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clarice feldman

" I bet we know some names now," says Tom Maguire understatedly.

Buford Gooch

NBC lies to cover their butts in case of a lawsuit. Not much of a surprise there. This was not sloppy editing by a "seasoned producer". It was deliberately stoking the fire.

PaulV

It s not the original journalistic crime, it is the cover up.

Madame Librarian.

I got a good view of the Peacock during Scooter's trial.
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Janet

I believe jwest posted about this a few days ago.

DebinNC

From Jeff Burnside's bio:

"His assignments have included interviewing presidents, going inside to investigate violent white extremists, exposing dangerous religious cults, documenting serious lapses in Florida’s drivers licensing, videotaping bribes, uncovering the harm to whales from powerful sonar, and chronicling the secret pipeline from puppy mills to pet stores."

Sounds like Burnisde won numerous journalism awards for the same undercover reporting for which James O'Keefe was pilloried and threatened with prosecution.

narciso

Ahem, TM, I followed the link back to the 19th, as well, not that I'm complaining,

following from the Pajamas thread, likely they didn't fire Bell, but a lowly drone from
Sector 7G, Tammy Delgado.

Rob Crawford

Folks, the reason they're not naming who they fired is that they've learned from Rathergate and Mapes -- if they name the person, we'll notice when they turn up in another reporting gig.

cboldt

Naming names and firing people does not help a defense against a claim of defamation. NBC's ruse aims to advance the falsehood that it is an objective source of information.

clarice feldman

You nailed it, narciso.

MarkO

I see no legitimate reason to fire this "producer" and withhold his or her name.

Wonder Erection

Ask Spike Lee to Tweet their home addresses...

Ignatz

--I see no legitimate reason to fire this "producer" and withhold his or her name.--

Maybe they're concerned the Daughters of the American Revolution will put a $10,000 bounty on him/her and bands of roving white grannies in tennis shoes and purses full of bricks will flood the streets.

Gus

It's not as if the fired producer won't be out there talking. Unless he/she was bought off.

narciso

Well no big surprise here, these aren't the droids you're looking for,


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/04/08/Kurtz-Virtually-Ignores-NBC-911-Story

boatbuilder

"Unless he/she was bought off."

Or wasn't really fired.

Caro

You make too much sense,Narciso. Good!

DebinNC

Everything seems to be sunshine and lollipops in Tammy Delgado Twitter Land. All these journos have twitter streams. Ms. Delgado's happy-happy talk may be a ruse, or maybe we need to look for someone who seems to have gone dark the last several days. Jeff Burnside's Facebook page is similarly chipper. No mention in either of any recent unpleasantness.

Rick Ballard

I believe we can anticipate the name which NBC will announce. They should never have given Lucy Ramirez a second chance, even if Dan Rather did vouch for her.

clarice feldman

HEH! Nite.

John Blake

Farrakhan, Jackson, Sharpton have until late August to start a race war of sufficient scale to warrant "their President's" declaration of martial law pursuant to his anti-Constitutional Executive Order (sic) of March 16th, directing D-rats' brown-shirt National Civilian Defense Force (NCDF) to fire 450-million rounds of hollow-point bullets into the chests of America's hated White Suburban Middle Class.

When that worm turns, beware.

Gus

It's nice to see the NBC producers coming to the moral support of their fired comrade!!

Frau Osterei

"bands of roving white grannies in tennis shoes and purses full of bricks will flood the streets."

Iggy, the only thing missing from your description of me was "*short* white grannies, etc." I thought you were 5-6 hours north of me.

Cue Hell's Grannies~
LUN

elkh1

the immoral NBC producers coming to the moral support of their fired comrade's immoral act!!

narciso

Ryan Wolfe does have a habit of getting into trouble, even in the first few minutes of the CSI Miami season finale,

Dublindave

The basic function of journalism is to get to the truth,right?.The facts of this case point to Zimmerman being a racist,therefore a media outlet building a narrative to demonstrate that fact seems kind of...like the right thing to do.

I know,I know,i'm an asshole and a blah blah blah,but isn't it ironic that abiding by the cannons of journalistic integrity would have kept the public in the dark about Zimmermans motivation.That would have protected him from a possible hate crime prosecution.

Rob Crawford

The facts of this case point to Zimmerman being a racist...

Now you're just trolling.

