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Treyvan Martin Case Update: Zimmerman No Longer Seeks Immunity Under “Stand Your Ground” Law Prepares For Trial

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case update: Why Zimmerman’s lawyers abandoned the immunity hearing

Pre-trial immunity hearing
In shocking move, Zimmerman elects to skip immunity hearing that could have ended trial if ti found him to have acted according to Stand Your Ground law….Elects to go to trial instead.

ZIMMERMAN DEFENSE TEAM BACKS OUT OF IMMUNITY HEARING: IS THIS A SIGN?

Zimmerman’s defense team was due to have a pre-trial hearing where they argued there case that he should be immune from prosecution under Florida’s  stand your ground law next month.  His defense team has scrapped those plans in effort to better prepare for the actual trial which begins in June.  Zimmerman’s defense team would still be able to pursue the stand your ground defense if they chose to do so, it just won’t offer the immunity it would have if his defense team had been prepared.   Zimmerman has still plead “not guilty” and maintains that he shot Treyvan Martin in self defense for fear of his life.

Treyvan Martin would have turned 18 in February had he not been tragically killed a year ago.

WILL THEY BE PREPARED NEXT TIME?

lt will be interesting to see what happens by June, to me his defense teams failure to have been fully prepared and then canceling the pre-trial hearing which would have established his immunity from the actual trial based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida.  What little we have seen or heard from him or about the trial in general hasn’t come across as being very appealing in the way it presents him to the public.

Defense Team May Have Caught Break With Witness:

If this weren’t enough excitement, Zimmerman’s defense team will finally be able to question the girl who was on the phone with Martin, following her statement that she did not attend his service due to being hospitalized for trauma proven to be false.  This dishonesty could discredit any testimony she would give and potentially will disqualify her as a witness.

 

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Someone didn’t get the memo « Resist racism

 

http://resistracism.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/someone-didnt-get-the-memo/

 

I think that we have quite enough racism in the world, without young people doing there best to carry on that tradition for people.  I just don’t think there is any sense in that.  Here they are with the opportunity to better themselves at college, freeing themselves from the prejudices of their parents, their friends, or their families and they’re doing it because they think it’s funny.  Another glaring instance of just how prevalent racism still is in todays society was the CNN Camerawoman covering the RNC that had peanuts thrown at her and was told “that’s how we feed animals around here”.  Absolutely disgusting, but what was worse was the fact she said that it could have happened at either the DNC or the RNC, it could happen anywhere; we live under the assumption that society has progressed much further than we have actually allowed it to.  Unfortunately, she was absolutely right.

 

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained | Mother Jones

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin (Photo credit: G Laury Photography)

Mother Jones, consistently one of my favorite and most respected indpendant news sources came out with this article last month explaining the Trayvon Martin case according to the evidence available to the public now.  I know that MoJo said they would be updating the article regularly as new evidence becomes available.

This is a great resource for anyone unfamiliar with the case to become acquainted as well as bringing back up to date those of us who have allowed the increased clamor leading up to the General Election this novermber to push the case back onto the sideburner.  I still believe that the Trayvon Martin case and how it is handled is going to continue to prove a damning guidestick regarding the racist nature of our society and our legal system.  In regards to the source

Trayvon Martin is the new Emmett Till

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained | Mother Jones.

Judge Checks Zimmerman: Bail Revoked & Ordered Back To Jail!

George Zimmerman Ordered Back to Jail in Travyon Martin Case.

A judge recently ordered George Zimmerman to turn himself in to authorities after revoking his bail.  It appears that this came as a result of the large sum of money that Zimmerman had raised via the internet for his defense.  According to authorities they have a recording between Zimmerman and his wife discussing moving this sum of money from a PayPal account to a different account.  Zimmerman is now at trial for 2nd degree murder, for the tragic incident that resulted in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.  The circumstances surrounding this case caught the nation by storm, captivating audiences from coast to coast, especially the long gap between the incident and Zimmerman’s arrest.

Personally, I look at his bail being revoked as karma finally working its way back into the universe.  His free pass of over a month, before even being arrested, seems more than enough.  This whole case from start to finish has taken on the subtle overtones of a Ringling production, I keep waiting for the bearded lady to make her cameo, or shake hands with those who smell of cabbage.  Zimmerman was in hiding for an undisclosed length of time prior to being arrested under the auspices of it being for his own safety.  Strangely enough, he appears to have gone into hiding so well that his original lawyers lost contact with him.  Regardless of whether it was for his own safety or not, I would imagine that Zimmerman’s innate ability to channel Houdini would be cause enough to make the judge feel sketchy regarding his flight risk.  Combine his inner ninja with a very successful internet campaign to raise money for his defense, (the sum of which is uncertain to the best of my knowledge), and it would be a safe bet, he in fact does pose a flight risk.

