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The smearing of Rachel Jeantel
Salon, by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

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Posted By:rolanddd, 6/28/2013 8:45:14 AM

Rachel Jeantel is a 19-year-old Florida woman. On Facebook and Twitter, she’s been known to post photos of her nails and talk about drinking. She is also the last person to have spoken with Trayvon Martin before George Zimmerman shot him to death last year, the woman who was on the phone with him when his fateful encounter unfolded. She is known in the justice system as Witness #8 in Zimmerman’s trial. She is, in fact, the prosecution’s key witness. But you’d be forgiven if you’d gotten the impression recently that she was sitting up there to defend herself.

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I guess I missed sign that mark our country´s slide since the OJ trial but I´m catching up.

When I saw the title off of Drudge, the "smearing" recalled Tawana Brawley. Jeantel seems to be a manipulated, bigoted, lying and manipulative dupe (a young Haitian version of Lois Lerner) put up there to screw over Zimmerman and apparatchiks like Salon tell me not to believe what I´m seeing.

Imagine an IRS filled with an army of Rachel Jeantels (after they get their accelerated GEDs).



      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: STLstudent, 6/28/2013 8:49:59 AM     (No. 9398179)

If the "N-Word" indicates a racist white person, then using the word "cracker" certainly indicates a black racist. This sweet little African-American darling refers to white people as "crackers."

Doesn´t that make her a RACIST? Doesn´t that make her testimony invalid?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msjena, 6/28/2013 8:54:29 AM     (No. 9398192)

It´s called cross-examination. The prosecution shouldn´t have called her if she couldn´t stand up to it or if she was vulnerable to attack for previous lies or other aspects of her credibility. How ironic that the liberals who invented Miranda warnings and the exclusionary rule are suddenly defending the prosecution in a criminal case.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 6/28/2013 8:55:17 AM     (No. 9398193)

This is entirely predictable. The reason for this entire farce is to stir up black voters, especially the lo info blacks like Jeantel, and keep them stirred up. Zimmerman will be acquitted and then the black demagogs will go after the white jurors for doubting the testimony of Jeantel.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Northcross, 6/28/2013 8:55:32 AM     (No. 9398194)

If you believe that the most compelling force in American society is "white privilege", you will love this article. Rachel may be an ignorant manipulative immoral liar who has been coached to tell a story that favors the prosecution, but that is OK, because she is the victim of white privilege. Hogwash!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JimS, 6/28/2013 8:57:05 AM     (No. 9398201)

I guess I missed Mary Elizabeth´s article about the smearing of George Zimmerman.

Sorry, Mary Elizabeth, but witness #8 is not reliable and has made contradictory and conflicting statements that border on perjury. She is clearly a person of low intelligence (can´t read cursive?) and has been coached to lie.
Would you care to comment on witness #8´s comment about "lame-a** crackers"? No racial hate ther I guess?

Really, just how stupid, depraved, and ethically-challenged do you have to be to write for Salon?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/28/2013 8:57:20 AM     (No. 9398202)

Rachel admitted that, at age 18, she allowed herself to be used by Sybrina Fulton and the prosecution (up to high Florida levels and even on to the DoJ) to get Zimmerman arrested.

The rest of it is chaff.

So this pathetic Williams woman, with her own agenda, feels a need to defend Rachel? Fine Cuts no ice with me. A man´s life is at stake. He has been set up for a crime he did not commit. Rachel intended to help and did all she could until her story(ies) collapsed on her and the prosecution.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 6/28/2013 9:00:25 AM     (No. 9398208)

Is that a goiter?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lancelink1, 6/28/2013 9:01:35 AM     (No. 9398210)

