It appears George Zimmerman and his counsel are going to have to move to Plan B; their “let’s trash Trayvon Martin and put on ‘evidence’ that he really had it coming” strategy, thanks to Florida Judge Debra Nelson, has been summarily sent to the trash bin. This young man, armed only with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, won’t have to have his character posthumously trashed at trial. Judge Nelson wasn’t playing: No delay, she ruled, the trial is going forward on June 10th. And – cutting the heart out of Zimmerman’s defense – she also ruled that defense counsel “cannot mention Trayvon Martin’s suspension from school, prior marijuana use, text messages or past fighting during opening statements at next month’s trial.”
Trayvon Martin’s past is completely irrelevant to the 2nd degree murder charge George Zimmerman faces. Whether he’d had schoolyard fights, had smoked weed, skipped school – whatever. Every single event of the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman flowed from one and only one event: George Zimmerman confronting and then aggressively pursuing Trayvon, despite the instructions by police to back off.
In March 2012, Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners Of America, in an interview with Cenk Uygur, tried valiantly to demonstrate that it was Trayvon as the aggressor and Zimmerman on the defensive, and weakly tried to paint a scenario of Zimmerman making a “citizens arrest.” But, as Cenk Uygur pointed out, “He [Zimmerman] did run after the kid, that’s a fact . . . Okay, so you acknowledge that he ran after the guy, but when this loser stalker finally catches up with a 17-year-old kid who’s 140 pounds, and in your interpretation gets his ass kicked because he’s such an idiot . . . a 250-pound guy winds up on his ass . . . and then you say, okay, he’s allowed to shoot him? . . . Let’s say I’m stalking you, Larry . . . I call in to 911, I say, there it is again, a white guy in a tie . . . I’m gonna go chase after that guy . . . and I come after you, and you get the better of me . . . assuming you’re right . . . then when I come up to you, this stalker, and you end up punching me in the face, do I have the right to come out and shoot you? . . . Now I know that I can stalk your ass, and if you dare fight back, Larry, I can put a bullet right in your chest . . . .”
The self defense strategy is as thin as rice paper, and it’s fortunate that Judge Nelson has an accurate read on exactly who is on trial. Self defense would only work if Zimmerman & Co. could paint Trayvon as a wild-eyed, pot-smoking, street-fighting, hoodied thug. With this judge, it’s not to be.
So what do we know about this case? We know Trayvon Martin was unarmed. We know Zimmerman had a vigilante mentality, was a chronic tattle-tale, and had a history of targeting young black males. We know he took his gun to go shop at Target. We know he ignored the cops when they told him to stand down. We know he and his wife played fast and loose with the donated money, and lied to the Court about it. And we know that Trayvon Martin is dead, and George Zimmerman chose not to pursue the Stand Your Ground defense after all.
Everything flowed from Zimmerman’s actions that single night – everything – and it’s comforting to know that there’s a judge with a handle on the case, a judge who isn’t going to tolerate unnecessary besmirching of the victim’s character, and who isn’t going to let Zimmerman paint himself as the victim.
There are enough real victims. We don’t need any false-flaggers.