Fox News Sean Hannity Gets George Zimmerman’s Exclusive Interview … Discusses Night He Shot Trayvone Martin, “I Looked up and He Punched Me and Broke my Nose.” … He Prays for Trayvon’s Family Daily (VIDEO)
Tonight Fox News Sean Hannity scored the exclusive interview with George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch man in Sanford, FL who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Did you think that Al Sharpton and MSNBC would get the interview? The case has become a polarizing news story of racism, media bias and anti-gun law agenda. Sadly, once the bias liberal media attached themselves to the case, the facts became irrelevant.
However, as the prosecution has released information in the case under Florida Sunshine laws, some of which should never have been released and was only done so to sway public opinion and inflame prejudice against Zimmerman. Tonight George Zimmerman flanked by his attorney Mark O’ Mara went on their own PR offensive. Amazingly Zimmerman went through the events of the evening where he followed Trayvon Martin, got into a scuffle with Martin while getting his nose broken and eventually shooting Martin dead. Some will call it a crazy legal move for a man facing second degree murder charges, others will say that the case is being tried in the court of public opinion, why not present your side to the public. During the interview George Zimmerman said, “I am sorry that they buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like. I pray for them daily.”
Martin soon turned to confront Zimmerman and “asked me what my problem was” before the exchange escalated into violence, Zimmerman told Hannity in his first TV interview, conducted in an undisclosed location in Florida. The 28-year-old, with his attorney sitting by his side, said he reached into his pocket to find his phone to call 911 for a second time, and “I looked up and he punched me and broke my nose.” At one point Zimmerman said he heard Martin “telling me he’s going to kill me.”
The case drew intense national attention as speculation grew about the motives for the shooting, especially given that Martin was black. Zimmerman has white and Hispanic heritage. He dismissed suggestions by some that he acted out of racism. “I don’t think it’s fair that they rushed to judgment to assume that,” he told Fox News.
“I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family, my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the city of Sanford and America that I’m sorry that this happened,” he said. “I hate to think that because of this incident, because my actions, it’s polarized and divided American. And I’m truly sorry.”
VIDEO 4 – Zimmerman addresses the sexual molestation allegations of witness #9.
Cousin (Witness 9) of George Zimmerman Claims He Sexually Abused Her as a Child over 10 Years (Audio) … Mark O’Mara Says, “The content of this statement is not relevant to the issues of this case, and it would not be admissible in the state’s case”
File this one under, why now and why would this information that had nothing to do with the second degree murder case at hand be allowed to be made public? All this could do is prejudice a jury pool as there is no way it could be immiscible as evidence in this trial. It would seem that this case was never intended to be tried in a court of law … it was determined a while back that this case would be tried in the public.
Just when you thought you had heard it all in the George Zimmerman second degree murder case in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, along comes this whopper of an allegation. The cousin of George Zimmerman claims that she was sexually abused by the man charged with the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin. She claims that the abuse took place over a 10 year period of time then the woman was 6 years old and Zimmerman was 8. She is only known as witness 9, (audio).
A cousin of George Zimmerman claims he sexually abused her as a child over a 10-year period, according to taped interviews released Monday by prosecutors. Zimmerman’s defense team tried, but failed, to stop the recordings’ release.
The alleged assaults began woman when the was 6 years old and Zimmerman was 8; they allegedly continued until she was 16, USA Today reports. Zimmerman is currently 28 years old.
But even if the woman’s allegations are true, could Zimmerman face criminal charges for incidents that happened at least a decade ago?
It depends on the nature of the alleged abuse, and where they took place.
George Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara said that he and his legal team would “vigorously defend” him against the allegations. Being a victims rights advocate, I am a bit dismayed by the fact that the prosecution would release such prejudicial information regarding a defendant and the fact that Judge Lester allowed it to be released as he denied a defense motion. If these allegations are true, the girl should have come forward and had Zimmerman prosecuted. It is obviously too late now which begs the question, why did the woman make it an issue now? Second, why did the prosecution release such information that had no bearing on this murder case and will never be allowed to be admitted as evidence? This was released to incite the public and will obviously taint the jury pool. Third, how could Judge Lester allow such prejudicial and inflammatory information be released? Maybe Mark O’Mara is 100% correct, Judge Lester needs to be removed from this case as he is incapable of being impartial.
