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    A verdict has been returned in Florida v. Zimmerman:

    NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

    The State prosecutors, including the until recently rarely-seen Angela Corey, are currently providing interviews to the press, essentially re-arguing their catastrophically failed courtroom arguments. From this commentator's perspective, they are simply in complete denial and/or in full-blown CYA mode, no matter how often they say they respect the decision of the jury. It is also remarkable how frequently both Angela Corey and Bernie de la Rionda are explicitly re-affirming their support of the Second Amendment and self-defense--perhaps they sense the "seething rage, ill-will, spite, and hatred" they may well have engendered among the community of law-abiding gun-owners and CWL owners in Florida. Reactions from around the web can be found at this post: includes press conference videos of key people connected to the trial, photos of demonstrators outside the Florida courthouse, tweets/photos/videos related to current and scheduled "Justice for Trayvon" marches, verdict reactions from Twitter and embedded feeds for key Twitter hashtags. It will continue to be updated. The Prof. will have his post in the morning as he's stuck at O'Hare Airport now, but quickly adds:
    The just verdict was reached. As I have said repeatedly, this was a case that never should have been brought. It's not too early to demand an inquiry into the prosecution of this case. Angela Corey should resign.
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    Well, here we are: Verdict Watch. The jury has been charged in Florida v. Zimmerman, and have begun their deliberations. The verdict form is here. Final Jury Instructions here. Last night they asked for an inventory list of the evidence--which makes sense given the dozens of witnesses and hundreds of exhibits. Now, we here at Legal Insurrection (and Law of Self Defense) are on stand-by ready to jump into action as soon as news emerges, whether that is the verdict itself or some lesser item. The video feeds located below the fold will be active when the broadcasters that control them feel there is something worth streaming.) In a breaking development, the Special Prosecutor's Office of Angela Corey has fired the IT specialist who blew the whistle on the prosecution's concealment of evidence:
    State Attorney Angela Corey fired her office’s information technology director Friday after he testified last month about being concerned prosecutors did not turn over information to George Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. On the same day attorneys finished their closing arguments in that nationally watched trial, a state attorney investigator went to Ben Kruidbos’ home about 7:30 a.m. to hand-deliver a letter stating Kruidbos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office.”
    The letter is here. (WAJ adds) This has been a dirty prosecution in so many ways, so no one should be surprised that as soon as the jury went into deliberations the retaliation began.

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    All the closing arguments are now completed, and in a few moments the jury will be instructed, and then sent into deliberations. We will be covering the jury charge live here on streaming video, along with our usual twitter feed. Once the jury goes into deliberations, we will be prepared to cover any breaking news, and of course both the Professor and I will be active covering the trial conclusion on Twitter.

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    Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below. [caption id="attachment_58489" align="alignnone" width="305"]Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 10.53.41 AM Mark O'Mara defense counsel, Florida v. Zimmerman[/caption] This morning Mark O'Mara is to present the defense's closing arguments, striving to raise at least as much reasonable doubt of guilt as the prosecution achieved yesterday in its own closing statement, an analysis (and video) of which can be found here:

    State’s Closing Argument: Two Hours of Raising Doubt

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    The Court has released the final Jury Instructions that will be read to the jury this afternoon. For background on the argument leading up to the instructions, see Zimmerman Trial:  The Jury Instructions. If Zimmerman wins, these sections of the Instructions likely will be decisive (full Instructions...

    Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below. The State is scheduled to begin its closing argument at 1:30PM today, and the defense tomorrow morning. By tomorrow afternoon the jury should have been charged and begun their deliberations. [caption id="attachment_58364" align="alignnone" width="500"]Judge Nelson, Florida v. Zimmerman Judge Nelson, Florida v. Zimmerman[/caption] We covered this morning's charging hearing here:

    Zimmerman Trial Day 13: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Closing Argument

    And posted up a general overview of the various jury instructions here:

    Zimmerman Trial: The Jury Instructions

    We also have brief summaries of the previous day's events Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow along with links to more detailed posts below the second video feed at the bottom of this post. In addition, last night Professor Jacobson posted an analysis of the racial politics driving the Zimmerman prosecution, here:

    Racial politics supported by State power come down on George Zimmerman

    Also, a quick note, in thanks to the Professor and all of you I've put in place a 10% discount/free shipping coupon for Legal Insurrection followers interested in "The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition"--use code LOSD2-LI at checkout.

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    Breaking:  Charge on Murder 3/Child Abuse is denied by Judge Nelson This morning the Court in Florida v. Zimmerman conducted a hearing to finalize the instructions that will guide the jury on arriving at a verdict. While some of the instructions were long-expected and raised little...

    Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below. This morning is the charging conference, in which the State and defense will argue about the specific charges on which the jury is to be instructed. The options are second degree murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assault. The defense wishes a charge only on second degree murder, the State prefers the latter two charges also be considered. The State is scheduled to begin its closing argument at 1:00PM today, and the defense tomorrow morning. By tomorrow afternoon the jury should have been charged and begun their deliberations. We also have brief summaries of the previous day's events Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow along links to detailed more posts below the second video feed at the bottom of this post. [caption id="attachment_58318" align="alignnone" width="500"]George Zimmerman with Don West stating no more witnesses Defense attorney Don West and George Zimmerman[/caption] In addition, last night Professor Jacobson posted an analysis of the racial politics driving the Zimmerman prosecution, here:

    Racial politics supported by State power come down on George Zimmerman

    Also, a quick note, in thanks to the Professor and all of you I've put in place a 10% discount/free shipping coupon for Legal Insurrection followers interested in "The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition"--use code LOSD2-LI at checkout.

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