Wishful thinking: Imagining President Obama’s response to the #Gosnell verdict

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Our celebrity President finally weighed in today on the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and – as usual – had to make it about himself:

President Obama publicly and personally addressed the Trayvon Martin case for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly a week ago, relating his own experiences to the “pain” the black community is feeling and going on to question so-called “stand-your-ground” laws.

The president delivered extensive remarks during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. He suggested race may have played a strong role in the case, saying that if a “white male teen” were involved, “both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

He went far beyond his remarks a year ago in which he stirred controversy by saying if he had a son, he’d look like Martin.

“Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said.

Sigh. Ignoring the fact that the Zimmerman case had nothing to do with SYG laws, and the fact that Zimmerman utilized his weapon lawfully upon being attacked, let’s all fantasize for five seconds what it would have been like had the President bothered to comment on the Gosnell verdict as well.  Now, I KNOW he would NEVER display the kind of boldness and leadership needed to be able to make these remarks in the face of his pro-choice cult-like followers, but – again – this is a fantasy, not reality.  My imagined response from BO:

“I could have been any one of those babies 51 years ago.” And/or: “We need to revisit abortion laws to determine whether or not our clinics are safe enough for women.” **

I know. Too much to ask, right? Especially from the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history.  Sigh …

Planned Parenthood and Obama

Further proof of an America in decline. : (
(Photo via Jill Stanek)

** Note: I know abortion wasn’t legal in Hawaii at the time of Obama’s birth but my point was philosophical, not literal. :)

VIDEO: Zimmerman legal team O’Mara & West talk #gztrial, media frenzy on Hannity

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If you haven’t watched any post-Zimmerman verdict interview, you really should watch this one.  Last night, Sean Hannity interviewed Mark O’Mara and Don West, the attorneys for George Zimmerman, and they discussed the trial theatrics, the media frenzy that got us here, and the rogue prosecution and their potentially unlawful conduct prior to trial.

I have a feeling there will be much more to come on this case from these two, particularly from O’Mara. Sanctions may even be forthcoming against the prosecution – O’Mara alleges withholding of evidence, among other things. We shall see.

BTW, attorney Don West stirred up a hornet’s nest not only with his failed “knock knock joke” to start off the trial with, but also because of his sparring with Judge Debra Nelson as well as “star” prosecution witness Rachel Jeantal. Some find him abrasive and overly blunt, but I think with all the back and forth that has gone on regarding this case, blunt truths about the media, the prosecution and George Zimmerman himself are much-needed. Keep on keepin’ on, Mr. West. ;)

Not Guilty

The verdict is in.

Richard Cohen: In #gztrial aftermath, it’s time America STOPPED ignoring urban crime

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My mind has been a mosh pit of thoughts on this topic ever since the story of the tragic confrontation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman first hit the national spotlight, and my thoughts on urban crime have increased tenfold in the aftermath of Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict.  Our President, the DOJ, and the other Usual Race-Baiting Suspects like Rev. Al and Jesse  have continued to make the Zimmerman case as one about self defense and gun laws, and – of course – racism, ignoring the fact that Zimmerman used his gun lawfully in defense of his person, and also conveniently side-stepping the fact that all signs point to Zimmerman not coming remotely close to being a racist (he was a mentor to black teens, for starters).

The back story behind Zimmerman being on his way to Target and then stopping because he saw someone he thought was suspicious was that Trayvon Martin fit the profile of  the type of young men who had burglarized the Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood for the past year or so:  Hispanic and black teenagers, some of them wearing hoodies.   This is the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. While Trayvon Martin is a household name, not one of the so-called “civil rights activists” on the left are talking consistently ON A NATIONAL STAGE about any of the young black males who are murdered almost daily on the streets of Chicago, whose names none of us knows unless we live in the area. Why? Because there is no money to be made off of it, no career advancement in making black on black crime their central focus.   Sure, you may see local efforts but what about on the national level? Nothing.  And the murders continue.

Sadly, white liberals – who live in a perpetual state of liberal white guilt anyway – rush to jump on board any calls for “further investigation” into Zimmerman’s alleged “racism” while at the same time turning a blind eye to black on black crime that happens every day in urban areas.  Again, why? Because “that’s just how it is,” they’ll tell you.  Talk about racism!  “Let the black community handle it,” others will say, as if we ALL don’t have a vested interest in having EVERY person in our society be able to grow up in an environment that doesn’t see them afraid for their lives every time they walk down the street.

