State Prosecutors: Zimmerman defense wanted video to ‘intimidate and harass’ witness #8

Mark O'Mara and Don WestOrlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman’s attorneys say the state wasted time and money in a squabble over videotaping depositions in his murder case, but prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda countered that claim Thursday, arguing he was protecting a witness from harassment.

In a recent motion, Zimmerman’s legal team asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson for about $4,500 in financial sanctions, stemming from the deposition last month of a key state witness: The young woman commonly referred to as “Witness 8,” who was on the phone with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the moments before he was shot by Zimmerman Feb. 26.

The defense says prosecutors were told in advance that the deposition would be videotaped, but objected on the morning it was scheduled, March 13, leading to a costly, unnecessary five-plus-hour delay.

But in the state’s response, de la Rionda notes only one of the 56 depositions taken to that point had been videotaped. Despite written notice by the defense, the prosecutor says he didn’t realize until he arrived that Witness 8 was going to be taped.

De la Rionda objected: Witness 8, he argues, “was scared and didn’t want to be videotaped… The State felt the only reason for, all of a sudden, videotaping… was to intimidate and harass Witness 8” and Trayvon’s family members, who were set for deposition in the following days.

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23 Responses to State Prosecutors: Zimmerman defense wanted video to ‘intimidate and harass’ witness #8

  1. Gladys Zimmerman:There was absolutely no justifiable reason my son should have been charged for a crime he didn’t commit and there was no just reason he should find himself incarcerated either.
    MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Seminole clerk: I’m gonna unseal settlement with Trayvon’s parents,0,5675871.story

    That secret homeowners association settlement with Trayvon Martin’s family may not remain secret much longer.

    Seminole County Clerk of Courts Maryanne Morse has written a letter to Trayvon’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump, telling him that she doesn’t think it meets the standard of a confidential filing so she intends to make it public in 10 days.

    Even so, the total dollar figure paid out by the association will likely remain a secret. That’s because Crump edited it out before he put the 12-page document in the court file Thursday.

    It’s believed to be more than $1 million.

    Part of the 12-page settlement popped into public view for a few minutes Friday. The day before, Crump had made it part of the official court record in the second-degree murder case against former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

    Crump had instructed the clerk’s office to seal the settlement, but for a few minutes Friday morning, the first five pages were available for public review. The clerk’s office then blacked out all but the first page, which is a cover sheet filed by Crump.

    After further consideration, however, Morse decided that none of it should be kept secret, so she wrote Crump, telling him she would unseal it in 10 days.

    • roderick2012 says:

      I am not feeling good about Crump now.

      Since there is no way that any of this information will be admitted at trial the only other reason Crump would have this placed into record is to prove that Crump is ‘opposing counsel’ as Judge Nelson claimed he was since it’s obvious that O’Mara had some type of communication with the HOA and may have advised them to settle instead of fighting them in court.

      The problem is if O’Mara is listed as having assisted the HOA in the settlement that would mean a conflict of interest between the HOA and George would be able to dump O’Mara and that could delay the trial indefinitely because it’s obvious that West isn’t competent.

      • I read Diana Tennis (a lawyer friend of O’Mara) tweeted O’Mara had no part in the settlement.

        Diana Tennis1

        Diana Tennis

        Jeralyn Merritt from TalkLeft posted this info


      • roderick2012 says:

        So why was he mentioned in the article in the NYT?

        If he wasn’t involved in the settlement why hasn’t he made that declaration publicly and I wouldn’t trust anything any lawyer had to say much less a lawyer associated with O’Mara.

        O’Mara wants to get paid and that lousy ’40K in office improvements and office equipment’ won’t satisfy a hungry shark like O’Mara who joined the case after he heard about all of the blood money that was being donated to George and O’Mara thought that he would get his greedy little paws on it.

        I bet the HOA paid O’Mara a consulting fee of maybe $100K for an inside perspective on George’s chances of aquital and when O’Mara gave the thumbs down and possibly some insight into the text message that George sent Al Sharton and Tracy Martin the HOA couldn’t write that check fast enough.

  3. New Audio of George Zimmerman Criticizing Sanford Police in 2011

    What? No spanish accent? What happened to it?

  4. Trayvon – Jasiri X

  5. The ignoramus over there at the Conservative Treehouse is too much to handle. Get this. Some think this settlement must be part of an agreement to make this case go away. I kid you not.

