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As most of you know I encountered a very unusual situation a week or so ago at a local banking establishment. It started off in what I thought was a nightmare a week before and ended in a horrifying real ordeal a week later; one where my privilege to drive was confiscated. This is never fun especially if you have more important things to do such as a job or a doctor’s appointment.

It was sudden and without warning. I was innocent of any wrongdoing that day. I say that because I’m not sure if I’m always behaving inside the constraints of the law. The reason being, I don’t know my rights well enough so maybe I am a criminal and don’t know it or maybe I encounter criminals everyday and don’t know it.

While searching for laws that I thought would protect me from detainment by non-law enforcement personnel, I didn’t find very much on the World Wide Web.

I discovered it is allowable if it’s within the investigation of a suspected crime, such as shoplifting yet I found little to nothing on the web addressing my situation which was as the bank claimed, within the investigation of possible identity theft.
Am I this special? Has this NEVER happened before? Or is this society’s little secret and it happens all the time but We The People aren’t aware of Constitution right violations because the media is much too busy promoting lies and propaganda to sell advertisements like they did for 3 years in the Casey Anthony murder trial or the present day daily rhetoric on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting to pay attention and report small incidental Constitutional Right violations?
I have my reading preferences however again I’m in the minority.

Is Detaining Citizens Legal?

It dawned on me, that not knowing your rights can be dangerous to you or any innocent bystanders in certain situations, depending on how well you trust the establishment or the people hired to work there.
A person in a bank, being detained without explanation could act out in an illegal manner but most wouldn’t dare. In a bank with an armed security guard, one is likely to go along with the program and will obey the janitor if he asked to see your identification. No one wants to rock the boat in the bank much like the airport.

Ironically, I proudly carry a Constitutional Rights booklet inside of my purse at all times yet I’m now aware of my inability to apply my Constitutional Rights in my everyday life.
I found myself lost for words and completely incapable of rendering a clear thought. I wasn’t sure if I was being legally detained but I was sure I wasn’t legally able to drive away. It was quite the conundrum.

Our Privilege to Drive

By the way, driving a vehicle is not a Constitutional Right. It’s a privilege. Most of us get into our vehicles hoping we are driving safely. We are obeying all traffic signs and stopping at all of the red lights. We stop at every stop sign for at least 3 seconds and we don’t gun the car when nearing a yellow light.

It’s fairly easy so I’m confident that I’m a good driver, however I lose all confidence in a simple traffic stop. My last traffic stop was over 10 years ago which turned out to be more of an “identity investigation” than one with probable cause because I drove away unscathed with a sick feeling in my stomach.

As laws change on the daily basis since 911, I think we all could use a seminar or two enlightening us on how to live in our new America and what “can we do to live safely in 2012”
I know I can’t get us all update on ALL of the latest laws of the land in one article so I’ll start out with KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS IN A TRAFFIC STOP or other personal encounters with law enforcement. I found the article below: to be very helpful, straight forward and well written.
Knowledge is what keeps us all safe. Knowledge is what keeps our Constitutional Rights alive and well, intact and happy.

We The People,
Need to know!

*Please read carefully.

If The Police Stop You What RIGHTS Do You Have?

To stop you the police officer must have specific reasons to suspect your involvement in a specific crime and should be able to tell you the reason. Most times you might be getting pulled over for a traffic violation such as speeding or a tail light is out.

Although the stop may seem wrong or unfair, the police believe they have a reason to stop you. Sometimes they just want to know if you are a witness to a crime or if you know about something suspicious. Sometimes they stop you because some other person reported something suspicious about you or someone who looks like you. So just play it cool, ride it out and see what happens.

Rule #1 – Treat the COP like you would want to be treated.

When stopped or you encounter a police officer stay calm, be polite and civil.

Rule #2 – Keep your mouth shut!

Even if you’re not under arrest you NEVER have to answer ANY questions, “except if the police officer ask for your name, date of birth and address.” It’s generally a good idea to say the same address that’s on your I.D.

