May 26, 2012

NOT THAT EYE WITNESSES HAVE ANY PROBATIVE VALUE TO BEGIN WITH:

Four witnesses in Trayvon Martin case change their stories (Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, May 25, 2012, LA Times)

Evidence released last week in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard on the rainy February night when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Three changed their stories in ways that could damage Zimmerman. One man who initially told police Martin was atop Zimmerman punching him "MMA-style" -- a reference to Mixed Marital Arts -- later said he was no longer sure about the punches. The teenager may have simply been keeping Zimmerman pinned to the ground, he said.

A fourth witness abandoned her initial story -- that she saw one person chasing another. Now she says she saw a single figure running.

Witnesses ought not be allowed in court rooms.

Posted by at May 26, 2012 3:52 PM
  

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