No matter how she presents her self, her race, how combative or passive, ability to read/write cursive or her nail color her testimony is what is under review. A testimony that contradicts earlier sworn statements. Statements which were taken in less than neutral invironments i.e just as "hostile" as the witness chair. Testimony that shows her to be unrelieable. Just read her words and take the emotion and tone out. And if her current testimony under oath is therefore the truth now, and it plays to the defendants story, well too bad for the prosecution. Maybe it proves Zimmerman to be innocent even if that is not what you want to hear. But this is trial by jury, not by the press and popular culture. In the end don´t we want justice more than making sure we don´t hurt someone´s selfesteem?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: smcchk, 6/28/2013 9:02:45 AM     (No. 9398217)

So minorities are not to be cross-examined now? Is this the implication of the article?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mustng66, 6/28/2013 9:03:42 AM     (No. 9398218)

You can tell when a liberal is getting desperate that he is losing, the truth becomes a smear.

Pathetic.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jackson, 6/28/2013 9:04:31 AM     (No. 9398220)

FYI... "...entrenched in a hostile environment." What? Civilization? Looks like this is one that Jeb´s great education reforms left behind.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: sillykay, 6/28/2013 9:06:28 AM     (No. 9398224)

Ms. Jeantel is a liar. Further, she used the term retarded to describe someting the defense attorney asked. Her behavior, on all levels, was socially and morally unacceptable. Grow up Ms. Williams.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pros7767, 6/28/2013 9:09:53 AM     (No. 9398231)

So the question is who paid for the "court nails?"

There may not be a script but how much of her additional testimony was a result of "coaching" by the prosecution.

Mary Elizabeth may not like it, but this witness represents the dark side of the community she lives in, one where it is okay to be a racist against whites.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: BarryNo, 6/28/2013 9:10:22 AM     (No. 9398236)

Idiot! Every witness in a trial defends themselves and is critiqued. It´s called establishing credibility. If you don´t have it - your words mean nothing.

Rachel reveals that her word is worth nothing.

And ´cracker´ IS a racial term.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lakerman1, 6/28/2013 9:13:39 AM     (No. 9398243)

There are some things to tease out of her testimony.
She said, on cross examination, that trayvon would not hit a person he did not know. Think about that.
She also said if trayvon was going to hit someone, he would have told her he would call her back. That represents a protocol, apparently. So there is some sort of history there.
The defense should explore those two things.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 6/28/2013 9:14:12 AM     (No. 9398248)

A man´s future hangs in the balance. Our judicial system allows the accused to present a vigorous defense. It isn´t Ms. Jeantel facing a long prison term, its Mr. Zimmerman. This pathetic attempt to create guilt within the white population for this poor mistreated black girl is what one would expect from someone that suffers from incurable white guilt. But white guilt doesn´t justify eliminating the defendants right to a vigorous defense. Mary E, this is an embarrassment to both you and the Kneepad media. It is one thing for the state of Florida to persecute this man in the name of racial justice. It’s another thing all together to advocate for denying a defendant their right to a defense.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mc squared, 6/28/2013 9:15:25 AM     (No. 9398252)

Who wrote the document Jeantel can´t read?



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Reply 18 - Posted by: Newtsche, 6/28/2013 9:16:09 AM     (No. 9398253)

Jeantel´s existence speaks for itself, putting her on display merely exposes her reality. But this whole clusterlove is not about reality, is it?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: mamafrog, 6/28/2013 9:17:58 AM     (No. 9398260)

We have juries for a reason, so that impartial citizens can make a judgement in a case. Far too many people have their own opinions of this case which are formed from their views of race. In the big picture it really doesn´t matter how this case is decided because either outcome could be justified. In the small picture, no matter what the verdict people are going to die. And really whether they die in "victory" celebrations or in "understandable outpourings of anger" the wise course is to stay out of public the evening the verdict is announced.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 6/28/2013 9:19:21 AM     (No. 9398262)

"Remember that Rachel Jeantel is not the one on trial."
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It´s not that simple. She is certainly on trial in the court of public opinion, and the jury seems to be leaning against her. Hence the confused apologias for her like this piece. Their writers are self-appointed counsels for the defense. They are defending Rachel Jeantel in the court of public opinion. And they are not having much luck.

