The Zimmerman trial wasn’t a game or a sporting event, but there were definite winners and losers nonetheless. As JFK said after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, “Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan.” Well, maybe not this time . . .

Losers
Angela Corey: As if lording over a corrupt prosecution that peddled a fantasy to the public wasn’t enough of a finger in Lady Justice’s eye, there was the little matter of withholding Brady material from the defense. Okay, Corey didn’t invent that particular prosecutorial dirty trick, but in this case it required a whistleblower to break her conspiracy of silence. A whistleblower who was fired on the very day that this case went to the jury. Oh, but I’m sure that was only a coincidence.

The cherry on top was her petulant performance after the verdict as she figuratively stamped her little feet like a spoiled brat and reasserted Zimmerman’s guilt. It reminded me of the way Obama reacted to the defeat of his “common sense” gun confiscation laws. They were two serio-comic performances full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

I’d like to believe that Corey’s career is all done, but let’s keep the slithery Eliot Spitzer in mind before we toss any dirt on Corey’s political aspirations. Whatever Corey’s future may bring, one thing is certain — when Don West told the jury, “there are no monsters here,” he was flat out wrong.

Bernie de la Rionda: To give the devils their due, the prosecution had no murder case to work with although they certainly did their best to fake one. De la Rionda and his team of tub-thumpers spent weeks trying to sell the jury a bill of goods, And when that flopped because the prosecution’s own witnesses turned against them, Bern Baby Bern offered the jury a new theory that contradicted the first.

This case was the perfect example of the prosecution overreaching and stepping on its own dick in the process. After being lied to for weeks, the jury reacted appropriately.

In the aftermath of the Zimmerman case, all Floridians should ask themselves if they really believe that this case was the only time that de la Rionda and his team tried to railroad an innocent man.

Winners
Mark O’Mara: He was a prominent local attorney, a fixture of the bar, president of the county bar association and a legal commentator on Orlando television. In other words, he’s no greenhorn. But his performance and new notoriety have elevated him from the ranks of those who toil in the vineyards of the law to a national brand.

Don West: West was also a well-known local attorney with several high profile cases under his belt before he agreed to second-chair his long-time colleague. After his opening episode of legal Tourette’s, the combative West settled down nicely. He was strong on cross, took no crap from witnesses, stood up to the judge and opposing counsel, and showed real passion. If O’Mara was the master of sangfroid, it was West who brought so much heat that he was still burning after the acquittal. His daughter was right: “dad killed it.”

George Zimmerman: He was looking at thirty years or more in the joint, and now he’s not. Wins get no better than that. Yeah, he’s not out of the woods yet. The White House would love another shot at him – figuratively speaking — and so would the Martin family. He’ll be dodging death threats for a few years, although I don’t take published threats seriously and neither should he. Once the furor dies down, he will be able to go on with his life, none of which will be spent behind bars looking out. He may even get a book deal.

To Be Determined
The Mainstream Media: Not all race-mongers are members of the Klan or fans of Al Sharpton. Some of them write for the New York Times. The Times created the racist narrative that turned this case from a local tragedy into a national flashpoint. It went so far as to invent a unique new identifier for Zimmerman, the “white Hispanic,” with the accent on white, for no other purpose than to inflame black people. The rest of the MSM dutifully followed suit.

When the media’s race baiting finally became just a bit too obvious even for them, they changed Zimmerman’s moniker to a “self-identified Hispanic,” as if he was a fool for considering himself anything other than just another vicious white guy with a gun.

Yellow journalism has become mainstream.

As Juan Williams (no fan of Zimmerman) recently wrote as this case went to the jury: “Whatever the final verdict on Zimmerman, the media is clearly guilty of playing on the most primitive racial divisions in our society to fuel racial animosity and boost ratings.” The question is, will they ever be brought to account for it?

