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Apr 12, 2012 54 Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Excerpted from Wagist: By almost any standard, Zimmerman’s legal defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting case has been a sort of ongoing cautionary tale for exactly what not to do if you’re facing potentially serious criminal charges.

Almost immediately, within around thirty-seven minutes after the shooting, Zimmerman was already waiving his right to an attorney. He then proceeded to interview with the police for several hours without any legal representation present.

Then the next day, still without any attorney present or legal advice, Zimmerman took the police back to the scene of the shooting at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, and reenacted what happened on the evening of February 26th with them, step-by-step on video.

Had Zimmerman’s narrative and recounting of the details of that evening been any less than 100% consistent, that’s the moment when everything would have fallen apart for him — sometime right around February 27th. The police had every reason and opportunity to document and doggedly pursue any differences they saw between Zimmerman’s initial interview and his video re-enactment the following day.

Rather than finding anything they could follow up with, what happened instead? The Sanford Police Department was unable to obtain any evidence that would allow them to press even involuntary manslaughter charges against Zimmerman. And no new evidence changed that, even as days and weeks passed.

As anyone who follows criminal justice knows, under harsh conditions and during long, station-house interviews, many people will end up confessing to crimes they didn’t even commit.

Most people are conditioned from an early age to have a bias towards telling authority figures what they want to hear.

Police have been known to take skillful advantage of this psychological blind spot to extract confessions and other incriminating information from suspects during interrogations.

Watch The Confessions on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

In one infamous case, four innocent men confessed to committing the same brutal rape and murder after being interrogated without legal counsel.

Even when DNA evidence exonerated them, years later, they were still not immediately released, because of the sheer weight a recorded confession carries.

Zimmerman not only didn’t confess to any sort of impropriety in his police interviews, he seems to have been 100% consistent in his statements.

Which brings us to today’s debacle with Zimmerman’s attorneys.

Apparently, Zimmerman has not been in contact with his legal team since Sunday. He unilaterally contacted a member of the media himself, Sean Hannity, and there are reports that Zimmerman contacted the state prosecutor, Angela Corey, himself as well.

It’s unclear how much of the web site he setup was vetted by his legal team. In any case, the site initially included a photo of graffiti vandalism in Ohio that has since been removed from the “album” page.

All of this, of course, must have been pretty horrifying for Zimmerman’s attorneys, who seem to have been doing their best to rehabilitate Zimmerman’s public appearance. They called a press conference to announce that they are withdrawing from the case until such a time when Zimmerman is back in contact with them.

The Investigations

There was initially a pretty strong assumption by most people (mainly due to the incredibly biased media reporting of the incident) that the Sanford Police Department had somehow been complicit in not charging George Zimmerman.

But as time has gone on, it seems the investigation the department carried out was actually extremely by the book. Lately, people have changed tack; they don’t like the conclusions the investigation reached and feel state law must be to blame.

While the police spent weeks attempting to gather evidence and press charges against Zimmerman, the facts of the case simply didn’t materialize in a way that implicated Zimmerman as having committed manslaughter.

Then the case was blown up by the media, and more and more investigatory branches of the government became involved, including the Department of Justice and the FBI, but evidence against Zimmerman has still remained elusive. If there is any strong evidence against him, it hasn’t been released by the prosecutors thus far.

While some have said it was reckless for Zimmerman to leave his truck at all, the law simply does not codify that. Leaving one’s vehicle inside one’s own neighborhood cannot legally be considered “reckless” behavior, especially when Zimmerman was well-known as being the neighborhood watch captain for the community.

Of course, it makes sense that Zimmerman would leave his truck to investigate something he considered suspicious, especially when he was relaying information to a 911 dispatcher.

Many people have taken issue with the fact that Zimmerman was armed as well, but legally speaking, it is unlikely to matter.

Around 900k Florida residents have have concealed carry licenses. Carrying a weapon in one’s own neighborhood is not uncommon, nor does it have any special impact on this case. There is no evidence thus far that Zimmerman was brandishing his firearm or otherwise using it inappropriately.

