MSNBC to Prosecution: Go Racial!

No, seriously.


NBC’s Lisa Bloom Says Zimmerman Prosecution Needs To Go Hard On The Racial Angle In Summation

As the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin enters the closing phase, NBC News legal analyst Lisa Bloom recommended that the prosecution focus extensively on the racial element of the case. She said that proceedings thus far have been clinical and have avoided dwelling on the implication that Zimmerman’s racial profiling of Martin led to their fatal confrontation. Bloom advised the prosecution to focus heavily on the racial angle in summation.

“In your closing argument, you’re allowed to make argument,” observed criminal defense attorney Seema Iyer. She said that the prosecution may want to introduce the notion that Zimmerman’s bias led him to confront Martin which ultimately led to the fatal escalation.

“What is wrong with that?” she continued. “What is wrong which bringing in race, culture, politics into your summation? you tell the jury when they are picked, ‘use your common sense, life experience.’ Go for it.”

Bloom agreed with Iyer’s recommendation for the prosecution.

“You know, this case, from the beginning, got a groundswell of public support because of the racial angle, and yet we have heard relatively little about it in the courtroom,” she observed. “What we have heard is that — 100 percent of the time — that George Zimmerman called police about a suspicious person in the neighborhood, it was because of an African-American male.”

She added that one defense witness testified that there had been one burglary in Zimmerman’s neighborhood and the perpetrator was a black male.

“Does that give George Zimmerman the right to call the police anytime someone’s walking while black in the neighborhood?” Bloom asked. “I don’t think so.”

She advised the prosecution in the case to focus extensively on the racial angle of the case against Zimmerman in their closing arguments.

In all fairness, racism is the only thing the prosecution has. It’s the only thing they ever had.

George Zimmerman is on trial for one reason and one reason only: because of the color of his skin.

This case is a disgusting chapter in race relations in this country. Let’s all hope the jury puts an end to this travesty.

Meanwhile, at CNN:

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130 Responses to MSNBC to Prosecution: Go Racial!

  1. myiq2xu says:


    Now that the evidence has been presented, my previously expressed opinions on this case have only become more solidified. Looking to the future, and the legacy of this case, here is what I see. Keep in mind this is only my opinion.

    Whether George Zimmerman is acquitted or convicted, and I am not making any predictions before hearing closing arguments and reading the jury instructions, the legacy of this case will be that the media never gets it right, and worse, that a group of lawyers, with the aid of a public relations team, who had a financial stake in the outcome of pending and anticipated civil litigation, were allowed to commandeer control of Florida’s criminal justice system, in pursuit of a divisive, personal agenda.

    Their transformation of a tragic but spontaneous shooting into the crime of the century, and their relentless demonization of the person they deemed responsible, not for a tragic killing, but for “cold-blooded murder,” has called into question the political motives and ethics of the officials serving in the Executive branch of Florida’s government, ruined the career of other public officials, turned the lives of the Zimmerman family, who are as innocent as their grieving clients, into a nightmare, and along the way, set back any chance of a rational discussion of the very cause they were promoting, probably for years.

    The problems of racial disparity and arbitrary enforcement of our criminal laws are real, systemic and need to be addressed. Criminal defense lawyers see it and fight to correct it every day. From charging decisions to plea offers to sentences, the system is not fair and everybody knows it.

    But this case has never been representative of those problems. And perhaps most unfortunate of all, as a result of the false narrative created by the lawyers for grieving parents who tragically lost their son — a narrative perpetuated by a complicit and ratings-hungry media — any attempt at meaningful reform is likely to fall on deaf ears for years to come.

    • elliesmom says:

      Jeralyn has a much smaller group of followers who comment than she used to have. I’m surprised there are so many of them who believe Zimmerman is guilty given since it’s a pro-defense blog. I guess those of us who really believe a person needs to be proved guilty have left her. Or been kicked out. Hmm

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us’

    The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.

    Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, told CNN’s George Howell in an exclusive interview that he felt pressure from city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than as a matter of justice.

