Net up was Alexis Carter
, the former teacher (Jagg attorney) who taught Zim in a criminal law class:
Responding to questions from prosecutors, U.S. Army Capt. Alexis
Francisco Carter said that the class he taught at Seminole State College
delved in detail into self-defense laws, including Florida's "Stand
your Ground" statue.
"It's something I think the students
really wanted to know about, it was so practical, so they were very much
engaged in class discussions regarding the issue," Carter said. "I
remember talking about this quite a few times, not just on one
Carter described Zimmerman as one of
his better students, and said he gave him an "A." When asked if he knew
the defendant, Carter raised his hand in greeting and said, "How you
Defense attorney Don West asked Carter to
detail the concepts in Florida's self-defense statue. Though his line of
questioning was met with repeated objections from the prosecution,
Circuit Judge Nelson allowed Carter to detail the concepts he discussed
Carter also explained the concept of "imperfect self-defense," when a
person is being threatened but then counters with a force
disproportionately greater than the force used against them.
"They would have the right to defend themselves?," West asked.
"Right," Carter said.
Hot mess broke out when the prosecution attempted to connect an ex-professor via skype to testify:
the George Zimmerman murder trial was disrupted on Wednesday when
several Internet pranksters tried to Skype call Rich Mantei, the
prosecutor of the case. At the time, a former criminal justice professor
that taught Zimmerman, Gordon Scott Pleasants, was giving video
testimony over Skype. It was extremely easy to get both Skype usernames
since national news networks were broadcasting live coverage of the
trial and the attorneys left both Skype names visible on the television
screen rather than using full screen video mode to hide all contact
All the notifications on the courtroom’s end were popping up all over
the television screen, thus hiding the face of Pleasants while he was
attempting to provide testimony. The attorneys scrambled to close the
Skype notifications while the exasperated judge requested another form
of communication for the testimony.
If the attorneys had taken a couple minutes to familiarize themselves
with the Skype settings prior to the start of the testimony, they would
have found an option to limit calls from people in their Contact list
only in addition to options for turning off all notifications as well as
muting all sounds played by the notifications. In fact, they didn’t
even need the audio on the computer turned on since Pleasants was
communicating over a regular phone.
Regarding alternatives to Skype, going with a Google+ hangout for the
video feed could have avoided this issue. It’s definitely clear that
the Zimmerman case will be used as an example of what not to do in the future when video chatting tools like Skype are combined with a national audience of television viewers.
this just goes to show just how unprepared the prosecution is...damn shame, first it was the unfamiliarity with twitter & now skype embarrassment.
Next was the DNA expert Anthony Gorgone:
Wednesday that he found only Zimmerman's DNA on the gun he used to shoot
Martin and did not find any of Martin's DNA on the gun. Zimmerman's
holster tested positive for only Zimmerman's DNA as well. Zimmerman has
said that Martin grabbed his gun during the altercation.
testified that testing of Martin's hooded jacket that he was wearing as
an outer layer the night of shooting did not yield much of Zimmerman's
DNA. Only one stain on Martin's hooded jacket yielded a partial DNA
profile that matched Zimmerman. Scrapings from under Martin's
fingernails yielded none of Zimmerman's DNA.
was also wearing a gray sweatshirt under his hooded jacket. Gorgone
said two stains on that sweatshirt matched both Martin's and Zimmerman's
cross examination, defense attorney Don West pointed out that Martin's
sweatshirts were wet from rain the night of the shooting, and they were
not allowed dry before they were stored in plastic bags. Gorgone said if
wet evidence is not left to air dry before being stored in plastic,
mildew can degrade DNA evidence.
West asked, "Frankly then you just didn't find much of anything on this gray hooded sweatshirt when it boils right down to it?"
"Just that partial profile on stain A" said Gorgone.
West asked, "That was the shirt that stunk to high heaven?"
"It didn't smell good," said Gorgone.
Then came Lt. Scott Kerns he testified that Zimmerman's request to become a police office was denied due to credit issues.
Lt. Scott Kearns of the Prince William County Police Department in
Virginia testified that Zimmerman wasn’t initially hired because of a
less-than-stellar credit history.