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  •  Right she was not well prepared but (7+ / 0-)

    The thing I really don't understand is why law enforcement in her first interview let Trayvon's mother sit next to her the whole time.  Considering she said that she lied about going to the hospital to spare Trayvon's mother's feelings, having Trayvon's mother sitting next to her while she was testifying can really call her whole testimony into question.  What else might she have lied about to spare Trayvon's mother's feelings?  Jeantel also said she cleaned up the language Trayvon used to spare Trayvon's mother.  Not preparing her adequately was a mistake but this may have been a bigger mistake.

    BTW I was a prosecutor many years ago and sometimes despite all your efforts the prep doesn't take.  No matter how realistic you try to make it, a crowded court room with press and even well hidden cameras can be a shock.  

    •  I completely agree. It was a terrible move (3+ / 0-)
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      by the prosecution to interview a witness to a possible murder with the victim's mother sitting right there.  Of course the witness is going to be tempted to color her testimony to the feelings of the victim's mother.  That's why law enforcement almost never does that.    You can certainly lay that one at the feet of law enforcement.  And I'm sure you will hear, in closing something like this:

      The prosecution had Ms. Jeantel sit right next to Trayvon Martin's grieving mother when they put her under oath to ask her about what she heard and what Trayvon Martin told her.  Ladies and gentleman of the jury, Ms. Jeantel told you on the witness stand that, even though she knew she was under oath, she lied.  She also told you that, even though she knew she was under oath, she did not tell the truth about what Trayvon Martin said to her on the phone with respect to the names he called Mr. Zimmerman.  Can you be sure, beyond a reasonable doubt, that those were the only falsehoods in that testimony?  Remember, even though she previously signed an statement about the case and had been interviewed about the case, that's the first time that she told anyone she heard "get off, get off."  Did she add that detail because Trayvon Martin's mother was sitting there, and she knew that is what she wanted to hear?  Since she's admitted to you that the oath to tell the truth is not as important to her as telling a story her audience wants to hear, how can you be sure she's not telling you, the jury, a story that she thinks you want to hear?  

      Any lawyer who's ever tried a case can see exactly what the defense will say in closing.  And that's largely the fault of the prosecution, who put Ms. Jeantel in that situation in the first place.  

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