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Somebody save him!


Sean Hannity asked the good questions and defense attorney Mark O’Mara’s client GEORGE ZIMMERMAN answered. What is O’Mara thinking while he sits there like a potted plant?

Here’s an article from the Orlando Sentinel offering the overall opinions of local Florida lawyers regarding Boy George’s last night appearance on FNC “Hannity”.

Quote from Richard Hornsby;

“It’s really baffling what he thought he’d gain from it,” said Richard Hornsby, and Orlando defense lawyer, who added, “I really question who’s in charge of the defense strategy, whether it’s Zimmerman or O’Mara.”

Well Richard. Welcome to reality. I’m happy you finally caught on. Your guy George is a loose cannon who never perceives his actions as wrong and he never does the right thing which is why he’s in the predicament he’s in.
If common sense says to stay in your truck and don’t follow a possible dangerous person, why would he use good common sense in any other situation.
It’s all about control for GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN controlled his own actions on the night of February 26 and he’ll continue to do so as long as he can. It’s time to take GEORGE ZIMMERMAN’s control away. He’s dangerous to himself and more importantly he’s a danger to society. That’s the truth.

Do you think O’Mara should use his psychological disorder as a defense? It’s been documented on several occasions.

I look at O’Mara as lawyer who’s being led on a leash by a crazy man. Who’s next? Jose Baez? You?

Barbara Walters Backs Out

Snipped from Orlando Sentinel article..

After rumors Zimmerman would appear on “The View” by phone, host Barbara Walters said he called, but “if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today.”

Let us take notice that it was George who originally reached out to Barbara Walters and not the other way around. According to ABC spokesman, Barbara Walters had actually made a recent trip to central Florida in hopes of getting an interview with GEORGE ZIMMERMAN but came to a snag.
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ‘s obvious arrogance and self-serving agenda could not be more prevalent. Here’s the snag.

The New York Post cites a source who said that Zimmerman demanded that ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month. At that point, an “appalled” Walters lost interest in the sit-down chat, the Post reports.

Everyone knows George Zimmerman is thrilled by the fact that he is now FAMOUS. He absolutely loves being in the media. Finally, he’s outdone his brother, the attorney.

WooHoo For George!

He just gave State Attorney Angela Corey another gift that’ll be used to convict him of murdering 17yo Trayvon Martin.  Inconsistent statements abound.


See my previous article “George Zimmerman’s Love Affair with the Media

begging the question..

“What will George do next?”







Amidst media speculation and subsequent hate rallies, thankfully Seminole County State Attorney’s office has finally released nearly 200 pages of actual evidence documentation, audio and photographs relating to the homicide of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin, who lived in Miami Gardens, Florida, was visiting his father Tracy Martin who lived at The Retreat in Twin Lake Town Homes, a gated community of Sanford, Florida.

It was about 7:10 pm on the evening of February 26, 2012, as Trayvon was walking home from a nearby convenience store when he was spotted by a citizen, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was driving home from a shopping trip.

Because of the recent burglaries, Zimmerman considered Trayvon’s presence suspicious and called into the 911 non-emergency number. This phone call is listed in audio discovery files.

Within minutes after this call, a shot rang out as residents of The Retreat Townhomes listened in fear.  Some were already on the telephone with 911 dispatchers to report loud arguing and some to report hearing someone moaning for help in the courtyard.
Trayvon Martin was shot with a Kel-Tec 9 mm gun.  George Zimmerman was brought into Sanford Police Department for questioning and several hours later released.

The Kel-Tec 9 mm PF-9 is one of the lightest, thinnest 9 mm guns on the market — a gun so small and light you can carry it in your pocket undetected.

The documents also show that in a March 13th request “capias request” recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. The document said that Trayvon Martin’s death was “ultimately avoidable” had George Zimmerman remained in his car after alerting police of a suspicious person.

Nonetheless, George Zimmerman was cleared of all wrong doing according to Seminole County and the Sanford Police Dept.

If not for a phone call from Florida Governor Rick Scott, Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Corey would never have been called in and George Zimmerman would be the same free man who walked out of the Sanford Police Dept in the early morning hours of February 27th.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, to a nation-wide television audience, Angela Corey announced the arrest of George Zimmerman to the charge of 2nd degree murder.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r-idmJTK3I  George Zimmerman turned himself in.   Incidentally, it was State Attorney Angela Corey who moved to try a 12-year-old boy as an adult in a first degree murder case.


On to the bond hearing; George Zimmerman attended his bond hearing on April 20th along with his attorney Mark O’Mara. After several witness testimonies, for and against Mr. Zimmerman, in a risky move, Mark O’Mara put George on the stand.  Mr. Zimmerman wanted to address several questions raised by Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother.

