Judge In Trayvon Martin - George Zimmerman Case Makes Key Ruling For Prosecution

by
Owen Poindexter
The Judge in the Trayvon Martin trial has ruled that the trial will not be delayed any further, and that Trayvon Martin's suspension from school, his propensity for getting into fights and his marijuana use would not be admissable as evidence in the trial.

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George Martin, right, swears in. He is accused of second degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, last year. PHOTO: Reuters

The Judge in the Trayvon Martin trial has ruled that the trial will not be delayed any further, and that Trayvon Martin's suspension from school, his propensity for getting into fights and his marijuana use would not be admissable as evidence in the trial. She also decreed that the fact that a chemical component of marijuana was found in Martin's blood after he was killed cannot be used in trial.

In making these rulings, the Judge is making the statement that Martin's state of mind and past demeanor are not relevant, from what we know now, to the incident in which George Zimmerman stalked and eventually shot and killed the 17 year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida on February 26th, 2012. Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder (murder which is not accidental, but is spontaneous, not premeditated). He is pleading self-defense as his reason for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
 
The case caught the nation's attention due to its racially charged nature. Martin was African-American, and many believe if he was white, but otherwise the same guy, he would be alive today. We can't ever know if that's true, but  if Zimmerman's lawyers can't paint Martin as the aggressor, then Zimmerman is likely in trouble. The Judge's ruling to disallow evidence that could show Martin in a bad light is bad news for Zimmerman.
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