It may be that Zimmerman simply doesn’t need his legal advisers as badly as most people assumed that he did. Presumably no inconsistencies were found in his statements on February 26th or February 27th. Had there been any serious discrepancies, the police would have already had plenty of rope to hang him with.

The crux of the case comes down to what was happening in the sixty seconds preceding the shooting. And those sixty seconds happen to be the part of the encounter we know the most about.

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  • YERMOM182

    Innocent until proven guilty… beyond a shadow of a Doubt.

    gonna be a tough one to prove.

  • fubijar

    The prosecution wil ltry to stack the jury withblacks and non gun owners.

  • fubijar

    depends entirely on the jury. They stacked the O J jury to get the results they wanted.

  • Fiona .

    I don’t know man….I’m thinking there is no fucking way they can get a conviction on Zimmerman. - Problem is, a full blown acquittal means possible riots of epic proportion.

  • fubijar

    Riots epic proportion will seal barry soetero’s demise.

    Hopefully a jury won’t be intimidated by this.

  • LockandLoad_v2

    This trial is going to be a lot more about having the guts and character to accept the evidence than anything else. Zimmerman is already an inch away from the gallows in the minds of much of the black sheeple masses, and they want blood regardless of what the evidence will be - so will the court be biased and take that into account, or will it do what the evidence demands….?

  • AFITgrad86

    Word of advice to all concealed carry permit holders — there are organizations that offer legal representation should you need to use you weapon in self defense. This would be a prudent investment. Also, if you need to defend yourself you should avail yourself of opportunity to consult counsel. Not doing so puts us at risk of this type of situation. Did GZ fire in self defense? I don’t know .. only one person knows for sure.

    What I want to know is where was the entry wound (front or back) and were there powder burns indicating a close range encounter. Also, did the deceased have the large screwdriver on his person that he was seen with previously? And most important .. did GZ feel that his life was in imminent peril and that he could die in the next few seconds if he did not take defensive action.

    The above .. separate from politics or racial arguments .. are the salient facts in this discussion. If someone can shed light on them please do so…

  • mike3481

    When I heard he was being charged with 2nd degree murder, I immediately thought that they might be simply buying time to let everything cool down until the nation’s attention is focus is on some other issue and then the D.A. will drop the charges and declare the incident a justified shooting/homicide.

    Furthermore, under Florida Law one cannot bring a civil suit in this instance.

    Guess well see, huh?

  • mike3481

    When I heard he was being charged with 2nd degree murder, I immediately thought that they might be simply buying time to let everything cool down until the nation’s attention is focus is on some other issue and then the D.A. will drop the charges and declare the incident a justified shooting/homicide.

    Furthermore, under Florida Law one cannot bring a civil suit in this instance.

    Guess well see, huh?

  • mike3481

    When I heard he was being charged with 2nd degree murder, I immediately thought that they might be simply buying time to let everything cool down until the nation’s attention is focus is on some other issue and then the D.A. will drop the charges and declare the incident a justified shooting/homicide.

    Furthermore, under Florida Law one cannot bring a civil suit in this instance.

    Guess well see, huh?

  • mike3481

    When I heard he was being charged with 2nd degree murder, I immediately thought that they might be simply buying time to let everything cool down until the nation’s attention is focus is on some other issue and then the D.A. will drop the charges and declare the incident a justified shooting/homicide.

    Furthermore, under Florida Law one cannot bring a civil suit in this instance.

    Guess well see, huh?

  • JDELTA

    Signposts on the freeway to civil war or full-blown tyranny are flashing by in a blur.

  • JDELTA

    Signposts on the freeway to civil war or full-blown tyranny are flashing by in a blur.

  • JDELTA

    Signposts on the freeway to civil war or full-blown tyranny are flashing by in a blur.

  • JDELTA

    Signposts on the freeway to civil war or full-blown tyranny are flashing by in a blur.