Staying silent will not hurt you. Do not let the police persuade you to talk.

The officer may not like this and may challenge you with words like, “If you have nothing to hide, why won’t you speak to me?” Just like the first question, you do not have to answer this one either. They may tell you that staying quiet will make things worse for you or that they’ll go easy on you if you talk but this is not true.

You have every right to refuse to speak with the police. And you shouldn’t speak to them, unless you have first consulted with a lawyer who has advised you differently and who is present when you speak with the police officer.

The Fourth Amendment protects you against unreasonable searches and seizures. If the police want to search your house without your consent, they need a warrant. Warrants may only be issued upon a showing of probable cause, supported by an affidavit.

The Fifth Amendment protects you against giving evidence against yourself, i.e., your right to remain silent. Just as you cannot be compelled to testify against yourself in a criminal trial, neither can you be compelled to answer a police officers questions.

Anything you say can and WILL be used against you !

So keep your mouth shut and say nothing!

Some cops are worse than others and a lot of them may treat you differently if they think you know your rights. The police depend on fear and intimidation to get what they want.

If you run into a really bad cop, talking back to him and standing up for your rights might get you beaten up or killed, so be careful about the realistic limits of “the law” and of your rights as an American. Cops are perhaps the most dangerous members of our society, so be careful when you talk to them.


Never sign anything a police officer or a federal agent might give you, other than a traffic warning or traffic citation.

Anything You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You!

On traffic stops the police usually will ask you “personal” questions such as, where are you going, where have you been, who did you see, how long did you visit, ect. At that point it’s the perfect time to exercise your RIGHTS by asking the officer, “AM I FREE TO GO?”

The Federal Supreme Court has ruled that as long as the police do not force an individual to do something, the individual is acting voluntarily, even if a normal person would feel very intimidated and would not reasonably feel they could say no. See (Florida v. Bostick, 1991) If you do what a policeman tells you to do before you are arrested, you are ‘voluntarily’ complying with their ‘requests’.

There is NO legal requirement that citizens provide information about their comings and goings to police officers! Another words it’s none of the police officers damn business! There is NO law that says you must tell a police officer where you are going or where you have been.

Keep your mouth shut and say nothing!

Remember there is no legal requirement that citizens provide information about their comings and goings to police officers!

There’s only three things you need to tell a cop:

1. Your name

2. Your date of Birth

3. Your address

After that keep your mouth shut!

If they ask you anything else, exercise your RIGHTS by asking,


Talking to the police is your decision, not their right! The police must respect your decision on this matter and are forbidden by law to coerce you. Again silence is golden if you even suspect there is the possibility you are a suspect. Get a lawyer and keep quiet.

An “honest cop” will understand and respect your rights. Be polite, civil, and silent! Bad cops will use all sorts of tricks so it is best to have a lawyer.

Remember when confronted by the authorities there is NO law requiring you to talk to them. Even the simplest questions asked by a police officer may be loaded!

On the down side you have no constitutional right to a have a friendly or courteous police officer on the day of your traffic stop. Do not demand to know the reason for the traffic stop. Remain calm, polite and respectful at all times even if you have to fake it! You should immediately produce your license, vehicle registration and auto insurance upon request. Plan ahead by storing these items in an easily accessible place so you are not fumbling around trying to find them in front of the police officer.

A good time to ask “AM I FREE TO GO,” is after the cop has given you a “warning” or a “ticket” and you have signed it. Once you have signed that ticket the traffic stop is legally over with, so says the Supreme Court. Now if you want to stand around and shoot the breeze with the officer or answer his questions, that is up to you. Just remember you don’t have to! After you sign the ticket ask,


Be as nice as possible, but stand firm on your rights!
Read Fourth & Fifth Amendments


Car Searches And Body Searches

Remember they wouldn’t ask you if they didn’t need your permission!

