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George Zimmerman, Prosecution Red Flag Up in Trayvon Martin Case.

July 3, 2013 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Two weeks into the George Zimmerman trial the debate has intensified over whether Florida state prosecutor Angela “tough on Crime” Corey and her team is helping or hurting their case against Zimmerman with their witnesses. The string of witnesses has offered a mixed bag of both damning and corroborative testimony against and for George Zimmerman that has been more than enough to the send a red flag up. Though George Zimmerman is not a police officer being prosecuted for misconduct, he’s the closest thing to it without a badge. And that conferred on him some of the same perks that cops tried for misconduct get in hyper racially charged cases where the victims such as Trayvon Martin are young African-American or Hispanics.

The two biggest are the top flight defense attorneys that defend police officers or those with some legal standing. They routinely twist and turn prosecution witnesses and their testimony inside out. They use a storehouse of techniques from subtly playing on racial stereotypes to dredging up the often checkered personal histories of prosecution witnesses to impugn their character,George-Zimmerman-and-Trayvon-Martin veracity, and integrity. This template has been employed with near textbook lethal efficiency by Zimmerman’s defense attorneys.

The far bigger perk, though, for defendants such as George Zimmerman are often the prosecutors. They are loath to bring charges against police officers or those that have close ties with the police that are accused of misconduct. More than a decade ago the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in its landmark study,” Who’s Guarding the Guardians,”  of the conduct of police and prosecutors in civil rights cases, told exactly why. It cited the traditionally close relationship between district or county attorneys and police officers, who usually work together to prosecute criminals, the difficulties they have in convincing grand juries and trial juries that a police officer did not merely make an understandable mistake, but committed a crime; and the lack of information about cases that could be prosecuted or systems for reviewing possibly prosecutable cases.

These hurdles were plainly evident in the moments after Martin was gunned down. George Zimmerman was not arrested, his statements largely were accepted without corroboration, and photos after the fact of his alleged injuries at the hands of Martin were widely distributed, and the leaks about Martin’s alleged bad behavior while silent about Zimmerman’s run-ins with the law. Then there was the initial decision by Sanford police officials in consort with local prosecutors not to file charges against Zimmerman.

The testimony of the first prosecution witnesses stirred the controversy. One virtually fingered Martin as the aggressor. And one Sanford police officer strongly hinted that he thought Zimmerman was telling the truth about his version of the confrontation with Martin and that an audiotape of the police dispatcher call seemed to support it. Another one tried to shoot down the notion that Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by Zimmerman. Prosecutors hammered both on their statements and got them to partially back away from them. One was so prejudicial in favor of Zimmerman that the judge even ruled that it could not be admitted. But the jury still heard the officer’s supportive words of Zimmerman. 

The way around the often ingrained reluctance of local prosecutors to prosecute cops or individuals such as George Zimmerman or prosecute tepidly has been to appoint a special prosecutor supposedly who can be independent, objective, and with no close ties to law enforcement or those close to law enforcement in a city or county where the cops have been accused of misconduct.  That’s why Corey was chosen to prosecute Zimmerman. But the U.S. Civil Rights Commission noted that the appointment of a special prosecutor does not guarantee that police officers accused of wrongdoing will be prosecuted and ultimately punished.

In many cases, the special prosecutor is another county or district attorney selected from a neighboring jurisdiction that may be subject to the same biases and partiality as the original prosecutor. The Commission cites numerous examples where special prosecutors have been appointed in high profile cases to eliminate real or perceived bias by local prosecutors for the defendants yet the prosecution has still failed to get a conviction.

The conventional wisdom is that a hard line law and order prosecutor such as Corey will pull out all stops to nail a George Zimmerman. But the mish mash testimony from the prosecution witnesses against him can’t be casually dismissed when there’s the ever present danger that jurors can interpret confused testimony from prosecution witnesses to mean that it has not proven its case against a defendant beyond the high standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.

The job of Zimmerman’s defense attorneys is to create just enough doubt to win acquittal or at the worst play for a hung jury. The absolute disastrous thing that can happen in these cases is for the prosecution to do anything that can be construed by jurors as aiding and abetting the defense. This is even more imperative in a touchy, polarizing, high profile, racially charged trial.

The prosecution needs its best A game to insure a conviction in these type cases. Without second guessing the George Zimmerman’s prosecution’s choice of witnesses and testimony or trial outcome, the jury as always in these cases is out on how well the prosecution does its job.

Written By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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10 Responses to “George Zimmerman, Prosecution Red Flag Up in Trayvon Martin Case.”
  1. Cee Jones says:

    It’s amazing that they got the worse prosecutor to represent this case because they didn’t want it to go to trial anyway so they got the weakest prosecutor they knew. GZ followed that guy and was the aggressor, when he was getting his azz kicked pulled out the gun. he was a punk and like most punks when they have a weapon or a white hood they are bold. They didn’t arrest him or question him, it took nationwide response to even get him charged. His father was a judge you don’t think this was carefully planned to how they were going to try and win this. Really!!
    yall can say all you want about black on black crimes and the police don’t put any effort into solving these crimes but will put a whole lot of effort tyring to prove how justified it was for a white person to kill a black person.. If Trayvon had killed the SOB GZ this wouldn’t even be talked about, he would have been charged convicted and in prison by now. Florida has a track record of homicides committed by gun welding crazy cops just because and now gun happy citizens. No matter the outcome Justice will be served one way or the other. GZ is going to be a prisoner in life no matter where he tries to hide.