I find this ignorant, hypocritical attitude by self-important, narcissistic leftists unacceptable. And so does Richard Cohen. Penning an column in today’s Washington Post, Cohen – a liberal – writes (hat tip):

I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead. But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize. I don’t know whether Zimmerman is a racist. But I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.

One of those who quickly donned a hoodie was Christine Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council. Quinn was hardly a lonesome panderer. Lesser politicians joined her and, as she did, pronounced Zimmerman a criminal. “What George Zimmerman did was wrong, was a crime,” Quinn said before knowing all of the facts and before the jury uncooperatively found otherwise. She was half-right. What Zimmerman did was wrong. It was not, by verdict of his peers, a crime.

Where is the politician who will own up to the painful complexity of the problem and acknowledge the widespread fear of crime committed by young black males? This does not mean that raw racism has disappeared, and some judgments are not the product of invidious stereotyping. It does mean, though, that the public knows young black males commit a disproportionate amount of crime. In New York City, blacks make up a quarter of the population, yet they represent 78 percent of all shooting suspects — almost all of them young men. We know them from the nightly news.

Those statistics represent the justification for New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program, which amounts to racial profiling writ large. After all, if young black males are your shooters, then it ought to be young black males whom the police stop and frisk. Still, common sense and common decency, not to mention the law, insist on other variables such as suspicious behavior. Even still, race is a factor, without a doubt. It would be senseless for the police to be stopping Danish tourists in Times Square just to make the statistics look good.

[…]

In the meantime, the least we can do is talk honestly about the problem. It does no one any good to merely cite the number of stop-and-frisks involving black males without citing the murder statistics as well. Citing the former and not the latter is an Orwellian exercise in political correctness. It not only censors half of the story but also suggests that racism is the sole reason for the policy. This mindlessness, like racism itself, is repugnant.

Indeed. There is no better time than now to have this uncomfortable but much-needed conversation on a national level, Unfortunately, the powers that be have no interest in meaningfully addressing what has been described by some as an “epidemic” in the black community, even though thorough and candid discussion on the issue could lead to policies and solutions that would have the potential to save more young black men’s lives than any level of gun control and any degree of “investigations” into the “racist past” of George Zimmerman that probably doesn’t even exist.  If we could just find a way for the race profiteers to make money off of it …. :(

“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.” – Jesse Jackson, 1993

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

The best way to help move race relations in a better direction post-Zimmerman verdict? Refuse to allow these two serial race-hustlers the opportunity to inject their poison into it. 

Blacks killed in Chicago, July 1st to July 14th, 2013

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**Posted by Phineas

When a single African-American male was killed by a Hispanic man acting in self-defense, the event became national news for over a year. We were told by the major media that this showed how violent and racist a society American still is. And yet, for the 2,236 Blacks killed in Chicago, which has strict gun control, since 2007, we don’t hear all that much outrage from that same major media.

From the excellent site Redeye, here are the names, ages, dates of death, locations, and cause of death for African Americans killed in President Obama’s hometown in the first two weeks of July, 2013.

