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Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman’s attorneys fabricate evidence

June 10, 2013

by Laura Savage

The trial of George Zimmerman begins today with jury selection. Zimmerman, former neighborhood watch captain, has been free on $1 million bail after being charged with the killing of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. During that time Zimmerman’s attorneys have launched an all-out war on Trayvon Martin’s credibility as if the deceased teenager were on trial.

Trayvon Martin in hoodie
No matter how they scrutinized Trayvon Martin’s much-too-short life, George Zimmerman’s lawyers could come up with nothing more than the minor misdeeds committed by nearly all teenagers – nothing that remotely deserved murder.
Zimmerman’s legal team is asking the judge to enter into evidence information from Martin’s Facebook page showing him smoking weed and posting about his suspension from school due to fighting. Now, I’m not saying that these issues aren’t telling about Martin’s troubles as a teenager. I do, however, want to know what either of these things have to do with George Zimmerman being guilty of killing Trayvon Martin?

The defense’s rationale is that the insinuation of Martin as an angry weed smoking Black teenager will influence the jury and the judge about his actions the night he was killed. It is the same tired stereotype that society attaches to every Black man, young and old. They are a menace and a threat to society.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Martin family attorney, Jasmine Rand of Park’s and Crumps law firm, stated: “This case doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and the manner in which we conduct ourselves as legal professionals has an impact that lasts beyond the Trayvon Martin case itself and has larger societal implications. A lot of the evidence that [Zimmerman’s defense attorneys] brought forward is completely irrelevant, and it’s a very clear attempt to assassinate Trayvon Martin’s character publicly in the media by mischaracterizing certain evidence [cell phone text messages, drug use of the teen and school suspension history and a video].”

The legal team recently released a video, which went viral online, claiming that it showed two friends of Martin beating a homeless man up. In reality it was a video of two homeless people fighting each other over a bicycle – a purposeful and blatant lie designed to discredit Martin and paint him as a Black teenage thug.

Trayvon Martin demonstration by Julie Fletcher, AP
People around the country rose up in outrage at the inexcusable murder of Trayvon Martin. It is this demonstration of the power of the people that has led to the trial of his killer. – Photo: Julie Fletcher, AP
Obviously Zimmerman’s defense team is desperate. By releasing misleading information that paints Martin as trouble, they effectively persuade the public, jurors and the judge that Martin was responsible – or at the very least complicit – in his own death. Not only are Zimmerman’s attorneys, Mark O’Mara and Don West, engaging in a public bullying of Martin and his legacy, they are betting on the public’s innate skepticism of “innocent Black males” being killed by whites.

And yes, Zimmerman is rightly being categorized as white. His father is white and he is given all the luxuries of white privilege when people see him in person and on paper.

Federal court Judge Debra Nelson has restricted mention of text messaging history, drug history and school records from being mentioned during opening statements. This doesn’t go far enough because it leaves open the possibility of them being entered as evidence later in the trial.

Clearly, O’Mara and West are willing to fabricate and tamper with evidence to cast a better light on their client, and allowing circumstantial evidence that doesn’t pertain to the case to be admissible at any time during the trial is an outrage.

O’Mara and West claim that they will only use the evidence if the prosecution attempts to attack Zimmerman’s character. More bullying! Are they threatening to throw salt in the wounds of the teenager and his family if the prosecution does its job by highlighting the kind of man Zimmerman is?

Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman murder charge headlines NY Post, Daily News 041212
It is so rare that killings by law enforcement – in this case vigilante George Zimmerman – are prosecuted that the second-degree murder charge against the killer of Trayvon Martin made headlines nationwide.
Let us remember that Zimmerman was neighborhood watch captain, not Trayvon Martin! And because Zimmerman was in a position of authority for that housing complex, his character should be questioned.

He followed Trayvon Martin because he “looked suspicious.” He didn’t question what Martin was doing in the complex to clarify whether he belonged. No, he jumped to conclusions as many people do when it involves a Black male. They are automatically suspect.

