Did the Prosecutor Deliberately Screw Up the Zimmerman Case?

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Everyone agrees that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda did a terrible job

AFRICANGLOBE – Listening to the lead prosecutor’s final argument in the Zimmerman case, it’s hard to believe he really wanted a conviction.

Lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda lost focus from the moment he opened his mouth and began: “A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions….”

Not only is de la Rionda’s voice flat, his tone subdued and resigned, he begins by presenting the victim as an abstraction, characterizing him in a neutral, almost dismissive way as “a teenager,” who also happens to be dead, which everyone knew before the trial started. As narrative hooks go, this one is barbless.

The prosecutor adds that this teenager “is dead through no fault of his own,” as if the question before the jury was what did Trayvon do to deserve killing? Why even address the question of Trayvon’s fault when you’re supposedly trying to convict Zimmerman? Even if there’s good reason to expect the defense to try to put Trayvon on trial, why put it at the top of your summation as if it’s a credible question?

And then he says Trayvon is dead “because another man made assumptions?” Really? Isn’t Trayvon dead because another man shot him? Doesn’t that other man have a name? Isn’t Zimmerman the one on trial here? Isn’t that him over there, 27 years old, 5 feet 7.5 inches tall, 204 pounds?

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Despite de la Rionda’s passionless prose and torpid performance, some have praised his work. On ABC News, Diane Sawyer said that “prosecutors gave it all they had.” If that was all they had, they didn’t have much.

Why did the prosecutors eschew an approach more relevant to conviction, something simple and direct, like:

George Zimmerman killed an unarmed, innocent teenager who was trying to go home.

George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin with a single shot to the chest, a single shot at close range that killed Trayvon Martin in a matter of minutes.

Having shot Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman did nothing to try to save the life of the boy dying at his feet.

This is cold-blooded.

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But de la Rionda says nothing this forceful and direct. He waffles slowly through the general narrative, sort of trying to seem like he’s building some sympathy for Trayvon. But it’s late in the trial and the prosecution has done little to bring Trayvon alive for the jury – much less than it did to humanize Zimmerman. In the closing, de la Rionda doesn’t even know how old Trayvon is. If the prosecutor doesn’t care enough about a dead child to know his age, why should a jury care more?

When de la Rionda talks about Zimmerman’s words for his wife on the phone shortly after the killing – “Tell her I killed him” – the prosecutor has a chance to nail Zimmerman’s almost sociopathic lack of feeling. Instead, de la Rionda says only, “That’s kind of matter of fact.” No, it’s chilling and possibly incriminating.

And then he spends minutes on an irrelevant diversion, talking about how Zimmerman had decided to start a neighborhood watch because of all the alleged crime that had gone on, and he compliments Zimmerman for that. The prosecutor says that wasn’t an act of ill will (he didn’t say how he knew that). He says this was a “good thing” and that Zimmerman arming himself was a “good thing,” and so on, none of which helps the prosecution, of which de la Riondi is nominally the lead.

His presentation had no discernible organization, no flow, numerous diversions, enough meandering to allow one to wonder if it could be deliberately unconvincing. He spent ten minutes reviewing Zimmerman’s recorded statements to no compelling point, while punctuating the recitation with the comment, “That’s good,” about one Zimmerman action or another.

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At another point he spent close to ten more minutes denigrating state’s witness, Rachel Jeantel, who was 18 and on the phone with Trayvon Martin at the moment he was shot. The denigration was in the form of a defense of or an apology for her being Haitian, unable to read cursive, and “not that well educated.” He did not explain how well educated a high school student should be. And he did not explain why the prosecution failed to prepare this important witness properly. (In a television interview after the trial he said by way of excusing the verdict, “We don’t get to pick our witnesses.”)

Again and again de la Riondi cycled through blocks of evidence, like the many inconsistent and inconclusive 911 phone calls, without coming to any coherent conclusion. Instead, again and again and again, he’d finish a topic by telling the jury, “You decide.” This was a virtual refrain – “you decide” – a refrain that, when added to the fuzzy presentation of evidence, just reinforced doubt, whether reasonable or unreasonable.

His closing argument lasted more than two hours and slowly wound down with more than three minutes of near silence, as de la Riondi had the jury look at slides that outlined the prosecution’s case in text, as he occasionally and unconnectedly commented. Whatever energy his presentation might have built up was dissipated, and he closed with a few sentences that were repetitions of things he’d said before. He closed by saying the defendant was guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter, without even using his name – a closing that ended not with a bang but a whimper.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/cissy.williamsonbrown1 Cissy Williamson-Brown

    All the points you made Sonja were shot down by the Defense and the neighbor Good who testified the screams were coming from the person on the bottom wearing red. The screams were coming toward the witness, from the person on the bottom. WHen will people drop this false pride and concede that Trayvon did not have to assault Zimmerman and that’s what got him SHOT.