Your "racist" has black friends and neighbors who speak glowingly of him. Your "racist" tried to get justice for a homeless black man beaten by a policeman's son.

Yeah, I know -- he's so diabolical he planned it all ahead of time for cover.

Melinda Romanoff

Anybody want to take bets that the edit wasn't done at NBC?

I'm laying 5-to-2 it weren't. They just ran with it.

Jim Ryan

The facts of this case point to Zimmerman being a racist

Dave, you need to get this information to the authorities and the press right away. Not tomorrow. Now! Get on the horn!

'typical white person' says four years of this dark trump is the bridge to nowhere.

Early in the game to play the race card.
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Captain Hate

Ryan Wolfe does have a habit of getting into trouble, even in the first few minutes of the CSI Miami season finale,

It's not the first time Wolfe has stepped in it in a season finale. It gives Horatio a chance to over-emote.

Nice visuals on your blog.

Rob Crawford

Anybody want to take bets that the edit wasn't done at NBC?

You had that thought, too?

I have no doubt that Jesse Jackson's been spreading tales based on the lawyer's "reconstructions". I wouldn't be surprised if the press was doing the same.

Tranzifasct.

The Beast has many hearts and many heads, but some of them live @ GE, big finance, big green, big what have ya'.
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narciso

It looks like everyone is guilty, like the Python sketch of Harry 'Snapper' Organs,

OMMAG

The facts of this case indicate that MSNBC is not the least bit interested in reporting news.

Reporting news would take work.

Making stories up to fit a preconceieved narrative is much easier.

And ..... that is just what they do ... all the time.

Alternate with scaring.

We have enraging the proles today.
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iqvoice

Until all the facts are known, I'll reserve my judgement on Zimmerman's motivation.

Dublindave's motivation, on the other hand, is perfectly clear. He's trying hard to create the blog-comment equivalent of the goatse.cx picture.

Just hold it open a little bit more dave... you're almost there.

Jim Ryan

Huh, narciso, some of the folks over there are recommending BadBlue over Drudge. Never heard of BadBlue but it looks pretty thorough.

Dublindave

"Your 'racist' has black friends and neighbors who speak glowingly of him. Your 'racist'tried to get justice for a homeless black man beaten by a policeman's son."

And Adolph Hitler had jewish friends,so what?

Sadly,because your premise is faulty your conclusion has to be rejected(again).

Question;Had Martin been a white kid carrying books to a study group would Zimmerman been suspiscious enough to call the police,suspicoius enough to track the white kid down?

Of course not.

So why Trayvon?What did Trayvon do to raise a red flag big enough for Zimmerman to alert the authorities and claim"They always get away with it".

Whoose "they" btw?

And 'get away' with what?You just can't assume that someones up to no good,you need something that raises your suspicion,an action of some kind.....was tm trying door handles,was he nervous trying to see if he was being watched????

No.He was walking through his neighbourhood.

SO what the hell made Zimmerman believe that a kid walking through his neighbourhood was possibly in the throes of commiting a freaking crime????What made him believe it sooo much that he had to call the authorities to the scene?

Was it his skin color?

You know being prejudiced is part of parcel of the human condition.We're all guilty of it.Georgie had nothing else to raise his suspiciouns apart from Trayvon himself.

A black man.Walking through Zimmermans neighbourhood.

