Zimmerman Team Scores a Win
Judge reverses decision, attorneys can now discuss Trayvon's pot use
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 6:18 PM CDT
George Zimmerman sits at the defense table at his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Florida.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's defense attorneys will now be allowed to tell the jury about a toxicology report showing that Trayvon Martin had THC in his body when he died. The judge had previously ruled that his lawyers couldn't talk about the traces of marijuana found during the autopsy. But that was when the doctor who conducted the autopsy believed the amount in Martin's body was too small to have had any effect on him. Last week, he changed his mind and said it might have, and today, the judge ruled that the report is now admissible, the LA Times reports.

The rest of the trial today was largely consumed by more debate over whose voice could be heard screaming on those 911 tapes. Many of Zimmerman's friends testified that it was his voice. "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that is George Zimmerman and I wish to God I didn’t have the ability to understand that," said one, per Fox News. "I have no doubt in my mind that’s his voice,' said another. But Martin's father, who police say previously did not recognize his son's voice on the recording, denied that today. He says he merely told the cops he couldn't tell if it was Martin's voice on first hearing. Now, he says, he can tell that it is. "After listening to the tape for, maybe 20 times, I said I knew that it was Trayvon's voice," Tracy Martin told the courtroom, the Washington Post reports.

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micropolitan
Jul 10, 2013 5:17 PM CDT
Ok..Ok... Let's break it up on this Zimmerman; Trayvon issue. I don't know Zimmerman and I don't know Trayvon. I feel for anyone who gets killed for what appears to be nothing. The truth is that Zimmerman should not have had a gun: Trayvon would not be dead. It does not matter what sparked the fight or what occurred during the fight. But the fact is that Zimmerman took the law into his own hands. Now most people can rally behind the Stand Your Ground Law, but that law is mainly for rich White, Black and Hispanic folks to have a reason to shoot and kill people they "think" are harming or attacking them without having to go to jail!! Zimmerman is a dumb ass and anyone supporting him should hang on the gallows with him!! Send that sucker to jail until he figures out how to be a real citizen of these United States. Now...get the Hell on with your life!!! and let those money, fame hungry lawyers and judges do their business!! You can burn your favorite town or city down at a later date....right after we all smoke a fat one!! Or drop acid like Ole' Zimm did before he killed Mr.Trayvon. Hahahahahaha! Oh yeah, before you respond to this post....I am purposely attempting to make you angry...so...get over it! -God loves YOU ALL, and racists hate God!
hamma
Jul 9, 2013 10:29 PM CDT
I do not smoke. But, I don't give a damn if he had swallowed an elephant full of MJ. This young man should not be dead. Some of you people never cease to amaze me. Why don't you get it. If Zimmerman was screaming for his life with a gun on his side, that would suggest that he had a plan before he even fired the gun. um um um
KennyLLC
Jul 9, 2013 9:44 PM CDT
Brought back up from "Internet Hell":Most race complainers don't get it that people have more gun-rights now than they did several years ago. It's almost as if they are bitching that people cannot commit crimes so easily anymore ! Many States have made it better for potential victims. In mine, I can get a license to carry openly now ! This will automatically make the gun-toting potential victim look guilty in every incident, or potential incident. In fact, it will make him look guilty of something, no matter whether there is an incident or not. So, there are positives and negatives. We have been trained to think this way for decadesabout open gun laws. But statistics prove that recent increases in legal gun ownership and carrrying permits have not caused more homicides. sexual assaults, or any other sorts of crimes. Rather, the most respected statistical analysts in the country are proving the opposite. Gun-related homicides down 49%, gun-related crimes down about 75%: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/05/07/gun-homicide-rate-down-49-since-1993-peak-public-unaware/7/ But no ! Let's not tell Obama or his anti-gun lobbyists any of these facts. Hell, they already know them, but what do they care ?