    “It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn’t care if it got dismissed later,” he said. “You don’t do that.”

    When Sanford police arrived on the scene on February 26, 2012, after Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they conducted a “sound” investigation, and the evidence provided no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene, he said.

    It had nothing to do with Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, he said; from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.

  3. driguana says:

    Three things in particular disgust me this morning…actually there are a number of things but these three are at the top of my list….1. the Zimmerman trial…all about race…disgusting! 2. the absolute morass of Obamacare and what it is turning into…disgusting, and 3. the pork-laden Senate immigration bill….disgusting!

  4. lildoggy4u says:

    Which TV channel is showing the Fort Hood shooter's trial in which 13 American heros died?— Glenn McGahee (@lildoggy4u) July 11, 2013

  5. fif says:

    “She said that proceedings thus far have been clinical and have avoided dwelling on the implication that Zimmerman’s racial profiling of Martin led to their fatal confrontation.”

    ie: why are they focusing on the facts when they can just scream race?! Of course MSNBC sees it this way, it’s Obama’s presidential career in an nutshell.

  6. DandyTiger says:

    What a joke. The judge has been fully on board with the craziness too. And sadly given that atmosphere, I can see the jury being influenced as well. It’s hard to imagine anyone there being brave enough to be fair in this trial. The media wants a full on race war in this country, where people die. That would be good business for them.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s bizzarro world. Almost as though Team Obama is doing this on purpose to test out his Martial Law powers. I can’t think of any other reason why they’re so vested in this “just a local crime” case.

      Meanwhile, the Russian kid is too cute to be a mass murderer, and that Ft. Hood shooter is too muslimy, or something.

    • swanspirit says:

      This crazy like a fox judge , has made an effort to appear to favor the prosecution , to avoid any blowback or repercussions that might come her way , in case George Zimmerman is acquitted , IMO

  7. DandyTiger says:

    Zimmerman may indeed be sacrificed on the alter of media and political race fixation.

  8. yttik says:

    Racism is not a crime. Neither is sexism, bigotry, or any other form of hatred. I’m sure I’m stating the obvious to most people, but given today’s mediated reality, you can’t say it enough. This is a free country, people are allowed to think and feel anyway they want, even if we believe their thinking is wrong. Racism is not a crime, in order for something to rise to the level of a crime, you have to actually do something, like assault somebody, destroy property, etc. What’s so appalling about the Zimmerman case is that the media/prosecution seems determined to convict Zimmerman for his alleged thought crimes. They are accusing him of thinking/feeling wrong thoughts. It takes illegal search and seizure to a whole new level. The Gov now seems to believe it is allowed to probe your thoughts, to determine if you’re harboring any bad think.

    If this case made any sense the issue would be simple. Did Zimmerman fear for his life and safety? If he did, he has a right to defend himself, regardless of any internal hatred or bigotry he might think or feel. Even a bigot has a right to defend himself. I’m not saying Zimmerman is racist, I’m saying it shouldn’t matter. Nobody should have to prove that they are worthy and politically correct enough to justify defending themselves.

    • Lulu says:

      “Nobody should have to prove that they are worthy and politically correct enough to justify defending themselves.”

      But that is the Vile Prog world view. You must meet certain standards that exist only in their own minds, subject to change constantly, to be allowed to do anything including express yourself, make a living, get medical care, participate in electoral politics which includes voting or pretty much anything else. To even suggest that you MAY have some kind of aberrant thought contrary to their group think world view means you are supposed to be completely powerless, and yes that includes defending your own life.

    • wmcb says:

      HONK. I had this same conversation with someone over the Christian that got the crap beaten out of him at the gay marriage event. He didn’t lay a hand on anyone, or even actively try to disrupt. He was carrying signs that said “repent”, etc.

      I think the guy’s attitudes are wrong IMO. So? Are we now allowed to physically attack and beat people with bad ideas? I had a lot of people telling me just that. That a mob beating up people who are “bigots” is perfectly fine and ought to be legal.

