Zimmerman Trial: Defense’s Closing Argument LIVE
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This morning Mark O’Mara is to present the defense’s closing arguments, striving to raise at least as much reasonable doubt of guilt as the prosecution achieved yesterday in its own closing statement, an analysis (and video) of which can be found here:
State’s Closing Argument: Two Hours of Raising Doubt
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Tuesday, July 9 Commentary
This past weekend I posted up an analytical piece of Mark O’Mara’s request for a judgment of acquittal. O’Mara’s motion was well-reasoned and supported by Florida’s case law. It was, of course, doomed to peremptory denial by Judge Nelson. In that piece I’ve linked almost all of the case citations made by O’Mara to full-length copies of the decisions, so you can see the sources for yourselves, if you like (most of the decisions are gratifyingly brief). You can see that here:
Why Zimmerman’s Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted
Last Thursday, July 4, I had posted up a review of the trial to date, with some prognostication of how things may role out in the coming days. To take a look at that, click here:
Zimmerman Trial Review– How We Got Here, And Where We’re Going
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Yes it makes sense he would get an address.
Why wouldn’t he get an address?
Well, the prosecution sucked the whole trial. I guess it only makes sense to end it sucking too.
listen to when the screaming stops
When the State rests
If you want proof positive that GZ is not an angry and spiteful man, the proof is his behavior during this trial. That dude is zen-like to sit impassively through all this crap for three weeks. At some point, I’m not sure I could avoid at least facial expressions.
Honestly, he’s probably medicated.
gee! a 17 year is a child? i started my second year of college when i was 17
and i wasn’t the “good student” that baby trayvon was
wow, blatant mischaracterization of the physical evidence in the state’s closing. not surprising sadly.
i thought we were here because gz got out of the truck, not because he lied guy
The ladies are now asking themselves:
Who would I want to meet on the sidewalk if I was walking alone on that dark rainy night, Trayvon or George Zimmerman?
I know you all don’t want to hear it, but Guy is making a very very effective rebuttal. Look out.
Yah, but we’ve established you are a moron.
Not seeing it from here. It seems an effective rebuttal would include some actual evidence.
When the Prosecution uses the words “The evidence proves”, let me know.
I think you comments have set records for their number of disagrees.
Not that we don’t want to hear it, we’re still waiting on some proof. On anything.
This re-close is again all – What do you think? Use your heart… Pablum. All pablum.
Give us a fact or three, something that has been proven that detracts from a self defense claim. Don’t ask us to suspend rationality and dive deep into the sea of emotion.
what is the derivation of your nametag.
what language is it ?
it must translate to “the author of this comment is a certifiable schmuck”
So what if we believe it was Trayvon yelling? Was he screaming for help while beating Zimmerman? No explanation for that?
More complete conjecture.
What a weak-assed close.
I think the State is in self-denial
HAHA…Guy IS like the ‘prosecutor’ in “Idiocracy” Just should be like..Guilty! peace out….
The whole theory that George could have never got his gun out with Travon mounted on him is ludicrous. I kind of wish the defense would have countered that a bit.
I guarantee you that if I was in fear for my life with someone mounted on me, I could wiggle around enough to get me hand on the gun. No question in my mind.
Again no facts from the Prosecution, just Accusations and Assumptions and Asinine Attitude.
So, if he was an expert MMA fighter how come Trayvon had no injuries?
Of course he WANTED to shoot him. Why did he want to shoot him? Because his head kept being whacked into the ground.
LOVE IT!!! Guy suggest only trained fighters could remove an attackers hands from their mouth.
“Use your common sense” …
If you do you are impatient for this idiot to stop instructing you to use common sense which indicates Zimmerman is totally innocent.
Shame on him!
Why did (GZ) lie so many times?
GZ didn’t lie.
It is the Prosecution’s accusations and the Crump and PR Firm’s narrative that are lies, and the Martins are lying.
“Jurors seem completely captivated by JohnGuy”
’cause he’s not speaking to their intellect, but to their heart. It matters.
Would you feel the same way if it was you on trial?
Your wishcasting tweets aren’t relevant.
Rebuttals are nearly always the drama show. Unfortunately, so was the State’s closing argument.
So because he didn’t remember the exact words in the NEN call that means he’s lying? Ridiculous.
LOL, his watch didn’t come off so… huh?
