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Zimmerman Trial: Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman really “racially profile” Martin?

One of the abiding myths of the Zimmerman prosecution has been the claim that Zimmerman “racially profiled” Martin.  Although racial profiling is not a crime of any sort in Florida, the prosecution was desperate for any misconduct they could use as a foundation to claim that Zimmerman had possessed a “depraved mind” when he killed Martin.   Indeed, the claim that Zimmerman “profiled” Martin is at the core of the State’s laughably deficient affidavit of …

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Zimmerman Trial: Evidentiary Flashback: Affidavit for Probable Cause–Count the untruths

George Zimmerman was arrested, charged, and soon will be tried for murder in the second degree based upon the affidavit for probable cause submitted by investigators from Angela Corey’s office.  These two investigators, T.C. O’Steen and K.D. “Dale” Gilbreath, at the time collectively possessing 44 years of law enforcement including decades in homicides, put down on paper and under oath the words contained in this affidavit. Reading it now, with so much evidence finally revealed …

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Zimmerman Trial: Myth Busters: Did Zimmerman disobey police orders to stay in car?

One of the many untruths in the Zimmerman case that has been vigorously disseminated and ingrained into the public consciousness is, variously, that Zimmerman “chased/followed” Martin against police orders, or that he exited his vehicle after being told to stay inside the vehicle, or other variations of this theme. This narrative has continued, with the full-hearted support of the mainstream media and its hundreds of “investigative reporters” despite the fact that even a cursory review …

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Zimmerman Trial: Evidentiary Flashback: Zimmerman’s 1st Written Statement to Police the Night of the Shooting

George Zimmerman fired the shot that killed Trayvon Martin at 7:17PM, Sunday, February 26, 2012. Just over four hours later, at 11:36PM, Zimmerman signed a 4-page written statement recounting the events of the shooting to Investigator Singleton of the Sanford Police Department. Here is a transcribed version of that statement. (Images of the actual statement can be seen below the transcript.) Page 1: In August of 2011 my neighbors house was broken into while she …

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ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: EVIDENTIARY FLASHBACK: Zimmerman Recalls Fatal Fight to Police

Below is a snippet from the transcript of the February 27, 2012 Sanford Police Department interview of George Zimmerman by Investigator Singleton, the day after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. (Strangely, the transcript states it was taken on February 22, but the shooting did not occur until February 26, so it is likely the transcriptionist simply misheard the date when listening to the audio recording.  “Twenty-second” and “twenty-seventh” can easily be confused on a poor …

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Zimmerman Jury Selection — Day One Wrap-Up

I just posted up the wrap-up for day one of jury selection in the Zimmerman case.  Some interesting, particularly how effective the misinformation campaign waged by the Martin family lawyers have been at poisoning the jury pool. For all the details, click here over to Legal Insurrection. Tomorrow we do another day of live stream, all-day coverage of day two of jury selection. Best, Andrew

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LIVE: Zimmerman Trial All-Day Coverage (Today: Jury Selection)

I’ve just launched the start of my all-day coverage of State of Florida v. Zimmerman (1712FO4573) over at Legal Insurrection. In addition to the types of comprehensive legal analysis already posted there in the course of last week’s pretrial hearings, we are introducing all-day coverage of the trial itself, including a live video feed from the court room and live Twitter feed of selected commentators. Over the course of the day I’ll include brief commentary …

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Zimmerman Case: The Five Principles of the Law of Self Defense

Hey folks, A few minutes ago I uploaded up my most recent blog post related to the Zimmerman case at the Legal Insurrection web site. The court is recessed for the day, so rather than focus on the case directly I thought we’d take a chance to do a quick overview of the relevant Florida self-defense statutes, and the presentation of the Five Principles of the Law of Self Defense as a conceptual framework for understanding the self …

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Zimmerman Case: Experts Call State’s Scream Claims “Absurd” “Ridiculous” and “Imaginary Stuff”

Hey folks, A few minutes ago I put up my most recent blog coverage of the Zimmerman case at the Legal Insurrection web site. In it I cover  yesterday’s testimony of the defense’s expert witnesses on speech science, Dr. J.P. (Peter) French and Dr. George Doddington.  Their testimony was terribly destructive of the State’s expert witnesses (Mr. Tom Owens and Dr. Alan R. Reich) and their testimony, and both men repeatedly laughed out loud at …

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Zimmerman Case: Hear Trayvon Martin’s Voice for First Time

Hey folks, In breaking news, for the first time we have an exemplar of Trayvon Martin’s voice, obtained by ABC News.  To date, the lack of an exemplar has greatly complicated speech analysis of the background screams in the Witness #11 911 call. Trayvon’s voice can be heard here (note that I’ve looped the little I have three times). For comparison purposes, the relevant portion of the Witness #11 911 call can be heard here. …

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