Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
No doubt, 2014 will be a year to remember. With that, lets pray 2015 will bring peace and love to our nation.
“United we stand, Divided we fall”
The JB Mission
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
No doubt, 2014 will be a year to remember. With that, lets pray 2015 will bring peace and love to our nation.
“United we stand, Divided we fall”
The JB Mission
The Dummy Defense that O’Mara didn’t need.
-Mark O’Mara’s opening statement, “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, first off, I’d like you to know, “my client is STUPID”.”
-Juror One: How stupid is he?
-Mark O’Mara: For instance, my client went on the Sean Hannity Show, a nationally televised talk show and actually said that the killing of Trayvon Martin was all in God’s plan.
-Juror Two: Oh I see Mr. O’Mara, he is pretty dumb. What else did your dumb client do besides hiring you?
-Mark O’Mara: Well, in all fairness, you have to understand, “I couldn’t help myself. I mean the cameras, the lights, the media attention, I just couldn’t pass it up. Besides I got $40,000 out the deal to redo my office.”
-Juror Two: ::wink:: $40,000, it must be real nice.
-Mark O’Mara: Well, it WAS but as you can see my client George Zimmerman has gained 100 lbs. since he’s hired me. Unfortunately he’s broken a few chairs in the waiting room but on a happy note, from my understanding George says he’s going replace every last one of them. He says he’s going to sue people after he wins this case ::hehehe:: However between me, you and the judge, I don’t have any money to put on a real defense that’s why I’m using the Dummy Defense. This new defense strategy will set precedent in the justice system and I’m going to be famous. Any questions?
-Juror Three: Mr. O’Mara, can you tell us of any other stupid things your client has done besides the Sean Hannity atrocity?
-Mark O’Mara: You mean besides the reason we’re all here? Besides that time he approached a 17 year old teenager who was walking home in the rain on a public street at 7pm and somehow managed to kill him?
-Juror Three: Yeah, besides that.
-Mark O’Mara: Well, let’s see. It was reported in the documents that my client once turned off his mother’s electricity, locked the box and left. Oh yeah, George has this habit of calling 911. Do you know that he’s called 911 about 47 times in the last 3 years? That’s a point I’d like to make. My client is delusional. He thinks he’s law enforcement. Now, if that’s not dumb? I should also tell you, my client is not only dumb, he’s an asshole.
:: All the jurors nod their heads in agreement ::
-Mark O’Mara continues: blah, ba blah, ba blah blah blah….
And to think that not even an acquittal for committing cold blooded murder has George Zimmerman smartened up. He is the scum of the earth and I hope everyday of his pitiful existence that he struggles with the image of Trayvon Martin’s dying face and how easily he could have avoided the entire situation by simply waiting for the officer to arrive. Shame on him. He wasn’t a real cop for a reason.
Michael Dunn of South Patrick Shores, Florida is accused of grabbing a 9mm pistol from his glovebox and firing two volleys of bullets at an SUV containing four teens during a parking-lot argument over loud music. The shots killed Jordan Davis and narrowly missed the other boys.
While in jail Dunn wrote letters to family members, friends and others claiming that he was being treated unfairly by the media and that the court system was biased toward blacks. In a letter to his daughter about “thugs,” he wrote, “This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior,” WTEV News reports
Here’s a bit of demographics describing South Patrick Shores, Florida
White alone – 5,235 (89.1%)
Hispanic – 297 (5.1%)
Asian alone – 133 (2.3%)
Two or more races – 110 (1.9%)
Black alone – 69 (1.2%)
American Indian alone – 25 (0.4%)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone – 3 (0.05%)
Other race alone – 3 (0.05%)
Does this tell you anything? Imagine this guy and his fiancee’ Rhonda Rouer going down on a Saturday afternoon to Jacksonville, Florida to attend his son’s wedding. Can you imagine the culture shock?
While at the wedding, according to Rhonda Rouer, he kicks back 3 or 4 rum and cokes. She has a few herself. On the way back to the hotel they decide to pick up a bottle of wine at a convenience store. They’re out of towners, they don’t know squat about the area. They pull in the parking lot next to an SUV with 4 occupants. The fiancee gets out of their rental car to buy the wine. While she’s in the store, Michael Dunn hears this loud music coming from the SUV. He hates the music! He rolls down his window to ask the occupants to turn it down. Initially the occupants comply but then as a second thought they become annoyed and decide to crank it back up.
