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colorful quarter
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”

Plato~

Source:

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/27/10894561-zimmerman-accused-of-domestic-violence-fighting-with-a-police-officer?lite

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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.

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Court will continue today at 9:00am.

TheJBMission~

“To See, To Speak”

We are finally here, Day One of the George Zimmerman trial.  The defense team, Mark O’Mara and Don West along with Asst. State Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda have the enormous task of finding 6 unbiased, unaware swamp dwelling people who live in Seminole county Florida who have not heard of this case or more realistically have not formed an opinion of this case.  The State and the defense team will then decide, if they have formed an opinion, do they still have the ability to be fair?

On February 26, 2012, the defendant George Zimmerman called non-emergency 911 to report a suspicious person.  Listen to non-emergercy call below.

Initally Sanford Police Department did not arrest George Zimmerman.  The case was later handed over to Florida State Attorney Angela Corey who subsequentally indicted Zimmerman charging him with 2nd degree murder.

In America, most of our trials begin with jury selection or vior dire.

voir dire

(vwahr [with a near-silent “r”] deer) n. from French “to see to speak,” the questioning of prospective jurors by a judge and attorneys in court. Voir dire is used to determine if any juror is biased and/or cannot deal with the issues fairly, or if there is cause not to allow a juror to serve (knowledge of the facts; acquaintanceship with parties, witnesses or attorneys; occupation which might lead to bias; prejudice against the death penalty; or previous experiences such as having been sued in a similar case). Actually one of the unspoken purposes of the voir dire is for the attorneys to get a feel for the personalities and likely views of the people on the jury panel. In some courts the judge asks most of the questions, while in others the lawyers are given substantial latitude and time to ask questions. Some jurors may be dismissed for cause by the judge, and the attorneys may excuse others in “peremptory” challenges without stating any reason. 2) questions asked to determine the competence of an alleged expert witness. 3) any hearing outside the presence of the jury held during trial.

After filling out a questionnaire, the 500 selected potential jurors have been broken up into 3 groups.  Today the State and defense will question the first group, tomorrow the second group and Wednesday the third group.  The questionnaire has not been made public.

Before today there was still a question regarding audio experts. I’m relieved to learn that on Saturday Judge Debra Nelson, that the expert opinions regarding the “death sheik” will be admissible.  I’m not surprised to add, defense attorney Mark O’Mara once again asked for a continuance which was denied and O’Mara says he has a witness he’d like to had to the list.

Let justice prevail!

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*FYI, the trial’s being streamed at Click Orlando and the Huffington Post. 

Links below

TheJBMission~

Sources:

http://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=2229

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/10/18880979-potential-trayvon-martin-case-jurors-get-look-at-defendant-george-zimmerman?lite

http://frederickleatherman.com/2013/06/09/expert-opinions-about-the-death-shriek-are-admissible-at-trial/

Live Streams

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/10/george-zimmerman-trial-jury-selection_n_3414435.html

Streaming Live:

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/watchchat-live-jury-selection-begins-in-zimmerman-trial/-/1637132/20483208/-/33hay6/-/index.html?showAds=0

“Denied, Denied, Denied” were the harmonious words heard over and over again”

After filing mutiple motions in a last ditch effort to build a reasonable defense for George Zimmerman, defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West walked gloomily out of the courtroom today. Without much help from Judge Nelson, their day was a wash.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that defense attorneys will not be able to mention Trayvon Martin’s school suspension, alleged participation in fights or his past use of marijuana.

Trayvon Martin

As any first-year law student would know, Mark O’Mara’s strategy to post online photos and text messages from Trayvon’s cellphone was not only a way to victimize Zimmerman’s victim again but a blatant sleazy attempt to tarnish the jury pool. As expected, O’Mara’s request to have such garbage entered into evidence was quickly denied.

In other rulings, the judge refused to allow jurors to travel to the crime scene predicting that the excursion would be “a logistical nightmare” and she also refused the defense request to have jurors sequestered.  As for the defense’s request to delay the start of the trial, that was denied too. As Judge Debra Nelson previously ruled, the trial will begin June 10, 2013.

As the 2 hour hearing continued, the prosecution won another victory. Judge Nelson granted their request to withhold information as to why it took so long for Zimmerman to be charged with second-degree murder. She ruled that no dialogue or information will be allow from officers of Sanford Police Dept. or State attorneys as to why they originally decided not to arrest George Zimmerman.
GZ hearing 5 28
However, she granted the defense team’s request to hold a hearing as to whether the prosecution failed to turn over evidence.  A former attorney in the State’s office has charged the prosecution with withholding Trayvon’s cellphone photographs and text messages.  From my understanding this issue will be handled sometime after the trial.

