May 31, 2013

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George’s team posted an update yesterday, the defense fund brought in $12,000 in the first day. 10% of the goal. Awesome job everyone! IIRC, on April 12th, 2012, GZ’s appeal for donations resulted in $72,000 for that day. Let’s repeat that so we can focus on the facts again. Donations are needed. Even $5 helps. Please give if you can and use your voice to ask others to help. For those who are able, please make a donation to the defense fund. Thank you for helping.

For newcomers, please know that racist remarks will be trashed. If you are presenting yourself as a George Zimmerman supporter, please keep in mind this man is in a fight for his life. Conduct yourself in a way that won’t bring heartache and/or embarrassment to the Zimmerman family.

Anyone who wants to share something privately, email me at nettles@bell.net

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May 30, 2013

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George’s team posted an update yesterday, the defense fund is broke. Donations are needed. Please give if you can and use your voice to ask others to help. For those who are able, please make a donation to the defense fund. Thank you for helping.

For newcomers, please know that racist remarks will be trashed. If you are presenting yourself as a George Zimmerman supporter, please keep in mind this man is in a fight for his life. Conduct yourself in a way that won’t bring heartache and/or embarrassment to the Zimmerman family.

May 29, 2013

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May 30, 2013 is the deadline for short-order motions.  http://www.flcourts18.org/PDF/Press_Releases/Amended%20Scheduling%20Order.pdf A week ago we discussed possible motions in limine the defense should file such as:

  1. No young pictures of Trayvon
  2. Prevent State from mentioning waiver of SYG Immunity hearing
  3. All events which occurred prior to the actual physical confrontation should be excluded, as they do not have bearing on the elements of 2nd degree murder or self defense.
  4. No mention of ‘blogs’ that comment on the case or supposed ‘doxing’ or any theoretical relationship between such blogs and the defense, GZ and/or his family,
  5. No suggestion of GZ lying or attacking his credibility by referencing Shellie’s perjury charge
  6.  No reference to the jail calls or any suggestion that the ‘code’ was used with the intent to hide money from the court
  7. No mention of Neighborhood Watch Duties as GZ wasn’t patrolling that night
  8. No calling GZ a murderer since that hasn’t been proven.
  9. No mention of GZ’s prior encounters with LE
  10. MOTION IN LIMINE TO PROHIBIT PREJUDICIAL TERMINOLOGY – Seeks to prevent the state from using the term “profiled” since it has the capability to prejudice the jury without providing any evidence that it is illegal. In other words, even if Zimmerman did “profile” Trayvon, he didn’t commit a crime in doing so, and so it would be unfairly prejudicial to him for the state to use that term which carries an implication that the “profiler” is doing something wrong or illegal.
  11. MOTION IN LIMINE TO PREVENT PREJUDICIAL MISCHARACTERIZATION OF DISPATCHER COMMENT – prevents the state or any witness from saying that George Zimmerman was told or commanded not to follow Trayvon Martin or that he was told to get back in his truck, etc. – not only because it was not a “command” from the dispatcher, but also because following Trayvon Martin was not a crime. George was simply following the dispatcher’s earlier instruction (which actually was a command) to “just let me know if this guy does anything else.”
  12. MOTION IN LIMINE TO PROHIBIT WITNESS SPECULATION AS TO MOTIVATION – to keep  any witness and the state from offering any speculation that George Zimmerman was suspicious of Trayvon Martin because of his skin color or because of the hoodie that he was wearing. There is no evidence that suggests either of those is true, and it would be severely prejudicial to George for anyone to speculate in front of the jury that George was motivated by those factors.
  13. MOTION IN LIMINE TO LIMIT MISCHARACTERIZATIONS OF DEFENDANT’S ACTIONS – seeks to prohibit the state or any witness from using the terms “murdered,” “in cold blood,” “like a dog,” “hunted,” and other terms that do not reflect the facts of the case but are severely prejudicial against defendant.
  14. MOTION IN LIMINE TO PROHIBIT DISCUSSION OF PENDING LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST THIRD PARTY – Seeks to prevent the state from discussing alleged crimes committed by third parties, since no such alleged crime could possibly have any bearing on the events that transpired inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes on February 26, 2012.
  15. No mention of GZ’s prescription drugs or theoretical side effects of those drugs.
  16. MOTION IN LIMINE TO REQUIRE CLEAR COMMUNICATIONS – Requires the state to ask clear and concise questions that can be answered with simple responses.  Limits the compound questions that the state has shown a propensity to ask during cross-examination of defense counsel.

