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Zimmerman Trial: Oh No They Didn't!

Commentary on Zimmerman trial July 2, 2013. Mark Osterman's testimony

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The prosecution must not have read my blog yesterday. Today, they called Mark Osterman as a witness. Mark Osterman is defendant Zimmerman's best friend and author of the book entitled "Many Inconsistencies", which described the incident between defendant Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. In response to prosecution questioning, Mr. Osterman told the jury what defendant Zimmerman said to him after the incident. Defendant Zimmerman's statements to Mr. Osterman detailed once again the reasons why defendant Zimmerman felt he needed to act in self-defense.

This testimony would have been inadmissible hearsay if offered by the defense; it was only heard by the jury because the prosecution called the witness and asked what defendant Zimmerman told him. 

Did the prosecution really think defendant Zimmerman's best friend would help their case? Did they read Mr. Osterman's book which described circumstances justifying defendant Zimmerman's use of force? With Mr. Osterman's testimony, the jury has heard defendant Zimmerman's detailed explanation as to why he had to use force to protect himself not once, not twice but at least three times! Aaagh! As the evidence stands now, defendant Zimmerman need not testify; the jury has heard the defense loud and clear, in large part thanks to the prosecution. 

The prosecution managed to accomplish two things today with this witness. First, they raised reasonable doubt without defendant Zimmerman having to testify. Second, they probably guaranteed a spike in Mr. Osterman's book sales.

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Three Strikes Rule Aggressively Enforced in Santa Barbara County | Lawyer Santa Barbara

Three Strikes Convictions can be reduced under certain circumstances. Call Andrade Law Offices Lawyer Santa Barbara if you have been convicted with a third felony strike in California.
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Zimmerman Trial: Prosecution Delivers Yet Another Gift To The Defense!

Zimmerman - Martin case: Comment on Testimony

Andrade Law Offices's insight:

Today, the prosecution in the Zimmerman case offered into evidence defendant Zimmerman's recorded statements to law enforcement. These statements would have been inadmissible hearsay unless offered by the prosecution, the "party opponent".  Defendant Zimmerman's statements primarily consisted of justifications for his use of ...force to defend himself.  Now, since the jury has heard his self-defense position, defendant Zimmerman will not need to testify. 

If some of defendant Zimmerman's statements helped the prosecution, the prosecution should have attempted to offer only those statements; not everything!  This option might have been approved by the court if a motion had been brought before the trial.

The prosecution would have been better off forcing the defendant to testify so that his defense could be challenged by vigorous cross-examination. In my view, offering into evidence defendant Zimmerman's self-serving statements establishing his reasons for having to act in self-defense was a huge blunder by the prosecution.

 

 

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