Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Day 10: Tox Report In

by Clifford F. Thies 

Through most of the day, each of the two sides continued to argue about the screams, relying on close friends and relatives of each of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. But, at the end of the day, out of the presence of the jury, came a big ruling: the toxicology report showing a small amount of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in Trayvon's blood, is in. This possibly supports Zimmerman's account of the evening, noticing that the person who turned out to be Trayvon was acting as though he was on drugs. 

This possibly also supports Zimmerman, if marijuana could have contributed to Trayvon initiating a confrontation. Because of the possible prejudice involved, knowledge about past bad acts is generally not allowed in the court. This prejudice issue cuts both ways, both immunizing Zimmerman from being tried on the basis of past bad acts not directly connected to this case, and protecting Trayvon from having his past dragged through the mud. 

As to all of those claiming to identify the screams as coming from the person whom they cared deeply about, the testimony of John Donnelly, a retired physical assistant who served as a combat medic during the Viet Nam War, was most riveting. According to him, he could identify the fellows shot during combat calling or even screaming for help, from previously engaging them in scuttlebutt back at base camp. I'll just say the following: the human mind is a wonderful thing. It is an amazing instrument for identifying patterns and for projecting these patterns. And, during certain moments, it is entirely capable of etching images into long-term memory, some of which it itself created. I'm sorry, but none of the close friends or family members are credible witnesses as to who was screaming.

1 comment:

randian said...

The whole screaming meme is a red herring from the prosecution. We are supposed to believe that Trayvon is screaming for help for 30-40 seconds while he's beating on Zimmerman? That makes no sense.