Jul 092013
 July 9, 2013

Gavel marijuana trayvon martin florida zimmermanA flip-flopping medical examiner helps the judge decide to allow small amounts of THC in Martin’s blood to be entered as evidence

A Florida judge has ruled that evidence about 17-year old Trayvon Martin’s use of marijuana can be used by his killer, 29-year old Mark Zimmerman, to potentially help Zimmerman escape 2nd-Degree Murder charges. A flip-flopping medical examiner is helping his case, too.

Judge Debra Nelson determined the toxicology report, prepared upon Martin’s death, will not be edited to eliminate references to trace amounts of marijuana in Martin’s system at the time of his death. Nelson was quoted in multiple news sources as saying “to not allow that testimony would be reversible error,” meaning to exclude the report could result in an appeal of the verdict in this case.

The Prosecution had sought to suppress the information, claiming the Defense was entering into evidence factors assailing Martin’s character through backdoor methods. Toxicology reports are routinely used in court proceedings, but the presence of such a small amount of THC could be prejudicial to the jury even though the amount was so slight as to cause no impairment or alteration of action. That was the message delivered before trial by Medical Examiner Shiping Bao, who believed the THC level would not have been a contributing factor to Trayvon Martin’s behavior when confronted and eventually shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer  Zimmerman.

Bao was questioned last week, in a court room away from the jury, where he stated he had done more research and determined that the THC could have had a slight but unknown effect. This not only opens the door to admitting the toxicology report as evidence in support of Zimmerman but also sets the stage for a whole new line of defense: The Pot Made Him Do It.

Zimmerman’s defense team worked hard to defeat the Prosecution’s effort to remove the THC reference from the report and they must mean to use the information it contains. With a potential courtroom he said-she said competition of marijuana experts offering opinions about how much THC constitutes impairment, the jury could become confused and create reasonable doubt about Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence.

Oddly, Zimmerman admitted to using tow prescription drugs on the day of Martin’s death by gunshot: Librax and Temazepam. CNN states ”It is not clear if Zimmerman’s drug use the night of the shooting will be admissible at trial.

Many people are convicted of marijuana crimes because of the presence of THC in their system; to blame a homicide on the victim is standard defense behavior but to allow a killer to go free because the victim’s blood was dirty is a new twist on murder.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles

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  • moldy

    I haven’t heard yet (still waiting) where exactly the “THC” was discovered? Blood? Actual THC? Metabolites? In urine? Vague and disturbing at best. Bring up that GZ had more dangerous drugs in his system to combat the defense’s claim that shooting a pot smoker is just okay.

    • jD

      Holy cow are you people delusional? I agree the HTC wasn’t a factor. But to say it was murder. The kid was a punk. Who had a chance to flee but decided to go back and confront GM after he lost him. Just wait, when the evidence in his shows his true colors as a punk. Unfortunately, He jumped GZ and brought fists to a gun fight. And for the record, I am a Black 40 yr old male. Peace

      • jD

        I ment to stay— the evidence in his cell phone. Texts and pictures will prove 2 things. 1- he was looking to buy a gun. 2- all the fights he was getting in and how he was wanting to get in more. He had a chance to flee but chose not to. His up bringing ways of a punk got him killed. You know damn well anyone of us would have keep running. He wanted to prove a point. Sucks that he died but he did it to himself and you can blame the upbringing on his parents.

  • Pat Cowdin

    Yes, a tiny amount of THC was in Trayvon’s blood, probably from smoking days before. That definitely explains why George Zimmerman stopped his car, got out, chased him down and got involved in a physical confrontation that ended in the kid’s death. That, and the fact that Trayvon was the “wrong” race to be walking around the neighborhood, talking on the phone and eating Skittles.

    • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

      Zim did not chase him down. Watch the actual evidence. Tray CAME UP ON HIM and sucker punched him. Follow the testimony of Rachael J. (“DD”). Tray’s purported girlfriend.

      If you watch TV for your news you deserve what you get.

      • Pat Cowdin

        If someone pulled over and started following you on foot through a dark neighborhood, don’t you think you might be a little nervous? Even threatened? Trayvon probably thought the guy was going to rob him. But I have a question: why didn’t the police take blood samples from Zimmerman? I bet he would have tested positive for steroids, since he was going to a macho fighting gym several times a week and had lost a bunch of weight. I think paranoia and ‘roid rage killed Trayvon.

        • Noah

          I think paranoia from the weed in Trayvon’s system is what caused him to perceive George as a threat and kick his ass. Don’t tell me paranoid pot-heads never get violent..that’s a damn lie.

          • Pat Cowdin

            I’ve read quite a bit about marijuana-induced panic attacks, but not about pot (by itself) making someone paranoid enough to become violent. Obviously, all bets are off if someone mixes it with something else, like alcohol or speed. Have you experienced this? Do you know where I can read about it?

  • Bunny Belinda Balk Miller

    The very second this person was told NOT TO PROCEED and he ignored orders…should put him away. This was murder and calculated. If he would have waited like the police said..the poor kid would be here.

    • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

      He was not told that. Watch the trial.

      And it doesn’t matter. Once George cried for help the gangsta should have stopped. Despite their importance to the supply chain I have no love for gangsta culture.

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    I do agree that it will be bad for the prostitution if this evidence comes in. The culture is what it is. In another 20 years it won’t matter. But there are way too many prohibitionists in my generation. (born in ’44)

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    The attempted murderer (ground and pound) did not go free. He is living out the result of a thug life. Death.

  • sloang

    Do people really still believe reefer maddness?

  • Criminal Justice

    I would think that if Trayvon Martin were actually a marijuana user it would prove he was less likely to attack anyone and more likely to offer to share his skittles. It takes quite a bit of prodding to push a marijuana user into a physical confrontation. Although you may have trouble stopping them from laughing at you and that can really piss off the person doing the confrontation. Or at least this has always been my experience.

  • Noah

    How many times does weed have to be in someone’s system and end in a violent situation for people to start paying attention? This isn’t about “reefer madness” this is about the paranoid delusions, which are a VERY real side-effect of marijuana use, that lead to violence. Weed advocates need to STOP ignoring these truths and trying to bar evidence from a trial in which a man could spend life in prison for self-defense. I’m sure if Zimmerman had been the one with weed in his system people would be blowing it up all over the place, but because the stoned aggressor ended up a “victim” they want to ignore it? Pathetic!

  • dgand

    Its over now i hear.

  • Dave

    Trayvon’s actions have less to do with weed and more to do with him aspiring to be a gangsta.