SANFORD — Prosecutors have filed paperwork revealing that murder defendant George Zimmerman applied to become a police officer in a county near Washington, D.C. but was turned down.
application and rejection letter are among the latest pieces of
evidence the state has notified defense attorneys they may use at
Zimmerman's trial, which begins Monday.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He's the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, after calling police and describing the teenager as suspicious.
The new evidence list includes information that Zimmerman trained at a Longwood gym that specializes in boxing and kickboxing.
A webpage for the business, Kokopelli's Gym, describes it as "the most complete fight gym in the world."
In a separate pleading, defense attorney Mark O'Mara has asked the judge to ban prosecutors from using several specific terms, ones he describes as "inflammatory".
include "profiled", "vigilante", "self-appointed Neighborhood Watch
captain", "wannabe cop" and the phrases "He got out of the car after the
police told him not to", and "He confronted Trayvon Martin". READ MORE
With less than a week left before the Trayvon Martin trial begins, an attorney for Martin's family now claims that George Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara fabricated evidence in an attempt to sway both the public and the jury.
Since Zimmerman's fatal confrontation with the 17-year-old Martin more than a year ago, both the judge and the public have been presented with an overwhelming amount of evidence during numerous court appearances and hearings.
During a hearing last Tuesday, Zimmerman's defense team claimed that they had obtained video footage of "two buddies of [Martin] beating up a homeless guy." In a statement on Zimmerman's website, O'Mara later apologized for mischaracterizing evidence that in fact showed two homeless men fighting over a bike.
However, the law office representing Martin's family said this mistake was much more serious than a simple misstatement.
"The video, to me, is one of the clearest examples of a pure fabrication," Jasmine Rand, managing attorney and head of the civil rights division of Parks and Crump's South Florida office, told The Huffington Post. "I have no idea where that information came from. It's inaccurate, and to spread that type of information on such an important case was a clear fabrication of the evidence. I think that the behavior of the defense, to me, would call into question their veracity as a whole. And if you fabricate evidence once, I don't trust that you wouldn't fabricate evidence twice."
George Zimmerman is going on trial for shooting an
unarmed kid (Trayvon Martin) as he strolled through his neighborhood
chatting with his girlfriend on the phone. This threatening act (walking
and talking) raised warning flags for Sheriff George, self-proclaimed
neighborhood watch captain who somehow forgot neighborhood watch are
never armed and should never confront people. Zimmerman called in this
suspicious African-American kid to police, but when Zimmerman’s stalking
finally unnerved young Trayvon Martin – who then tried to flee –
Sheriff George violated all aspects of neighborhood watch training and
went after Martin armed.
What ensued has never been fully understood, and may never be. But
one thing we do know is Goerge Zimmerman’s account is fictional – since
physics and forensics prove beyond a doubt what did happen could not have happened the way Zimmerman claims.
Look closely at George Zimmerman's nose picture, that was taken from Officer Wagner's cell phone before EMS cleaned him up and you'll find there is no blood at all coming from Zimmerman's nostrils. Yet, Zimmerman told Detectives that Martin punched him in the nose so hard that he "fell to the ground when he punched me the first time" and that he was "punched in the nose 25 to 30 times." Looking at the nose picture, with no blood
at all coming from the nostrils, it is easy to figure out why Detective
Sereno told Zimmerman "the 25 to 30 punches" he claimed he took from
Trayvon Martin "were not consistent with Zimmerman's injuries."
(George Zimmerman nose picture taken by Officer Wagner before EMT cleaned him)
I think it's pretty clear that the only part of Zimmerman's nose that is bleeding is the very tip of his nose.
And when you compare the nose picture Officer Wagner took with the
picture the Sanford Police Department took about 45 minutes after
Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, you can see two pinholes on the tip of Zimmerman's nose
which is exactly the location of the bleeding Officer Wagner's picture
shows. Another interesting feature between the two pictures is that
there is no more swelling on the right-side bridge of Zimmerman's nose 45 minutes after Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.
First you make a shocking statement in court, while the cameras are rolling, knowing that the media, the internet news sites and the blogs are going to distribute this fare in seconds globally.
Later, when there are fewer eyes watching you, you once again offer a lame apology. That's supposed to make people trust you again. Trouble is you keep making these "errors", and you keep telling outrageous lies to the public.
We know that you need Trayvon to be a nasty dangerous criminal guy who is always ready to fight.
Trouble is, you can't have that because, Trayvon never used his hands to touch the messy bloody face and head of your client. Nor was your client assaulted, nor was he standing at the T on his way back to his truck. For at least 112 seconds after Dee Dee says she heard your client make contact with Trayvon, the first 911 call picks them up and keeps their position fixed at ~45 feet south of the T. A place your client could only have gotten to, if he had voluntarily gone there for some purpose. So, sit and spin on this for a while