We are discovering a number of things from the ‘discovery’ face of the Zimmerman case. First from ABC News:
Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting
By MATT GUTMAN and SENI TIENABESO
May 15, 2012
A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation…
The record shows that Zimmerman also suffered bruising in the upper lip and cheek and lower back pain. The two lacerations on the back of his head, one of them nearly an inch long, the other about a quarter-inch long, were first revealed in photos obtained exclusively by ABC News last month.
After ABC News did their level best to disguise those lacerations.
But the report also shows Zimmerman declined hospitalization the night of the shooting, and then declined the advice of his doctor to make a follow-up appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor…
Meaning what? He didn’t want to run up a huge medical bill? It also would indicate that Zimmerman was injured enough to be hospitalized.
In addition to his physical injuries, Zimmerman complained of stress and "occasional nausea when thinking about the violence." But he was not diagnosed with a concussion. The doctor noted that it was "imperative" that Zimmerman "be seen with [sic] his psychologist for evaluation."
According to the report, prior to the shooting Zimmerman had been prescribed Adderall and Temazepam, medications that can cause side effects such as agitation and mood swings, but in fewer than 10 percent of patients…
Our news media never give up, do they?
A neighbor told ABC News that the day after the shooting he saw Zimmerman as he spoke to officers outside his home. He too recalled seeing black eyes and significant swelling — as well as a bandage over his nose…
Information which was reported earlier, but largely ignored by our media watchdogs.
The medical notes may bolster Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self-defense because he was being attacked.
However, the prosecution contends that Zimmerman instigated the confrontation after profiling the teen, who was walking home after buying skittles and ice tea. They prosecution says Martin was breaking no laws and was not disturbing anyone as he walked back to his father’s girlfriend’s home…
Actually, even if Mr. Zimmerman did ‘profile’ "the teen," he too would have been "breaking no laws." In fact, it isn’t even against the law to follow someone in your neighborhood and ask them what they are doing. Funny, how our news media never note that.
Meanwhile, from the local Florida ABC affiliate, WFTV:
Autopsy results show Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
SANFORD, Fla. — WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died. The information could support George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin beat him up before Zimmerman shot and killed him…
This would also put the lie to the claims from the local funeral director, who very publically claimed there were no injuries to Martin’s hands.
[Zimmerman's attorney, Mark] O’Mara wouldn’t comment on the autopsy evidence, but WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said it’s better for the defense than it is for the prosecution…
WFTV has learned that the medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: The fatal gunshot wound and broken skin on his knuckles…
The injury to Martin’s knuckle also fits with Zimmerman’s story that before he shot and killed Martin, Martin had broken his nose and knocked him to the ground, slamming his head on the sidewalk.
But Sheaffer said there could be another explanation for Martin’s knuckle injury. “It could be consistent with Trayvon either trying to get away or defend himself,” Sheaffer said…
Sure it could. Except that we were just told that there were no other injuries to Martin, apart from the gunshot wound.
The defense is trying to decide what evidence it wants a judge to keep confidential before the media gets a chance to see it, but WFTV is being told that could happen in the next week or so.
It sure is odd how much information has been kept from the public so far, including these two reports. In fact, it is damn peculiar that neither of these two pieces of information were in the prosecutor’s charging affidavit, which is supposed to present all of the relevant facts in the case.
But have no fear. We also hear from WFTV:
FBI may charge George Zimmerman with hate crime
Monday, May 14, 2012
SANFORD, Fla. — WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious.
State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime…
WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said federal prosecutors would have to prove the hate crime to charge Zimmerman, though.
“What the government would have to prove is that Mr. Zimmerman acted out of hatred toward African-Americans. That’s why he came into contact with him. That’s why he shot and killed him," Sheaffer said.
Sheaffer said a federal hate crime murder charge could bring more serious consequences than the second-degree murder charge Zimmerman faces now. “Mr. Zimmerman could be punished by up to life in prison or even the death penalty,” said Sheaffer…
Mind you, Zimmerman could be hit with this even if he is found not guilty of the original charges. Which sure seems to be double jeopardy to us.
In the meantime, a photograph recently surfaced which is said to show Zimmerman’s mother in the arms of her grandfather, who is black.
Zimmerman’s mother testified at his bond hearing that she has met the black child whom he mentored and even risked his safety in a dangerous neighborhood to do it, because he didn’t want to abandon the child…
These are two more bits of information that have gotten very little coverage. Why is that?