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Trayvon Martin's Past Becomes Very, Very Public

Posted by on May. 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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Trayvon Martin's Past Becomes Very, Very Public

by Lindsay Ferrier

Trayvon MartinGeorge Zimmerman's trial is scheduled to start next month, and as attornies on both sides prepare their opening arguments, lots of information is coming out about Trayvon Martin, the teenager he fatally shot.

Trayvon's tweets, texts, school suspension, and drug use have all been made public, and even though a judge has ruled that much of this information can't be used in the trial, it's going to be hard to find jurors who haven't seen the information that's out there.

 

Trayvon's Twitter account was closed shortly after his death, but some websites have obtained and published his Tweets, which aren't exactly family friendly material.

Last week, George Zimmerman's attornies released texts from Trayvon that seemed to include talk of school suspension, marijuana use, fighting, and the possible purchase of a gun.

Judge Debra Nelson ruled today that most of this information will be inadmissable in opening arguments next month-- she'll decide on a case-by-case basis whether it will be admitted in the trial itself. Defense attornies are apparently hoping the texts will prove that Trayvon had a history of aggression and may have tried to fight Zimmerman, prompting the neighborhood watch volunteer to shoot him. Critics say they made the texts public to try and influence potential jurors. Regardless, when it comes to the court of public opinion, this information could be enough to give many out there a negative opinion about Trayvon, which really doesn't seem fair.

No, he probably wasn't a candidate for his school's Good Citizen award, but he was also 17, and many of us can remember doing quite a bit of screwing up when we were teens. The fact that he's being publicly judged for his adolescent decisions, and that he'll never have the chance to become a man and turn thing around, is really sad to me.

And I imagine it's crushing to his mother.

Of course, Tweets and texts can always be made public, no matter how young and thoughtless we were when we wrote them, and it's always a good idea to remind our own teenagers of this fact. What seems harmless or funny now could come back to bite them down the road. 

Trayvon may have been young and reckless. Does that mean he deserved to be shot?

I don't think so.

Do the public Tweets and texts change how you look at this trial?

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joyfree
by Platinum Member on May. 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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No, because I recognize the fact that Trayvon was still a child... So many people equate size and height with maturity, at least in this case, but they apparently do not know that the human brain does not really mature until a person is well into their twenties...

Just this morning on my way to dropping my son off at school, I told him that I'm glad that camera phones and such were not prevalent when I was young, because I'm sure that I would have embarrassed myself.

It's really sad that Trayvon will never have the chance to redeem himself... I realize that the defense is just doing their job, but it's a terrible thing for his parents to have to read all the "thug" comments.

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jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on May. 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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All of this


Quoting joyfree:

No, because I recognize the fact that Trayvon was still a child... So many people equate size and height with maturity, at least in this case, but they apparently do not know that the human brain does not really mature until a person is well into their twenties...

Just this morning on my way to dropping my son off at school, I told him that I'm glad that camera phones and such were not prevalent when I was young, because I'm sure that I would have embarrassed myself.

It's really sad that Trayvon will never have the chance to redeem himself... I realize that the defense is just doing their job, but it's a terrible thing for his parents to have to read all the "thug" comments.

bad



greenie63
by Silver Member on May. 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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No, he was a teenager who should still be alive. Teens tweet, sometimes not the most appropriate things either, but he should still be alive. 

Carpy
by Emerald Member on May. 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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The judge has not yet ruled on admissability.

ReginaStar
by Gold Member on May. 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Not at all. They fact he was a teenager and behaved as many of them do does not change the fact that he was killed when he was doing nothing more than walking to his dads. Zimmerman was in the wrong from the very start and nothing will excuse that. 

prommy
by Silver Member on May. 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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 It doesn't matter if Martin was running his mouth or tweeting at age 17 or age 27... Zimmerman was told to not pursue this kid, he was told to wait for the cops and he didn't, that's on him. Whatever stupid things Martin did in the past should have no bearing on this case.

Mommabearbergh
by on May. 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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Sounds like a desperate lawyer
lga1965
by on May. 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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The way I see it is that his past has no relevance to what happened that night. That night he was just walking, unarmed,and was shot by a hyper,overzealous, slightly panicked man.
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dawnie1
by #1 Raider fan on May. 29, 2013 at 9:51 AM

This is a defense attorney doing what they do. It is ugly, but is how they give their client a shot at freedom. No pun intended, sorry.

AllofFive19
by Silver Member on May. 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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I haven't seen, nor do I care to see the texts, pictures and the like. The fact that they exist still do not change my stance on the issue, which is that Zimmerman was wrong because he pursued the child when he was told not to do so.

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