As I was telling this story to my son this afternoon, he shockingly admitted to me that he’s done that before. He’s asked drivers at red lights to turn down their music too. I asked him, “well, how do they respond, when you roll your car window down and ask them to turn down their music?” He said sometimes they do it and sometimes they don’t. By the way, he doesn’t own a gun. He doesn’t need a gun to act like a jerk.
I guess I’m just not a confrontational person. The way I look at it, I’m only going to be at a red light for two minutes. I’ll just crank up my Moody Blues -Stevie Ray Vaughn – Wet Willie – Foreigner CD louder for the time being and if that doesn’t drown it out, I’ll pause the song until I can get away from the clown. I’m a “live and let live” type of person but apparently my son is not.
“Dunn faces charges of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and shooting or throwing a deadly missile” I can’t explain the last one but I do have a question. Why wasn’t he charged with leaving the scene of a crime? I KNOW he’s guilty of that!
Ordinarily I don’t like to blog about racial cases. I just find them too controversial for discussion and basically a waste of time because in American society, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s just too many other agendas to consider than the crime itself when trying to predict the outcome. George Zimmerman, case in point. Had I realized the extreme racial divide in Florida, I would have known that George Zimmerman could never be convicted. Whatever, here I am blogging about the murder of Jordan Davis.
During the last few days, my television has been bleeding “Michael Dunn Murder Trial” so I decided to check it out. As I’m watching HLN, I hear a familiar voice. It’s no other than John Guy, one of the same prosecutors who miserably failed to convict George Zimmerman. Whatta kwinky-dinky I thought!
So I listened for an hour or two of this boring monotone voice asking these rhetorical questions and allowing these over-the-top extremely long responses. I thought,”this is strange.” Usually when a prosecutor finally gets their chance to interrogate the accused, it’s not nice. You expect someone like Nancy Grace screaming at the top of her lungs, not Andy of Mayberry.
I expected “answer the question sir, yes or no!” not allowing Michael Dunn to go into this long ass narrative ending each answer with “I was afraid for my life.” Wow!
But this is another one of Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey’s babies and assistant prosecutor John Guy must be her number one boy, right? I succinctly remember the outcome of her last crusade and unfortunately, I’m expecting the same.
Before the trial, the protesting began as expected in this case. Representatives of the New Black Panther Party, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Jacksonville Progressive Coalition waved signs on the Duval County Courthouse lawn seeking justice for 17 year-old Jordan Davis.
Here’s part of what I read…
Fellow coalition member Richard Blake displayed a Justice for Jordan sign.
“What we’re not going to allow is young black men to be gunned down in the city of Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida — or anywhere in this country — without repercussions for the killer,” Blake said.
This was noble of Richard Blake to say, I just wish he had said, “What we’re not going to allow is young men to be gunned down in the city of Jacksonville, or anywhere in Florida — or anywhere in this country — without repercussions for the killer,” This reminds of Michael Dunn’s letter to his daughter.
Someone, somewhere in this country has got to know that this doesn’t work. This is not coming together as a country. This is a division that the media feeds on and peddles every chance they get. When a wrong is wrong, no matter who the victim, I want justice. We should all want justice.
Let Us Pray
Thanks to the bravery of a woman who came forward after 34 years of torment and pain stemming from being raped when she was only eight years old, a monster has no place to hide. Through years of numbing her agony with drugs and making a slew of bad decisions, she finally sought counseling in hopes of healing from her traumatic ordeal. As a way of therapy and seeking justice, her counselor convinced her to go to authorities to tell them what happened to her.
Soon after she reported the crime, Jefferson Parish detectives investigated her story and within a year her case was tried. At last, she would have the distinct pleasure of taking the witness stand to face the man whose brutality almost ruined her life. Daniel Parks Sr. was found guilty. He was sentenced to thirty years in prison.
He can no longer hide behind a smile on his face or his friendly disposition; nor behind his honorary badge “volunteer firefighter.” The mask is off. He is a monster. A monster of the worst kind because he also betrayed her father, his best friend at the time, by raping the man’s 8-year old daughter who he had entrusted to take care of her while he went to work.
This is not the only crime against a child associated to Daniel Parks Sr. There may be another victim.
Snipped from Nola.com
In the 1990s, she said she confronted Parks in his kitchen, while he cooked gumbo during a seafood boil he and his wife hosted. It was then, she said, that Parks lashed out at her, warning her she would end up like Stephanie Hebert, the slain Waggaman girl who lived only blocks from Parks and whom Parks’ wife babysat before the little girl was killed.
