The prosecution concealed police corruption in Zimmerman trial

July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Good evening my friends:

The jury delivered its verdict in the George Zimmerman trial a week ago tonight. I was shocked and dismayed by the verdict. Like most of you I initially focused my wrath on stealth juror B-37 because she basically admitted on national television approximately 12 hours after the verdict was announced to having decided that “George” (referring to him as though he were a personal friend) was not guilty before she heard any evidence in the case. Indeed, her summary of the evidence matched the false narrative that Mark O’Mara had been preaching and the national media had been duly reporting for a year.

She bought O’Mara’s Trayvon-is-a-thug story despite no evidence to support it. Her race-based criticism of Rachel Jenteal’s manner of speaking and her consequent decision to ignore her testimony was a breathtaking admission of racist thinking that she quite obviously regarded as acceptable normative behavior that no one would question.

When I thought she could not possibly do more damage to herself, she added insult to injury with her giddy announcement that she had reached an agreement with a literary agent to sell her story to a publishing house before the story was even written. Never mind that she or her attorney husband must have contacted the literary agent in violation of the sequestration order, unless they contacted her in the middle of the night after the verdict was announced.

I seriously doubt that literary agents accept cold calls on late Saturday nights and early Sunday mornings from unpublished authors pitching ideas for unwritten books. Thankfully, the agent had the good sense to nix the deal once she realized she was dealing with an out of control racist wacko.

I was so disgusted and angered by B-37’s false statements under oath during voir dire, her willful violations of the sequestration order and her oath to follow the jury instructions that I urged the prosecution to prosecute her for perjury. Well, I have not seen any sign that Angela Corey intends to make an example out of her to warn future jurors not to engage in those behaviors. Seems to me that such a prosecution probably is necessary in Florida to convince jurors that an oath truly is a promise to tell the truth under penalty of perjury. In addition, B-37 truly is an unrepentant racist and egregious human being who deserves to spend time in prison for who she is as well as what she did.

While I have no doubt that B-37 contributed significantly to the miscarriage of justice, she was not alone. I also hold Angela Corey and Bernie de la Rionda responsible two disastrous tactical decisions; namely, the decision to remove race from the case and the decision to refrain from aggressively attacking Investigator Chris Serino and Officer Doris Singleton for their testimony supporting Zimmerman and vouching for his credibility. Serino, in particular, deserved to be raked over the coals for tampering with witnesses at the crime scene in an attempt to convince them that the defendant uttered the terrified death shriek.

Witness tampering in a murder case is a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

I first read about Trayvon Martin’s murder while the Sanford Police Department was still investigating the case and it seemed that Zimmerman was not going to be charged.

Their reluctance to charge appeared to me to have been imposed from the top down by State Attorney Norm Wolfinger and Chief Bill Lee due to as yet unknown reasons political reasons rather than the merits of the case.

That is corruption and that is not how our legal system is supposed to work.

As soon as I reviewed the defendant’s statements, including what he said during the NEN call, I realized that this case was all about race and could not be understood without mentioning race. If Trayvon Martin had been white, for example, the defendant would not have called the police.

I wrote an article in which I stated that anyone who believed George Zimmerman’s story was necessarily a racist. That is, one had to assume that Trayvon was a violent and crazy thug who all of a sudden for no apparent reason decided to attack and attempt to kill with his bare hands a menacing stranger who had followed him in a vehicle and then on foot after Trayvon had successfully eluded him by running away and hiding in a dark area behind a building containing townhomes. No person in their right mind would do that.

The defendant described Trayvon as a stereotypical black gangsta popularized in comics and blaxploitation films. In order to believe Zimmerman, people had to believe that the stereotypical black gangsta in films actually exists in real life.

I have represented black gang-bangers from Los Angeles who were members of the notorious Crips and Bloods. They were real flesh and blood people with more than a passing interest in survival. Yes, they had participated in gang violence and killed people but they planned what they did and they acted together. They did not utter dated movie lines or issue warnings to their intended victims before shooting them. They did not wander off unarmed and alone somewhere and suddenly decide to attack and kill a stranger with their bare hands. None of them would have believed Zimmerman’s ridiculous story. Only a white racist fixated on young black males who gets a thrill out of watching movies about mean and vicious black gangstas believing that they represent real people would even be capable of making up such a ridiculous story.

