A year after the trial in which George Zimmerman was unanimously acquitted by a jury in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, misinformation continues to abound. Whether the misinformation is being spread inadvertently or — as is too often the case — as a result of intentional disinformation campaigns, the only antidote is the truth.
Many of you will recall that I was graciously invited by the well-respected legal blog Legal Insurrection (LI) to live-cover the Zimmerman trial. Over the course of the next several weeks I literally watched every available minute of the trial, providing blogging and legal analysis every day, and often several times a day. I also did the occasional post on the trial right here at Law of Self Defense (LOSD).
The result was over 75 posts and more than 120,000 words (no, that’s not a typo) of detailed coverage of the case, beginning from the pre-trial Frye hearings and continuing up to and past the verdict.
It was a blast!
Within that huge body of work lies the facts in evidence of the case, as contained within the discovery file shared by the prosecution and the defense and as developed over the course of direct and cross-examination of witnesses during the pre-trial hearings and throughout the trial proper.
In other words, the truth as it can best be known to us, and the best antidote to misinformation and disinformation.
Accessibility, however has been a continuing issue. With more than 75 posts spread over a two month period and two different blogs, finding the particular post most relevant to an issue has continued to be a bit of a pain. To facilitate such efforts, I’ve now pulled together a comprehensive Table of Contents for these posts in aggregate.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
May 14, 2013 LOSD: Can the Prosecution Keep Trayvon’s History of Violence and Drug Use from the Jury? Yes . . . and no.
June 5, 2013 LI: Getting to Murder 2: Finding George Zimmerman’s “Depraved Mind”
June 6, 2013 LI: Out of the Frye-ing pan, into the spectrograph
June 7, 2013 LI: Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone, FBI, and the low-quality 3-second audio file
June 8, 2003 LI: Prosecution’s Voice Expert admits: “This is not really good evidence”
June 9, 2013 LI: Experts Call State’s Scream Claims “Absurd” “Ridiculous” and “Imaginary Stuff”
June 9, 2013 LI: The Five Principles of the Law of Self Defense
June 10, 2013 LI: Jury Selection June 10th
June 10, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day One Wrap-Up
June 11, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Two Wrap-Up
June 12, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Three Wrap-Up
June 12, 2013 LI: Prospective Juror E7: “no conclusions,” but posted on pro-Trayvon, anti-Zimmerman site containing threat against Zimmerman
June 13, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Four Wrap-Up
June 14, 2013 LOSD: EVIDENTIARY FLASHBACK: Zimmerman Recalls Fatal Fight to Police
June 14, 2013 LI: Dismissed juror escorted from courthouse after trespassing
June 14, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Five Wrap-Up
June 15, 2013 LOSD: Evidentiary Flashback: Zimmerman’s 1st Written Statement to Police the Night of the Shooting
June 16, 2013 LOSD: Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman disobey police orders to stay in car?
June 16, 2013 LI: Jury Selection, Week One Recap
June 16, 2013 LOSD: Evidentiary Flashback: Affidavit for Probable Cause–Count the untruths
June 17, 2013 LOSD: Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman really “racially profile” Martin?
June 17, 2013 LI: Frye Hearing Continues with Prof. James L. Wayman
June 17, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Six Wrap-Up
June 18, 2013 LOSD: Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman “Chase Down” a Fleeing Martin?
June 18, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Seven Wrap-Up
June 19, 2013 LOSD: Never seen a juror questionnaire before? Here you go . . .
June 19, 2013 LOSD: FDLE Forensic Report: Zimmerman’s Gun & Fatal Bullet
June 19, 2013 LI: Jury Selection Profiles – “Top 40″ Advanced to Next Round
June 19, 2013 LI: Jury Selection — Day Eight Wrap-Up
June 20, 2013 LI: Final Jury Wrap-Up: Insights on Trial Strategy
June 21, 2013 LI: Final pre-trial motions and proceedings
June 21, 2013 LI: Pre-Game Day Analysis
June 22, 2013 LI: State Experts’ Audio Findings Not Admissible
June 23, 2013 LI: Meet the Jurors
June 24, 2013 LI: Day 1 – Opening Statements
June 24, 2013 LI: Day One – Analysis of Opening Statements
June 24, 2013 LI: Day One – Analysis of State’s First Four Witnesses
June 25, 2013 LI: Day 2 – Analysis of State’s Witnesses
June 26, 2013 LI: Witnesses: Trayvon on ground when shot, Zimmerman on top in fight
June 26, 2013 LI: Day 3 – End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State’s Witnesses
June 27, 2013 LI: Mid-Day 4 — West’s Cross-Examination of Rachel Jeantel
June 27, 2013 LI: End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State’s Witnesses
June 28, 2013 LI: BLOCKBUSTER — TRANSCRIPT — Eyewitness Good: Black guy in black hoodie on top punching down Mixed Martial Arts style
June 28, 2013 LI: Has State Opened Door to Defense Introducing Martin Fight Video?