*Note: Daniel Parks was there when his wife babysat Stephanie Hebert and he was friends with the Hebert family as well. The rape victim and Stephanie were also best friends.
On a hot summer afternoon, June 13, 1978 an innocent little girl disappeared from Live Oak Floral Acres Subdivision nestled on the river banks of Waggaman, LA.
Five-year-old Stephanie Lynn Hebert could not be found. The recent kindergarten graduate was last seen by her mother at 2:30 PM. She told her mother she was going to play at a friend’s home three doors away but reportedly never got there. She had blond hair, blue-eyes and wore baby blue rimmed glasses.
As helicopters scanned by air, about 100 deputies and fifty or so volunteers pushed forward on foot through the dense woods and swamp areas of the subdivision searching relentlessly for Stephanie. They called for heavy equipment to help give searchers access to areas covered in the underbrush and vegetation. The term “leaving no stone unturned” comes to mind, however Stephanie would not be found for months. On November 29, 1978 she was found 12 miles away, tied to a tree, left to die.
After 72-hours of searching Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office felt strongly that there had been a kidnapping. JPSO spokesman, Lt. Harold Klibert said this area around Waggaman was extensively searched and the chance that the girl simply walked away and got lost was very slim.
Stephanie’s mother Joyce Hebert agreed saying ” Stephanie is all girl. She wouldn’t walk very far away from the house and get lost in the woods.” The FBI was soon called in to determine federal kidnapping violation statutes if need be.
During the search, a lead developed. An ice cream truck vendor said between 4:30 and 5:00 PM on the same day she disappeared, he sold 2 sticks of cotton candy to a girl that looked like Stephanie and she was with a woman wearing heavy make-up. The ice cream vendor’s 14-year old daughter added that she saw the pair walking toward a 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
An 8-year old boy from the neighborhood later said he saw Stephanie about 5:30 PM with a woman of similar description about four blocks from the Hebert home but according to law enforcement this lead fizzled out. No car or woman of that description were found but there may some truth to this story.
Stephanie lived at 117 Aster Lane. Daniel Parks lived at 125 Evergold Lane. Count the blocks. Daniel Parks lived exactly 4 blocks away from the Hebert home.
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After 34 years, it’s understandable that a murder case would go cold. The zealous Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has put in thousands of hours investigating this case. In 2009, they were certain that the 16-year old brother of Stephanie’s friend Leesie was responsible for her death. Stephanie had spent the night before at Leesie’s house and 2 days after Stephanie’s disappearance, his mother sent him back to live with his father out of state.
The detectives were relying on DNA to arrest this person, (now almost a 50 year-old man), but the DNA didn’t match. No doubt, after 30 years of trying to solve this child’s murder, they were very dishearten but consider where this case is today? A lot has changed since 2009. Daniel Parks Sr. is a much stronger suspect.
Needless to say JPSO owes a bundle of gratitude to the rape victim for coming forward. In my opinion she is a very courageous woman and I pray that she will live the rest of her life in peace and perhaps give courage to other victims of child molestation/rape to come forward as well.
Without DNA exonerating the other suspect, its possible an innocent person may have been arrested for this crime, changing his life forever. Stranger things have happened.
In any case I’m just thrilled to say…
JPSO has officially announced, “Daniel Parks Sr. IS a suspect in the murder of Stephanie Lynn Hebert.” Carpe Diem!
Merry Christman Everybody!
Daniel Parks initial arrest for rape
Not surprisingly, the Casey Anthony saga has not come to pass. Casey Anthony is back in the headlines after 3 years since Orange County Florida miserably failed to prove she murdered her beautiful, well-loved 2 ½ year old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.
After the shocking verdict in July 2011 and after spending 3 years in solitary confinement awaiting trial, she solemnly attempted to regain her life as a free citizen. True, she was acquitted of 1st degree murder but was found guilty of lying to law enforcement. For that she was sentenced to four years in prison with credit for time served but she would have to spend another year of probation under the guidance of Orange County Corrections stemming from a 2010 check fraud conviction. With all criminal debts paid, Casey Anthony then filed for bankruptcy.
Subsequent to the acquittal, Anthony was bombarded with several bogus lawsuits. On July 7, 2011, only 2 days after she was acquitted, Tim Miller owner of a non-profit organization Texas Equusearch posed a question to the public. Should he or should he not file a lawsuit against Casey Anthony or her attorney Jose Baez? The public roared “yes!”
