Will we see the Lead Investigator, Chris Serino, take the stand in the George Zimmerman trial? In reading the slew of motions filed by the State of Florida late on Friday, May 10th, one might think we won’t.
Headlines yesterday read the Prosecutor doesn’t want the trial to be about Trayvon Martin’s past troubles. That of course would be unfair to the defendant, in a case where self-defense is being claimed. The media, without any discovery being disclosed in March and April of 2012 reported repeatedly that Trayvon Martin, the young child, was a victim of a wannabe cop. Will the Judge help the State continue to portray Trayvon Martin as the innocent victim that night? We have seen zero evidence of what the State alleges in its Probable Cause Affidavit.
Since the State’s discovery started its slow roll out in May of 2012, it became clear that George Zimmerman was assaulted by this young man and it was George Zimmerman, who was looking out for his neighbors who was victimized by Trayvon Martin.
We will be in a fight to get the media, who long ago, decided Trayvon is the victim in this case and will look to protect his reputation because he died. If justice is to be served, the truth, the whole truth must be told in courtroom 5D in Seminole County.
A summary of the filings by the State are as follows:
Regarding Trayvon Martin
Here, the state asks the court to prohibit any mention during trial of “certain facts or opinions associated with Trayvon Martin,” including whether the 17-year-old:
- Had ever been suspended from school
- Had previously used or communicated about marijuana
- Had ever allegedly been in a fight;
- Had ever posted or had “screen names” on social media
- Had ever possessed or worn a set of false gold teeth
- Any aspect of Martin’s school records, or his performance in school
- Any text messages Martin sent or received before the day he was shot
- Any text messages Martin sent or received on Feb. 26, 2012, “until the relevance and admissibility of the same has been ruled upon by the court.”
The state argues such evidence is irrelevant to the trial and the events surrounding his death.
No talk of failure to call witnesses
Prosecutors want to block the defense from implying that the state failed to call a witness because their testimony would be unfavorable to the prosecution.
No talk of “appropriate penalty”
Here, the state wants to block the defense from mentioning Zimmerman’s possible punishment if he is found guilty.
The maximum sentence George Zimmerman faces if convicted is life in prison. Prosecutors don’t want that to affect the jury’s decision of whether Zimmerman is guilty or not guilty of second-degree murder.
In the same motion, the state also said the defense should be prohibited from “insinuating that any juror should disregard the law,” or implying that a jury has the power to pardon a defendant.
No mention of marijuana in Trayvon’s blood
The state wants to block any mention of any possible traces of marijuana in Trayvon Martin’s blood on the night he was killed.
The motion says: “No witness has suggested that the level of marijuana reflected in the victim’s blood sample has any bearing whatsoever on the cause of his death. Nor is there any evidence to suggest the victim ingested the marijuana at or even near the time of death; that he was under the influence; or that being under the influence would in any way be relevant to the actions of either vict
No “self-serving hearsay”
The state wants to block any “hearsay” statements Zimmerman may have made to witnesses. Evidence deemed hearsay is generally not allowed in court. This motion cites a previous Florida ruling that a defendant’s testimony that he had no prior convictions is “an improper attempt to introduce evidence of general character or reputation.”
No witness opinions on guilt or innocence
The state wants to make sure the defense does not attempt to ask witnesses whether they think George Zimmerman is guilty, or their opinion regarding his being charged.
The motion cites a previous Florida ruling that “a witness’ opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the accused is not admissible.”
No talk of Zimmerman’s lack of prior felony convictions
The state doesn’t want the defense to be allowed to mention that George Zimmerman had no previous felony convictions. This motion cites a previous Florida ruling that a defendant’s testimony that he had no prior convictions is “an improper attempt to introduce evidence of general character or reputation.”
State wants Defense to Turn over Reciprocal Discovery
The state wants the defense to turn over discovery. The motion isn’t specific on what discovery.
State’s Response to Evidentiary Hearing
The State says a “Frye” hearing isn’t needed by rather experts should be deposed. A Frye hearing is a pretrial hearing to determine if evidence obtained pursuant to a new theory or methodology should be admitted or excluded during the trial.
After reading the State’s motions to the court, it is clear they know who Trayvon Martin was. They know the Trayvon Martin that George Zimmerman came upon on the night of February 26, 2012 and they want to keep that young man from the jury. As we all get to know more about the Trayvon that George met that night, we know more about why the parents keep harping on George getting out of the car. They knew what effect that action would have on their son. They knew that George put himself in danger because they knew their son. Getting out of your car to keep an eye on a stranger in the neighborhood does not justify a beat-down. It’s shameful that the State of Florida is behaving as though it does.
We await the higher court’s decision on deposing Mr. Crump. If you haven’t submitted a vote, please do so and let us know your prediction.
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