A police officers swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to violate your rights against unreasonable search and seizure. If a cop ask or tries to search you, your home or your car say repeatedly,


“The right to be free from unreasonable searches is one of our most precious First Liberties”

You DON’T have to give consent to a law enforcement officer to search your vehicle or home. While you DON’T have to consent, bear in mind that the expectation of privacy in a car is less than the expectation of privacy in your home. Based in part on the lessened expectation of privacy in a car, law enforcement officers are permitted to conduct a warrant less search of a car if the officer has probable cause. “In some cases the police officer will lie and make up a probable cause.”

Just for being stopped for a traffic violation should not allow the officer to search your car; however, if the officer saw you throw an empty beer can out the window, that may be sufficient probable cause to search your car. If the officer smells marijuana as he approaches the car, he then may have suspicion to search. “Alot of times the officer usually will lie and say that he smells a “suspicious” smell. Guess what, the officer now has probable cause at which point he may now search your car.

Let us not forget that our Government has said that, “We the People” have very few rights and very few rights to privacy in a car on a public road, versus being in our home.

If the Police Come to Your Home-You Don’t Have to Open the Door!

If the police knock and ask to enter your home, you DON’T have to open the door unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. Such an invitation not only gives the police officer the opportunity to look around for clues to your lifestyle, friends, reading material, etc; but also tends to prolong the conversation.

There is no law that says you have to open your door to a police officer. Don’t open your door with the chain-lock on either, the police can shove their way in. Police are known to kick in doors. Simply shout “I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY!”

* However, in some emergency situations (like when a person is screaming for help inside, or when the police are chasing someone) officers are allowed to enter and search your home without a warrant. Ask to see the search warrant and make sure it is signed, has the correct date, correct address, and apartment number, ect.

Remember when confronted by the authorities there is NO law requiring you to talk to them. Even the simplest questions asked by a police officer may be loaded!

NEVER agree to go to the police station for questioning. Simply say, “I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY.”

If The Police Stop You On The Sidewalk…

You are perfectly within your rights to say to the officer who asks to speak with you, “Officer, I do not want speak with you. Good-bye.” At this point you should be free to leave the officer’s presence. The officer may not like this and may challenge you with words like, “If you have nothing to hide, why won’t you speak to me?” Just like the first question, you do not have to answer this question either.

The next step the officer might take is to ask for identification. If you have Identification on you, tell the officer where it is and ask permission to reach for it.

As bad cops are control freaks and will use even an accidental bumping up against you as an excuse to charge you with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, as well as justification for the use of force. Be careful and keep your hands in view at all times, telling the cop you are going to reach into your pockets for your license, as you might risk getting shot. Avoid any sudden moves with your hands for the same reason and remain calm, as being agitated will cause some cops to arrest you for interfering or worse.

So keep your mouth shut and say nothing!

There is no legal requirement that citizens provide information about their comings and goings to police officers! Another words it’s none of the police officers business! There is no law that says you must tell a police officer where you are going or where you have been.

Remember when confronted by the authorities there is NO law requiring you to talk to them. Even the simplest questions asked by a police officer may be loaded! NEVER agree to go to the police station for questioning. Simply say, “I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY.”

Probable Cause…

A police officer has no right to detain you unless there exists reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime or traffic violation. However, a police officer is always allowed to initiate a voluntary conversation with you.

Sometimes it is unclear whether or not a person is detained. If you are in doubt, you should ask the police officer if you are in “free to leave.” Now if the police officer doesn’t have “probable cause”, and you refuse him to search your car, he might bring in a drug dog. At this point since the officer has no probable cause, he may be illegally detaining you. Tell the officer that you have an appointment and you’re running late, and you really don’t have time to stay. Ask him if you’re free to leave so that you’re not late for that appointment.

Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, police may engage in “reasonable” searches and seizures.

To prove that a search is “reasonable,” the police must generally show that it is more likely than not that a crime has occurred, and that if a search is conducted it is probable that they will find either stolen goods or evidence of the crime. This is called “probable cause.”