He claims he spent over $100,000 searching for Casey’s daughter Caylee. He’s claiming this because he says Casey Anthony or her attorney Jose Baez asked for his help.
Where are the records of this phone call? Where is the documentation, a letter, an email?
I’ve searched the documents released and haven’t found one correspondence between Casey Anthony and Tim Miller.
The only words Tim Miller ever said was that when he was leaving the Anthony home, Casey said to him, “Well thanks for being here, I know she’s alive out there somewhere… So please bring her back” so he says.
Of course, at the peak of this missing child investigation, while on the Nancy Grace Show, Miller was more than happy to repeat her response to solidify what the general public already wanted to believe, Casey Anthony didn’t care about Caylee.
Thanks to the Sunshine Laws and Orlando local media, it’s public knowledge that it was Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony who called Tim Miller, asking for his help. And she wanted Tim Miller to look for a live missing Caylee, not a body.
Apparently Tim Miller paid no attention to Cindy nor to Casey’s farewell to him because he in all of his searches for Caylee, he never searched for a live missing child. He only searched for a body, a body which he ironically failed to find that was only 14 or so houses from the Anthony home. At that juncture, his only lost was a 4-wheel ATV which he damaged while searching the exact area where Roy Kronk would officially find her body on December 11, 2008.
“The irony is rich“
quote Judge Stan Strickland.
So why did Tim Miller and his attorney Marc Wites sue Casey Anthony and how did he win his case?
This may be the answer. According to The Huffington Post…
“Bankruptcy trustee Stephen Meininger wanted her creditors to benefit from her story, but Anthony’s lawyers objected, raising constitutional and other issues.”
Tim Miller and his attorney Marc Wites settled the suit. Under the settlement, Anthony will not object to Texas EquuSearch being named as a $75,000 creditor in her bankruptcy case, and Texas EquuSearch will not object to Anthony’s bankruptcy petition for discharge. But it doesn’t end there for Casey.
Standing behind Tim Miller in line for a piece of the “Imaginary Casey Anthony Pie” is motel maid Zenaida Gonzalez and the suspicious finder of Caylee’s remains, meter-reader Roy Kronk.
Casey Anthony Fights Back
Earlier this month, Anthony’s lawyers filed 2 motions asking a Federal judge to throw out both defamation suits. Her new lawyers say that the lawsuits are “spurious” and fail to establish “willful and malicious” acts which are the only way they are lawful.
Anthony’s lawyers went on to say…
“This travesty has gone on long enough,” Ms. Anthony implores the Court to end this matter so she can begin the fresh start she is promised by the law.”
Certainly Casey Anthony deserves a fresh start both legally and morally. Her new lawyers are fighting vehemently to get her there. No doubt, her most valuable asset is the rights to her life story.
As I recall in the earliest days of this strange disappearance of a child, Casey admonished the press for their harsh coverage of her case. In one of Casey’s truthful moments she swore when this was over that she’d never give them a press conference. She told the truth.
Since George Zimmerman’s unbelievable 2nd degree murder acquittal July 13th, just months ago, he’s been in the news on three occasions.
He was caught speeding in Texas, speeding in Florida and most recently he was involved in a domestic dispute involving his wife Shellie who has recently filed for a divorce. Things apparently got heated during a property exchange causing George’s estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman to call law enforcement due to George Zimmerman’s unruly behavior at her father’s home. Apparently Georgie isn’t very happy with the break-up.
18 months ago Shellie Zimmerman who had lied to Judge Kenneth Lester in order to get a reduced bail for her beloved husband was recently convicted of misdemeanor perjury. Ironically the only person who’s paid any price having to do with Trayvon Martin’s murder is Shellie.
No good deed goes unpunished
It was reported during Monday’s property exchange things turned ugly. Shellie claimed that her estranged husband threatened her with a gun. George, who showed up with 7 of his buddies punched her father in the nose and conveniently broke Shellie’s IPad she was using to video tape the property exchange.
Here’s the 911 call
In a very telling remark George Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara had this to say, “I’ve come to know them as a family, and it’s not a good idea to get between them.”
After the ordeal, Shellie recanted her story and she and her father refused to press charges against George Zimmerman, however the investigation continues as investigators believe the mobile device captured video of the dispute.