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115 Responses to Zimmerman Trial Roundup: Winners and Losers

  1. Zimmerman doesn’t have to worry too much, since he’s demonstrated that he’ll defend himself from harm.

      • Other than, heart disease, pools, and medical errors I don’t think he has too much to worry about. To any who approach him he can say, As Maturette said to Papillon, “Between the two of us… I’m the one who’s killed a man, not you.”

      • Probably as good if not better than yours, we know he will shoot your A*S if you screw with him, but don’t know about U! George has guts, but don’t know about U!

        • He’s prepping to sue NBC for editing the 911 call. And probably whatever news agency revealed his social security number.

        • All of the news Media is not and the lying, extorting Martin family is not! I hope he cleans their clock, also Big Mouth Spike Lee is not YET, also big foul mouth Nancy Grace is not Yet! I hope when George is done with all of them they are broke George can walk around with better guards than Obama and Holder!

    • There a “scholarship” fund somewhere to help buy him a real handgun? Any manufacture with a pair would publicly donate their best to Zimmerman.

      • I don’t know, seems as though he was pretty proficient with his crappy little Kel Tek 9mm. One round through the pump while your head is being bashed against the concrete; sounds like good defensive accuracy to me.

      • Not a Kel-Tec fan; but a “real handgun?” I think “Scoreboard” is the appropriate response here.

      • I thought I read that he had acquired an FN Five-seveN during the early rabble-rousing phase by the BGI. Good news is that 5.7 is just as available now as it was pre-panic. Bad news is that 5.7 is just as unavailable now as it was pre-panic.

  2. I just finished watching O’Mara and West’s post trial news conference. They will be seeking sanctions against Corey. I believe they will win this one too. Her neat trick of firing someone who blew the whistle on the destruction of evidence will not serve her well in a misconduct hearing. Will she get the full Nifong? Once can only hope. Corey may be in danger of disbarment so I would say that next to Trayvon Martin (I know, it’s kind of tasteless) she may be the biggest loser.

    • Can we play MILF or No MILF? There’s gotta be a couple of guys around here that find her attractive.

        • I think maybe an actual MIlF ran over her head once, but that’s as close as she ever got to one.

        • Remember how Obama put the like on the attractiveness of the CA AG Kamala Harris a while back and was criticized for it by the politically correct crowd?

          I wonder what he’d have to say about Angela Corey.

          I’m sure his description of her WOULD be politically correct; but not for the benefit of the PC crowd.

      • Do they make braille computer monitors? Only way she’d be found attractive. Course, I was always told beauty starts on the inside. I’ll bet she’s got ugly guts too.

        • Didn’t you really mean: beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes ALL the way to the bone?

        • In my old neighborhood, she’d have been called “facia bruta.” She has a reason for trying to hang guys, and that reason is the boys all chipped in and gave her a blue ribbon for “Worst of Breed.”

    • Nice to hear, I hope they give Corey all they can if for no reason than to give her the same grief she gave to Zimmerman. FOAD to her

    • With prosecutors getting called on this shit in high profile cases where one would assume that they would be more careful about putting a toe out of line, one has to wonder what egregious shenanigans they get up to when no one is watching. Justice system indeed.

  3. I think the mass media falls into the loser category. They, as usual, overplayed their race PC card and I suspect most people saw through it. Next to Congress the mass media has the lowest level of credibility with the American public.

    I’d buy GZ book not to spend time reading it but to donate the book to the Portland Public Library which is run by layer upon layer of progressives.

    • I wouldn’t say they lost. They sold a lot of ads with their race-baiting. The not guilty verdict is just grist for more race-baiting. More cash for them.

    • I always request books that I know will tweak them and exhort my friends to do the same. That way THEY buy it.

    • The race thing was just a cover for hating Zimmerman for being a man by carrying weapon legally and not being a panty-waist and defending himself when the moment struck.

      • It seems to me that George exhausted all possibilities before he was barely able to draw and fire. All he knew then was Trayvon was atop him and George had a body shot only.
        There were no other choices to prevent his skull from being cracked. I imagine that he was swallowing his own blood from the nose injury. That makes breathing darned difficult! Now, the worst A.G.(Holder) in U.S. history gives a speech in front of the NAACP (where else!), ginning-up more of his garbage against George Zimmerman. The black kangaroo court is back on the prowl! This is driving them nuts!

