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Old 07-11-2013, 04:37 PM   #461
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I guess I will know when a verdict has been announced by watching for when the hood part of town is burned down by its inhabitants. Smoke signals, I guess you would call it.
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sounds about right.
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I cant decide if this was her attempt to create or prevent a mistrial:
For those of us not watching videos or the live coverage, what was this about?
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here's a good summary:

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Former Senatorial candidate Richard Rivette also expressed his shock at the judge’s behavior.
“This judge is an idiot. I spent five years investigating high profile capital cases defending people from the death penalty, and worked for the Federal judiciary as an independent investigator on other cases. No judge ever inquires as to whether a defendant will testify until the entire defense case is presented. If the defense rests and does not call the defendant then the judge knows there will be no testimony. If the defense calls the defendant then that’s when the judge finds out. They have to get through the entire case first. To see if it is valid after prosecution cross-examines their witnesses and experts as to whether a defendant SHOULD testify, which is decided in private not in public, and NOT on the record. By doing this, the judge has undermined a portion of Zimmerman’s credibility. He looks like he is waffling and this is normal judge/defendant questioning, which it is NOT,” said Rivette.
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“By demanding that Zimmerman respond to a question, after she has assured him that he has the right to remain silent, she is undermining his right to remain silent and making it appear as though he and his attorneys are not firm in their convictions.”
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The State invoked MLKJ in their closing.

The Defense: Thomas Jefferson.
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we all sat in silence for 4 minutes to represent how long TM had to run from when GZ said (which was collaborated by Jenteal [the girl on the phone with TM]) he ran, till the time of the altercation.
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I guess I will know when a verdict has been announced by watching for when the hood part of town is burned down by its inhabitants. Smoke signals, I guess you would call it.
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the case goes to the jury at 2:00pm expect to see them in about 2 hours.
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the case goes to the jury at 2:00pm expect to see them in about 2 hours.
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the case goes to the jury at 2:00pm expect to see them in about 2 hours.
**** that. It is a Friday afternoon. If I was on the jury I would be pushing to get that **** decided in less then 30min.
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they are beginning jury instructions now, so we'll see...
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I'm really curious to see how the manslaughter was introduced and defined to the jury and how or whether it was addressed in the closing arguments.

I heard O'Mara at one point was pretty rambling and not very compelling (about the time he called for the 4 minutes of silence).

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case is now with jury. 30 minutes to verdict
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I'm really curious to see how the manslaughter was introduced and defined to the jury and how or whether it was addressed in the closing arguments.
it wasnt talked about in closing, but the judge instructed the jury if they didn't find GZ guilty of 2nd°, they could consider the lesser charge of manslaughter where they were read the law which defined it.
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I hope they don't take manslaughter as a bone thrown to the court.
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Oh, and me and 18 guests all up in this thread???
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Jury Instructions:
Jury instructions in the George Zimmerman trial | News 13

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Justifiable use of deadly force


An issue in this case is whether George Zimmerman acted in self-defense. It is a defense to the crime of Second Degree Murder, and the lesser included offense of Manslaughter, if the death of Trayvon Martin resulted from the justifiable use of deadly force.

“Deadly force” means force likely to cause death or great bodily harm.

A person is justified in using deadly force if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself.

In deciding whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, you must judge him by the circumstances by which he was surrounded at the time the force was used. The danger facing George Zimmerman need not have been actual; however, to justify the use of deadly force, the appearance of danger must have been so real that a reasonably cautious and prudent person under the same circumstances would have believed that the danger could be avoided only through the use of that force. Based upon appearances, George Zimmerman must have actually believed that the danger was real.

If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

In considering the issue of self-defense, you may take into account the relative physical abilities and capacities of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.

If in your consideration of the issue of self-defense you have a reasonable doubt on the question of whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, you should find George Zimmerman not guilty.
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Given the information I have about the case it seems obvious to me the state did not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, but I think that all the political and racial things going on with this wont make it as obvious to most, possibly even the jurors.


The fact that a verdict wasnt decided in 3.5 hours worries me.
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Don't you people have jobs?
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