Judge Nelson announced she will hold a Frye hearing on June 6th to hear arguments about whether to admit testimony from state audio expert, Alan Reich.  In this report sent to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, Mr. Reich says the audio of a 911 call has the voice of Trayvon Martin in a screaming trembling voice, “I’m begging you.”

After the Hearing

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family, said his family was pleased with the judge’s rulings. “Trayvon Martin is not on trial,” Mr. Crump said.

After the hearing, Robert Zimmerman, George’s brother, called on the state to drop the second-degree murder charges.  He added “In this country. You don’t charge someone with any crime solely to assuage the concerns of misinformed masses,” he said, according to CNN.

News Conferences

Watch Trayvon Martin’s Family

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epQlFxvzXT4

Watch Robert Zimmerman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QG-zQuAASQ

Watch Mark O’Mara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frBaA86SsQM

Sources:

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2013/5/6/154755/7371/crimenews/George-Zimmerman-Requests-Frye-Hearing-on-911-Call-Screams

Next hearing scheduled June 6

TheJBMission~

Mark O'Mara 3-22

After months of playing Public Relations Guy and constantly pandering to the media, George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara has finally decided to get to the work he was hired to do.

He began last Wednesday, March 13th deposing the ever-elusive Witness 8 aka DeeDee.  “DeeDee” is code name for Trayvon Martin’s friend whom he happened to be on the phone with on the night he was shot down by George Zimmerman.

Unbeknownst to the shooter, Trayvon had been on his cell phone with DeeDee during most of the evening of February 26th.

It’s unknown to the public how or why Sanford investigators and asst. prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda overlooked these important phone calls taking place during this crucial time frame, nonetheless T-Mobile phone records show DeeDee was in contact by cell phone with Trayvon Martin on 4 occasions beginning at  6:54pm.

Call record:

Incoming — I minute — 6:54pm

Incoming — 18 minutes — 6:54pm

Incoming — 1 minute — 7:04pm

Incoming — 4 minutes — 7:12pm

 *It’s important to note that on the night of February 26th it was raining heavily.  It’s probable that a phone call could have been dropped due to the weather.       

Records show George Zimmerman called non-emergency 911 at 7:09PM — EST.   According to transcripts, the call lasted 4:07 minutes which indicates the call ended at approximately 7:13PM — EST.

Obviously it’s this information that makes Witness 8 vital to the case. I’m still amazed that DeeDee’s phone calls were overlooked by law enforcement and prosecutors.  Had it not been for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s personal attorney Benjamin Crump, its likely Witness 8 would have been lost in the paper work.

It was attorney Benjamin Crump who initially spoke with Witness 8 who related her version (via telephone) of what happened on night Trayvon Martin was killed.

Just by the fact that George Zimmerman walked out of Sanford Police Department a free man on the night of the shooting and then overlooking “DeeDee” as a key witness is not acceptable in any murder investigation.  In my point of view, it’s these types of faux pa’s and mistakes that have caused so much public distrust in this case.

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So after the much awaited “DeeDee Deposition”, the next day March 14th, O’Mara began at 9am, to depose Brandi Green, Tracy Martin’s girlfriend whose home Trayvon was en route when he was approached by George Zimmerman.  It was her 8-year old son who was patiently waiting at home for Trayvon’s return with his bag of Skittles candy and his Arizona Watermelon Iced Tea.

Next on O’Mara’s agenda was the 3PM deposition of Mark Osterman.  Mark Osterman is said to be George Zimmerman’s best friend and confidante.  It was Mark Osterman who taught Zimmerman how to shoot a gun and it was Mark Osterman’s father who wrote a book about a cop turned vigilante. Ironically, George Zimmerman being of weak mind was probably more impressed with the book than most.  Considering Zimmerman acted out February 26th, it seems “vigilantism” is of great interest to him.  Last but not least, scheduled for 4PM was Witness 25 — civilian.

More work for Mark O’Mara as he begins Friday, March 15th with deposing Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother.  Later that day he deposed her son Jahvaris Martin.  Finally O’Mara’s day was complete.

It’s good to see Mark O’Mara is taking this case a little more seriously.  Up until now, he seemed to be depending on the “Stand Your Ground” hearing to put this case to an end but I think Judge Debra Nelson has given him and co-counsel, Attorney Donald West a “reality check.”