Investigators believe the mobile device captured video of Monday’s dispute at the Lake Mary house where the Zimmermans had been living. Shellie Zimmerman told authorities he smashed it to pieces, but the former neighborhood watch volunteer said she hit him with it. Police said it was examined at a crime lab, and the chances of them being able to watch the video were “outstanding,” but it wasn’t clear when that might happen.
Stay tuned as the George Zimmerman saga continues. It seems that the man refuses to go away until he finds himself in jail again.
Florida got it wrong just the way they planned
It seems to me that since Sanford Police Department refused to arrest Zimmerman in the first place and it took a plethora bad press and protesters to get them to do so, they decided it would not be good publicity for their court system to find him guilty. Imagine if a jury had found Zimmerman guilty. That would mean they were wrong. But by him being found not guilty, it says to the World “you see we were right all along! That’s why he wasn’t arrested!”
Isn’t it odd that out of hundreds of potential jurors that not one African American made the jury? How could Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda allow that to happen?
You see, I was one of these naïve people who mistakenly believed this was not a racial case, that this was a case of “right or wrong”. I thought that once the jurors heard of Zimmerman’s past violent history and his propensity to get into fights, that the jurors would have a better understanding of the case. Regardless of Trayvon Martin’s past they would have at least convicted him of manslaughter. But there lies the problem, the prosecution didn’t get that information to the jury. They didn’t subpoena Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée to testify regarding a restraining order, nor did they subpoena the officer who arrested Zimmerman to testify against him.
On the last day of the trial, Prosecutor John Guy informed Judge Nelson that he had one more witness. Unfortunately the next day he informed Judge Nelson, the officer was not “available”. Have you ever heard of a police officer who wasn’t available to testify in a murder trial? I think you get my drift. This trial wasn’t meant to be. So with that said, I’m going on vacation. I hope you do too. Perhaps at a better time, in a better jurisdiction, George Zimmerman will get his just regard, till then Happy Vacation!
For Your Information, here are three of the incidents that took place in Orange County, Florida
In 2005, Zimmerman, then 20, was arrested and charged with “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement officer,” both which are third-degree felonies. The charge was reduced to “resisting officer without violence” and then waived when he entered an alcohol education program. Contemporaneous accounts indicate he shoved an officer who was questioning a friend for alleged underage drinking at an Orange County bar.
In August 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman counterfiled for a restraining order against Zuazo. The competing claims were resolved with both restraining orders being granted.
In December 2006, Zimmerman was charged with speeding. The case was dismissed when the officer failed to show up in court.
“He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it”
Here’s something to ponder as we await the verdict. Instructions to the Jury.
Things I’ve highlighted…
Second Degree Murder or Manslaughter?
If you find Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, you will then consider the circumstances surrounding the killing in deciding if the killing was Murder in the Second Degree or was Manslaughter, or whether the killing was excusable or resulted from justifiable use of deadly force.
Did Trayvon Martin attempt to murder or commit a felony upon George Zimmerman? In my opinion, Trayvon Martin did not attempt to murder or commit a felony upon GZ. In my opinion, Trayvon Martin was attempting to save his own life especially if he happened to see GZ’s gun which I believe he did.
Excusable Homicide: The killing of a human being is excusable, and therefore lawful, under any one of the three following circumstances:
1. When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune in doing any lawful act by lawful means with usual ordinary caution and without any unlawful intent, or
2. When the killing occurs by accident and misfortune in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or
3. When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune resulting from a sudden combat, if a dangerous weapon is not used and the attempted killing is not done in a cruel and unusual manner. – See more
In my opinion, #3 may not look good for the State if the jury believes it was TM who initially sucker punched GZ but this is where it gets interesting. This is where GZ’s family background; his best friend “Mark Osterman” and his academic knowledge of SYG comes in handy for George. This is why he’s claiming TM sucker punched him. Now I know why Mark O’Mara focused only on who started the fight. The Defense also didn’t want the word “provocation” used in these instructions.
SECOND DEGREE MURDER
To prove the crime of Second Degree Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
1. Trayvon Martin is dead.
2. The death was caused by the criminal act of George Zimmerman.
3. There was an unlawful killing of Trayvon Martin by an act imminently dangerous to another and demonstrating a depraved mind without regard for human life. An “act” includes a series of related actions arising from and performed pursuant to a single design or purpose.
