The release of an audio tape by an unnamed woman who claims George Zimmerman molested her starting when he was 8 and she was 6 is perhaps the most outrageous attempt to taint the jury pool yet.
Via Orlando Sentinel:
A woman told authorities that murder suspect George Zimmerman sexually molested her for a decade, starting when both were young children, according to prosecution records released today.
The woman, identified only as “witness 9,” said the abuse started when she was six and ended when she was 16. Zimmerman, she said, is about two years older than her….
Witness 9 is not new to the case. Prosecutors released a statement from her several weeks ago in which she told authorities that Zimmerman does not like blacks. In the audio-recorded interview released Monday, she reiterated that but without providing specifics.
Zimmerman and his family, she said, “don’t like black people if they don’t act like white people. They like black people if they act white.”
Had she seen George Zimmerman act with hostility toward a black person, she was asked.
No, she said.
O’Mara had made a last-minute attempt to block the release of her statement as well as the jail calls. He filed a motion Monday morning at the Seminole County Courthouse, asking that they be delayed, but Corey’s office released them anyway. A pending court order required it.
While all molestation is condemnable, the introduction of the allegations into this highly publicized case can only serve to deprive Zimmerman of a fair trial. The allegations have nothing to do with the charges against Zimmerman, and have every likelihood to taint the jury pool and cause jurors to make a decision based on something other than the evidence at trial.
Via Daily Beast:
Last Friday, Judge Kenneth Lester of Seminole County Circuit Court denied the requests for withholding the discovery and ordered the release of both the audiotapes and 145 calls Zimmerman made from jail. “Its disclosure may have some small impact,” Lester wrote, “but does not rise to the level of ‘a serious and imminent threat to the administration of justice.’”
This case is moving from farce to injustice.