The trial will begin on June 10, 2013

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TheJBMission~  

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Trayvon_Martin

http://phoebe53.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/zimmerman-911-call-transcript-trayvon-martin/

http://phoebe53.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/zimmerman-911-call-transcript-trayvon-martin/

Trayvon Martin phone records February 26, 2012

http://media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/call+log.pdf

hammer of justice

What I learned from today’s hearing:

1.) BERNIE DELARIONDA says that ABC was present when Crump audio taped DeeDee’s interview.

2.) O’Mara complains, he doesn’t have a list of witnesses who heard screams for help. BERNIE DE LA RIONDA says look in the documents, look at witness statements.
De la Rionda basically tells O’Mara, look through the statements yourself! My question, why doesn’t the defense ask the question in deposition. It’s that easy.

3.) O’Mara motioned Judge Nelson to “Modify Conditions of Release”. He puts Sr. probation officer Adam Vinton on the stand to testify to GEORGE ZIMMERMAN’S compliance. He goes on to say that George Zimmermanis still in fear for his life, yada, yada..

4.) BERNIE DELARIONDA gently reminds the court of Zimmerman’s past transgressions such as his wife Shellie lying about their finances at the first bond hearing and withholding his valid up-to-date passport from the court which revoked his initial bond raising it from $150,000 to $1Million.

5.) BERNIE DELARIONDA argued to Judge Nelson that if GEORGE ZIMMERMAN was in such fear for his life then why did he appear on national television, why does he come through the front door of the courthouse with reporters at his heels, why does he continue to ask the public for money and presently offering his autograph for donations. Wouldn’t GEORGE ZIMMERMAN be safer if he stayed off of television?

6.) BERNIE DELARIONDA basically pointed out that GEORGE ZIMMERMAN is seeking media attention and does not agree with O’Mara’s motions because he constantly inserts inaccurate information which he knows will be read by the public. Here’s O’Mara’s latest motion.

7.) BERNIE DELARIONDA also addressed these meetings that were taking place before GEORGE ZIMMERMAN was arrested. BERNIE DELARIONDA added that he’d just received a letter, what he called Brady material from Atty. Jose Baez who is representing Investigator Serino. In this notice Baez says that investigators O’Connor, Randy Smith and Chris Serino wanted to charge GEORGE ZIMMERMAN with 2nd degree murder within 2 weeks of the investigation. See page 49 of 73 for Officer Santiago’s deposition.

8.) In the end, all of O’Mara’s pleading was for naught. Judge Debra Nelson denied his motion to modify Zimmerman’s conditions for release. Zimmerman will continue to live in Seminole County and continue to wear his GPS ankle bracelet.

And Thank God,
Judge Nelson clarified the “No Contact with the Martins” order.

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*Next hearings are scheduled for January 8 and February 5.


TheJBMission~

FYI: George Zimmerman CaseID = 8337253

As the second degree murder case of 17 year old Trayvon Martin takes it’s predictable course GEORGE ZIMMERMAN’s attorney Mark O’Mara has finally gained access to Trayvon Martin’s school records. To the delight of GEORGE ZIMMERMAN’s donators, Mark O’Mara has fulfilled their dying wish to vilify Zimmerman’s victim by exposing his high school behavior and juvenile Tweets in order to convince Zimmerman’s supporters into believing that he actually has a defense.
Although it’s unlikely that Trayvon Martin’s school records and behavior played any part in his death, it’s still Zimmerman’s right to petition them as an option and to possibly use them as part of his defense strategy.

Mark O’Mara, the once well-respected attorney, who was hired by Zimmerman, could soon ruin his good reputation in the minds of many and more importantly, his peers. Every knowledgeable attorney knows that this door swings both ways and opening up the door to the victim’s past, in turns opens the door to the accused.

When weighing all of the circumstantial and forensic evidence against GEORGE ZIMMERMAN I highly doubt his past discretions will survive public scrutiny or a panel of six jurors. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN has been held on a retraining order by his ex-fiancé and has a criminal record for attacking a police officer during a nightclub sting operation. He’s also known to harass and bully his co-workers. One was a co-worker from the Mid-East. Read his complaint letter here.

The mere contemplation of using the victim’s school records in order to make it appear that killing an unarmed teenager justifiable is mundane and implies a desperate defense. I expected much more from Golden Boy O’Mara. Clearly O’Mara is using the media to pander for funds once again, something that didn’t go unnoticed by the sharp wits of Asst. State attorney Bernie de la Rionda.
De la Rionda says he’ll plea to Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to have all of Zimmerman’s future subpoenas sealed to avoid what he called “chumming the waters” and causing the Zimmerman supporters to go into a blissful frenzy.
A hearing is set for Oct 19 to hear O’Mara and De la Rionda’s arguments as to what to do about Trayvon Martin’s school records. Normally such information is not subject to public release because Trayvon, barely 17 years old is a minor. Laws generally protect minors.