Sanford Police Investigator Chris Serino in George Zimmerman Case said He was Pressured to File Charges in Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin
Things that make you go hmmm …
The lead Sanford Police investigator,Officer Chris Serino, says that he was pressured to file charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, even though he did not think there was enough evidence in the case. Documents released recently in the George Zimmerman investigation show that he is not a racist.
The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence.
Sanford Police Officer Chris Serino first made headlines when evidence released in the case showed he sought manslaughter charges against Zimmerman even while his chief publicly said there was no probable cause to arrest him. But a document released late Thursday casts doubt on Serino’s prior sworn affidavit seeking criminal charges, and raises questions about the credibility of the star law-enforcement witness in the murder case against Zimmerman for the shooting death of a black teenager, Miami Gardens high school junior Trayvon Martin..
Telling the FBI that he was concerned that people inside the police department were leaking information, Serino cited Sgt. Arthur Barnes, officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins “as all pressuring him to file charges against Zimmerman after the incident,” an FBI report said. “Serino did not believe he had enough evidence at the time to file charges.”
George Zimmerman’s Attorney Mark O’Mara Files Motion to Disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester in Murder Trial of Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman’s attorney files motion to disqualify judge citing that his client cannot get a fair trail …
Mark O’Mara, the defense attorney for George Zimmerman filed a 17 page motion on Friday with the Seminole County Circuit Court to have Judge Kenneth Lester disqualified from the trial. The defense is looking to have Judge Lester removed from the second degree murder trail of Trayvon Martin citing his fear that he will not be given a fair trial. O’Mara questions the “impartiality” of the judge in the trial and going forward. Heck, if there was impartiality Zimmerman would not have been arrested or indicted.
Impartial? Can Judge Lester preside over a fair trial?
The entire motion can be read HERE (pdf).
The motion also said the court is not weighing any evidence of Zimmerman’s innocence in the case when determining bond, other than to say “the only issue is the viability of the defendant’s self-defense/Stand Your Ground claim.” However, they also accuse the judge of not discussing that issue either.
The motion also said:
“The court departed from its role as an impartial, objective minister of justice when it stated on two occasions in its order that in the court’s personal opinion there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed a violation of Florida Statute 903.035(3), a third degree felony punishable by five years in prison. This is tantamount to instructing the state that Mr. Zimmerman should be prosecuted for this offense.”
Attorney O’Mara’s motion stated that the judge’s comments during the second bond hearing for George Zimmerman were so over the top, bias, self-serving manipulations, gratuitous and disparaging remarks about Mr. Zimmerman’s character that he, judge Lester, could not sit on the bench in this murder trial with impartiality.
George Zimmerman Murder Investigation: Geraldo Rivera Say He ‘Was Right About the Hoodie’ on Fox & Friends in the Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin
On Fox News this morning Geraldo Rivera told ‘Fox and Friends’ that he did not mean to brag, but he was going to do so any how. Rivera stated that after all the criticism and ridicule he received after making comments that Trayvon Martin was dead because he was wearing a “hoodie” … He was right about the hoodie. As it turns out from the documents released yesterday, George Zimmerman did not pursue Martin because he was black, he followed him because he was wearing a hoodie and was dressed in similar manner to other individuals who had previously broke into homes in his community.
From The Blaze:
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera on Friday used Chicago‘s soaring murder rate to say he was right earlier this year in saying Trayvon Martin’s shooting death could be traced back to the teen’s hoodie.
“I was right about the hoodie, wasn’t I?” Rivera on “Fox & Friends.” “I hate to brag, but I got criticized by every pundit in America when I said Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for the fact that he was wearing thug wear – he was wearing the hoodie.”
