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« Reply #60 on: May 15, 2012, 09:45:55 PM »

http://www.freep.com/article/20120515/NEWS07/205150440/Evidence-filed-in-Trayvon-Martin-case
Evidence filed in Trayvon Martin case
May 15, 2012

SANFORD, Fla. -- As many eagerly awaited the release of never-before-seen evidence in the case against George Zimmerman, members of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office provided a preview Monday in the form of an eight-page document.

The paperwork, filed with the Seminole County clerk as closing time approached, included a list of witnesses the state plans to call and identified several pieces of the evidence prosecutors expect to use to support a second-degree murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Late Monday, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara confirmed he received the evidence at his office. It consists of dozens of CDs and numerous paper documents.

"It's 67 CDs. That's about all I know," O'Mara said.

Most names were redacted from witness and evidence documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, but six civilian witnesses were named: Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin; his brother, Jahvarius Fulton, and Zimmerman's neighbor, Frank Taaffe, friend Joe Oliver and father, Robert Zimmerman.

The document listed 18 Sanford police officers as primary witnesses, including lead Investigator Chris Serino. Corey's office also turned over five reports prepared by him, as well as written reports prepared by four other Sanford officers.
The list includes new video evidence from the night of the shooting -- both from the 7-Eleven store where Martin reportedly purchased Skittles and Arizona iced tea and from a clubhouse in Retreat at Twin Lakes, the townhouse complex where the teen was killed.

Other video, showing Zimmerman being taken into the Sanford Police Department after the shooting, already has been made public. Crime scene photos of both Zimmerman and the teen also are listed in the documents filed Monday, as is Martin's autopsy report.

Also included in the evidence are phone records -- Zimmerman's from Feb. 20-Feb. 26 and from March 7-March 22, Martin's from Jan. 1-March 1, and those of an unnamed witness labeled "W8" from Feb. 26-April 2.

The list includes 40 audio-recorded statements. One of the 911 callers, identified as "W6," gave four statements to authorities about the shooting, two to Sanford police, one to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and one to the prosecution's lead trial attorney, Bernie de la Rionda.

W8 gave two statements -- one to prosecutors and one to Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, which suggests W8 may be the girl described by Crump as Martin's girlfriend.

Other primary witnesses include four FDLE investigators, three investigators from the office of state attorney Norm Wolfinger and two from Corey's office, including Dale Gilbreath, who hand-delivered the list to Seminole County clerks about 20 minutes before their doors closed for the day Monday.

Five fire-rescue personnel are listed as witnesses. So are a fingerprints expert with Sanford police, and FDLE experts in the fields of firearms, DNA, trace evidence and fingerprints.

Also listed as witnesses are a New Jersey forensics expert, two employees with the Volusia County medical examiner's office and a pair of FBI audio experts. The list also includes Tom Owen and Ed Primeau, two audio analysts who told the Sentinel they believe the screams heard in one 911 call were those of Martin, not Zimmerman.

On Monday, Corey's office filed a motion under seal, asking that certain information in the case be protected from public disclosure. It's not clear whether she wants more than witness names kept secret.

O'Mara said he was not sure whether he would file a similar motion.
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« Reply #61 on: May 15, 2012, 09:57:22 PM »

IslandMonkey...good post ^^^^^^^
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« Reply #62 on: May 16, 2012, 12:53:56 AM »

IslandMonkey...good post ^^^^^^^

Thanks Cookie as was yours, I went back and found out how we felt more uncomfortable seeing those wearing hoodies that evening...that takes alot of courage to state and I admire you for it....this kid was left for dead and I found a far better video, sadly becuase it's clearer it is even more outrageous...the title is a bit misleading, one was hispanic:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4Mc2IZvyOo


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« Reply #63 on: May 16, 2012, 01:18:22 AM »

One more but not about the soldier-sadly a google search pulled up literally tons .......