More Evidence Against Neighborhood Watch Guy

A few days ago, in the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, the State of Florida released more discovery and possible evidence against the gun-packing neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman

The Florida state crime lab discovered that the gun, a Kel tec 9mm used to kill 17 year old Trayvon Martin, did not reveal any evidence that Trayvon touched it as George Zimmerman related to his best friend and confidante Mark Osterman.

Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun just moments before he died and uttered a profanity laced threat in a desperate life or death struggle. George Zimmerman clutched Trayvon’s wrist, broke his grip on the semi-automatic firearm and shot him once in the chest.

State forensic scientists checked the grip, trigger, slide and holster searching for any trace of Trayvon Martin’s DNA to no avail, however they did find Zimmerman’s DNA and another unidentifiable DNA. No determination could be made on the holster.
Retired defense attorney and law professor Fred Leatherman, who hosts and owns a legally informative blog has written several in-depth articles covering this case.  In one of his recent articles he addresses DNA and other compelling evidence pertaining to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Minutes after the shooting, Mark Osterman picked up Zimmerman’s wife Shellie to bring her to the crime scene as a show of support for his shooting buddy George Zimmerman.
Mark Osterman and his wife Sondra quickly packed up the Zimmermans to hide them out at their home the very next day of the shooting. Why would they fear community outrage when the shooting had not yet hit the media unless they had a reason to panic?

There’s no doubt that the Zimmermans’ and Ostermans’ were close. Sondra Osterman is said to have conducted the marital ceremony for the Zimmerman’s although there’s no mention of what gave her the credentials to do so.
George Zimmerman had no reason to lie to Mark Osterman and more reason to lie to law enforcement which is what he did in several interviews and reenactment with Sanford detectives Serino and Singleton. Apparently lying comes easy for GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. He’ll lie to anyone — best friends are no exception.

Hopefully, at trial Shellie Zimmerman, who’s now facing perjury charges for trying to help her husband qualify for a reduced bond will tell the truth at trial thus proving once again her husband George Zimmerman is a prolific liar.

More happenings and events…

No verdict yet for Shellie Zimmerman who through her attorney Kelly Sims plead not guilty to perjury in a money hiding scheme to help her husband George. As she awaits the verdict, her mother, Machelle Dean was arrested on August 8 after other drivers saw her swerving in and out of the lanes on State Road 415 in New Symma Beach.  She allegedly took at least two tablets of hydrocodone, a pain medication before she got behind the wheel of her car. Her case is pending as well on charges of DUI.

Pictures of Mark Osterman were released placing him at a nearby bank getting money at an ATM during the crucial time when GEORGE ZIMMERMAN was stalking Trayvon Martin.
The pictures are time stamped 02/26/2012 @ 18.37:02.27 or 6:28pm

George’s brother Robert Zimmerman Jr. has recently penned a letter trying to salvage what’s left of his family’s reputation. He read it aloud in an interview on “Good Day LA“.

Robert Zimmerman goes on to say that his brother George was not part of a Neighborhood Watch program yet that’s not what his brother said in an interview with detective Singleton nor what the FBI reported in the 284 pages of discovery released July 12.
Note:

On page 112 of the 7-12 Discovery doc dump — in the FBI report — referring to a neighbor — it reads:
Paraphrasing: On April 5, 2012, the writer spoke with XXX via telephone in reference to a neighborhood canvas of RVC, GZ told her boyfriend about Zimmerman introducing himself as the “Neighborhood Watch Captain” …
Page 130:
In August of 2011, XXX was present at a board meeting when Zimmerman requested permission to use the clubhouse to coordinate the first neighborhood watch meeting. The board granted Zimmerman permission to use the clubhouse and waived the clubhouse rental fee..
Next.. Page 130:
XXX provided two Retreat At Twin Lakes HOA Newsletters. The newsletters both have a section dedicated to updating the community of the neighborhood watch program. The contact email for the neighborhood watch is listed as xxRTLNeighborhoodWatch@gmail.com. Zimmerman’s telephone number is listed

Either Robert Zimmerman Jr.
is not well informed
Or
He’s simply just another lying Zimmerman.