Ernest Carter, 35
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7/14/13 4000 W. Cullerton St.
North Lawndale
Gunshot
Blake Lamb, 22
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7/14/13 1600 W. Jonquil Terrace
Rogers Park
Gunshot
Joseph Brewer, Jr., 16
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7/14/13 10500 S. Oglesby Ave.
South Deering
Gunshot
Tommie Bates, 24
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Follow-up coverage
7/12/13 700 N. Central Ave.
Austin
Stabbing
Jeremy Morris, 25
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7/12/13 6800 S. Paxton Ave.
South Shore
Gunshot
Gizzell Ford, 8
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Follow-up coverage
7/12/13 5200 W. Adams St.
Austin
Strangulation
Jeremiah Brown, 27
Read more 
Follow-up coverage
7/11/13 6300 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago Lawn
Gunshot
Darryl Green, 17
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7/11/13 5600 S. Damen Ave.
West Englewood
Gunshot
Marlon Young, 39
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7/10/13 8700 S. Throop St.
Auburn Gresham
Gunshot
Marquise Chandler, 20
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7/8/13 400 S. Pulaski Rd.
West Garfield Park
Gunshot
Georgina Randell, 30
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Follow-up coverage
7/8/13 1600 S. Drake Ave.
North Lawndale
Gunshot
Ed Cooper, 15
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7/8/13 600 N. Lawndale Ave.
Humboldt Park
Gunshot
Ramone Godfrey, 19
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7/7/13
3:30 p.m.
HW352063
4700 S. Ashland Ave.
New City
Gunshot
Vehicle
Patricia Martin, 40
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7/7/13
12:01 a.m.
HW350899
10000 S. Princeton Ave.
Roseland
Assault
Residential Yard
Terry Patterson, 48
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7/6/13
5:50 p.m.
HW350944
2800 W. Flournoy St.
East Garfield Park
Gunshot
Street
Jerimiah Milsap, 24
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7/6/13
7:31 a.m.
HW350172
1000 W. Maxwell St.
Near West Side
Gunshot
Street
Shavonte Howard, 20
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Follow-up coverage
7/5/13
2:47 p.m.
HW347672
5600 S. Western Ave.
Gage Park
Gunshot
Vehicle
Elliott Frazier, 26
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7/5/13
6:23 a.m.
HW348705
7400 N. Paulina St.
Rogers Park
Gunshot
Street
Marlon Obanner, 31
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7/4/13
9:38 p.m.
HW348220
6200 S. Marshfield Ave.
West Englewood
Gunshot
Residential Yard
Steve Mabins, 21
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7/4/13
1:32 p.m.
HW347770
600 S. Francisco Ave.
East Garfield Park
Gunshot
Street
Theodis Young, 36
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7/4/13
12:19 p.m.
HW347684
7300 S. Wabash Ave.
Greater Grand Crossing
Gunshot
Apartment
Ernest McMullen, 26
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7/3/13
7:24 p.m.
HW346938
6600 S. Champlain Ave.
Woodlawn
Gunshot
Vehicle
Rayford Brown, 24
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7/3/13
6:51 p.m.
HW346859
2400 E. 79th St.
South Shore
Gunshot
Street
William Jones, 26
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7/3/13
1:16 p.m.
HW346348
8700 S. Loomis St.
Auburn Gresham
Gunshot
Street
Damani Henard, 14
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7/3/13
1:02 a.m.
HW345748
5000 W. North Ave.
Austin
Gunshot
Street
Ashley Hardmon, 19
Read more
7/2/13
10:14 p.m.
HW345588
1300 N. Lamon Ave.
Austin
Gunshot
Street
Terrence Graves, 23
Read more
7/2/13
5:55 a.m.
HW344421
800 W. 99th St.
Washington Heights
Gunshot
Street
Stephon Miller, 18
Read more
7/1/13
8:30 p.m.
HW343994
10400 S. Green St.
Washington Heights
Gunshot
Street

And about these, not a word from the President, the Attorney General, the MSM, civil rights “leaders,” or the rest of the race-grievance industry.

These victims don’t fit “the narrative,” you see.

via The Diplomad

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#GZtrial: George Zimmerman’s fate now fully rests in the hands of the jury

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Zimmerman Trial

The trial of George Zimmerman.
Graphic courtesy of WFTV.

Deep breaths, y’all:

George Zimmerman’s lead defense attorney urged jurors to let the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer “get back to his life” by finding him not guilty of murder or manslaughter in the 2012 confrontation that ended in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, saying the state prove Zimmerman did anything other than defend himself.

In a low-key and methodical presentation that began early Friday, defense attorney Mark O’Mara urged the all-female, six-member jury to not “fill in the gaps” or “connect the dots,” but to stick to facts. He ridiculed prosecutors for their forceful portrayal of Zimmerman as a wannabe cop who profiled an unarmed teen when he cut through the gated community where Zimmerman lived.

“That is not an unarmed teenager!” O’Mara said, hoisting a chunk of concrete to represent the pavement Martin allegedly bashed Zimmerman’s head against before the fatal shot.

