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Author Topic: The Slaying of Trayvon Martin in Florida #4 6/14/13  (Read 58718 times)
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« Reply #580 on: June 22, 2013, 07:04:41 PM »

I would have to vote 'Not Guilty', The State just does not have the evidence it needs for a conviction, plus all the evidence thus far backs up GZ's claims.

Does anyone know if the trial will be put up on Youtube in pieces like the Jodi Arias case was.

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« Reply #581 on: June 22, 2013, 08:36:36 PM »

thank god she made the right decision on the audio recording analysis...

i just don't see a conviction happening in this case.  if anything maybe a hung jury.  i believe the defense got the jury they wanted and i trust their jury consultant

Judge Debra S. Nelson Rules Two Prosecution Audio Experts Witnesses Will NOT Be Allowed to Testify in George Zimmerman Murder Trial

http://scaredmonkeys.com/2013/06/22/judge-debra-s-nelson-rules-two-prosecution-audio-experts-witnesses-will-not-be-allowed-to-testify-in-george-zimmerman-murder-trial/

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Judge Debra S. Nelson has ruled that two prosecution audio experts will not be allowed to testify in the George Zimmerman second degree murder trial. Zimmerman is charged with the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. This is a major blow to the prosecution’s case against Zimmerman. Prosecutors had looked for expert witnesses to identify the screams in the 911 tape, the night that Trayvon Martin was shot by Zimmerman, was that of Martin. As reported at the Miami Herald, the testimony of Tom Owen and Alan Reich, both of whom analyzed a 911 call by a neighbor that captured the sounds of the brawl, was key for the state because it could have painted Zimmerman as the aggressor. However, the defense had sought to prevent the prosecution experts from testifying, arguing that the science used to make such audio identifications was not reliable. In the end, the 911 tape will be allowed to be played at trial as well as the prosecution will be allowed to present any witnesses familiar with Martin’s voice to testify, but the audio experts are out. Previously, an FBI speech scientist, Dr. Hirotake Nakasone, a senior audio engineer, testified that current technology cannot categorically determine whether a voice heard on a 911 tape screaming for help moments before Trayvon Martin was killed was that of Martin or George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering him.

 

It would seem that this was the only correct decision the judge could make. It is certainly a blow to the prosecution.

The case is bizarre, it basically has two sides, a legal one that is taking place in the court room, and the emotional, race based one that takes place outside the court house and in the media.
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« Reply #582 on: June 22, 2013, 09:10:40 PM »

I would have to vote 'Not Guilty', The State just does not have the evidence it needs for a conviction, plus all the evidence thus far backs up GZ's claims.

Does anyone know if the trial will be put up on Youtube in pieces like the Jodi Arias case was.


bbm  I don't know if videos will be put up on YouTube when the trial continues on Monday; however, there are videos of Trial Days 1, 2, etc.  There are videos of the jury selection days--Round 1 and Round 2.  Also, videos of the Frye hearings are posted. The videos were posted by CrimeTimeVids.  I googled  "George Zimmerman Murder Trial + YouTube."  Hope this helps in some way and the videos are uploaded throughout the trial. 

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« Reply #583 on: June 22, 2013, 09:20:06 PM »

Two-page article

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-trial-attorneys-20130622,0,4151557.story

Zimmerman trial lawyers have very different styles
2:35 p.m. EDT, June 22, 2013

SANFORD — They have very different styles: Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda is fiery, dramatic and aggressive. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara is calm, laid-back and thoughtful.

On Monday, they will go head-to-head, de la Rionda trying to convict George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, O'Mara trying to win his acquittal.

For each, it is the biggest case of his career.

De la Rionda has said little to reporters, but during hearings and jury selection, he has made clear his passion.

"We are to seek justice, to present evidence of wrongdoing," he told 40 prospective jurors Wednesday.

O'Mara has been far more visible, vocal and in recent months more confident. He has begun to predict victory.

"This case will fall," he said Thursday, "on the fact that the state cannot convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt with their evidence that a crime was committed by my client."

The two attorneys were collegial during the two weeks of jury selection, but earlier, their criticism of each other turned bitter.

De la Rionda has repeatedly accused O'Mara of grandstanding and playing to the media. O'Mara has accused the prosecutor of failing to turn over key information in the case, including that the state's most important witness lied under oath.

De la Rionda
 
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« Reply #584 on: June 22, 2013, 09:21:53 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-5-things-to-know-about-zimmerman-trial-fla360,0,6739057.story
5 things to know about OSPhoto's Zimmerman courtroom photography
Orlando Sentinel photographers on the front row of courtroom, history

June 22, 2013

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« Reply #585 on: June 23, 2013, 11:46:23 AM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/zimmerman-jurors-begin-life-sequestration-19466942#.UccU3b4o7IU

Zimmerman Jurors Begin Life in Sequestration
SANFORD, Fla. June 23, 2013 (AP)

The six jurors and four alternates who will hear opening statements Monday in George Zimmerman's murder trial are beginning their time together in a sequestered bubble: They won't return to their homes for weeks, contact with family and friends will be limited, and Internet and phone usage is restricted.

Court officials are keeping mum about the details of the jury sequestration, which began this weekend. But if past cases are any example, the Zimmerman jurors won't be able to tweet or blog. They'll read only newspapers that have been censored of anything dealing with the case. They will do almost everything together as a group. In their hotel rooms, TV news channels will be inaccessible and landline telephones likely will be removed. Deputies will keep the jurors' cellphones and give them back once a day so they can call loved ones and friends.
 
