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Has anything in the Trayvon Martin case surprised you so far?

Posted by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: 5 Details That Made Our Jaws Drop (VIDEO)

by Adriana Velez

rachel jeantelWe never expected George Zimmerman's trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin to be boring, but wow -- it's been one cringe-worthy moment after another. Yesterday and today, Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel gave her testimony. She was on the phone with Trayvon just before he was shot, and her testimony has been controversial, to say the least. She got downright testy with defense attorney Don West and admitted she'd lied to the police. But she's not the only one making our jaws drop. Here are the five biggest shockers coming out of the Zimmerman trial so far.

1. Defense lawyer Don West opened by claiming Zimmerman was justified in defending himself because "Trayvon Martin armed himself with the concrete sidewalk." Um, what? Let's hear the whole thing in context -- maybe it'll sound less crazy. West admitted that Zimmerman was armed with a gun, but he says it's inaccurate to say Trayvon was unarmed.

What the evidence will show you is that’s not true. Trayvon Martin armed himself with the concrete sidewalk and used it to smash George Zimmerman’s head, no different than if he picked up a brick or bashed the head against a wall. That is a deadly weapon ... The law is very specific about when you can defend yourself when the other person has a deadly weapon.

Yeah ... no. That still sounds crazypants. Gun, sidewalk, hardly the same thing. He knows we know what a sidewalk is, right?

2. Today Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel admitted she couldn't read a letter she supposedly wrote to Sybrina Fulton telling her what she'd heard over the phone on the night he was shot. She was handed the letter and asked if she could read it. She said she could read "some but not all. I don't read cursive." Jeantel was forced to admit she didn't write that letter after all. But also -- Rachel can't read cursive?!?

3. Rachel Jeantel admitted she lied under oath a few times. She told police that she was at the hospital because she didn't want to see Trayvon's dead body. She admitted she'd lied about her age (claiming to be under 18) because she didn't want to get involved in the case.

4. According to Rachel, Martin was scared about being followed by Zimmerman. She says Martin described Zimmerman as a "creepy-ass cracker." She says she heard Martin ask Zimmerman, "Why are you following me for?" and then heard another voice say, "What you doing around here?" Then she heard the headset bump, the sound of a landing on "wet grass," and then Martin saying "get off, get off" before the phone went dead.

5. Trayvon Martin's parents walked out after viewing graphic photos of their son's body. This is probably the most painful detail from the trial so far. While photos were shown, Sybrina stared straight ahead, sometimes closing her eyes. Tracy averted his eyes from all the photos. Both left the courtroom immediately after, and who can blame them?

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Has anything in the Trayvon Martin case surprised you so far?

by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Yes, I was surprised (yes, yes, call me naive) that a high school student going into 12th grade can't freaking read. Shameful.

lancet98
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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I am no longer surprised by court cases that are tried by the media and where the public divides into two highly polarized, viciously antagonistic camps, each of them utterly sure they know what happened, without having any evidence at all, or certainly none that warrants such sure conclusions.

It's a bizarre, terrifying phenomenon, but it no longer surprises me.

And it no longer shocks me that cases are tried in the media and by vigilantes who have an inordinate influence on how cases proceed.

Ask yourself if a defendant who has to wear a harness that is attached to the floor during a trial, is really competent to stand trial.   The answer would be no.   

illinoismommy83
by Bronze Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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High school kids who cannot read make me sad. My 5 year old can read. When she starts Kindergarten in the fall she will be ahead of some high school kids, apparently.

supercarp
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Nope

tanyainmizzou
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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How poorly the prosecution is arguing this case

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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English is her third language. And it was in cursive lots of people can't read cursive.

Quoting Seasidegirl:

Yes, I was surprised (yes, yes, call me naive) that a high school student going into 12th grade can't freaking read. Shameful.


Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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 She seems to understand it and speak it just fine.

Whatever her first several languages might be, why is she allowed to go into 12th grade without being able to "read cursive" in English?

Quoting Citygirlk:

English is her third language.

Quoting Seasidegirl:

Yes, I was surprised (yes, yes, call me naive) that a high school student going into 12th grade can't freaking read. Shameful.



 

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

 

In what country? lol!

Quoting Citygirlk:

English is her third language. And it was in cursive lots of people can't read cursive.

Quoting Seasidegirl:

Yes, I was surprised (yes, yes, call me naive) that a high school student going into 12th grade can't freaking read. Shameful.



 

MomTiara19
by Bronze Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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Quoting Seasidegirl:

 She seems to understand it and speak it just fine.

Whatever her first several languages might be, why is she allowed to go into 12th grade without being able to "read cursive" in English?

Quoting Citygirlk:

English is her third language.

Quoting Seasidegirl:

Yes, I was surprised (yes, yes, call me naive) that a high school student going into 12th grade can't freaking read. Shameful.


 

 

A young man is killed and all that concerns you is that his friend is illiterate.This is your focus??

 

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Many public schools don't teach cursive anymore...and she's far from the only one to graduate being semi-illiterate. Sad state of the school system in this country.

Quoting Seasidegirl:

 She seems to understand it and speak it just fine.


Whatever her first several languages might be, why is she allowed to go into 12th grade without being able to "read cursive" in English?


Quoting Citygirlk:


English is her third language.


Quoting Seasidegirl:


Yes, I was surprised (yes, yes, call me naive) that a high school student going into 12th grade can't freaking read. Shameful.






 

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