Is it fair for Rachel Jeantel to be tried in the court of public opinion just because she is a "star witness" in a sensationalized, politicized trial? Probably not. Fair or not, it is the way things would when such trials are televised.

But there is something more basic, something more important here as well. For though Rachel Jeantel, the person, is not charged with a crime and on trial in a courtroom, her veracity as a witness is most certainly on trial. That is the whole point of such legal proceedings: for jurors to see and hear her and to assess her credibility.

Credibility and veracity are of course judgments, and complex ones. Many elements are involved, including appearance, demeanor, attitude, behavior outside the courtroom etc. It is not only legitimate but absolutely necessary to take all of these factors into account, to weigh and sift them, when arriving at the conclusion about the merit of her testimony. That is what the whole courtroom jury trial scene is about.

The Salon writer has become confused by her sentimentality, her compassion for the downtrodden. This has led to confusion about the legal process itself. She seems to be more interesting in rescuing and defending Rachel Jentel in the court of public opinion than in determining the veracity and credibility of this so-called "star witness."

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Reply 21 - Posted by: strike3, 6/28/2013 9:21:48 AM     (No. 9398270)

This woman didn´t need smeared. She was born and raised that way.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Coy860, 6/28/2013 9:23:50 AM     (No. 9398273)

She has attended school in Miami since kindergarten. She CHOOSES to speak ghetto. I am sure she was exposed to tv through the years and heard people speaking, she could have emulated them.
Truth is a lifestyle choice.
Anyone who sits in the witness chair in court is going to be shredded by the opposing attorney.
Shocking how poorly she performed, as I am sure she was coached heavily.
This girl smeared herself by being herself.
19 and her FaceBook speaks of smoke, drink and being high. This is the friend of Trayvon (if I had a son he´d look like me) Martin.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Pythagoras, 6/28/2013 9:28:07 AM     (No. 9398287)

The prosecution needs to prove Zimmerman´s guilt BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT.

That´s no longer even a possibility. There will be a defense motion to dismiss the case at some point. This trial may end there.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: realrep, 6/28/2013 9:33:14 AM     (No. 9398301)

I taught my kids that you are judged by the company you keep.
So.. if lil´ Rach and Trayvon are buddies, what does this tell you?
Ya gotta love the ´I don´t read cursive.´ Hey, at least she knows what cursive is.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: M2, 6/28/2013 9:34:15 AM     (No. 9398303)

Jeantel didn´t need the defense attorney to "smear" her. She did a fine job of that herself.

So now would be a good time to point out that Jeantel’s weight, her nails, her sex, her color – these things have precisely jack to do with her account of what happened the night Travyon Martin died.

Aside from her verbal hostility toward the defense attorney when she said, "You got it?” and “That’s retarded, sir”, Jeantel´s appearance, granted, is not relevant.

My question to the writer, Mary Elizabeth Williams, is whether she has as much sympathy for attacks on Sarah Palin´s appearance, which also isn´t relevant to her abilities. Does Ms. Williams consider the Palin attacks to be smears or are smears only smears when a liberal is being smeared?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 6/28/2013 9:35:28 AM     (No. 9398306)

"Truth is the new hate speech. During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bpl40, 6/28/2013 9:35:41 AM     (No. 9398307)

Black victimhood is one side of a coin whose other side is White guilt. This coin is a dominant political currency which gets Liberals elected to power. The opposite coin does not work. This political reality rules the treatment of the two words N****r and Cracker. The very fact that the former is written with asterisks and the latter is not, should be adequate proof.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 6/28/2013 9:36:15 AM     (No. 9398310)

At the First Church of White Guilt one must see all white behavior in the worst light and all black behavior in the best possible light.

It´s the "New Equal".

....and it´s not optional.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mambo 5, 6/28/2013 9:41:23 AM     (No. 9398319)

Rachel Jeantel does not get a free pass on statements she makes. There is no law that says, what blacks say on trial is unequivocal fact.

