Commentary on Zimmerman trial July 2, 2013. Mark Osterman's testimony
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Zimmerman Trial: Oh No They Didn't!
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.