  • CrustyB

    If Zimmerman is innocent and gets acquitted I’m not afraid of riots. Riots just mean we get to make more hoodrat martyrs. Bring it.

  • wwteddo

    A judge has a big impact also with the rules and directives he instructs to the jury when they begin to deliberate.

  • http://touchstonesjests.blogspot.com/ TouchStone

    Will the judge follow the law, or racist pressure?

  • http://twitter.com/NHEbrLvr ebrlvr

    Get ready for the Summer Of Love…

  • RockyMtn1776

    I really doubt if Zimmerman can get a fair trial in Fla. the entire state is in a total panic as to what will happen if he is found innocent. The entire nation may be looking at a long, hot summer no matter what way this case goes. Holder expects a max jail term out of this and will put pressure on to see it happens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Holmes/100002175443437 John Holmes

    Defence be looking for a anthony jury, worst murder possible, i can`t remember her 1st name, down there in florida, just look, a little bit of time and we forget name…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EFQDHZJT5TVOBZLK344WGHNU4 Tony

    And it’s websites like this that make me ashamed to be a white republican gun owner. I can’t believe the ignorance my party has shown recently, it’s like being uneducated and mentally handicapped is a badge of honor now! Well, this should be fun… I guess it’s time to go pick a fight with an unarmed man I randomly decide looks suspect, pretend to lose, and then shoot him because, like all of you, I have a tiny little penis and can’t defend myself against an unarmed man I started the fight with in the 1st place.

    And that picture of the blood on his head is the most obvious photoshop I’ve seen ever. If it was such a life or death struggle, where is Trayvons blood? If Zimmerman was on the ground and he shot up at Trayvon, wouldn’t the blood splatter all over him? He looked perfectly untouched in the video, it doesn’t even look like his clothes got torn/stretched/slightly jostled. I also love how your “Brilliant reporting” says nothing about the EMS that was en route for Zimmerman and then called off because Zimmerman had no serious injuries.

    You know as well as I do, that if the situation had been completely reversed, and Trayvon had shot Zimmerman, we wouldn’t be demanding he be arrested, because the cops would have shot him when they got to the scene. You guys are nothing but a bunch of dickless, racist assholes. The comment about hoodrat martyrs? Yeah, VERY Christian thoughts I see on this board. Jesus (who was black btw) would be soooo proud.

    I will agree that the media has gone completely overboard and I’m just as sick of seeing this crap being analyzed on TV, but don’t act like you don’t have a totally biased, racist opinion and are somehow the voice of reason here, if Zimmerman had just listened to the god damn 911 operator, and stopped being such a parinoid asshole with small man syndrome (He beat his wife, and was involved in an altercation with a cop, after which he was probably man handled by the fuzz and has ever sense wanted to lord that same power over someone else, and what better way than to pretend you are the law but stalking every black kid in a hoody who walks in front of your house… Yeah “These ***** always get away…” with their skittles and their ice tea… who the fuck do they think they are using the white mans sidewalk right? That unarmed kid obviously deserved to die? Listen to yourselves, YOU ARE THE REASON THE WORLD LAUGHS AT AMERICA NOW, IGNORANCE IS OUR NEW GNP. What the fuck is wrong with you assholes? I get it, the commie pinko leftists want to take your guns and force you to get gay married while using your taxes to abort 3 month olds… Yeah, and G.W.B. brought down those two towers right? Listen to yourselves! Your collective ignorance is WHY Obama will win re-election! This was the easiest thing we could have hoped for, but it’s ignorant shit like this article, and picking the wrong side of every stupid little argument just because THEY are on the OTHER side… KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK to the head, hellooo? McFly!!!! I’m so done being a republican, it’s like my IQ drops by just being in the same room as you fucking retards… WOW.

  • fubijar

    And we believe you’re a republican, like we believe the moon’s made of green cheese.

  • http://profiles.google.com/hfaquar Hazim Faquar

    Tony, I do not believe you are white, Republican or a gun owner. Please go back on you meds.

