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Zimmerman Trial Day 13: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Closing Argument

Zimmerman Trial Day 13: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Closing Argument

Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below.

This morning is the charging conference, in which the State and defense will argue about the specific charges on which the jury is to be instructed. The options are second degree murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assault. The defense wishes a charge only on second degree murder, the State prefers the latter two charges also be considered.

The State is scheduled to begin its closing argument at 1:00PM today, and the defense tomorrow morning. By tomorrow afternoon the jury should have been charged and begun their deliberations.

We also have brief summaries of the previous day’s events Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow along links to detailed more posts below the second video feed at the bottom of this post.

George Zimmerman with Don West stating no more witnesses

Defense attorney Don West and George Zimmerman

In addition, last night Professor Jacobson posted an analysis of the racial politics driving the Zimmerman prosecution, here:

Racial politics supported by State power come down on George Zimmerman

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Thursday, July 11 Commentary

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Bill Schaeffer- Did Bernie’s argument get any better? No, not really, still sucked.

    fogflyer in reply to Dr Stiffy. | July 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Yeah, I think he successfully raised reasonable doubt about George’s innocence.
    Oh wait…. That’s not how it’s supposed to work is it?

Ahhh husband expects hot dinner waiting for him when he gets home from work…
Gotta go find someone to cook one for him!

I wonder if O’Mara can simply quote the prosecution in his closing for the defense, “We don’t know what happened” “No one can be sure”. Sounds like the prosecution has pretty much proved reasonable doubt, even if the evidence did not already firmly establish it.

How does the state’s reference to the can of Arizona Ice Tea watermelon juice NOT open the door to evidence of TM’s drug use?

    inquisitivemind in reply to swlip. | July 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    African Ham juice Tea is in no way proof beyond a reasonable doubt as to drug use.

Zimmerman went out with an “OVERLOADED GUN”. WTF???

    styro1 in reply to fogflyer. | July 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    The bullets were spilling out of it.

    consnyer in reply to fogflyer. | July 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    What? I always “overload” my gun.. /sarc


    not_surprised in reply to fogflyer. | July 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    yes! not one but TWO flashlights and TWO bullets in the chamber!

    gregm in reply to fogflyer. | July 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I just got home so I missed it. But did he really say that, “Overloaded Gun”?

    The two women, one a former permit holder, and one a current holder must have just looked at him thinking, “Is he really that stupid”?

      MAPTX in reply to gregm. | July 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      not that I am doubting there will be an acquittal but those two women will guarantee one…….the entire reason you get a CCW permit is because your scared of exactly what happened to GZ.

      In the back of their minds they have thought about doing the exact same thing many, many times(pulling a weapon to save your life)

There was more than 1 “dummy ” in court today that’s for sure!

TrayMom can’t take anymore photos of TrayThug b/c he tried to mess up a creepy-ass cracker who was armed.

Bernie closing is gonna be shown in law schools around the country for those looking to be defense attorneys. Best seller

“Tra$hcan tour 2013”

Henry Hawkins | July 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Gee, I hope the jury doesn’t notice that BDLR looks like the BTK Killer’s twin brother:….0…1ac.1.19.img.HntQlEsLoBc

VetHusbandFather | July 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

So BDLRs story is. GZ profiled TM. He then chased down TM, and there is no evidence TM attacked, GZ but if he did he would have been justified because GZ was chasing him. The TM was screaming for help because maybe GZ had pulled a gun on him, which would have been impossible if TM was on top of him, but if TM was on top the way Good said he was, then good may have seen him struggling for the gun and not beating gz, but there is no dna on the gun, so he never went for the gun. Thus the whole thing is GZs fault becausr he started it by proffiling TM and then chasing him. Dooes that pretty much sum things up?

My lord there is not enough sedation on planet for me to sit there and listen to my husband be thrashed that way! This poor family.
There are no winners here… no matter the verdict

inquisitivemind | July 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

What comes of MOM’s objection during that pile of BS?

not_surprised | July 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Nelson sustained with instructions that she would instruct the Jurors as to what the law is..

