprove George Zimmerman’s self-defense claim.

Some lowlights:

– De la Rionda infantilized Martin, initially saying he was “a barely 17-year-old man; I think he was three weeks past his birthday.”

– During his non-emergency call to the Sanford Police, Zimmerman, under his breath, muttered “f***ing punks,” and “a**holes,” obviously referring to the criminals — coincidently all young black males — that had been plaguing his neighborhood. De la Rionda, more times that can be easily counted, barked those words at the jury, actually shouting them out, claiming they were absolute evidence of ill will and hatred – the evidence of a depraved mind necessary for a second-degree murder conviction. This was as close as he would get to trying to prove any element of second-degree murder.

– De la Rionda claimed that Zimmerman was a master liar, concocting lie after lie, yet produced no actual evidence of his lying.

At one point, he grabbed the iconic photo of Zimmerman, his nose broken and bloodied, and dramatically slapped his hand over the mouth, yelling sarcastically that there was blood on Zinmerman’s head but not on Martin’s hands.

– As Dr. DiMaio — perhaps the most impressive witness and a man de la Rionda repeatedly mocked – testified, when one dies blood no longer flows. Also, he testified that what blood might have been on Martin’s hands — there was no evidence presented of blood on his hands — could easily have been washed off or wiped off (Martin’s body remained outside in the rain for hours). There was blood on Zimmerman’s head because he was continuously bleeding, replenishing any blood washed away by the heavy rain, and he was quickly put inside a closed police car.

– De la Rionda raised the idea – repeatedly — that because Zimmerman had two general law enforcement survey classes, he “studied the law” and could concoct lies based on an intimate knowledge of the statutes. This was a gross misrepresentation of the evidence. Neither of the teachers of those classes could testify that they taught any specific material to the class, or that Zimmerman was present, or that he was tested, or that he knew anything about those sections of Florida law.

– De la Rionda spent substantial time talking about his star witness, Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old woman who spoke with Martin by phone before his death. He actually minimized her intelligence and tried to convince the jury to believe her because she wasn’t very smart and was an awful witness, but she was “speaking the truth.” He produced no evidence of that “truth,” spoken by Jeantel or anyone else.

– It didn’t take long to play the first race card. De la Rionda actually told the jury not to disregard Jeantel’s testimony just because her family is from Haiti.

Jeantel’s horribly inappropriate behavior, her admitted perjury, and her lies and prevarications on the stand were more than sufficient grounds for the jury to accord her no credibility.

In one of several dumbfounding moments, he offered this gem:

Nobody knows if Rachel Jeantel is telling the truth but her.

De la Rionda’s second invocation of the race card was monumentally awkward and exploitative: De la Rionda referenced Martin Luther King’s stirring “I Have A Dream” speech. Like King, he began with “I have a dream,” but rather than urging equality, de la Rionda urged the jury not to judge Jeantel by her “colorful personality,” but instead by the “content of her testimony.”

– A continuing prosecution theme was that Zimmerman might as well be Anderson Silva. Di la Rionda claimed Zimmerman had “18 months of MMA fighting” training. This was a blatant misrepresentation of the testimony of Zimmerman’s trainer, who testified that after 18 months of training, Zimmerman’s skills improved from a .05 to a 1.0 on a 10-point scale.

– De la Rionda made much of the fact that no DNA or blood was found on Zimmerman’s gun. Yet this means nothing more than that: there was no DNA or blood on the gun. In this case, it proves nothing at all, and that too was established in evidence during the trial, making this yet another gross mischaracterization of testimony, as was his assertion that there were no fingerprints on the gun. One was indeed found, but as with DNA and blood, that had no bearing on the case.

– De la Rionda launched into a strange exposition about one drawstring on Martin’s mythic hoodie being longer than the other. He appeared to be suggesting that this was somehow Zimmerman’s fault and that it somehow indicated something bad, but there had been no such testimony and de la Rionda made no sense.

– In another strange rant, he ridiculed Dr. DiMaio (the man who actually wrote the book on forensic pathology), making fun of the fact that the brain has a minimum 10- to 15-second oxygen reserve, allowing movement and thought even if the heart is destroyed. He clumsily pantomimed removing his heart, mocking the time frame in a sarcastic, sing-song fashion. He ended that deceptive and strange comment by telling the jury: “I don’t know; you decide.” Decide what?

– Then, Skittles made an appearance. He kept mentioning that part of the narrative in a continuing attempt to portray Martin as a helpless, innocent child, as though anyone carrying Skittles could not possibly do wrong. Bizarrely – and in a manner that could legitimately be deemed racist — he added:

Skittles that he didn’t even steal from the 7-11, that he legitimately bought!

