Cross posted from Frederick Leatherman Law Blog
CherokeeNation posted a comment at my site asking me whether Zimmerman’s statements to police and others will be admissible during the trial.
CherokeeNation said the prosecutor mentioned in court recently that the defense will not be permitted at trial to introduce any of Zimmerman’s statements to police and others. Instead, Zimmerman will have to take the stand and testify, if he wants to present his defense.
I did not watch the hearing, but I imagine the prosecutor was expressing some understandable frustration that O’Mara has been trying his case during a bail hearing, instead of specifically explaining why Zimmerman should be permitted to secure his release by posting another bond after conspiring with his wife to materially deceive the court by claiming indigency when they knew he had received approximately $150,000 donated to his PayPal account at his internet site. The prosecutor wants to cross examine Zimmerman about about all of his coded machinations to, in essence, play a shell game with the court to hide the money. No doubt he’s also tired of O’Mara’s constant repetition of Zimmerman’s statements to police and his claims that Zimmerman’s injuries establish the truth of those statements.
He no doubt knows more than we know and we know that Zimmerman lied. Therefore, I can understand his frustration. Nevertheless, he will get his chance, so he will have to be patient.
Okay, put on your waders because we are about to trek through a muddy swamp called the hearsay rule.