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« Reply #240 on: August 09, 2012, 05:03:50 PM »

http://thegrio.com/2012/08/09/new-evidence-released-in-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-case/

New evidence released in Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case
August 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Prosecutors in the case of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder in the February 26th killing of Trayvon Martin, released new evidence Thursday, including Zimmerman’s college records, and the 911 call Martin’s father placed to Sanford, Florida police when his son failed to return to the house where the two were visiting.
 
The 76 pages of new evidence — part of which the state tried to recall shortly after releasing it to members of the news media — also included photos taken by a witness of the back of Zimmerman’s head on the night of the shooting inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community, and a grainy, barely distinguishable picture of Trayvon Martin’s body, also apparently taken by the witness at the shooting scene.
 
The document release included an evidence receipt, listing items including the medical blanket used to cover the Miami teen’s body after the shooting, Zimmerman’s car keys, blood evidence collected from the bag of Skittles candy Martin was carrying at the time of his confrontation with Zimmerman, and from a flashlight found at the scene, audio recordings of witness interviews, and photos of Martin taken during the autopsy.
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« Reply #241 on: August 10, 2012, 07:15:33 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/09/2943103/records-show-zimmerman-got-ds.html

Posted on Thursday, 08.09.12

Records show George Zimmerman got D’s in criminal justice classes


Prosecutors accidentally released his academic record, which is normally exempt from Florida’s public-records laws. Also released by mistake: A photograph of Trayvon Martin’s corpse.

By Frances Robles
frobles@MiamiHerald.com

Prosecutors trying George Zimmerman on a second-degree murder charge accidentally released protected evidence Thursday, sending journalists and bloggers around the nation private academic transcripts showing that the neighborhood watch volunteer who aspired to become a judge did poorly on the classes in his major, criminal justice.

The prosecution also accidentally released a photo of Trayvon Martin’s body, which both sides in the case had agreed to keep from public view. The corpse photo was a grainy cellphone picture taken in the dark by one of the people who lives near the shooting scene. It was posted Thursday on blogs that subscribe to the Duval County State Attorney’s media email list.

Prosecutors recalled an email which contained Zimmerman’s academic records from his Virginia high school and Seminole State College, in Sanford, where he studied criminal justice, but many media outlets had already reviewed the material. The records show Zimmerman’s mediocre grades had led to academic probation.

He got D’s in Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Delinquency, and a C in a course called Evil Minds -Violent Predators. He failed algebra and astronomy and had been placed on academic probation in 2011.

At one point, his grade-point average dropped to a .5. His A’s in English, criminal litigation and a Marriage and Family class boosted his overall G.P.A. to 2.3.

In late 2011, he was declined an associate’s degree because he had failed a class and did not have the credits to graduate. He was expelled from the school about three weeks after the killing, when the struggling student suddenly became the focus of a national media firestorm for having killed an unarmed teenager.

Zimmerman claimed he shot Trayvon in self-defense after the Miami Gardens teen attacked him.

Legal experts said prosecutors probably reviewed Zimmerman’s school records because they could suggest that he had enough knowledge of criminal justice to concoct a self defense claim on the fly.

“To the extent that he had some knowledge of self defense, he would have been able to put together a story that made some sense,” said Frederick Leatherman, a retired Seattle defense lawyer and legal-issues blogger who has reviewed all the Zimmerman case evidence. “As he conjured up this story, he didn’t know that a lot of the forensics would not match.”

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« Reply #242 on: August 10, 2012, 07:16:54 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/09/justice/florida-trayvon-accidental-release/index.html

Florida prosecutors mistakenly release confidential Zimmerman case documents
updated 5:25 AM EDT, Fri August 10, 2012

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In his six-page order sealing some court documents in June, Lester noted the media scrutiny of the case.
 