There had been no accusation that Martin stole Skittles. De la Rionda added that the innocent Skittles-carrying Martin was also wearing a hoodie, apparently asserting that there can be no more obvious indicators of innocence and virtue than a hoodie and Skittles.

– In perhaps the most cruelly cynical and deceptive statement of his closing, again trying to suggest that Zimmerman was once a martial arts powerhouse, de la Rionda said:

George Zimmerman was pretty fit then. Compare how Trayvon looked in the M.E. photograph.

De la Rionda was referring to the photo he showed the jury of Martin dead on the medical examiner’s autopsy table.

– In one of the most embarrassing moments of the trial, de la Rionda played portions of Zimmerman’s Sean Hannity interview, particularly focusing on Zimmerman’s clumsy use of “skipping” in describing Martin’s manner of fleeing. Zimmerman obviously was trying to say that Martin wasn’t in a full sprint, but was traveling at a faster than walking pace. De la Rionda adopted the mocking manner of a little girl, put his back to the jury, and actually skipped about 20 feet, lisping “he’s skipping away, la, la la!”

– In yet another bizarre moment, de la Rionda grabbed a mannequin another prosecutor had used, mounted it on the floor, and yelled “armpits, armpits!” He was trying to suggest that Zimmerman could not have removed his gun from its holster, and actually shouted: “How does he get the gun out?” He ended this bizarre spectacle by exclaiming: “The truth did not lie!”

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By what Legal/Moral Authority?

I’ve been having this conversation with leftists since Highschool…the Legal and Moral Authority that THEY should be allowed to operate by a different set of rules, that’s what.

The “mentality” that allows for Political Bombings by some (while calling the expression of mere opinion by others “terrorism”) will naturally allow for store windows, merchandise, and the occasional Reginald Denny to “pay” for any dissatisfaction this self-appointed class of “Politically Immune from their own behavior” adherents feel is appropriate.

The Left has long ago perfected this double standard through the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectation, Blacks have been culturally indoctrinated by The Left to EXPECT an acceptance of their violence, because its “owed” to them by “creepy ass crackers”.

They EXPECT (and are given by the media) an allowance for Riots, Flash Mobs, and “wilding sprees” because they ARE EXPECTED to behave by a different set of rules for social behavior.

Which makes me certain a certain wannabe hood-rat, conspiring to obtain an ILLEGAL handgun, was the aggressor in that altercation, and the guy who submitted to the rigors and responsibility of obtaining a Carry Permit, was NOT.

But that matters not to the Left . Who was he to DARE prevent his further beating, at the hands of a righteously insulted, politically immune, Federally Protected, Democratic Species?
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Here's what's relevant.

Let's say, purely for the sake of argument, that Zimmerman was told by the police to stop following Martin. Let's further suppose that Zimmerman was a complete a$$hole, that he confronted Martin and was rude, disrespectful and generally awful.

So if we assume those things to be true (despite there being no evidence of any of it) I'd like the Justice-for-Trayvon crowd to answer four questions:

1) By what legal / moral theory was Martin justified in initiating the physical conflict?
2) By what legal / moral theory was Martin justified in continuing the physical conflict after he'd won it? (If you're straddling someone and pounding their head on the pavement you've won the fight).
3) By what legal / moral theory was Zimmerman obliged to lay there and take a beating that could easily have resulted in permanent disability or death?
4) Here's the big one: explain how your answers to questions 1-3 don't give people like me (six feet tall with boxing and martial arts training) license to just go around beating up smaller people who piss us off.

These aren't rhetorical questions, I'd genuniely love to hear the answers. I want someone to explain how the person who initiates an assault can be considered a victim.
1 year ago
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Are you aware that special Prosecutor Angela Corey also "misrepresented the facts" by gathering info and then leaving out details and facts so as to leave room for "probable cause" to go to court?
This is where it began in earnest; someone sent her there to do just that; and it's so illegal. Where are the reports that keep this front and center?????????
1 year ago
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New here and wish to say thanks Mike McDaniel for this article and to many here who have offered good tips on how to refute the deluded altho
it will ONLY help in maybe one of a hundred debates.
Every opening mind is a step toward peace. :)
1 year ago
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seems the only person that had his civil rights abused was Zimmerman, after speaking of the creepy ass white cracker following him, that is racial profiling, and now we can hear Trayvon's girl friend speaking of how she thought Zimmerman was gay and that Trayvon should run away,

