Written by Donald Joy on July 4, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 10.00.38 PMA police lieutenant from Prince William County, Virginia, was called to describe Zimmerman’s rejected application to his police department from a few years ago, when Zimmerman lived in those exurbs of the Washington, D.C. metro area (as I type this, incidentally, I sit on the county line between Fairfax and Prince William counties).

The lieutenant merely offered that Zimmerman had been passed over as an applicant because of financial/credit issues, meaning as a candidate he had more liability in terms of possibly being influenced in his duties and ability to withstand temptation and coercion.  However, the witness also said that Zimmerman is someone who would have no problem being hired by a police department once he cleaned up his credit rating.

Despite endless media misreporting and horrible analysis, this is not, and has never been, a so-called “stand-your-ground” case (traditional self-defense doctrine, instead, is operative).  But rather than go into an exhaustive digression on that topic, for now I’ll just point out that about the only thing the prosecution can try to say regarding Zimmerman’s integrity in his role as a neighborhood watch volunteer may be on the matter of his honesty about knowledge of that controversial legal doctrine which has erroneously been brought to the fore in this case:  On the witness stand, Capt. Carter testified that Florida’s S.Y.G. doctrine had been covered in the course he taught to Zimmerman, but Zimmerman said in a TV interview with Sean Hannity last year that he did not have knowledge of that specific topic.

The rest of the day’s proceedings were maddeningly inconsequential, mostly full of lengthy testimony from a crime lab firearms analyst and a DNA lab geek, all of which did nothing to prove much more than that both Martin and Zimmerman wound up with a small amount of each other’s blood on their clothing.

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Judge Nelson refused to give defense attorneys Friday off in order to depose proven liar & Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, grumpily riding roughshod over Don West’s pleading protestations that more time was needed to prepare for the defense phase of the trial.

Nelson really seems annoyed at times, that O’Mara and West are even present in her courtroom.  That’s all I’ll say on that for now.

The lingering mystery at this point is whether the prosecution will begin Friday by resting their non-case, or by calling Trayvon’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, to the witness stand.

Of course we already know the sole purpose of the state’s calling Fulton, if indeed they do:  Sheer pathos, nothing else.

And, of course, I wouldn’t expect Fulton to be signaling anything like the racially-transcendent Love of Justice, and Deliverance, shown today in open court by Zimmerman’s former teacher toward George, coded or otherwise.

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Following his service in the United State Air Force, Donald Joy earned a bachelor of science in business administration from SUNY while serving in the army national guard. As a special deputy U.S. marshal, Don was on the protection detail for Attorney General John Ashcroft following the attacks of 9/11. He lives in the D.C. suburbs of Northern Virginia with his wife and son.