June 24th, 2013
01:45 AM ET

The Zimmerman trial: What you need to know

Opening statements begin Monday in the trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He says he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.

A jury of six women will decide Zimmerman's fate, which has already drawn some scrutiny from the public about whether he will get a fair trial.

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  1. chrissy

    "inflicted" i mean

    June 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    There was a talking dog for sell in florida. A man went to see it. The dog told the man he used to work as a spy for the gov. And in a airport then retired. The man asked the owner how much for the dog. The owner said $5. Why so cheap he asked.The owner answered because the dog is a liar and did not do all those things he said he did.

    June 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    ? ? ? ? ? @ Rascal.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Good afternoon @ Pete, and as you're already probably aware, im in total agreement with you. And even with all the money from the NRA i think he still ended up with a team of very loopy lawyers! THAT makes me very happy.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @chrissy,read up on ALEC American Legislative Exchange Counsel and their legal team that was originally donated to Zimmerman because of their stance on Floridas Stand Your Ground Law..Now corporations like McDonalds,Kraft Foods,Wendies,Blue CrossBlue Shield,Gates Foundation and Coke didn't know of ALECs employees ties to white supremisist,KKK,how nice that little bit of info now sits with people here saying its not racist ha!!

      June 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    Chrissy,Bombo and all look up ALEC American Legislative Exchange Counsel that originally donated lawyers to fight for Zimmerman through donated funds coming from McDonalds,Kraft Foods,Koch Brothers,Gates Foundation,Wendies and Blue Cross Blue Shield ..All didn't know that ALEC had employees tied into the KKK ,white supremisist and helped push Gov.Rick Scotts Stand Your Ground Law in Florida..Just a little dirty info all you reading about this and the NRA associated with this Zimmerman trial and it'd dirty implications...

    June 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol thanks @ Pete. And it was pretty much a given that it was racist when Zimmermans family stated publicly on his behalf that "he knew that the black boy, Trayvon, did not belong in that neighborhood. How else would someone take that?

    June 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol thanks @ Pete. Should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about the NRA that race is playing a part here if they are financially backing Zimmerman.

    June 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @chrissy,if Trayvons parents lawyers have any brains it'll be a simple slam dunk with a murder 1 conviction..They can't say with him stalking Trayvon all over the place its self defense and his racist rants to police dispatchers this isn't premeditated,he knew what he was doing..Making the supposid Trayvon out to be a black thug and in killing him being the community hero and possibly a job on a crooked Sarasota police force that has an equally dirty past itself!!Facts be known the exchiefs son years ago beat a street bum to death in front of people and the chief tried his damnest to cover it up much like they'd do here if they had their way!!Justice will be served and best while its hot!!

      June 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol one extreme to the next! Thank you person pushing the buttons @ cnn.(might be the trollio/jacker, and yea we know you work there!) Either your blocked from posting or they block you then wait for all the revised posts and put them ALL up at once!

    June 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Oh and nice "re~vamping" style you came up with too. 😉 Worked pretty good for a couple days huh?

    June 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I do not believe Ms. Jeantel, in spite of her court nails. If her father is unsuccessful in his encouraging her to absorb her own phone bill, she claims sixteen at eighteen or nineteen, she skips her true love's funeral, and thinks that the C-word is OK, I don't take her tale seriously. Phone bill? At nineteen, I was playing piano recitals all over this country. Oh, I'm gonna believe her.

    June 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    But yea, she wasn't the worlds most credible witness was she? Thats when you could even understand what she was saying, i mean. She mumbled alot.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @chrissy,joey,how's life treating you all..Not the sharpest tool in the shed but she's not on trial here Zimmerman is,plain and simple!!You always get one dummy to try to sway jurors but he's still guilty like it or not!!

      June 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Pete, carefully consider the term "reasonable doubt."

      June 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrisry

    Deleted apain? I should be gettin used to it by now i guess. Anyway @ Joey, "c" word? lol You mean the "Cant Understand Normal Thinking" word?

    June 27, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pete

    @Jeff,why don't you challlenge chrissy to a steel cage fight or ladders,chairs like on WWE ..I'll put my money on chrissy the destroyer ,she's mean as rusty saw blades,that's nasty!!

    June 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RJ

    I beleive it's education time....the term "cracker " came from the cruel men (plantayion forman) who would sit high on the horse cracking the whip at slaves that were not fast enough in the fields. The term demeans us all, black, white, brown...the human race, just as the n-word does. The media says...as do the youth in our country that these terms when used by our black youth, that it's culture divide. Really? Ms. Jeantel and her generation (regardless of what race) need a history lesson. (This also includes Sunny the legal commentator who claims she has never heard the term).

    June 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Portland tony

    Obviously there are some folks that don't understand the difference between "Law & Order" made for TV trials that must be PC in language and subject matter and the real world. out there! The "C" word ...the "C" word.....I'm shocked....simply shocked......

    June 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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