It has been a fascinating experience to watch the 2nd Degree Murder trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL over the past few days, as one eyewitness after another has impeached their credibility.
- Selene Bahadoor added a new claim to her testimony, that she heard noises moving “left to right,” during her testimony that had not been there in any of her previous sworn statements and depositions. This next testimony seems to have resulted from a pretrial meeting with the prosecution last Thursday. The Defense exposed this on cross, and also revealed that Bahadoor did not actually see the fight. Bahadoor was also exposed to have “liked” a Facebook page for a “Justice foe Trayvon Martin” group, and signed a Change.Org petition for the same. She is an activist, not a witness.
- Jane Surdyka insists that there were three gunshots, despite the fact only one shot was expended from the magazine of George Zimmerman’s pistol, one shell casing was recovered, and one bullet was recovered from the body of Trayvon Martin. Surdyka also insisted that Martin was facedown on the ground when he was shot, a physical impossibility since he was shot in the chest. Surdyka also revealed that she used news coverage to later determine who she thought was who, asserting that she heard a boy’s voice calling for help, refusing to waver from her belief that a soft-spoken man like Zimmerman is incapable of such screaming under duress.
- Jeannee Manalao was forced to admit on cross examination that she never heard any specific words exchanged, and that she only saw “shadows” of men struggling and one of her neighbors (this becomes important later) beside them, missed the shot, and only saw Zimmerman later. Incredibly, she asserted that Zimmerman must have been on top, because she thought the “larger” man was on top. Zimmerman is 5’7″. Martin was 5’11″. How did Manalo come to her understanding that Zimmerman was the larger man? From viewing the oft-shared five-year-old pictures in the news of 17-year-old Martin as a child, well after the fact.
- Rachel Jeantel was the prosecution’s “star” eyewitness, and immediately had to admit on the witness stand to the prosecution that she “lies easily.” She lied in a sworn deposition (committing perjury) and lied to Martin’s mother about the reason she skipped Martin’s wake, and also lied about here age to Martin’s family to try to get out of testifying. The 19-year-old rising high school senior denies being Martin’s girlfriend, and denies sending hundreds of sexually-explicit text messages to Martin. She improbably suggests that her “friends” sent the hundreds of messages on her behalf to a guy that was just a friend. She’d also changed her statements on the witness stand from her sworn depositions, and was forced to recant on cross, admitting that she didn’t know if the voice crying for help was Trayvon.
Jenteal also became combative with Zimmerman defense attorney Don West, and threatened to not come back to testify today, where West has indicated he may have her on the witness stand for “several hours more.”
All four of these eyewitnesses have been a disaster for the prosecution, by any objective measure, and when considered with the evidence provided by other experts and witnesses, have completely failed to come close to the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard required for conviction. So far, it has been established that Zimmerman followed Martin, there was a struggle, and then Zimmerman shot Martin.
The prosecution, however, hasn’t even approached Zimmerman’s claim that he fired in self defense, in fear for his life, and we haven’t heard from the defense, who will feature the neighbor seen by Manalo (above) who stepped out his back door, was mere feet away, and positively identified the 17-year-old Martin mounted on Zimmerman, beating the crap out of him with “MMA-style” “ground and pound.”
This witness, combined with Zimmerman’s own concurring testimony and the forensic evidence and ballistic evidence, form something between an ironclad alibi based upon basic self defense laws, or at the very least, establish that Martin was the final aggressor, making a conviction (in a rational world) nearly impossible.
Pointing out these facts, however, has led to a consistent stream of name-calling, most having to do with race. Recalling testimony, citing the applicable laws, and correcting false information is apparently “racist.”
Pointing out to someone that their desire to convict Zimmerman regardless of guilt or evidence, is a cry for lynching, is “racist.”
Nearly any noting of inconsistencies, falsehoods, or evidence contrary to the desire to lynch Zimmerman, is “racist.”
Noting the evidence that suggests Trayvon Martin was severely beating George Zimmerman and may have been committing assault with a deadly weapon, is “racist.”
I think the applicable term for someone who wants a defendant convicted regardless of his guilt or innocence as a form of “social justice” is nothing more or less than “Zimmerman Derangement Syndrome.”
The media has it.