The upcoming George Zimmerman trial would be amusing, if not for the fact that it centers on the senseless death of an unarmed kid.
Defense lawyers for George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, will be barred from mentioning Mr. Martin’s marijuana use, fighting or high school suspension during opening arguments in Mr. Zimmerman’s trial, which begins June 10.
At a hearing in Seminole County court, Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson denied a string of defense motions Tuesday that sought to portray Mr. Martin as a troubled teenager with a propensity for fighting and an interest in guns. Prosecutors argued that the evidence has nothing to do with the seven minutes that led to Mr. Martin’s death on Feb. 26, 2012. Mr. Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was killed by Mr. Zimmerman, who said he shot him in self-defense.
Mark O’Mara, a lawyer for Mr. Zimmerman, argued in court that Mr. Martin’s drug use could have made him more aggressive and paranoid, traits that could have prompted him to attack Mr. Zimmerman.
This is bad comedy. As others have pointed out, there’s a difference between the use of marijuana and being a deranged junkie, which is how Zimmerman’s defense wishes to depict Martin. Junkies tend to not run benign errands for family members. It’s usually a miracle to get them off the couch.
Also, it requires more guts than shooting an unarmed teen to argue that the dead kid is “aggressive and paranoid” when you’re the one pursuing a stranger with a concealed weapon.
O’Mara claims that Zimmerman was “put in a position” to kill Martin while all logic and reason makes it clear that Zimmerman was to one who put Martin in the position to die.