bunkerbuster

From the "with friends like these, who needs enemies" department:
http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained#yougetcorn
``In an awkward TV interview with CNN, Frank Taaffe—himself a former neighborhood watch captain in the same Sanford subdivision—poured fuel on the racial fires by insisting that "young black males" were up to no good in his "neighborhood," where eight burglaries had occurred recently.
```All of the perpetrators of the burglaries, the prior burglaries, were young black males," Taaffe said. Pressed by Soledad O'Brien on how that related to Trayvon Martin's shooting, he replied, "Well, you know, there's an old saying: If you plant corn, you get corn."'
Seems very unlikely a jury would not take into account Zimmerman's statements about "assholes getting away" and his previous calls citing concern about black men when considering the question of whether Zimmerman was pursuing Martin with the intent to bring him to justice, or merely wandering around the complex as he waited for police to arrive….

iqvoice

BuBu... of course Zimmerman was pursuing Martin with the intent to bring him to justice... that's why he called the police!

Of course, in your small, twisted mind, bringing black kids to justice means shooting them down in the street. Racist!

narciso

I haven't used Drudge in a long while, and idiocy like he's displayed this weeekend, have proven it,

iqvoice

Of course, in BuBu-world, people that break into other peoples houses and steal are not "assholes", they are members of the proletariat who are liberating the bourgeois of their ill-gotten gains.

Jim Ryan

What did Trayvon do to raise a red flag.... what the hell made Zimmerman believe that a kid walking through his neighbourhood was possibly in the throes of commiting a freaking crime????

And what the heck would make Zimmerman fire his gun at Martin? Did anyone ever ask that? Huh? Didn't think so. But me and Dave we ask the tough questions that no one's reporting on yet.

Say, it's fun to be willfully obtuse!

How on earth did Mike Wallace just die? Huh? Anybody?

And who the heck made Barack Obama president? Eh? Am I right people? Was there some kind of vote or something?

narciso

Not too bad, in the LUN, it's more blog centered, which Drudge hasn't really caught up with, in the LUN

narciso

THanks TM,

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Narciso: What are talking about regarding Drudge, what did he do?

narciso

In this case, keep the rumors about neonazis patrolling Sanford, even after there have been denials,

Rob Crawford

his previous calls citing concern about black men

You lie, buub.

In a search for evidence to support your bigotry, some "journalists" reviewed Zimmerman's past 7(?) calls to the police. In all of them, he didn't mention race until prompted, just like with St. Trayvon(tm).

The racists are the people who keep trying to make this about race, when it's not.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

And 'get away' with what?You just can't assume that someones up to no good,you need something that raises your suspicion,an action of some kind

It was his job to watch for people up to no good, he was a Watch Captain. This WAS NOT Trayvon's neighborhood. He was from the Miami area, and Sanford is up around Orlando. It wasn't even his Dad's neighborhood. It was the neighborhood of his Dad's girlfriend and he was there, where he'd probably never been seen before, because he was on a 10 day suspension from school.

With a rash of robberies taking place in that complex, Zimmerman was hyper-vigilant and Martin ducking in and out and generally appearing erratic was enough to spark suspicion, so he did what he was supposed to do, he reported it to the police on the non-emergency line.

Rob Crawford

Not just denials, narciso -- the source of the claim is an "alternative media" blog from Miami, which cites an interview with a Detroit neo-Nazi. There's simply no evidence it's actually happening, and plenty of evidence it isn't. Yet it was picked up by wire services and has become international "pravda".

(This incident raises the question -- how do you distinguish a Detroit neo-Nazi from the city's official government?)

Rob Crawford

Not just robberies, Sara, home invasion burglaries. One case had a mother with a small child at home while two men broke in and ransacked the place.

Strawman Cometh

Anderson Cooper presented a piece tonight that showed white children were more racist than black children.

bgates

Dublindave, in his own words:

Adolph Hitler had jewish friends....You know being prejudiced is part of parcel of the human condition.We're all guilty of it.
I know,I know,i'm an asshole....

How's that for narrative building, Dave?

xbradtc

I know,I know,i'm an asshole....

Well, he got PART of it right...

Question;Had Martin been a white kid carrying books to a study group would Zimmerman been suspiscious enough to call the police,suspicoius enough to track the white kid down?

Of course not.

We have absolutely NO way of knowing that. They call that "assuming facts not in evidence."

You're projecting racism unto Zimmermann.

derwill

So Dublindave has just admitted that, yes, he knows that the media has made up lies to "prove" that GZ is a racist. But then he blithely goes on allowing himself to be convinced by what he knows to be lies that, yes, indeedy, those lies are "proof" that GZ is racist.

The amount of cognitive dissonance and sheer stupidity that that requires is truly mind-boggling.

