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Angela Corey first to the media. She is giving a speech like she just won the Academy Award for best actress. “We had to do the best to get facts and details out to the jury and we want to thank the jury for their time.”
Bernie is the first to say he is disappointed. But he respects the Juries verdict and to please respect their privacy.
John Guy said that he just wanted to truth to come out and for peace to be found and we believe that is what happened.
Manti wants to say to the family of the “dead teenager, Trayvon Martin” That he has appreciated the way they have handled this matter.
Angela runs back to the mike to thank even more people. “This is something we do. We put on our best case and leave it in the hands of the jury.”
Question one: WHY DID YOU OVERCHARGE? blah blah blah
What was the greatest challenge? Coming into the case late.
What was the weakest part of the case that let you down? Blah blah blah leave it in the hands of the jury.
Have you had a chance to speak to parents since the verdict? No I was in a hurry for my camera time.
WTF with the whole 3rd degree murder with child abuse debacle? Oh well you know there are lesser includes and manslaughter is a necessary lesser included, and we look at the other options to see if they fit our case. We thought that third degree fit our case…..
Did SYG law affect the case? She explains that SYG is a procedural process and we did expect the defense to request a hearing. Justifiable use of force …blah blah blah so no.
Why couldn’t you prove Trayvon’s voice? Well we thought the since the scream stopped after the shot it was him.
Was that the key argument? (who was screaming?) Severity of the injuries? Well it’s just all of it. We didn’t think the injuries comported with injuries of great bodily harm. And we didn’t think he could have pulled the gun from his holster at the time he was shot. (Really, that was a key point to you? You spent about 3 minutes on that in closing re direct, didn’t mention it on direct and skimmed right over it in closing. That was one of your key points?)
Were you disappointed in Rachel Jeantel’s testimony? (translation, wtf didn’t you prep your start witness?) We deal with witnesses on a regular basis a lot of them are not educated you can’t say you are disappointed in them.
When you say you coming in after the fact was a challenge are you saying the Sanford Police did a bad job? No. not at all…no the self-defense on mutual ground cases are hard y’all.
Once it you decided that there was no evidence as to who started the confrontation why would you go forward with the case That is a major issue in self defense right? (aka WTF WAS THAT TRIAL EVEN ABOUT WITH YOUR NO EVIDENCE HAVING SIDE?) Oh, she is going to let Bernie answer that one. SHOCKER. Bernie is all “who is following who?” (exactly Bernie, that is what we needed to know. Who was following who when the confrontation occurred. Shouldn’t you be presenting EVIDENCE in that regard???) Bernie says that GZ following a kid was the beginning of the confrontation. Oh Bernie, If that was a legally sound opinion, you would have won. Following someone is not a confrontation or illegal. The reporter follows with that is your theory but that was not proven. Bernie gives his child going home speech.
Angela just starts talking about how the case is not about race…etc.
The reports are now directing questions to Bernie and he ends them all with I don’t if that answers your question. Bernie says this is the only the 2nd murder case he has lost.
Ben K was fired, why did you do that Angela? We sent a letter out about that. We just wanted to get all the facts out in this case. (It is amazing she keeps saying that since she just fired a guy for testifying under oath to the facts of the case). She just keeps saying that the jury got all the facts and the jury gave them careful consideration.
Angela is a mediawhore. She just was told to stop taking questions. And launched back in to her acceptance speech.
Now Mark O’Mara is up reading a letter to police thanking them for help. He sent the letter a few days ago so that he would get it before the verdict so that it would not seem like an answer to an acquittal.
It’s a long letter praising the Sanford Police Department. He calls the department’s work on the case, “pure perfection.” Mark thanks the jury for their active engagement. He appreciates them following the law.
West says the prosecution of George Zimmerman was disgraceful. As happy as I am for George Zimmerman it makes me sad that it took this long under these circumstances to get justice.
Question for Don West re personal info and how things were going for him with the judge, the ice create instagram. West says he won’t talk about that because this is about GZ.
O’Mara is asked about Zimmerman’s emotional state? MOM says he is going to be fine. He is still worried and we will take it a day at a time.
Wong from HLN was this a fair fight? MOM apologized to public defenders for saying that fighting for discovery from the prosecution made him think they were dealing with young public defenders. He basically says he had to fight tooth and nail for complete discovery, the state out funded them, they made it extraordinary difficult to receive the discovery. Had they not gone to such links to keep information from them the case could have been tried six months ago…It was a bit like David and Goliath, but we won.