He continued, “Turns out now we look at George Zimmerman’s interviews with the police: He didn’t profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, he profiled him because he was wearing a hoodie, was a strange kid, didn’t recognize him, wearing the same garb that had been worn by previous perpetrators of house break-ins in his community.”
Documents Released in George Zimmerman Second Degree Murder of Trayvon Martin Trial Investigation Suggest Zimmerman Not a Racist
A new batch of documents and evidence has been released in the George Zimmerman shooting death of Trayvon Martin detailing the police investigation. The latest document dump is 284 pages of some very interesting evidence that point to the obvious conclusion that Zimmerman did not target Martin because of his color. As much as the liberal MSM and race baiters tried to gin up hysteria with false claims of racism, that just appears not to be the case. Now it is just a matter of whether this second degree murder trial of George Zimmerman is based on facts in evidence or emotion and the fanning of racial unrest.
The latest stack of documents – 284 pages worth – is a compilation of witness statements and investigators’ reports collected by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI in the weeks following the Feb. 26 shooting. While the documents, some heavily redacted, don’t contain any bombshells, they do confirm the extent to which authorities, both local and federal, ramped up their evidence-gathering in late March and early April after the story made front page news across the U.S.
Gerorge Zimmerman, not a racist.
The documents released confirm what many of us presumed for months, the crime was not a result of racism, it was because an eager individual thought that another individual wearing a hoody looked like the person who had committed previous crimes in the neighborhood. The result of the two encountering each other left one of them dead.
George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, had a “little hero complex” but was not a racist, a Sanford, Florida, homicide investigator told federal agents, according to reports released Thursday.
In an interview with FBI agents in March, investigator Chris Serino told authorities he “believed that Zimmerman’s actions were not based on Martin’s skin color, rather based on his attire, the total circumstances of the encounter and the previous burglary suspects in the community,” according to an FBI report.
The reports and other information in the case against Zimmerman were released Thursday by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey to Zimmerman’s attorney.
New George Zimmerman Evidence: 8 Things You Need to Know.
Check out the 284 docs released below …
The question is will the facts and the evidence matter when a jury pool has been so tainted by the MSM, the race agitators and even President Barack Obama.
Trayvon Martin Murder Case: George Zimmerman Released from Jail on $1 Million Bond in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Five weeks after Kenneth R. Lester Jr. of Seminole County Court revoked George Zimmerman bond, Zimmerman was released again from jail on a $1 million bond. However, not only was the bond much higher this time, George Zimmerman’s release includes much greater restrictions like having to remain in Seminole county. Zimmerman has other restrictions as well, he must wear an electronically monitor, can’t open a bank account, obtain a passport or set foot on the grounds of the local airport. He has a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
George Zimmerman has been charged in the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin.
The terms of Mr. Zimmerman’s release include tighter restrictions than before, including a requirement that he remain within Seminole County. One of Mr. Zimmerman’s lawyers, Don West, said in an interview that his client would be living in a “safe house” with his wife until a more permanent residence is found.
Mr. West also said the defense intended to petition the judge to give Mr. Zimmerman more geographic flexibility while he is out on bond.
“We plan to ask the judge to expand the boundaries of where he can live, certainly beyond the county and perhaps outside of the state because I think his safety would be easier to protect if he is farther away from Sanford,” Mr. West said.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. Sets New George Zimmerman Bond at $1 Million … Makes Rather Personal Opinions During Ruling
Once again George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch individual who has been charged with second degree murder of Trayvon Martin has been granted bond again.
Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. set bond today for George Zimmerman for $1 million. Wow, $1 million is rather steep as compared to the initial bond that was provided. The judge deemed Zimmerman a flight risk. According to Zimmerman’s attorney, they have enough in Zimmerman’s legal defense fund to put up 10% of the bond for George Zimmerman’s release.
Zimmerman’s Bond … One Million Dollars!!!
A judge Thursday ordered George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, released on $1 million bail but called the defendant a manipulator and said it appeared he had been preparing to flee the country.
It was not clear how long it would take the 28-year-old Zimmerman to arrange his release. It could be soon.