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« Reply #64 on: May 16, 2012, 07:01:01 AM »

I feel bad for both families in this case. But how many of the people making money off this have been in a similar situation as GZ? Or as TM?  I know that I have been in a similar situation (not following a person, but coming to the rescue of a person that was in danger) and know how fast choices must be made. With the new evidence of the injuries to TM knuckles, and the injuries to GZ, I am pretty sure that I would likely have shot the kid too. I never want to take a life, but when faced with what I AT THE MOMENT feels is a life or death choice, I will always choose to go home to my kids.  The cops did not arrest the kid (even though they got him and his buddy a half a mile from her house) because despite the fact he threatened me, came on kick from breaking into my sister's home and went through my sister's car, HE LOOKED LIKE A GOOD KID. Sorry, behavior like that does not fall into the GOOD KID definition. But my point is that impressions are not always fact.

I also find the behavior of the (mostly) blacks in retaliating, or claiming to retaliate, against white people for the death to be shameful. My oldest son, who is a college student studying to be a youth pastor and currently works with at risk youth in his spare time, was assaulted about three weeks ago by some punks (two black and one either mixed or Hispanic). He was just minding his own business. He would never hassle anyone - the kids were being disruptive so he moved to another part of the park. They followed. They approached him and one tried to take his backpack and one was trying to get his camera. He was able to get them to leave him alone with out a physical altercation thank God. But when he turned to leave, a couple of people pointed out these punks went over a beat a dad and son about 15 feet from him. He called 911 and stayed to talk to the cops. The victims as well as the witnesses said the kids did not steal anything but said they beat the people up "to avenge Trayvon".  How sick is that?    
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« Reply #65 on: May 16, 2012, 07:58:59 AM »

TBM.   Glad that your son was ok and that he was brave and stuck around to talk with the police.


Even though the medical reports came out that George Zimmerman was injured in the altercation with Trayvon, there will be some who will still choose to go along the path that they have already chosen and that will be hate and retaliation?..the black leaders will not back down..just as the have not in other cases when proven wrong. The Duke case comes to mind.no one spoke out among them and said, we need to apologies to those young men blah blah blah...would go a long ways to healing, but it will never happen. There is no money for them in doing the right thing.jmo. 
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« Reply #66 on: May 16, 2012, 08:04:08 AM »

Autopsy Shows Trayvon Martin Had Injuries to his Knuckles When He Died … Court Records Show George Zimmerman Had Black Eyes, Fractured Nose & Cuts to the Back of his Head

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2012/05/16/autopsy-shows-trayvon-martin-dad-injuries-to-his-knuckles-when-he-died-court-records-show-george-zimmerman-had-black-eyes-fractured-nose-cuts-to-the-back-of-his-head/

Things that make you go Hmm … sad story starts to take a different turn when the facts of the case are reviewed .

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WFTV is reporting that autopsy results of  Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old youth who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, show that Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died. George Zimmerman and his defense attorney have claimed that there was a scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin prior to the shooting. This forensic evidence would tend to support that assertion.

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As per court records, George Zimmerman had multiple injuries to this body. As reported by ABC News, Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a broken nose and abrasions on the back of his head (picture). So, we have one individual being charged with second degree murder in Zimmerman with multiple injuries, we have a dead individual in Trayvon Martin with injuries to his knuckles. One would have to question just who was defending who here?  As stated at Breitbart.com, the Trayvon Martin autopsy results and the George Zimmerman medical records lead to the logical conclusion is that Martin was beating up Zimmerman severely before Zimmerman shot him. And this is called “REASONABLE DOUBT”.

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There are never any winners when some one dies far too young. However, there are also never any winners when one is falsely charged and tragically made the political poster child of racism when there was none. The liberal MSM and the likes of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were so quick to jump on this and play the race card. However, when we begin to look at the facts of the case ... this was not a hate crime, this might not have even been 2nd degree murder. What it appears to be is a tragic event of a "perfect storm" when two ships bumped in the night.