My main objective is not to continually prove George Zimmerman a liar.  The point I’m trying to make is when the only survivor of the alleged scuffle is George, then his word must be golden. If we can’t trust his word, than he has no defense.

When he can’t get his story straight, chances are he’s lying. Not that a liar makes a murderer but when the evidence doesn’t exactly fit his claims then he’d best be truthful about every other aspect of his life, if not he has no defense.  He’s given us no reason to believe him. From the 911 call, his contempt for this young boy Trayvon Martin, as he jumped out of vehicle to follow him is undeniable.  Before believing a liar, I prefer to rely on the 911 call for truth.

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TheJBMission~

Sources:
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-25/news/os-trayvon-martin-school-records-hearing-20120925_1_trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-empty-marijuana-baggie

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-30/justice/justice_florida-zimmerman-wife_1_george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-shellie-zimmerman

http://globalgrind.com/news/george-zimmermans-brother-robert-letter-trayvon-martin-family-video-interview

http://s1125.photobucket.com/albums/l582/shar246/Zimmerman/?action=view&current=AMCW92.png

http://globalgrind.com/news/mother-in-law-charged-dui-george-zimmermans-family-arrested-details

http://www.wftv.com/videos/news/zimmerman-interview-with-cvsa-expert-on-feb-27/vcQzn/

http://frederickleatherman.wordpress.com/

Reference: Recent Discovery Documents:

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2012/09/GEORGE
ZIMMERMAN-FLDE-bio-evidence-2-0919.pdf

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2012/09/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN-part5-Gorgone-FDLE-complete-report-0919.pdf

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2012/09/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN-EXEMPTIONS-0919.pdf

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/documents/2012/09/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN-Discovery-Redacted-0919.pdf

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/dam/news/static/cfnews13/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN-INTERVIEW-Witness31-711employee-0919.wav

George Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara is scheduled to face off with Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester for the first time since O’Mara has asked for his recusal.  Honorable Judge Lester will hear motions on at least two issues.  One will be the matter of Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda’s request for additional medical records and the other is to decide whether Judge Lester will allow Zimmerman to travel outside of Seminole County.  It’s not yet known if George Zimmerman will personally attend.  The hearing is set for today at 8:30 am.

State Requested Additional Medical Records

According to gzlegalcase.com George Zimmerman through his counsel Mark O’Mara has filed “Notice of Objection to Subpoena”  objecting to the State’s request for additional medical records. In the notice O’Mara asserts lack of relevance. O’Mara has agreed to review the records and would prefer that he decide as what is relevant to the case.

In response, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda agreed that several pages have been provided so far concerning Zimmerman’s treatment at the Altamonte Family Practice on February 27 but he is seeking notes, photographs, X-Rays, CT scan, MRI or anything else related to his treatment that day after the shooting. The State wants to make sure no other records exist.

De la Rionda went further saying at various times Zimmerman and/or his attorney “have asserted that the Defendant’s head was repeatedly beaten into concrete, and that he sustained some injuries to his head, and a broken nose after the struggle with Trayvon Martin on 2/26/2012.”
He said, “the records provided by Altamonte Family Practice describe what Defendant claims happened when he came in contact with Trayvon Martin, as well (as) treatment administered by a physician assistant,” and they refer to Zimmerman being informed that he should be seen by an ear, nose and throat doctor, which he refused to do.

George Zimmerman Asks to Leave Seminole County

Also expected in Friday’s hearing, Judge Lester will rule on another issue.  Attorney Mark O’Mara has requested in a motion filed today to ask the court to allow George Zimmerman to leave Seminole County.

It was ruled by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester in his second bail order that he, George Zimmerman reside within Seminole County.  Defense attorney Mark O’Mara says that this “has had an ongoing, deleterious effect on his ability to assist in the preparation of his own defense.” He is asking Lester to modify the conditions of Zimmerman’s release and lift the restriction requiring him to live in Seminole County.
Mark O’Mara further complained that communications have been “unnecessarily” limited to telephone calls and his occasional visits to Zimmerman’s safe house.

“Will Judge Lester Continue to Preside?”

On July 13, George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara petitioned the court to disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. In a Motion to Disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester O’Mara sought to recuse the presiding Judge because of the wording he used to describe George Zimmerman’s character.

After reading the July 5th “Order Setting Bail” Mark O’Mara said his client George Zimmerman questioned the judge’s ability to be objective and was particularly concerned with Judge Lester’s description of Zimmerman’s character which O’Mara described as containing “gratuitous and disparaging” remarks.  In response,  Judge Lester did not directly address that accusation but he did say that the motion to disqualify him was “legally insufficient” and he refused to step down.

