Zimmerman Trial: 911 Call & Language In Court
Published June 8th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Saturday's hearing to determine if voice-recognition experts will be allowed to testify at George Zimmerman's trial has been suspended until Monday. The defense also wants the judge to prohibit prosecutors from using certain words to describe Zimmerman. Law experts at the University of Florida say these last-minute decisions on the ground rules for the trial, will weigh heavily on the outcome.
Vigilante, wannabe cop and self-appointed neighborhood watch captain are some of the words that have been used to describe George Zimmerman. Terms the defense attorneys don't agree with. Jury selection for zimmerman's second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, starts Monday. And zimmerman's lawyers are filing a motion to prevent the use of these words to describe Zimmerman by the prosecution.
Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's lawyer said, "We need to make sure not only that my client gets a fair trial but also that the process itself is protected." They say those concepts can come off as inappropriate and prejudicial. Jennifer Zedalis part of the University of Florida's Levin College of law agrees with the motion. "So I think the judge will likely reserve ruling, but certainly mr. O'mara was correct in being concerned about that issue because his client has a right to a fair trial," Zedalis said.
"So you think he's yelling help? Yes. (Gunshot)." This is the infamous 9-11 call that captured the night Trayvon Martin died. Voice experts were hired by lawyers and news organizations to decipher whose voice was screaming.
Audio experts have reached mixed conclusions, and defense attorneys are arguing against allowing experts who say they can match the screaming to either voice. According to Kenneth Nunn, a law professor at UF said that the 911 calls would be important evidence if the technology used to analyze the voices on the calls is judged to be generally accepted. "The 9-11 call i anticipate will be important in this case. Because basically, that's going to set the parameter for whether or not zimmerman was the initial aggressor," Nunn added.
Zimmerman says he shot and killed martin in self defense. Tune in Sunday as we will further explore the stand your ground law. We will also have gavel to gavel coverage of the trial starting Monday.
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