There’s a new Johnny Cochran in town. But this time he’s a good guy, and he’s white. His name is Mark O’Mara.
O’Mara’s cross-examination of two police witnesses who took the stand for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial today is being praised as masterful and devastatingly effective by even the dubious talking heads on CNN.
Both investigators who testified today, Doris Singleton and Chris Serino, were excellent, credible witnesses–for the side that didn’t call them!
The only thing I can say negatively about Singleton’s testimony is that–reminiscent of Rachel Jeantel from last week–she had a very hard time reading, to the court, Zimmerman’s reasonably legible cursive from his hand-written statement made on the night of the incident.
The prosecution, as they did all last week, again put up witnesses who ostensibly were to there help put George Zimmerman away for murder, but instead wound up giving defense counsel O’Mara and Don West everything they needed to even further drive the stake through the corrupt, dark heart of a malicious miscarriage of justice–the state’s racially-driven railroading of an innocent neighborhood watchman.
Neither police witness supported the idea that Zimmerman acted with the state of mind nor any specific elements of conduct required to consider anything he did that night a crime. When repeatedly asked if they found Zimmerman’s story unreliable or dishonest in the slightest, both cops stated firmly that there was nothing beyond insignificant discrepancies in anything Zimmerman said.
There simply was no probable cause to arrest and charge Zimmerman. There never was, and still isn’t.
Back in February of 2012, Zimmerman had given his account of the evening’s unfolding events multiple times to each detective, together and separately, without a lawyer, immediately following the shooting of Trayvon Martin and recorded on all kinds of tape, devices, and even his own handwriting. He even went with a third investigator back to the scene of the crime the day after the shooting, and was recorded on video describing and re-enacting the words & movements as they took place.
Zimmerman took a huge legal risk immediately after the shooting by discussing the incident so freely and openly without counsel, but the jury today saw the real George Zimmerman in those videos and on audiotape–rather meek, mild-mannered, much slimmer by about 120 lbs., sincere, candid, and determined to help detectives get to the bottom of what happened.
The problem for the prosecution, as I’ve said all along, is that they don’t have a case at all. We all know the score by now, why this case came to the fore; propelled by rabid race-hustlers and easily-duped liberals on Change.org, and fueled by the words of a former acolyte of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and of professor Derrick Bell who occupied the White House in an election year and put his thumb on the scales.
State’s attorney Angela Corey, by the way, who brought the bogus charge of second-degree murder against Zimmerman on behalf of the prosecution, was re-elected unopposed 5 days after she filed the preposterous, hollow charging affidavit.
The jury today heard Zimmerman in his own words firmly and repeatedly describe the logistical timeline and circumstances that led to his leaving his vehicle to better position himself to try to observe the suspiciously-acting Martin and to obtain an exact address for police, then being abruptly accosted & attacked by the re-appearing Trayvon Martin, and then how he desperately struggled underneath Martin’s vicious onslaught and screamed for help.
Zimmerman’s gestures and voice at the scene of the videotaped re-enactment the following day are those of an earnest, convincing neighbor who was alone, being beaten savagely by a strapping, towering thug, and begging for help from someone nearby who refused to come to his aid, instead saying he’d just call police as he stood outside his unit’s rear sliding glass door and watched, yelling at Trayvon to stop his attack.