What are your thoughts? What motions in limine would you recommend to the Defense to file?

Any predictions on when we’ll hear from the 5th DCA about deposing Mr. Crump?

May 28, 2013

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George Zimmerman’s Legal Team in Court at 9:00 am EST today.

Today’s hearing is expected to go all day.  If the defense team is successful in getting a Frye hearing the Judge has set court time aside on June 6th and June 7th.

I have no expectations from the Judge and whatever happens, we’ll deal with it.  I won’t be able to watch the hearing today but will peek in throughout the day.  If anyone gets this recorded and posted it would be extremely appreciated.

Obstacles the defense is up against:

  • The State of Florida brought 2nd degree murder charges with these facts
  • The State of Florida is playing games with discovery
  • The Judge sent a message she won’t stop these games
  • A Judge who is sympathetic to the State of Florida
  • An uncooperative family lawyer
  • What is still unknown
  • Political Influence
  • Lack of time
  • Lack of money

Possible Links to Live Streams (Thanks Carole):

WAT~ http://wildabouttrial.com/trial_videos/watch-the-george-zimmerman-hearing-live/

Local WFT~ http://www.wftv.com/s/watchlive/

Click Orlando~ http://www.clickorlando.com/news/-/1637132/19533480/-/fm5b93z/-/index.html

I will not be able to watch today’s hearing due to work demands.  I will peek in throughout the day.  I wish the legal team all the best of luck in forcing the Judge to give this man a fair hearing.

Diwataman has done a great job in a thread on his blog to prepare for the May 28th hearing.  You can find all the resources there on what motions will be taken up with the court and he has links to live streaming.  As always thanks for your work and effort Diwataman.  http://diwataman.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/george-zimmerman-hearing-may-28-2013/

Judge Nelson has been known to start early if everyone is there so I recommend you be ready early too.

For newcomers, please know that racist remarks will be trashed. If you are presenting yourself as a George Zimmerman supporter, please keep in mind this man is in a fight for his life. Conduct yourself in a way that won’t bring heartache and/or embarrassment to the Zimmerman family.

If you’d like to share something privately, you can email me at nettles@bell.net

For those who are able, please make a donation to the defense fund. Thank you for helping.

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Minute-by-minute updates from the hearing

This has been copied from local Channel 13 news. Let me know for those who watched the hearing if anything is inaccurate. I will post a correction.

9 a.m.

Court is in session. George Zimmerman is not present.

9:10 a.m.

Judge Debra Nelson grants the state’s motion regarding opinion as to appropriate penalty or disregard of law. The defense may not mention to the jury what possible punishment Zimmerman may face if he is found guilty.

The defense also may not imply that a jury has the power to pardon a defendant.

Motion GRANTED: The defense cannot imply that the state failed to call a witness because their testimony would be unfavorable to the prosecution. Cboldt added: The defense can remark that the state didn’t call the witness, if the defense calls the witness. O’Mara made that point, that point is clear in case law, and Nelson agreed.

Motion GRANTED: The defense cannot mention George Zimmerman’s lack of previous felony convictions during opening statements.

9:20 a.m.

Motion GRANTED: “Self-serving” hearsay statements George Zimmerman may have made to witnesses is not allowed in opening statements. Other possible hearsay will be ruled upon as they come up during testimony.

Judge now hearing the various items on the state’s motion regarding Trayvon Martin separately.

GRANTED: Talk of whether Trayvon Martin was ever suspended from school is not allowed during opening statements, but could be allowed as evidence during testimony.

GRANTED: No talk of whether Trayvon Martin previously used marijuana is allowed at trial.

9:30 a.m.

GRANTED: No talk of whether Trayvon Martin had ever allegedly been in a fight before the night of the shooting is allowed in opening statements.

GRANTED: Trayvon Martin’s social media accounts cannot be mentioned during opening statements, but may be admissible later if found to be relevant to witnesses’ testimony.