  4. Why is it that most libturd women, like this judge, look like ugly men? It’s no wonder they are for gays, lesbians, and transfuckedupgenders.

  5. There is much talk of a Justice Department investigation of a hate crime, I can suggest a few objects for the investigation, Al Sharpton, The Urban League and the NAACP, for starters.

    • I think George would be wise taking some time off and visiting relatives in Peru. It will be much safer for him there. No thug will be gunning for him and he will be out Holder’s reach. It will also force the media to recognize him as an Hispanic.

    • Drudge had an article today about the FBI investigation. Turns out that they found no evidence of racial bias at all in the case. The gist of the article was that it would probably bar Justice from proceeding, but then again, Holder is still there and we know he lies. So…..

      • The JD will still charge him over some kind of bogus civil rights violation amd they will convict to keep Obamas base happy. If I were the zimmerman legal team I would be filing all kinds of FOIA reqiests trying to uncover Obamas meddling in this case.

        • They could try the child abuse gambit again. Speaking of civil rights violators, why aren’t sharpton or the NBPP in the slammer?

        • The Israeli Right and other global players have already called time on Obama’s little project with the Muslim Brotherhood. Dershowitz is calling for the Zimmerman prosecutors to be disbarred. Obama is a lame duck screw up and we will have a Republican President again next time around. The Grand Potentate will be lucky not to get impeached at this rate.

        • The base doesn’t care. What demonstrations did happen were just astroturfed events put on by the usual suspects.

          The failure to riot (told you so) is an indication that the base thinks that Martin was just some punk who started a fight with the wrong Hispanic. They aren’t going to burn down their own neighborhood just to please Obama and Holder.

    • This is the only attention the NAACP has garnered in decades. Like nearly all attention-seeking behavior, all but a few will tire of it and move on, just not soon enough.

  6. Many thanks to Ralph for following this so I didn’t have to. Also to the guys at Legal Insurrection.

    A friend observed today that it’s interesting that the administration is still stuck in neutral on Benghazi (and the IRS, and Fast and Furious) but moving full speed on this.

    • This case is a useful, demonizing, rhetoric filled distraction for the administration; right up their alley because the media eats it up.

      This race baiting travesty overshadows the other more serious ethical and moral issues this President has on his plate, and the administration benefits from that. Big media is able to get away with less reporting of the other more difficult, damn1ng issues.

  7. Great job Ralph. Don’t forget the other 2 prosecutors. I think bernie is gonna throw one of them under the bus on the destruction (allegedly) of the Brady evidence. And I am sure that Zimmerman may go after them for misconduct. Of course, I bet obama has holder cut a deal – no suit, no prosecution.

  8. The trial was a bungling pot of unicorn manure… after watching a large portion of the trial I came away with the impression that the prosecution was _trying to prove Zimmerman innocent_, while still fanning and pretending to the mainstream masses that they were out to convict him. Witness after witness from the prosecution actually helped the _defense_, it was mind boggling.

    By far the worst examples (and overlooked and omitted by the MSM):
    1. Rachel Jeantel stating that TM was going to deal with the * cracker following him, then testifying that TM then confronted GZ with GZ acknowledging his surprise at the confrontation.
    2. John Good testifying that it was GZ on the bottom being MMA ground-and-pounded and yelling for help (I mean, seriously, this is a prosecution witness). Then _after_ having the TM family come up and testify that it was TM on the 911 tape calling for help…
    3. Chris Serino of Sanford PD testifying that he believed that GZ was telling the truth.

    Wow, I mean wow. Maybe GZ is an alien from outerspace, but this is either almost conspiracy theory level, or just sheer bungling and stupidity. Since I don’t admit to believing in conspiracy theories…

    • Same here. After watching the prosecution wind up, I thought the defense could have rested without saying a word.
      O’Mara is a class act.
      Thanks for the write up Ralph.