It is quite amazing what happens when facts are introduced rather than emotion. Let;s just hope that this eventual Florida jury will look at the facts in this case and take their jobs seriously.  
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« Reply #67 on: May 16, 2012, 08:26:00 AM »

IslandMonkey...good post ^^^^^^^

Thanks Cookie as was yours, I went back and found out how we felt more uncomfortable seeing those wearing hoodies that evening...that takes alot of courage to state and I admire you for it....this kid was left for dead and I found a far better video, sadly becuase it's clearer it is even more outrageous...the title is a bit misleading, one was hispanic:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4Mc2IZvyOo




Those with the hoodies in my neighborhood were white...but I could not tell that one was a girl and that they were all white until I got right along side of them and they looked at me..
They were not doing anything but walking. They had the hoodies over their heads and most of their faces...In the evening which was warm...now if there had burglaries in our neighborhood involving the description of the people that I saw, should I have just ignored them or should I have been watchful and careful?
I would not confront them but I would have gotten word out to my neighbors because that is what we do.  We look out for each other and our families.

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« Reply #68 on: May 16, 2012, 08:28:04 AM »

Autopsy Shows Trayvon Martin Had Injuries to his Knuckles When He Died … Court Records Show George Zimmerman Had Black Eyes, Fractured Nose & Cuts to the Back of his Head

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2012/05/16/autopsy-shows-trayvon-martin-dad-injuries-to-his-knuckles-when-he-died-court-records-show-george-zimmerman-had-black-eyes-fractured-nose-cuts-to-the-back-of-his-head/

Things that make you go Hmm … sad story starts to take a different turn when the facts of the case are reviewed .

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WFTV is reporting that autopsy results of  Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old youth who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, show that Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died. George Zimmerman and his defense attorney have claimed that there was a scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin prior to the shooting. This forensic evidence would tend to support that assertion.

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As per court records, George Zimmerman had multiple injuries to this body. As reported by ABC News, Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a broken nose and abrasions on the back of his head (picture). So, we have one individual being charged with second degree murder in Zimmerman with multiple injuries, we have a dead individual in Trayvon Martin with injuries to his knuckles. One would have to question just who was defending who here?  As stated at Breitbart.com, the Trayvon Martin autopsy results and the George Zimmerman medical records lead to the logical conclusion is that Martin was beating up Zimmerman severely before Zimmerman shot him. And this is called “REASONABLE DOUBT”.

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There are never any winners when some one dies far too young. However, there are also never any winners when one is falsely charged and tragically made the political poster child of racism when there was none. The liberal MSM and the likes of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were so quick to jump on this and play the race card. However, when we begin to look at the facts of the case ... this was not a hate crime, this might not have even been 2nd degree murder. What it appears to be is a tragic event of a "perfect storm" when two ships bumped in the night.

It is quite amazing what happens when facts are introduced rather than emotion. Let;s just hope that this eventual Florida jury will look at the facts in this case and take their jobs seriously.  


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« Reply #69 on: May 16, 2012, 08:43:27 AM »

Hoodies:

http://www.westword.com/2012-04-19/news/hoodies-banks/
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Even before Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder last week, hooded sweatshirts had become a symbol of racial profiling and inspired all sorts of protests, including one by Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, who wore a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor (before being escorted out), and tweets and pictures from NBA players like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

But in the banking world, hoodies have long been regarded with suspicion — and with good reason, says Jennifer Waller, senior vice president of the Colorado Bankers Association. "Bank robbers try to disguise themselves as much as possible" by covering up their hair or any other distinguishing marks like neck tattoos and hairstyles, she points out. As a result, banks typically ask customers to take off their hats, sunglasses and, yes, the hoods of their sweatshirts while they are inside a branch.
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And the libraries in Austin, TX can request you not wear a hoodie:
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/keeping-library-patrons-safe-1-cap-removal-at-934289.html


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"Libraries all across the country are seeing an increase in crimes such as people stealing other people's laptops, iPods," said Brenda Branch, director of Austin's libraries. "We also have people who are sexually harassing other people; we've had peeping Toms."
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« Reply #70 on: May 16, 2012, 09:00:45 AM »

Muffers...my bank has that sign in the front door.