So why didn't Trayvon run when his girl friend told him to go, probably because he heard Zimmerman gay and was going to punish the gay man, another hate crime.
1 year ago
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Trayvon's case has been remanded to a higher court where he'll get all the justice he deserves. Case closed. Mr. Zimmerman can move to any Latin American country and have a wonderful life with his family and new friends. The Demokkkrats are out for blood and they'll never rest until he's dead.
1 year ago
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and with the settlement from the law suits against the media for journalistic malpractice, bet he can pick and choose anywhere he wants to live, as I see the settlement in 7 figures plus and at least one media outlet has already acknowleged the wrong because they fired one person already in a sorry attempt to make it right?
1 year ago
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I have been listening to talk radio today and the people who disagree with the jury's verdict go on to express evidence and events that did not get proven in court. One is that GZ could not get to his gun which was inside of his waistband in a holster. This is nonsense because anyone who has ever wrestled knows that if you are on top you spread your knees as far apart as possible for stability and you NEVER clamp them onto the lower person. Two, if TM was the frightened kid on top yelling for his life, why when Mr. Good came out and told them to stop and that he was going to call the police did not TM jump up and run to him? And three, how much must a person who has been knocked down by a blow to the nose and then mounted and being beaten and head being pounded into the concrete withstand before he decides that his life may be in danger? TM advocates are expressing the fact that GZ wounds were not life threatening and therefore he should not have fired his gun. That is after the fact and they were not there in the rain being beaten by a black man sitting on top of them not knowing who he was or why he was attacking. The other big complaint from this same group is that GZ should have not followed TM. There is no evidence that he did but if he did there is no crime there. In fact unless GZ hit TM first, which there was absolutely no evidence of, nothing he could have done to TM would warrant an attack by TM. They seem never to explain how TM sitting on top of GZ would be yelling for his life. Why would he scream for someone to help him? He was winning hands down.
1 year ago
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you make a logical and cogent response which means that libs/dems won't be able to understand or comprehend the facts or what you posted.
1 year ago
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What these people are unable or unwilling to understand is that self-defense, both legally and morally, doesn't require that you take ANY damage. You only have to reasonably assume that failing to stop the assault could result in severe injury or death. Indeed, the whole point of self-defense is to not get injured... not to take 20 punches and then calculate "hmmm, the 21st blow might kill me, time to pull my gun".
I really just want them all to answer that simple question: how many times do I get to bang your skull against the pavement before you feel entitled to defend yourself?

The only possible justification for thinking Zimmerman guilty of causing a wrongful death would be to say that he threw the first punch (something there is -zero- evidence of). And even then I think you're on shaky ground because Martin continued to press the attack after he'd already gotten the upper hand.
1 year ago
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" The only possible justification for thinking Zimmerman guilty of causing a wrongful death ...."
and your points are well done but HERE is the real reason Z will always be relegated to the pariah dump is RACISM & HATE
inculcated by those who own all media and guide the lowIQ emotionally reflexive MOB to keep its monstrous head in all our faces so we dont SEE the hidden hand behind it all.
The ones who can get the mind set of the mob to act via their guidance create rev olutions and massacres
Just some little incidents from a few thousand years of history should have taught us but we werent paying attention
1 year ago
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Of course they understand. The protests are organized by community organizers. Holder prosecutes whistle blowers and persecutes real journalists to protect their racket. Rabble rousing is the flip side of the same coin. The purpose is to intimidate us.
1 year ago
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You are correct see my reply above
What I began to suspect whenthe SYG laws were picked up by several States was that it was to be a TRAP to pass NEW LAWS when this one took all the heat behind some 'incident' It didnt happen soon enough for the controllers of all humans so they seized
on this non incident to blow up and never bothered to cehck to see if the designated mark in this con game was really WHITE

Now fighting with egg on face to use every lie and distortion to keep the agenda moving along to remove all SYG laws and TIGHTEN SELF DEFENSE LAWS so no one can use a gun

When do they go after knives and baseball bats ?
1 year ago
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Or, that Martin knocked Zimmerman down with one punch, then started to walk away, and THEN Zimmerman drew his gun and shot. That would not be self-defence, as there would be no need to shoot to stop an attack that had already stopped. But that didn't happen - Martin was continuing the attack, and there's no way to tell if he'd have stopped at anything short of Zimmerman's death.
1 year ago
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If some comes at you with a knife or a machete, are you obligated to let them slice you open first before you shoot? Of course not. If someone comes at you swinging a baseball bat do you have to take one in the head before you fire? Clearly that would be insane. If someone is straddling you on the ground, pounding your head into the sidewalk, why would you NOT assume they were trying to kill you?
1 year ago
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In New York, you have the right to use deadly physical force if you believe you are about to be robbed, or physically attacked.

