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View Diary: Yet Another Ruling against Trayvon -- Audio Experts excluded from Trial (155 comments)

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  •  This was the right decision (15+ / 0-)

    You're correct that forensic analysis of audio recordings can have a place the courtroom. The problem is, not all the audio "experts" could agree on what was being said. Only one of the experts, for the prosecution, heard the "I'm begging you" and "This shall be" bit. Some experts said the scream came from Martin, some Zimmerman, and one expert said it was impossible to match a scream to a voice.  All of this would no doubt have confused the jury and resulted in a stalemate anyway.

    As you point out here...

    If Zimmerman was not the one "pleading" -- then technically Zimmerman has no case.
    ...this could be an important element that his case hinges on. And frankly, most judges just aren't going to let such a crucial aspect of this case hinge on scientifically unreliable evidence. The quality of the recording probably makes a definitive voice analysis impossible, and jurors are just going to have to sort it out for themselves, it happens.

    Black Holes Suck.

    by Pi Li on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 09:46:55 AM PDT

    •  I am not sure of that but it's a valid point. What (0+ / 0-)

      the real travesty is was done from day one when the police bungled this case (and who knows what evidence was compromised) and didn't arrest GZ with the pretext that SYG law exonerated the vigilante. In what world is having a guy armed with a pistol chase a kid armed with Skittles and shoot him dead considered even close to self defense because of the threat?

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