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    George Zimmerman trial — the facts or character on trial?

    George Zimmerman trial — the facts or character on trial?

    George Zimmerman’s lawyers released photos from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone, including the two below.

    Zimmerman’s team says they will seek to introduce the photos and others to show that he was not as portrayed in the media and by the family’s attorneys:

    The evidence that George Zimmerman’s attorneys have uncovered on Trayvon Martin’s cellphone paints a troubling picture of the Miami Gardens teenager: He sent text messages about being a fighter, smoking marijuana and being ordered to move out of his home by his mother.

    And photos from that phone offer more of the same: healthy green plants — what appear to be marijuana — growing in pots and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

    Defense attorneys on Thursday gave formal notice to prosecutors that they intend to use those and other reputation-damaging pieces of evidence about Trayvon once Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial begins June 10.

    I think the trial should focus on the facts of what happened, not personality traits of the two people involved. The prosecution, however, has sought to put Zimmerman’s background on trial in the media, including claims he was racist (which he denies) and other problems he had in his life.

    If the prosecution is allowed to go there at trial, to get away from the facts of what happened or to put the character of either person in issue, it does seem that what’s good for the prosecution should be good for the defense.

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    Trayvon Martin Photo Pot Plants


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    Catherine | May 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I think George Zimmerman has been treated unfairly and he deserves a vigorous defense to combat the false story that was first widely told about him and his alleged racist murder of a black child wearing a hoodie walking to his temporary home carrying nothing but a cellphone, skittles and iced tea.

    This fiction has been cemented into potential jurors minds and may be impossible to remove regardless of facts.

    I watched Al Sharpton on MSNBC talking about how unfair it is that all this info is coming out. To me, if information about a person is true then it is fair to publicize it in a blockbuster case like this especially when an untrue impression of the victim was spread far & wide so that political pressure would force a man to be prosecuted for a crime he wouldn’t have been prosecuted for without that pressure.

    Even if George Zimmerman is not convicted and wins a pile of money from his lawsuit against NBC Universal his reputation will be permanently damaged because not all the people who heard that he is a racist murderer will find out what the jury decided in the murder case and/or whether NBC Universal is ordered to pay Zimmerman money.

    Cogsys | May 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I tend to agree that the trial should be on the facts and the law, not the history of either party. If the prosecutor decides to introduce the ‘personality and history’ of the defendant then the defense should do the same about the deceased.

    On a slightly different note, I find it amusing that there is a camp that does not want to introduce the history of the Trayvon, seems to be largely aligned that wants to point to the history and personality of the Tea Party groups as a sort of defense for the IRS. I always find Hypocrisy to be an interesting mental characteristic.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Cogsys. | May 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      This case should never have been failed. Through a series of political machinations, the case was snatched from the grand jury and given to an overly-ambitious special prosecutor.

      There was no crime committed that night except a vicious assault by a now-deceased young black male.

      If Zimmerman was black, we’d never have even heard about this.

    The politically-biased portrayal of the characters of both Martin & Zimmerman needs to set straight in the courtroom.

    Quixotic77 | May 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    My first thought was the the picture of the gun is relevant to Martin’s tendency toward violence, which in turn is relevant to Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. But that’s wrong, because the claim of self-defense turns on the reasonableness of Zimmerman’s perception that he was in danger of getting killed or suffering grievous bodily injury, and that perception wasn’t shaped by cell-phone photos Zimmerman never saw (it was, rather, shaped by things such as Martin bashing his head on the sidewalk.)

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Quixotic77. | May 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      The photos are indicative of Trademark’s interests and behaviors, which are relevant to why GZ started observing him in the first place.

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