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Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Jul 11, 2013
A hostile exchange took place in the courtroom today where George Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder as Judge Debra Nelson questioned the defendant about his plans to testify.

Nelson reminded Zimmerman that he has the “absolute right to remain silent” if he so desires and proceeded to ask him whether he was prepared to testify. Defense attorney Don West twice objected to the question, but was overruled by Nelson, who explained,“The court is entitled to inquire if Mr. Zimmerman’s determination [sic] as to whether or not he wants to testify.”

The judge then began asking Zimmerman how much time he requires to determine whether or not he would like to testify. West again objected to the question and asked for more time to speak with his client, prompting Judge Nelson to raise her voice and exclaim,“Your objection is overruled!”

The tension escalated as another of Zimmerman’s defense attorneys, Mark O’Mara, was overheard asking under his breath,“What is going on?”

Kathi Belich, a journalist following the trial for a local news channel, tweeted her surprise at the line of questioning, writing “I have never seen that in more than 30 years of court reporting.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/353105/j...

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#2 Jul 11, 2013
Answer: The kind of judge who is actively trying to have the defendant found guilty.

Since: Jan 13

Returning with a vengeance

#3 Jul 11, 2013
I'm raising odds of hung jury to 25%

Media would love that ending, it means a near certain second trial, or if the prosecutor drops, an easy way to get riots and blame the Republicans.
They cannot kill a spook

Toledo, OH

#4 Jul 11, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
Answer: The kind of judge who is actively trying to have the defendant found guilty.
The stakes are not as high but a coomon pleas judge and a municipal court judge in Fairfield county behave and question defendants exactly like Nelson.

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#5 Jul 11, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
I'm raising odds of hung jury to 25%
Media would love that ending, it means a near certain second trial, or if the prosecutor drops, an easy way to get riots and blame the Republicans.
If it comes down 5-1 for acquittal, the defense will trot down the hall five minutes later and file a motion for Judgement of Acquittal.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#6 Jul 11, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
Answer: The kind of judge who is actively trying to have the defendant found guilty.
I read an article, maybe yesterday, that the judge stormed out of the courtroom after 12-13 hours. Poor baby was late for dinner..........

Since: Apr 13

Hilliard, OH

#7 Jul 11, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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I read an article, maybe yesterday, that the judge stormed out of the courtroom after 12-13 hours. Poor baby was late for dinner..........
She's feeling the heat from her masters in Washington.
They cannot kill a spook

Toledo, OH

#9 Jul 11, 2013
They cannot kill a spook wrote:
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C.
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Is a perfect tittle for her.
Keeping the post aive
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Jul 11, 2013
Desperation and fear... Florida is scared.

Since: Dec 11

Middletown, OH

#11 Jul 11, 2013
I was dissappointed when I heard Z is not taking the stand. The only fabrication that makes sense is Coon crying and I wanted to hear Z say it was him or some explanation of who. He still wins aquittal from most jury's. Just remember, this is all women.
Dude Watson

Cleveland, OH

#12 Jul 12, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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I read an article, maybe yesterday, that the judge stormed out of the courtroom after 12-13 hours. Poor baby was late for dinner..........
Doesn't appear that she has missed many dinners....
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#13 Jul 12, 2013
-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
Kathi Belich, a journalist following the trial for a local news channel, tweeted her surprise at the line of questioning, writing “I have never seen that in more than 30 years of court reporting.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/353105/j...
I don't know that this was so awful. If anything, hearing something from him might actually help humanize him to the jury as opposed to talking through his suits, which always turns me off.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#14 Jul 12, 2013
Dude Watson wrote:
<quoted text>Doesn't appear that she has missed many dinners....
The big thing she blew was the admission of the texts from Martin's cell phone and, perhaps, giving counsel a chance to depose people. I think those texts do give the jury some insight into the type of person Zimmerman was dealing with.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#15 Jul 12, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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The big thing she blew was the admission of the texts from Martin's cell phone and, perhaps, giving counsel a chance to depose people. I think those texts do give the jury some insight into the type of person Zimmerman was dealing with.
Caveat to the above: Defense counsel could just be huffing and puffing about nothing so they have something to hang an appeal on if the verdict doesn't go their way.
Duke for Mayor

Akron, OH

#16 Jul 12, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Caveat to the above: Defense counsel could just be huffing and puffing about nothing so they have something to hang an appeal on if the verdict doesn't go their way.
Its a balancing test. Probative value vs. risk of prejudicing the jury.

"You take your victims as you find them", the old saying goes. That's why people get convicted of murder or manslaughter when they engage in a simple criminal assault but the victim has for instance, a heart condition that gets aggravated by the trauma of the assault, suffers a heart attack, and dies.

This case is reversed from that. GZ got more than he bargained for, perhaps.

woof

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