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    Hey folks,


    I just wanted to drop a note to let you know I'm covering the George Zimmerman trial down in Florida for one of the internet's largest legal blogs, Legal Insurrection.


    Some of you may know me as a lawyer with a practice specializing in the law of self defense, others as that guy who shoots the IDPA matches wearing a suit jacket along with his cargo pants.


    In any case, if you're tired of the incredibly biased mainstream media coverage (or should I call it mis-coverage) of the Zimmerman case, consider taking a look at my coverage of the trial and analysis of the legal issues, all from the perspective of a gun guy who has CCW'd every day of his adult life.


    It is, of course, all entirely free, and Legal Insurrection doesn't sell anything.


    Past coverage (up through last night's daily wrap-up post) can be found here: » Andrew Branca - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion


    Today's live coverage will be added to that list when Court goes into session at 9AM.


    Thanks for your consideration!


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    Hey folks,


    I just posted up my summary of today's voir dire of prospective jurors for the Zimmerman trial, click the link below if you'd like to read it.


    » Zimmerman Jury Selection — Day Three Wrap-Up - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion


    In brief, two events today were particularly interesting . . . or, more accurately, shocking.


    First was a prospective juror, J39, who told the Court that as far as he was concerned, murder's murder, no matter what. Even if it's self defense. Self-defense doesn't make it right to kill somebody." When asked if he would be biased in this case on the issue of self-defense as murder he responded, "Yes," and that he would not be able to set his opinion aside.


    Prospective juror J39 was promptly dismissed by the court.


    Far more disturbing, however, was prospective juror E7, who may have attempted to perpetuate a despicable fraud upon the Court in an effort to destroy the integrity of the jury.


    While being questioned by the State, E7 made all the right noises about having not yet made up his mind about the case. He said, for example, that if someones within their right to defend themselves, they shouldn't be arrested.


    The entire time he was being questioned by the State, however, the defense table was scribbling like crazy. They asked to approach the bench, along with the State, and there was a hurried discussion with Judge Nelson out of everyone's hearing. After a few minutes Judge Nelson addressed E7, held up a printed Facebook page, and asked him if he had made this post on a Facebook page called "Coffee Page Progressives." He said that he had. Judge Nelson then noted for the record that the post in question had been made on March 21, 2012.


    I took the liberty at looking at the Facebook postings for "Coffee Party Progressives" on that date. What I found was a hard-core Progressive site that, among other things, advocated for the violent death of George Zimmerman: "I say give the guy some skittles and an iced tea and shoot him in the head," wrote one commenter. Another commenter wrote, ". . . In Sanford . . . & I CAN tell you THIS. "Justice" . . . IS Coming! " and "The Seminole County "Justice" System needs an ENEMA . . . & they just MIGHT GET one!"


    Prospective juror E7 was also promptly dismissed by the court.


    To see the entire wrap-up of today's third day of voir dire, including screen caps of the "Coffee Party Progressives" posts and comments from March 21, 2012, just click here:


    » Zimmerman Jury Selection — Day Three Wrap-Up - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion


    Best,


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    It turns out the best line to come out of the Zimmerman trial yesterday might have been delivered after the Court had recessed for the day.


    Attorney Benjamin Crump, advisory to the Martin family, announced to the press that, ""The evidence shows there is no blood on Trayvon's hands."


    I guess he hasn't seen this picture:


    zimmerman_scene_photo-M.jpg



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    Tell me something LoSD ( a little levity ;) ) Andrew, what is your interest in this specific case?

    If it's purely because it's self defense related and getting the information out then I appreciate your updates, if for other reason(s) I question your motive.
     
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    Tell me something LoSD ( a little levity ;) ) Andrew, what is your interest in this specific case?

    If it's purely because it's self defense related and getting the information out then I appreciate your updates, if for other reason(s) I question your motive.

    I've been writing about the law of self defense since I published my first book on the subject in 1998, a full 15 years before this case. So, yes, you might say that the law of self defense an area of long-standing interest. Although I would have thought that was fairly obvious based on my user name. :-)

    If you're asking if I have any relation to the Zimmerman team, the answer is none whatever. Never met any of them, never spoken or otherwise communicated with any of them, to the best of my knowledge they have no idea I exist.

    Is that what you were getting at?

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    I've been writing about the law of self defense since I published my first book on the subject in 1998, a full 15 years before this case. So, yes, you might say that the law of self defense an area of long-standing interest. Although I would have thought that was fairly obvious based on my user name. :-)

    If you're asking if I have any relation to the Zimmerman team, the answer is none whatever. Never met any of them, never spoken or otherwise communicated with any of them, to the best of my knowledge they have no idea I exist.

    Is that what you were getting at?

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    Or any direct involvement in the case. Thanks for the clarification, carry on. :cool:
     
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    Or any direct involvement in the case. Thanks for the clarification, carry on. :cool:

    Correct, I have no direct involvement of any sort in the Zimmerman case, other than as a third-party observer, as evidenced in my posts here and elsewhere. My bio is available on my web site, it's not hard to see I've been involved in the law of self defense, and firearms training and competition, for pretty much all my adult life (the competition starting in my teens with small bore rifle).

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    Just FYI, Day 4 of jury selection has just kicked into gear. Our live, all-day coverage can be found at Legal Insurrection here, if you're interested in following along.


    We'll also be doing our usual end-of-day summary of events. I'll drop a brief note when that's up, for folks who are interested.


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