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Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:31 PM

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial

Source: Yahoo News

George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial
The Lookout
By Jason Sickles, an arrives for a pretrial hearing on Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty)

“Profiled”

“Vigilante”

“Self-appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain”

“Wannabe cop”

Suspected murderer George Zimmerman’s defense team calls the above list “inflammatory terms” and wants them banned from the opening statements of his trial. Jury selection begins on Monday.

“Some of these terms are disparaging, inappropriate, and if used in trial would serve only to unfairly prejudice the jury by eliciting unfounded connotations and unfair emotional responses,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara wrote in a motion to the court.

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The request also asks that prosecutors be prohibited from using these phrases during opening statements:

“He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.”

“He confronted Trayvon Martin.”

Motions seeking to limit evidence in a trial is not uncommon, but seldom target phrases or characterizations.

<snip>

Judge Debra S. Nelson has not yet ruled on the motion. She recently ruled defense lawyers, in their opening statements, would not be permitted to mention pictures of drugs and guns found on Martin's cell phone.

Zimmerman, 29, faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/george-zimmerman-wants-inflammatory-terms-banned-trial-163405912.html



I don't think he stands a chance of this.

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Reply George Zimmerman wants ‘inflammatory terms’ banned from trial (Original post)
marble falls Jun 2013 OP
hlthe2b Jun 2013 #1
marble falls Jun 2013 #2
arcane1 Jun 2013 #3
marble falls Jun 2013 #5
nolabear Jun 2013 #4
InAbLuEsTaTe Jun 2013 #6
reflection Jun 2013 #7
pacalo Jun 2013 #24
bullwinkle428 Jun 2013 #8
marble falls Jun 2013 #9
LuckyLib Jun 2013 #10
marble falls Jun 2013 #11
SoapBox Jun 2013 #12
NV Whino Jun 2013 #13
JustAnotherGen Jun 2013 #14
JDPriestly Jun 2013 #15
frylock Jun 2013 #16
wordpix Jun 2013 #17
grok Jun 2013 #18
Tom Ripley Jun 2013 #19
The Magistrate Jun 2013 #20
TekGryphon Jun 2013 #21
knitter4democracy Jun 2013 #22
Voice for Peace Jul 2013 #34
pacalo Jun 2013 #23
Fearless Jun 2013 #25
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2013 #29
Warpy Jun 2013 #26
ZombieHorde Jun 2013 #27
Lil Missy Jun 2013 #28
gordianot Jun 2013 #30
Arkana Jun 2013 #31
Solly Mack Jun 2013 #32
naaman fletcher Jun 2013 #33
Mosby Jul 2013 #35
Thor_MN Jul 2013 #36

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:33 PM

1. I should certainly hope he has no chance of prevailing...

The prosecutor has every right to present his/her case using the terminology appropriate to the case presented.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:34 PM

2. Now we know why his lawyer apologized. He's implyng the prosecutor needs to aplogize, too.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:40 PM

3. Are these the same fools who were parading around phony vids of Martin's friends?

Desperate idiots.

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:49 PM

5. same fools.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:42 PM

4. Oh c'mon. What are they going to do, speak in sign language? It's their JOB to inflame!

Just as it's the defenders' job to cast doubt and inflame in the other direction. I can see not letting things not relevant to the case in on wither side (like the photos on the cell phone or other things Zimmerman has said or done before) but if it's part of the case, it's part of the case.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:55 PM

6. Boo fkn hoo. Gimme an effin break.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:06 PM

7. In addition, Zimmerman's lawyers

would like all references to the death of Trayvon Martin, as well as George Zimmerman's name itself, banned from the discourse and stricken from any official records. Also, all jurors must reside in a sensory deprivation chamber for the duration of the trial, where they will not hear, see, or experience anything.

Now, there is a chance that one or more of the jurors could go into Altered States mode, but that's a risk we have to take in order to ensure that justice prevails.