Sorry, the real system that has failed here is the educational system. If anything it clearly shows how the liberal democrat social experiment has failed. Now can we elect a pro-business conservative so we can find REAL help for the Rachel Jeantels of the world?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: happy conservative, 6/28/2013 9:42:22 AM     (No. 9398321)

And is it me, but everything this person says is "hearsay". Was that phone call recorded? If she can´t read what "she" wrote, how can she remember what "she" heard?

This has been a railroading of Zimmerman since day 1.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Rather Read, 6/28/2013 9:51:16 AM     (No. 9398337)

Smear her? No, I feel sorry for her. She is uneducated and very shallow. I hope and pray she sees the light and makes something of herself. It isn´t too late.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: blueline, 6/28/2013 9:55:44 AM     (No. 9398352)

This is just par for the course. Telling the truth about a lieberal is "smearing". "Trying the witnesses" before trying the defendant is SOP in court. The prosecutors in this case knew she would be a disaster before the trial began, and they put her on the stand anyway.
I hope Mr. Zimmerman gets a fair trial. I fear, however, that this "judge" is orchestrating a charade. She seems to be either incompetent or greatly fearful of justice for Zimmerman and it´s potential aftermath.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: marthaville, 6/28/2013 9:58:50 AM     (No. 9398355)

The defense questioning of Jeantel was difficult to watch as the poor young lady was ill prepared for the questioning. She had previously been questioned by the prosecution (executive branch) with Trayvon´s mother at her side. Surely this is not how a a witness is typically questioned.

The prosecution called this young lady to testify, and the defense counsel went to great length attempting to use words that Ms. Jeantel could understand.

Nevertheless, the defendant cannot be sacrificed just because the prosecution´s "star" witness is unable to give accurate testimony.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: marthaville, 6/28/2013 10:00:42 AM     (No. 9398358)

Prediction on verdict - mistrial. Vote 5-1 for conviction.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: jimmiet, 6/28/2013 10:02:38 AM     (No. 9398363)

This poor girl is being used as merely a tool. The prosecutors know exactly what they are doing. This is the best they have and all they got. This Williams writer however has volunteered for her assignment.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Really?, 6/28/2013 10:04:06 AM     (No. 9398369)

She is only being asked to defend the testimony she has given that could result in a man spending his life behind bars. Are we supposed to just let her sentence the defendant and NOT question her ?

In reality, the Defense Attorney has been praised for how he handled her gently so that people did NOT think he was a bully and start sympathizing with her.

It was NOT an easy task for him. She was SO bad and so inconsistant that he had to work hard to NOT seem like a bully.

I feel sorry for her and wish her well, but this case has put her on the spot.

By the way, Zimmerman should have been charged with involuntary manslaughter or something less than second degree murder.

He certainly SHOULD have stepped back when the police told him not to follow Martin AND he certainly should not have followed him with a gun. Based on THAT, Martin probably would be alive if NOT for Zimmerman´s ignoring the police authority.

He DID contribute significantly to Martins death.

The charge of Murder though is improper. The net result here is that an overreaching DA and Prosecution is going to result in an aquittal and probably a reaction where innocent people will suffer.

This is a total mess. Is it possible to convict Zimmerman with a lesser "crime" ? I think it would be just.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: finally50, 6/28/2013 10:08:11 AM     (No. 9398374)

From the article "There’s a lot at stake. George Zimmerman decided Trayvon Martin’s fate on Feb. 26, 2012, and now a jury will decide his." Or perhaps, Mary Elizabeth, Trayvon decided his own fate on Feb. 26, 2012 by picking a fight with a guy carrying a gun.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Shells, 6/28/2013 10:09:21 AM     (No. 9398376)

I have a simple question for you Mary Elizabeth.

Who wrote the letter that Rachel claimed to have written, that she could not read?



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Reply 39 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 6/28/2013 10:15:38 AM     (No. 9398387)

She may not be on trial, but when this trial concludes she should be. For perjury. I know it´ll never happen, but the only way to stop perjurers is to punish those that do.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: JAN, 6/28/2013 10:30:07 AM     (No. 9398415)

Rachel can´t possibly defend her lies.