GRANTED: No talk of whether Trayvon Martin ever possessed or wore a set of false gold teeth is allowed.

GRANTED: Trayvon Martin’s school records or performance cannot be mentioned during opening statements, but may be admissible later if found to be relevant to testimony.

GRANTED: No talk of any text messages Trayvon Martin sent or received before or on the day he was shot is allowed until the court rules the information relevant.

9:40 a.m.

GRANTED: No talk is allowed in opening statements that Trayvon Martin tested positive for marijuana at the time of his death.

9:50 a.m.

The judge is now hearing the defense’s arguments for an anonymous jury, a move attorney Mark O’Mara says is to protect jurors, especially if George Zimmerman is acquitted.

10 a.m.

Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda argues he thinks both sides are entitled to find out who the jurors are.

Media attorney Scott Ponce argues jury selection is an open process and should not be closed to the media.

Judge Debra Nelson rules the jury will not be sequestered, but says the jurors may only be identified by their numbers, not their names, during the trial. The judge adds the media may not photograph the jurors during the trial.

O’Mara says because this is an “extraordinarily” high-profile case, he believes the entire jury should be sequestered. He mentioned the media’s interest in the jurors who convicted Jodi Arias earlier in May of murdering her ex-boyfriend in Arizona.

10:10 a.m.

Motion DENIED: Jurors will not be brought to the scene of the shooting at the Retreat at Twin Lakes. Judge Nelson called the notion of taking a jury to the crime scene “a logistical nightmare.”

Motion GRANTED: The defense’s additional witnesses have been approved, but must be made available for deposition.

10:20 a.m.

Judge Nelson hears arguments on a state audio expert’s fee of more than $3,000. The defense says it’s too much, but the judge says, “It’s very hard for the court to tell somebody how to earn a living.” Nelson rules she will not establish the expert’s fee for him.

10:30 a.m.

Judge Nelson schedules another hearing this Friday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. regarding whether the media can photograph jurors outside of the courtroom. This hearing could set precedence for all Florida court cases.

10:40 a.m.

Regarding the defense’s motion for sanctions against the state Attorney’s Office, the defense calls Wesley White, a Nassau County attorney, to testify. White worked for state attorney Angela Corey, but resigned last year.

Mark O’Mara asks White about photos on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone of a gun, Trayvon with an underage female, and what White identified as “drugs.” White said he contacted the defense to tell them that the state had not turned over those photos.

Judge Nelson triest to delay hearing that motion until May 31, but because prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda says he cannot be there that day.

The sets aside two more hearing dates for June 6–7, the final weekdays before jury selection is scheduled to begin. The media’s motion on photographing jurors remains scheduled for May 31.

The judge moves on to the state’s third motion for a gag order. De La Rionda claims Mark O’Mara’s public comments on the case are tainting the jury pool.

10:50 a.m.

Regarding the state’s gag order, Mark O’Mara acknowledges that defense attorney Don West made a mistake when he talked about a meeting in the judge’s chambers with attorneys on both sides.

Motion DENIED: No gag order on the defense, though Judge Nelson did express her anger that the defense talked publicly about information that was not supposed to leave her chambers, including that she was considering sequestering the jury.

The judge now begins hearing the defense’s motion to delay the trial. O’Mara says he needs more time to review recently released discovery, claiming the state hasn’t been turning over evidence promptly.

10:55 a.m.

Motion DENIED: Judge Nelson will not delay the George Zimmerman trial, saying both sides have previously indicated that they will have sufficient time to prepare for a June 10 trial. Nelson adds she has just scheduled two more hearings before jury selection begins.

11:05 a.m.

Judge Nelson wraps up the hearing. Next hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 31, regarding the media’s question as to whether jurors can be photographed outside of court.

Thank you to Coreshift for getting the hearing recorded.

May 27, 2013

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George Zimmerman’s Legal Team prepares to do battle tomorrow!

This small team and it’s support staff have my gratitude and thanks for the work they are doing to stop the injustice we are witnessing.  I get overwhelmed at times when I think of the force against you. I can only imagine what’s going on in your war room.