GZ kept a poker face during the verdict. When did he become emotional? When he got into a private place.
Best weakest moments for you and for the prosecution. Best moment was the verdict. MOM loved the entire trial. That is where he is at is best.
Will you pursue sanctions against the state attorneys office? Yes there is a sanctions hearing to be set . And they will sue the state for attorney’s costs.
MOM says if civil lawsuits are filed, the will seek and get immunity.
What is next for George Z? I don’t know what you do after 16 months of this. I think once he takes some time. He would like to get the word out as to who he really is after all of the misinformation in the media.
Would the outcomes have been different if George was black? Does he fear for is safety? Mark says yes, if GZ was black he would never have been charged with a crime. It seems that what happened was that an event that was looked into by the SPD and determined to be a self defense event. And then this became a civil rights event in the media despite there having been an investigation that showed no racial component. If those who decided to condemn Mr. Zimmerman so quickly and viciously would have taken the time to find out about him before condemning him, none of this would be happening.
How concerned is George? I have never seen jurors thank defense attys for explaining the law! What was your reaction to that? George is very concerned and has credible threats. We do need to be worried about. MOM says he takes their thanks as a compliment.
Rachel Jeantel and Dr Bao, WTF was that cross like, West? With RJ he was trying to get the four minutes into evidence, He says that RJ was in a very bad position because she was first interviewed by phone with the family on the line!!!! and the next interview was even worse because it took place at Trayvon’s mother’s home with Ms Fulton sitting next to RJ sitting next to her in her living room. So he had to get out that RJ changed her testimony to save the feelings of the Martin family.
As for Dr.Bao…ummmm (looks off ) Did you hear Dr. De Maio’s testimony? The cross of Dr. Bao was set up for that.
Do you think the judge was fair? Will this case affect race relations? MOM says se runs her courtroom very well and she moved this case along at a pace that I appreciated. (West rolls his eyes). MOM gave a complimentary review. Regarding race relations he repeatedly asked Crump not to put present this as a race relations case. This verdict has nothing to do with civil rights.
For West what do you think about the Judge? MOM tells him not to answer. West responds that he would like to keep his bar license for the next couple of years, next question…
Advice to the Public with such polarized positions? He found the media and the misinformation hugely distraction.
Words for the family? It’s a tragedy, blah blah blah but George did nothing wrong and was beaten by a 17 year old and all of the forensic support that. And 45 seconds before the guy was fired, the decision to keep beating him places the decision in Trayvon’s hands more than GZ. No one should have to lose a child…it’s a tragedy, but not one GZ was responsible for.
When the jury asked the question about manslaughter were you worried? MOM’s understanding was that excusable homicide definition was confusing to be included.
West what do you mean about the tragedy into travesty,what was the tragedy? Trayvon losing his life. It would have been a travesty of justice had GZ been convicted.
From your private conversations what was the most compelling statements that made you feel he was innocent? There were many. The first opportunity that he had to say something about the case he said he was screaming out for help and nobody came. Then when the cop said he had a video of the event he said , “Thank God!” MOM dismisses in disgust by the prosecution’s portrayal of Gz as some kind of savant cop wanna be who knew he could take on that bluff? She asks if she had seen him cry and he says of course. He was devastated by his portrayal in the media and by the legal system that he loved that charged him without evidence.
Benjamin Crump…. I started recapping this. I had to stop when he said that Trayvon would be in the anals (sic) of along with “Mega” (sic) Evans (sic)as symbols for the fight for equal justice for all. I just can’t with this idiot.
The defense gave you a hard time throughout this. They just said that your first interview with RJ was made for TV but not for an investigation, thoughts? You know, it’s easy to go back in a vacuum. Ms. Jentel, she did not want to get involved in this matter in no way possible. So I think it is pretty documented the challenges we had to get her involved……something she did not want to do.”
Does it bother you when people say this case is not about race? It would be intellectually dishonest not to acknowledge the racial undertones….(there was more but that was the important part.
Why were they not in court for the verdict? Another attorney(?) says that due to the emotional nature of the verdict they recommended that they went home to go to church tomorrow.
Do you think the outcome would have been different if the races were reversed? They said something about learning from the tragedy and did not address the question.
Natalie is a local attorney and she was asked how Sanford would respond to the verdict. She is very emotional and says that the public awareness has changed Sanford for the better and that there is grace and dignity in peaceful protests.