I suppose it’s to be expected that on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad victim selection day we would get to enjoy a resurgence of the many false narratives surrounding Martin’s attack on George Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s self-defense, the circus of Sharpton-led protests, the politically-driven prosecution, and the resulting acquittal.

Back when this was all going on in real time I had the pleasure of writing several posts that gutted the worst of the memes.  It seems, then, that the most appropriate response to the re-emergence of these lies is to re-post their evidence-and law-based rebuttals.

Here I’ll just point to the myths I busted at length in my own posts–I’ll defer on the other related nonsense, such as the ubiquitous portrayal of the 17-year-old Martin using a picture of him at age 12 (a more age-appropriate “selfie” of Martin is featured above), and the lightening of photos of George Zimmerman to place greater emphasis on the “white” rather than the “Hispanic.”

I don’t have time to cover all of the carefully orchestrated falsehoods perpetrated by those who wished to put an innocent Zimmerman in prison for the rest of his life–there were easily dozens of these lies–but here’s an afternoon’s worth of enjoyable myth-busting reading.

Zimmerman Trial Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman disobey police orders to stay in car? A: No. 

Zimmerman Trial Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman “Chase Down” a Fleeing Martin? A: No.

Zimmerman Trial Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman really “racially profile” Martin? A: No.

And who could forget prospective juror E7, who tried to lie himself onto the jury with the explicit political agenda of convicting Zimmerman? Progressivism at its finest.

Zimmerman Prosp. Juror E7: “no conclusions,” but posted on pro-Trayvon, anti-Zimmerman site containing threat against Zimmerman

How about the eye witness testimony that placed hoodie-wearing Trayvon Martin on top of a defenseless George Zimmerman, raining down blows and beating him “ground-and-pound MMA-style”?

ZIMMERMAN TRIAL BLOCKBUSTER — TRANSCRIPT — Eyewitness Good: Black guy in black hoodie on top punching down Mixed Martial Arts style

Or how about when the evidence revealed that the lead investigator told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he had been politically pressured into bringing charges against Zimmerman–the same lead investigator who would shortly thereafter find himself demoted from detective to patrolman?

Evidentiary Flashback: Investigator Serino Tells FBI He Was Pressured to Bring Charges

Investigator Chris Serino Demoted to Patrolman by Superiors

Or when eye witness testimony disclosed that even Trayvon Martin’s own father did not believe it was his son who was heard screaming for help in the background of the 911 tape–leaving George Zimmerman to be the only possible person who would have been screaming for help?

Implosion: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming

Or how about when Judge Nelson decided to exclude from the jury’s knowledge the text messages captured from Trayvon’s phone in which he discussed at length committing precisely the same kinds of attacks on others as he was to fatefully launch on George Zimmerman?

Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

Or perhaps the highlight of the entire trial: Don West’s cross-examination of Rachel “DeeDee” Jeantel:

Mid-Day 4 — West’s Cross-Examination of Rachel Jeantel

OK, that’s enough for one anniversary post.  If you’d like more, all my coverage of the case can be found here:

The Zimmerman Files: Aggregated day-by-day live coverage & analysis

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle). He also holds Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and provides free online self-defense law video lectures at the Law of Self Defense Institute and podcasts through iTunes, Stitcher, and elsewhere.