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    Attorney Andrew Branca to Critique “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story”

    Attorney Andrew Branca to Critique “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story”

    IndieGoGo funding for expert review of documentary produced by Jay-Z and Trayvon’s parents.

    It’s hard to believe, but my first post here at Legal Insurrection was on June 5, 2013. Naturally, it was a post covering the murder trial of George Zimmerman, after Professor Jacobson noticed some of my comments on his own posts and kindly invited me to contribute to the site.

    I ended up watching every moment of the trial and reviewing every piece of evidence, and wrote about the trial and surrounding events rather extensively.

    (Defense attorney Mark O’Mara during Zimmerman trial)

    Over the intervening five-plus years I’ve heard from perhaps hundreds of people that they first became aware of Legal Insurrection as a result of my posts covering that trial, and had remained followers ever since. It’s always very humbling.

    Today, the Professor has again extended a very kind invitation to me, as I try something new at Law of Self Defense … our first-ever group funding effort. Specifically, we’re group funding my prospective expert review of the “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” documentary produced by Jay-Z and Trayvon Martin’s parents, amongst others.

    The six-episode documentary starts tonight, and although it’s theoretically possible it will be a truthful telling of the events surrounding Trayvon’s death and the trial of George Zimmerman that followed, my expectations for that are relatively low (/sarc). Hence the interest in a critique by someone with the legal expertise and personal knowledge to separate truth from propaganda, myths, and outright lies–yours truly.

    For relatively modest contributions starting as low as $10 we’re offering a legal review of each episode in vide and audio formats, a written review of each episode in PDF form, and a compiled printed-and-bound book-type compilation of all six episodes with a personalized autograph from me. Our funding goal for a definite “GO” on this project is $1,000, and we’re most of the way there already ($792 as I write this!), but we’ll continue to make the review content available to more donors even above and beyond the project goal (naturally).

    So, if this sounds at all interesting, you can learn a lot more of the details, and perhaps even become a funder of our efforts, here:

    Thanks for all your support, and a particular thanks to Professor Jacobson for his ongoing kindness and generosity.


    Attorney Andrew F. Branca
    Law of Self Defense LLC

    Learn more about self-defense law from Attorney Andrew F. Branca and Law of Self Defense LLC by visiting the Law of Self Defense Patreon page for both free and paid-access content, and by viewing his free weekly Law of Self Defense Show.

    Update [AFB]: Holy cow, we blew through our initial fundraising goal of $1,000 less than two hours after first launching the campaign. That makes this project a definite “GO.” Thanks, folks, your ongoing support is truly humbling. Of course, I’m not one to sit on my laurels, so we’ve added a “stretch funding goal.”  If we hit $10,000 in total funding we’ll produce a DVD of our video critique/review of the documentary, so folks can have a physical video product.  Our $30 contributors will get the DVD for free, $20 contributors for an additional $10, etc. Non-funders will pay the list price of $50, by current plans.)


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    Char Char Binks | July 31, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I read the book. The deceit was horrendous.

    Albigensian | July 31, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    very divisive and loaded propaganda “documentary.”

    Is there any other kind? Has anyone ever made a “documentary” about any politically sensitive subject that was not propaganda?

    At best an honest documentary will show you the truth (but not the whole truth), for you can only look where the camera points and can hardly see what’s off-screen. You see what the director wants to to see, even as the medium creates an illusion of omniscience.

    Film (and its newer relative, video) excels at conveying emotion but has never been much good for expressing reasoned argument; when used for non-fiction, it is inherently propagandistic.

    Although books may be (and have been) used for propaganda, print is just nowhere near as well suited to his as it’s always all too obvious that a book is just ink on paper, and thus the illusion that you’re somehow an eyewitness to what’s depicted is severely limited.

    The problem, methinks, is with the very word “documentary,” and its inevitable confusion with its cognate “document.” What’s needed is a new word, something like “visual agitprop” but perhaps shorter and to-the-point.

    Doubtful they will cover the real reason he’s dead. He was the son of two degenerates. Through no effort in their parenting, he was a young man running full speed in the wrong direction.

    A life was taken. I don’t deny the truth in the Texan defense, but the problem is, we have too many running full speed in the wrong direction.

    J Mann | August 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Count me in – I don’t remember if I found this site through your postings or Prof. Jacobson’s, but I’m always delighted when I see one of your posts, which are always well informed and almost always thought provoking.

    I’d love to hear some good advice for kids who feel alienated or threatened by the cops. One would be to call 911 if you feel threatened (I guess unless you’ve hurt someone; then call a laywer!) – IMHO, the fact that Zimmerman called and Martin called his friend was one of the big differences. If nothing else, you make a permanent record of what you were doing at the time of a conflict.

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