"News stories have been routinely disseminated presenting opinion and rumors as fact. Any person who has logged onto a news website in the last three months has at the least seen a headline relating to the case," he wrote. "As noted, common sense tells this court that the full disclosure of information, as sought by the media interveners, will irreparably harm the ... ability to receive a fair trial."
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« Reply #243 on: August 13, 2012, 01:54:19 PM »

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-13/news/os-george-zimmerman-press-conference-20120813_1_george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-mark-o-mara

George Zimmerman's lawyers to hold press conference
1:06 p.m. EST, August 13, 2012

George Zimmerman's legal team is expected to hold a press conference this afternoon at lead attorney Mark O'Mara's downtown Orlando offices.

 O'Mara is expected to talk about his intention to request a hearing under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law. If granted immunity under that law, Zimmerman would be immune from prosecution.

O'Mara is also expected to address the accidental release last week of his client's educational records by prosecutors.
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« Reply #244 on: August 13, 2012, 01:56:40 PM »

http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/press-releases

Zimmerman Defense Files Petition for Writ of Prohibition
on 13 August 2012.

On July 13, the defense team filed a Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge. Judge Lester responded on August 1 by issuing an Order Dismissing Defendant's Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge on the basis that it was legally insufficient. Today the defense team will file a Petition for Writ of Prohibition with the 5th District Court of Appeal.
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« Reply #245 on: August 13, 2012, 02:27:33 PM »

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-13/news/os-george-zimmerman-press-conference-20120813_1_george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-mark-o-mara

George Zimmerman's lawyer to appeal judge's decision to stay on case
1:53 p.m. EST, August 13, 2012

George Zimmerman's lawyer is pushing forward with his fight for a new judge.

Mark O'Mara announced today that he will challenge a decision by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to stay on the case.

In court paperwork, O'Mara had asked Lester to step aside. That's because of a bond order in which the judge described Zimmerman as a manipulator and suggested that he might face contempt of court charges for helping hide $130,000.

But Lester on Aug. 1 rejected the request, writing only that O'Mara's pleading was legally insufficient.

O'Mara had 30 days to file an appeal. Today he said he would..
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« Reply #246 on: August 13, 2012, 03:02:35 PM »

http://www.businessinsider.com/lawyer-george-zimmerman-has-to-live-like-a-hermit-2012-8

Lawyer: George Zimmerman Has To Live 'Like A Hermit'
14 minutes ago (August 13, 2012)

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"If we had a true conversation," regarding the night Martin died and Zimmerman's case, the defense would be in a "much different position in this case," O'Mara said.
 
"He's not doing well," O'Mara said of Zimmerman. "He's getting by."
 
The appeals court will get to O'Mara's motion as quickly as it can, he said Monday. In the meantime, the defense is preparing for Zimmerman's "Stand Your Ground" hearing, meaning the judge can decide whether Zimmerman acted in justifiable self-defense when he shot and killed Martin.
 
Preparation for the full trial later on will take about four to five months, O'Mara said.
 
However, O'Mara said he doesn't like the term "Stand Your Ground" since it implies his client had the chance to leave but didn't do so.
 
"People look at 'Stand Your Ground' and they immediately think someone's standing there with deadly force," O'Mara said.
 
In this case, Zimmerman was reacting to having his nose broken and reacting to the fact that he felt he was being attacked, O'Mara said in his press conference.
 
In regards to the Florida state attorney mistakenly releasing Zimmerman's unredacted school records, O'Mara said he does believe it was a mistake, however  he called it "a little bit frustrating" that people are so interested in Zimmerman's school and medical records.
 
"Is it particularly relevant he went to school?" O'Mara said.

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« Reply #247 on: August 13, 2012, 03:17:17 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/13/2949940/zimmerman-defense-appeals-judges.html


Posted on Monday, 08.13.12

Trayvon Martin case
Zimmerman defense appeals judge’s refusal to step down
 
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked the Fifth District Court of Appeal to review the trial judge’s refusal to remove himself from the case, after the defense requested it citing what it considers bias against their client.