    • This case was bizarre. I thought manslaughter would be the ultimate goal for the prosecution and they had a decent chance with their unknown witnesses.

      But the prosecutors had poor witnesses that created mountains of reasonable doubt. These clowns made Marcia Clark and Chris Darden look good.

      And the defense case was top notch.

      Also, regarding Angela Corey: How does she run for re-election as a Republican? Is the Florida GOP so whipped that no other candidate would come forward?

    • The best way to throw gasoline on a racial fire was to ensure he was found not guilty, no? When one grasps that, a whole lot of things about this case suddenly make perfect sense.

    • They would have had to have a case to bungle it. Plus, do you really think this witch Corey and Bernie actually believed their on b.s.? This was a political stepping stone for this former tea party witch.

  9. I think the doctored 911 tapes we heard in the beginning could make GZ a rich man, I just hope the federal government keeps out of this. Would it be double jeopardy if they went after him for a race crime after the fact, without any new evidence? I’m sure the TM family will try to sue in civil court as well.

    • The federal government probably won’t step in like that. The problem is they will try to use this as more gun control crap.

    • If the Martins try a civil suit, it looks to my unprofessional eye like opening a can of worms. They will be hard-pressed to explain their actions in a counter-suit.
      We have all heard Trayvon refered to as a “child” over and over. So if this 6′ + young man, who was old enough to enlist, and was a few months short of being a registered (Obama) voter is to be considered a “child”, then his parents must take responsibility for his actions.
      He was on his THIRD suspension from school in the current school year, and there were still 4 months left before school would be let out. Still, he was out at night, free to roam around at will. He still had a cell phone. The toxicology report shows he was smoking dope. Just what sort of punishment, or even restriction of privilege, did this “child” have to endure for his bad behavior? What steps did his parents take to correct his obvious behavioral problems?
      So far, I have not heard a whisper of Trayvon doing anything but enjoying a THIRD “vacation” from school.
      With all sympathy to the Martin family for their loss, they can’t have it both ways. If Trayvon is to be a “child”, then his parents must take responsibility for his actions, especially if they were not doing anything to correct his behavior.

        • The Rev. Al can instruct them on how to shield any assets from liability. After numerous unsatisfied judgements against the Rev, he can teach them how they too can have their “foundation” own all their possessions, including suits, shoes, automobiles, etc. etc.etc. so that they may plead poverty while living rather high on the hog……’Merica! What a country!

          {Altho, Rev Al could learn from others how to enjoy numerous luxurious vacations in far away lands at no cost to himself, all the while bemoaning the fact that he/she is in “Prison”. }

        • Under Fla law a person committing a criminal act is not allowed (and neither is any surviving family) to sue for damages in civil court. TM was the criminal aggressor.

  10. I believe that TTAG was a winner for two reasons:

    1. In its opening statements, the State made much to do about the fact that Zimmerman’s gun held a round in the chamber, as if this was indicative of some kind of evil intent. Anyone with a rudimentary education of firearms knows that 99% of the public and police carry their firearms with a round in the chamber, and 99% of firearms instructors teach that “technique.” To ask a jury to draw conclusions from that fact was simply ridiculous.

    I like to think that through TTAG’s and its readers’ efforts to broaden the general public’s understanding of guns, this jury knew the truth about guns, and the prosecution instantly lost credibility with its silly opening reference to the loaded chamber.

    2. If memory serves, TTAG published the fact that the Zimmerman defense team was in dire need of funds at some point. That prompted me and others to to donate, and I have a nice personally signed thank you card from Zimmerman to proudly display in my office.

    Keep up your noble work TTAG!

      • I’m sorry I missed that. Maybe Bernie used to do legal work for the ICC and thought he was dealing with trucking regulations.

    • The prosecution’s use of the one in the pipe and the safety off in a safetyless gun probably hurt their case with the three gun owners on the jury.

