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George Zimmerman Trial Tag

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 posts below the second video feed at the bottom of this post. Also, a quick note, in thanks to the Professor and all of you I've put in place a 10% discount/free shipping coupon for Legal Insurrection followers interested in "The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition"--use code LOSD2-LI at checkout.

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A hearing was held this evening, concluding just before 10 p.m.,  on the attempt of the defense to introduce expert testimony as to text messages regarding fighting found on Trayvon Martin's cell phone. The judge previously had ruled that such social media evidence could not be mentioned in jury selection or opening statements. A large group of texts and photos were released in late May, but only some of them are at issue now. The judge expressed concern (full embed below) about admissibility on ground of authentication, that the defense could prove that the texts were to and from Trayvon's phone, but could not prove that Trayvon was using the phone at the time. "I don't have any identifying marks that these text messages" were sent by or from Martin. "Another person may know that password." The hearing was highly contentious, with defense lawyer Don West vigorously asserting that failure to allow the evidence would violate Zimmerman's constitutional rights, and blaming the prosecution for withholding evidence until early June as to the texts.  West argued that it was unfair to hold the defense to strict authentication standards given the prosecution's tactics. https://twitter.com/renestutzman/status/354782441132654592 The fireworks started about mid-way through this clip:

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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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 news will be added at the bottom of this post. [caption id="attachment_55250" align="alignnone" width="432"]Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 9.09.38 AM George Zimmerman, day 10 of Florida v. Zimmerman[/caption] During the lunch recess, or immediately thereafter, we will TRY topost a mid-day update. 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. Yesterday 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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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

The first State witness of the day was, as anticipated Sybrina Fulton. She had two missions for her appearance: (1) identify the screamer in the background of the Jenna Lauer 911 recording as her son, Trayvon Martin; and (2) avoid saying anything nice about the reputation or character of her son that would open the door to the defense introducing into evidence Martin's history of violence and drug use. She accomplished both.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, Part 2

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, Part 3

There was never, of course, any question that she would say exactly that, nor that the defense would fail to point out the suggestive conditions in which the identification initially took place--in the Mayor's office, surrounded by family and family lawyers/advisors, and without any law enforcement officer present. Ms. Fulton's credibility was also substantively damaged when she claimed that she had not known before hearing the tape that it was believed to contain the sound of her son's last, desperate screams. That the persons responsible for playing that tape would not have prepared her beforehand for the shock--to not do so could only be described as monstrous.

Jahvaris Fulton, Trayvon Martin's Half-brother

Next up was Martin's half-brother, Jahvaris Fulton, also a son of Sybrina Fulton. He testified on the stand that the screamer was Trayvon Martin. On cross-examination, as so often has happened to State witnesses, the credibility of his testimony quickly vanished. Defense counsel O'Mara pointed out that two weeks after first hearing the recording played Jahvaris was still stating to reporters that he wasn't sure that the recorded screams were those of Trayvon. When pressed, his answers became a series of "don't know," "not sure, " can't remember," almost as if he'd been pushed outside the boundaries of the coaching for his testimony.

I trust that everyone had a safe and satisfying celebration of the birthday of the greatest nation on earth yesterday, and that no fireworks were left unexpended (if any were left unexpended, deduct 10% from "man-card"--and for Pete's sake, don't tell anybody). 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. 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. ALERT! Court started at 8:40AM, early than expected. Trayvon Martin's mother, Sabryna Fulton, is currently on the stand. It is anticipated that the State will finish with the last of its witnesses today and rest its case. At that point I expect the defense will submit a motion for a directed verdict, Judge Nelson will deny the motion, and the defense will begin to present its case. Yesterday I posted up a general 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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Law of Self Defense Blog: Zimmerman Trial

(NOTE: If you do wander over to the LOSD blog, be sure to come back to Legal Insurrection to comment, as nearly all my time is spent here for the duration of the trial.)

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