Lawyers for George Zimmerman rested their case on Wednesday without calling the former neighborhood watch volunteer to testify, setting up the final stages of his closely watched murder trial for the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
"After consulting with counsel, (I have decided) not to testify, your honor," Zimmerman said in response to questions from Seminole County Judge Debra Nelson.
Curiously, the defense opted against introducing evidence that Martin had a trace amount of marijuana in his system at the time of his death, after fighting hard for the right to admit it. Defense attorney Don West declined to say why.
The refuge of all guilty people who hope to get off on a technical interpretation of the "reasonable doubt" requirement is not taking the stand. Innocent people are unafraid to speak the truth.
Interestingly, the defense understood that trace amounts of marijuana in the blood do not substantiate the absurd claim that Trayvon Martin looked like he was on drugs. That little bit of racial profiling along with the hateful observation that "these fucking punks always get away with it," should be enough to convict Zimmerman, but it probably won't be. The defense threw enough shit on the wall, some of it will stick.
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