Im going to go ahead and be honest about the fact it is extremely hard for me to stay unbiased on this case.  Many of the issues which I see to be central to the case, such as racism, beaurocratic incompetence and injustice, in addition to combatting them are very central to my beliefs.  Despite my first urge to demonize Zimmerman like a Jehova Witness going door to door during football season, without at least attempting to look at all the facts.  Even when looking at everything as objectively as possible, from a different point of view, I cant help but reach the same conclusion.

Regardless of all the media hype, or intense rhetoric surrounding the case from both sides, my belief is that he should have been tried for a lesser crime.  I feel that he 100% is responsible for what happened that night and needs to be held accountable.  If he would have followed the directions of law enforcement, he never could have come into harms way, even if harms way is a 17 yr old skittle toting madman.  His life and his property were not in jeapordy as the situation was described to police, he fulfilled his duty by notifying the proper authorities of “suspicious” activity.  By his desire to be there when the police arrived and “busted” the bad guy (again, 17 yr old skittle toting mad-man), he exhibited something more than someone just trying to do their civic duty.  George Zimmerman wanted to be a hero that night, but like many a man who set out to be a hero; things didn’t go his way (*allegedly).

George Zimmerman’s quest to be a hero, appears to have followed much the same path as his predecessor, Don Quixote, nothing but mishap.  Whether the loss of life included any sense of malice or pre-meditation, is for a jury to decide, but I think that there is at bare minimum a solid case for a variety of manslaughter charges to successfully be prosecuted.  Even if the death was purely accidental, he is still responsible for pulling out the gun and pulling the trigger.  Unfortunately, after the Johannes Mehserle case in Oakland, I don’t have very much faith in the justice system working out in favor of its namesake; especially when young African-American males are concerned.

Also, I really can’t stand the current treatment given the young victim by the media in all this.  After becoming a martyr through the early reports of the crime, things have come full circle.  Currently, it is much more likely to hear young Martin’s character be dragged through the mud, than to hear him spoken of as an innocent victim.  I remember hearing recently that Trayvon Martin’s toxicology screening was made public…Not only do I see this as being pointless, I feel like it has become character assassination upon someone who has absolutely no opportunity to defend themselves.  For all I’m concerned (for all anyone should be for that matter)  this kid could have smoked like he was on tour with Ice T. or Cypress Hill.  What he does on his free time holds absolutely zero relevance on the events that followed.  He could have lit up directly in front of the neighborhood watch and it wouldn’t matter.  Zimmerman was not designated, or trained to follow him, nor does he hold any official title which would require him to do so.  He was somebody attempting to be a good Samaritan, and things went wrong, good intentions do NOT excuse what followed.

It just makes me really sad that there are people out there who for whatever reason will never be able to look at this young man as a victim, regardless of the evidence.  Trayvon Martin’s right to stand HIS ground is rarely spoken of, the NRA isn’t spinning it as if he would have lived if he had been packing.  No its Zimmerman and HIS right to stand his ground….even if the ground hes standing is moving apparently…  Are we really scared of black youth to such a degree these days?  To where peoples first reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later? (even the police)  Each and every negative aspect about his character will be more than enough for bigotry to hammer another nail into the coffin.  This whole spin that perhaps Martin was a drug dealer is so ludicrous I mean seriously people; how many scary pot dealers or smokers do you know?  Allowing the report that the 17 year old kid had marijuana in his system to dominate or taint the conversation, provides only a temporary distraction to the real issues;

Having been 17 once, I can assure you, the people who did not have THC in their system at one point or another at my school were the exception and not the rule.  Does that mean that any one of my classmates deserved to be shot and killed as they walked home from a 7-11 by a self-appointed neighborhood vigilante?  I should hope not.  I’m not making any judgements about Zimmerman’s character or intentions, he just exercised poor judgement, resulting in the death of an innocent kid and he’s gonna have to pay the piper sooner or later.  It appears the judge agrees with me about the sooner part…

Heres some more of my commentary on this sad soap opera;

Trayvon Marin/ Emmitt Till:

Breaking News:

Prequel:

There’s No Justice for Trayvon in Violence – News – GOOD

In Justice
In Justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s No Justice for Trayvon in Violence – News – GOOD.