By Frances Robles
Frobles@MiamiHerald.com

George Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked a higher court Monday to reconsider the judge’s refusal to step down from the case.

Mark O’Mara filed a motion last month asking Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester to recuse himself. Citing the judge’s scathing order setting bond at $1 million — in which the judge accused Zimmerman of getting read to skip town with a cache of donations — the defense said it has lost faith in the judge’s objectivity.

Judge Lester flatly rejected the request to step down, saying it had no legal merit.

Now O’Mara wants the Fifth District Court of Appeal to reconsider Lester’s ruling. He filed a 27-page motion at the Daytona Beach courthouse Monday afternoon.

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« Reply #248 on: August 13, 2012, 05:30:03 PM »

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/zimmermans-attorney-holds-news-conference/nQ9gM/

Updated: 4:34 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 | Posted: 2:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012
Zimmerman's attorney asks higher court to remove judge from case

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O'Mara said Monday he expects the court to act quickly, but said it could take several weeks for a ruling.

"It's their timeline. As an 'extraordinary writ' they do try and get to it quickly, but that quickly could mean several weeks," said O'Mara.

Officials said the state and/or the judge generally has 20 days to respond to the appeal and an additional five days to mail it.  Zimmerman's legal team then has another 10 days to respond and five days to mail it.
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“It’s on the fence as to whether the Fifth District Court of Appeal is going to order Judge Lester removed from the case,” said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer. “However, I wouldn't be surprised because of the language we saw in the judge's order setting bond.”

O'Mara also said the defense plans to try to get the case dismissed under traditional self-defense and not Florida's "stand your ground" statute.
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« Reply #249 on: August 13, 2012, 05:41:28 PM »

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/13/13261830-george-zimmermans-attorney-appeals-judges-decision-to-stay-on-case

George Zimmerman's attorney appeals judge's decision to stay on case
53 minutes ago  (August 13, 2012)

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O’Mara also discussed his recent announcement that the defense will seek a hearing under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, telling reporters that he believes the facts of the case show that Zimmerman had no option but to shoot.

“Facts do not seem to support a stand your ground case,” O’Mara said. “I think the facts suggest in this case that what probably happened was my client was reacting to having his nose broken.”

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O’Mara also said that Zimmerman will seek permission from Lester – or, if his appeal succeeds, a new judge – to leave Seminole County because he is living in fear.

“He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately,” O’Mara said.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed while walking through a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood in February.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.
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« Reply #250 on: August 13, 2012, 09:16:57 PM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/13/zimmerman-defense-lawyers-wont-argue-tand-your-ground-in-florida-shooting-case/

Zimmerman defense lawyers won't argue 'stand-your-ground' in Florida shooting case
Published August 13, 2012
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Florida –  The attorney for the man who shot and killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he'll seek to get the case dismissed using a traditional self-defense argument and not the state's "stand your ground" statute.
 
Mark O'Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said the traditional self-defense approach is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn't retreat from a beating Martin was giving him.
 
Zimmerman's attorneys had said last week that they would use Florida's controverial "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force -- rather than retreat -- if they believe their lives are in danger.
 
"The facts don't seem to support a `stand your ground' defense," O'Mara said.
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Zimmerman, 28, pleaded not guilty and was released on a $1 million bond while he awaits trial. If a judge were to side with Zimmerman in a pretrial hearing under either theory, the murder charge would be dismissed immediately. O'Mara said that he would not have to invoke any part of the "stand your ground" statute under the strategy he plans to use.
 
"I don't' like 'stand your ground' because I'm not sure it's a `stand your ground' case," O'Mara said.
 
University of Miami law professor Tamara Lave said this change by O'Mara may be a signal that he thinks his case for self-defense is solid even without the special provisions afforded by "stand your ground."
 
"'Stand your ground' makes it easier to prevail under self-defense theory than the law that existed beforehand," Lave said. "I think what he's saying is his case is so strong that he doesn't need `stand your ground."'