xbradtc

Derwill, it's fake but accurate!

tommy mc donnell

i think the entire three and a half week later media story of this incident was a journalOlist operation. all the falsehoods; the twelve year old kid, the model student, the violent vigilante all were created to refute zimmerman's account of what happened. they had three and a half weeks to get the story correct and all they could come up with is a pack of lies. that had to be done deliberately nobody could make this many mistakes by accident in a news story.that includes CNN's own al sharpton!

xbradtc

Uh, Al Sharpton is MSNBC.

Whom, you'll notice, has been pretty quiet the last couple days. Maybe MSNBC doesn't want him mouthing off if they're facing a lawsuit.

BTW, with regards to Al, next time some journalist mentions that he's a professional, I'll mention that the same profession hires Al Sharpton. How professional can that job be?

tommy mc donnell

it was reported that zimmerman made over forty calls to the police in a year. this was to prove that he was a raving vigilante out to get someone. then i read that the calls were made over an eight year period. does anybody know which story is correct and how many of these incidents resulted in a violent confrontation betwen zimmerman and the person he reported on.

narciso

The call sheet begins in August 2004, they were lying from the getgo, tommy.

derwill

I don't get my news from TV so maybe I've missed it, but there doesn't seem to be the same level of horror and outrage from the usual suspects over those tragic murders in Tulsa, which the shooters themselves have admitted were racially motivated--so no need to make up "facts" there. Five innocent men "walking while black" were shot by two white men, three of them are dead. Yet no wanted dead or alive posters, no bounties from the New Black Panthers, no media lynching. No protests and threatened riots. No Al Sharpton rushing to the scene.

Why not? And this is not a facetious question, by the way. I really wonder why not.

xbradtc

AFAIK, not once did Zimmermann previously have a violent confrontation with any of the suspicious persons he called in.

narciso

From Burnside's twitter, from March 19th, on he really got caught up in the story, so the question occur's who relayed this particular
version of the call list to him.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

derwell: I haven't really followed that story, but I did hear today that they said the motivation was revenge. Apparently, for the murder of one of their fathers, not sure which one or what the circumstances were. I haven't followed closely enough to know if they also said racism was a motivation.

Danube of Thought

"His assignments have included interviewing presidents, going inside to investigate violent white extremists,"

To the man who has only a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

bunkerbuster

Anywone waiting for Tom's breathless recount of how the media "quietly" changed Martin's injury from a "broken nose" to a "bloody nose."?
Didn't think so.
The extent of Zim's injuries are at the core of this case, unlike his weight, how many 911 calls he made, and whether doctored video shows a welt, or a scrape, or a cut or nothing at all.
One would think the morphing of Zim's nose would bother Tom, a lot. Apparently not...

Mustang0302

This is the way the narrative ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Don't keep us in suspense, Bunker. If you have new info on Z's nose, share it, with a link. The last I've heard was the neighbor's report the day after saying that Z's face looked pretty beat up. Bandaged nose, face quite swollen, especially on one side. Plus a bandage on his head that looked like it was covering a lump.

Why Z's attorneys have not released these pics is anyone's guess, but maybe they were ordered not to.

xbradtc

Anywone waiting for Tom's breathless recount of how the media "quietly" changed Martin's injury from a "broken nose" to a "bloody nose."?

So your big break in the story is conceding that there is evidence that is consistent with Zimemmermann's claim that he was attacked?

Wow.

Adjoran

The Left isn't interested in the truth. Any lie which fits their narrative is better than the truth that does not, and they are only too happy to run with it, as we see above.

There has yet to be a single shred of evidence presented in this case which contradicts the account given by Zimmerman, and plenty of points of confirmation.

Despite his injuries, Zimmerman declined to be taken to the hospital and instead answered all the police's questions at the scene and then for several hours at the station, all without counsel. Ask any cop you know: there is NO WAY a guilty guy talks to the cops for hours without screwing up his story. Yet the Sandford Police concluded they not only didn't have a case, they didn't even have probable cause, which is why they requested a warrant from the prosecutor, who also refused.

Remember in Florida an arrest without probable cause is almost a guaranteed false arrest suit, and everybody from the cop to the city loses immunity.

Adjoran

Why you should NEVER EVER talk to the police without an attorney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXkI4t7nuc

Danube of Thought

"The extent of Zim's injuries are at the core of this case, "