Police may use first-hand information, or tips from an “informant” to justify the need to search your property. If an informant’s information is used, the police must prove that the information is reliable under the circumstances.

Here is a case where the police used a “informant’s information” and the police officers took it upon themselves to kick in a door of a home at 1:30 in the morning without obtaining a search warrant. The aftermath was six police officers firing over 30 shots, and shooting an innocent man 9 times in the back as he laid on the ground.

What You Don’t Know Could Change Your Life Forever…

You might ask don’t police have to tell me that I have the right not to be searched? After all, when a suspect is arrested, he is told before interrogation takes place — that he has the right to remain silent.

The Supreme Court has said NO. According to the Court, the fact that a person might not know he has the right to refuse a search is merely one factor in the determination of whether his consent is voluntary. The Court has reasoned that the police do not need to give warnings — to eliminate any doubt about the suspect’s knowledge of her rights — because warnings might detract from the informality of an otherwise “friendly” interaction between “civilians and the police.” So one might ask himself, is someone that would use something against you, really a “friend?”

The Supreme Court has explained that “the community has a real interest in encouraging consent, for the resulting search may yield necessary evidence for the solution and prosecution of crime….” Furthermore, the Court has concluded, it would be “thoroughly impractical” to require an effective warning about the right to refuse. So another words the Supreme Court says ignorance of your rights is no excuse!

Can We Trust the Cops?

Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police can sink to the lowest of low and be deceitful and lie while questioning you.

Police officers are very good at lying, twisting words and they are trained to be manipulative. Don’t try to out smart the officer, or try being a smooth talker, because you will loose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you might just come out ahead more then you expected

Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. Many people are afraid that if they refuse to cooperate, it will appear as if they have something to hide. Don’t be fooled. The police are allowed to (and do) LIE to you.

The federal government made a law that says citizens can’t lie to federal agents. They can lie to us, but we can’t lie to them. Makes perfect since don’t it? The best thing you can do is ask for a lawyer and keep your mouth shut. How can you be charged with something if you haven’t said anything?

Although police officers may seem nice and pretend to be on your side, they are likely to be intent on learning about the habits, opinions, and affiliations of people not suspected of wrongdoing, with the end goal of stopping political activity with which the government disagrees. Don’t try to answer the police officers questions, or try to “educate them” about your cause, it can be very dangerous! You can never tell how a seemingly harmless bit of information that you give the police officer might be used and misconstrued to hurt you or someone else. And keep in mind that lying to a federal agent is a crime.

Officers may promise shorter sentences and other deals for statements or confessions. The police cannot legally make deals with people they arrest. The only person who can make a deal that can be enforced is the prosecutor, and he should not talk with you without a lawyer present who represents you.

Teach your children that the cops are not always their friends, and the police officer must contact a parent for permission to ask your child any questions. Remember that the police are trained to put you at ease and to get you to trust them. Their job is to find, arrest and help convict a suspect. And that suspect is you!

Remember that the officer is not trying to be your buddy and become a new friend, they are on a “fishing expedition” to find something against you! They have nothing criminal on you, so there looking for anything while they have you pulled over. Also keep in mind that the entire conversation is being recorded and video taped by the police. Remember to speak clearly and look at the video camera in the police car and say “AM I FREE TO GO?” and/or “I DO NOT CONSENT TO THIS SEARCH!”

Lies That The Police Use To Get You To Talk…

There are many ways the police will try to trick you into talking. Its always safest just to say the Magic Words: I am going to remain silent. I want a lawyer.

The following are common lines the police use when they’re trying to get you to talk:

* “You will have to stay here and answer my questions” or “You’re not leaving until I find out what I want.”

* “I have evidence on you. Tell me what I want to know or else.” (They can fabricate ”fake” evidence to convince you to tell them what they want to know.)

* “You’re not a suspect. Were simply investigating here. Just help us understand what happened and then you can go.”

* “If you don’t answer my questions, I won’t have any choice but to take you to jail.”

* “If you don’t answer these questions, you’ll be charged with resisting arrest.”