June 28, 2013 LI: Day 5 – Analysis & Video – State’s own witnesses undercut theory of guilt
June 29, 2013 LOSD: If State can’t get murder 2, can they get manslaughter? Yes . . . and no
June 30, 2013 LOSD: Evidentiary Flashback: AUTOPSY REPORT: Clinical cause of death of Trayvon Martin
June 30, 3013 LOSD: Why Can Martin’s Parents Stay in Courtroom, But Zimmerman’s Family Can’t? FL Law Explained
June 30, 2013 LI: How Much Injury Is Required Before Self-Defense is Justified?
July 1, 2013 LOSD: Evidentiary Flashback: Investigator Serino Tells FBI He Was Pressured to Bring Charges
July 1, 2013 LI: Mid-Day 6 — Zimmerman recounts fight for his life (recording)
July 1, 2013 LI: Day 6 – Analysis & Video – State’s witness Chris Serino seriously undermines charge
July 2, 2013 LOSD: Investigator Chris Serino Demoted to Patrolman by Superiors
July 2, 2013 LI: Mid-Day 7 — Serino more ambivalent, Osterman supports self-defense
July 2, 2013 LI: Day 7 Wrap Up: Prosecution recovers a little, prepared to introduce college records
July 3, 2013 LI: BLOCKBUSTER: State witness says Zimmerman wanted to be Prosecutor!
July 3, 2013 LI: Mid-Day 8 — State Wins Evidentiary Battle, Loses Testimony War
July 3, 2013 LI: Day 8: Live Video, Analysis & Reader Poll: DNA Inconclusive & Judge Nelson Terse
July 4, 2013 LI: How We Got Here, And Where We’re Going
July 5, 2013 LI: Trayvon Martin’s Brother: Originally not sure if it was Trayvon screaming on 911 call
July 5, 2013 LI: Day 9 — Families Feud Over Scream Identification
July 7, 2013 LI: Why Zimmerman’s Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted
July 8, 2013 LI: Day 10 — Mid-day — Vietnam Combat Medic Identifies Zimmerman as Screamer
July 8, 2013 LI: Implosion: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming
July 9, 2013 LOSD: What is the “Daubert standard” for admissibility of scientific evidence?
July 9, 2013 LI: Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End
July 10, 2013 LI: Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts
July 10, 2013 LI: Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow
July 11, 2013 LI: The Jury Instructions
July 11, 2013 LI: State’s Closing Argument: Two Hours of Raising Doubt
July 12, 2013 LI: Defense Gives Evidence-Rich Closing, State Appeals to “Heart”
July 12, 2013 LI: Closing Analysis – O’Mara: No Evidence of Guilt; Guy: Martin Deserves the Truth
July 13, 2013 LI: Jury Asks for Clarification on Manslaughter
July 13, 2013 LI: Verdict Reached: NOT GUILTY
July 14, 2013 LOSD: Angela Corey’s “Downfall”– LMAO Funny!
July 16, 2013 LI: Post-Zimmerman Acquittal: Civil Rights, Immunity, and Perjury
July 16, 2013 LI: Attorney Andrew Branca Participates on NPR Zimmerman Panel
July 25, 2013 LI: When Is Evidence of Your Attacker’s Character Admissible In Court?
July 26, 2013 LI: Why Judge Nelson Was Wrong to Exclude Martin’s Cell Phone Evidence
August 11, 2013 LI: True Story: GA Sex Offender Seeks Re-Trial of Zimmerman
August 19, 2013 LI: Deceptive Trayvon Martin Shooting Reenactment Video Released
Andrew F. Branca is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), the NRA Store, Gun Digest, and many other re-sellers.
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