  • Fiona .

    Well, someone shit the bed this morning.

  • claspur

    What’s ignorant about the article Tony, and be specific.

  • fubijar

    The ignorance resides between tony’s ears, not in the article.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6ORYGFIZ36JULZVHOA5ZEFRSI Big Mike

    Doubt this goes to a jury. The affadavit is so thin, and the prosecutor showed such bias in her grandstanding statement, that I bet a judge tosses this for lack of evidence.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6ORYGFIZ36JULZVHOA5ZEFRSI Big Mike

    Doubt this goes to a jury. The affadavit is so thin, and the prosecutor showed such bias in her grandstanding statement, that I bet a judge tosses this for lack of evidence.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6ORYGFIZ36JULZVHOA5ZEFRSI Big Mike

    Doubt this goes to a jury. The affadavit is so thin, and the prosecutor showed such bias in her grandstanding statement, that I bet a judge tosses this for lack of evidence.

  • LockandLoad_v2

    Actually, Tony’s brain is made of green cheese…

  • fubijar

    In a normal situation that would be the case,but this ain’t normal, and the judge will probably succumb to pressure just like the pansy governor did.

  • Fiona .

    He’s gotta be a troll.

  • Fiona .

    He’s gotta be a troll.

  • 7281436

    He’s just another Democrat pretending to be a Republican. He’s also faking outrage, since he couldn’t care less about Trayvon Martin, but rather has no qualms about using his death as a political football to try to win an argument. I seriously doubt he owns a gun either.
    And the real reason his IQ drops by multiple points each day is due to his voracious ingestion of copious amounts of Liberal Kool-Aid from NBC,CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc.

  • 7281436

    He’s just another Democrat pretending to be a Republican. He’s also faking outrage, since he couldn’t care less about Trayvon Martin, but rather has no qualms about using his death as a political football to try to win an argument. I seriously doubt he owns a gun either.
    And the real reason his IQ drops by multiple points each day is due to his voracious ingestion of copious amounts of Liberal Kool-Aid from NBC,CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc.

  • 7281436

    The only ignorant part of the article was Tony’s response to it. Thus, specificity evades him.

  • 7281436

    The only ignorant part of the article was Tony’s response to it. Thus, specificity evades him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AGIYMOUXBO3AFH73Y6ZSEIJDGQ mac

    i had decided at the beginning of yet another van jones, black panther , al sharpton fund raising event , i would not comment on this sad,pathetic display of pure hatred and stupidity , regardless ! but after trying to stumble through and actually reading the comical styling s of “TONY” below , i couldn’t vanish the temptation ! first off ! i live close enough to the actual event that i,my neighbors and family have been forced to actually start “profiling” individuals ourselves ! of course , thank god , unlike most of our lovely “general public” , we will dine on a meal of “commonsense” verses the liberal , obama “foot in mouth” bowl of education ! what tony is bringing to the table is a simple “carbon copy” of N.B.C.(nothing but children) M.S.N.B.C (mainly stages nothing but chaos) and all the rest of whom choose “NOT” to report current events, but to simply, purposely,hatefully self script the news in order for it to “spoon” with their “oh so precious” agenda’s ! just the arrogance that has surfaced over the past couple of years should give even those of most “over educated” status a vibrant view of their tragic future’s ! though applauded and welcome by so many, this unfortunate, “one” event will dictate and complicate even more citizens daily efforts than this administrations “anything goes” uppity failures within a mere, pathetic three years ! one only need refer to ”mr. ashamed ” below for a “spot on” display of what this “hope and change” delivers ! just yesterday , man & wife , outside cafe , scary gangster type steals wife’s purse , husband & 1 patron chase and subdue “oh so scary” thug type (they are scary aren’t they?) citizens surround husband and patron and begin kicking until thug is freed , all the while chanting the now “so famous” two words(travon martin) that give all minorities and eric holder the right to beat citizens at will ! one thing for sure , tony was right when he mistakenly made a good point ! we should be “ASHAMED”! apples and oranges or whatever your choice ! as long as events like this create the comical , dumb downed atmosphere we are currently being forced to tolerate , the fat lady aint about to sing ! most of those whom continue to “feed” off their own pride , with no remorse will “never” change ! the truth hurts ! we have become a society unable to stomach the truth ! no amount of money peter pan could ever “re-distribute” will satisfy the pathetic,lazy poor me appetite of the smart ass monster we as citizens have slowly created ! so , i now “stand my ground” more so than a few months ago ! i dont see color,race,religion or political affiliation, and this present “double standard” currently exploding will sadly meet its own demise ! until then , please, pass me by! especially if you feel for “any” reason , the urge to “scream” those now famous “two words”! even if its in the middle of your scary riots , while boycotting mcdonalds , signing autographs at the next “van jones” seaweed and granola energy seminar , “wherever” !!! good luck, and damn people ! we cant afford another 4 years of joe (my god the man is a dumbass) biden , let alone the other members of this corrupted, greed driven mistake !!!