I have said this before, all one has to do is read our city newspaper and most of the crimes committed are by those wearing a hoodie...
Makes me mad that the criminals have given hoodies a bad rap cause I love hoodie sweatshirts...but I don't commit a crime when I have one on...well maybe going over the speed limit...
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« Reply #71 on: May 16, 2012, 09:20:20 AM »

Hoodies:

http://www.westword.com/2012-04-19/news/hoodies-banks/
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Even before Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder last week, hooded sweatshirts had become a symbol of racial profiling and inspired all sorts of protests, including one by Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, who wore a hoodie and sunglasses on the House floor (before being escorted out), and tweets and pictures from NBA players like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

But in the banking world, hoodies have long been regarded with suspicion — and with good reason, says Jennifer Waller, senior vice president of the Colorado Bankers Association. "Bank robbers try to disguise themselves as much as possible" by covering up their hair or any other distinguishing marks like neck tattoos and hairstyles, she points out. As a result, banks typically ask customers to take off their hats, sunglasses and, yes, the hoods of their sweatshirts while they are inside a branch.
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And the libraries in Austin, TX can request you not wear a hoodie:
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/keeping-library-patrons-safe-1-cap-removal-at-934289.html


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"Libraries all across the country are seeing an increase in crimes such as people stealing other people's laptops, iPods," said Brenda Branch, director of Austin's libraries. "We also have people who are sexually harassing other people; we've had peeping Toms."
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When it comes to "hoodies" think about this. How many  attorneys have allowed their clients to come into court wearing a hoodie? Even the biggest dirtbags are made to dress up in a suit or nice clothing. No one would ever want the jury to see their client dressed in anything but a conservative manner so not to sway the juries preconceptions. Remember when they dressed Casey Anthony up to look like a school libraian? Not like she ever showed up to court wearing a hoodie or a blue stripper dress. Just saying Wink
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« Reply #72 on: May 16, 2012, 11:40:58 AM »


https://twitter.com/#!/MarkNejame

Jay Elliot Coburn ‏ @JayCob20

@MarkNeJame What about the secret meeting between RZ Sr. and Norm Wolfinger, not to mention the SFPD's lack of compassion for the Martins?


13m Mark NeJame Mark NeJame ‏ @MarkNeJame

@JayCob20 No such meeting. More incorrect info. Sr. lives out of state. Don't know each other. Discovery imp. for ur other good points.

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« Reply #73 on: May 16, 2012, 12:07:31 PM »

Trayvon Martin’s mother thanks Miami-Dade commissioners, county colleagues for support

The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin thanked Miami-Dade commissioners Tuesday for allowing county employees to donate vacation time so she can take paid leave — amounting to about eight months — from her county job.

Sybrina Fulton, a 23-year employee of the Miami-Dade Housing Authority, wore her county badge and said she does not intend to leave her job to dedicate herself to a fledgling justice advocacy foundation in her son’s name.

“Don’t count me out so fast,” she said. “I’m not resigning.”

For now, however, “I have some additional work to do for my son, on behalf of my son,” she said.

Fulton, accompanied to the podium by her 21-year-old son, Florida International University student Jahvaris Fulton, posed for somber photographs with other family members, commissioners and county employees who donated vacation time to Fulton and to Trayvon’s aunt, Yolanda Knight Evans, a county water and sewer customer service representative.

The donations have triggered contentious debate on social media, where people posted comments suggesting the family was exploiting Trayvon’s death. Many felt that the family members — particularly Trayvon’s aunt — are getting special treatment by collecting so much paid leave.

