ZIMMERMAN TRIAL UPDATE: GEORGE’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN FORMER LAW TEACHER SIGNALS TO COURT, ‘NOT GUILTY!’
Maybe I'm the only one who saw it this way, but when George Zimmerman's former college criminal law instructor was called as a witness for the prosecution this morning, he was ostensibly supposed to give testimony that the state could use to help convict the accused of being a murderer--instead, U.S. Army JAG corps officer and attorney Alexis Carter basically, glibly, unabashedly sent trans-racial "dog-whistle code" to acquit and absolve his former student, right there in front of the jury and everybody.
Captain Carter did something which completely surprised me, and told me and anyone else who heard the whistle: This is a good guy, and he's no murderer.
A rather dark-skinned, well-dressed black man, Carter presented a very relaxed, amiable demeanor as his testimony got underway. After spending awhile answering probative questions from the prosecutor about his professional background and the criminal litigation course he taught to Zimmerman at Seminole State College, he was asked if he saw Zimmerman there in the courtroom.
Carter's face immediately began to break into a broad grin as he said "Yes," and turned to look in the direction of where Zimmerman sat at the defense table. He didn't even try to conceal his warm affection for his former student as he waved his hand at Zimmerman and greeted him, cutting right through the stuffiness and formality of the proceedings, saying "How ya doin,' George!"
Translation: I know the Law, I teach the Law; George is my man, and he's innocent. I vouch for him. Let him go!
In reaction, for the first time since the trial got underway, Zimmerman (who had stood up from his seat in order to be identified by the witness, as is the protocol) was visibly moved by the message sent, and displayed affection in kind--evidence of the special sort of relationship that can develop between student and teacher. His own face showed joy and relief, albeit somewhat forcibly suppressed for the sake of trying to stick to poker-faced decorum, as he fought to suppress his own grin by keeping his briefly smiling lips sealed tightly and contain his realization that his friend, Justice, had just made its principled presence felt. His entire countenance was momentarily awash with relief.
Carter then proceeded to describe further the course contents of criminal procedure which he had transmitted to Zimmerman. Asked in detail about legal theory applied in the state of Florida concerning justifiable use of deadly force as course material, Carter confirmed that Zimmerman not only had been instructed in things like "castle doctrine" and the newer "stand-your-ground" law, but that George had been one of his better, brighter students, and had earned an A in the class.
As the prosecuting attorney went on, querying Carter on a particular aspect of using deadly force in self defense, Carter's wry, deadpan answer caused most of the courtroom to break into laughter. The live TV camera didn't miss George joining in the mirth shared among those in attendance, as this time he actually dared let his teeth show for a moment as he fought back a broad grin and a hearty chuckle. Malik Zulu Shabazz must have been throwing furniture at his TV screen.
The intended tactic by the prosecution this morning was to try to show Zimmerman to be a vindictive, power-lusting, frustrated wannabe-cop who not only took the law into his own hands, but used his knowledge of legal theory to carefully craft a huge lie in order to conceal his murderous shooting of the angelic Trayvon Martin.
As with virtually every other witness in this horrible miscarriage of a kangaroo court, the state's agenda again blew up in their faces--because it should have. Because their agenda is based not on deliberately investigating true probable cause of wrongdoing, but on sacrificing some unfortunate, barely-white-enough neighborhood watch volunteer with a European name, in the interest of malicious racial pandering and politics.
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.
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.