Zimmerman had this to say…

Snipped from transcript

O’MARA: We want to make sure that (inaudible). State your name.

ZIMMERMAN: George Michael Zimmerman

O’MARA: You advised me that you wanted to make a short statement, is that correct?


I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.

O’MARA: Nothing further, your honor. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I’m sorry, sir, you’re not really addressing that to the court. You’re doing it here to the victim’s family, is that correct?

ZIMMERMAN: They are here in the court, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I understand. But I thought you were going to address your honor, Judge Lester, not — so that’s really addressed to the family and where the media happens to be, correct, Mr. Zimmerman?

ZIMMERMAN: No, to the mother and the father.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ok. And tell me, after you committed this crime and you spoke to the police, did you ever make that statement to the police, sir? That you were sorry for what you’ve done or their loss?


Since Zimmerman’s arrest and subsequent release under a $150,000 bond, the Federal Justice Department is currently investigating Zimmerman for civil rights violations. The reason is unclear but some media legal analysts are speculating if in fact Zimmerman uttered a racial slur in the following transcript of the initial 911 call.

Zimmerman: No you go in straight through the entrance and then you make a left…uh you go straight in, don’t turn and make a left. Shit he’s running.

Dispatcher: He’s running? Which way is he running?

Zimmerman: Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood.

Dispatcher: Which entrance is that that he’s running towards?
Zimmerman: The back entrance…fucking [unintelligible]

Dispatcher: Are you following him?

Zimmerman: Yeah

Dispatcher: Ok, we don’t need you to do that.

Zimmerman: Ok

The analysis was unsuccessful “due to weak signal level and poor recording quality,” according to the report.

The documents also include at least 11 witnesses to the shooting but not all are eye witnesses. Scattered within these documents are parts of what the Seminole County prosecutors plans to use to prove George Zimmerman is guilty of 2nd degree murder.

According to Florida attorney Richard Hornsby, second degree murder in Florida occurs when a person commits either, murder with a depraved mind or accomplice to felony murder.

Mr. Hornsby explains, the primary distinction between Premeditated First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder with a Depraved Mind is that First Degree Murder requires a specific and premeditated intent to kill.  The penalty under Florida’s 10-20-Life law, a person who uses a Firearm to commit Second Degree Murder must be sentenced to a minimum-mandatory prison sentence of 25 years.

In the picture on the right is the back of George Zimmerman’s head.   This is the picture that I believe will beg the question, “Was George Zimmerman in fear of his life and did he shoot Trayvon Martin in self defense?”  Most of the witness reports support that claim and “Is there more to this tragedy than we know?”

Or notably, as in the capias request, Trayvon Martin’s death was “ultimately avoidable” had George Zimmerman remained in his car after alerting police of a suspicious person?


Here are a few issues in the document release that I found interesting.

Page 5 of 183
Why did SPD take buccal swabs from GZ’s cheeks? I assume to add GZ’s DNA to LE data base and to identify blood stains.  On this page, GZ’s key and flashlight are described.

Page 6 of 183
Why did Sanford Police Dept. take the first-aid kit into evidence?

Page 8 of 183
GZ’s shirt described as Grey colored “Layer 8 Performance” brand name long sleeved shirt, size large, collected from Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department.
* GZ’s jeans, jacket, shoes and socks were also taken into evidence

Page 16 or 183
Perhaps explained the reason why SPD wasn’t able to contact relatives of TM sooner.
They said the cell phone found at the scene was either low on battery or wasn’t working properly because it was wet due to the weather conditions, wet and rain.
Documents show that on February 28th, the cell phone was also password protected which caused another investigative problem for Sanford investigators.

Page 17 or 183
March 5 – TM’s father was asked for the pin # for the cell phone. TM’s father stated he would contact his lawyer before releasing the information.

Initially I was angry with SPD for not contacting Trayvon Martin’s family sooner but now I know why.


Includes autopsy report

Discovery Photographs

183 pages PDF file

Angela Corey announces the arrest of George Zimmerman


Zimmerman Capias PDF


Bond Hearing article “The Christian Science Monitor”


CNN transcript of bond hearing


Atty. Richard Hornsby website



Apparently Casey Anthony’s defense team has spent thousands of dollars interviewing Texas EquuSearch volunteers who searched the same location where Caylee’s remains were found 5 ½ months later by Roy Kronk.
After a long and hard fight put up by the Defense, they were finally allowed to view and take notes from TES records. Once allowed to take notes and actually investigate, they found 32 volunteers who searched this location without finding Caylee’s remains. Just recently, defense attorney Cheney Mason has found 150 other volunteers who may have searched this location as well. It seems like PI Jeremy Lyons has a lot of work to do and is asking for a measly $8,000. Let’s do the math. That’s $53.33 per interview, which is reasonable considering $60 per hour is the average rate for PI’s in the state of Florida. Obviously any investigation of the TES volunteers by the defense is a reason for conflict.
More conflict should be expected at tomorrow’s status hearing. We can expect Judge Belvin Perry to rule on another  motion filed by prosecution asking for records of financial agreements between the Anthony defense team and its expert witnesses. Check out the motion below.