      • Good point. There’s no opportunity to chamber a round.

        My guess is that GZ went from “what’s this guy doing?” to “holy sh!t I’m gonna die” in about 7 seconds.

  11. The MSM tried and convicted Zimmerman LONG before the trial. They are huge losers. This case only reinforces the fact that anyone who relies on the MSM for information needs to know they are being lied to and played for fools.

  12. How many of us that carry would approach and allow a threat to get within striking distance unleash ambushed.

    • Zimmerman made a critical mistake in doubling back to return to his truck He had lost sight of Martin and should have taken an alternative route to get back to the start point. Had he taken a different route Martin would have had a harder time intercepting him.

  13. I haven’t followed all the trial, but did the jury ever see a picture of the “mature” TM that has been floating around cyberspace? Or was that not allowed?

    • Yeah, they saw stills from the 7-11 video that night and a picture of him shirtless from 3 months previous.

    • There was also the cardboard life size cut-outs of Zimmerman and Martin, showing the difference in height and width of the two, shown to the jury.

  14. What about the whistleblower CIO who revealed the selective discovery of evidence provided to the defense by the prosecution?
    What about the Police Chief who refused to go along with the lynch mob mentality, and would not arrest Zimmerman because he knew there were no grounds for an arrest?

    Both these people were proven right in their judgment, but were fired for opposing the political machinations (at the expense of justice) of their bosses.
    Let’s restore these victims to their jobs, and fire those bosses. Let’s have a “Special Prosecutor” indict those bosses without a Grand Jury and put them on trial.

  15. I agree that “white Hispanic” is a lame term, but I disagree that it’s a new one.
    On the California DROS paperwork, in addition to checking “White” one has to clarify “Hispanic” or “non-Hispanic”.

    • Don’t forget questions 10a and 10b on Form 4473. You have to identify your ethnicity as Hispanic or non Hispanic in a, and race in b.

      • Hmmm…interesting.

        Why should the government be interested in the race of who is legally buying firearms?

        Does it matter? What bearing does that information have on anything?

      • Heck, make things much easier on census and employment forms: Check the Native American box, then fill in Human for the tribe. How many generations does one’s family have to been in the US before one is a native? Something to think about!

        • I think I’ll try that. When a category of “Other” is on a form, I enter “Anglo-Celt”. I have as much right as anyone else to establish how I am to be racially/ethnically classified.

    • Yep, definitely not a new term. It’s been floating around on various government and education-related paperwork for years. It just hadn’t hit the public eye in a big way.

      What gets me is the media switching from the well-established white Hispanic designation to calling Zimmerman a “self-identified Hispanic” when his ethnicity threatened their racist-white-guy narrative — casting doubt on Zimmerman as if he just decided it was more convenient to be Hispanic. They’re not calling Obama a self-identified black man, and he’s just as African as Zimmerman is Hispanic.

    • @DrVino, if a person identifies himself as a white Hispanic, a black white, a Martian-American or anything else, that’s fine. But when a person identifies himself as Hispanic and a newspaper calls him a white Hispanic just to inflame black people, that’s an amazing and vicious change in American journalism. I stand by my statement.

      The references to check-off boxes on the 4473 are irrelevant. Those are self-identifiers, not labels, and IIRC there’s no “white Hispanic” box.

  16. Dude, I can only quote Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator as he confronts the Alien: “You are one ugly Mother F&^%#r”

  17. The media are seldom held to account in this country, what with freedom being a double-edged weapon.

    Or in TTAG parlance rather than TTAK, never stand directly behind a recoilless rifle…

  18. I’d add Judge Nelson to the loser category as her behavior to the defense team and Zimmerman himself was way out of line.

