Zimmerman Team Can't Talk Up Trayvon Pot Use: Judge
Also barred from mentioning Trayvon Martin's alleged fighting
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2013 12:08 PM CDT
This combo made from file photos shows Trayvon Martin, left, and George Zimmerman.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's defense team was dealt a blow today: The judge ruled that it can't bring up certain unflattering details about Trayvon Martin at trial, unless it "clear[s] several legal hurdles" to get permission at another ruling, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Among the things the defense can't mention: Trayvon's marijuana use, suspensions from school, and alleged fighting, all of which were revealed in text messages released by the defense, plus the fact that THC was found in Martin's system at his autopsy. NBC News explains that the judge will consider admitting each piece of evidence on a case by case basis during the trial, but that the defense cannot discuss any of the above during opening statements.

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McGturtle
Jun 2, 2013 12:14 AM CDT
Yes because it is absolutely irrelevant
augie2
May 29, 2013 1:03 PM CDT
Sure, don't say what a violent little prick Trayvon was in life. The mutt never would have accomplished ANYTHING worth a damn had he lived......good riddance.
RAD45
May 29, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
Drat... the Judge has disallowed the defense's Plan B (attacking the victim), at least until the trial gets underway. I wonder how this trial would be going if Trayvon had been the son of a well-connected father... like a Congressman, or Florida state legislator. Zimmerman would probbably be 'standing his ground' in prison by now. Instead, the taxpayers are getting the bill for a media-legal circus. Since Zimmerman was admittedlty following the victim, since he was armed, and since he wasn't defending his home or property.. what "ground" is Zimmerman standing on?