In a last ditch effort, defense attorney Mark O’Mara filed a Writ of Prohibition petitioning the Fifth District Court of Appeal to review the trial judge’s refusal to remove himself from the case, after the defense requested it citing what it considers bias against their client. This matter is still pending.

George Zimmerman is due to stand trial on charges of 2nd Degree murder in mid-2013 for the fatal shooting an unarmed 17 year old teenager named Trayvon Martin.

Sources:
All Motions
http://www.flcourts18.org/presspublic.html

Order Dismissing Defendant’s Motion to Disqualify
http://www.flcourts18.org/PDF/Press_Releases/Order%20Dismissing%20Defendant’s%20Motion%20to%20Disqualify%20Trial%20Judge.pdf

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/George-Zimmerman-Asks-Judge-To-Let-Him-Leave-Seminole-County-167233825.html

Order Setting Bail
http://www.flcourts18.org/PDF/Press_Releases/SKMBT_363-V12070607100.pdf

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TheJBMission~

Joe Horn – Stand Your Ground Case

Pasadena, Texas
Listen to 8:28 minute call to Emergency 911

Both cases start with 911 calls. George Zimmerman’s call is to “Non-Emergency 911” to report a “suspicious person” compared to Joe Horn, who called into “Emergency 911” to report a burglary in progress.

The November 14, 2007 call ended with the sound of Horn racking a shell into his 12-gauge shotgun followed by three gunshots that killed illegal Columbian imigrants Diego Ortiz, 30 and Hernando Riascos Torres, 38.

Seven months later Joe Horn was cleared by Harris county grand jury. The panel issued no-bill after two weeks of testimony. Joe Horn was relieved that his ordeal was finally over.

After the grand jury hearing, Harris County District Attorney Ken Magidson simply said, “In Texas, a person has a right to use deadly force in certain circumstances to protect property and that’s basically what the grand jurors had to deal with.”

As his lawyer Tom Lambright stated in news reports, Joe Horn “was trying to help police catch criminals” The criminals who Horn shot were the men he witnessed carrying property out of the home of his next-door neighbor.

Compared to George Zimmerman, whose intention was to report a suspicious person because of recent break-ins in his gated townhouse community, the difference is obvious. The suspicious person he reported was not carrying burglary tools or breaking the law. His “suspicious person” was carrying a bag of Skittles candy and a can of Arizona Iced Tea.

Paralleling Joe Horn’s case to George Zimmerman’s case, Zimmerman was released from Sanford police department without further detainment. Joe Horn was called to the grand jury and had to testify on his own behalf. He had to retain an attorney and spend two weeks out of his life to convince grand jurors he was not a vigilante.

Both George Zimmerman and Joe Horn were armed. Joe Horn shot and killed two burglars. George Zimmerman shot and killed one suspicious teenager. Both of these cases were the cause of rancorous public debate. Initially both shootings were deemed racially motivated George Zimmerman was called out by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the new black panthers. There were protest nationwide demanding his arrest.

In Joe Horn’s case and subsequent to the grand jury announcement, Frank Ortiz, a member of the local League of United Latin American Citizens chapter, on the behalf of Ortiz and Torres, said he hoped federal authorities would investigate Joe Horn’s case further.

Although there are some similarities, there are a few differences as well. Joe Horn shot two men in his front yard. George Zimmerman was simply driving by when he spotted what he determined to be a suspicious person walking through his gated townhouse community, the suspicious man lay dead near a paved walk through, no where near the home of George Zimmerman.

Like Zimmerman’s case, the sound of gun fire can be heard in 911 calls. In Horn’s 911 call, you can hear the sound of him loading a shotgun — he verbally warns the dispatcher of what he intends to do and then fires.

In Zimmerman’s 911 call, he doesn’t mention that he’s carrying a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun to the dispatcher so he cannot be warned to not shoot. The only sounds of gunfire heard in a 911 call are from another 911 call made by a neighbor who was calling to report a disturbance from the sound of scuffling and someone screaming for help.

At this time, George Zimmerman’s statements have not been released to the public but it is rumored that he claims he was attacked by the suspicious person and shot him in self-defense. Zimmerman suffered a broken nose and scrapes to the back of his head, said to be from being bashed on the pavement during the scuffle. Zimmerman refused medical treatment at the hospital the night of the shooting.