That is simply an absolutely false statement.. What is at the core of this case is whether GZ had a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm. Being knocked down by a punch to the face, then having one's head slammed against the pavement by the assailant, is more than sufficient to meet that test. One need not wait to receive serious bodily injury--or sny injury at all--for the right of self-defense to arise.

Tthe Lynch Mob grows more desperate--and sillier--by the day. What a joy to behold!

bunkerbuster

DoT asserts: ``the core of this case is whether GZ had a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm.''
Talk about backpedaling! That's preposterous.
Zimmerman defense is that Martin knocked him down with one blow to the nose. If his nose isn't broken or significantly bruised, Zimmerman's claim is very hard to believe.
The alleged injuries to his head are even more important, given that Zimmerman's story -- reportedly -- is that Martin was thrashing his head against the sidewalk. If there is no significant bruising and cuts and/or scrapes on Zimmerman's head, it becomes extremely difficult for anyone to believe his life was under threat.
It's telling how quickly and easily DoT fantasizes about moving the evidentiary goal posts from physical evidence of a beating to unknowable Zimmerman's state of mind. Any port in a storm, I guess.
Sara: Don't be silly. If Zim's head didn't require a bandage right after the altercation, and the video of him entering the police station proves beyond anyone's doubt that it didn't, why in the world would it need one the next day?

Danube of Thought

"If his nose isn't broken or significantly bruised, Zimmerman's claim is very hard to believe."

Nonsense. I myself--and many others--have been knocked down by a blow to the face without sustaining a broken nose. Anyone who has ever watched boxing or MMA on TV knows that it is a common occurrence.

The goal posts remain exactly where they have always been: reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm. The two injuries, the grass stains and the eyewitness all corroborate GZ's account; nothing rebuts it.

Zimmerman's unknowable state of mind is irrelevant. It is the state of mind of a reasonable man under the circumstances that the law considers.

Bubu is a very reliable error machine, isn't he?

jimmyk

of course Zimmerman was pursuing Martin with the intent to bring him to justice... that's why he called the police!

iqvoice, don't encourage the bubu. As has been pointed out, "pursue" means with the intent to capture. There is no evidence GZ had such an intent. His instructions as a neighborhood watch person were only to call the authorities, and the evidence only shows an effort to keep an eye on TM.

bunkerbuster

DoT: You're conveniently ignoring that Zimmerman, reportedly, claimed he feared for his life. When you were knocked down by a nose punch, did you fear for yours? Do boxers fear for their lives when knocked down with a shot to the nose?
Again, the extent of Zimmerman's alleged injuries is crucial to the veracity of his claim that he feared for his life. If all a reasonable person had to fear from the alleged fisticuffs was a bloody nose and wounded pride, I hardly think a jury's going to sign off on Zimmerman's license to kill his assailant. Somehow I doubt that Zimmerman is going to try that defense out on the jury. He's going to have to say he feared for his life, otherwise, he's smart enough to know, it's unreasonable to gun down an unarmed teenager. Remember, it's going to be ordinary Americans, not gullible wingnuts like DoT, who make up the jury.
Maybe DoT did wish he'd been able to blow away the guy that punched him in the nose. He does have a record of violent fantasies here on JOM and that would explain a lot about his views…

Danube of Thought

Jimmyk, the problem is that it's great fun to encourage the bubu. Just look at the howlers he comes up with!

The Lynch Mob thought it had discovered the Great White Defendant. A few short weeks ago the opportunities for preening displays of moral superiority seemed limitless. Now it has all vanished, and they have only Al Sharpton and MSNBC to console them.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Bunker: I am not a doctor nor was I there. We have the eyewitness account that says that Martin was doing a beat down on Zimmerman and we have a witness who saw Zimmerman the following afternoon bandaged and bruised. Add to that the paramedic reports that he had a broken nose and a gash on his head. You can continue to deny, but apparently after many hours and many weeks of investigation, there is still no probable cause. You don't want to hear that, but that is what we know to date and that is the law.

What is your explanation as to why Martin did not continue to walk the few hundred feet to where he was staying, instead of circling back and attacking Zimmerman?

I have a theory. Martin was a typical 17 yr old guy. Full of himself, absolutely sure of his invincibility, and with a typical teenage chip on his shoulder where he probably thought Zimmerman had "dissed" him and he went back to teach him a lesson. His race would have nothing to do with it as I believe this is more a teenage thing than anything else. Even the best of 17 year olds don't always have the self-control that we'd like to see. Martin, apparently, had been demonstrating for quite sometime that self-control wasn't his strong suit. That doesn't mean that he deserved a punishment of death, but it certainly would be a factor that put him in a fatal situation.