Ear buds are a better point.
Guy is half-heartedly imitating the “really” by O’Mara.
Weren’t the earbuds found in TM’s pocket? I thought I read that in police report.
The ear buds and phone were in TM’s pocket.
Like TM was planning for some action.
Shouldn’t there have been an objection there? I didn’t hear the original testimony on that but you aren’t allowed to make up facts even in summation.
I think TM’s cellphone was found on the grass….not in his pocket. If had been in his pocket the defense would have been all over that regarding Rachel’s testimony…who claimed she heard the phone “fall.”
I have teenagers, they don’t remove their earbuds to go to the bathroom.
They would if they were going to assault an unsuspecting cracker.
I think he thinks he’s effectively mocking Mr O’Mara by doing that, but he’s just coming off as petulant and smarmy.
I like the way his accent drifts between syrupy-Southern and bland-as-paste CNN. Yeah, no, that’s not put on at all. AT ALL.
I wish he would demonstrate head bashing concrete with his own.
All the lumps on his head weren’t “serious”.
Where is the blood evidence…at all…???
CONCRETE…just denial. That is not proof.
rags pull yer head out of your limited intellect and see the bigger picture. It’s more than that, as you will see.
You are correct. The bigger picture is about inciting blacks for political purposes. That’s why Obama’s DOJ organized the protests, and may very well be organizing the riots.
The state spent the whole trial keeping out the evidence of what TM was and wanted to be (tweets, phone pictures, etc, toxicology report).
Now, they want the jury to convict GZ because of character issues they never proved AGAINST GZ and that they hid from the jury about TM??
i think that the female jury will realize they are being condescended to by these guys who are just playing to emotions.
Lisa: “I don’t think women will like being shot in the face.”
Homer: “Women will like what I tell them to like.”
Guy is telling them to ignore all of the evidence as to the concrete now… even the state’s own witness’. I would be so pissed at this guy if I was sitting on the jury I could spit.
How much longer does Guy have?
i think o’meara blew guy’s closing out of the water, because this all seem to be last minute ad-lib
Is it over yet?
When I listened to the beginning of de la Rionda’s and Guy’s closing statements i just couldn’t take it long because it sounded so cheap provincial theatrical acting for me (i’m neither a native english speaker nor resident of the us, btw). I’ve missed the beginning of O’Mara’s speech, but the main part sound like honest talking and not acting. I wonder is it because I’m biased or just because prosecution is that bad in oratory (as in all aspects: both proving the case and their moral)?
Yes and he responded like any child that fears the creepy old man pursuing him in the dark, he ran home and told his daddy, oh wait he didn’t? He circled back and jumped the guy he was so afraid of? Well shoot, i got nothing then.
mr stay puff… lol
GZ has NO OBLIGATION to stay in his car
and the evidence reflects that
It isn’t about what the jury thinks.
Where is the evidence?
Then what is it about? What YOU think? You call yourself an attorney? You need some further schooling. Try a few Perry mason episodes until you start to get it. What a moronic comment – the jury doesn’t matter…
Eww… I am being critcized by a moron…
Whatever will I do.
I never said the jury does not matter, moron. I said the jury should be presented evidence, not told what they “think” is determinative of the essential facts.
The verdict in this case will most definitely be based on what the jury thinks…..no doubt about that. Hopefully what they think will be based on the actual evidence.
just curious, sir , but was wsomersetm already taken or are you dyslexic?
oy vey! you was just criticized by a dimwitted schmuck that got his legal education from a fictitious lawyer TV show.
i bet archdickhead doesn’t even know the author’s name.
Unable to reply to your previous post…but this is my name…m. w. somerset….is that too deep for you to comprehend?
TM told RJ to “get off” took earbuds out placed in pocket then ambushed GZ.
I don’t even think where TM’s arms were is anything other than a red herring anyway.
How does stretching his arms out after he’s on the ground make TM menacing?
I should never be on a jury. How do you let this guy insult your intelligence without shouting out “bullshit” ?
It would be sorely tempting when Guy asks “Really?” to shake my head, “yes” really.
Love to be a fly on the wall in that jury room.
… They just called him Mr. Softee? Well, I’m done. This is beyond parody.
Physically impossible a 17 year old football player could run a few hundred yards in four minutes?
Um OK guy.