      The Left has little concept anymore of the rule of law. It’s all about feelings, and who is “good” or “bad”. And they steadfastly refuse to see the dangers of that sort of trend.

  9. myiq2xu says:

    The Muzzy Bros are Obama’s pals:

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  11. votermom says:

    Zimmerman must be made to pay for the racial sins of Jewish Peruvians against African Americans, because, slavery!

  12. votermom says:

  13. myiq2xu says:
  14. DeniseVB says:

    Aha !

  15. helenk3 says:

    has rev al arrived yet to stir up a race riot and get some killings and arson started?

  16. votermom says:

  17. votermom says:

  18. helenk3 says:

    state getting ready in case of a race riot.

    if the federal government under the backtrack bunch sends help which side will it go to? the law or the rioters

  19. votermom says:

    • Anthony says:

      From the comments:

      “Paula Deen’s liberalsim is what did her in. When the absurd attacks began her only response was to grovel and beg for mercy like an old Bolshevik at a Stalinist show trial. All she had to say was, “Big deal. 30 years ago Barack Obama was a communist. I voted for him because I assumed that he had changed, just like me.”

      Hammer. Nail. BANG!!!

      • wmcb says:

        This is why I no longer grovel. EVER. Over anything. Because the PC police we all used to laugh at are now in power, and are using racism/sexism/anti-gay/bigot as a weapon. They really don’t give a shit about actual inequities, it’s merely a handy club.

        So I never give the benefit of the doubt anymore (and I did in the past). Someone throws racist or sexist or whatever in my face, I immediately go on the FUCK YOU offensive. You morons want war? Fine. Bring it. But the rules were changed (BY YOU), and I no longer assume I need to “check myself” when accused. I will come out swinging and jeer at you and your “offended feelings”.

        Sorry, but I spent most of my life being concerned about the feelings of minorities, women, etc, because I do care about real oppression. And you are now going to WEAPONIZE my own good nature against me? FUCK. YOU. Watch how fast my good nature disappears. Watch how fast I can not give a shit.

        The assholes are going to find out fast how quick the world can change when “racistsexistbigot” is no longer a magic weapon. When no one gives a shit. When the race/gender/poorme hustlers go back to being sane, I will as well. Til then, fuck them all.

        • Mary says:


          Let’s hope somebody files a complaint against Crump et al, resulting in disbarments. They need to face consequences for the damm lies they’ve told.

        • Internal Exile says:

          I used to care, too. I quit caring in 2008.

          Need I even say why? 😛

  20. helenk3 says:

    Zimmerman murder trial judge denies defense request that jury be instructed Zimmerman’s pursuit of Trayvon Martin was lawful – @Reuters

  21. Anthony says:

    Child abuse……. Srsly?????

    Could this set a precedent in similar future self defense cases? Will ppl under 18 be able to get away with crushing crackers without fear of retaliation?

    Bet you 100 that Djokhar is wishing he started a little earlier.

  22. myiq2xu says:
  23. helenk3 says:

    in the zimmerman case the rule of law is so yesterday

  24. DandyTiger says:

    This is the most fucked up trial I’ve ever seen.

  25. helenk3 says:

    stolen from rev amy’s place

  26. elliesmom says:

    I’ve decided to place my faith in six women. I hope they don’t let me down. When I’ve served on juries, the people I’ve served with have been rational, sensible people. I’ve never served on a murder trial, but there have been cases where serious prison time was involved. There was one time when we thought the guy did it, but the state hadn’t proved it, and we did let him go.

    • SHV says:

      “I’ve decided to place my faith in six women.”
      In my limited experience in jury pools and serving on one jury, the women were, contrary to common mythology, more logical and less driven by emotion than the males.

      • Mary says:

        Yes. And I think those women will remember the young mother hiding upstairs in her son’s bedroom holding an old pair of scissors, how terrified she was, and how much George and Sherrie cared about her afterwards. Could be their own daughters.

        • Mary says:

          Oops. Think her name is Shellie, not Sherrie.