Does anyone think that GZ made the decision to draw and fire his weapon lightly? He knew his life would not ever be the same if he killed another person…no reasonable person, no legal gun owner takes the responsibility lightly. ONLY when threatened with certain harm or death would one use their gun knowing that guns are made for one and only purpose & that is to KILL. This absuridity of States cause that GZ woke up & decided that was the day he would kill someone black but first call the police, then wait for them so he could show off his trophy needs to be dispelled immediately by MOM & West. I had wished that defense attacked the timelines better as well as RJ aka “catfisher” testimony too. Also the jury should have heard about the financial benefits the TM family has enjoyed and continues to enjoy since the death of their son. The State wished to expose all of GZ’s motives yet no one wants to dirty their hands with the money windfall the Martin/ Fulton /Crump have gotten because its “insensitive ” & not politically correct! Time to drop the crap & let some sunshine in that court to disinfect the germs!

    nomadic100 in reply to consnyer. | July 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    The most economical and reasonable portrayal of the entire incident was the testimony of Mr. Root. When one is being pummeled, one does not rationally consider one’s alternatives and conclude that one’s life will never be the same if one shoots, etc. Zimmerman was desperate at that point and realized he had to use his gun, so he did. As Root testified, he had no other choice.

    End of story. Totally self defense.

[…] found a really good summation of the prostitution’s closing argument in the comments at Legal Insurrection. BLDR is Bernie De La Rionda the lead persecutor who gives the closing […]

KrazyCrackaEsq | July 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

An absolute downpour of doubt has just been rained down upon the jury thanks to Bernie’s closing.

As part of my pre-meditated plot to commit murder due to racial hatred, I will call the police first and alert them to what I am about to do.

Why didn’t I think of that?

Wouldn’t be surprised if Guy claims that Zimmerman set out a can of Watermelon Cooler to bait his “punk trap.”

A suggest for your comment system. It would be much better if the “new comments” button was on the left and the “older comments” button on the right. You read the newer first and turn the page to get the older. Just as you read the first page of a book first and turn the page to get to the next page after. Just works better for people.

I have THE closing argument for this case.

First, you play this clip –

After the objection and completely unrepentant but required apology –

Dear Jurors, according to the State’s closing argument, not a single one of you will ever be allowed to defend yourself if you get attacked.

If you have ever cussed in frustration under your breath, you will be guilty of murder.

If you have ever watched someone you did not know in your crime riddled neighborhood, you will be guilty of murder.

If you have ever wanted to serve your community, and sought education to help you do that, you will be guilty of murder.

If you have ever done something in succession that could not also be done simultaneously, you will be guilty of murder.

If you are ever attacked, and do not state your name clearly and concisely while you are screaming for help and afraid for your life, you will be guilty of murder.

That is all the prosecution has for you to consider after their 44 witnesses and numerous exhibits.

I ask you to examine the evidence.

I ask you to listen to the witnesses.

I ask you to read the charges and realize that Prosecutors in this case have shown you more spite, hate, and ill will in his closing argument, never mind his case, than he has proven against Mr. Zimmerman in this entire trial.

Thank you.

    Matt in FL in reply to AmberK. | July 12, 2013 at 1:27 am

    AmberK, that was actually a really good close, from my non-attorney point of view. I especially liked the spite, hate, and ill will line at the end.

Hi everyone!

Bernie’s close sucked and offended me on so many levels. If his close was all that the jury had to consider then George is a free man! No doubt at all.

But there is more to this than what George explained in his “recreation video.” Maybe Dee Dee – Rachel will get paid and tell some reporter what Treyvon really said toward the end on their conversation, or what she really heard being said by George; you can pretty much bet on that coming very soon. Can’t wait!

Did Treyvon sucker punch George? Everyone here believes that, and so do I. But what really happened before that, and then after that. Most folks seem to just be happy to believe that “time just passed” and “things just happened” that George cannot recall fully and will never be able to recall, fully. But I wonder if that is true, and I have no answer to my curiosity.

Perhaps George did what any person would do if they were sucker punched, he defended himself. Perhaps the more experienced fighter, Treyvon, took George to the ground and used the cement or the sprinkler boxes as a weapon against a heavier and stronger opponent (George); that would have been a smart tactical thing to do. And George “shrimped” the two of them in to the grass to stop the blows. Now Treyvon has to punch like crazy to keep George in control. Contrary to popular belief, 158lbs and 5’11-6’2″ is pretty dam skinny and lightweight! George had had enough, but Treyvon is still trying to knock him out, win the fight, so George draws his pistol and fires.

The women on the jury probably don’t have my questions about filling in the blanks, but the ME images of a dead 158lb 17 year old may make the Manslaughter charge look tempting.

Just a post to get people to label me with ugly names again – second night in a row!