From Prison Radio
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By the time these words reach you, perhaps it will all be over. ”It” is the Zimmerman trial in Florida. I have no idea what the ratings are for CNN or CNBC for that matter but I bet it’s pretty elevated for their usual summer viewership. In this place, a prison population, every man with a mouth wants to discuss the case. In the chow hall, on the walkways, in the gym, in the yard. Not even the buxom and buttsome beauties of “Love & Hip Hop” have garnered that much attention. ”Are you watching the trial? Who do you think is gonna win? Can you believe witness X?” Questions bounced like basketballs as all eyes are locked on this, the latest trial of the century, the trial of George Zimmerman for the homicide of 17 year old Trayvon Martin has snatched the level of public attention that hasn’t been seen since the mid 90s. In other words, the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
I believe, frankly, that Zimmerman will be acquitted. I may be wrong, but I don’t think I am. I’ve never seen a defense lawyer beautilize so skillfully the jujitsu technique of witness flipping. In all honesty, the state’s prosecution witnesses became defense witnesses and where the defense was adroit, the prosecuter bumbled and fumbled. I may be wrong, I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am. We shall see.
From Imprisoned Nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal. These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. Transcribed by “Ella” Elizabeth Schwartz.