  • http://twitter.com/Csensewatchdog R B

    Casey Anthony. Florida Jurrors are not afraid of truth, and ruling by the evidence and rule of law. Never have, and wont be intmindated this time either. Prepare for the “trayvon’s to riot. as that is what they want. This is about OUR FL gun laws Period. we fought to get them because of the MANY young punks like this, everywhere in Fl . We will fight to keep them. FL will give a triall to defuse the racial situation, but Zim will walk. .. The story is correct, if they thought he was not consistent, or the story didnt fit, he would have been arrested weeks ago.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WLAMY5TMSUOWLVPDJPQR6ACS4Y kenny

    The most disgusting thing to come out of all this thusfar is the realization of just how racist black americans are toward white americans. From scum like jesse jackson to al sharpton, to the man in the white house! We live amongst a black america full of hatred and ignorance, blaming anyone but themselves for their own problems. It is called “COWARDNESS!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WLAMY5TMSUOWLVPDJPQR6ACS4Y kenny

    The most disgusting thing to come out of all this thusfar is the realization of just how racist black americans are toward white americans. From scum like jesse jackson to al sharpton, to the man in the white house! We live amongst a black america full of hatred and ignorance, blaming anyone but themselves for their own problems. It is called “COWARDNESS!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WLAMY5TMSUOWLVPDJPQR6ACS4Y kenny

    The most disgusting thing to come out of all this thusfar is the realization of just how racist black americans are toward white americans. From scum like jesse jackson to al sharpton, to the man in the white house! We live amongst a black america full of hatred and ignorance, blaming anyone but themselves for their own problems. It is called “COWARDNESS!”

  • AFITgrad86

    Why a jury? In cases where the issues are more focused on law than emotion (as I believe it is here) the jury can be foregone and allow the judge to try the case. The advantage is all the courtroom theatrics in the world won’t sway a competent judge as they might a jury.

    The issue is did GZ feel his life was in peril. If so the use of deadly force was authorized. The prosecution will attempt to cloud the issue by inferring GZ was an aggressor and should have waited for the cops etc. These may be of interest to the media and the public but do not bear on the stand your ground law or the basic laws concerning use of deadly force.

  • http://twitter.com/DANEgerus DANEgerus

    When they ‘overcharged’ the Rodney King cops with attempted murder that acquittal was equally predictable. But the DOJ violated double jeopardy and charged them with a ‘civil rights’ violation and condemned them to prison anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/DjWeideman DjWeideman

    “Do you have anything to say before we find you guilty?”

    Zimmerman’s life is forfeit no matter what happens at his trial. If He’s found Guilty, he’ll be murdered in prison. If he’s found Not Guilty, he’ll be murdered on the streets. Holder’s DOJ will find a way to make sure he’s put away, just like the Rodney King cops were.

