Trayvon Martin Open thread 4/1/2013

WFTV.COM

Cecil Smith..New Sanford police chief sworn in

SANFORD, Fla. —Sanford has a new police chief.

Cecil Smith officially took over the department, and was sworn in during a ceremony Monday. Smith replaces Bill Lee, who was fired over his handling of the Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman is accused of shooting and killing Martin.

Smith became the fifth police chief in the city of Sanford in just two years.

During the ceremony, Smith spoke about the challenges, and acknowledged that he would be under close watch.

Smith said that as Zimmerman’s case goes to trial this summer, he will be working to honor the death of Martin while moving the city forward.

He also said he will make sure no case is handled the same way under his watch.

case.

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34 Responses to Trayvon Martin Open thread 4/1/2013

  1. God help this country!

    Investigation: Cop made racist remark amid Trayvon Martin case

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Investigation-Cop-made-racist-remark-amid-Trayvon-Martin-case/-/1637132/19629646/-/ighqvoz/-/index.html

    WINTER PARK, Fla. – A Winter Park police officer is off the job after making a racist remark about African-Americans during the Trayvon Martin anniversary.

    Lieutenant Ron Johnson quickly retired after an internal investigation revealed he said, “This is why they should be drowned at birth,” in reference to black people.

    That remark came from the 27-year veteran to fellow officers during a February police briefing when conversation turned to the Trayvon Martin case.

    The investigation said the comment was racially derogatory. Locals agree.

    “I think that’s appalling that anyone would say that or think it or believe it, especially in my town,” said Ann Lulow, a Winter Park resident.

    “I think it’s ignorance, just absolute on his part to even utter such words,” said Julius John.

    “Lt. Ron Johnson has been a part of our police family for many years, and to have this occur after an otherwise distinguished career with our department is regretful,” said Police Chief Brett Railey. “However, regardless of the individual and years of service, statements of this type are unacceptable in order to maintain the public’s trust.”

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  2. Zimmerman attorneys to appeals court: Overrule Sanford judge; make Crump answer our questions

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-zimmerman-crump-depo-appeal-20130404,0,5726897.story

    Attorneys for George Zimmerman today asked an appeals court to reverse the decision of a Sanford judge and allow them to make Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, answer their questions under oath.

    It is a battle defense attorneys have been fighting – and losing – for months.

    They twice asked Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to allow them to depose Crump, and she twice said no, most recently one week ago.

    Now, they’ve asked the Fifth District Court of Appeal to overturn her decision.

    Defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West say Crump has information that they’re entitled to, most importantly about the state’s star witness, a young Miami woman who was on the phone with Trayvon just moments before he was shot.

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    • Xena says:

      Of course, the racist bigots use GZ’s case as opportunity to pursue their agenda of engaging in race warfare. They’ve wanted that since President Obama was elected. No matter what subject is the focus in online news articles about GZ’s case, Zidiots turn the subject to race. Some have even posted imitating Blacks to disparage Whites.

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  3. Using motions to disclose information in depositions is a sleazy tactic

    http://frederickleatherman.com/2013/04/03/using-motions-to-disclose-information-in-depositions-is-a-sleazy-tactic/

    I believe that we have completed our analysis and discussion regarding whether the use of doxing and breitbarting to intimidate and assassinate a person’s character constitutes witness intimidation, if used to discredit and intimidate a witness in a murder case.

    The clear answer is “Yes.”

    Moreover, I believe the two efforts by the defendant’s supporters to discredit and intimidate Dee Dee, which successively targeted two innocent girls named Dee Dee, constituted at the very least criminal attempts to intimidate a witness.

    Since the perpetrators proudly declared their intent to intimidate the real Dee Dee when they mistakenly went after the wrong Dee Dees, and there is no doubt that the real Dee Dee found out about and was intimidated by those efforts, which were reported by the media, I believe the perpetrators already have committed at least two completed offenses of witness tampering.

    I say “at least two,” because each lie, misrepresentation or threat is a completed crime. For example, 10 lies, misrepresentations or threats targeted against one witness constitutes 10 separate crimes or counts of witness intimidation.

    Needless to say that the people who have committed these crimes are in deep trouble, even if they only get charged with attempted witness intimidation.

    Are they stupid enough to continue their search for the right Dee Dee?

    Only time will tell.

    They have failed to demonstrate even a scintilla of intelligence, so I recommend against betting the ranch that they will stop.

