The trial of George Zimmerman, who is charged with Murder Two for killing Trayvon Martin, will recess for the July Fourth holiday only—the jury is sequestered and there is obviously pressure to reach a verdict as soon as possible.
As a blogger, I have watched all the testimony so far. (On Tuesday, incredibly, Judge Debra Nelson instructed the jury to disregard prosecution witness police officer Chris Serino’s testimony that he believed Zimmerman’s story—and Jacksonville medical examiner Valerie Rao, for some reason an Indian immigrant from Madras, controversially testified that Zimmerman’s bloody head wounds were “very insignificant.”)
My assessment: if this were a football game, the Zimmerman team would be ahead 35-10. That doesn’t bode well for the railroading of Zimmerman. But that project is far from exhausted.
What all of the testimony so far has hammered home again and again: there never was any case against George Zimmerman.
This is a political show trial. Prosecutors, and their political masters, expected to railroad an innocent man for an imaginary crime, with the help of the Politically Correct Main Stream Media.
But thousands of patriotic Americans saw what was at stake and variously blogged on the case, doing for nothing what the MSM is paid for, and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Zimmerman’s defense fund (which the Florida legal bureaucracy has since neutralized, prosecuting Zimmerman’s wife for perjury on a technical issue).
Those patriotic Americans remembered the Duke Rape Hoax, and no doubt multiple similar hoaxes. They saw the Trayvon Martin Hoax as yet another “anti-racist” lynching, with questionable black “victims” supported by powerful Politically Correct whites—and, in this case, by a President who publicly encouraged the frenzy against white-enough Zimmerman.
My quick thoughts:
Through the first three days last week, presiding judge, aka “prosecutor’s assistant” (John Derbyshire) Debra Nelson sustained every objection made by the prosecution, including making it impossible for defense counsel Don West to make a proper opening argument, while overruling most defense objections, leaving defense counsel at times speechless.
It appeared that Judge Nelson had no intention of granting George Zimmerman a vigorous defense or a fair trial. Most people fail to realize that judges, far from being demigods, are typically no more than pompous political hacks. (Nelson’s later rulings have been less consistent.)
Judge Nelson’s teammates: prosecutors John Guy, Bernie de la Rionda, and Richard Mantei, and Special Prosecutor Angela Corley. Guy asserted in his opening that Zimmerman had had “hate in his heart.”
All are white.
In spite of their disadvantages, Zimmerman’s high-priced defense team of Mark O’Mara and Don West has succeeded in turning most prosecution witnesses into defense witnesses—showing them committing rampant perjury or being manipulated in their perceptions by the MSM. In fact, the defense has strongly and credibly insinuated that the prosecution has suborned perjury. In one case, where a prosecution witness hostile to the defense was not guilty of perjury per se, Homeowners Association president Donald O’Brien, the defense neutralized him by getting him to contradict himself by admitting that some “stucco guys” had forestalled a burglary by following the (black) burglar from a distance—as Zimmerman tried to do with Trayvon.
Two prosecution witnesses, Selma Mora and Rachel Jeantel, were incompetent in English, and many were perjury machines.
Selma Mora, a comely Colombian immigrant who had been a neighbor of Zimmerman’s, required an interpreter—despite having lived here for 12 years, raising a now-eight-year-old American-born daughter, having worked for nine years in the Miami area as an architect and interior decorator, having had a native-born American roommate, alleged earwitness Mary Cutcher—and being a naturalized American citizen. (Facility in English is supposed to be a condition of naturalization).
Judge Nelson ordered Spanish-speaking jurors (there are Spanish-speaking jurors?) to ignore their own ears if they heard Mora say something that contradicted the “official” court translation. Even pro-prosecution HLN commentators emphasized how difficult it would be for the defense to cross-examine a witness through an interpreter.
Fortunately, Mora had nothing of significance to say for either side.
But even if the Amnesty/Immigration Surge bill is killed, thousands of criminal and civil cases will hinge on the sworn statements, testimony and, yes, jury duty of people who have refused to learn English (or adopt American legal norms), and highly paid, yet often untrustworthy and/or incompetent interpreters.
The prosecution’s star witness, who testified for seven hours over the course of Wednesday and Thursday: Rachel Jeantel, aka “Dee-Dee,” a black, 19-year-old “high school student” accurately described by my VDARE.com colleague John Derbyshire as “a 300-pound slab of ghetto attitude.”
Jaentel was argumentative, openly hostile, racially antagonistic, and an imbecile. She committed perjury by telling lies on top of lies, lying about the lies, and insulting and trying to intimidate defense attorney Don West when he pursued her lies.
