For the last 3 days I have watched a sad spectacle as the State of Florida continues, was has become a sad attempt to convict George Zimmerman of the crime of 2nd Degree Murder. If the Charging Affidavit was not an indication of how weak the prosecution’s case was, these past 3 days should clear make clear that a) the prosecution has no case, b) no charges should have been file and c) continuing this travesty will only make it more evident how corrupt the justice system is in Florida.
As I am trying to understand why this case has gotten as far as it has: why have no clearer minds have stepped forward to end this and restores some sense to this case, I look to the national picture and the state of affairs in the Country. The Administration of President Obama is racked by scandal after scandal. From the now almost forgotten, ATF scandal of allowing guns walking to the one particular Drug Cartel in Mexico which has been linked to the deaths of 300 Mexican nationals and one Border Patrol Agent to the latest NSA scandal of the government secretly spying on millions of innocent Americans and the developing scandal of the EPA abuses of its authority.
“Obama is not inherently more amoral than his predecessors, only more exempt from charges of amorality. He appreciates that this latitude has never been extended to any other president in modern memory. The result is that there is no longer such a thing as presidential ethics.”
That is the conclusion arrived at by Prof. Victor Davis Hanson writing on the National Review. (read more) link
Dr. Hanson views the Administrations reactions to the scandals as ethical gymnastics. The Administration sees no problem with misleading the public, demoting those that disagree with the Administration’s abuses. At the same promoting those that have been caught lying for the Administration. It does not see a conflict that so many of the Administration’s staffers, have direct links to the Media who is supposed to keep the Administration honest. Decrying the abuses of the past Bush Administration, while at the same time keeping, expanding and creating new ways to abuse power.
His morality is to be judged by his professed aims, not his means of achieving them.
In other words, don’t judge the President or his Administration for the actions it has committed, its intentions were good, their heart is pure regardless of the missteps. So when the President says they have to strike back at their enemies, twice as hard, he means that figuratively, if some in his Administration actually go ahead and do as the President asked, well it is not his fault, those low to mid-level employees actually listened.
With a Congress divided no one is left to hold the Administration to account. The feeling that the country could not survive another crisis like the one brought about by the Nixon Administration, or how a failed Administration of the first Black President would affect future race relations, have helped to contain the damage that would otherwise may have brought the Administration down. So instead the country is left with the overall feeling that anything goes as long as the intentions are good.
Is this a reason the State of Florida does not feel the type of political pressure to end the trial as regardless of right or wrong, its intentions were good. Saving the country of possible riots or unrest that could put the country into turmoil, it that not an honorable goal? Even if it means that the oaths of office of upholding the laws of the State is forgotten or ignored? Even if they trample on George Zimmerman’s own rights?
In the current Political Atmosphere this is not far-fetched at all. Certainly the actions of the State’s Attorney in that case demonstrate a lack of regards for the consequences of their actions.
One of the issues that have come out from the lasts string of Hearings and perhaps on of the most important, and least commented on by the Media is the testimony of the whistleblower and the implications of his testimony. The Judge stopped the inquiry before it was finished, just as the Defense had called to the stand the Lead State’s Attorney Bernie De la Rionda to the stand. As Mark O’Mara lead counsel for the Defense said:
If in fact, and I think the evidence is certainly clear, that if in fact Mr. De la Rionda sat here, and said to you (the Judge) and you interpret that to be an untruth, then that is direct Criminal Contempt.
For months the defense has said that the prosecution has been withholding evidence, how much it does not know but now they had a witness from the prosecution’s own office that testified to that. Not only had the prosecution been withholding possibly exculpatory evidence but when asked directly in court, the SA BDLR testified that he had turned in all the evidence but in fact had not.
The Judge did not seem impressed, as she explained it the Defense is only seeking monetary sanctions, as such these could be taken over after the trial is over. It matter not that there is apparent evidence of perjury by BDLR and if so, that amounts to Criminal Contempt a felony. The State withheld information to drag this case out, in order to reach a trial if that is not making a mockery of the justice system nothing will. The politics of the case have dictated that a trial must be held, and nothing will delay or stop that. The Judge will see to that, Criminal Contempt or not this trial will go on.
The evidence in question is the evidence derived from TM’s cell phone, most of which was available to the prosecution in March of last year. Would a trial even take place if the information from the cell phone, the incriminating texts, the pictures of guns, the naked females, a truer picture of TM been available to counter the Narrative being told by the family and its handlers?
It is a sad fact that in our country, race sells. After the election of President Obama in 2008, hopes where that race would finally take a backseat as a National issue. Those hopes were quickly dashed as comments such as;
Michelle Obama: “For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country” or the first black Attorney General Holder:
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we — I believe continue to be in too many ways essentially a nation of cowards,”
To that we add President Obama’s saying that the Police “acted stupidly” when they arrested a black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. after police responded to a break-in call. Gates had been drinking and lost his keys so he broke into his own house, the police responded and Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct. President Obama’s comments came after pre-facing them by saying that he was biased, as Gates was his friend, and that he did not know all the facts of the encounter. He also made a blanket statement about the treatment of blacks and Latinos by law enforcement, and how disproportionate the arrests were.