An act is “imminently dangerous to another and demonstrating a depraved mind” if it is an act or series of acts that: 1. a person of ordinary judgment would know is reasonably certain to kill or do serious bodily injury to another, and 2. is done from ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent, and
3. is of such a nature that the act itself indicates an indifference to human life. In order to convict of Second Degree Murder, it is not necessary for the State to prove George Zimmerman had an intent to cause death.
In my opinion, as to #3 “act”. GZ, as a responsible gun owner; with a license to carry a concealed weapon should have known not to approach any person whom he considered suspicious while carrying a loaded gun. We know that he considered TM suspicious because he called NEN 911 We know that he said TM circled his truck, then ran which a reasonable person such as GZ; would perceive as fear. Once he saw Trayvon Martin’s fear, he jumped out of his truck, carrying a gun; with “evil intent” to bring in his prize, the A-Hole; effing Punk.
*edited: should have read #3 instead of #1. I was referring to “act”
POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND DISCHARGE CAUSING DEATH
If you find that George Zimmerman committed Second Degree Murder and you also find beyond a reasonable doubt that during the commission of the crime, he discharged a firearm, and in doing so, caused great bodily harm to, or the death of, Trayvon Martin, you should find George Zimmerman guilty of Second Degree Murder with discharge of a firearm causing great bodily harm or death.
If you find that George Zimmerman committed Second Degree Murder, and you also find beyond a reasonable doubt that during the commission of the crime, he discharged a firearm, you should find George Zimmerman guilty of Second Degree Murder with discharge of a firearm.
If you find that George Zimmerman committed Second Degree Murder and you also find beyond a reasonable doubt that during the commission of the crime, he actually possessed a firearm, you should find George Zimmerman guilty of Second Degree Murder with actual possession of a firearm.
I purposely left out description of firearms. From my understanding this clause could add up as much as 25years onto GZ’s sentence. I’m not sure if it’s necessary to give him 25 more years to his sentence if he’s found guilty of Second Degree Murder. In my opinion, taking a way GZ’s right to carry a firearm, concealed or otherwise is a punishment within itself.
To prove the crime of Manslaughter, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
1. Trayvon Martin is dead.
2. George Zimmerman intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin.
In my opinion, the State definitely proved Manslaughter and if he’s found guilty of Manslaughter, the Jury should add the Firearm clause.
Well, that’s my verdict.
Please feel free to leave your interpretation of Instructions or comment on this thread.
PS: And if all else fails..Wrongful death law suits will be coming his way…
On Friday, July 5th, after 9 days of testimony, the State of Florida rest it’s case against George Zimmerman, accused of 2nd degree murder in the senseless shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Benjamin Martin. As expected in most murder trials, Mark O’Mara and co-counsel Don West asked Judge Debra Nelson for an acquittal which she denied. With that the defense began. Attorney Mark O’Mara calls his first witness, George Zimmerman’s mother. Gladys Zimmerman who swore under oath that the voice she heard on the 911 call was the voice of her son.
When O’Mara asked, “Why do you think it’s George?” Gladys simply replied, ” Because he’s MY son” Bingo! Although she hasn’t heard him like that before, she’s certain it was her son George. Very good Gladys. Now you can go for ice cream with Donny and Molly.
Just as quickly as George’s mother’s testimony came to a close, up to the stand was Jorge Mesa, George Zimmerman’s uncle.
Jorge Mesa, who happens to have ties with Orange County, Florida has been a courthouse deputy since 2007. I should add, George’s father, Robert Zimmerman Sr. is a retired Supreme Court Magistrate judge from Virginia. And I wonder why George Zimmerman’s case wasn’t brought to a Grand Jury.
Jorge Mesa testified that he hadn’t heard the 911 call with screams for help in the background until he heard it over television while his wife was watching the news. He admitted that he knew his nephew was involved in a shooting but was trying not to get involved. Ashamed, perhaps? I can’t help but wonder if Uncle Jorge is the father of the niece George Zimmerman is accused of molesting years ago. The girl was at one point on the State witness list but for reasons unknown, Bernie de la Rionda chose not to call her to the stand.
Mr. Mesa went on to say that he knew the screams he heard belonged to George because he heard him sound like that when he was laughing. Does laughing ever sound like screaming? Or is this what George sounded like when he was kicking his ass for touching his daughter? I really don’t know who the poor child belonged to. One can only speculate…the child was George’s cousin.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda’s cross examination was short and methodical. He basically emphasized that he was in fact “George’s uncle” and with that bit of “consider the source”, Jorge Mesa was dismissed.
