In the sake of time I’m going to be focused sharply and may not have full explanation so bear with me.
In my youth I had the great opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court of the United States. Back when that position held SERIOUS clout. [Incidentally, GOP Congressman, and later House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also knew this fellow quite well.]
The guy could just flat out debate and deconstruct better than the next closest 100 people combined. He was an intellectual powerhouse of significant magnitude, and ultimately would forget more about position advancement than anyone else would ever learn.
What you saw Don West do with the knock-knock joke (albeit stumbly bumbly) was a cognitive reset. When you ask an engaged listening audience (during debate), in this case a jury: “how many pancakes does it take to fill a canoe”? It’s like taking a massive cognitive eraser to a mental white board.
All prior thoughts are frozen, all ponderings of what you just heard stop; and, most importantly, your focus is unintentionally snapped into position, on the questioner, by the questioner.
It is a classic old school cognitive reset tool to get people to not only stop thinking about what was previous, but it actually wipes out memory. It’s just the way synapses fire – Awesome job by West regardless of how it made him look.
To say the state is worried about the “Crowdsourcing of Witness Lies” is like saying a mother worries about her baby playing with razor blades. They are petrified of this approach. It is new, it is new-media, it is ‘in-real-time’, and it is beyond dangerous. Trust me, they’re freaked. BIG TIME.
Lots of potential risk, life long career-ending risk, at stake here.
THAT – is why you saw the name Rachel Jeantel as Witness #8 dropped today. The state is in a process of evaluating risk. Risk based on all the prior conversations that you are all keenly familiar with – I will not repeat them. The State having lost the voice claims of Trayvon is now in a position of having to use W8. Well, maybe….. AND they want to know how much is factually known about the entire scheme that surrounds her.
Now that the name Ms. Rachel Jeantel is “out there” go ahead and discuss – but understand you might just be helping the prosecution prepare. (*admins I explain off page).
So far NO-ONE has lied on the stand. That’s good. It is important for you to remember there are multiple lies in the narrative, and within the media reporting of the narrative, but that is different from a witness lying on the stand.
The focus of our crowdsourcing the witness liars will be *IF* they lie on the stand. NOT if they have previously lied to the media et al. An example from today was Chad Johnson (Greene), who said he was 15 years old. The telling of his age as 12 on 2/26/12 was an obvious lie – but who told it, and are they on the stand? See the difference.
If we used the crowdsourcing approach to “out” the media lies as they present from honest witness testimony we’d be filling up posts by the dozens. No, those types of lies should remain on the discussion threads for they hold no value.
Yes, they should be noted, and yes they should be shared – but the power behind such is better aimed at the media. “hey, (insert media name here) didn’t you tell us Chad was 12? And now he’s 15 – what gives”?
See the difference?
On Zimmerman’s parents being kept out of the courtroom. This is kinda where O’Mara sucks – If Nelson will not let them in then file a motion to exclude Tracy and Sybrina based on their potential to be witnesses, WHILE showing specific examples of false or misleading statements given to law enforcement. (ie. Tracy driving Chad 1/2 way to Sanford to meet Brandi etc etc). This is evidence in the case – it is also a conflicted lie against the other evidence from Trayvon’s phone records and text messages where he says he’s at the bus stop etc.
Such an approach would be admissible, and would bar Tracy and Sybrina from the courtroom. However, now it would look like retaliation, so probably not a good idea. Should have been done before.
Lastly, if the State is going to bring in “state of mind” using the prior phone calls to police by Zimmerman, then Mark O’Mara must immediately understand his responsibility to go to the “State of Mind” of Trayvon. THAT’S UGLY BUSINESS, AND A PLACE MARK O’MARA IS HOPELESSLY UNCOMFORTABLE. So it benefits the case to go there because they know O’Mara is a pinky ring wearer who is fearful of hurting fee fees (His constitution has no bull dog in him) He is an apologist.
It will be up to George and/or his family to DEMAND O’Mara now engage in the toxic and dangerous 3rd rail of character. O’Mara will not do it without pressure.
However, either O’Mara fights successfully to exclude the relevance of the prior calls (meaning do his homework and really be prepared to go to war over it), or O’Mara needs to admit he is forced into the character assassination crap by the State and just expose the REAL TRAYVON. No other options.