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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.

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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.

TheJBMission~

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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

Isn’t it odd that Angela Corey has indicted George Zimmerman with 2nd Degree murder?

So for all of the protesting and publicity, for the hiring of lawyers, for the multiple televised appearances from civil rights leaders, etc. etc, the State Attorney Angela Corey hands down an indictment, Murder in the 2nd Degree and the crowd roars! But is it all smoke and mirrors?  Is someone pulling our chain?

Overview of Florida Voluntary Manslaughter Laws

Florida state laws establish the criminal offense of manslaughter when a homicide, the killing of a human being, does not meet the legal definition of murder. Manslaughter, unlike murder, does not require evidence of the defendant’s premeditation or “depraved mind” with disregard for human life; instead, the state requires proof of either voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.
Voluntary manslaughter describes a homicide intentionally committed while in the midst of a provocation. The prosecutor must show a sudden, unexpected event or circumstance serving as a provocation. As a result of the provocation, the defendant must have felt a temporary anger, heat of passion, or emotion that immediately resulted in an intent to kill or an intent to commit the act that resulted in the victim’s death.

Overview of Florida Involuntary Manslaughter Laws

When a homicide, the killing of a human being, does not meet the legal definition of murder, Florida state laws allow a prosecutor to consider a manslaughter charge. The state establishes two types of manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary. While voluntary manslaughter describes an intentional act performed during a provocation or heat of passion, involuntary manslaughter does not require an intent to kill or even an intent to perform that act resulting in the victim’s death.
To establish involuntary manslaughter, the prosecutor must show that the defendant acted with “culpable negligence.” Florida statutes define culpable negligence as a disregard for human life while engaging in wanton or reckless behavior. The state may be able to prove involuntary manslaughter by showing the defendant’s recklessness or lack of care when handling a dangerous instrument or weapon, or while engaging in a range of other activities that could lead to death if performed recklessly.
Example: If the defendant handles a loaded gun without any knowledge of whether the gun is loaded, and he later discharges the gun into a group of people, the defendant’s actions likely meet the recklessness requirement for a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Florida state laws also establish involuntary manslaughter if the prosecutor shows that the defendant used excessive force during self-defense or the defense of another person. The prosecution and defense can look at the facts and circumstances of the killing to determine whether the defendant reasonably believed that self-defense was necessary; if not necessary, the state might proceed with an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Instead of choosing either of these, Angela Corey chose to charge George Zimmerman with Second degree murder.

Overview of Florida Second Degree Murder Laws

In Florida, state laws establish several types of homicide, the unlawful killing of a human being. The state prosecutes homicides as murders and manslaughters — it may be helpful to know the multiple types of murders established by state law and understand the differences among them. In particular, second degree murder lacks the premeditation often required for the prosecution of a first degree murder.
To prove second degree murder, a prosecutor must show that the defendant acted according to a “depraved mind” without regard for human life. Florida state laws permit the prosecution of second degree murder when the killing lacked premeditation or planning, but the defendant acted with enmity toward the victim or the two had an ongoing interaction or relationship. Unlike first degree murder, second degree murder does not necessarily require proof of the defendant’s intent to kill.
State law specifically requires a charge of second degree murder if the victim dies during the commission of one of the felony crimes specified by statute. These felonies include burglary, home-invasion robbery, kidnapping, sexual battery, and a number of other offenses. To establish second degree murder, the prosecutor must show that the victim died as a result of an act committed by a non-participant in the felony. If the defendant or another criminal participant in the felony caused the unlawful killing, state law requires a charge of first degree murder rather than second degree murder. Florida uses this law to deter and punish unintended deaths as a result of felonious activities.

Defenses to Second Degree Murder Charges
• Justifiable use of deadly force to defend against a felony committed against a person or property
• Excusable homicide committed by accident
• Spontaneous or negligent killing that might qualify as manslaughter instead of murder

Above are defense Attorney Mark Omara’s possible defense strategies.  Compare the statutes of Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter with the Second Degree Murder Overview and choice is obvious.  Angela Corey made a poor decision.

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When I think about the reason for this over-indictment it reminds me of the age old adage, “there’s always a little truth in every lie” especially in judicial process. Just as in the Anthony case when the masses were screaming for her blood, the State of Florida handed down an indictment, first-degree murder with possible death penalty. Total overkill.
In order to get a guilty verdict, the jurors must agree 100%. Had Casey Anthony been charged with manslaughter, it would only take 6 out of 12 jurors in order to get a guilty verdict.

Maybe Corey is thinking Zimmerman is just a little bit guilty?  Yes, that’s the ticket. She can hand down the over-indictment to please the masses but she’ll prove involuntary or voluntary manslaughter and hope for the best.  At least she’ll look as if she tried.

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After observing the Florida judicial process over the last 3 years, I question the State, their laws and their judicial process.
When I ask myself how can Marissa Alexander, who shot a bullet in the air to scare off her abusive husband be convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the same court system allow Greyston Garcia, who chased down a man who stole radios out of his truck and stabbed him to death, walk free on Stand Your Ground Law, I came to this conclusion. The husband wasn’t in commission of a crime unlike Greyston Garcia’s victim who was.

If I’m right, George Zimmerman will be found guilty, jailed and fined because 17 year-old Trayvon Martin wasn’t in commission of a crime when Zimmerman met up with him.
Garcia claimed that his victim swung the bag of loot at him, so therefore he was scared for his life. The “bag of loot” was considered a weapon.

On the other hand, if it’s true, Martin approached and circled his truck while he was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, had he shot Martin then, Stand Your Ground Law would have protected him in a heartbeat, but he didn’t.

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But anything could happen, it’s FLORIDA!

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TheJBMission~

Sources:
http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/voluntary-manslaughter/florida/

http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/second-degree-murder/florida/

http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/02/20-years-for-standing-her-ground

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

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