The Zimmerman Files: Aggregated day-by-day live coverage & analysis

Hey folks,
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.



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, @LawSelfDefense

Andrew F. Branca is a Massachusetts lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition.”

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