“How many county employees lose their own children, nieces and nephews and are not afforded anything outside of their accrued leave time?” Jessica Melgarejo Cespedes, an administrative officer for the county’s library system, wrote on The Miami Herald’s Facebook page. “This is bogus.’’

Last month, Commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Barbara Jordan put forth a measure allowing county employees to donate vacation time to Fulton, who makes $68,768 a year. Employees donated a total of 34 paid weeks off — worth $40,825. Evans separately collected nearly nine weeks from fellow county employees.

Commissioners approved a similar measure last year to help the families of two police officers killed in the line of duty.  ::snipping2:: 

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/15/2799290_trayvon-martins-mother-a-county.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #74 on: May 16, 2012, 01:42:49 PM »

A Day of Contrasts in Zimmerman Case



It was a day of puzzling contrasts in the case of George Zimmerman, whose attorney is just beginning to receive the evidence prosecutors intend to use against his client for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. Some of that evidence reveals injuries to Zimmerman on the night of the shooting. It's also said the FBI may be looking at charging Zimmerman with a hate crime. Additionally, Zimmerman appears to have mentored a black child at some point in his life:
 

SANFORD, Fla. - WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious. State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime.
 
As of late Monday, Zimmermanís attorney, Mark OíMara, told WFTV that he's gotten the first prosecution documents containing the evidence against his client. OíMara said he's gotten a redacted witness list with 22 witnesses listed only as numbers.
 
Zimmerman's mother testified at his bond hearing that she has met the black child whom he mentored and even risked his safety in a dangerous neighborhood to do it, because he didn't want to abandon the child.
 
Meanwhile, Orlando attorney and CNN analyst Mark NeJame has unearthed a photo of what is claimed to be Zimmerman's family. It would appear that in order for the slaying of Trayvon Martin to have been a hate crime, George Zimmerman may have to have possessed a bit of self-loathing--or hated his family to some extent.
 

CNN analyst Mark NeJame pointed to a black-and-white picture of a family of three, including a dark-skinned man he claims was Zimmerman's great-grandfather.
 
He also identified a woman pictured standing above the man as Zimmerman's grandmother, and a small child in the man's arms as Zimmerman's mother.
 
Finally, ABC now claims there is evidence depicting a host of injuries sustained by George Zimmerman on the night he encountered Trayvon Martin.
 
ABC looks to have been stirred by its eventually laughed-at previous big scoop hyping a grainy police video that supposedly showed George Zimmerman wasn't injured in a physical confrontation of some kind before shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. That firestorm was driven by other mainstream media coverage just like ABC's that day.   ::snipping2:: 

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/16/A-Day-of-Contrasts-in-Zimmerman-Case
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« Reply #75 on: May 16, 2012, 02:30:59 PM »

Mark my words..Sabrina will not return to her job. She won't have to. She can't say that she isn't going back to her job after co workers donated their time to Sabrina.

Gee...wonder how much time Erin Runyard and Dena Thompson just to name a couple, got to take off of work before they would have been terminated?  Just sayin
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« Reply #76 on: May 16, 2012, 03:12:26 PM »

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2012/0516/Report-Trayvon-Martin-beat-bloodied-George-Zimmerman.-Game-changer
Report: Trayvon Martin beat, bloodied George Zimmerman. Game-changer?
A medical report showing that Trayvon Martin hit George Zimmerman hard enough to draw blood on his face and head has made a second-degree murder conviction a long shot, say experts.
By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer
May 16, 2012

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Evidence that Martin hit Zimmerman hard enough to draw blood from different places on his face and head and skin his own knuckles, according to some legal experts, has made second-degree murder conviction a long shot.

If accurate, the medical report obtained by ABC “is a game-changer,” says Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, who suggests prosecutors acted inappropriately by not referencing the extent of Zimmerman’s injuries in their sworn affidavit to the court.