        • DeniseVB says:

          With hopes Defense’s closing will include that Trayvon didn’t go directly home as he should of if spotting George frightened him. Who knows what the kid was up to that night, I’m sorry he had to lose his life over being stupid, but George could have actually prevented another break in ? Or worse. I thought of that young mom too.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yep. So much rides on their shoulders. Probably much more than they are aware, IMO.

    • I fear for them, and the cause of women’s rights, should they perform actual justice and acquit.

  27. Judge just declined to include aggravated assault with child abuse charge.

  28. helenk3 says:

    per jay carney
    at this late date backtrack is going to keep his mouth shut about this case

    • helenk3 says:

      that is not racist. that is wealth distribution. someone else wanted those shoes. he should have just taken them off and given them to these poor boys

  29. helenk3 says:

    remember this? so even if zimmerman is found not guilty by the jury, will he have to be in hiding for the rest of his life?

  30. helenk3 says:

    I am not a lawyer so excuse me for this question.

    do the lawyers at most trials spend so much time in a closing argument making excuses for a witness?

  31. I heard someone today on the radio saying the NAACP convention is in Orlando this weekend. May answer “the busing” conversation from yesterday.

  32. yep…2013 Annual Convention, July 13 – 17, 2013, Orlando, Florida

  33. Oh I agree – so it may be that all the folks on the buses were just going to meet and go to Disney World!

  34. Bill Sheaffer is PISSSSSED at the prosecution for blowing the closing. Said they just sewed more reasonable doubt.

    • DandyTiger says:

      IOW, they told the truth.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m watching the closing on mute …. lead prosecutor stradling the dummy now, I’m trying not to giggle because that dummy is black and looks nothing like either TM or GZ 😀

      • Anthony says:

        I love the man-on-man action that this prosecution team keeps slipping in for “demonstration purposes only”. Kinda reminds me of my neighbor when he gets buzzed.

    • angienc says:

      Bill Sheaffer can kiss my ass — the *entire* case has been “we don’t know what happened that night but a black kid was killed by “white” man so it *must* be murder and never mind that the burden of proof is on the *state* not Zimmerman, because racism” — and that’s *exactly* what the prosecution argued in closing.

  35. Toure and guests leading the riot charge on MSNBC.

    • DandyTiger says:

      And of course, like a real leader with courage, Toure will be out front where he could actually get hurt.

    • DandyTiger says:

      And they said black and latinos are “humiliated” by stand your ground laws. WTF? So if they’re not allowed to freely beat me up or kill me, they’re humiliated? And, really, how does she know that? My brain hurts.

      • Basically that’s been the argument the entire time from the pro-Trayvon faction. Zimmerman deserved a beat down for being suspicious of a black teenager acting high, casing joints, and holding 2/3 of the ingredients for Lean in his hands, so he should have taken his lumps. Because he didn’t comply and role over in a puddle of white Hispanic-Jewish white-Hispanic guilt, he’s a monster.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Thanks for watching so I don’t have too 😉

  36. foxyladi14 says:

    I was already doubtful enough. 🙂

  37. votermom says:

    For Klown

  38. Anthony says:

    Bernie de la Rionda sounds like his liquor is really starting to kick in…

  39. Closing ends. Judge calls recess.

  40. myiq2xu says:
    • angienc says:

      Hmm, considering the prosecution hasn’t been able to come up with one after all this time, I doubt they’ll be able to pull that rabbit out of a hat with one more day.
      But yeah — that’s about the ethics of this prosecution team.

  41. votermom says:

    Tweets that will send me to hell

  42. helenk3 says:

    this is one hell of an article
    how backtrack used zimmerman to stir up the black community for re election

  43. Jadzia says:

    Where can I get me a highly paid commentating job for such brilliant insights as, “In your closing argument, you get to make an argument”? Inquiring minds want to know.

  44. John Denney says:

    If it were all about race, then Aaron Hernandez would have as many supporters as George Zimmerman.
    Same deal – “white” guy kills a black.
    But the facts of the cases are different. The facts support George’s contention of self-defense, and Aaron’s commission of murder.

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