No, it’s not about staying in your car. He has no legal obligation to stay in his car.
common sense tells me this will be a quick not guilty verdict
The skipping of the lunch break strongly implies the jury wants to go home by dinner time tonight.
let’s check in then… hmmmm?
The media has crowned this guy, GUY, McDreamy. The women of the jury love him. Gawwwd I hope not.
That’s because the media has to put labels on people, so they can keep the characters straight in their tiny little brains. Kinda like Nancy Grace referring to Casey Anthony as “Tot Mom” which is about the stupidest nickname I have ever heard of.
I call Nancy “Vulture Beak” so I guess we’re even.
Well that pretty much explains how he’s gotten so far in life. What Law School has the embarassing distinction of passing this moron out into the real world with a law degree? The Sally Struthers School for Morons?
the are correct. everybody knows that women love to be talked down to by a self-important little shit like guy
Oh come one…he is cute and he does sound like Kevin Costner. I bet he wears his necktie real tie too…so his foreskin won’t droop.
Oh shoot….”wears his necktie real TIGHT….” I hate when I blow a good joke dammitalltohell…
Oh, I’m supposed to stay in my car at all times? What a load of crap.
He was supposed to stay in his car.
If he got out of his car, it’s his fault if he was attacked by a mugger.
Isn’t mugger spelled with an “n” – H/T Chris Rock
Oh, goodness… he had to put Trayvon’s arms out to make him menacing looking? LOL!!!
So the jury will decide if whether they believe the evidence and reasonable doubt or whether they will believe demagoguery and emotionalism.
Hopefully the jury will decide based on facts and evidence but we shall see.
Mr Guy has made the most effective case yet. Excellent rebuttal. The jurors are captivated, according to several tweets in the courtroom.
nah, he’s not delusional. it’s just that he gets off on thinking that he’s upsetting other folks with his contrarian opinions.
you know that they say tha opinions are like a**holes, everybody’s got one. this guy’s picture is next to that quote in the encyclopedia; he’s he prototype
i had, at first, thought that his opinions reflected his culture or race, but i have since concluded that he is overcompensating for a remarkably small penis
People are captivated by the movie Jackass, too…
They are shocked he isn’t yelling at them…
Well, it’s about time the prosecution “made” a case because they haven’t in 3 weeks. Too bad they had to wait until the rebuttal and are doing it without evidence or any regard for the fact that *they* carry the burden of proof not the defendant. If the jury is made up of a bunch of illogical, emotionally-driven half-wits, such as yourself, then we’ll get a guilty verdict.
Captivated as in…incredulous? Or captivated as in…that’s a handsome fella…wonder what’s under his pants? Definitely not captivated because they were riveted by all the compelling evidence he was reviewing in this case that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that GM did not act in self defense. I’ll going with the incredulous.
Captivated or aghast? //
I’m sure Crump/Martin et al are tweeting furiously. You should broaden your timeline.
TM is not a piece of cardboard??? WTF
I bet that cardboard cut out of Trayvon could have even kicked Mr. Guy’s butt….
guy: GZ is guilty b/c he didn’t give the person beating the shit out of him CPR
Wow, Trayvon is not cardboard. Who knew?
Trayvon is a trademark.
“Trayvon is not, was not, WILL NEVER BE, a piece of cardboard.”
WTF? Chewbacca offense?
I don’t remember the defense arguing that Trayvon was a piece of cardboard. But I guess he had to point that out.
Here’s the kicker to that question, Guy. You asked, Who is responsible for Trayvon Martin laying on the ground?
Answer: Trayvon Martin is responsible because of his actions. He wouldn’t be dead if he had not instigated the fight, beating, injuring GZ. It’s a difficult truth to swallow, but it’s true.
George is going home tonight, just like he did that night of the fight and the shooting. I think that what Guy is arguing is that if Trayvon menaced George by circling his car then George should have protected himself by putting distance between himself and the menacing teen, and not following near where he last saw Treyvon because he knew he was walking in to danger. But George was too stupid to use his own fear as a guide and seek a safe distance until the police arrived. I would not have followed on foot like George did, but that is just me, I have common sense. The police were on the way.