I was and continue to be astonished that anyone believed his story.

I believe that the extent to which it is believed offers a pretty accurate measuring stick indicating the prevalence of racism against blacks in our current society.

George Zimmerman did not profile Trayvon Martin as a thug casing the neighborhood for a house to burglarize in the RTL around 7 pm on a rainy Sunday night in late February because Trayvon was wearing a hoodie and walking around in the rain. He profiled him because he was a young black male and he invented a self-defense claim to justify killing him by describing Trayvon Martin as character in a movie.

Race was the proverbial elephant in the living room and the prosecution should never have agreed not to mention it. Zimmerman selected Trayvon because he was black and he hunted him down and attempted to detain him because he assumed certain things about him because he was black. He was the aggressor because he was determined to prevent him from escaping out the back entrance before the police arrived just like all of the other fucking coons and assholes who got away.

A review of all of the defendants NEN calls establishes that he obsessed about blacks. Black residents of the RTL had negative experiences with him where he accused them of wrongdoing. A visible pattern emerges of Zimmerman repeatedly assuming that blacks engaging in normal activities actually were up to no good and he called the police NEN to report them.

All of this evidence was relevant to why he selected Trayvon and why he killed him

As John Guy said, “George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him because he wanted to.”And he did it because Trayvon was black.

In other words, he committed a federal hate crime and I hope the Justice Department prosecutes him.

I do not know why the prosecution decided not to stress the importance of race. I imagine Angela Corey made the decision with Bernie de la Rionda’s consent. I do not believe John Guy or Richard Mantei participated in that decision. I think Corey and de la Rionda owe us an explanation.

They also inexplicably allowed Chris Serino and Doris Singleton to support George Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. I can understand not wanting to attack a law enforcement agency in order to avoid incurring the probable wrath of other law enforcement agencies. However, once Serino and Singleton turned against the prosecution, Bernie de la Rionda should have torn Serino to shreds by bringing out that he tampered with witnesses to get them to identify George Zimmerman as the person who uttered the terrified death shriek and he set up Tracy Martin at his most vulnerable moment to deny in front of other officers, including Singleton, that he could positively identify Trayvon as the person screaming.

Serino was obviously following orders issued before he arrived at the crime scene. The fix was in and the orders were issued from the top down. He ran that investigation to produce the appearance of an investigation and he only varied from that course of action at the last minute when he realized that the department was not going to get away with not charging Zimmerman. I think he made that decision on his own hoping to save his job and hoping people would not look closely at what he did.

I think he was a trusted player in the corruption game or the Chief would not have put him in charge of the investigation.

Bernie de la Rionda also should have confronted Singleton for wearing awards on her uniform that she had not earned.

The verdict in this case might well have been different if Angela Corey and Bernie de la Rionda had not made these decisions.

The bottom line is Chris Serino and Doris Singleton are corrupt cops in a corrupt police department. They still have their jobs and that suggests that the effort to clean-up the department is only for the sake of appearances.

The prosecution’s decision to allow them to lie and gut their case to justify and conceal how they mishandled the investigation bespeaks a form of intolerable corruption in which Angela Corey and Bernie de la Rionda aided and abetted corrupt police work.

And the end result is that a racist lying psychopath is now free to kill again.

That is why I cannot and will not accept this verdict as legitimate, ever.

This is why I join with LLMPapa in urging Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute George Zimmerman for a hate crime.

I regret to say that I do not believe Zimmerman will be charged with a hate crime. I fear the decision will be made for political reasons rather than on the merits of the case itself.

Assuming I am right that will add even more corruption to a corrupt and shameful case.

At the very least, by speaking truth to power, we draw a line in the sand and declare for all who have eyes to see that we are not fooled by the appearance of justice. We saw through to the corrupt core of this case and in this way we honor Trayvon Martin and his memory.