Obstacles

  • The State of Florida brought 2nd degree murder charges with these facts
  • The State of Florida is playing games with discovery
  • The Judge sent a message she won’t stop these games
  • A Judge who is sympathetic to the State of Florida
  • An uncooperative family lawyer
  • What is still unknown
  • Political Influence
  • Lack of time
  • Lack of money

I post on a number of places online and want the legal team to know you have the thanks and appreciation of many for the job you are doing.  I am noticing in the news the reporting for the most part is looking to present a fair and balanced account since your reciprocal has come out.  That is totally due to your work and your diligence to uncover evidence that has been in the hands of law enforcement since that night; Trayvon’s phone.

I will not be able to watch Tuesday’s hearing.  I have interviews scheduled throughout the day but will peek in between appointments.  I wish the team all the best of luck in getting the Judge motivated to give this man a fair hearing.

Diwataman has done a great job in a thread on his blog to prepare for the May 28th hearing.  You can find all the resources there on what motions will be taken up with the court and he has links to live streaming.  As always thanks for your work and effort Diwataman.  http://diwataman.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/george-zimmerman-hearing-may-28-2013/

During hearings, I usually talk on facebook with friends.  The link is on the sidebar.  New friends would be very welcomed.

Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends and sock it to them in court on Tuesday Team Zimmerman!

For newcomers, please know that racist remarks will be trashed. If you are presenting yourself as a George Zimmerman supporter, please keep in mind this man is in a fight for his life. Conduct yourself in a way that won’t bring heartache and/or embarrassment to the Zimmerman family.

If you’d like to share something privately, you can email me at nettles@bell.net

For those who are able, please make a donation to the defense fund. Thank you for helping.

May 26, 2013

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend to my American Friends.  I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

While demanding the truth of what happened the night of February 26, 2012 these parents were lying to police who were conducting the investigation.  In my opinion, these parents owe the City of Sanford and it’s police department an apology for sending their son into town on a bus and leaving him unsupervised, while serving a major school suspension.

For newcomers, please know that racist remarks will be trashed. If you are presenting yourself as a George Zimmerman supporter, please keep in mind this man is in a fight for his life. Conduct yourself in a way that won’t bring heartache and/or embarrassment to the Zimmerman family.

If you’d like to share something privately, you can email me at nettles@bell.net

For those who are able, please make a donation to the defense fund. Thank you for helping.

May 25, 2013

Justice

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to my American Friends.  I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

We still await the 5th DCA decision.  I’m curious to watch how this issue hanging over the court on Tuesday has any affect, if any, on the proceedings. I’m sure those from the higher court will be watching the Judge and the lawyers.  

In reading through Trayvon’s texts released in the 3rd Supplemental, I noted two more things I haven’t seen discussed anywhere else.  Sybrina texted him that his Dad would be there on Friday.  Trayvon asked how much money she was going to send him.  She said $50 if you are good.  Not bad for a suspended kid looking to buy a gun huh?  The second thing I noted, was GZ Witness “U” is a friend of Trayvon’s who asked Trayvon to teach them how to fight.  So his skills were so good, others went to him to perfect their skills.

Thank you to Yancy Faith for the heads up of a shooting of a 11 year old student shot in Miami-Dade today.  http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/24/3415153/student-shot-in-leg-at-south-florida.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

If the Martin/Fulton family had of taken an honest look at what occurred the night of Feb. 26th, perhaps they could alert other parents in their area that kids are getting guns into their hands, sometimes with the help of the parents.  This of course, could lead to less kids dying.

Yesterday, the defense filed defense response to state motion about admissibility of Martin attributes.  On each point raised by the State, the Defense gives great examples on how the facts are true and relevant.  Most interesting was the new news that W8 and Trayvon were angry and hostile toward one another on February 26th which will provide a fuller understanding of who George Zimmerman intersected with that night.  This contradicts what W8 told Mr. Crump in the March 19th interview.

For newcomers, please know that racist remarks will be trashed. If you are presenting yourself as a George Zimmerman supporter, please keep in mind this man is in a fight for his life. Conduct yourself in a way that won’t bring heartache and/or embarrassment to the Zimmerman family.

If you’d like to share something privately, you can email me at nettles@bell.net

For those who are able, please make a donation to the defense fund. Thank you for helping.