Am I to be flattered that she considers me a ´cracker´.

Give me a break. You cannot pick up dog poop from the clean end. This woman is speaking dog poop. that´s the plain TRUTH.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: caddyjak, 6/28/2013 10:30:35 AM     (No. 9398417)

And to think that this illiterate person has the same vote as everyone makes one realize that the future is truly hopeless.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Italiano, 6/28/2013 10:33:49 AM     (No. 9398423)

Two different worlds, two different "cultures." Might as well be two different planets.

It´s pointless. Forget it.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: stablemoney, 6/28/2013 10:38:07 AM     (No. 9398432)

Mary WIlliams is a fool.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Arabella Figg, 6/28/2013 10:41:30 AM     (No. 9398440)

I wonder if the prosecution put her on the stand for the purpose of having someone to blame if Zimmerman gets acquitted.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Keekng, 6/28/2013 10:45:40 AM     (No. 9398444)

Eggggzackly, #23. How much more egg does the Prosecution want on its face before they ask for a dismissal of all charges against Zimmerman.....

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Reply 46 - Posted by: grambo, 6/28/2013 10:55:21 AM     (No. 9398466)

Prior to the OJ case, #23 would be right.

Since that trial, anything is possible. We have tumbled down the rabbit hole.

As for witness #8, she needs no smearing, she does that all by herself. Imagine her having your life in her hands.

If she represents those whom Lady Liberty is calling out to, let´s take down the sign.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: killerbee, 6/28/2013 11:03:44 AM     (No. 9398486)

The comments after the article are almost 100% negative toward the columnist. I don´t see how anyone could read a transcript of Rachel Jeantel´s testimony -- much less watch it -- and not be disturbed. She graduated from high school in the public school system. She´s filled with hate. She lies nearly as much as 0 and his supporters do, but her´s are countered immediately by the defense.

She represents everything that´s gone wrong with our country and I really don´t see how we can ever come back from that.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 6/28/2013 11:08:03 AM     (No. 9398496)

There is only one person in the world who knows what happened when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed and that is George Zimmerman, who has insisted he was acting in self-defense. It ought to be obvious even to a child that no case exists to the contrary. It is actually a miscarriage of justice for him even to be on trial. Everyone knows that the trial is really about other things, e.g. race. George Zimmerman is a scapegoat and potential human sacrifice to the awful gods of racial hatred - hatred that in the instance is flowing from black to white. The whole sorry spectacle is a perversion of the law and the courts - actually an effort to conduct a legally sanctioned lynching of George Zimmerman. It is perfectly plain that plenty of people, most but not all of them black, have long since made up their minds about Zimmerman´s alleged guilt. White liberals in the media and elsewhere refuse to challenge this guilty-until-proved innocent attitude and even seem to encourage it by their reporting. Like the Paula Deen feeding frenzy, this is a nasty business driven by all sorts of agendas.

I don´t know whether George Zimmerman chased down Trayvon Martin, assaulted him, and then shot him to death. Nobody knows that except George Zimmerman. Testimony and data to refute his account of what happened are weak, second hand, hearsay, biased, inconsistent and on the whole preposterous. The presumption of innocence applies, whether those obsessed with race and social issues like it or not.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 6/28/2013 11:14:10 AM     (No. 9398504)

I, for one, am loving all of the racial healing that has occurred since President Obama was elected. /s

There are a lot of tweets like this one I just saw "watching Zimmerman trial. The questions are rediculous, just shoot him in the head...he did it". It´s from an Obama voter. The racial divide has grown so deep in this country, I seriously wonder if we´re headed for another war?

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Reply 50 - Posted by: jorgecito, 6/28/2013 11:17:11 AM     (No. 9398508)

#36 I´m afraid repeats false characterizations.

1. It is not true that "police told him [Zimmerman] not to follow Martin."
The truth is, Zimmerman was speaking with a 911 dispatcher -- not the police.

