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  •  Not an endorsement. Just an analysis. (2+ / 0-)
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    never forget 2000, Mark Mywurtz

    It's a shame that the jurors couldn't look past her speech patterns and demeanor to the content of her testimony, but they couldn't.

    You obviously misunderstood me.  I do not find it at all unusual for a black person to be articulate.  All of the black people I know are extremely articulate. But Rachel Jeantel is not.

    I watched the trial live, and my heart was in my stomach when she testified, because I knew it was hurting the prosecution's case with this jury. The stenographer was flummoxed, couldn't understand what Rachel was saying and kept asking her to repeat her statements.  This did not happen with any other witnesses.

    She was not merely "othered" by Don West. She was already "other" during Bernie de la Rionda's questioning for the prosecution.

    I don't endorse the jury's take. But I am not surprised that a group of middle class women could not relate to her.  

    Some people fight fire with fire. Professionals use water.

    by Happy Days on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:50:46 PM PDT

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