You don’t have to answer any of the police officers questions. Simply say: I have nothing to say! I would like to speak to a lawyer. When the police officer says: Why you want a lawyer, you’re not under arrest. Then you would say: AM I FREE TO GO?


Never resist physically! Don’t run from the police or resist, even if you believe you are innocent.

As bad cops are control freaks and will use even an accidental bumping up against you as an excuse to charge you with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, as well as justification for the use of force. Be careful and keep your hands in view at all times. Tell the police officer when you are going to reach into your pockets for your license, this is to avoid getting shot. Avoid any sudden moves with your hands for the same reason and remain calm, as being agitated will cause some cops to arrest you for interfering or worse.

Police Pat Downs…

The police are allowed to pat down your clothing “for their protection” if you’re being “detained”, to look for weapons and they’re allowed to search you if you’re being arrested. A police officer CAN’T go through your pockets or make you empty your pockets, unless you are under arrest.

Your car can be searched without a warrant so long as the officer has “probable cause”. Which means “probable cause” could be anything their imagination thinks up.

To protect yourself, make it clear that you “don’t consent to a search” and ask why they are searching you. Remember the reason they give you. If they claim to have a warrant, ask to see it. Whether or not they have a warrant, you can protect your CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS by making it clear that you do not consent to a search.

Remember they wouldn’t ask you if they didn’t need your permission!

Safe Things To Do When You Are Frisked By The Police..

The law allows police to frisk you. “Frisk” means the police can place their hands on your body and pat you down on top of your clothes if they have reason to believe you have a weapon. If the police feel something that could be a weapon or that they recognize as drugs, the police can go into your pockets and search. Otherwise a police officer CAN’T go through your pockets or make you empty your pockets, unless you are under arrest. Even if the police are wrong, the law allows this pat down and search if the police have reasons to believe you have drugs or weapons. If the police stop you and want to frisk you follow these rules:

1. Do not resist this pat down.

2. Stay still. Stay calm. Stay patient.

3. Do not touch the officer in any way.

If The Police Arrest You…

If you are arrested, the police can search you and the area close by. If you are in a building, “close by” usually means just the room you are in. If an officer comes to your home with an arrest warrant, this might be one of those times NOT to take the cop up on an offer to go get your shoes. The only reason he would offer is to get a chance to search your house! Remember go outside, and lock the door because you don’t need shoes in jail!

If during a search or an arrest the police take anything from you, they must give you a receipt for every item seized, including your wallet and its contents, clothes, and any packages you were carrying when arrested.


* Even if your rights weren’t read, refuse to talk until your lawyer/public defender arrives.

* Do not talk to the inmates in jail about your case.

* Within a reasonable time after your arrest, or booking, you have the right to make a local phone call: to a lawyer, bail bondsman, a relative or any other person. The police may not listen to the call to the lawyer.

* If you’re on probation or parole, tell your P.O. you’ve been arrested, but nothing else.

* If you are arrested and you cannot afford a lawyer, you have the right to a public defender. If you raise bail this right might be taken from you.

* You may be released with or without bail following the booking. If not, you have the right to go into court and see a judge the next court day after your arrest. Demand this RIGHT! When you appear before the judge, ask for an attorney. An attorney has a better chance at convincing a judge to let you out on a lower bail then you could.


There are measures police cannot take when trying to get a confession. They cannot touch a suspect, threaten him or her, or promise him or her anything.

Officers may promise shorter sentences and other deals for statements or confessions. The police cannot legally make deals with people they arrest. The only person who can make a deal that can be enforced is the prosecutor, and he should not talk with you without a lawyer present who represents you.






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.

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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 DunnMichael 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.

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DanielParks 2 smallThanks 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.

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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.


Stephanie Hebert

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

Casey Anthony 2013Not 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.


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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.



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Yes, that’s just what I need.  After the ridiculous, unbelievable verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, I think we all need one.

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”




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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.


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”


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.

Rachel Jeantel 2Documents 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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