2. What the 911 dispatcher said to Zimmerman was "we don´t need you to do that" - exact quote.

3. "We don´t need you to do that" hardly qualifies as "an order." Nor do 911 dispatchers have "police authority."

4. We don´t know that Zimmerman actually "continued to follow" Martin. This story line has been unquestioningly repeated by the MSM, but it has never been established. It is more plausible that Martin followed Zimmerman -- and ambushed him.

5. "AND he certainly should not have followed him with a gun." #36, have you never heard of the 2nd Amendment? Has it never occurred to you that George Zimmerman might have died from the beating he was receiving, courtesy of Trayvon Martin, had he not had a gun?


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Reply 51 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 6/28/2013 11:20:19 AM     (No. 9398512)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0kK_dDioII


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Reply 52 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 6/28/2013 11:27:04 AM     (No. 9398527)

Cross-examining a witness on prior statements, especially those where she seems to have problems with basic reality -- e.g. is she sixteen or nineteen? -- is hardly smearing. Is this writer positing that white people should realize that black people are fantasists, and cannot perceive reality? And therefore we should give Jeantel a pass? And we should sent Zimmerman up the river based on her testimony/fantasies?

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Reply 53 - Posted by: joew9, 6/28/2013 11:36:08 AM     (No. 9398550)

She was smeared?!? because her own words of her own sworn testimony were made public. She smeared herself.

If there is any smearing going on it´s of Zimmerman.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: nigella, 6/28/2013 11:37:59 AM     (No. 9398560)

Really? Smear? From what I gathered hearing her she is a lying, uneducated, racist. Nineteen and can´t read?

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Smart11344, 6/28/2013 11:50:00 AM     (No. 9398583)

Off topic, I know, but I needed a smile. Is this the same Rachel that makes annoying RoboCalls for Card Services? Card Services is alledgely based in Florida. Over the years I have gotten aat least 100 calls from Rachel.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: bohallx, 6/28/2013 11:56:58 AM     (No. 9398592)

The fact this woman could even testify is amazing. On the other hand she may well have learned to read and write using her cellphone and all it´s aps.

Going back to the event itself we had two fella´s out there wandering around in the dark and what seems to have been heavy rain, working their cellphones with distant correspondents ~ NEITHER OF WHOM WERE PRESENT.

It´s a stretch to imagine either of them was successful at following the other ~ PHONE COMPANY DATA`(just like the stuff NSA gets from the companies) should be able to triangulate their paths through time to see where they were, more or less.

Just guessing the results weren´t to the liking of the Prosecution or the defense or we´d heard about them.

Maybe we need an ´expert´ ~ someone like SNOWDEN ~ just the guy. He could save everybody´s bacon in this trial if he really cared.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: kayworthy, 6/28/2013 12:32:50 PM     (No. 9398667)

Headline News actually called her testimony riveting. Like watching the eentsy weentsy spider crawl up the water spout is riveting.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/28/2013 12:54:23 PM     (No. 9398721)

This whole trial is a travesty and GZ will never get a fair trial in the same town where the event happened.

As far as Dee Dee, no sympathy here. I see people like her everyday with the you owe me ´attitude´ Ignorant and proud of it. You are looking at someone that will be on welfare for the rest of their lives. She may be now given her IQ. She speaks ghetto in three languages.

I don´t think she graduated and might be a senior in the fall. She doesn´t need decent grades to graduate. By showing up for thirteen years she gets a certificate of completion.


