July 17th, 2013
09:02 AM ET

Discord, details flow after Zimmerman trial

The George Zimmerman murder trial is over, but details from the case continue to emerge at a dizzying pace.

Several jurors have spoken out after the verdict. The prosecution's key witness has been offered a full ride to college. And Attorney General Eric Holder blasted "stand your ground" laws but gave no hint about whether Zimmerman will face civil rights charges.

Here's the latest on the Zimmerman trial aftermath:

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Filed under: Courts • Florida • Justice • Trayvon Martin
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  1. chrissy

    Ty cnn, bout time we got off punishment. And time Zimmerman WAS punished. At the very minimum he shouldve recieved involuntary man slau ghter!

    July 17, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      An emotional knee-jerk opinion with no credibility. His proper invocation of the inherent natural divine right of self defense was proven clear. Angela Cory was unethical to bring these charges and may well be disbarred as a consequence. When you are having your head bashed upon concrete, you may choose to do nothing about it. Do not lecture the rest of us on accepting a beating to placate the black community.

      July 17, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      My, aren't we articulate. The fact still stands, if he had not followed Trayvon that night, as instructed, there would have been no confrontation. There would have been no shooting. The entire incident was set in motion by the overzealous ambition of Zimmerman.

      July 17, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC1371

      What law did George break by being on th that sidewalk?

      July 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shirl

      Community watch is supposed to follow people, and are allowed to, and the dispatcher DID NOT "order" Zimmerman not to. Dispatchers giving orders creates liability and lawsuits, so she stated, "We don't need you to do that." Then Trayvon jumped him and beat him, which is sort of illegal. We all wish Sanford law enforcement was more effective responding to this case and the fourteen burglaries in that neighborhood the year prior. They weren't. That doesn't mean Trayvon or anyone gets to beat people up who are walking in their own neighborhoods.

      July 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poker face

      Interesting little fact here. GZ waited at the least fourty five seconds as he was getting a beat down before he shot the little thief

      July 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ USMC1371

      I never said he did anything illegal. I simply stated the fact if he had heeded the instructions of the dispatcher, there would have been no confrontation, there would have been no shooting, there would have been no needless death.
      BTW welcome over from yahoo.

      July 18, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good morning chrissy
    I believe the only reason they held a trial, was an attempt to placate the masses. All a bunch of bull and all for show. Just the fact that Zimmerman ignored the dispatchers advice and confronted Martin commits him to a certain amount of culpability. Yes, at the very least it should have been involuntary man slau ghter.

    July 17, 2013 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A lawyer cross-examined the adversary's main witness. "You claim to have stopped by Mrs. Edwards' house just after breakfast. Will you tell the jury what she said?"

    "Objection, your honor," shouted the other lawyer.

    There then followed a long argument between the lawyers as to whether the question was proper. Finally, after 45 minutes, the judge allowed it.

    "So," the first lawyer continued, "Please answer the question: What did Mrs. Edwards say when you went to her house after breakfast on December 3rd?"

    "Nothing," said the witness. "No one was home."

    July 17, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to his lawyer.

    "If I lose this case, I'll be ruined."

    "It's in the judge's hands now," said the lawyer.

    "Would it help if I sent the judge a box of

    "Oh no! This judge is a stickler or ethical
    behavior. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you. He might even hold you in
    contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn't even smile at the judge."

    Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the defendant.

    As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer, "Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked!"

    "I'm sure we would have lost the case if
    you'd sent them." "But, I did send them."

    "What? You did?" said the lawyer, incredulously.

    "Yes. That's how we won the case."

    "I don't understand," said the lawyer.

    "It's easy. I sent the cigars to the judge,
    but enclosed the plaintiff's business card."

    July 17, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • teeitup66

      I like it..!

      July 18, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    The way Florida law is adjudicated, Zimmerman could only be convicted of stupidity.However, that appears to be a normal trait in some states and certainly not illegal.

    July 17, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. goodolewoody

    Reblogged this on GoodOleWoody's Blog and Website.