“A jury that’s not afraid of causing a riot, an objective jury, is not going to convict somebody of second degree murder after his nose was broken, eyes blackened, and his head banged against the ground,” he says.

“The prosecution’s best case is that Zimmerman provoked Martin, absolutely improperly followed him, and confronted him,” Professor Dershowitz adds. “But as a result of that, a battle ensues and Martin’s on top, banging his head against the ground, and [Zimmerman] reasonably believes that his life is at stake and pulls out the gun. It’s classic self-defense, and if it’s not self defense, it’s at worst involuntary manslaughter.”
The new details of the aftermath of the fight, however, are part of shifting perceptions around the case, which led to a national debate on how race plays into increasingly liberalized US gun and self-defense laws.
Initial reports of the fight, accompanied by pictures of Martin as a baby-faced 14-year-old, created the perception of an unbalanced fight between a gun-carrier adult and a young teen. But at the time of the fight, Martin stood at 6 feet 3 inches and 150 pounds, towering over, but not outweighing, Zimmerman, who is 5-foot-8, and 185 pounds. Zimmerman told the court on April 27 that he thought Martin was an adult and said he didn’t know if he was armed or not.

The medical report “doesn’t prove that George Zimmerman acted lawfully, but it breaks the narrative that Zimmerman was not injured,” writes William Jacobson, a Cornell University law professor, on his Legal Insurrection blog.

But while the extent of Zimmerman’s injuries could certainly influence a jury, the injuries are only part of a broader calculus that led Corey and her team to charge Zimmerman with murder – including Zimmerman’s mindset as he pursued Martin on foot, which a police dispatcher specifically asked him not to do. Zimmerman spotted Martin as he was returning to where he was staying with an iced tea and a bag of Skittles.
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In fact, the prosecutor in the case, legal experts say, isn’t trying to argue that Zimmerman wasn’t hurt, but that he ultimately instigated the fight by getting out of his car and “confronting” Martin, who was “minding his own business,” and then shot him and killed him when the situation slipped out of his control. The fact that Zimmerman used massive and deadly force on a teenager armed only with his fists suggests to prosecutors that he displayed reckless – and thus criminal – indifference to human life, the definition of second degree murder.
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« Reply #77 on: May 16, 2012, 05:43:18 PM »

It's not only Police Missteps that cast a shadow over the case.  There was also the media who had a hand in spreading misinformation by editing an audio tape.  Not to mention the photos of Treyvon  as a 14 year old that were published, instead of more recent photos.  I'm finding there is a lot of information we really don't have as verified as factual.  I'm really afraid that when some of the videos and some of the information is put out there and it doesn't fit with what some want for their purpose, it will be considered made up or lies. A big conspiracy.  JMHO    

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/us/trayvon-martin-case-shadowed-by-police-missteps.html
Trayvon Martin Case Shadowed by Series of Police Missteps
By SERGE F. KOVALESKI
May 16, 2012

SANFORD, Fla. — The killing of Trayvon Martin here two and a half months ago has been cast as the latest test of race relations and equal justice in America. But it was also a test of a small city police department that does not even have a homicide unit and typically handles three or four murder cases a year.
An examination of the Sanford Police Department’s handling of the case shows a series of missteps — including sloppy work — and circumstances beyond its control that impeded the investigation and may make it harder to pursue a case that is already difficult enough.
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In interviews over several weeks, law enforcement authorities, witnesses and local elected officials identified problems with the initial investigation:
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In the two weeks after the shooting, the police were in regular contact with the office of Mr. Wolfinger, the first prosecutor in the case, sharing their findings and suspicions with him and his staff.

The police conducted a lie-detection procedure, known as voice stress analysis, on Mr. Zimmerman that he passed, and they had him re-enact the encounter with Mr. Martin back at the Retreat the day after the shooting. But the operating belief was that the police did not have enough evidence to establish probable cause for a manslaughter charge and an arrest, according to officials with knowledge of the case.