So, if the prosecution dares to remind the jury of Zimmerman’s history of over-reacting to people he doesn’t know or mentions his numerous calls to police or the comments made by fellow complex residents about his obsessive and disturbing behavior – all of which are relevant because Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin, not the other way around – then they will attempt to legally discredit Trayvon Martin to the jury. Hmm … that does appear to be a threat.

It’s a threat that needs to be blown out of court by the prosecution. Trayvon Martin is already gone and his life was taken by George Zimmerman. There need not be any second guessing about reputation because the defense has already attacked it publicly.

Laura Savage is a Bay Area-based freelance writer. She can be reached at lsavage26@gmail.com.

9 thoughts on “Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman’s attorneys fabricate evidence

  1. Guest

    "And yes, Zimmerman is rightly being categorized as white. His father is white and he is given all the luxuries of white privilege when people see him in person and on paper."
    *Tsk, Tsk
    So if a black person is raised by white parents, then it's ok to "categorize" him as white too? Isn't categorize just another word for stereotype? It seems you're asking the reader to set aside all consideration for Zimmerman's culture and color because it's easier to stereotype him as a privileged white boy.
    I do find it wrong to assassinate Martin's character with trying to give the jury evidence that allows them to stereotype Martin, but it's wrong to ask the reader to stereotype or categorize Zimmerman as a white boy. The fact is, Zimmerman simply isn't a white boy. He has the wrong skin color and dreamed of being a cop. No privileged white boy wants to be a cop, being a cop is difficult and dangerous. If you really wanted us to stereotype Zimmerman as a privileged white boy, then part of that ignorant stereotype is that privileged white boys don't commit violent crimes, they commit white collar crimes. Allowing stereotypes to define the actions of an individual is dangerous, no matter the color.

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  2. yvonne

    on the cansus and on forms, latino people can mark "hispanic" as their ethnicity AND they can mark white, black, native american, or asian for race. those are the categories.

    a person can be a white latino – like zimmerman.

    a person can be a black latino – like zoe saldana.

    people assumed his whiteness was WASP white, or non-latin white.

    GZ is actually white. he is a "white hispanic" on the census.

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  3. NoRace,OnlyZuul

    Barak Obama was raised by his white mother, and he was given all the luxuries of white privilege when people saw him in person and on paper. Also president of our United States Of America.

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  4. Rene

    What does it matter that Zimmerman is white and not Hispanic, other than it got Zimmerman the privilege of walking around a gated community without anyone suspecting him of being up to no good – which by the way it turns out he was. The writer goes on to explain about Zimmerman's character and that is an issue and far more relevant to Zimmerman killing people and the writer says so.

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  5. Richard

    We five k.k.k type white women and one pseudo latina person of colour not one African American on this Kangaroo court and jury of Trayvons peers… yeah right he wll be dug up and executed again in the good old U.S.A withe liberty and justice for all?

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  6. Bailey

    maybe african american youths should stop all their burglaries in the neighborhood and folks in the neighborhood won't look at them with suspicion.

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  7. Steve

    Wake up people! Zimmerman had the right to be there with a gun. Trayvon had the right to walk around and look suspicious. Neither had the right to attack the other! If Trayvon attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman believed his life was endangered he had every right to stop Trayvon with his Tec9. However if Zimmerman attacked Trayvon first I would believe he is guilty of Murder. Zimmerman has the broke nose and blacked eyes and bashed up head, Trayvon has only a bullet hole and a cut on his ring finger ( my guess from hitting Zimmerman’s nose ), but I wasn’t there…

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  8. Steve

    Wake up people! Zimmerman had the right to be there with a gun. Trayvon had the right to walk around and look suspicious. Neither had the right to attack the other! If Trayvon attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman believed his life was endangered he had every right to stop Trayvon with his Tec9. However if Zimmerman attacked Trayvon first I would believe he is guilty of Murder. Zimmerman has the broke nose and blacked eyes and bashed up head, Trayvon has only a bullet hole and a cut on his ring finger ( my guess from hitting Zimmerman’s nose ), but I wasn’t there…

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