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Response to reflection (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 11:34 PM

24. Speaking of altered states, look at Zimmerman's eyes...

This is at today's hearing:

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/iloHs6JTqO8zmFxXyrKrTA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/

George Zimmerman at a pretrial hearing Thursday. (Joe Burbank/Getty Images)

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:06 PM

8. I want a house overlooking the coastline at Big Sur, and a Lamborghini!

Hopefully, I have a better chance of getting what I want than he does.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:11 PM

9. Hopefuly you do and I hope you get your wish. Can I have a ride in your Lambo if it happens?

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:24 PM

10. George, you killed a human being. Inflammatory language in

front of a thinking jury should be the least of your worries.

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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:31 PM

11. An when he accepts a plea bargain and has to elocute,theseare the words he will have say ...

about himself.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:40 PM

12. Terms like MURDERER...KILLER...Armed Animal.

Fuck you Zimmerman...you were out to kill anyone of color.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 03:28 PM

13. You mean like beat and kill?

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 03:37 PM

14. You gotta be kidding me

He smells dirtier and dirtier every day.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 03:55 PM

15. Most of that language expresses opinions. None of it is racist or sexist

or discriminatory. Those are words of assessment. The jury can judge whether to agree with them or reject them. This will be interesting. The only one that might suggest a fact is “He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.” The one about "confronting" Trayvon Martin could get the prosecutor in trouble should the defense be able to show that somehow Zimmerman did not confront Martin. So the prosecutor might prefer not to use some of that language.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 06:08 PM

16. they also want gun, shot, dead, unarmed, black, and..

kid stricken from the record.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 07:02 PM

17. Wants to ban, "“He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.” Whaa ???

I guess he wants to ban all evidence and his movements that night, then.

Next he'll want to ban, "He saw Trayvon Martin walking."

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 07:45 PM

18. So i guess "went Gangsta on me" is NOT out of the question eh?

 

It should be in my opinion even though Trayvon used it to describe himself in a text.

Frankly using inflamatory language to put somebody down tells more about the describer than the described.

Either way i think it's best they jury come to their own conclusions without it.

No real need for it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/zimmermans-lawyers-release-text-messages-of-trayvon-martin.html?_r=0

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 07:54 PM

19. "If we can't put the victim on trial, you shouldn't be able to put the defendant on trial"

Translation

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 07:57 PM

20. We Have A Winner, Sir!

This is simply bizarre.

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #19)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 09:26 PM

21. I think that about sums it up

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 11:11 PM

22. Wait, that means the prosecution gets a list, too, right?

Let's ban:

hood
hoodlum
the n-word in any form
gangsta
rap
delinquent

Feel free to add the other ones Zimmerman and his attorneys have used that are obvious code.

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Response to knitter4democracy (Reply #22)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 06:34 PM

34. let's ban punch, jumped out, bashed my head, scared, self-defense as well

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 11:20 PM

23. He doesn't want to be prosecuted; I get that.

He wants only his concocted version to be heard.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 12:54 AM

25. How about "guilty"

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Response to Fearless (Reply #25)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 05:52 AM

29. +1!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 01:01 AM

26. How about "self appointed judge, jury and executioner?

Good luck, Georgie, on getting "vigilante" banned, along with "racist pigfucker."

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 01:11 AM

27. Ha! I don't blame him.

“He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.”


I can definitely see why he wouldn't want the jury to know that.

I don't think he stands a chance of this.


I hope you're right.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 01:18 AM

28. Ha! I'll bet he does!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 07:25 AM

30. Mr. Zimmerman would also like his pistol returned and be able to follow the jury home in his truck.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 08:26 AM

31. So basically anything that paints Zimmerman in a negative light is unacceptable?

Yeah, he's not getting this.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 08:36 AM

32. "He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.”

So he wants to exclude facts from his trial.

Snort

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #32)

Fri Jun 7, 2013, 02:14 PM

33. Well

 

The actual phrase used was "we don't need you to do that", i'm 50-50 on whether or not that is an instruction not to do something.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 07:15 PM

35. Has this been ruled on yet? nt

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Response to Mosby (Reply #35)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 09:52 PM

36. The thread is from early June...

The prosecution rested yesterday, opening statements happened awhile ago.

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