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How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin’s Death

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By Robert Stacy McCain
7.15.13

The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martion might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012. Instead, the teenager was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin was not from Sanford, the town north of Orlando where he was shot in 2012 and where a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder charges Saturday. Martin was from Miami Gardens, more than 200 miles away, and had come to Sanford to stay with his father’s girlfriend Brandy Green at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch. Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived.


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The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin's Death

The question of Trayvon's past has never come into view. Was Trayvon involved in criminal pursuits when Zimmerman saw him skulking through the community? What did detective Serino find during his investigation and why were those findings kept from the defense by the prosecution?
 

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Yes, exactly.

This also is why I hold TM's parents most responsible after TM himself. They knew all this - and the response was to give TM money - while on his next suspension - to go wander the streets with. I suppose as their reward to him for being clever enough to get out of school again without them responsible for school truancy in the alternative.

Law actually required that information be made available to the jury in this type of case - but denied.
 

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My guess is because FL's Brady language is "tends to negate the guilt" and nothing in that is probative to what happened that night legally.

The discovery rules in most states are not nearly as pro-defendant as Hollywood likes to make them seem.
 

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My guess is because FL's Brady language is "tends to negate the guilt" and nothing in that is probative to what happened that night legally.

The discovery rules in most states are not nearly as pro-defendant as Hollywood likes to make them seem.

Did the prosecution open the issue by delving into Zimmerman's past at the trial. They went back to his professor to testify. Why couldn't the defense use the information that Det. Serino uncovered about Martin? Could it be Judge Debra Nelson was trying to put her thumb on the scales of Justice?
 
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Did the prosecution open the issue by delving into Zimmerman's past at the trial. The went back to his professor to testify. Why couldn't the defense? Could it be Judge Debra Nelson was trying to put her thumb on the scales of Justice?

No that opens the issue of Zimmerman's past, not Martin's. There is a reasonable person under the situation issue with the defendant and the situation includes his past. Since Zimmerman would not have known about Martin's past, that really wouldn't have been opened. Trials are not about what people think is fair or moral outside the courtroom so much as they are about an established process of rules and procedures.
 

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By Robert Stacy McCain
7.15.13

The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martion might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012. Instead, the teenager was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin was not from Sanford, the town north of Orlando where he was shot in 2012 and where a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder charges Saturday. Martin was from Miami Gardens, more than 200 miles away, and had come to Sanford to stay with his father’s girlfriend Brandy Green at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch. Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived.


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Read more:
The American Spectator : The Spectacle Blog : How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin's Death

The question of Trayvon's past has never come into view. Was Trayvon involved in criminal pursuits when Zimmerman saw him skulking through the community? What did detective Serino find during his investigation and why were those findings kept from the defense by the prosecution?

At last. Eric holder has a proper target for a Justice Department inquiry in the Travon Martin Case.
 

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Did the prosecution open the issue by delving into Zimmerman's past at the trial. They went back to his professor to testify. Why couldn't the defense use the information that Det. Serino uncovered about Martin? Could it be Judge Debra Nelson was trying to put her thumb on the scales of Justice?

There is little doubt that she was in the rational, informed mind. Since Martin wasn't on trial, it seems improper that so much information about his behavior and record should be withed from the jury.
 

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There is little doubt that she was in the rational, informed mind. Since Martin wasn't on trial, it seems improper that so much information about his behavior and record should be withed from the jury.

You forget however, that the prosecution did bring Zimmerman's past into the purview of the trial. The prosecution also brought into the case the supposed "criminal past" of Zimmerman. That again opened the door to the to Martin's backpack containing burglary equipment and jewelry that did not belong to him.
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Judge allows George Zimmerman school records into evidence - latimes.com

"Defense attorney Mark O'Mara referred to the prosecution's efforts to introduce the documents as “a witch hunt.” O'Mara said that if prosecutors start bringing up Zimmerman's past, the defense will seek to dig into Martin's past.
We have taken pains not to get into Trayvon Martin's school records,” O’Mara said on Tuesday and repeated on Wednesday. He argued that allowing the Zimmerman records into evidence could open the door to the defense to bring in Martin’s history, including incidents of fighting.
Nelson said she didn’t want to hear arguments on the Martin issue at this point."
 
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