I served on a manslaughter trial jury in 1987, and still know that law.
(a trial with many parallels to this one, including a split jury at first, but the prosecution witnesses supported the defendant claim that he was being robbed, but it took three days before the jury finally realized there was reasonable doubt and the defendant was acquitted)

BUT, NOW in NYC? Now they will arrest BOTH people, and the one who has physical evidence on their body of assault will go free.
Which means you have to let the assailant attack you, make sure they draw blood, and then you will still be arrested if you then try to defend yourself.

Brave New World
1 year ago
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We just moved to Florida from L.A, CA mid March. I'm now hearing from libs I know on FB and in real life, they refuse to come to FL. Looks like family won't be coming and that guest room can now be used for other purposes. Never thought I'd feel the wrath of the north living here in the south. I kind of like it in a creepy kind of way.
1 year ago
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I'd add part 5 to Silver Age's excellent questions.

On at least two occasions now, I've heard two female black attorneys, one on CNN and one on FOX News, say that Zimmerman's injuries were not "severe enough" to justify self-defense with a loaded weapon.

Well, now exactly what injury does constitute "severe enough" for self-defense with a loaded weapon?

Should Zimmerman have first been rendered unconscious? Or perhaps Zimmerman let his skull be fractured? I'd like to ask the two females about domestic abuse and what justifies self-defense with a weapon. Say does an open hand across the face mean no self-defense with a loaded weapon, but an close hand does?

There are so many mental midgets coming to the lame defense of a thug that it boggles my mind.

And the end result of George Zimmerman's beating, smashed nose and bleeding occipital in at least two places, looked worse to me than Rodney King's result at the hands of police.
1 year ago
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Tex, I bet if either of those black attorneys had suffered similar injuries they wouldn't be making that statement.
1 year ago
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I'm on my high-school's debate team and I've noticed that the state in this case used a lot of tactics that my opponents (and on occasion my parter and I) would use when a debate was going bad. For example:

1. Use no facts of your own, simply ignore your opponents facts and hope the judge/jury doesn't notice.

2. Use grand theatrics and high flying emotion language to distract the judge/jury from the fact that your theory has holes big enough for a semi to drive through.

3. Change the point of the debate to whatever suits your side and hope your opponent doesn't notice. In the case the state tried to argue that Zimmerman was a racist and mean spirited thug who harassed and shot a poor innocent black boy. The defense however saw through through this and countered by reminding the jury that even if what the state said was true, none of that was against the law; what was instead important was that Martin was beating Zimmerman to death when Zimmerman shot him and that that constituted self defense.

4. Call the other team a bunch of liars; although, now that i think about it, no one has ever tried that tactic on debate before.
1 year ago
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I debated in high school, also (a "long, long time ago", in the immortal words of Don McLean), and I once tried tactic #4.

It didn't work.
1 year ago
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On a side note, if you watch enough Obama speeches you'l notice that he uses many of the same tactics.
1 year ago
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It would be nice if the NAACP and Rev. Al explained why it doesn't matter that the trial evidence strongly suggests that Martin initiated the physical confrontation and was acting as the aggressor when Zimmerman shot him.
1 year ago
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If I ever commit a felony in the state of Florida, I sincerely hope that de la Rionda and Guy are the prosecutors against me.

I think that I'll stick to Straight and Narrow though, since if there IS any justice, those two clowns, along with Angela Corey and Debra Nelson, ended their careers with this shameful spectacle.
1 year ago
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I am going to be charitable and assume that the Prosecutor was not an idiot. I think he knew the case was completely unwinable, with any reasonable jury, so he was not speaking to them. He was speaking to the mob outside. He wanted to be on the record as having given them, and the Sharpton/Jacksons, a voice in the courtroom.

For the record, I think that's more reprehensible than condescending to the actual jury.
1 year ago
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" He was speaking to the mob outside. He wanted to be on the record as having given them, and the Sharpton/Jacksons, a voice in the courtroom. "

IMV this is why that excuse for a judge also played corner support for the prosecutors as she has always been told that one day the non WHITES will rule and she wants to be on their good side.
1 year ago
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"He was speaking to the mob outside. He wanted to be on the record as having given them, and the Sharpton/Jacksons, a voice in the courtroom."

That means that he was inciting to riot.

If that isn't a felony, then surely it is against the ethics of the American and Florida Bar Associations.

We'll see...lawyers should not be allowed to use the courts to whip up lynch mobs without severe penalties for doing so.
1 year ago
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Duke lacrosse II, time to go after the law licenses of those that prosecuted this case.
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