When my kids were this age, I was sure I'd never get them thru it alive. When the hormones take over, the brain takes a vacation. Then one day you wake up and hear them talking about the "dumb" or "dangerous" things they did "as a kid" and you know they are on the way to adulthood. I shudder to think of some of the dumb things I did with my friends at that age. Fortunately, we never had to worry about guns and that type of violence, more like very steep hills marked "stay off - danger," which we ignored and tobogganed anyway. We had a bad crash and two of the six of us ended up with broken legs. I was lucky and only suffered a sprained wrist, but we shouldn't have been there and we could have all been killed. And I'm of the era of fast muscle cars and guys who liked to show off in front of us girls. Our motto was the same as Nick Romano's, "Live Fast, Die Young, and Leave a Good Looking Corpse." How stupid was that?

Danube of Thought

"You're conveniently ignoring that Zimmerman, reportedly, claimed he feared for his life. "

I do not ignore it at all. What I am telling you--and you seem incapable of understanding it--is that the jury will not be instructed to consider whether Zimmerman feared for his life. It will be instructed to consider whether a reasonable man would have feared, not necessarily for his life, but imminent great bodily harm. And he is not required to refrain from acting in self-defense until great bodily harm occurs.

"When you were knocked down by a nose punch, did you fear for yours?"

I did not fear either for my life or great bodily harm, because the man who did it was not a stranger, it was light ,and there many people present. (I take it you no longer contend that the fact Zimmerman's nose wasn't broken suggests that he wasn't punched in the face.)

"Do boxers fear for their lives when knocked down with a shot to the nose?"

No, because they know that there are trainers, handlers and police present. And they are constrained by rules to which they have agreed from defending themselves other than with their fists.

But in any event, you are simply incorrect in asserting that the extent of Zimmerman's injuries is "crucial." That is not the law.

And not only is Zimmerman not going to have to say he feared for his life, he is not going to have to say anything at all. If--and only if-- the prosecution puts on sufficient evidence that it was not self-defense to shift the burden to the defense (if there is any such evidence, I am not aware of it), the defense in rebuttal can play the 911 call, put the eyewitness and the paramedics on the stand, and place the police reports in evidence.

I invite you to continue to say stupid things about this case, bubu. As you can see, I relish responding to them.

Extraneus

This has been an eye-opener for people who didn't realize how morally low the average leftist is. Anyone reading this thread now knows that these are people willing to tell blatant lies, sacrifice innocents, foment hate and violence and more - all in the service of their political goals.

The question isn't what NBC did or why, but why they didn't think they'd get caught. Maybe it's because they do this kind of thing all the time.

Bruce

I think that we are maybe making a bit of progress here with BB. His admission that it comes down to the injuries seems to mean that he accepts the rest of the well known facts, and isn't making them up any more. And, that his criticism is that Zimmerman shouldn't have been in fear of his life with such (he thinks) wimpy injuries.

I don't think that we can truly know whether Zimmerman was truly and reasonably in fear of his life. His injuries appear consistent with his head being beaten against the ground. When was Martin going to stop? We don't know, and neither maybe did he. Zimmerman's father has apparently said that his son told him that Martin said that he was going to kill him. Of course, that is the attorney talking... But, that would lend credence to a belief that the beating wasn't stopping anytime soon. Also supporting this was Zimmerman's almost contemporaneous statement to the cops that he was yelling for help, and no one came.

I don't really know if Zimmerman feared for his life or great bodily harm, and if that belief was reasonable. The problem is that almost of none of us have the evidence needed to make that decision. The police most likely have a most of it - including Zimmerman's long interview with the police right afterwards, the various 911 calls, the interviews with witnesses, the photos of the crime scene, etc. But, we don't, and neither does the press, and won't have until and if Zimmerman is tried for the death.

Danube of Thought

I agree with Bruce. But the key thing to keep in mind is where the burden of proof lies.

cboldt

BuBu isn't going to accept Zimmerman's claim, even after the physician report confirms that Zimmerman's nose was broken.

BuBu is a demonstration of bad faith argumentation.

Bruce

it was reported that zimmerman made over forty calls to the police in a year. this was to prove that he was a raving vigilante out to get someone. then i read that the calls were made over an eight year period. does anybody know which story is correct and how many of these incidents resulted in a violent confrontation betwen zimmerman and the person he reported on.

40 in a year might have been high. But over 8 years? I don't think so - he was working Neighborhood Watch, and that is what they do - call the cops to investigate anything suspicious.