Comparing Zimmerman to Garcia

In March of 2012, the State of Florida tossed out a second-degree murder charge in the case of Greyston Garcia after he chased a suspected burglar and stabbed him to death. Pedro Roteta, 26 was trying to steal a radio from Garcia’s truck when a roommate alerted him. He then grabbed a knife and chased Roteta for over a block.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beth Bloom decided the stabbing was justified because the burglar had swung a bag of stolen car radios at Garcia, an object that medical examiner at a hearing testified could cause “serious harm or death”. The judge found Garcia was well within his rights to pursue the victim and demand the return of his property. The Huffington Post concluded in their article, Garcia went home instead of calling 911 after the confrontation in January and later hid the knife and sold two of the radios.

In comparison to the Garcia shooting being thrown out under Florida Stand Your Ground Law, Pedro Roteta was in the act of committing a crime against Garcia whereas Trayvon Martin was not in commission of a crime when he caught the attention of George Zimmerman.  It’s what happened minutes after the call that is debatable.

Can the state of Florida refute beyond a reasonable doubt that the “suspicious person” attacked George Zimmerman first or will it matter? Perhaps the state of Florida intends to prove it was Trayvon Martin, the suspicious person who was standing his ground considering he was not in any way breaking the law. He had reason to be inside the gates of Retreat View Circle community when he was aggressively being followed by a stranger.

Although usually juvenile records remain sealed in court proceeding. If left up to the Martin family, they may agree that in the case of the death of their son, they may welcome full disclosure and may perhaps want the jury/judge to know that their son had a violence-free arrest record.

The outcome of this tragedy will depend on competency of state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda and the lawyerly wiles of defense attorney Mark O’Mara in order for George Zimmerman to share the same fate of Greyston Garcia and Joe Horn.

George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder. He is now in Seminole county jail awaiting a new bond hearing set for June 29th. The trial is set to take place in mid-2013 in the courtroom of Judge Kenneth Lester Jr.

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TheJBMission~

Sources:
http://flaglerlive.com/39359/beyond-george-zimmerman-five-stand-your-ground-cases-you-should-know-about/

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/326700-full-transcript-zimmerman.html

Transcript of George Zimmerman’s 911 Call

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/pasadena-news/article/Joe-Horn-cleared-by-grand-jury-in-Pasadena-1587004.php

Case of Greyston Garcia
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/28/miami-judge-rules-in-stan_n_1385219.html

http://www.inquisitr.com/209207/floridas-stand-your-ground-law-claims-another-victim/


“Liar George” is back in Seminole County jail, licking his wounds and at the same time counting the dough being donated to his PayPal account. As his PayPal account thickens, bringing in close to a thousand dollars a day, he’s behind bars and his wife Shelly is shaking in her boots because she may soon join him.

Did he really think his jailhouse phone calls weren’t being recorded? I’m surprised they didn’t teach that in criminal law. Did he think that moving $44.46 to another account was going to go unnoticed? I can’t remember the last time I had a conversation about transferring $10 to another bank account. Hell, if all I had was $10 in my bank account, it’s time to close the account.

Yes, I think some of my fellow Americans have picked the wrong hero. Liar George is the wrong guy to waste your hard earned money. I know why he’s being treated as a hero. It doesn’t take much of a brain to figure out that he’s the Hero because he was called to carpet by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the new black panthers. But let’s not kill the messenger. Trayvon Martin can’t help who his supporters are.
I think this case raised some political overtones when during this election year, the President of the United States remarked “he could be my son”. It seems a few other ballsy politicians have used this tragic case to garner public attention as well. Remember Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) who arrived on the floor of the United States Congress. He was soon escorted from the House floor for wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses while delivering a rousing speech about the need for a full investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old in Florida.

What happened to the righteous people waving American flags? They shoved their flags in their front pocket and are going to let this one slide. Why, because he’s black and you’re sick of reading newspaper headlines like this one, ” 5-year-old Fatally Shot at Child’s Birthday Party”. That’s the headline I read Wednesday morning, May 30, 2012 in Times-Picayune. It’s sickening.

Are people letting this one slide because as I’ve heard, Trayvon Martin was a killing-machine in waiting? He like mixed martial arts and is said to have used them to kick George Zimmerman’s ass. Perhaps I’m wasting my energy waving the American flag on this one too and should stuff my flag back in my front pocket. I could do that but I’m not because I see this case as something that should have brought people together instead of dividing them.
This could have been a bit of inspiration for those who say it’s impossible to live happily in a world of different colored skin. A learning experience, per se.

As a citizen of the United States, I’m tired of the Great Wall which divides us as people. Everyday, someone will label you as either a liberal or a conservative. Is your skin dark or light or in-between? Are you gay or straight? Are you male or female, I can’t tell the difference.