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Reply 59 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 6/28/2013 1:09:20 PM     (No. 9398751)

A standard cross examination by the defense is denounced by liberals as "smearing" the witness in just the same way that they accuse anyone who cites the history of Islam or quotes the Koran of hate speech. Liberals have a peculiar, lopsided, flexible way of thinking because most of the time they are not really thinking at all, just feeling and reciting memes to justify and rationalize emotions. The Salon writer feels sorry for that wretched prosecution witness and is driven by her emotions to stand up for her and defend her against public opinion. There is nothing wrong with pity for such a wretched specimen of humanity - in fact, such compassion is commendable. One would have to be very hard hearted indeed not to feel it. But the rules of evidence and courtroom procedure cannot be suspended or even modified because one happens to feel sorry for witnesses, especially prosecution witnesses in a murder case. It is defense counsel´s duty to discredit and, yes, even smear the witness anyway he or she can. It is the prosecution´s duty to ward off or downplay such tactics. And it is the jury´s duty to determine the truth beyond a reasonable doubt, something that anyone can see is plainly impossible in this case. The whole spectacle is a farce, a political show trial, a disgrace.

And I am afraid the Salon writer, who has the best of intentions, is a rather silly person who is confused about the law and controlled by her emotions - that is, a liberal.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Amazing Hazel, 6/28/2013 2:19:04 PM     (No. 9398904)

I once saw Rachel chip a toof and gravy came out.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: fritzilou, 6/28/2013 2:33:48 PM     (No. 9398924)

What I felt while watching Rachel Jeantel´s testimony is pitty for her inabilities. It made me sad that a young woman of 19 was so deficient in education....Why would that be in a society that provides free public education; just a rhetoric question here. When we wonder at all the problems in many communities, we need to question the communities that accept horrible results from the government schools, why their churches aren´t fighting for the rights of students to better, why the parents are not doing a better job with their children and why government allows this to continue???? Watching her just made me sad.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 6/28/2013 3:01:02 PM     (No. 9398967)

Dear Mary Elizabeth Williams, et al.,

A reminder of the obvious:

Honesty doesn´t require any particular background, ethnicity, or education level.

Telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth used to be what was required of witnesses in a court of law, regardless of how well it was expressed.

There are many honest, truthful, poor and uneducated persons of varying backgrounds across this country. There are many highly intelligent, highly educated, learned liars. Truth is still truth and a lie is still a lie, no matter who speaks or how well.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: Really?, 6/28/2013 3:36:19 PM     (No. 9399006)

You are 100% correct #50 and those are good points, but if they had "charged" him with what I was saying (and I agree I took liberties with the wording and ascribed intent to that) your points would have made a good defense.

Still, I think they could have "charged him" with a lesser crime, and whether or not he was found guilty or innocent would have been of lesser consequence. I believe he´ll be aquitted and I think he should be.....and then I think there will be a violent protest, and some innocents will be harmed. Hope I am wrong there too.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: oldsfc, 6/28/2013 5:48:11 PM     (No. 9399186)

The left and the race baiters are going nuts because she exposes the results of 30 years of liberal control of education, and the results of all the affirmative action. This women is an embarrassment. Blame someone else for the fact you are an ignoramus with no skills, education or work ethic.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: jebediah, 6/30/2013 6:55:00 AM     (No. 9401338)

The defense attorney, from what I can tell, very calmly and politely asked Jeantel questions and she either rolled her eyes, pushed the "yes sir!" number or added another yet another version of her story, a la Trayvon was going to be raped by Zimmerman. This is just another case of making excuses for someone because of their skin color, not holding her to the very basic standard the rest of us have to go by. I am getting so sick of hearing about past histories and upbringings as an excuse for not upholding the BASIC rules of law, whereas anything goes for Zimmerman and the rest of us.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: jebediah, 6/30/2013 7:19:38 AM     (No. 9401369)

And as for all the posters who feel "sorry" for this young lady, that is a slap in the face to every Black family who has fought to make sure their kids are educated and responsible.......where Is HER personal responsibility here? Rachel Jeantel had opportunity via the educational system, no matter how deficient, to learn to think, to speak, to write. A lot of tax money and blood was put into giving her that opportunity. And she CHOSE not to take advantage, she CHOSE to change her testimony countless times, she CHOSE to be smart and adversarial to the very polite defense attorney. All this was HER choice. Or are Blacks in general such infants that they can never take their place in an equal society? Talk about a plantation mentality!!!!!!!

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