The American Thinker’s posted a rebuttal to Lisa Bloom’s book, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It. and specifically her interview with Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks.” I have posted a link to that interview below.
Trayvon Martin and the Flat Earth Society, March 31, 2014, Ben Cohen, The American Thinker has some factual problems and makes declarations with reference to evidence which does not support them. Now it could well be the author claims he didn’t want to write the post and only went at it lackadaisically, or he didn’t have enough room to flesh out his rebuttal. Maybe they were going to go over their hosting limits!
Bloom starts by claiming that Rachel Jeantel’s testimony provided the key piece of evidence; Rachel Jeantel heard Zimmerman attack Trayvon Martin. How? Rachel Jeantel says she heard a thump, and then “grass,” and “a little get-off, get-off.” Rachel Jeantel’s interpretation of what she heard, but did not see, is good enough for Lisa Bloom.
The author appears to believe that simply repeating a synopsis of Rachel Jeantel’s testimony somehow denigrates it without giving any reason why it should not be believed. Lisa Bloom clearly pointed out precisely why Ms. Jeantel testimony was believable. Though Ms. Jeantel did not actually see George Zimmerman attack Travyon Martin, it could be deduced from what she heard that Zimmerman initiated the confrontation. If nothing else, it shows that if Martin hit Zimmerman, he was provoked. It is obvious Zimmerman was chasing Martin since he was sure he was a burglar. Zimmerman Ultimately Killed Martin Because Unknown Young Black Males Were Burglars To Him
She also claims that Zimmerman’s head was not banged against the concrete, because “the fight wasn’t on the concrete.” The photographs of Zimmerman’s skull would beg to differ with this assessment, as would the medical experts for the prosecution and the defense. Judging by where pieces of evidences such as keys were found, the fight started at the T and moved up, consistent with Zimmerman’s story.
What is not consistent with Zimmerman’s story is his claim, in his reenactment and his interview with Sean Hannity, that he shot Martin as Martin was pounding his head on the cement . . . since Martin’s body is some distance from the concrete. The photographs of Zimmerman’s skull show that the injuries were minor, not those of someone who had had their head repeatedly banged on concrete! There is also the improbability of Martin being able to see Zimmerman’s gun in the dark when he was basically sitting on it! George Zimmerman Did Not Kill Trayvon Martin In Self-Defense
The medical expert on the defense said the abrasions were from concrete, naturally, that is what he was paid to say. Is Dr. Vincent Di Maio’s Expert Opinion Fact? No! However, the state’s expert never said that the scratches on Zimmerman’s head could have only come from concrete. She said just the opposite, Zimmerman’s injuries were inconsistent with his claims. Medical examiner: Zimmerman’s injuries not consistent with story, WESH 2 News Those minor scratches could have been caused by many things, including cat’s paws! They certainly were not indicative of a head being pounded into concrete over a dozen times which is what Zimmerman claimed.
The worst part of her interview is the mountain of evidence she ignores. She doesn’t mention the physical evidence, or the testimony of eyewitness John Good. The physical evidence makes it nearly 100% certain that Zimmerman fired the shot while prone, with Trayvon Martin on top, and the testimony of John Good confirms this.
What “mountain of evidence” did Lisa Bloom ignore. What physical evidence is he referring to? The testimony of the defense expert is not physical evidence! It’s an expert opinion! There was no DNA under Martin’s fingernails or blood on his hands despite the fact that he supposedly pummeled poor Zimmerman. This is what Serino said about the “physical evidence.”
•Zimmerman had injuries but not ones that matched the severity of the attack he described, according to Serino. If Trayvon had been banging Zimmerman’s head on the sidewalk, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer should have had skull fractures, not just cuts, Serino said.
•There were no defensive wounds on Zimmerman’s hands and just one small scrape on a finger of Trayvon’s left hand, Serino said — little evidence of life-and-death struggle.
Zimmerman changes details, makes claims inconsistent with other evidence, 6:22 p.m. EST, June 27, 2012| By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
John Good testified that he believes he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, but that’s all he saw. He didn’t see (1) any punches thrown, (2) Zimmerman’s head pounded into concrete, (3) Martin suffocate Zimmerman, (4) Martin reach for Zimmerman’s gun or (5) Zimmerman shoot Martin. “Who was on top for a moment means nothing. They rolled around. The injuries were not consistent with a ground-and-pound attack.” 10 Reasons Lawyers Say Florida’s Law Enforcement Threw Away George Zimmerman’s Case, August 6, 2013, AlterNet / By Steven Rosenfeld Read also: Does John Good’s Testimony Support Zimmerman’s Story? Nope!
Let’s assume that Zimmerman fired while he was prone, how does that show he had a reasonable belief of imminent death or great bodily harm? At the time he killed Martin he was clearly not on concrete so he was not in danger of having his head smashed!
I agree with the author in one respect: “If nobody combats this garbage, it becomes conventional wisdom, and millions of people will believe a sham.” The garbage, which has morphed into conventional wisdom is the absurd notion that Trayvon Martin is responsible for his own death because he viciously attacked Zimmerman who was forced to shoot him or die or suffer great bodily injury!. What is the evidence of this? George Zimmerman’s word!
How an innocent teenager merely walking home gets blamed for his own death is incompressible! Through, no fault of his own, he was accosted by a vigilante and overzealous neighborhood watchmen who was so sure that he was a burglar, that he insisted on playing cops and robbers as if he were back in grade school.
I’m amazed at the notion that on a dark night, a stranger can jump out of his car, chase down a teenager who is doing nothing wrong, confront him, reach into his pocket, and that teenager isn’t supposed to perceive that person as a threat and hit him. Somehow that punch becomes a violent, unprovoked attack and the stranger has the right to shoot the teenager?
Yes, people are believing a sham!