Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow

The defense team continued on what is expected to be the last day of their presentation of their case. The day began and ended with a bang. This morning Judge Nelson denied the defense’s request to introduce their animated movie as evidence, although they will be permitted to use it for demonstrative purposes during closing. Professor Jacobson covered this breaking news this morning here: Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts …

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Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

As first reported at Legal Insurrection: The Judge in the Zimmerman trial just ruled that the jury will not get to see numerous text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding his prowess at fighting, including texts as to how to punch someone in the nose and make them bleed. The Judge did not give an explanation for her ruling other than to stand by her prior ruling as to social media evidence. It is not …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 12: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’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: Zimmerman Trial Day 12: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses We have brief summaries of the previous day’s events (including last night’s fireworks!) along links to detailed more posts below the second video feed at the bottom of this …

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Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End

Hey folks, I just sent live, up at Legal Insurrection, my end of day-wrap of today’s trial events: Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End As the title suggests, the single most important reveal today in court was O’Mara’s statement that he expects to rest his case tomorrow, and the destruction wrought by the expert testimony of forensic pathologist Vincent Di Maio on the State’s theory of the …

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What is the “Daubert standard” for admissibility of scientific evidence?

The Zimmerman Court is currently holding a Daubert hearing a Daubert hearing vis a vis the desire of the defense to submit into evidence an animated video they have created to communicate their view of the events of February 26, 2012 to the jury. The Daubert standard replaced the older Frye standard in Florida effective July 1, 2013. A Daubert hearing is the means by which a trial judge makes a preliminary assessment of whether …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 11: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

I trust that everyone had a safe and satisfying extended (for some of you) 4th of July weekend. 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. You can access this live coverage NOW LIVE (started early) (EST) over at …

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IMPLOSION: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming

Hey folks, I just sent live, up at Legal Insurrection, my end of day-wrap of today’s trial events: Implosion: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming As the title suggests, the single most important event of today’s testimony was the utter implosion of the State’s “scream” narrative into which they had invested the last remaining splinters of their theory of the case. Also important were some evidentiary rulings at day’s end, including Judge …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 10: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

I trust that everyone had a safe and satisfying extended (for some of you) 4th of July weekend. 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. NOW LIVE: You can access this live coverage over at Legal Insurrection by …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 10–Mid-day –Vietnam Combat Medic Identifies Zimmerman as Screamer

Hey folks, I just posted up a mid-day wrap-up of the morning’s testimony, including video of the testimony, here: Zimmerman Trial Day 10–Mid-day –Vietnam Combat Medic Identifies Zimmerman as Screamer Don’t forget to come back to where we are covering the afternoon’s testimony live by clicking here: NOW LIVE: Zimmerman Trial Day 10: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses P.S. We’ve decided to run a 20% discount on the just releases “The Law …

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Why Zimmerman’s Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted

Hey folks, I just sent live, up at Legal Insurrection, my weekend Zimmerman post, entitled: Why Zimmerman’s Motion for Acquittal Should Have Been Granted It’s a fairly lengthy exposition of the case made by Mark O’Mara for why Florida v. Zimmerman is a text-book example of a case in desperate need for a judgment of acquittal.  O’Mara’s arguments were well-founded and supported by extensive case law (all of which I’ve hyperlinked to the full-length decisions …

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