For most of the three-hour presentation, O’Mara’s style was in sharp contrast to the fiery summation delivered by lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda a day earlier, in which he forcefully told jurors that Zimmerman’s inaccurate “assumptions” about Martin were responsible for the teen’s death on Feb. 26, 2012. But O’Mara became more emotional toward the end, reminding jurors that even a reasonable doubt in their minds that Zimmerman committed a crime can only mean acquittal.

“It is a tragedy, truly,” O’Mara said. “But you can’t allow sympathy.”

O’Mara’s summation was followed by the prosecution’s rebuttal, in which prosecutor John Guy told jurors that Zimmerman would have had to have faced deadly force to be justified in shooting Martin. Guy showed a picture of Zimmerman’s scalp and downplayed cuts on it.

“Did that man need to kill somebody? Kill a teenager?

“Did he really need to shoot, did he have to shoot, Trayvon Martin?” Guy asked the jury. “No he did not.”

Pray.

For those who watched the last two days of closing arguments, what did you think?

#GZtrial: Rogue prosecution starts closing arguments against George #Zimmerman

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The trial of George Zimmerman.
Graphic courtesy of WFTV.

Via Fox News:

A Florida prosecutor painted George Zimmerman as an angry vigilante who “tracked” Trayvon Martin through a gated community and provoked the confrontation that claimed the teenager’s life in a scorching summation Thursday.

“A teenager is dead,” said prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda in his closing argument. “He’s dead not just because the man made those assumptions, but because he acted on those assumptions and unfortunately, because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks on this Earth.”

The closing prosecution arguments brought the case one step closer to the jury. On Friday morning, defense lawyers were scheduled to present their closing arguments, followed by a prosecution rebuttal. Then the case will move to the all-female, six-member jury.

De la Rionda told the jury Thursday that Zimmerman wanted to be a police officer and that’s why he followed Martin through his neighborhood even though the teen wasn’t doing anything wrong.

“He assumed Trayvon Martin was a criminal. That is why we are here,” de la Rionda said.

Zimmerman showed ill will and hatred when he whispered profanities to a police dispatcher over his cell phone while following Martin, said de la Rionda as he urged jurors to hold Zimmerman accountable for his actions. In order to get a second-degree conviction, prosecutors must show Zimmerman showed ill will, hatred or spite.

“The law doesn’t allow people to take the law into their own hands,” de la Rionda said.

I have kept up with this trial since jury selection was over with and I can tell you right now that in the first week, before the defense ever called their first witness, reasonable doubt was flying all over the place regarding the allegations against George Zimmerman.   Nearly every single STATE witness, on cross, provided testimony that substantiated the crux of his account, which is that Trayvon Martin confronted HIM and started the fight, that Zimmerman didn’t display any “ill will” or “hatred” towards Martin.  Disgustingly enough, the state even argued at one point that POINTING A GUN IN AND OF ITSELF at another person constituted ill will and hatred towards someone else. I kid you not.  Their star witness, Rachel Jeantal – the young woman on the phone with Martin prior to the incident – is an admitted liar.  And another key witnesses’ testimony was so helpful to the defense that the state turned around and tried to discredit her w/ claims of bias!

Like I said early on, if the all-women jury of 6 didn’t gain a sense of reasonable doubt somewhere within the first couple of days – especially after EYEwitness John Good testified, God help George Zimmerman.

The defense gets to make their closing argument next, followed by a rebuttal from the state. Expect more fireworks tomorrow – and, as Florida pastors are urging, please continue to pray for a peaceful outcome, no matter the verdict ultimately reached by the jury.

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#GZtrial: First full day of defense’s case underway

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The trial of George Zimmerman.
Graphic courtesy of WFTV.

George Zimmerman’s attorneys have just started the first full day of the case they will present to the jury, and the witnesses who have testified so far are friends of Zimmerman. The defense has said they think they’ll be able to wrap up their case by Wednesday, which means there is a strong possibility the jury will get to start deliberations before the week is out.

After the state rested this past Friday, defense attorney Mark O’Mara made a plea to the judge to dismiss the case under the grounds that the state’s case did not meet the criteria for the 2nd degree murder charge that Zimmerman faces. After about an hour making his case, and a half an hour rebuttal by the state, Judge Nelson quickly denied O’Mara’s request and told the defense to call their first witness. It wasn’t exactly a surprise, as she’s been no help to the defense at all since Day 1 of this trial.