  19. This trial was a joke, political theater intended to fan the flames of “racism” that is more a perception of some groups than it is reality. What the left, and I use this term generally, is doing by their hate speech and calls for violence is showing their true tolerance for violence and disdain for the rule of law. Justice HAS been served, regardless of the verdict. What these people want is revenge. They want someone to pay. Someone must be responsible and, like the gun control issue, there has to be punishment. On this matter, as a segue, the King in the White HOuse is calling on the country to “honor Trayvon” with gun control. Beware folks, this will morph into attacks on “stand your ground” self defense and gun possession.
    The left should be embarrassed and ashamed by their behavior however, with the abandonment of the “rule of law” in this country as demonstrated by King Barry and the DOJ, their reactions to this verdict is predictable.
    If Trayvon wasn’t acting like some thug he may be alive today. Certainly Zimmerman did not “stalk” him or shoot him because he was black or any other color. Parents, raise your children.

  20. Nice write-up. However, you omitted the biggest winner of all: Barack Obama. In 2011, I was sure he’d be a one-term President. The Left pushed this thing primarily to whip up the base, and it worked. The African-American turnout and Republican idiocy on women’s issues were the biggest contributors to his re-election. The case served its purpose.

  21. That piece of shit Holder is going to go after him with a phony Civil Rights Violation Case.

    They are trying to make this look like some Racial Attack. Zimmerman is hardly white, so that is not the case. What they are really going after is Gun Owners and trying to make a point that if you defend yourself, you will go to jail.

    • I don’t trust Holder at all. That being said, if I were the AG in this situation; I’d make all the noise that I would “investigate” the matter, and quietly let it die a month or two later.

    • If I was Zimmerman, I would lose weight, grow a beard, and sue the pants off of numerous organizations/individuals from the safety of Rio Di Janero, Brazil, who provided political asylum.

      • If your goal is to avoid getting assaulted, etc, then avoiding Rio is probably a good idea. I say this as someone originally from Brazil.

  22. Maybe the “biggest loser” in this fray will turn out to be Self-Defense Laws and Castle doctrine Laws (or SYG Laws, if you prefer). It now appears that for the MSM and many of the morons in this country “Just Verdicts” no longer have anything to do with the Law, but with what these ignorant, uneducated airheads “decide” THEY want the verdict to be.
    Also, the Six brave ladies on the Zimmerman Jury, who did their job and made the correct decision based on the evidence admitted by The Court, if they are eventually “outed” [which seems must happen according to rules of the Courts and Public Record rules] will be subject to the hate and personal peril that is now leveled against GZ.
    And “NO” the MSM will never be held properly accountable for their bias and yellow journalism in this matter, unless, we The People hold them accountable. Watch a few of the Networks, take note of their advertisers, then absolutely refuse to buy those products and services. Write those advertisers and tell them why you will not buy their product or service any longer. There are viable ways to “Rebel” without taking-up arms. We just have to get the determination to use them.
    AND don’t forget to vote against any and all Progressive Socialist Democrats in the 2014 elections at all levels: Local, State and Federal.

  23. “… the media is clearly guilty of playing on the most primitive racial divisions in our society to fuel racial animosity and boost ratings.” The question is, will they ever be brought to account for it?”

    Nope. Certainly not by the old-style media themselves.

  24. I HAVE A 9MM SIG SAUER, A 9MM KAHR AND A 9MM KEL TEK, AND WHILE THE FIRST TWO MENTIONED ARE OF HIGHER QUALITY, THEY ARE ALSO OF HIGHER PRICE! AS FAR AS SHOOTING AND ACCURACY, TESTS HAVE PROVEN THE KEL TEK CAN MOST ASSUREDLY, HOLD ITS OWN!

  25. The winner in this whole episode is the general public at large since a vicious primitive criminal has been taken out of commission.

  26. Corey committed libel by calling Zimmerman a murderer on TV after the not guilty verdicts. At that time she was not acting within her office and as such is not immune to lawsuit. I hope Zimmerman sues her for libel. His suit against MSNBC for libel in altering the 911 tapes is now going forward. I hope he bankrupts these liars. O’Mara has already asked for sanctions againt Corey for her violations of the Brady decision by witholding exculpatory evidence. I hope he suceeds. Corey needs to lose her law/lie license.

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