The Seminole County's Clerk of Courts has budgeted $150 per person per day to cover room, board and entertainment for the length of the trial, said Maryanne Morse, the clerk. Given that it could last from two weeks to a month, the total cost of sequestration could range from $21,000 to $45,000. That doesn't include the cost of keeping deputies assigned to the group for security.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy wouldn't comment on the details or logistics of sequestration, or even how jurors will be spend the Fourth of July.

"Their comfort is going to be our top priority," Kennedy said.
 


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« Reply #586 on: June 23, 2013, 12:14:59 PM »

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/zimmerman-jury-begins-sequestration-opening/nYRnj/

Posted: 11:13 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013
Zimmerman jury begins sequestration day before opening statements

SANFORD, Fla. —
Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial are expected to begin their sequestration at an undisclosed location on Sunday, less than 24 hours before the start of opening statements.
 
Leading up to the shooting, Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious man walking through the neighborhood.

“This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher.

Zimmerman told police the teenager stared him down then ran.

“Are you following him?" asked the 911 dispatcher.

“Yeah,” said Zimmerman.

“OK, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher responded.

“OK,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said Martin then ambushed him, punched him in the nose, pinned him to the ground and pounded his head on the sidewalk.

Neighbors heard fighting and called 911. In the background of one of those calls, someone can be heard screaming, "Help, help, help."

That night, Zimmerman said he yelled for help, but when no one came, he fired in self-defense, killing Martin.

Following the shooting, Martin's father first told police it was not his son calling for help.

Channel 9’s first full report on the case focused on Zimmerman, who wasn’t arrested right way.

Police said evidence supported self-defense but state attorney Norm Wolfinger would decide on charges.

Martin's family's lawyers got the national media involved and pushed for an arrest.  Martin’s father then said it was his son who was pleading for help.

“We just don't understand why the Sanford Police Department is sitting on their hands on this,” said Martin’s father, Tracy Martin.

In the months following the shooting, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton came to Sanford, accusing police of racism, and protesters demanded an arrest.

Wolfinger and Sanford’s police chief at the time, Bill Lee, stepped aside and the governor appointed Jacksonville state attorney Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder and accused him of stalking the teenager.
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« Reply #587 on: June 23, 2013, 05:25:34 PM »

http://www.local10.com/news/prosecution-wants-two-books-from-george-zimmerman/-/1717324/20683394/-/5ysuui/-/index.html
Prosecution wants two books from George Zimmerman
June 23, 2013

SANFORD, Fla. -
Prosecutors requested two books and some e-mails from George Zimmerman Saturday.
 

Prosecutors have to prove motive. They have records of Zimmerman's curriculum and grades while he was a criminal justice student at Seminole State College of Florida . He did not graduate.
These are the books prosecutors want:

-- Criminal Law and Procedures for the Paralegal: A Systems Approach, 3rd Edition Delmar Learning

-- Criminal Justice in Action, 4th Edition (Gaines & Miller).
 
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« Reply #588 on: June 23, 2013, 08:43:36 PM »

QUESTION:  What network will be covering the trial, live?
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« Reply #589 on: June 23, 2013, 10:12:01 PM »

QUESTION:  What network will be covering the trial, live?
At least HLN maybe Fox . Will be a lot of places online, this one has good volume;
http://www.wftv.com/s/zimmerman-livestream/

There will be many links in the morning
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« Reply #590 on: June 23, 2013, 11:28:47 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/23/3466873/naacp-holds-sanford-town-hall.html

Posted on Sunday, 06.23.13
NAACP holds Sanford town hall at start of George Zimmerman trial

SANFORD --  Hours after lawyers will give opening statements on Monday in one of the biggest trials in Sanford’s history, community leaders will host a town hall meeting at a church in the city’s historically black neighborhood to discuss the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a tragedy that has hung heavily over the city for more than a year.

The meeting is also about encouraging the community to act peacefully and responsibly throughout the court process
 
“This is basically to update the community about what has happened, from the incident to the jury selection. We are here to explain the legal process so people have a better understanding of how this is going to happen,” said Turner Clayton, Jr., president of the Seminole County chapter of the NAACP. “We want to give people an opportunity to talk about what happened, to voice any concerns, but also we are continuing to advocate the idea of non-violence throughout this whole process.’’
 
TRUSTED EYES & EARS

As part of an effort to help the city move forward, four seats in the courtroom have been set aside for a group of pastors to attend the trial. Their job: bring back to their neighborhoods and churches accurate accounts of the court proceedings. Some of those pastors, along with representatives from the NAACP, Urban League and Action Now Network, will attend Monday’s meeting to share their observations.

Martin family attorneys Ben Crump and Natalie Jackson will also attend.

“We will be there to answer any questions legally and to tell the community that we want peaceful justice,” Crump said.

The town hall will be held at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Clayton said he expects some discussion of Stand Your Ground and gun control, but the main focus is on the trial.

“We know the community is going to be watching the case very closely, whether they are in the courtroom or watching on television,’’ Clayton said. “We planned this meeting for the beginning of the trial so everybody would have a basic understanding when it starts.”
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« Reply #591 on: June 24, 2013, 08:59:06 AM »

Let's move to the new thread for the trial
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