I don’t know why people continue to need to be taught the lessons from the days of “King”.  Rioting, and violence, accomplish nothing especially not making your point for you.  Acting stupid, even if you have just cause to, will only breed more stupidity

George Zimmerman: Neighbourhood says it was in fear before Trayvon Martin shooting

 

A neighborhood watch sign attached to a door.
A neighborhood watch sign attached to a door. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite this (if it is even entirely accurate something to which I have doubts with all the blame the victim stuff going on), I still feel that Zimmerman needs to serve time for the death of the unarmed Treyvan Martin. He was not LEGALLY appointed to any legitimate/recognized neighborhood watch affiliation. He did not undergo special training to infer whether someone was guilty of anything other than looking suspicious, didn’t take any special training period, other than that required to receive his concealed firearm permit…. He escalated the situation which led to the death of an unarmed person and he should have to serve time. Just as someone who is negligent with their driving would be held accountable through vehicular manslaughter if it resulted in the death of someone (accidental or not). Zimmerman should at the very least be held accountable for manslaughter due to the tragic result of his decision to disregard law enforcement, and take the law into his own hands.

‘Overcharging’ George Zimmerman?

Unfortunately I am inclined to believe this. I have the sinking feeling that they will fail to prove sufficient intent and in some way he will get off the hook. I feel like they really have a slam dunk manslaughter case, and I am all for them pursuing a higher charge, but with the caveat that it does not gamble away the possibility of Zimmerman serving ANY time in jail. Kinda rings a bell, eerily similar to somebody else we all know. I sorta feel like I’m repeating myself. la-la-la- (maybe if I just cover my ears it will all go away). All we can do is continue to watch and hope to ensure that justice is done.

Anderson Cooper 360

Without a grand jury, Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey determined the second-degree murder charge for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. Some believe this is another instance of Corey zealously overcharging as she has done in the past .

CNN’s Gary Tuchman looks at another controversial case involving Corey and charges she issued against a 12-year-old boy. Cristian Fernandez is being tried as an adult on a first-degree murder charge for the death of his 2-year-old brother. He’s the youngest person in Florida to be charged as an adult for murder.

When first imprisoned, he was placed in solitary confinement in an adult jail before a judge agreed to move him to a juvenile facility. If convicted, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

When asked about the decision, Corey said, “We want the public to understand at this point we have no choice” She also believes it’s necessary…

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It’s Time for the R E A L Question. What’s it Gonna Be?

Alright Folks, Play-time is OV-ER!

I Would appreciate it if all the fine, charming, intelligent denizens of WordPress would honor me with some assistance.  If I have sufficiently stroked your ego’s I was hoping that you, my fine friends, could help satisfy my personal curiosity (and perhaps your own) by giving 2.3 minutes of your time.

Lets Play a Little Game;

Seeing as how George Zimmerman has finally at least been arrested for the death (accidental, or otherwise) of unarmed teenager Treyvan Martin, what next?  
 
Is He Guilty? Innocent? Will he be convicted? or will this be yet another miscarriage of justice from a state whose middle name must be FAILURE…. only recently getting clear of the “you-know-who shit-storm” ( and no, I don’t mean Voldemort).
 
Chime in, voice your opinion and see how it stacks up to that of your neighbor!

George Zimmerman lawyers withdraw from Trayvon Martin case after losing contact with their client

Another interesting development in this sad soap-opera.  Could things possibly get any more strange?  (dont answer that).  I forgot that we’re talking about the state of sunshine, oranges, retired people, and baby killers (I’m sure the distinction between the last two isnt always so cut and dry

Modern Day Lynching:Trayvon Martin is Emmitt Till of our Generation

It Must Be Something In That Swamp Water:

I was checking my daily news feeds when I chanced upon this which is the most personally sickening thing (to me) to come out of the “great” state of Florida.  This is saying something, because this is the very same ass-backwards state where twelve idiots voted to acquit a woman (who I wont give the satisfaction or publicity of naming), despite pretty compelling evidence of wrongdoing to the tune of criminal negligence at the least.

Casey Anthony has been booked into the Orange ...
Casey Anthony has been booked into the Orange County Jail and is being held without bail on charges of child neglect, filing false official information and obstructing an investigation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/20/justice-department-to-investigate-fatal-shooting-of-trayvon-martin/

Alright alright, I know that I’m a little late to the game but this is a truly tragic tale.  It’s the story about the murder of an unarmed adolescent at the hands of an adult with a firearm. 17-year-old Trayvan Martin (African-American) shot in the chest and killed on the night of February 26th, at the hands of George Zimmerman 28, as he was returning to a friends from the local 7-11.  Trayvan had gone to buy snacks, much as you would expect any “teenager” to do.  Understandably, this is a story which has swept and split the nation, about that age ol’ issue we can’t seem to outrun, or ignore, no matter how hard we try to…..RACE….  This case evokes such loud national outcry, near unanimous indignation, the likes of which we havent seen since the brutal murder and later  public funeral of young Emmett Till.  The Chicago youth murdered down in the Mississippi Delta while he was visiting family back in 1955.