The message was sent, Racial Politics were back, it seem from that point on everything was filtered through a racial prism. The media made sure nobody forgot. Anyone or any group that disagreed with Obama’s policies was labeled a racist. The Tea Party which grew up out of disgust with Obama’s spending policies was immediately labeled a racist organization, racial politics was back big time.
So it was no wonder that on March 23, 2012 when President Obama was on the Rose Garden on a completely unrelated issue the nomination of Jim Yung Kim to head the World Bank, a planted question from a reporter asked about the Trayvon Martin case.
“I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.
So I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what’s taking place. I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
The case had been personalized, TM now was officially a National story, just days after W8 was produced by Benjamin Crump the attorney for the Martin family, the story had reached the White House and the occupant not only was going to get to the bottom of it, but soul-searching was required by everyone after all TM could have been the President’s son.
The President’s statement almost guaranteed that the Media would not be critical of TM, you can’t talk bad about the President’s adoptive son. So it was that with the exception of a report from the Miami Herald on March 26th, detailing TM’s school suspensions the majority of the coverage was pro-TM.
The Narrative developed by the Crump and the Family had taken a hold, to this day, one year 3 months later Reuters the first wire service to pick-up the story had this story:
“Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, was the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in a gated community of Sanford at the time of the killing on February 26, 2012. Martin, 17, was a student at a Miami-area high school and a guest of one of the homeowners. He was walking back to the residence after buying a bag of Skittles candy and a can of iced tea from a nearby convenience store when he died with a bullet in his chest during a struggle with Zimmerman.”
The template that dominated last year’s coverage of the story was back, White Hispanic, self-appointed watch captain, skittles and Ice tea are back and of course the racial overtones. Some hope was provided by the Inquirer in Philadelphia, with their aptly titled Hysteria narrative (link) that works to point to the facts of case as opposed to the narrative that have been prevalent in this case.
Forgotten, not mentioned is the lack of evidence in the States case. These past 3 days of hearings featured the experts that State’s plans to call to the stand to testify; Forensic audio expert Tom Owens and retired University of Washington voice recognition expert, Alan R. Reich and the Defense experts. In a nutshell neither one could tend a definite conclusion, Owens in order to exclude GZ as the screamer had to splice together the small sample of speech he could collect and spliced it together for the computer program he uses to even accept the sample for analysis. He also attempted to compare GZ voice to the screams by raising the pitch of his normal voice, but would not get a match even to known samples as raising pitch affects the quality of the sample. In the end he was still unable to give a conclusive comparison, he did not test TM’s voice as he was never provided with a sample.
The other expert for the State Prof. Reich claimed to be able to give a positive identification with a sample 1/8th of a second long. His involvement in the case pre-dated the any official involvement as he was discussing the case on internet blogs, prior to his name being referred to the Washington Post and later being hired by the prosecution. He testified that he has been working on the tapes for over 7 months during which time the best he can give is a tentative answer, how tentative he was asked by SA Richard Mantei “very” he replied. He said he would not be done for another 6 weeks. I think Tom Owens said best:
“Let’s just put it out there that it’s not a perfect tape,” Owen said. “This is not really good evidence.”
There it is, it not evidence at all, it is bad evidence at most guess-work of a fancy kind. The fact that State plans to call these 2 “experts” to testify that they could not say definitely one way or another who was screaming, that it was probably not GZ is just meant to confuse the jury as nothing probative will be included in their testimony. The Judge should exclude their testimony, the State had another group of voice experts who were called to testify, but their preliminary report actually said that GZ was the probable screamer.
Mike McDaniel has his next update on the case and goes further into the testimony at the Frye hearing and the withholding of evidence and the testimony from the whistleblower. (link)
The State’s case is in shambles, their star witness, W8 has lied on a least 2 occasions, about whether she actually went to the hospital and about her age, she also mischaracterized TM, when she said that TM would never fight, knowing that there are texts communications of him to her about different fights and she even concluded in her letter to TM’s mother that she thought that it was just another fight, on the night of the incident, that is why she had not called the police.
Their voice experts are obvious experts for hire, those that would use questionable methods to arrive at the State’s conclusion that it was TM that was screaming for help. In the end the State has a story, IMO it those even rise to the level of theory, an emotional story, one design to tug at your heart about the lost life of a young man, because of zealous, wannabe cop, who may have disregarded the police. They will put lipstick on their pig of a case and say they tried their best.
There will be fallout from this case this is unavoidable, regardless to whether GZ is convicted, acquitted or the trial ends in a hung jury. These are consequences that have nothing to do with the outcome of trial but things that have already happened in Sanford. I am referring to how the system was manipulated to get to this point.
Francine Oliver stated: “What this community wanted was for George Zimmerman to be arrested, the police chief to be fired and the state attorney to be gone. And all of this has been done,” said Francis Oliver, one of Sanford’s long-time civil rights leaders.
This is something that the black community wanted, a black Chief of Police and they wanted to get rid of the SA Norm Wolfinger and used TM to achieve those goals, successfully.
The City and the State were held hostage by different groups with an agenda, both the City of Sanford and State of Florida blinked, and then gave in. This type of situation is bound to come up again and again, the precedent has been set. We are all losers and worse of, for those decisions.