Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 30)
 

Zimmerman Defense Gives Evidence-Rich Closing, State Appeals to “Heart”

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Posted by    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 1:30pm 7/12/2013 at 1:30pm

This morning saw the defense give its closing statement in Florida v. Zimmerman, the last opportunity for them to deliver their compelling narrative of innocence to the jury. And boy, did Mark O’Mara deliver. In a closing rich with evidence, facts, and the law, O’Mara focused the jury on their legal obligation...

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Zimmerman Trial: Defense’s Closing Argument LIVE

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Posted by    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:30am 7/12/2013 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, below.

This morning Mark O’Mara is to present the defense’s closing arguments, striving to raise at least as much reasonable...

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State’s Closing Argument: Two Hours of Raising Doubt

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:10pm 7/11/2013 at 8:10pm

NOTE:  Streaming video of the entirety of the State’s closing argument is provided at the bottom of this post.

Today, the State presented their closing argument to the jury in the matter of Florida v. Zimmerman. After 14 months of investigation and discovery, weeks of pre-trial hearings, weeks more of trial testimony,...

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Zimmerman Trial: Watch State’s Closing Argument LIVE

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:30pm 7/11/2013 at 1:30pm

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.

The State is scheduled to begin its closing argument at 1:30PM today, and the defense tomorrow morning. By tomorrow...

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Zimmerman Trial: The Jury Instructions

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:02pm 7/11/2013 at 1:02pm

Breaking:  Charge on Murder 3/Child Abuse is denied by Judge Nelson

This morning the Court in Florida v. Zimmerman conducted a hearing to finalize the instructions that will guide the jury on arriving at a verdict. While some of the instructions were long-expected and raised little debate, others could only be described...

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

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:55am 7/11/2013 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, below.

This morning is the charging conference, in which the State and defense will argue about the specific charges on...

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Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6:00pm 7/10/2013 at 6:00pm

The defense team continued on what is expected to be the last day of their presentation of their case. The day began and ended with a bang.  This morning Judge Nelson denied the defense’s request to introduce their animated movie as evidence, although they will be permitted to use it for...

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Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:15am 7/10/2013 at 9:15am

The Judge in the Zimmerman trial just ruled that the jury will not get to see numerous text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding his prowess at fighting, including texts as to how to punch someone in the nose and make them bleed.

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Zimmerman Trial Day 12: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:00am 7/10/2013 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. We have brief summaries of the previous day’s events (including last night’s fireworks!) along links to detailed more...

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Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 6:40pm 7/9/2013 at 6:40pm

By far the biggest news of the day came mid-afternoon when defense attorney Mark O’Mara informed Judge Nelson that his next witness, Elouise Dilligard, would be his last of the trial, and that he expected the defense to rest their case tomorrow. Given the expectations of many, including this lawyer, that...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 11: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 8:45am 7/9/2013 at 8:45am

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.

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

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Posted by    Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:55pm 7/8/2013 at 6:55pm

There were some big wins for the defense today, including several important rulings just before the Court recessed for the day.

By far the biggest news, however, is the utter implosion of the State’s “scream” narrative into which they had invested the heart and soul of their theory of the c...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 10 — Mid-day — Vietnam Combat Medic Identifies Zimmerman as Screamer

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Posted by    Monday, July 8, 2013 at 1:35pm 7/8/2013 at 1:35pm

The defense team of Mark O’Mara and Don West began their first full day of presenting their case to the jury today, although so far this morning it’s been nothing but O’Mara. Rumors are that the defense plans to call ~25 witnesses, and they moved through a handful of them swiftly...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 10: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

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

I trust that everyone had a safe and satisfying extended (for some of you) 4th of July weekend.

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...

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Why Zimmerman’s Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted

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Posted by    Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 7:40pm 7/7/2013 at 7:40pm

Immediately following the close of the State’s case on Friday, Mark O’Mara, the lawyer leading George Zimmerman’s defense team, stood before Judge Nelson and made his oral motion for a judgment of acquittal for his client (a parallel written motion was also submitted to the Court).

The motion was well-reasoned, and strongly...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 9 — Families Feud Over Scream Identification

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Posted by    Friday, July 5, 2013 at 7:15pm 7/5/2013 at 7:15pm

Today began with the expectation that it would the the day on which the State rested its case. That proved true, and it was. It was also among the most bizarre and disturbing days of a lengthy trial full to the brim with bizarre and disturbing days.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother

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Trayvon Martin’s Brother: Originally not sure if it was Trayvon screaming on 911 call

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Posted by    Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:36am 7/5/2013 at 9:36am

Jarvis Martin, Fulton half-brother, testified in court today that the voice on the 911 call was that of Trayvon Martin. On cross-examination, however, it was revealed that two weeks after first hearing the screams on the 911 call he was interviewed in a sit-down with a local TV reporter and at...

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