Considering the defense’s opening witnesses, I can only presume that their case hinges heavily on the 911 screams. As I recall, in the same 911 call in which the screams can be heard, the female caller did say, “They” are screaming for help” meaning more than one person. I’m hoping that the jury will listen very closely to the tapes. If they do, in the midst of the screams, they will hear, “I’m beggin you!”. George Zimmerman certainly didn’t scream that. He had the gun.
Court will continue today at 9:00am.
After almost 2 days on the stand, Rachel Jeantel was finally dismissed or at least for now. Rachel Jeantel, aka Witness 8 aka DeeDee is the childhood friend of shooting victim 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.
Documents show she was on her cell phone with Trayvon Martin during the crucial time when Martin was shot down. On February 26, 2012 at about 7:15pm his body lay motionless in the middle walkway of Retreat View Circle Condos thanks to the inane actions of an overzealous Law-Enforcement-Flunkie who had the audacity to think he looked suspicious. This person 29yo George Zimmerman is now on trial facing 25 years to life for 2nd degree murder or if he’s lucky perhaps 5 years for manslaughter.
For the last year and half there’s been much talk about Witness 8. The reason being, Witness 8 later known as “Dee Dee” was not found out by law enforcement during the initial investigation. Law enforcement, as 19 year-old W8 Rachel Jeantel so wisely pointed out didn’t follow normal procedure. Unlike the television show “The First 48 Hours” they didn’t check the victim’s cell phone records to find out who he spoke with in the last minutes of his life. This is Detective 101, something I pointed out early on.
Why didn’t Sanford Police Dept. or the FDLE do this simple task?
Why were they in a rush to set George Zimmerman free without a full investigation?
I shiver to think, “racism” but maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t George Zimmerman who is the racist, maybe it’s Sanford PD and Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement, after all Seminole County population is 94% white and maybe it’s expected. I don’t know because I don’t live there but if I did, I’d want to know why.
At trial today, defense attorney Don West picked up where he left off. The now-infamous Rachel Jeantel took the stand. You could tell she didn’t want to be there. She didn’t want to be badgered for another 4 hours like yesterday. It’s really pitiful to watch.
Here we have this 60 year old, well-educated, well-practiced attorney cross examining a reluctant young woman whose only crime was to happen to be on the phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was brutally shot in the chest. And for that she had to come out of the closet, show her face and take the abuse of Don West who was hired to try to save the better years of George Zimmerman’s life.
Yesterday when Rachel Jeantel was introduced to the world, liked everyone else, I tried to size her up, figure her out. What I saw was a young black female who was well groomed, beautiful skin, beautiful green eyes and enough stature to hold her own on any block in Miami. True, she spoke in low tones and in the dialect of many young women of her culture which made us all listen very closely.
She retold the events of evening of February 26th as Trayvon Martin related to her. She said Trayvon Martin referred to the man who was stalking him as Creepy White Cracker. The courtroom gasped but nonetheless it was a good thing. This let the jury know who she was and how Trayvon Martin perceived George Zimmerman. Amazingly, Rachel Jeantel verbalized all of that with one phrase.
Not having ever lived in Miami, Florida, I don’t know much about the African American youth of their city but I am familiar with the African American youth of New Orleans. I’ve learned this mostly through my son whose best friends are African American whom I’ve played mother to on several occasions. As I spoke with them I learned a common thread among these young men, they do not trust law enforcement.
I’m tempted to think this is same for Rachel Jeantel and one of the reasons why she tried so hard to lay low. I’ve learned her mother lives in Haiti. I’ve learned she is 19 years old still in high school and sadly we learned today that she cannot read cursive. I’m not surprised by her admission.
I’m surprised that others are surprised. This isn’t new to me. Here in New Orleans area public schools, cursive writing is a thing of the past. No longer do teachers spend time teaching children cursive writing and good penmanship like they did in parochial schools where I was taught. According to educators this is because in our new age of technology, computers have taken the place of penmanship. I find it appalling. I hope these educators will take note of this trial, proof that all forms of writing are important.
In all, Rachel Jeantel did a stellar job on the stand. Regardless of misquoting phrases in her depositions, her story never faltered. Witness 8 was the most brave and honest witness as yet to testify.
Thank you Rachel Jeantel for coming forward.
Those of us who wish justice for Trayvon Martin will never forget you.
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