    By endorsing the CTH as a legitimate website and source of helpful information and ideas to use in defending GZ, Mark O’Mara has only himself to blame if the public associates him with the unlawful efforts to intimidate Dee Dee.

    Click on the link above for more..

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  4. Went To Check Their Mail

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    Keep talking, mofo! Keep talking! You saw Trayvon in the mail shed.

    DeeDee tells us Trayvon was in the mail shed to get out of the rain.

    Big Up to LLMPapa! He’s always on the money!

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  5. Frank Taaffe: ‘Trayvon Should Have Acted Accordingly’

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    • Xena says:

      Zimmerman had no authority to ask anyone why there are where they are. Trayvon did not have to behave like a Steppin’ Fetchit to prevent being murdered.

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      • HELLO! The FOOL fail to understand.. this ain’t 1955 and this is not the Mississippi Delta, mofo!

        Frank Taaffe better go somewhere with that backwoods ignorant shit. I hope LE is on to him.

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  6. A Year Later, Trayvon Martin Tragedy Still Stings

    http://politic365.com/2013/04/02/a-year-later-trayvon-martin-tragedy-still-stings/

    One year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings – and some people are still throwing salt on the open wound. Last week George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman, posted a tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to De’Marquis Elkins, 17-year-old black teenager charged with fatally shooting a one-year-old baby.

    The tweet showed a photo of Elkins side by side with a photo of Martin, both making inappropriate gestures, with the caption “A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?”

    Zimmerman’s follow-up tweet read “Lib[eral] media [should] ask if what these [two] black teens did [to] a [woman and her baby] is the reason [people] think blacks might [be] risky”. The implication was that Trayvon Martin’s actions on the night he was murdered were equivalent to the killing of an innocent child.

    This would be worrisome enough if it were just the opportunistic cry of a family embroiled in racial controversy. But this belief – that male “black teens” are inherently more likely to be criminals – is ingrained in our society. It has seeped into our institutions in the form of racial profiling, and too often it poisons the judgment of those who are supposed to protect us.

    Last year I visited Sanford, Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case. The NAACP hosted a forum where residents could report incidents of police abuse. A number of African American mothers alleged that their teenage sons had been profiled, abused or even assaulted by the police. I found that the attitude of the local police department toward “black teens” was uncomfortably similar to that of Robert Zimmerman.

    But the fact is that fifty years after the Civil Rights Act, racial bias still runs rampant among law enforcement in this country. And Zimmerman’s attitude infects an institution much more influential than the Sanford Police Department: the NYPD.

    More…

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    • Zimmerman’s follow-up tweet read “Lib[eral] media [should] ask if what these [two] black teens did [to] a [woman and her baby] is the reason [people] think blacks might [be] risky”. The implication was that Trayvon Martin’s actions on the night he was murdered were equivalent to the killing of an innocent child.

      This would be worrisome enough if it were just the opportunistic cry of a family embroiled in racial controversy. But this belief – that male “black teens” are inherently more likely to be criminals – is ingrained in our society. It has seeped into our institutions in the form of racial profiling, and too often it poisons the judgment of those who are supposed to protect us.

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  7. Proposal to protect Dee Dee from witness intimidation

    http://frederickleatherman.com/2013/04/01/proposal-to-protect-dee-dee-from-witness-intimidation/

    I write today to provide additional context regarding when the prosecution must turn over Brady material to the defense in federal court. This article supplements The Prosecution did not violate the Brady rule in Zimmerman case.

    Discovery in federal criminal cases is controlled by the Jencks Act (18 USC 3100 et. seq.), which was passed by Congress in the early 1930s in order to protect the lives and safety of prosecution witnesses in cases against members of criminal organizations (i.e., mob prosecutions). Pursuant to the Jencks Act, federal prosecutors do not have to disclose the identity of a witness to the defense until the witness takes the stand. They do not have to disclose witness statements until after the witness testifies on direct examination. To prevent recessing a trial after the direct examination of each witness to allow defense counsel an opportunity to read the statements before commencing cross examination, federal prosecutors in most districts provide a list of their witnesses and all of their statements and reports late Friday afternoon before the trial starts on the following Monday.

    The only discovery that a defendant has a right to obtain before the Jencks material is delivered on Friday afternoon, is his statements, search warrants, affidavits for search warrants, and an inventory of all of his property seized by federal agents executing those searches.

    The Brady rule applies in federal criminal cases just as it does in state criminal cases.