All you really need to know about the state’s case can be summed up in their Friday rebuttal to O’Mara. It was filled with lies and gross exaggerations, which I found particularly disgusting considering a man’s life is on the line here. One lie they told, arguably the biggest, was that a reasonable conclusion to draw from witness testimony is that George Zimmerman started the confrontation. If you’ve been paying close attention to the trial as I have, you’ll know that’s not even remotely true – unless you believe in admitted liar and “friend” of Trayvon Martin Rachel Jeantal. *NO ONE* saw who started the confrontation, and Jeantal was the last person to talk to Martin before everything happened. She has admitted to lies on several issues while on the stand and is not credible, and some have speculated she has been greatly coached by Martin family attorney Ben Crump.

In any event, if you can’t get to a TV, you can follow my Twitter list below of journalists and others who are live-tweeting the trial. A live feed video link is below that.


Video link:

FOX 35 News Orlando

#GZtrial: State likely to wrap up its case today

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Zimmerman Trial

The trial of George Zimmerman.
Graphic courtesy of WFTV.

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton has already testified this morning that she believes the screams heard on the 911 call were that of her son, while Trayvon’s older brother Jahvaris Fulton on cross-examination by the defense confirmed that he told a journalist a few weeks after the death of his brother that he was not sure if it was his brother screaming. It should be noted that Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, initially stated to investigators that the screams on the 911 call were NOT his son, but later changed his mind. The state is likely not to call him to testify, but you can expect the defense to.

The medical examiner is now testifying for the state. You can watch a Twitter feed of journalists live-tweeting the trial and other key players commentating on it below. A Fox35 Orlando live feed video is below that.


Video link:

FOX 35 News Orlando

Opening statements begin today in George Zimmerman trial

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that opening statements are scheduled to start today in the trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin:

SANFORD – Jurors will hear opening statements at the George Zimmerman murder trial today, as attorneys for both sides begin telling their version of what happened the night Zimmerman killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a homicide that set of weeks of civil rights rallies.

The six jurors and four alternates seated last week will be presented with starkly contrasting depictions of Zimmerman, 29: The state alleges that he profiled the unarmed teenager, then followed, confronted and killed Trayvon Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford.

Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder, says he fired the fatal shot in self-defense after Trayvon punched him to the ground and began beating him.

When the trial resumes about 9 a.m. today, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda is expected to present the state’s opening, followed by defense attorney Don West.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled late last week that the state can use several phrases in opening that Zimmerman’s defense team had argued were too inflammatory: Prosecutors can say Zimmerman was a “wannabe cop,” or a “vigilante,” the judge ruled. They can also say Zimmerman “confronted” Trayvon.

The judge also ruled the state can say Trayvon, a black teen from Miami Gardens, was profiled by Zimmerman, though she instructed prosecutors to avoid the phrase “racially profiled.”

Opening statements come on the heels of a major victory for Zimmerman’s defense: Nelson ruled Saturday that forensic audio analysts the state hoped to call as expert witnesses will not be allowed to testify at trial.

I’ve wrote extensively about the George Zimmerman case last year, but admittedly have not kept up with the legal wranglings that have taken place this year betweeen the prosecution and defense teams.  That being said, I believe this post where I detailed facts not widely known about the case, and deconstructed myths concocted by the mainstream media about the case is one you should probably read before the trial gets underway.  In particular, what I feel are the two most important facts about this case is that there were two EYEwitnesses, one a young teenage boy and the other a male resident of the apartment complex who both initially told reporters and/or law enforcement that they saw a man in a red jacket getting beat up on the ground underneath another man, and yelling for help.  The last I read, the state had managed to get to these two EYEwitnesses by making them think they “couldn’t be sure” of what they saw and heard, but it will be interesting to see if the defense either calls to the stand or brings up these two during the trial.

You can watch the trial online here.

As they say, stay tuned … and pray that – no matter the outcome – there will be no violent demonstrations as a result.

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman, the night everything happened. He also had multiple lacerations to the back of his head.