We are divided by sex, by race, by color of skin, by religion, by politics, by sexual preference just to name a few. The Great Wall will forever be! I’m beginning to accept that fact.

Coming together is out of the question. Although you’d think it wouldn’t be but that would take forgiveness and as human beings that’s seems to be impossible.

Trayvon Martin Timeline

February 26, 2012: Fatal Shooting

March 16, 2012: 911 tapes released

March 19, 2012: The U.S. Justice Department announces it has launched an investigation into the death of TM

March 21, 2012: Million hoodie march

March 23, 2012: In response to a reporters question about the case, President O’Bama says; “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”

March 24, 2012: Threats were made against Zimmerman placing a $10,000 for the capture of Zimmerman who was in hiding.

April 10, 2012: Lawyers quit. Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig announce they will no longer represent Zimmerman because he has stopped communicating with them.

April 11, 2012: A law enforcement official tells NBC that the Florida prosecutor will file criminal charges against Zimmerman. Less than an hour before those charges are made public, George Zimmerman is reported to be in police custody.

April 20, 2012: Bond hearing. Bond set at $150,000

June 1, 2012: Bond revoked

June 3, 2012: George Zimmerman returns to jail

On June 1, 2012, Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. responded to a motion filed by prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda that stated George Zimmerman and his wife lied while under oath at the bond hearing on April 20th imploring Judge Lester to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond. Both George Zimmerman and his wife Shelly Zimmerman swore to the court that they were indigent but under further investigation into jailhouse phone calls it was apparent that George and his wife knew of at least $135,000 that was donated through his website, “I Am the Real George Zimmerman”

Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney argued that his client could not afford a $1 million bond as the state attorney’s office was asking. He portrayed his client as a part time student, working as an investigator for an insurance company and his wife was attending nursing school. Witness after witness testified to GEORGE ZIMMERMAN’s financial status and good reputation as an honest man, and hard worker.
O’Mara convinced Judge Lester that George Zimmerman was not a flight risk and happily handed over his passport.
What Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. didn’t know was that the passport handed to the court was
(#301813125) which is the passport that was reported stolen or lost on March 8, 2004. On March 26, 2004, George Zimmerman obtained a new passport (#017355779). This passport is valid till 2014. This is the passport that George still had in his possession. It is now in the possession of the court.

Motion:
http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2012/06/01/MotionToRevokeBond.pdf

On page 2 of the motion, George says this to his wife Shelly in one of the recorded jailhouse phone calls:

04/17/2012, phone call from Seminole jail with wife Shelly.
• At approx. 7 minutes into call..

GZ: Do you know what? I think my passport is in that bag.
SZ: I have one for you in the safety deposit box..
GZ: Ok, you hold onto that.
SZ: For you…

During the hearing to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond, his attorney Mark O’Mara explained to the court that it was a misunderstanding and that George or Shelly found the passport (#017355779) while they were moving into hiding which is groovy for them because it just so happened to be the passport that wouldn’t expire till 2014.
O’Mara explained to Judge Lester it just slipped his mind but the Zimmerman’s did hand over the newly found passport to him at a much earlier date.

On April 9, 2012, NYMag.com reported this story

“George Zimmerman Launches Website to Raise Funds for Defense”

Zimmerman, who initially launched his own website, featuring an American flag over a white background read;

I am the real George Zimmerman,

On Sunday, February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.

It has come to my attention that some person’s and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or “Legal Fund”. I cannot attest to the validity of the other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.

I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.

Sincerely, George Zimmerman

Attorneys and a friend of George Zimmerman confirmed that the website, “The Real George Zimmerman” represents the same George Zimmerman who fatally shot Trayvon Martin on February 26th.

On April 27, 2012, NYMag.com reported George Zimmerman raised $204,000 in donations.

After watching the most unremarkable video of George Zimmerman turning himself in, I couldn’t help but notice he’s put on a few pounds. He looks heavier than the 200lbs that he reportedly weighed on the night of February 26th and without a doubt much heavier than he was when State Attorney Angela Corey ordered George to turn himself in on April 11, 2011.

The only question I have for Liar George,
“Who do you think you are?”

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TheJBMission~

Sources:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/04/george-zimmerman-raised-204000-in-donations.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/04/george-zimmerman-website-therealgeorgezimmerman.html

Update: Shellie Nichole Zimmerman arrested for perjury Tuesday,  June 12, 2012 Read Issue Capias:

http://www.talkleft.com/zimm/shelliecapias.pdf

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