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  •  jts- (5+ / 0-)
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    jts327, AnnetteK, jennyp, Mayfly, Lepanto

    I didn't watch the opening statements, but I did watch a news report about them.  I saw the clip of the defense attorney telling a "knock-knock" joke....Good grief, what an idiot.

    If I was a member of the jury, I would not be too happy about that.  

    Remember, the defense will try to do everything it can to get Zimmerman off the hook.  If they promise the world to the jury in opening statements, and then fail to deliver.....the defense will be in trouble.

    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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      the joke was ridiculous, but did the incurious jury get it.  Also, my opinion is that the defense has planted in the minds of the jury that George was just a good guy, following an assumed bad guy, then attacked and had to use deadly force.
      The defense did not really promise anything, they argued the evidence that has not been presented. My point is that the State"s Attorney should have stopped the improper opening argument long before any objections were raised.  All the defense has to do to get Zimmerman off the hook is to raise a reasonable doubt.  In my opinion, this opening argument has gone a long way towards raising that reasonable doubt, In the minds of the jurors, without any evidence being presented.

      ...sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport,whereas Virtue, if a pauper is stopped at all frontiers. from The Sermon, Moby Dick

      by jts327 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 03:27:23 PM PDT

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      •  Are you saying character evidence, as in he's a (2+ / 0-)
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        Good guy, will be offered as evidence. I thought evidence of  ones character, good or bad previous acts, is generally inadmissible.

        "Mais n'enculons pas des mouches." Ian Fleming, Casino Royal.

        by Kvetchnrelease on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 03:55:41 PM PDT

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        •  not at all (1+ / 0-)
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          but in the argument the defense presented Zimmerman as a good guy, without objection by the State.  When it is the defense time to present evidence, i guarantee there will be no evidence of Zimmerman's good character.  At that point if put into evidence the State would have an arsenal of evidence to rebut good character that they cannot argue unless the defense puts character out as an issue.

          ...sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport,whereas Virtue, if a pauper is stopped at all frontiers. from The Sermon, Moby Dick

          by jts327 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 04:00:02 PM PDT

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