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Zimmerman Trial LIVE VIDEO Day 6 – State’s Witnesses

Zimmerman Trial LIVE VIDEO Day 6 – State’s Witnesses

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, and breaking news will be added at the bottom of this post.

During the lunch recess, or immediately thereafter, we will post a mid-day update (not just a list of tweets this time!). We’ll then follow up with the usual detailed end-of-day wrap up, including video and embedded Tweets, at the usual time in the evening.

This morning Court is expected to start at 9:00AM.

To see our weekend wrap-upp & reader poll, covering last week’s State’s witness testimony and our exclusive analysis of it, click here:

Zimmerman Trial – Open Comment Forum – Weekend Wrap-Up & Reader Poll

To see our Sunday evening post on the issue of how much injury one must suffer before you can act in lawful self-defense, click here:

Zimmerman Update — How Much Injury Is Required Before Self-Defense is Justified?

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ARCHIVE: Zimmerman Trial LIVE coverage all day, every day

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LilMissSpellcheck | July 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm

So we’ve established the principle that anyone who fails to comply with an order or suggestion from police or telephone operators is 100% responsible for any mayhem that might ensue?

Somehow, I don’t think that will work out all that well for Al Sharpton and the thugs and cretins he defends.

rabid wombat | July 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

“Serino said he thought it was “odd” that #Zimmerman was concerned about going to class the next day. #Zimmermanon9″

Not very surprising. Under stress people think about the wildest stuff. Just after getting married, my wife totalled her car. Though uninjured in spite of hitting the dash with her legs, she was very happy about not ruining her stockings…go figure.

What a joy it is to watch this cross.

dorsaighost | July 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

someones life was spared that night … at some point in the future TM was going to kill someone …

LilMissSpellcheck | July 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm


Is that, like, an acronym for “assumes facts not in evidence?”

All of these theories that a jury cannot acquit GZ are built upon premises and logic spun from the mind of Crump. OPINIONS, not EVIDENCE.

Based on Jeantel’s testimony, Trayvon left a place of relative safety to follow Zimmerman. GZ was walking away from the last point of contact, toward his car, and TM approached him from behind. Jeantel tells us that TM confronted GZ, corroborating GZ’s version of events. And prosecution has no witnesses on their list who can controvert that evidence.

Prosecution will have to ask the jury to convict in contradiction of the best evidence they can possibly muster.

I’ve been following this site for a while now and find it extremely informative.

It is interesting that after reading hundreds of pages on dozens of threads about this issue over the past several months that the vast majority of ZM supporters talk about evidence, facts and the law.

The vast majority of TM supporters talk about emotion, “what would you do if it was your kid”, “if ZM had only stayed in his car”, “if TM were white” and how he should be convicted just because this tragedy should never have happened.

    hesperus in reply to CHLTexan. | July 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    you are laughable. This post was just a few away from yours. This is purely speculative, emotional, and frankly, bigoted. period. You sir, are full of BS

    dorsaighost | July 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    someones life was spared that night … at some point in the future TM was going to kill someone …

      Dr Stiffy in reply to hesperus. | July 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Based on the facts, I think it is very possible he is right.

        hesperus in reply to Dr Stiffy. | July 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        based on the ‘facts’ you think by killing trayvon, he prevented trayvon from killing sometime in the future? Wow. This is right out of the movie ‘minority report’.
        You are one sick dude.

      Browndog in reply to hesperus. | July 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      “vast majority”

      See those words? They are deliberate, specific, and to the point.

        hesperus in reply to Browndog. | July 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        “vast majority”

        “See those words? They are deliberate, specific, and to the point.”

        and… what is your point?

    CHLTexan in reply to CHLTexan. | July 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    quick correction: I meant GZ Supporters, not ZM supporters

rabid wombat | July 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

“Andrew Branca, LOSD @LawSelfDefense
Zimmerman Trial: MOM: “Evidence you had all fit into self-defense theory, right?” Serino: “Yes.” ”

Nice note for the Jury to go home and sleep on……

Carol Herman | July 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Serino said a person wouldn’t be knocked to the ground in one blow? So how come when I’ve viewed martial arts demonstrations the first thing I notice is someone being thrown on the ground? In a fight, where we can assume GZ was hit by TM “ground & pound” style … That getting him on the ground, fast, is something Trayvon wanted? In other words, as Trayvon strikes the first suprise blow to GZ’s nose, why not think his feet could have been used to make GZ flip onto the ground?

OH! And, that very dramatic opening by the prosecution! How does that fit GM who sits throughout calm as can be?

    aerily in reply to Carol Herman. | July 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    someone absolutely can knock someone to the ground with one punch. this is especially true when the party being punched doesn’t know the punch is coming.

    not to mention that a good cross can be followed up with a kneetap or bodylock takedown then transition to the mount.