Is George Zimmerman a Symptom or the Cause of World Attention on Sanford Florida

December 30, 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Good morning:

I write today to feature Whonoze and Seallison and to remind everyone that the defendant, who is charged with second degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, may be the symptom rather than the cause of the difficulties attracting world attention in Sanford, Florida.

Whonoze remind us in his comment at 7:22 am this morning:

” The flipside of turning Trayvon into an angelic caricature is turning GZ into a demonic caricature. He pulled a gun on an unarmed teenager who had not hurt him in the midst of a grab-fight. That’s horrible enough. Then he shot him through the heart. Much worse. Then he acted as if he was the hero, lying up a storm and showing no signs of remorse (God’s plan, you know.) Just totally fucking disgusting.

But that’s not bad enough for the people here who need him to personify TOTAL evil incarnate. He has to have planned the whole thing. There must have been a conspiracy to murder Trayvon. He cocked his gun, no knocked on his co-conspirators screen door!. He had a script in the truck with him, and he was whispering to Shellie or Osterman or the ghosts of James Earl Ray and Byron De La Beckwith! You give him too MUCH credit, as if he had superpowers. If he lurks here, I’ll bet he gets off on how bad you all think he is.

But he’s just a small man. A fuck-up in denial of his own failures, A control freak who has never really felt in control of anything. He is, in the last analysis, nothing but small potatoes. But in the US any loser can get ahold of a semi-automatic weapon and turn themselves into a headline. GZ is the symptom, not the problem.

The real story here remains not the little man who killed an unarmed teenager out of his own weakness, but the racist law enforcement regime that chose first to look the other way, and then to cover up their own misconduct with bogus reports and evidence tampering. Until I see actual evidence to the contrary, I shall continue to believe that Angela Corey is covering for this regime and it’s crimes, that the State’s game is to sacrifice the pawn named George Zimmerman to protect rook SYG, Queen SPD and King Rick Scott.

I think people here are getting played by focusing so exclusively on Zimmerman. He’s become the projection of the Mighty Oz, so the men actually pulling the levers get ignored. I think it’s cognitive dissonance. You realize GZ may actually get punished for his crimes, but you don’t really beiieve the political structure that supports racist police departments can be challenged. So you focus on GZ because you have a chance of winning, which will allow you to feel better about the world and your place in it if/when he goes down. But, you’re like the druck looking for his keys under a streetlight because the light is better there, even though he lost them in the shadows up the alley.

Because putting GZ behgind bars for the rest of his life isn’t going to change anything. Trayvon Martin will still be dead and the institutional structures that created the climate in which he could be killed and have his killing ignored will be rolling right along, thank you very much. Oh some of the names will change and the cards will get shuffled a bit. But the machine will grind on and the same shit will keep happening, just as it has already continnued to to keep happening in the few months since Trayvon’s murder.”

Seallison provided an interesting link to this article regarding the selection of Bill Lee, a “good ol’ boy,” to be the Chief of Police for the City of Sanford:

http://thegrio.com/2012/04/02/trayvon-martin-bill-lee-lacked-experience/

As I said to Whonoze,

I am very concerned about this too. I do not have any faith or confidence in the commitment of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to root out corruption and prosecute the offenders in local and state police departments for violating civil rights.

I am hoping they will carry out their responsibilities and do their jobs in this case, but I am not holding my breath.

What do you all think?


Speak the Truth Chris Serino for Yourself and for Trayvon

December 13, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do the right thing Chris Serino.

Do it for the innocent kid who did not deserve to be executed for walking home after dark in the rain carrying a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles for his little brother and talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone.

Speak the truth.

You and I both know that you did the wrong thing when you “corrected” ear witnesses at the scene of the murder that night and told them that the person shrieking for his life was the defendant and not Trayvon Martin.

The defendant, not Trayvon, carried that gun to the party and, despite knowing Tim Smith was on his way and due to arrive within minutes, he deliberately provoked the confrontation by getting out of his dry and warm vehicle and pursued Trayvon in the rain and cold until he found him and killed him.

You know that what I say is true.

You went through a gut-wrenching crisis investigating this case, didn’t you?

You started out to put this case to bed, but in spite of your efforts, it did not work out for you, did it?

Chief Lee and State Attorney Wolfinger are pursuing other interests and spending more time with their families.

