After The Hearing

The hearing of May 28th generally confirmed the bias of the judge. The most obvious sign was the denial of the request that the jurors be allowed to visit the scene of the shooting. Since the prosecution will probably try to argue that Zimmerman chased Martin for a few minutes they clearly will not wish the jury to see how short the distance was from Zimmerman’s truck to the scene of the shooting. This decision will enable the prosecution to skate over the difficulty of how a hunt or a pursuit of several minute could cover only a few dozen yards.

The denial of voice stress test evidence was not unexpected. If the judge follows by declaring that the evidence of “experts” like Reich, a scientific has-been whose serious research career ended two decades ago, and Owen, a scientific never-wuzzer, to borrow a phrase from John le Carre, is inadmissible, this would be definitive  of extreme bias.

In other cases evidence will only be allowed if the prosecution opens the door. This might seem to limit the prosecution as much as the defense but it is likely that Judge Nelson will show an indulgence to the prosecution that is not extended to the defense.

That was not the most important part of the hearing. It seems that there is a whistleblower.

According to the Miami Herald,

“A court employee who retrieved photos and deleted text messages from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone has been placed on administrative leave after an attorney testified that prosecutors didn’t properly turn over the evidence to the defense, an attorney said Wednesday.

Former prosecutor Wesley White said he was ethically obligated to reveal that Fourth Judicial Circuit Information Technology Director Ben Kruidbos retrieved the data that weren’t turned over.

Kruidbos was placed on leave shortly after White testified during a hearing in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder case on Tuesday. White said Kruidbos was interviewed by state attorney investigators twice before the action was taken.

White said he wasn’t surprised of possible evidence violations by Zimmerman prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

“I was saddened by it, but I’m not surprised,” he said.

White first learned about the evidence through Kruidbos more than a month ago, he said.”

I suspect that nothing much will happen immediately. De la Rionda will claim that the evidence is inadmissible or irrelevant and the Judge will no doubtagree.
But potentially, this is devastating to the prosecution. If nothing else it indicates disquiet within the state judiciary about Corey and the rest.
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