    Aridog in reply to Carol Herman. | July 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Guessing of course, but a sucker punch to nose is a good tactic, especially if the recipient is not a regular boxer or MMA fighter. Unless conditioned, the recipient’s eyes will flood with tears and vision will be blurred….if struck hard the ear cavities will be shaken as well, causing dizziness. It’s the ultimate “sucker punch” really.

These long courtroom hours with few breaks have to be grueling to all the lawyers.

I wish O’Mara would go through that video reenactment and show via map where Zimmerman was at each point in his scenario. And maybe even play the non-emergency call to show where Zimmerman was walking as he was on the call.

Notice how the MSM is still keeping up with the “GZ should have stayed in his truck” narrative. The left expect law abiding citizens to give up the streets to the thug/criminal element. Lock your car/home doors shield your eyes, lie back and enjoy it and be glad it’s not you being victimized. GZ was in the neighborhood watch which is what he was doing. All TM had to do was go home or keep walking around and when police showed up talk to them about what he was doing. But it’s obvious he took offense to the crazy ass cracker keeping an eye on him and wanted to show him whats what.

LilMissSpellcheck | July 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

rhorton1: Undoubtedly O’Mara will do just that, when Defense presents its case. Right now Prosecution controls the order of witnesses and will do everything they can to interrupt the narrative flow MOM needs to build.

What a brilliant cross-examination. What a great day for the defense.

    Matt in FL in reply to rhorton1. | July 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The last 10 minutes of Officer Serino were simply amazing. It was like something on TV. And I loved, LOVED how after the “Did you think he was telling the truth?” “Yes.” exchange, MOM just looked down and flipped through some papers, leaving that last answer hanging in the air, and let it hang there until the judge suggested they break for the evening. MOM wanted that to be the last thing they heard today. Masterful.

    Ragspierre in reply to rhorton1. | July 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    OK. Who is this, and what have you done with rhorton…???

    Make it easy on yourself, and just let him go…unharmed.

    MegK in reply to rhorton1. | July 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    It was very good, but my goodness, with some of these witnesses the crosses just write themselves! Here’s a guy who was suspicious of aspects of Zimmerman’s story and did everything he possibly could to trip him up…yet he believes Zimmerman is telling the truth. Why on earth is Serino a prosecution witness? Mind boggling.

    Yet, the media reporting is along the lines of “lead detective was suspicious of Zimmerman’s story”. Hilarious.

      Aridog in reply to MegK. | July 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      The MSM is hilarious, indeed. I asked the question right here some time back about why the series of redundant witnesses relaying the same story. It seemed contrived and silly to me. IANAL. A couple of nice folks here answered my question quickly, and politely, to the effect that it is part of the sequence of building a case. Or…in this case, it seems a sequence of tearing down one’s own case for the Prosecution.

Would love to hear what the lawyers here think of MOM’s cross of Serino. IANAL but I am stunned. It was masterly and amazing to watch, IMHO.

Yikes ! !

Perry Mason is out of a job,

there is a NEW sheriff in town.

if this was a white kid who got killed and a black man who did the shooting it would never have gone this far, and the death treats people are making if GZ gets off are scary, i would never put my self in jail for a stranger.

If this were a boxing match, I think the judge would stop the fight now and call a technical knock out!

Goetz von Berlichingen | July 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

A couple of commenters have stated that they thought that it was improbable (my word) that TM said “You got me.”

I thought that I would point out that that was the final statement made by John Dillinger too.

    Well, and any number of cinematic bad guys.

    It is the all-time No. 1 valedictory of the dying villain.

    Followed closely by “Mommie!”

    With, “Top a da world, Ma…!!!” a distant third.

    “For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.”

    Pure speculation: perhaps he actually said, “You shot me.” After all, GZ had probably never fired a gun without hearing protection before, so his hearing was most likely at least somewhat impaired at that moment; and TM was likely starting to feel the effects of the wound and may not have been speaking very clearly? As I said, pure speculation.

      Difference Maker in reply to SueAnne. | July 2, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Since the wound was fatal, and evidently enough to incapacitate, it would not surprise me whatsoever if Trayvon said “You got me”.

        The amazing thing is that if Zimmerman had claimed Martin had actually said, “You got me, you creepy-assed cracker,” the same people now saying “You got me” is not credible would be forced to agree “That sounds like our Trayvon.”

        –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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I would like to thank William Jacobson for making LI available to follow this trial closely. And a special thank you Andrew Branca for your close up look at what is actually transpiring. It is informative, educational and even handed (in spite of what some of the trolls write).

I gave up on the MSM more than a decade ago, and this is the type of coverage that gives me a better grasp of some of the situations our culture faces in these upside down times.

Thank you again, gentlemen.

    hesperus in reply to JAL. | July 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Hmm, so you define ‘trolls’ as those that disagree with your point of view? Precisely my point in that this forum is NOT balanced by any means. To the contrary – it is decidely pro Zimmerman. Those folks will continue to tune in here to validate their own personal views. As will I, in order to see how this side of the fence views the world. Entertaining, to say the least.