He has enough money. In a blog post Thursday evening, defense attorney Mark O’Mara wrote that he would be working to free Zimmerman over the next several hours and would dip deeply into a legal defense fund that has a balance of $211,000, more than enough to cover the 10-percent non-refundable portion charged by most bonding companies.
However, to hear this judge talk I really have to wonder just how fair a trial that Zimmerman is going to receive. Does this judge have a built in prejudice against Zimmerman because of the misrepresentation that he an his wife did with regards to their funds in the first bond hearing?
Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: George Zimmerman To Appear in Court this Morning For Bail Bond Hearing Part II, Hopes to Go Free (VIDEO)
Will George Zimmerman get bond the second time around?
George Zimmerman hopes that today’s bond court appearance goes a bit better than the last time he faced the court in a bond hearing. I think its safe to say that Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who is charged with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, will be completely truthful. As reported at ABC News, Orlando defense attorney Mark Lippman said that whether or not Lester grants Zimmerman bail, he is likely to “receive a tongue-lashing from the judge.”
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, hopes a judge will agree to let him out of jail today.
Zimmerman, 28, will appear in court this morning at bail hearing and faces the prospect of a prolonged stay in jail if his plea is rejected.
It is Zimmerman’s second appearance before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester . During the last one on April 20 he sat stone faced as his wife brazenly lied to the court about the Zimmerman’s finances.
If George Zimmerman is granted bail, it is safe to say that it will be much larger than the previous one of $150,000 that was revoked when it was determined that George Zimmerman and his wife had perjured themselves with regards to assets. Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of George Zimmerman was arrested on perjury charges in connection with misrepresenting facts in the first bond hearing.
UPDATE I: Watch the Zimmerman bail hearing live HERE.
UPDATE II: The Zimmerman defense is presenting the facial and head injuries sustained by George Zimmerman the night of the altercation between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
Defense has also presented to the court that the defense fund, that was ate the heart of bail being revoked from the first bond hearing, is now under the supervision and control of an independent trustee.
During today’s hearing, George Zimmerman’s father took the stand and testified that the voice on the one of the 911 calls yelling for help was that of his son’s George.
George Zimmerman’s father listened to frantic howls for help overheard in a 911 call today and told a Florida courtroom that the voice “was absolutely George’s.”
Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, took the stand during a bail hearing for his son. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
The hearing has come to and end, Court Judge Kenneth Lester will give his decision on bail next week.
Things That Make You Go Hmmm … George Zimmerman Passed Police Lie Detector Test Day After Death of Trayvon Martin
Add yet anther tid-bit of factual information that make it even more incredible that George Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder. Yet another piece of evidence that makes you go hmmm …
As reported at The Smoking Gun, a day after the death of 14 year old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who has been charged with second degree murder, passed a police lie detector test when asked if he confronted the teenager and whether he feared for his life “when you shot the guy as per documents released by Florida prosecutors. well how about that, Zimmerman passed a voice stress test when asked, “Did you confront the guy you shot?’ He answered, “No.” He was also asked, “Were you in fear for your life, when you shot the guy.” Zimmerman replied, “Yes.”
According to a “confidential report” prepared by the Sanford Police Department, Zimmerman, 28, willingly submitted to a computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) “truth verification” on February 27. Investigators concluded that he “has told substantially the complete truth in regards to this examination.”
Zimmerman, the report noted, “was classified as No Deception Indicated (NDI).”
Along with questions about whether his first name was George and if it was Monday, Zimmerman was asked, “Did you confront the guy you shot?’ He answered, “No.” He was also asked, “Were you in fear for your life, when you shot the guy.” Zimmerman replied, “Yes.”
So why again was George Zimmerman charged with second degree murder? Maybe these facts that will be put into evidence are the things that had police not arrest Zimmerman the night of the Trayvon martin shooting? Then again, as stated at Weasel Zippers, its not as though facts have been the determining factor in the pursuit of the truth, in fact it has been more of a racism witch hunt to convict George Zimmerman.
For more updates and opinions, go to Scared Monkeys Forum: Trial of George Zimmerman – 2nd Degree Murder of 17 yr old Trayvon Martin.