  • Dani

    Why don’t you like the “man” in the white house? Do you even have a legit reason? Your comment is amusing. You really need to read the newspaper and watch the news and LOOK AROUND to see who is really being “racist”. As a “African American individual I can sit here all day and tell you about how much racist crap I go through even in 2012, from none other then the people you claim are the ones being picked on by “Black Americans”. Trust me African Americans in America have it WAY worse than you would ever image, So if I were you I would know the FACTS before stating ignorance like that crap you wrote.

  • Dani

    dumb ass

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GDSX25Q3NJHOI4NI2JADGQI5GI CoCoS

    Your analysis is incorrect. Zimmerman was not charged despite the lead detective finding holes in his story because the prosecutor did not think he could get a conviction. And no matter what the media says, Zimmerman made other key mistakes.
    ?1. If Zimmerman was supposed to be protecting the neighborhood, he was only to serve as the eyes and ears for the police as all neighborhood watch members are. 2. If he’d actually been a police officer, he would have been immediately suspended and Internal Affairs would have investigated the incident rather than closing the case and letting him run free.
    3. Zimmerman’s concealed weapons permit does not cover him to open carry and that is what he and his brother claimed he did. His right ended when he stepped out of his vehicle and followed Martin despite police telling him they didn’t need him to do that.
    4. Under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, Trayvon Martin was legally entitled to defend himself from the man who followed him around a neighborhood he was lawfully allowed to be in. In fact, Trayvon Martin was under that law, able to kill Zimmerman who confronted him

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GDSX25Q3NJHOI4NI2JADGQI5GI CoCoS

    Your analysis is incorrect. Zimmerman was not charged despite the lead detective finding holes in his story because the prosecutor did not think he could get a conviction. And no matter what the media says, Zimmerman made other key mistakes.
    ?1. If Zimmerman was supposed to be protecting the neighborhood, he was only to serve as the eyes and ears for the police as all neighborhood watch members are. 2. If he’d actually been a police officer, he would have been immediately suspended and Internal Affairs would have investigated the incident rather than closing the case and letting him run free.
    3. Zimmerman’s concealed weapons permit does not cover him to open carry and that is what he and his brother claimed he did. His right ended when he stepped out of his vehicle and followed Martin despite police telling him they didn’t need him to do that.
    4. Under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, Trayvon Martin was legally entitled to defend himself from the man who followed him around a neighborhood he was lawfully allowed to be in. In fact, Trayvon Martin was under that law, able to kill Zimmerman who confronted him

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GDSX25Q3NJHOI4NI2JADGQI5GI CoCoS

    with a weapon.
    5. Zimmerman cannot claim self defense, he initiated the incidents that led to the confrontation and he used excessive force, Martin was an unarmed teenager, Zimmerman had attended police academy training, worked as a security guard and was considerably heavier than Martin.
    6. Zimmerman was known for overreacting, his repeated calls to 911, throwing a woman which led to an arrest and attacking the officers who arrested him. This was not premeditated murder, but Zimmerman is not guiltless. At the least he is guilty of manslaughter, and that is without any of the media rhetoric regarding this case.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GDSX25Q3NJHOI4NI2JADGQI5GI CoCoS

    with a weapon.
    5. Zimmerman cannot claim self defense, he initiated the incidents that led to the confrontation and he used excessive force, Martin was an unarmed teenager, Zimmerman had attended police academy training, worked as a security guard and was considerably heavier than Martin.
    6. Zimmerman was known for overreacting, his repeated calls to 911, throwing a woman which led to an arrest and attacking the officers who arrested him. This was not premeditated murder, but Zimmerman is not guiltless. At the least he is guilty of manslaughter, and that is without any of the media rhetoric regarding this case.

  • fubijar

    5. Zimmerman cannot claim self defense, he initiated the incidents that led to the confrontation and he used excessive force

    Bullshit, you have no evidence of that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRLXF475PD7IULDR4ZKOWZVOOU Max

    “The police had every reason and opportunity to document and doggedly
    pursue any differences they saw between Zimmerman’s initial interview
    and his video re-enactment the following day.”

    FAIL. Racists always out themselves.