  • https://www.facebook.com/SonjaEbron Sonja Ebron

    There was plenty of evidence he didn’t shoot in self defense. He was not the one screaming for help because the help was in his holster. None of his DNA was found under Trayvon’s nails, though Trayvon’s own blood was found there (so nothing washed off in the rain). His injuries were trivial, not even requiring a bandaid. And the only witness to the confrontation said he walked up to Trayvon, who was trying to get away from him until the very last moment. Given all his lies, there was no *credible* evidence for self defense whatsoever.

  • https://www.facebook.com/vyarlene.king Vyarlene King

    It’s been that way for a long time. How else could there be so many innocent black men in prison for over 15 years, The system is another piggy bank for the Globalist fascists.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.warner.7393 Lisa Warner

    They brought out the strongest witness for the defense. The manner they handled their strongest witnesses — so poorly.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.warner.7393 Lisa Warner

    I most certainly thought so.

  • https://www.facebook.com/al.jones.5070 Al Jones

    WHY WAS THERE A BULLET IN THE CHAMBER?

  • https://www.facebook.com/ron.williams.334 Ron Williams

    Trayvon allegedly pounded Zimmerman’s head on the ground 24 to 25 times and yet just a few scratches.

  • https://www.facebook.com/abibi.fawohodie Abibi Fawohodie

    Yes listen to Plies 100 years. Crackers owe each other favors

  • https://www.facebook.com/lynnanitagodfrey Lynn Godfrey

    From the moment he agreed to an all woman, majority white juror I believe it was a set up.

  • https://www.facebook.com/cissy.williamsonbrown1 Cissy Williamson-Brown

    No I doubt that Zimmerman approached Trayvon. He passed a lie detector test on that very question. And Rachel Jeantel told Trayvon to go HOME. So why are men and boys heads like cement? It’s cool to argue, fuss, scream and holler, but DON’T TOUCH ME. You’ll regret it. Trayvon just messed up putting his hands on George. He didn’t have to do that.

  • https://www.facebook.com/flamathon Eagle Eye Dimensions

    During the trial this sorry prosecutor shook the devil’s ,zimmerman”s, hand.

  • https://www.facebook.com/warren.harry1 Warren Harry

    People who shoot someone in “self defense” didn’t usually “stalk” the object of their fear into the confrontation. Don’t let a verdict make you stupid.

  • https://www.facebook.com/warren.harry1 Warren Harry

    Yes! Through incompetence or deliberately!

  • https://www.facebook.com/marquis.lowery.3 Marquis Lowery
  • https://www.facebook.com/ahmad.labran Ahmad Reedwan Labran

    That’s ridiculous, why would they do that, don’t you think they have their own carriers to think about? C’mon they came across a very good defense team . But I’m saying though did the prosecution did a good enough job? Definitely not, they were terrible, the witnesses were seriously ill prepared, that was to me how the case was lost.

  • https://www.facebook.com/babaolatunji Olatunji Mwamba

    Yes.

  • https://www.facebook.com/cissy.williamsonbrown1 Cissy Williamson-Brown

    I think they threw the case because the Prosecutor didn’t want to bring the trial on in the first place. There was never enough evidence to prove GZ didn’t shoot in self defense. So who wants to keep trying a trial that they can not win? And look like a fool….

  • https://www.facebook.com/ron.williams.334 Ron Williams
  • https://www.facebook.com/ron.williams.334 Ron Williams
  • https://www.facebook.com/ron.williams.334 Ron Williams
  • https://www.facebook.com/antoine.knox.7 Antoine Knox

    thats exactly what i was think during the case

  • https://www.facebook.com/lovely.diamondsmith Lovely Diamond-Smith

    Prosecution never asked the questions to get this man convicted. People answering the blogs had more relevant questions than the state. Sad

  • https://www.facebook.com/miss.goncalves Angolan Rose

    Of course!There was never a doubt about it!

  • https://www.facebook.com/ladonna.stewart.560 LaDonna Stewart

    I said that from the beginning.

  • https://www.facebook.com/wrpd1 Wayne Porter

    between the judges instructions, the jury selection and the joke of a prosecution the fix was in from jump

  • https://www.facebook.com/willie.white.7758 Willie White

    If you get hit in nose to break it. Both eyes would be black… If his head was bang hard on concrete it would have a big lump ..all fake

  • https://www.facebook.com/anupuw.ptah Anupuw Shabaka Ptah

    Yes it was his job !!!