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Zimmerman Trial Day 8: Live Video, Analysis & Reader Poll: DNA Inconclusive & Judge Nelson Terse

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:40pm 7/3/2013 at 7:40pm

First things first–Legal Insurrection presents yet another of our class-leading internet polls on Florida v. Zimmerman.  Vote to lend your voice to whether George Zimmerman should be called by the defense to testify:


Trial Day 8: Nearing the Close of the State’s Case

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Zimmerman Update Exclusive — Mid-Day 8 — State Wins Evidentiary Battle, Loses Testimony War

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 2:00pm 7/3/2013 at 2:00pm

Today seemed to begin with a rare and much needed “win” for the State prosecutors. Unfortunately, what followed was a relentless unraveling of that win into a snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory. First, however, we should start with what little good news the State received today.

Court Rules Zimmerman...

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Zimmerman Update: BLOCKBUSTER: State witness says Zimmerman wanted to be Prosecutor!

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 11:24am 7/3/2013 at 11:24am

BREAKING NEWS

State witness Scott Pleasants, a Professor of George Zimmerman’s for an online criminal justice course, just testified on cross-examination by O’Mara that Zimmerman’s stated career goal was to become and attorney and eventually a State prosecutor.

This is not going well for the state.


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 8: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 8:30am 7/3/2013 at 8:30am

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...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 7 Wrap Up: Prosecution recovers a little, prepared to introduce college records

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 7:00pm 7/2/2013 at 7:00pm

We covered the morning’s events with our mid-day update, available here at the link below. If you’ve already viewed it, be aware that I have just now added to that post the video recordings of the morning testimony, so if you are interested in seeing those, that’s the place to go:

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Zimmerman Update Exclusive — Mid-Day 7 — Serino more ambivalent, Osterman supports self-defense

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:52pm 7/2/2013 at 1:52pm

Motion to Strike Key Serino Testimony Most Damaging to State

The Court opened today with a request from Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, before the jury was present, to ask Judge Nelson to strike perhaps the most telling blow from yesterday’s testimony from former Investigator Chris Serino. You can see our analysis...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 7: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 8:55am 7/2/2013 at 8:55am

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...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 6 – Analysis & Video – State’s witness Chris Serino seriously undermines charge

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Posted by    Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:13pm 7/1/2013 at 7:13pm

If you didn’t listen to the live streaming of the Zimmerman case, you missed the most astonishing cross-examination of a trial that has been hip-deep in astonishing cross-examinations. (Fortunately for you, we provide the video, below, if you need to catch up–it’s worth it.)

Chris Serino, Investigator, Sanford PD, Cross-Examination by O’Mara

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Zimmerman Update Exclusive — Mid-Day 6 — Zimmerman recounts fight for his life (recording)

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Posted by    Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:26pm 7/1/2013 at 2:26pm

So far today the State has called two rather interesting witnesses.

Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, FBI Expert, Speech Identification and Speaker Identification

The first you will recall from the pre-trial Frye hearings–Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone. You may refresh your recollection of the details of Dr. Nakasone’s world-class qualifications and Fry testimony here, Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone,...

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Zimmerman Trial LIVE VIDEO Day 6 – State’s Witnesses

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Posted by    Monday, July 1, 2013 at 9:00am 7/1/2013 at 9:00am

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...

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

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Posted by    Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 6:45pm 6/30/2013 at 6:45pm

Well, it’s Sunday evening, and that means it’s time to set the mood for . . . you guessed it, another week of Florida v. Zimmerman.

I thought I’d do that by sharing some thoughts on an aspect of the State’s (apparent) theory of the case this week that centered on an...

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

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Posted by    Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 12:06pm 6/29/2013 at 12:06pm

Hey folks,

Our Friday end-of-day analysis post had accumulated in excess of 200 comments, and, perhaps coincidentally, we also began hearing increasing complaints of slow loading.  Whether the cause is the large number of comments or some other aspect of the page, Professor Jacobson and I thought it would be worthwhile to...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 5 – Analysis & Video – State’s own witnesses undercut theory of guilt

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Posted by    Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:41pm 6/28/2013 at 8:41pm

Today saw the State move through another seven of their witnesses, although as has seemed the pattern this first week of trial, the defense more so than the State appeared to benefit from their testimony.

Among these two were most notable–Jonathan Good, who was a resident of Twin Lakes who observed much...

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Has State Opened Door to Defense Introducing Martin Fight Video?

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Posted by    Friday, June 28, 2013 at 6:25pm 6/28/2013 at 6:25pm

Under direct testimony John Good testified that the black man wearing the black hoodie was straddling the man in the white or red sweatshirt “MMA-style” and rained down blows in a “Ground-and-Pound” style of attack.

 

It seems possible that this line of questioning may have openend the door to the defense being...

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

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Posted by    Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:09pm 6/28/2013 at 12:09pm

The State seems to have suffered the most destructive of its own witnesses to date in calling Jonathan Good to the stand.Good was composed, coherent, and direct through his extensive testimony, the entirety of which was entirely consistent with the defense’s theory of lawful self-defense.

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Zimmerman Trial LIVE VIDEO – Day 5 – State’s Witnesses

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Posted by    Friday, June 28, 2013 at 8:55am 6/28/2013 at 8:55am

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...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 4 – End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State’s Witnesses

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Posted by    Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 8:45pm 6/27/2013 at 8:45pm

Once again, it was simply not a very good day at all for the prosecution. The primary State witnesses today were Rachel Jeantel, Jenna Lauer, and Selma Mora. The first had her credibility substantively destroyed, the second was powerfully–almost humiliatingly–co-opted by the defense, and the third provided testimony entirely consistent with...

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