Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The defense filed a specious motion yesterday afternoon in the Zimmerman case seeking a sternly worded judicial rebuke of alleged prosecutorial misconduct, imposition of terms (i.e., a fine), and attorney’s fees.
This is yet another whining complaint about W8’s (Dee Dee) statement that she did not attend Trayvon Martin’s funeral because she was not feeling well and went to the hospital.
I think it is an attempt to distract the public’s attention from the defense decision several weeks ago to forego an immunity hearing, thereby implicitly admitting that it has no defense. Instead, by resorting to the well known propaganda technique of repetition while aided and abetted by a compliant media ever so eager to repeat anything they say, regardless of merit in the self-interest of securing higher ratings and increased profits by providing so-called “balanced” coverage that promotes the illusion of a legitimate defense, the defense seeks to link the words “liar” and “perjurer” with Dee Dee so that the public, and hopefully the jury, will already have decided to disregard her testimony.
Watch the pretty glittering balloon and for God’s sake don’t you dare look at my hands.
In this latest iteration of the Dee-Dee-is-a-liar mantra, the defense asserts that she admitted during her deposition on March 13th that she lied about going to the hospital when Benjamin Crump interviewed her last March and later to Bernie de la Rionda because Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was present.
The defense claims that this revelation constitutes exculpatory evidence that the prosecution knew about and should have disclosed to the defense months ago. Of course, the defense would have known this information months ago, if it had bothered to depose Dee Dee, so the defense claim is specious.
As I have previously pointed out, Dee Dee’s admission that she lied about going to the hospital is not material, so it cannot be the basis of a perjury charge as it does not make it more or less likely that the defendant acted in self-defense when he killed Trayvon Martin. It’s what lawyers and judges call impeachment on a collateral matter.
I am certain Mark O’Mara and Don West know this and I believe it’s unfortunate that they have repackaged their war against Dee Dee as unethical prosecutorial misconduct.
When Judge Nelson inevitably denies the defense motion, can we expect the defense to follow-up with a motion to recuse herself from the case?
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