This week on the program we will be discussing the latest developments in the Trayvon Martin case. In particular the hearing on Friday to discuss the possibility of bail for Martin’s admitted killer George Zimmerman. Bond Hearings are not generally exciting affairs, the defense gets up and explains that the defendant is innocent and that he should be allowed to go home. The prosecution gets up and explains that because of an unpaid parking ticket the defendant is a flight risk. The judge listens to all of this and makes a determination.

Fridays hearing was a completely different. Even to my untrained eye I could see a train wreck unfolding. The prosecutors seemed oblivious of the trap that the defense had put in place. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara perfectly executed his plan.

The killing of 17 year old Trayvon Martin but George Zimmerman has become a case that has received more than its fair share of media interest. There are those that label George Zimmerman as a white racially motivated vigilante spoiling for a fight. And certainly the likes of Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have done nothing but pour fuel on this fire. Equally there elements of the press that would have us believe a very different story. One in which George Zimmerman was in actual fact the victim. All he did was shoot in self defense.

It is up to a court of law to make the determination of what happened that night.

I have strong opinions, but that does not mean that I am right. I don’t like guns, so I don’t own any, equally though, I don’t much relish the idea of walking at night and seeing a hooded figure. Clothes maketh the man, so the saying goes. You don’t wear Armani suits to go Mud Bogging, and you don’t wear ragged shorts and a tee shirt to a wedding. You dress and act appropriately.

The one thing that I do admire is good legal wrangling. And on Friday Mark O’Mara gave us a glimpse of just how good he is.

The prosecution were lambs led to the slaughter. It all started so innocently with some family members vouching for George Zimmerman. Because of fear for their safety this was done via an audio link. Bernardo de la Rionda (prosecutor) tried his best to land a few blows, but, in the grand scheme of things, all he did was to alienate himself. It doesn’t matter how you slice it and dice it, George Zimmermans family make for poor targets.

Mark O’Mara was just getting started. The Mack Truck was headed in Bernardo de la Rionda’s direction, but he was completely oblivious to it until it was far too late to get out of the way. O’Mara called Investigator Dale Gilbreath to the stand. It was a classic move, a chess move, use your opponents piece to your own advantage.

Legal observers said the questioning of Gilbreath was strategically smart for O’Mara since the investigator’s statements can be used at a later date to either contradict other testimony or be used to decide how to question other witnesses.

This legal train wreck will come back to haunt the prosecution. A bond hearing suddenly became a Discovery issue!

I hope that you will join us, Simon Barrett and Mannie Barling on our regular Sunday radio program We will be joined by LA based lawyer Peter Haven and our favorite troublemaker, Author Sam Moffie. To listen in live please use this link.

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