Keep in mind that if he had been seen by the police as overusing the system, and calling 911 (or the police directly) too frequently, the priority of their response to his calls would likely have been downgraded. In this case, we do know that the police were already in route to the scene, in response to his call, when their call was changed from investigating a suspicious person to "shots fired".

At that, their response to his call(s) seems a lot more prompt than what I have seen in big city police departments for this sort of thing. Which is one reason not to live in that sort of place.

cboldt

The evidence can come out without a trial. If Corey no bills the case, she can justify the decision by disclosing the evidence it's based on. If she charges Zimmerman, Zimmerman is entitled to discover and the state has 15 days to respond - then Zimmerman can put the evidence in the public eye along with the motion to dismiss the case for lack of probable cause that his use of force was unlawful.

Bruce

I have a theory. Martin was a typical 17 yr old guy. Full of himself, absolutely sure of his invincibility, and with a typical teenage chip on his shoulder where he probably thought Zimmerman had "dissed" him and he went back to teach him a lesson. His race would have nothing to do with it as I believe this is more a teenage thing than anything else. Even the best of 17 year olds don't always have the self-control that we'd like to see. Martin, apparently, had been demonstrating for quite sometime that self-control wasn't his strong suit. That doesn't mean that he deserved a punishment of death, but it certainly would be a factor that put him in a fatal situation.

Likely true to some extent, but I will state the politically incorrect. There is a black/ghetto culture where violence is not only accepted, but almost worshiped. Reading Martin's tweats, in conjunction with his Twitter picture, seems to suggest that he was trying to participate in that culture. Someone asked how a high school senior could afford that gold plated grill of his. Maybe it was mowing lawns. Or, maybe it was burglary. We will probably never know.

But, if you look at the national crime figures, esp. as to murder rates, Martin had just entered the age of the, by far, highest rate of murder, and, unfortunately, the rates for Blacks there is many times higher than for other ethnic groups. Not saying that he was intending murder. We will never know that. But, there is a distinct possibility that it was more than just the stupid-years working to his disadvantage that night.

Danube of Thought

If the grand jury no-bills, can Corey discose the transcripts?

Thomas Collins

It's cultural, Bruce, but, according to Thomas Sowell, it was a culture developed in Britain. See LUN.

Rob Crawford

AFAIK, Zimmerman's calls were to the non-emergency number, not 911. He wasn't abusing the system.

jimboster

It will be very interesting to see what happens with Burnside and Hernandez. They wrote and co-wrote news stories which featured the altered quotes. They can't blame some middleman producer. If NBC fired a producer for the same offense, then these two have to be terminated, as well.

cboldt

-- If the grand jury no-bills, can Corey discose the transcripts? --

Not of the grand jury proceedings, as those are secret. But she can, if she chooses, disclose witness statements, 911 recordings, Zimmerman's statement, photos, other forensic evidence, etc. She would likely have to redact witness names and other identifying information in statements.

If she no bills without supporting evidence for the decision, she'll be adding fuel to a fire that has her in cahoots with police. That fire is going to start anyway, but it would wise for her to provide some water to put it out.

Jane (where is Jon Corzine?)

40 in a year might have been high. But over 8 years? I don't think so - he was working Neighborhood Watch, and that is what they do - call the cops to investigate anything suspicious.

Why would a gun toting racist call the police at all?

Ranger

Well, Bubu has definately made progress. His first night of commenting on this case, he was convinced that Martin was shot in the back of the head, and that the state could force Zimmerman to tell his side of the story "under oath." He is still a long way from true understanding though.

cboldt
Corey said she has never used a grand jury to decide on charges in a justifiable homicide case.

A grand jury is fairly well led by the presiding prosecutor, as it ends up the prosecutors chore to prepare the indictment and prosecute the case. Those details follow from the evidence, and proper application of the applicable law(s).

The press has been misrepresenting the evidence, the law, and application of the law to the evidence. Some people, Crump, BuBu, DuDa, KathyKumquat, etc. are similarly engaged in willful deception and misdirection.

Danube of Thought

Each grand juror is free to say publicly what he told the grand jury. I imagine that exculpatory witnesses in this case might be reluctant to do so, what with the lynch-mob fever generated by Sharpton et al.

iqvoice

Forget Zimmermans state of mind, and forget Zimmermans injury(s).

Was it not in Zimmermans statement to the police that is concealed weapon was exposed in the skuffle, and that Trayvon grabbed for it?

Case closed. When you reach for another mans gun, that's all the justification he needs for the use of lethal force, imho. Any lawyer types want to chime in?

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