Actress Amanda Bynes and Georgia Bulldogs player Harvey Clemons may not have escaped police and media attention for their marijuana use recently, but on May 28 it was revealed by ABC News that Trayvon Martin’s drug photos and marijuana use can’t even be mentioned to the jury by George Zimmerman’s defense lawyer during the trial’s opening statements.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, is also prohibited during his opening remarks from telling jurors in the case that Trayvon Martin may have smoked pot before his altercation with George since the coroner found the active ingredient of marijuana in Trayvon Martin’s system at the time of his death, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Drugs found in the body of a crime victim are considered evidence as much as any drugs found in the body of the perpetrator of a crime. To refuse to allow a jury to hear about that evidence could show an obvious bias against the defense unless the judge can provide a reason which would justify taking such an action.
Given that George Zimmerman is fighting for his own life in court, which he also contends he did the night of the shooting of Martin, it is not clear why Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson is attempting to stop the defense from excluding the mention of Trayvon Martin’s marijuana use during mere opening remarks.
New York Police didn’t know if Amanda Bynes’ system would reveal any presence of drug use when they arrested her and charged her with criminal possession of marijuana over Memorial Day weekend, but they did it anyway.
They did know, however, that the female celebrity was kicking and screaming at them during her arrest, and that she had thrown a bong out of her apartment window rather than allow them to confiscate it, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
If a judge were to tell the NYPD that they could not admit that information into a trial against her if she does sue them, it would be in keeping with what the judge in the George Zimmerman case is trying to do to the defense. But all evidence must be heard and presented for true justice to prevail in a court of law.
Marijuana use can result in hallucinations and antagonistic behaviors like Bynes is said to have exuded towards the police at her Manhattan apartment. But that is not always the case, like in the instance involving Georgia Bulldog player Jose Harvey Clemons, who complied passively when officers asked to search his room. He eventually admitting to smoking pot as well.
Whether Trayvon Martin’s marijuana use played a role in the altercation with George Zimmerman is not known. What is known, however, is that he was under the influence of the active ingredient found in the illegal drug at the time of the incident. And a jury deciding the fate of a man on trial should know that.
Recently, actress Rachel McAdams told Jimmy Kimmel Live that using just the tiniest teaspoon of marijuana caused her to not think normally, and it led to her having hallucinations.
McAdams was referring to an incident resulting from her one-time encounter with a green grocer. Martin is said to have had an alleged history of using the illegal substance, which his cell phone and text records are alleged to support. If they do not, however, that would explain the judge’s ruling.
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