At one department meeting a few days after Mr. Martin’s death, a representative from Mr. Wolfinger’s office was told about the inconsistencies the police saw in Mr. Zimmerman’s account. The prosecutor told them he understood that the police were trying to build a case against Mr. Zimmerman, though they did not have adequate evidence, according to a law enforcement official. It was decided that more work was needed on the case.

As the national uproar intensified, the Sanford city manager, Norton N. Bonaparte Jr., and Mayor Jeff Triplett were growing eager to have the police send the case to Mr. Wolfinger, to get it moving through the justice system. The police did so just over two weeks after Mr. Martin’s death. The police included a recommendation that Mr. Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter, a position one law enforcement official described as “weak,” and which the prosecutor did not act on.

Ms. Corey’s decision to charge Mr. Zimmerman with second-degree murder fueled even more criticism of the police. Mr. Zimmerman has since entered a written plea of not guilty.

Ms. Corey declined to be interviewed, as did Mr. Wolfinger. Governor Scott also declined several requests for an interview about how and why he selected Ms. Corey for the case.

In announcing the charge, though, Ms. Corey praised the Sanford Police Department’s work, indicating that it had conducted a “thorough and intensive” inquiry and was a “tremendous help” to her office.
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« Reply #78 on: May 16, 2012, 06:58:04 PM »

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/18441035/new-zimmerman-defense-fund-raises-15k
New Zimmerman defense fund raises $15K
May 16, 2012

SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman's new legal defense fund has raised over $15,000 this month, his attorney announced Wednesday.

The $15,424 will be used to cover Zimmerman's ongoing living expenses and legal costs while he battles a second-degree murder charge in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, his lawyer wrote on gzlegalcase.com.

The sum comes in addition to the $200,000-plus Zimmerman previously raised through a different website.

That fund was shut down last month by attorney Mark O'Mara in favor of gzlegalcase.com, which has hired an independent monitor to ensure the money is only used for reasonable living expenses and legal costs.

O'Mara posted that Zimmerman has spent $30,000 from the initial fund in his "complicated transition from a private life in Sanford, FL to his new life in hiding as the defendant in a high-profile case."

O'Mara said an additional $20,000 has been kept liquid for Zimmerman's expenses in the coming months.

The lawyer said some of the fund is expected to be used on legal costs soon, but that he has not yet been paid by Zimmerman.

According to gzlegalcase.com, the largest donation to Zimmerman was $3,000 and the lowest was one dollar.
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http://www.mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/18622392/article-Lists-of-evidence--witnesses-filed-in-Zimmerman-case?instance=home_news_2nd_left
Lists of evidence, witnesses filed in Zimmerman case
by Rachel Delinski, Herald Editor
May 16, 2012

In an eight-page document filed by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey on Monday the public finally got a glimpse of what evidence will be included in the case against George Zimmerman.
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The paperwork filed by Corey includes a list of witnesses from various departments as well as witness statements, reports, photos, videos and cell phone records. Civilian witnesses’ names have been kept off the list with the exception of Martin’s family, Sybrina and Javaris Fulton and Tracy Martin, and Zimmerman’s father and friends, Robert Zimmerman, Joe Oliver and Frank Taffe.

The remaining, sealed list of civilian witnesses consists of 22 people.

Photos taken from the scene of the incident at The Retreat at Twin Lakes as well as photos of both Martin and Zimmerman at the scene are included. Also included are videos of Martin visiting the 7-Eleven where he purchased an iced tea and Skittles before the fatal shooting occurred, as well as video from the neighborhood.

Video of Zimmerman entering the Sanford Police Station after the shooting – which was released in an apparent leak from the Sanford Police Department – was also on the list.

Phone records for Martin along with 40 witness recordings are also part of the evidence.

Corey also filed a motion Monday to keep certain information in the case sealed, however it is unclear which evidence it will be. It is also unsure if Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara will file a similar motion.
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