George Zimmerman’s district attorney started off the trial with a pathetic ‘Knock-Knock’ joke. As weird and heartless as it may sound, it’s true.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, 17, who was unarmed and defenseless. The case is one of the most high-profile cases of the country and amid all the seriousness; it was just appalling to watch Don West cracking a tasteless joke.
He began by saying, “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. So let me, at considerable risk, let me, let me say, I'd like to tell you a little joke. I know how that may sound a bit weird in this context under these circumstances. But I think you're the perfect audience for it. As long as you, uh, don't, if you don't like it, or you don't think it's funny or inappropriate, that you don't hold it against Mr. Zimmerman. You can hold it against me if you want, but not Mr. Zimmerman. I have your assurance you won't. Here's how it goes...”
Thinking that such premise was enough to go ahead, West finally showed-off his comedy skills:
“George Zimmerman, who?”
“Alright good. You're on the jury.”
Fortunately, no one responded to his lame attempt. “Nothing?” asked West. “That's funny.”
It wasn’t funny Mr. West. It was decent and you need to learn from it. A trial, especially a murder trial, doesn’t require silly puns or poor jokes to ‘break the ice’ in the courtroom. And when they are coming from the accused person’s lawyer, it’s way beyond tasteless.