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In Reversal, Florida Judge Okays Testimony About Trayvon Martin’s Marijuana Usage

Posted by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be able to hear defense testimony that Trayvon Martin had small amounts of marijuana in his system at the time he was shot to death in February 2012.

In a ruling this afternoon, Judge Debra Nelson rejected a prosecution request to bar a portion of a toxicology report that revealed Martin had been smoking pot at some point prior to Zimmerman killing him with a single gunshot to the heart.

Nelson, who previously granted a prosecution motion to limit testimony about the government toxicology report, reversed herself in the wake of last Friday’s testimony by the medical examiner who performed the Martin autopsy. Zimmerman’s lawyers will apparently introduce findings from the toxicology report through the testimony of a defense forensics expert.

Medical examiner Shiping Bao told jurors that he had changed his opinion with regard to whether Martin’s marijuana level could have affected his physical or mental state on the night of the shooting. Bao initially concluded that the amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in Martin’s blood would not have had any impact on the 17-year-old's behavior.

However, during his testimony last week, Bao referenced Martin’s THC level, noting that “Marijuana could have no effect or some effect.” 

In Zimmerman’s call to a non-emergency police line, he told a dispatcher that a person he was observing (who turned out to be Martin) appeared to be “on drugs.”

Zimmerman’s lawyers have previously argued that they should be allowed to introduce evidence of Martin’s drug use, pointing to text messages appearing to refer to his use of marijuana. Additionally, the attorneys also unsuccessfully argued for the admittance of a pair of photos of pot plants that were found on Martin’s cell phone. Other recovered images showed a handgun and Martin blowing smoke from his mouth (as seen above).

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by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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lovemymini
by Bronze Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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Small amounts of marijuana = needing to be shot -_-

hope there aren't idiots on the jury.

greenie63
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 8:01 AM

It makes me sad that this teen didn't get the opportunity to grow to be a man.  I remember it seemed like a majority of people in high school were smoking marijuana and I'm 50. 

This happened at night, how can someone  determine that someone "appears to be on drugs?" 

GZ is on trial, not Trayvon since he's dead. 

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Maybe he has had more experience at seeing people on drugs.

Quoting greenie63:

It makes me sad that this teen didn't get the opportunity to grow to be a man.  I remember it seemed like a majority of people in high school were smoking marijuana and I'm 50. 

This happened at night, how can someone  determine that someone "appears to be on drugs?" 

GZ is on trial, not Trayvon since he's dead. 


greenie63
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Maybe he is just making an assumption. 

Quoting candlegal:

Maybe he has had more experience at seeing people on drugs.

Quoting greenie63:

It makes me sad that this teen didn't get the opportunity to grow to be a man.  I remember it seemed like a majority of people in high school were smoking marijuana and I'm 50. 

This happened at night, how can someone  determine that someone "appears to be on drugs?" 

GZ is on trial, not Trayvon since he's dead. 



prommy
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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 I kind of feel like all of these things that keep coming out that make Martin look bad are the same as blaming a rape victim for being raped. From what I've read he wasn't doing anything wrong, Zimmerman just got paranoid because a large, black young man was in his neighborhood. Even if he was acting like a thug, he wasn't armed or anything and it all goes back to Zimmerman refusing to stand down when the cops told him to.

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

The toxicology report says otherwise.

Quoting greenie63:

Maybe he is just making an assumption. 

Quoting candlegal:

Maybe he has had more experience at seeing people on drugs.

Quoting greenie63:

It makes me sad that this teen didn't get the opportunity to grow to be a man.  I remember it seemed like a majority of people in high school were smoking marijuana and I'm 50. 

This happened at night, how can someone  determine that someone "appears to be on drugs?" 

GZ is on trial, not Trayvon since he's dead. 




candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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The jury is still out on that one.   There is a reason they didn't want to prosecute him and I don't think we know the whole story. 

Quoting prommy:

 I kind of feel like all of these things that keep coming out that make Martin look bad are the same as blaming a rape victim for being raped. From what I've read he wasn't doing anything wrong, Zimmerman just got paranoid because a large, black young man was in his neighborhood. Even if he was acting like a thug, he wasn't armed or anything and it all goes back to Zimmerman refusing to stand down when the cops told him to.


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jul. 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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 Please educate yourself on tox reports and what each element means. Did you even know that there are more than I substrate  included?

TM's tox report did NOT indicate recent MJ use-

Quoting candlegal:

The toxicology report says otherwise.

Quoting greenie63:

Maybe he is just making an assumption. 

Quoting candlegal:

Maybe he has had more experience at seeing people on drugs.

Quoting greenie63:

It makes me sad that this teen didn't get the opportunity to grow to be a man.  I remember it seemed like a majority of people in high school were smoking marijuana and I'm 50. 

This happened at night, how can someone  determine that someone "appears to be on drugs?" 

GZ is on trial, not Trayvon since he's dead. 




 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

 ME was an idiot.  This is another blow for the prosecution...I bet they were livid.

 

 

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 9, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Does the prosecution even have anything going for them?   I haven't been following this too closely but it seems they they have really boggied this case.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 ME was an idiot.  This is another blow for the prosecution...I bet they were livid.

 

 


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