Anyway, we will all have very like to chat about in a few hours when the jury comes back with a quick not guilty verdict. George’s defense has proven him not guilty, but they did not prove that he is an intelligent person, IMHO. FloriDuh.
just not as stupid as Trayvon apparently …
certainly seems like a year ago when the state started their closing
Guy: GeorgeZimmerman says TrayvonMartin covered his mouth and nose. Really?” Wouldn’t blood be under TM’s nails? “That was a lie.”
Maybe the ME would have found blood under Martin’s nails if the ME had not left Martin’s body lying in the rain and wet grass for a couple of hours after he was shot, and/or if the incompetent ME had not been handling Martin’s hands while he tried to fingerprint him at the crime scene, and/or if the ME had bothered to follow basic protocol and bag Martin’s hands to preserve trace evidence.
Dr. Vincent DiMaio:
The ABSENCE of evidence does not bear as much weight as the PRESENCE of evidence.
That goes for blood, DNA, etc.
The testimonies of the witness have shown that the State of FL does not have good procedures and processe for collecting and protecting evidence.
Guy has no future in Hollywood. These blatant attempts at evoking emotionalism in the jury cannot be working. He’s trying to act and failing, which shows he doesn’t believe it either.
I hope the female jury members all have children, because they’ll have heard bullsh*t like this before.
REMEMBER – Nothing whatsoever was verifiable of Rachel Jeantel’s ALLEGED conversation with TM.
We only have her word.
And we know how important her word is, right? (Not!)
Going for the race card in the most inelegant way possible now.
I can’t believe what I am hearing.
In Hollywood they make up stories – just like in the prosecutions case
So…. his argument is in real life, self defense cases are always politicized from the White House down?
Guy: “Television is not like real life. In a real life murder trial, you can’t expect to have evidence of guilt.”
I think *my* head exploded on that one
I LOL when Guy claims they have been given the good and the bad and this has been a fair trial
Who produced this trial?
Very, very, interesting questions.
Trayvon Martin is not cardboard, and George Zimmerman is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
… I’ll have what he’s having.
None of this hyper-beta-gamma-emotionalism by Guy negates self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt. No one cares if you want to put your hand on Trayvon’s shoulder.
The difference between MOM’s closing and this rebuttal is MOM’s closing was all focused on the pertinent objective: The state can’t negate self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.
So many “good” unsuspecting people…like Mr. Good who testified as to the ground and pound, TM on top, GZ getting his creepy cracka ass beat down.
I think they are insulted.
Guy-Who produced this trial?
Obama, Holder, Angela Corey, race baiters….
Guy: “The defendant controlled the weather and made it rain that night.”
GZ is a mighty god of homicide
He did the creepy cracka rain dance.
“Who CREATED the evidence?”
LOL guy the state wasn’t even very good at fabricating oops I meant creating oops I meant “marshalling” the evidence was it?
Guy: “Television is not like real life. In a real life murder trial, you can’t expect to have evidence of guilt.”
— Is that a real quote?
Essentially, it’s paraphrased.
Heh, it is now, attributed to counselor Guy.
“Who created the evidence?” LOL, a bit of a Freudian slip there for Mr. Prosecutor.
“I am not asking you to fill the gaps.” But I am not filling the gaps either… so gaps… yeah there are gaps… ummm….
LOL. Well we know that Ben Crump created some of it.
wow GZ has control of lighting, weather, and all other sorts of phenomenon.. The state must think that they are trying to convict God.
Guy: “You can’t bring TM back to life. But at least you can ruin the defendant’s life.”
The evidence is ENOUGH? ENOUGH?
“The evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt…” (crickets chirping)
He got out of his car. A little child is dead. He lied. His wounds weren’t serious. He didn’t follow instructions. He followed and pursued a little child.
Guy sounds more like a Hollywood Lawyer than a real Lawyer.
Slight misquote — and misapplication — of Voltaire there. “To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.”
I don’t think he understands the context of that quote.
Oh my stars, he just said it again. He’s obviously quite proud of that one, which makes it all the more embarrassing that he’s got it wrong.
Guy: GeorgeZimmerman “chose everything” in the case. Lighting, time, circumstances, evidence, etc.
Actually, it was Trayvon Martin who chose the time and place of the attack. And it was Martin who chose his victim.
Unfortunately for Martin, he chose poorly.
Guy argues with conviction, but without any real substance.
Any sociopath could do the same.