    July 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lparks

    George Zimmermam is a vigilante. There are laws against taking the law into your own hand. Definition VIGILANTE
    : a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly: a self-appointed doer of justice. The danger of these self-appointed vigilantes is that they sometimes go after innocent people>e

    July 17, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Zimmerman's trial was not about stand-your-ground laws, regardless of what anyone says.
    Current stand-your-ground laws should be preserved, and states without them should pass them.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shanika

    Let us be grateful that our wondrous post-racial historic first mulatto president has taken a strong stance on this issue and bridged the gap between the races, unifying America.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Are you smoking crack? The last time America was this divided was the CIVIL WAR!

      July 18, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I assume you forgot the SARCASM ALERT warning Shanika.

      July 18, 2013 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Thank you @ Poker Face. If thats true it sounds like premeditated. Which ive suspected all along! I dont think geogie will make it to another trial tho cuz im certain someone will feel hes a menace to society just as he did Trayvon. And sure Shanika, i can tell racism is gone just reading some of these posts lol.

    July 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I don't think you understood Poker Face. He was BEING BEATEN FOR 45 SECONDS BEFORE HE MANAGED TO GET HIS GUN OUT. Not sure why someone would plan to take a brutal beating before shooting someone, but hey, I guess I just don't get some things.

      July 18, 2013 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    Angela Corey should go to jail for withholding evidence. The phone texts proved among other things that their star witness lied on the stand when she said TM never mentioned fighting to her. Texts describing the beatings he gave other people were sent to a number of friends, including her.

    I hope she has a wonderful time at college. Maybe one day, Rachel Jeantel will become a Florida Prosecutor.

    July 18, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    Prosecuting a case that you know is unwinnable – probably unethical
    Withholding evidence from defense – absolutely unethical, and criminal
    Writing and publicizing a termination letter to a whistleblower, in an attempt to ruin his reputation – unethical, hateful
    Calling a man acquitted of murder a "murderer" at a news conference after the jury decision –

    I hope Zim sues her for millions

    July 18, 2013 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      Angela Corey can call a freshly acquitted Zimmerman a murderer if she so desires: Ms. Corey, in this social system, is completely above the law. Don't you know who she is?

      July 18, 2013 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      i believe the definition of a murderer is taking a life that is not your own!

      July 18, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. JeffKhan

    Indeed, all self-defense laws are purely equal to the racial discrimination laws in the US. Why?
    According to the US legal history survey, no any colored people could/can win any lawsuits by declaring self-defense against white people, while any white people could/can always claim self-defense against any colored people and always won/win their cases.

    July 18, 2013 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • flamespeak

      If you claim SYG in florida, you got a about a 60% chance of walking away from a possible murder case before it goes to court no matter your race or the race of the other party involved.

      Deal with it, race baiter.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tawana B.., NP ©™

    I seriously did not like Rachel's nails. Not all that

    July 18, 2013 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      she is sooo precious...precious rings, nails, saucer size earrings, weave, chocolat complexion, overweight...she was sooo precious...

      July 18, 2013 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    If Attorney General Holder chooses to prosecute Zimmerman for a violation of Trayvon Martin's civil rights, would Zimmerman's bias against Martin on the basis of race need to be proven, or would Martin's established race be sufficient for the prosecution of Zimmerman?

    July 18, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      why do continue to fabricate dilemma where there is none...it can be established not just on martin's race, but also color, gender, and creed...those elements are protected under the civil right acts...why fabricate these high bar...the dignity of the person and the quality and value of life should not trampled upon at the expense of these protected element...happy to see you can
      reconize zimmerman's hatred and bias-ness...this matter poses no barrier for holden...the statue is clear you do not attack a person by violating those protected elements...regardless of the minority status or lack thereof of the perp...

      July 18, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you can have whiteonwhite discrimination and minorityonminirity discrimination: .really any combination...it is define by the violations are against the protected attributes of the victim and the actions of the perp...not the beliefs of the perp but the actions of the perp...

      July 18, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • flamespeak

      It would be hard to prove that his actions were motivated by race given the amount of volunteer work he has done for minorities in his community and even how he stood up for a homeless black man that the police assaulted in sanford and got the officer involved fired as a result. It would be stupid to take this to a civil trial, even more, it would be totally unethical to take it to a federal civil court.

      July 19, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
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