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« Reply #251 on: August 14, 2012, 12:36:24 PM »

Video of the news conference at the link

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-14/news/os-george-zimmerman-appeal-20120814_1_george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-special-prosecutor-angela-corey

Three-judge panel named in George Zimmerman appeal
11:51 a.m. EST, August 14, 2012

The three appeals court judges who must decide whether or not murder suspect George Zimmerman deserves a new trial judge were named today.

They include two former Orlando judges and one from Brevard.

The Orlando judges are Alan Lawson and Jay Cohen. The one from Brevard is Kerry Evander.

On Monday, defense attorney Mark O'Mara filed the appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach.
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« Reply #252 on: August 15, 2012, 03:12:35 PM »

http://www.lawyerherald.com/articles/1891/20120815/george-zimmerman-trial-update-why-mark-o-mara-is-using-self-defense-not-stand-your-ground-in-travyon-martin-shooting-case.htm

George Zimmerman Trial Update: Why Mark O’Mara is Using Self-Defense, not ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Travyon Martin Shooting Case?
Aug 15, 2012 01:04 PM EDT

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However, O'Mara, Zimmerman's lawyer, who admitted he would use the Florida State's "Stand Your Ground," in a quick change of strategy said Tuesday, that he will not use take shelter in the immunity provided by the statue, but instead would present a clear case of self-defense.

According to the "Stand your Ground," law, if a person is in reasonable fear of danger than he/she could use deadly force, without having to evade the situation. This means that even though a person has the opportunity to escape his/her attacker he/she could choose to stand ground and fight back.

But now, Zimmerman's lawyer told the Huffington Post, "I think the facts seem to support that though we have a stand-your-ground immunity hearing, what this really is, is a simple, self-defense immunity hearing."

The basic argument, O'Mara will make is that Zimmerman was being attacked by the unarmed teenager and fired the shots in an act of pure defense without any opportunity to escape the situation.

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« Reply #253 on: August 15, 2012, 08:50:15 PM »

George and his wife sure went thru a lot of money. Paid off their credit cards and did I read that they paid off a car loan as well?   And he is worse off now financially than he was before this happened? Sounds like he has done ok financially to me. They would still  be owing those bills if this had  not happened. His lawyer has not received any money. Think of the money that he has one through since this all happened...more money than he and his wife probably made in years combined. Do any of us spend that  amount of money on normal monthly bills in this short amount of time?
I think tht they received a huge amount of money and have gone crazy spending...am I wrong on my thoughts?
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« Reply #254 on: August 15, 2012, 09:13:55 PM »

George and his wife sure went thru a lot of money. Paid off their credit cards and did I read that they paid off a car loan as well?   And he is worse off now financially than he was before this happened? Sounds like he has done ok financially to me. They would still  be owing those bills if this had  not happened. His lawyer has not received any money. Think of the money that he has one through since this all happened...more money than he and his wife probably made in years combined. Do any of us spend that  amount of money on normal monthly bills in this short amount of time?
I think tht they received a huge amount of money and have gone crazy spending...am I wrong on my thoughts?

I think we are in the wrong area, but I knew karma would catch up with them. I hope they die broke and living on the streets for what they did.
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« Reply #255 on: August 15, 2012, 09:17:53 PM »

This whole George Zimmerman trial reeks of people trying to gain notoriety and collect money screaming race. Rent-a riot Jackson and his side kick ran down there to get their insignificant faces on TV. The new black panthers are always looking for a reason to incite racial violence and this was the perfect excuse.