  2. Why no cry out on black on black crime?

  3. Apollo Dogg says:

    The prosecution is inexperienced in this sort of case, because rational government attorneys do not typically charge a victim who was almost murdered.

    Putting together the transcript of Zimmerman’s call, the eyewitness account and a map of the area, one can conclude a number of things. Zimmerman lost sight of Martin for a few minutes. Martin’s temporary residence was about 100’ away. If Martin wanted to flee, he could have gone home without further contact. Instead, Martin confronted Zimmerman while Zimmerman was returning to his vehicle. Martin led with a ‘king hit’ to the face, which broke Zimmerman’s nose and knocked him to the ground. Martin then straddled Zimmerman, repeatedly striking him and slamming Zimmerman’s head on the concrete walkway for up to a minute. Zimmerman showed remarkable restraint in waiting that long before drawing his pistol and only firing one shot. A law officer in that position would have used his weapon much sooner and would likely have emptied his magazine into his or her attacker. And it makes no difference that the attacker is ‘unarmed’. Head trauma can kill.

    It seems likely that Zimmerman was so disoriented by the sudden attack that he forgot he was armed. No premeditation, no evil intent – rather it was justifiable self defense.

  4. Satchel says:

    I believe George Zimmerman is a victim of mind control, loosely modeled after the 1959 novel The Manchurian Candidate. The facts as I see them are: GZ was obsessed with being a cop. He was befriended and then brainwashed by an ex-cop and Federal Air Marshal, Mark Ostermen, who’s only connection with GZ was guns and law enforcement, who encouraged GZ to get a concealed carry permit and instructed him on gun use, at a firing range. GZ hid out in this Osterman’s home while he got his story together. Ostermen was allowed to go with GZ when he gave his account of the shooting to the police. GZ took criminal justice classes that included laws surrounding carrying a gun, self defense and the stand your ground law. GZ’s defense is well funded by someone, other than his family. GZ perjured himself several times during the investigation. His defense team has appeared on cable television, including Frank Taffy, his full time spokesman, who appears daily during the trial. I believe this is a test case for the gun lobby, which explains the funding for his defense. George Zimmerman, hunted, confronted and provoked Trayvon Martin into a fight or flee situation, which Trayvon perhaps was forced into a fight. In his mind this gave GZ an alibi to commit murder because he had a license. George was in control.

  5. billybob says:

    Why don’t black scholars write articles about the racism that exist in the black community? It is interesting to me that blacks scream “racist” yet the black community are the racist.
    Why don’t black scholars write articles about the daily killings of black on black kids in Chicago?
    Why don’t black scholars write articles on abortion genocide of the black race?
    Why don’t black scholars write articles on the unemployment of the black youth and the ineffectiveness of black politicians to address this travesty?
    Why don’t black scholars write articles on the lack of education in the black community?
    Why don’t black scholars write articles on the fatherless homes in the black community?
    Why don’t black scholars write articles about the failures of Treyvon Martin’s parents that led to his criminal behaviour and ultimate demise.

    Dr. Boyce Watkins take a look within and make an effort to fix what you may in the black community. Stop being the perpetual whining black victim and start being the black community problem solver. There’s plenty to be done by looking inward at the black community’s failures and faults….. it ain’t always the creepy ass crackers fault….if you think whining will help heal the black community you are wrong and you are wasting your time….

  6. Northern Sentinel says:

    The problem with the prosecution’s case is they have none.

  7. Apollo Dogg says:

    George Zimmerman’s Black Ancestry is Revealed
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876811/posts

    George Zimmerman: the black, Hispanic, Peruvian, kind-hearted non-white, not-racist poster boy
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2876692/posts

    George Zimmerman Has ‘Black Roots’
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2876518/posts

  8. Paul Revere says:

    Dude;

    What are the elements of 2nd deg. Murder?

    Where is the evidence for each element?

    Haven’t seen any yet.

  9. Why, it sounds like you are convinced Z is guilty, Ofari! You don’t even WANT a trial. Just prison for Z.

    News flash: the prosecution is failing because of LACK OF EVIDENCE. All of the prosecution witnesses have, so far, proven Z’s claim of self defense against a black thug.

    Justice has already been served when St. Trayvon got his. Now it appears justice might be served when the black community’s railroading attempt fails. Yippee! A cracka two-fer!

  10. chas holman says:

    For the curious minded. I took the infamous 911 call (media provided by Sanford Police Dept) into the studio.

    It OBVIOUSLY would not be court admissible (they barely allowed the real ones), but this is a unique and somewhat legitimate way at taking a look at the call in question.

    I compressed it so the lows came up a bit, limited it so you can hear other low sounds without your ears bleeding when the shots ring out. I then (thanks to the wonders of digital, couldn’t do this with tape) slowed it down to just over half speed but PITCHED it back up to 100%. In other words.. you can hear the call without it hurting your ears, at a speed that is easier to digest and get a sense of. The pitch however is true to source. And there has been no EQ or altering ANY of the tonalities, although there are inherent nuanced swirly artifacts from slowing anything down that radically.

    Anyway, make of it what you will.. if you want to actually HEAR (what you can) the call, I wouldn’t discount taking a listen to this version. The way I have done it is almost akin to the audio version of slowing down a video tape.

    Zimmerman Martin Altercation.
    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11548279

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