AFRICANGLOBE – The trial of George Zimmerman has begun with jury selection. Zimmermana former neighborhood watch vigilante, 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.
Obviously Zimmerman’s defense team is desperate. By releasing misleading information that paints Trayvon Martin as trouble, they effectively persuade the public, jurors and the judge that Trayvon 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 Trayvon 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, alleged pot 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?
Let us remember that Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch vigilante, 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 Trayvon 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.
By: Laura Savage