    Treehouse fools

    Every one of these clowns need to locked up and heavily medicated before they hurt themselves.

    Rolling laughter

    • roderick2012 says:

      Yeah imagine Obama and Rick Scott conspiring together on anything.

      These people are as mentally ill and paranoid as George. Maybe the reason they support him is because he reminds them of themselves.


  6. Trayvon Martin’s dad on losing his “heart and soul”

    Ahead of the trial of George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, told that he wouldn’t have lost his “heart and soul” had Zimmerman not pursued his son.

    “Had he just simply obeyed what the dispatcher was telling him, I wouldn’t be here today, Trayvon would be getting ready for graduation,” said Tracy Martin.

    Zimmerman acknowledges shooting Trayvon Martin to death last February, after reporting to local police in Florida that the 17-year-old appeared suspicious. A police dispatcher urged Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, who was African-American and wearing a hoodie at the time, but Zimmerman ended up in a confrontation with the unarmed teenager. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer whose father is white and mother is Hispanic, says he shot Martin in self-defense.

    The incident set off a national conversation over U.S. race relations as well as “Stand Your Ground” laws, which state that citizens can use force when confronted with what they believe to be a threat. Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial is scheduled to begin on June 10.

    “Trayvon was just going to the store, going back home,” said Tracy Martin. “It’s extremely tough when you look at the thought process of another individual. And his thought process is, ‘here’s a young African-American male, he has a hoodie on, he’s up to no good.’ And that’s troublesome. That is very troubling to know there are people that have that thought process.”

    • roderick2012 says:

      I can’t imagine how Tracy must feel.

      Between the guilt of Trayvon dying while visiting him and receiving that text from the POS George and Tracy has had to keep whatever was in that text to himself for almost a year fearing that if it goes public the State can’t use it against George.

      I know I am wrong but I wish that God would strike George down with a bolt of lighting and be done with him.

  7. Frederick Leatherman Law Blog

    Congratulations to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin!

    This will not bring back Trayvon, but it’s an important achievement and milestone in the long road seeking justice for Trayvon.

    H/T to Benjamin Crump: Well done, sir.


  8. Attorney Benjamin Crump, Natalie Jackson!

    Keep going!




  9. roderick2012 says:

    I am curious as to the potential civil rights violations that the HOA perpretrated against the black residents using George as their enforcer.

    If I remember correctly George sent out a email newsletter which let the residents know who they should look out for and he allegedly used the ‘n’ word.

    But I doubt that Holder has the balls to follow through on this and get complete justice.

    • The people who Zimmerman harassed should sue the HOA too. They were just as much in danger and the HOA allowed it to happen.

      • roderick2012 says:

        The people who Zimmerman harassed should sue the HOA too.

        But they would be suing themselves since by being homeowners they are members of HOA.

        I want to see some jail sentences for those HOA board members and watch them do the perp walk.

        • There were homeowners who complained about Zimmerman’s behavior and they were escorted out of the homeowners association meeting. Someone in authority was very negligent to allow him to continue acting as a neighborhood watchman. And I’d like to know who escorted the homeowners that were complaining out?

          • roderick2012 says:

            I know and that’s one reason I am disappointed that there was a settlement.

            I was looking forward to the civil trial so the entirety of George’s madness would be exposed for all of the world to see.

  10. Trayvon Martin’s parents settle wrongful death claim

    Homeowners association is believed to have paid more than $1 million.,0,6893976.story

    SANFORD – Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful death claim for an amount believed to be more than $1 million against the homeowners association of the Sanford subdivision where their teenage son was killed.

    Their attorney, Benjamin Crump, filed that paperwork at the Seminole County Courthouse, a portion of which was made public today.

    In the five pages of the settlement that were available for public review, the settlement amount had been marked out. Lower in the agreement, the parties specified that they would keep that amount confidential.

    When asked during an earlier interview whether the amount was higher than $1 million, Crump said: “I have no comment on that subject…I know you did not get that from me.”

    Trayvon was shot to death by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman served as head of the Neighborhood Watch and called police that evening, describing Trayvon as suspicious. He has said the teen attacked him and he fired in self-defense.

  11. Zimmerman’s defense want to intimidate witness 8 and make her go away. It ain’t gonna happen, bitches. They know witness number 8 drives a stake through the heart of Zimmerman’s lies! There will be a trial in June, mofos! See you there!

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