Thanks to Stella I was able to download and read Jack Cashill’s book about the Zimmerman case this past weekend. I very much enjoyed his presentation and found the book to be a solid, fact based, presentation. Perhaps later in the week I’ll get around to writing a review about it – but suffice to say it’s a soup-to-nuts delivery of the entire case. A very good read – pulling together a very complex dynamic into digestible form.
We talked to Mr. Cashill several times in the lead up to the trial as he was deep in research and filled with inquiry about how we, as a group, discovered so much information. Mr. Cashill’s initial contact was based on all the prior research assembled here by all of you. As a consequence he found the research approach fascinating. Y’all should feel really proud of that. It seems from the reading he also followed along thereafter.
As noted by some comments, and inquiry over the weekend, there are many aspects of the Zimmerman case -mostly side issues- we are still researching and putting together. We have roughly 33 questions we are seeking to answer through FOIA submissions both relating to Jacksonville SAO and the prosecution, as well as Miami-Dade.
Obviously both entities, the 4th District State Attorney’s office and the Miami-Dade School Police Department, have a vested interest in keeping the public blind to their activity in both regards.
We have been, as we said we would be, staying on the issues until all of our questions are answered. We also have been working diligently based on leads in/around both.
Jacksonville has a weird process for Public Records, they actually require “deposits” for public records requests before they will even tell you how much the entire fulfillment costs, let alone gather the information. This appears quite odd, and only the first time we have encountered such a process – We don’t know if this is unique to our submissions, but we have sent our deposit money and await their contact with further information.
Most of you know many of the objectives for the records. But one of the lesser discussed inquiries has always puzzled me:
Who listened to, and deleted, the voice mail on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone?
We know from statements under oath, phone records in evidence and sworn statements in deposition, as well as public commentary – that Rachel Jeantel, Tracy Martin and Chad Greene all called Trayvon’s phone (after he was shot) and the inbound call went to voice-mail. The T-Mobile manager who testified in court explained all of the call records that went to voice mail.
Subsequently one of the odd and unanswered questions becomes who accessed that messaging; and why did no one (defense team) make inquiry about it to validate the timeline and/or the witness authenticity of those who claimed to be the last in contact with young Martin ? Where did these messages go?
According to discovery evidence the phone was put into evidence, at the crime scene, and followed a chain of custody thereafter. So who listened to the voice mail?
Or….. was it, as Bernie De La Rionda opined in court to City Manager Norton Bonaparte, a matter of another “right thing to do” ?
It’s just one of the oddball aspects I would have thought an interested reporter would have sought to inquire about. Yet, I can’t recall anyone ever making even an off-hand inquiry.
More will follow in the days and weeks ahead…..