Monday, July 15, 2013
I am pleased to report that I am beginning to recover from my reactions to the verdict of stunned disbelief, rage and depression. I feel better today than I did yesterday, and with a little bit of luck, I might even find something to smile about today.
I want to reemphasize what I said yesterday because I do not believe it is possible to underestimate the importance of the two primary police investigators vouching for the defendant.
Investigator Chris Serino and Officer Doris Singleton of the Sanford Police Department testified at the defendant’s trial that they believed his claim of self-defense despite Zimmerman’s minimal and insignificant injuries, numerous lies and material inconsistencies in his stories to them and his admission that he passed up two opportunities to identify himself as a concerned member of Neighborhood Watch and ask the teen if he needed assistance. They did not even arrest Zimmerman.
And shame on Chris Serino and Doris Singleton for vouching for a child killer.
I also cringed in dismay watching Don West cross examine Rachel Jenteal. At the time, I thought the jury would feel sorry for her and despise Don West. Apparently, they decided that she was a liar even though she had no motive to lie and much of her testimony was corroborated by other evidence.
No witness should ever have to endure such lengthy despicable treatment. Bernie de la Rionda should have stopped it with objections to West’s incessant badgering.
I also was extremely disappointed by Judge Nelson’s decision not to strike the testimony of defense witnesses who violated the sequestration rule.
Throughout the case, Mark O’Mara kept repeating a false narrative about the case that the news media kept repeating as fact. Bernie de la Rionda requested a gag order three times, but his requests were denied. In retrospect, they should have been granted.
O’Mara escalated his attack against Trayvon Martin’s character by publicizing inadmissible personal information obtained from Trayvon’s phone after prospective jurors received their summons to jury duty, thereby assuring that most of them would be exposed to extremely prejudicial, irrelevant and inadmissible evidence. In retrospect, Judge Nelson should have held him in contempt and jailed him for that misconduct.
When all is said and done, I think people will remember this case as a terrible injustice engineered by two dishonest and sadistic lawyers who gamed the system by breaking every rule in the book.
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