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Experts Concede Zimmerman May Walk After Prosecution Presents Weak Case

As the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial approaches the end of the presentation of its case, media commentators and legal experts are beginning to concede that the evidence and testimony so far is likely too weak to land a second degree murder conviction, meaning Zimmerman may walk.

“I don’t think there is much expectation that Mr. Zimmerman will be found guilty,” Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson said yesterday on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Show. “I think that there are mass people invested in this case because their children are vulnerable like Trayvon Martin [who] feel that he is being re-traumatized and that there is little hope he will be convicted.”

The prosecution’s case was severely damaged after the testimony of Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, who set off a national debate about race and black youth culture following her muddled, defiant and inarticulate testimony, during which she revealed that Martin called Zimmerman a “creepy-ass cracker.”

It also was hurt after the testimony of neighbor Jonathan Good, who saw the confrontation between two men outside his townhouse on a dark, rainy night and who supported Zimmerman’s contention that Martin was on top of him.

Good described a scuffle that supported Zimmerman’s contention that Martin had been the aggressor, throwing the punches and pounding Zimmerman’s head into the ground.

Good called the blows “ground and pound” and said, “I could tell that the person on the bottom had a light skin color.”

In addition, one of the detectives who worked the case, Chris Serino, testified that he couldn’t find any inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense—though it should be noted that it was the Sanford Police Department that felt Zimmerman’s actions didn’t even warrant an arrest in the case. That decision prompting a national outcry, causing the state to bring in a special prosecutor who got the grand jury indictment.

According to John Jay College forensics professor Lawrence Kobilinsky, the evidence thus far presented against Zimmerman is insufficient to prove second degree murder.

“What I’m hearing is the state’s case is getting weaker and weaker as every day goes by,” he said. “I think they’re going to be wrapping up pretty soon.”

“Even though I’ve got some problems with George Zimmerman’s testimony – even though I have a problem with how it seems to not jibe with the physical evidence we’ve heard so far — that I think the prosecution has got to put on a much stronger case,” said MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor.

“The prosecution overreached,” Fred Grimm wrote in the Miami Herald. “Manslaughter, maybe. I wouldn’t bet on it. But a second-degree murder conviction for George Zimmerman looks ever more doubtful. Civic leaders, mindful that public assumptions about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin aren’t governed by the legal niceties of Florida’s self-defense law, might want to start planning. Zimmerman may well walk. The reaction could be ugly.”

As noted by the New York Times, the jury could still find Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter, but it is up to the prosecution to argue for that result—without appearing to concede that second-degree murder might have been overreaching.

 

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7 thoughts on “Experts Concede Zimmerman May Walk After Prosecution Presents Weak Case

  1. Janice Tillman says:

    HOW CAN YOU EVEN THINK THAT HE COULD BE FOUND NOT GUILTY, WHEN THE DETECTIVE PLAYED VIDEO WHERE HE SAID THAT ZIMMERMAN FOLLOWED TRAYVON MARTIN, AND OTHER WITNESS SAID THAT ZIMMERMAN WAS ON TOP, WHICH SEEMS RIGHT BECAUSE ZIMMERMAN TRIED TO DETAIN THE KID, WITHOUT TELLING HIM WHO HE WAS, AND I THINK THAT TRAYVON TRIED TO GET AWAY, WHEN ZIMMERMAN LOST HIS FOOTING AND FALL DOWN, DRAGING TRAYVON WITH HIM, WHAT PEOPLE SAW AND HERD WAS TRAYVON STILL TRYING TO FREE HIMSELF FROM THIS ANIMAL THAT HE DID NOT KNOW, SO HE STARTED SCREAMING FOR HELP, AND DID'NT ANYBODY BRING THE CLOTHES THAT TRAYVON MARTIN HAD ON, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN BLOOD SPATTER ON HIS JACKET SLEEVES, THAT WOULD TELL IF THEIR BEEN A BEATING, BUT THE JUDGE HAS DISALOUD SO MUCH AND LET THE DEFENSE CHOOSE AN ALL WHITE JURY, IT'S SO SAD THAT I CANNOT BREATH, THE COPS AND THE DETECTIVE KNOW THAT ZIMMERMAN PROFILED AND FOLLOWED A KID ON A DARK NIGHT, AND THE KID DID NOT KNOW HIM, AND ZIMMERMAN TRIED TO DETAIN HIM AND A STRUGGLE STARTED, WITH TRAYVON FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE, AND ZIMMERMAN ALREADY HAD THE GUN IN HIS HAND, WHO CARRIES A GUN AROUND WITH THE SAFTY OFF.

  2. Anonymous says:

    When George Zimmerman shot Treyvon Martin and the struggle of the fight was over, George Zimmerman claimed self-defense to the first person he came in contact with. And then George Zimmerman was questioned by the police he claim he didn’t know Treyvon Martin was dead. Why would he claim self-defense if he didn’t know at the time Treyvon Martin was dead? Can someone please answer this question for me?

    Tina

  3. Well said. But animals are kind gentle souls. Zimmerman is a mean evil chump to kill an unarmed kid that was minding his own business. Zimmerman eats animals I bet ya.

  4. Danny Wilde says:

    YOU are a complete fucking illiterate moron ..Pleas e take your 8th grade education and your obvious double digit IQ and go away..YOU should NEVER be allowed to speak to anyone ever..seriously.

  5. Dat Zimmerman need ta be let go, he jus protectin himself from dat thug tray. all tray had ta say was he goerge I be livin here wid my daddys gf, but no, he gots ta attak zimm and yall know the rest. You ack like a thug, you going to die like one.

  6. I THINK YOU NEED TO BEGIN AGAIN MISS!

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