It was a good week to be George Zimmerman. He found out when his trial begins on June 10, 2012 for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin his attorneys will be allowed to see the slain teenager’s school records and social media accounts.
Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman and his attorneys, “I think that you’re entitled to those records.”
Really? Why? That’s what Benjamin Crump, attorney Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin wanted to know at a press conference.
“Why is it relevant about his school records or his Facebook page?” Crump said. “George Zimmerman knew none of that on Feb. 26 when he claimed Trayvon’s life.”
Crump knows exactly why Mark O’Mara and the defense team want to take a peek at Trayvon’s school records and Facebook and Twitter accounts. They want to show a pattern of anti-social or violent behavior by Trayvon that would bolster their claim Zimmerman shot him in self-defense.
Nelson, is the third judge to preside over the Zimmerman case. The previous judge, Kenneth Lester was removed after complaints from O’Mara that he had displayed bias against his client and a Florida appeals court agreed. The first judge stepped aside due to a conflict of interest.
Zimmerman said nothing during the hearing, but apparently life in hiding agrees with him. Court observers were surprised by the 40 pounds or so Zimmerman had packed on while free on bond.
Zimmerman was allowed to roam free for over 45 days after killing Martin before finally being arrested. Zimmerman wasn’t tested for drugs or alcohol in his system while he was being questioned by the Sanford police department. Zimmerman was granted bail, declared he had no money for his while hiding $135,000 in donations he had collected from a website he set up for his defense. Zimmerman’s wife was arrested and charged with perjury for lying to the court. Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bail and sent him back to jail, but rather than let him stay there until his trial, Lester grant him bail a second time. In return, Zimmerman bitched that the judge was prejudiced against him and had him replaced with a third one.
To hear his defenders tell it, at every point Zimmerman’s rights have been trampled. Somebody want to tell me how? The facts say different.
Zimmerman’s attorneys will now be allowed to root around in Martin’s past looking for proof he had violent tendencies. Zimmerman is the one with a prior criminal record for resisting arrest and battery of a law enforcement official as well as the subject of a restraining order taken out by his former fiancee. Though under suspension from high school at the time of his death, Martin had no criminal record.
Who exactly is on trial here?
- Judge rules Zimmerman defense can view Trayvon Martin’s school records, social media (thegrio.com)
- Prosecutors want George Zimmerman’s lawyers muzzled (miamiherald.com)
- George Zimmerman will ask for Stand Your Ground hearing in spring (jacksonville.com)