Zimmerman Update — Investigator Chris Serino Demoted to Patrolman by Superiors

Hey folks, Well, we already knew from Chris Serino’s testimony yesterday that he was under considerable outside pressure to bring charges against Zimmerman: Zimmerman Trial Day 6 – Analysis & Video – State’s witness Chris Serino seriously undermines charge We also know from the FBI report of their interview with him that he felt such …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 7: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

Hey folks, Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, and breaking news will be added at the bottom of this post. During the lunch recess, or immediately thereafter, we will …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 6 – Analysis & Video – State’s witness Chris Serino seriously undermines charge

Hey folks, For those who are interested, my end-of-day video and analysis of the Day 6 of Florida v. Zimmerman has just been posted.  If you didn’t listen to the live streaming of the Zimmerman case, you missed the most astonishing cross-examination of a trial that has been hip-deep in astonishing cross-examinations. (Fortunately for you, …

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Zimmerman Trial: Evidentiary Flashback: Investigator Serino Tells FBI He Was Pressured to Bring Charges

Little known to many observers of the Zimmerman trial is the full role of Investigatory Chris Serino. Serino was among the first on the scene, arriving after Zimmerman had been transported to the Sanford Police Department, but early enough to begin interviewing witnesses. We all know by now that Zimmerman was not arrested for the …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 6: Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

Hey folks, Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, and breaking news will be added at the bottom of this post. During the lunch recess, or immediately thereafter, we will …

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Zimmerman Update — How Much Injury Is Required Before Self-Defense is Justified?

Hey folks, I just put up our last Zimmerman post of the weekend over at Legal Insurrection, on the issue of how much injury a person is required to suffer before they can legally use deadly force in self-defense. I’ve linked it below. In the meantime, don’t forget to join us again tomorrow, 9:00AM, right …

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Zimmerman Trial: Why Can Martin’s Parents Stay in Courtroom, But Zimmerman’s Family Can’t? FL Law Explained

Hey folks, I’ve received a lot of messages since the start of the trial about why it is that Judge Nelson threw the Zimmerman family out of the courtroom, but allowed the Martin family to stay. Clearly both are there for similar reasons–the Zimmerman family to support their son George, the defendant, and the Martin …

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Zimmerman Trial: Evidentiary Flashback: AUTOPSY REPORT: Clinical cause of death of Trayvon Martin

It is common knowledge at this point that George Zimmerman fired a single 115g 9mm JHP bullet into the chest of Trayvon Martin the night of February 26, 2012, that the bullet struck Martin’s heart, and that Martin died as a result of his injuries. I have obtained a copy of the official autopsy report …

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Zimmerman Trial: If State can’t get murder 2, can they get manslaughter? Yes . . . and no

Hey folks, As we all know by now, Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder. In Florida second degree murder requires that the State prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Zimmerman possessed a “depraved mind” at the moment he killed Trayvon Martin. For an explanation of Florida’s requirement of a “depraved mind,” click here: …

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Zimmerman Trial – Open Comment Forum – Weekend Wrap-Up & Reader Poll

Hey folks, Our Friday end-of-day analysis post had accumulated in excess of 200 comments, and, perhaps coincidentally, we also began hearing increasing complaints of slow loading.  Whether the cause is the large number of comments or some other aspect of the page, Professor Jacobson and I thought it would be worthwhile to put up a …

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