In two weeks, June 10, 2013, the second degree murder trial in Florida for George Zimmerman will begin. Today, the defense was in court where the Zimmerman camp asked a judge to delay the trial, which the judge denied. Other issues relating to admissible evidence was also heard relating to the murder of seventeen year old Martin’s past with much of it will not be admissible.
The ruling was among several important decisions by Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson during a two-hour hearing this morning at the Seminole County Courthouse. The judge ruled for the state on several key issues: The defense may not bring up Trayvon’s past marijuana use at trial, his school suspensions or alleged participation in fights, without clearing several legal hurdles and another ruling granting permission.
Mark O’Mara, a lawyer for Mr. Zimmerman, argued in court that Mr. Martin’s drug use could have made him more aggressive and paranoid, traits that could have prompted him to attack Mr. Zimmerman.
“All of that fits in squarely to what the defense is going to present: That George Zimmerman was put in the position that he had to act in self-defense,” Mr. O’Mara argued. “How could you keep us from arguing that?”
Judge Nelson replied: “The rules of evidence keep you from doing it.”
It is shameful, yet expected that the defense would put the child on trial. When it was Martin who received the ultimate injustice – DEATH – but then we have seen this before! Just remember the Emmitt Till case and the murders of Bunchie Carter, Fred Hampton, James Bird and countless others where justice was denied.
Let’s support the Martin family as we pray for justice. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…