You’re working the graveyard shift, but at least you saved your job.

You saw the tsunami coming in time to get to high ground.

You’re a survivor.

And you’re smart.

But your life on that graveyard shift is empty and cold, isn’t it?

How often do you think of Trayvon and feel his terror in those final moments before the defendant blew him away and left him alone and dying in the wet and cold?

I’ll bet he haunts you even when you are awake and his shriek is branded to your soul.

No one is perfect, Chris.

As long as our hearts beat and we continue to breathe, we have the possibility for redemption.

I believe and I believe you do too.

I know I do not have to explain to you what it means to have a come-to-Jesus moment.

Whether you realized it or not at the time, you committed to that path on March 13, 2012, exactly nine months ago today, when you wrote those three drafts, eventually recommending the State Attorney prosecute the defendant for manslaughter.

Well, you have arrived.

It’s time to stand-up and be the hero you always wanted to be, no matter the consequences to you personally.

Finish what you started nine months ago.

Do it for yourself.

Do it for Trayvon.

Speak the truth.


If You Open Your Mouth, I Will Kill You With My Bare Hands

December 5, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Top O’ the Mornin’:

I settled on this heartwarming expression of affection today because I’ve said it to more than a few clients in the past to emphasize the importance of not talking about their case and it’s probably pretty close to what Jose Baez told Chris Serino recently.

Notice that we have not heard anything from Serino since we found out that he had retained Baez.

Every good criminal defense attorney prefers a wide open playing field with multiple options available to get around immovable evidentiary obstacles created by the client’s acts. Pity Mark O’Mara whose client added to that forest of obstacles with an impenetrable thicket of thorns composed of multiple inconsistent and conflicting statements.

Ay, Dios mio.

Hence, the Third Commandment:

The Third Commandment is thou shalt not fail to do everything within your power to silence your client because the prosecution can use everything he says about the case against him.

If you cannot shut him up, thou shalt withdraw from the case.

His problem is simple to explain, but not easy to solve.

Everywhere he looks, he sees a sign that reads, “You can’t get there from here.”

“There” being the fabled promised land of “Not Guilty,” on the other side of the vast forest and thicket of thorns and here being here, damn it, stuck on this side with the forest and thicket in between.

Aha, he thinks maybe he can get to the promised land by taking the road less taken.

Yep, Chris Serino did not want to charge the defendant and he is an honorable man.

Chief Bill Lee did not want to charge the defendant and he is an honorable man.

Norm Wolfinger decided not to charge the defendant and he is an honorable man.

Plus, they have that early Halloween photograph of the defendant costumed as a vampire in an orange jacket with the rubber nose that turns color and swells or shrinks on command.

There is a reason why it’s called the road less taken.

I wrote recently,

A focused police search for evidence to support a decision not to charge a person with a crime in a suspicious death case before an investigation has been completed is an example of a preordained conclusion in search of a factual basis to support it.

That is a cover-up, not a competent police investigation.

First, as I have said before, the opinions of the police and prosecution officials regarding the guilt or innocence of the accused in a criminal case are irrelevant and inadmissible. They are not evidence and Judge Nelson is not going to permit Serino, Lee, Wolfinger or anyone else to testify about their opinion and why they believed the defendant should not have been charged.

Second, the FBI is investigating the Sanford Police Department for possible civil rights violations and those three individuals together with others are likely subjects, if not targets, of that investigation. Therefore, they need to lawyer-up as Serino has done and keep their mouths shut.

Third, if they were to speak and tell the truth, they probably would admit that he should have been charged, but was not charged due to racist or other improper considerations. For example, Serino might say, “Yeah, the drone was guilty as sin and I was having one helluva time trying to figure out how to please Wolfinger and the Chief until Wagner and I came up with idea to photoshop the photo Wagner took. We about laughed ourselves sick painting that blood on his lips. Dweeb looked like a freakin’ vampire.

Fourth, if they lie, they likely will be looking at a perjury charge.

Fifth, oh well. You get the picture.

Desperation rarely produces sound decisions.

Like I said,

There is a reason why it’s called the road less taken.

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