I believe sane people on a jury in Florida will see right through all this and find him innocent. The only fear I have is they will get the same ignorant jurors that did the Casey Anthony case so they can pay them off to get the verdict they want.
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« Reply #256 on: August 15, 2012, 10:42:24 PM »

George and his wife sure went thru a lot of money. Paid off their credit cards and did I read that they paid off a car loan as well?   And he is worse off now financially than he was before this happened? Sounds like he has done ok financially to me. They would still  be owing those bills if this had  not happened. His lawyer has not received any money. Think of the money that he has one through since this all happened...more money than he and his wife probably made in years combined. Do any of us spend that  amount of money on normal monthly bills in this short amount of time?
I think tht they received a huge amount of money and have gone crazy spending...am I wrong on my thoughts?

I think we are in the wrong area, but I knew karma would catch up with them. I hope they die broke and living on the streets for what they did.
I think cookie is talking about george zimmerman & his wife & u about the anthonys?
I dont think that gz should profit in any way off this case, but I do believe he acted in self defense. An opportunist maybe, but not a bigot who wanted to off a black kid. Any money he receives should pay to live like he did before when they were employable but not better. The majority of that money should pay his lawyers.. I dont necessarily think gz is a good person, but I disagree with the race card being played here. 9 times out of 10, those playing the race card are wrong to play it.
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« Reply #257 on: August 16, 2012, 10:09:24 AM »

George and his wife sure went thru a lot of money. Paid off their credit cards and did I read that they paid off a car loan as well?   And he is worse off now financially than he was before this happened? Sounds like he has done ok financially to me. They would still  be owing those bills if this had  not happened. His lawyer has not received any money. Think of the money that he has one through since this all happened...more money than he and his wife probably made in years combined. Do any of us spend that  amount of money on normal monthly bills in this short amount of time?
I think tht they received a huge amount of money and have gone crazy spending...am I wrong on my thoughts?

I think we are in the wrong area, but I knew karma would catch up with them. I hope they die broke and living on the streets for what they did.
I think cookie is talking about george zimmerman & his wife & u about the anthonys?
I dont think that gz should profit in any way off this case, but I do believe he acted in self defense. An opportunist maybe, but not a bigot who wanted to off a black kid. Any money he receives should pay to live like he did before when they were employable but not better. The majority of that money should pay his lawyers.. I dont necessarily think gz is a good person, but I disagree with the race card being played here. 9 times out of 10, those playing the race card are wrong to play it.

I am sick of the race card being used too. I don't think that George was a bigot either. Maybe a Barney Fife, but not bigot. And yes, an opportunist as well. 
Trayvon's parents are trying to make money off of this horrible crime too. It all is sickening to me.
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« Reply #258 on: August 16, 2012, 10:10:51 AM »

George and his wife sure went thru a lot of money. Paid off their credit cards and did I read that they paid off a car loan as well?   And he is worse off now financially than he was before this happened? Sounds like he has done ok financially to me. They would still  be owing those bills if this had  not happened. His lawyer has not received any money. Think of the money that he has one through since this all happened...more money than he and his wife probably made in years combined. Do any of us spend that  amount of money on normal monthly bills in this short amount of time?
I think tht they received a huge amount of money and have gone crazy spending...am I wrong on my thoughts?

I think we are in the wrong area, but I knew karma would catch up with them. I hope they die broke and living on the streets for what they did.

Talking about George Z and his wife...Smile
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« Reply #259 on: August 16, 2012, 10:12:22 AM »

George and his wife sure went thru a lot of money. Paid off their credit cards and did I read that they paid off a car loan as well?   And he is worse off now financially than he was before this happened? Sounds like he has done ok financially to me. They would still  be owing those bills if this had  not happened. His lawyer has not received any money. Think of the money that he has one through since this all happened...more money than he and his wife probably made in years combined. Do any of us spend that  amount of money on normal monthly bills in this short amount of time?
I think tht they received a huge amount of money and have gone crazy spending...am I wrong on my thoughts?

I think we are in the wrong area, but I knew karma would catch up with them. I hope they die broke and living on the streets for what they did.

Talking about George Z and his wife...Smile. Not the Anthony's..(.but I hope they end up flat broke too)


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