Jeantel did have a certain cunning: she mumbled whenever she didn’t want someone to understand what she was saying. (And then lied about what she’d mumbled!)
Jeantel, born in America to a Haitian mother and Dominican father, claimed to be multilingual (English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish), but she did not appear to be competent in any language. She had dictated a letter for Martin’s mother to a friend, but once she was shown not to have written it (because she couldn’t read it!), she claimed, “I don’t know cursive,” but then lied yet again, “I know English very well.”
My guess: Jeantel had never previously had anything she said challenged by a white person.
Rachel Jeantel reminds me of Crystal Gail Mangum, the Duke rape-hoaxer. Like Jeantel, Mangum contradicted herself so frequently that one of her victims’ attorneys said that anything she said was exculpatory, because it contradicted everything else she’d said. But, as in the Duke case, supporters of the persecution have turned the burden of proof upside down, demanding that the accused prove his innocence.
Jeantel claimed that the incident was racial on Zimmerman’s part, before testifying that while on the phone to her, Martin had referred to Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker.” West responded: “Trayvon Martin put race in this.” Jeantel denied this. Only days after celebrity chef Paula Deen’s life was destroyed for having referred, in 1986, to a black bank robber who’d held a gun to her head as a “n—-r,” Jeantel asserted that is not at all racist for blacks to refer, in the present, to whites as “crackers.”
Jeantel has quite a cheering section, not only of racist blacks, but of white females (many of whom identify as middle-aged), who insist that other whites are “racist” and/or “don’t understand” Jeantel.
HLN “legal expert” “Mel” Robbins, like most of the liberal media a huge Jeantel fan, claimed that Jeantel was a “very unusual witness.” If only. There are millions of blacks with the same hard-core racial antagonisms, whether they are street thugs like Jeantel, or celebrities with diplomas and sinecures from Harvard.
And thousands of court cases will hinge on their testimony and jury duty.
Let’s be frank: The MSM set this trial up as part of Obama’s re-electon campaign, beginning in March, 2012. And it works. Even honest witnesses were clearly confused about the respective sizes of Martin and Zimmerman, due to the MSM disinformation campaign, which constantly showed pictures of Martin when he was 10-12 years old.
Other atrocities: the doctored the non-emergency call tape that made Zimmerman sound like a racist, the misrepresented video of Zimmerman at the Sanford Police Department; the revival on the eve of the trial of the blood libel of Zimmerman (“f—-n coons”) in his non-emergency call to police; the misrepresentation, in the trial, of George Zimmerman, who was fighting back tears; as “showing no emotion;” turning Jonathan Good’s testimony about Martin’s attack on Zimmerman into a case of Martin fighting for his life.
Martin was a racist, a burglar, a drug abuser, a violence-worshiper, who sought to make George Zimmerman his first murder victim. His parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, did not raise him to be a gentleman.
If there were any justice, the blogger Sundance at The Last Refuge/Conservative Treehouse would win a Pulitzer Prize for showing that The Martin family and its advisers were closely involved in the MSM/”Civil Rights” frenzy.
On February 28, 2012, apparently simply because the man who’d shot his son was named “Zimmerman,” Tracy Martin contacted his sister-in-law, lawyer Patricia Jones, who in turn contacted “civil rights” shakedown attorney Benjamin Crump. He immediately brought in lawyer and NAACP board member Natalie Jackson and got Al Sharpton to support the agitation. Crump and Jackson also brought in white PR man Ryan Julison (who worked for free). The MSM Hoax hysteria swung into action. Martin’s parents cleaned up from the homeowner’s association, to the tune of $1,000,000, have raised thousands of dollars for non-existent legal expenses, and seek to profit many millions more.
One telling vignette: During a June 24 pre-trial hearing, Zimmerman family friend Tim Tucholski testified under oath that one or two weeks earlier, during jury selection, he had held a door open for people entering the courtroom, and that Tracy Martin, who was coming through, looked at an ID badge hanging from Tucholski’s neck saying he was from the Zimmerman contingent, and cursed him under his breath (“motherf—-r”).
Despite his lawyers’ initial success, powerful forces are still lined up against Zimmerman: The MSM, the Florida state government and, if Judge Nelson does not do her job, the federal government.
Nicholas Stix [email him] is a New York City-based journalist and researcher, much of whose work focuses on the nexus of race, crime, and education. He spent much of the 1990s teaching college in New York and New Jersey. His work has appeared in Chronicles, The New York Post, Weekly Standard, Daily News, New York Newsday, American Renaissance, Academic Questions, Ideas on Liberty and many other publications. Stix was the project director and principal author of the NPI report, The State of White America-2007. He blogs at Nicholas Stix, Uncensored.