Attorney Richard Hornsby of WESH.com had this to say regarding this motion.
“It’s going to give them ammunition. It’s also putting the defense and these witnesses on notice to be prepared to answer these questions,” He went further to say the information the prosecution is asking for could help undermine an expert’s credibility. “If they’re not getting paid a standard rate or they came into the case under questionable circumstances, then suddenly they’re in the case for exposure and any of their findings are suspect.”

There’s also another motion Judge Perry may rule on. Defense attorney Ann Finnell has filed a motion asking that information disclosed during the possible penalty phase be sealed. She argues in the motion that the intense media scrutiny has a “chilling effect, with some witnesses becoming reluctant to come forward with information for fear of harassment and stalking. Check out the motion below.

The hearing is scheduled for 1:00pm Monday. WESH.com will stream the hearing live.

Court documents filed on Tuesday show that the defense experts will have a second chance to examine what is being referred to as key evidence. The lone hair and coffin flies found in Casey Anthony’s trunk will be re-examined by Dr. Tim Huntington. He is one of the experts for the defense team who first reviewed the evidence in July at the Orlando County Sheriff’s Office. Huntington said this is the second step in the process.
As expected in the agreement, defense lawyers agreed to waive any claims about the chain of custody during the process of transport or examinations. If any evidence is damaged or destroyed, the State will still be allowed to present the testimony of their experts to the jury.
Considering the value and friability of the lone hair, I can understand the State’s concern. This is key to their claim that Caylee was in Casey’s car trunk and she drove the car with Caylee’s body in the trunk for an undetermined amount of days.
I don’t have a huge problem with the “lone hair” being found but what concerns me is that the jury has to believe that Casey did such a good job at cleaning the trunk, that only one hair was left behind when there were in fact several other hairs that were found that didn’t belong to Caylee or Casey. What are the chances that Casey was able to remove all but one of Caylee’s hairs since the trunk is said to have been thoroughly cleaned? When I think of one hair, I think it’s more likely a clothing transfer than a dead body physically being in the trunk. For instance the person who was either very near the body or had contact with the body may have picked up a hair on their clothing which found it’s way to the trunk; raises the next question; who besides Casey came near her trunk? It doesn’t exactly rule her out but it doesn’t rule out anyone else who opened her trunk either. I’m thinking this as a way to explain why there isn’t any DNA in the trunk along with this lone death-banded hair. As far as the testing itself, I’ve read there’s usually more than one hair to compare when they do an analysis.

For the amount of days Caylee was in the trunk, I suspect the State experts will calculate this by the unknown odor which the State claims is human decomposition. It’s been reported through documents from the Tennessee Body Farm, the odor value is 2.6 days. This may be hard for the State to prove because this science is still in its early stage and has never been used as evidence in a court of law. I would expect the State experts will use the coffin fly development as a gauge because they may have more value.

In another development, defense attorney Cheney Mason says the duct tape was not placed over Caylee’s mouth as it’s been claimed. I was shocked by this statement.
Of course, the investigators, Dr. Garavaglia and Roy Kronk disagree. They say yes, the duct tape was clearly found over Caylee’s mouth when her remains were found on Suburban Drive. There are photographs taken of the body to prove their statement. I imagine they will still contend the duct tape was the murder weapon which I still find peculiar too.
True, Dr. Garavaglia does explain the duct tape placement in her autopsy report but does not specify Caylee’s exact cause of death. She says homicide due to circumstances. In this report she also noted that there were “no visible signs of soft tissue” on the duct tape which could indicate no skin cells. I think this is impossible when it’s duct tape. Duct tape has been known to preserve fingerprints for years even underwater in some murder cases. Duct tape is a forensic scientist’s favorite type of evidence to examine.
Attorney Richard Hornsby of WESH did make this statement. He said, “you expect some soft tissue” beneath or stuck to the tape. He added that this finding may give Anthony some wiggle room. I don’t believe he thinks this will exonerate Casey Anthony, but possibly be grounds to lessen the charge. In my perspective, if the State can’t prove a murder was committed then they should have charged her with something possibly, easier to prove, felony child neglect. I wonder if the State loses, will they be able to later try her on another offense.



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