            

15EmmettTillAfter
15EmmettTillAfter (Photo credit: Image Editor)

Eerily Similar To Emmet Till

The Till case served as an epochal moment, beginning the “Movement” for many people.  Pure, unabashed Southern racism and brutality on display for the whole world to see.  Due to the good ole’ boys atmosphere filled with white indifference that “horse and pony show” trial, which resulted was all that a negro could hope to receive in the Jim Crow south ofde jure segregation.

 This case, over a half century later, has captured notice of the nation   and illicits such an unanimously strong response, not for the multitude of    theories or sense that the plots thickening,…a classic case of “whodunnit”….No, it’s far worse than that.  It has captured all of our attention for the glaring lack of  such.  There is only one story, no alternate narrative, just one solitary explanation, the facts, plain and simple.

No second shooter on the grassy knoll here, just George Zimmerman. A murderer by any reasoned understanding of the term, yet he was never even placed under arrest by the Sanford police department.  They cited his claim that he acted in “self defense” as reasoning for the lack of such an arrest.  According to Florida state law he acted within his rights as far as the Sanford Police Department‘s concerned.  He’s licensed to carry a firearm, and he was only protecting himself…..(from the skittle toting boogeyman)….right?   Now I don’t know about any of you but I’ve had enough personal encounters with police and watched enough late night Law & Order to know the cops never take the first story someone gives them as complete unwavering truth.  Toss in the fact that this resulted in the loss of another human beings life and he should have at least spent the night in jail while they went over the evidence and his account of the events and made sure that “self defense” rang true.  Perhaps then, it would have dawned on them that his whole account is either total bullshit, or he’s mentally unstable.  I mean, completely insane, and I’m talkin bat-shit crazy here people.  The “self defense” defense kinda goes out the window when you are the one chasing the other person as they are running away from you.  You’re the one packin heat, trying to play hero and save your neighbors from the “black menace”, or whatever it is he convinced himself of.  Next thing you know he’ll say the twinkies made him do it….  I only say black menace because the majority of the 40 something calls he placed to the police involved…[drumroll]….[ding.ding.ding] you guessed it! African Americans.

Trayvan Deserves Justice:

Initially I began to look into this somewhat skeptically.  Assuming there stood good chance that it was being exaggerated and blown out of proportion.  I was fully prepared to have to separate fact from fiction in determining my own judgement.  All it took was one listen to the 911 tapes which were released.  Nearly instantly, I felt the need to vomit.  Its a taste that still clings between my cheeks unwilling to vacate until justice is served.  Very clearly you can hear the young boy yelling, no screaming out for help in sheer terror in the background as someone called police. And then you hear the gunshot that ended his suddenly truncated life, cut all too short by a man who dispatchers told to leave it to authorities. Perhaps it is the fact that most Americans when confronted with the facts of this case (which are the same in any article you read about it) have a similar response gastric response to mine which has led the government to assure the public that it will make sure that due process is observed and justice served…..  Assurances which hold absolutely no meaning on the 20th of March for a murder on the 26th of February.

Apparently Sanford Police didn’t get that administration or law enforcement memo, or the one from the rest of the world for that matter.  You know, the one that said “these times they are a chaaaangin” to quote Dylan, or that we now live in the 21st century where blatant racism is no longer accepted or allowed.  This case was closed in their eyes, had been for some time and would have stayed that way had the pesky media not gotten ahold of it.  A fact which draws yet another eerie parallel to the death of young Mr. Till, way back when, in 1955.  Were it not for the media coverage it received and the movement it helped to galvanize, it was just one of countless, instances  of southern white justice being served in the eyes of white Mississippi‘ans. Nothin out of the ordinary.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/GRAPHIC-Trayvon-Martin-911-calls-released/-/1637132/9450044/-/6m827cz/-/index.html

I would just like to make clear that my post draws upon many of the articles recounting this horrible tragedy and is not taken specifically from one or the other.  It is merely my reaction to this terrible event, based upon the resources I had at my disposal.  I have tried to fairly give credit/track-baks where I was able.