Professor Jacobson on the allegations that an 8 year old George Zimmerman molested a 6 year old girl and continued to do so for 10 years:
The release of an audio tape by an unnamed woman who claims George Zimmerman molested her starting when he was 8 and she was 6 is perhaps the most outrageous attempt to taint the jury pool yet.
Via Orlando Sentinel:
A woman told authorities that murder suspect George Zimmerman sexually molested her for a decade, starting when both were young children, according to prosecution records released today.
The woman, identified only as “witness 9,” said the abuse started when she was six and ended when she was 16. Zimmerman, she said, is about two years older than her….
Witness 9 is not new to the case. Prosecutors released a statement from her several weeks ago in which she told authorities that Zimmerman does not like blacks. In the audio-recorded interview released Monday, she reiterated that but without providing specifics.
Zimmerman and his family, she said, “don’t like black people if they don’t act like white people. They like black people if they act white.”
Had she seen George Zimmerman act with hostility toward a black person, she was asked.
No, she said.
O’Mara had made a last-minute attempt to block the release of her statement as well as the jail calls. He filed a motion Monday morning at the Seminole County Courthouse, asking that they be delayed, but Corey’s office released them anyway. A pending court order required it.
While all molestation is condemnable, the introduction of the allegations into this highly publicized case can only serve to deprive Zimmerman of a fair trial. The allegations have nothing to do with the charges against Zimmerman, and have every likelihood to taint the jury pool and cause jurors to make a decision based on something other than the evidence at trial.
An additional release of information relevant to the Zimmerman trial focused on phone call transcripts, including one call Zimmerman made to a notorious preacher:
Among the nearly 150 jailhouse calls to or from George Zimmerman that were released by prosecutors this week was an April 19 call to the controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones.
Zimmerman placed the call to Jones just one day before Zimmerman’s initial bond hearing. His purpose was to try and dissuade Jones from holding a rally in Sanford in support of Zimmerman, who faces second degree murder charges for the killing of Trayvon Martin February 26th.
After asking to pray with Jones, Zimmerman said, “first and foremost thank you for your prayers, I know they’re being heard and I see them being answered every day. I was calling today to ask you, humbly, from one God fearing sinner to the other, for time, for healing, for not only the city of Sanford but America. I know that your intentions are good … and I know that ultimately God will see his will be done.”
Zimmerman continued: “I just ask that perhaps instead of coming Saturday and protesting, we allow law enforcement to do their job and not lose focus, and that perhaps you could even come and visit and pray with me instead of protesting.”
Jones seemed taken aback by the request, and after answering, “hm… okay,” he promised to consider Zimmerman’s request, but defending the idea of his rally, which he said was “to pull us back to the constitution and to pull us back to justice,” adding that “of course, more of the message will be in the area of forgiveness.”
Asked if he would still be in jail if Jones wanted to visit him that Saturday, Zimmerman said his attorney was confident that he would get bail at the hearing scheduled for the following day, but that “because of all the media coverage,” Mark O’Mara thought it best that he remain in jail at least through the weekend.
And he expressed concern that “every day that goes by, each time my name or Trayvon’s name makes it to the headlines, that’s just another day of hurt and not healing.”
It's become a circus folks... a sad, pathetic circus.