    As I stated in my Saturday post, regardless of when the defense requests Brady material in a state case, there is no violation of the Brady rule so long as the defense receives the defendant’s Brady material before the trial starts. The same is true in federal court.

    I hope this brief description of discovery practices in federal court that do not violate the Brady rule sheds additional light on the defendant’s frivolous claim that Bernie de la Rionda violated the Brady rule by waiting until the night before a pretrial hearing to inform the defense that no hospital records supported Dee Dee’s claim that she missed the funeral and wake because she was in the hospital.

    If I were the judge handling this case, I would enter an order dismissing the two defense motions because they are frivolous and I would assess terms against O’Mara for wasting the court’s time.

    I had another reason for mentioning the Jencks Act in this post. Since I am concerned about protecting Dee Dee from willful, intentional and malicious doxing and character assassination by people who pride themselves in breitbarting those who seek justice for Trayvon, I think Bernie de la Rionda might want to consider seeking the court’s permission to wait until the trial starts before it discloses information that identifies Dee Dee and any other witness for whom there are reasonable grounds to believe they may be subjected to the same intimidating criminal acts.

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  8. Malisha says:

    Malisha

    bwa ha ha ha…you can’t make this ish up..

    Blood All Over His Face And Eyes!

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    • Ametia says:

      WTF is this shit, right here? That fool knows damned well Trayvon didn’t hurt him. You starked and killed a 17 year old boy, Zimmerman. THE.FUCKING.END.

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  9. GrannyStandingforTruth says:

    Hello Ladies, just drop by to say hello. I’ll be glad when the trial is over with and Zimmerman is given his orange suit and a long, long vacation.

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    • Hi Granny!

      It’s good to see your fonts. I hope all is well. The trial can’t come soon enough. I’m tired of this bloodmoney scumbag and his family trasing an innocent dead child for profit. May he rot in prison.

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      • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

        When his trial is over, O’Mara and that other lawyers are going to wish that they never took his case and had dropped it when Z lied about how much money he had. Whatever goes over a devils back got to come across his belly too.

        Well, hopefully, I’ll be back blogging in the future. I am waiting to see what the doctors plan to do about my daughter and still taking classes at the university. In addition, I am trying to get a lot of other things done, so my plate is overloaded right now.

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      • Granny,

        Prayers for your daughter. I hope all goes well.

        O’Mara and Zimmerman supporters are hoping he gets a racist juror. Do they realize we have a Department of Justice? This isn’t 1955 and it’s not the Mississippi Delta.

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    • GrannyStandingforTruth says:

      Well, there are some powerful people that are trying to keep racism alive and using it for a smokescreen to cover their dirty dealings. It’s gonna come to the light sooner than they think. Everything done in the dark has to come to the light.

      Nevertheless, there are still a lot of good people in the world too and it is more of them than it is those who are corrupt.

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    • Ametia says:

      Hi Granny; it’s good to see you! :-)

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  10. Ametia says:

    Congratulations, Cecil Smith! Watch your back, brotha

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  11. Xena says:

    Congratulations to Chief of Police Cecil Smith. He was Chief of Police in Elgin, IL and IMO, possibly over qualified for Sanford, FL. Elgin was not only plagued with Latin gangs extending out of Chicago, but it also has river-boat casinos that brought people in from other cities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Cecil Smith knows how to keep his eyes and ears opened to supervise his staff.

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    • Xena,

      The CTH are having a meltdown b/c Cecil Smith said he’s going to honor the death of Trayvon Martin. I’m so lovng it!

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      • Ametia says:

        Let their freaking heads EXPLODE.

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      • Xena says:

        @SG2

        The CTH are having a meltdown b/c Cecil Smith said he’s going to honor the death of Trayvon Martin. I’m so lovng it!

        Cecil Smith is thinking like a Chief of Police should. The lead detective, Serino, wanted to charge GZ with 2nd degree murder. Although he altered the capias several times finally concluding that GZ committed committed manslaughter, it is clear that Serino did not believe that GZ killed Trayvon in self-defense. A Chief of Police is suppose to support the findings of the department’s lead detective. What Bill Lee did was say in certain words that Serino was not to find any evidence contradicting GZ’s numerous stories of the same event and although he did, that they could be disregarded. Why have a lead detective on the payroll if his work is not credible?

        Let the CTH have their meltdown.

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  12. LLMPapa:The Beginning

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