OK I’m done so skittles and iced tea will be served in the lobby as refreshments.
I am reminded that Athens fell to sophists and demagouges. We have too many of those already.
I sincerely hope “Mr Dreamy” is disbarred.
Please…PLEASE don’t judge this case by the evidence. Please use your prejudice, your intuition, your common sense. ANYTHING but the evidence and the law! LOL
You don’t have to have great bodily harm you numbskull…you just have to be in fear of it.
Oh so now its a “little” child. barf.
Was the judge pressured by the Obama admin.? I’m sure you’ve seen that on Drudge.
Could be a federal bench appointment at stake./
Who lost the fight…
Who lost the fight?
Justice lost the fight.
Due process lost the fight.
The Rule of Law lost the fight.
The citizens of Florida lost the fight.
Who lost the fight?
If there was a “fight” then it doesn’t matter who won or lost it. The existence of a “fight” = you failed to negate self defense by a reasonable doubt.
Merely characterizing the altercation, even possibly, as a “fight” = acquittal
The prosecution simply cannot connect “A” to “B” to “C”.
I pray to God that the jury sees this. This trial is a travesty.
The cannot even connect A to A.
Guy is incoherent.
It doesn’t matter what GZ said.
It doesn’t matter what Jeantel said.
Unless he has some way of negating Mr. Good’s testimony the jury has to acquit based on a reasonable doubt.
There’s no way Mr. Good’s testimony can be effectively impeached beyond a reasonable doubt.
Dreamy should bring out a cute little puppy named Trayvon and then kill it
If that “little child,” who was 17 at the time, would have committed an adult crime, that “little child” would be tried as an adult.
Did he have to shoot trayvon martin?
He did not, he could have taken a chance on trayvon crushing his skull or getting bored and walking away.
However that’s not the legal standard. GZ doesn’t have to wait to see what tm decides to do at that point.
I am a lawyer and I know plenty about the State’s burden. I personally (and objectively) think that there is insufficient evidence to support any type of conviction. However, I am very scared of what this jury might do. I sincerely hope they behave as the law dictates they should and acquit. That being said, a conviction of any type would be an absolute miscarriage of justice and completely rattle my faith in the legal system to which I belong. This verdict deliberation, specifically due to the way the State has chosen to present their “case,” has me very very nervous.
Any lawyer prosectuor or defense knows this is a completely shyte case and never should have brought it to trial.
This argument is so bad that it’s almost insulting to the jury.
I am curious, perhaps you can provide some clarity for me.
Where does the obligation for a member of the bar who becomes aware of ethical violations play into this case? Personally, I would not have been able to honestly put on this defense, but I understand that many lawyers are able to put on defenses that they do not personally agree with, or believe in. This appears to be a case in point.
Does this case cross any ethical lines?
Ethically, a lawyer can’t knowingly put up false evidence. In a civil case, a lawyer can’t knowingly bring a frivolous claim. The standard used is a “good faith” basis. For a criminal trial, there must be probable cause to arrest the defendant and indict. That’s typically the check for prosecutors and why they have prosecutorial immunity.
I’m a civil attorney. In cases that I’m involved with, when there’s absolutely no evidence behind a case after the plaintiff has presented, the judge grants a JMOL (or summary judgment, which is before the case even goes to trial and based on discovery produced). In this criminal case, the equivalent is the JOA, which should have been granted. But, once again, there’s technically no ethical breaches because there was initially found to be probable cause at the outset. Now, the question of whether there was probable cause at the outset and whether Angela Corey breached ethical guidelines in her presentation of the charges is another thing altogether. But for the purposes of the Prosecutors in this case, they technically didn’t breach any ethics in putting on this embarrassing case (unless, of course, they knowingly suborned perjury or withheld evidence).
well I am not a lawyer but have studied some law subjects in my degree.
I do think that the Persecution has suborned perjury in this case because they knew Rachel Jeantel was lying. On top of that they did hide the evidence on Trayvon Martin’s telephone.
Why are people surprised the jury is paying attention? Isn’t that… their job? It always surprises me when watching trials to see commenters making a big deal about whether they’re paying attention.
guy: GZ knew the police were coming so he should have laid there and got beaten until they showed up.
why did TM not go home
Has anyone been timing this? It feels like he is at least 10 minutes over.
We’re at about 41 minutes now.