The Zimmerman Case

Call Me “Zimmy”

The Zimmerman Case


By Michael Shrimpton

Yes I know everyone else is calling it the ‘Trayvon Martin Case’, but he wasn’t the guy on trial.  The verdict of the petit jury did not take me by surprise.  Indeed I hinted at it in previous comments on this website.
Right from day one it looked as though the Sanford Police Department got it right when they decided not to charge George Zimmerman.  His injuries were consistent with his account of being attacked by Trayvon Martin.  Zimmerman was clearly not a racist and Trayvon was clearly not the ‘butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth’ young teenager portrayed in the mainstream media, using carefully selected out of date photos.  Why not go the whole hog and use cute baby photos?
Of course Zimmerman may have profiled Martin initially, but so what?  It’s a standard intelligence technique.  The trick is not to take it too far.  Most police officers and INS agents use it, even if they deny it.   Pretending it doesn’t happen is just silly.  As long it’s based on fact not prejudice profiling is fine.  I fit certain profiles – English barrister etc.
The Injuries
There seem to me to be two critical pieces of evidence.  The first was the injuries to George Zimmerman.  These were consistent with his account that Trayvon was violent towards him and put him in fear of his life.  If that account was right then Zimmerman was entitled to use force, lethal force if necessary.   All the vaporing and posturing by civil rights and African American groups doesn’t alter the facts as presented to the jury.
The 911 Call
Someone is heard screaming and shouting for help.  That person was mostly likely the victim.  The prosecution had to prove beyond reasonable doubt that it was Trayvon Martin appealing for help.  They couldn’t.   It doesn’t sound to me like a case which turned on the onus of proof however.  My impression is that the jury decided that it was George Zimmerman shouting for help.  That was a view they were entitled to form.
Is George Zimmerman racist?
There is no evidence that he is, either from the facts of the incident itself, or his life story.  He isn’t white, he has no priors for racist assault or abuse and he isn’t a vigilante.  He was a neighbourhood watch captain, looking out for the community, for which he deserves credit.  The attempt to portray him as a racist comes across as a character smear – an attempt to put Zimmerman in the frame if you like.  It was almost as though Thames Valley Police were investigating!
The Jury’s Verdict
It comes across as a true verdict according to the evidence.  The jury saw and heard the witnesses and considered all the evidence.  Their verdict has to be respected.  I am not bothered by the racial profile of the jury.  Far too much is made in my view of ‘diversity’ on juries.  In my experience as a trial lawyer most juries are fair and reach verdicts according to the evidence.
I made this point in a letter to the New York Times after the O.J. Simpson case.  If the copyright issues can be sorted perhaps VT could display it!   I defended the mostly black jury in that case and suggested that an English jury, on that evidence would have reached the same verdict, stopping only for tea.   There was clearly a huge problem with the prosecution case.
I still don’t think Simpson actually carried out the murder, although he may have arranged it.  The later civil verdict wasn’t inconsistent with that in the criminal trial, since the standards of proof were different and the case was presented in a different way.  If you’re prosecuting you have to get your theory of the case straight.  If it’s murder two or manslaughter there is no point trying to stretch it to murder one.  Make your case fit the facts not the other way round.  Law and intelligence have a lot in common – each is an evidence-based discipline.
The Feds
The Feds need to back off, no offense.  Someone needs to explain the concept of double jeopardy to Attorney-General Holder.  There is no point the FBI or DOJ taking refuge in technicalities on state versus federal law.  In practice they are talking about putting him on trial for killing Trayvon Martin, the exact same charge thrown out by the Florida jury.  No matter how they dress it up it would be an outrage.  Motive was thoroughly explored at trial and no evidence of a racial motive on the part of Zimmerman emerged.
If civil rights laws are misused by the DOJ then they may forfeit cross-party support for them.  In the opinion of many on the right the pendulum has swung too far.  In the UK we have an ongoing case at the moment, where an elderly lady of good character campaigning against gypsy encampments has been arrested by our heavy-handed police and charged with calling a gypsy a ‘gippo.’  The prosecution has caused outrage and brought the offense itself into disrepute, indeed clearly it needs to be taken off the statute book.
Florida Juries
The case was interesting as an illustration of the jury system in Florida.  It’s one of the few states where petit (i.e. as opposed to grand) juries consist of fewer than 12 jurors.  Some states, like Arizona, have a smaller number of jurors for less serious cases, i.e. where you’re not going to get fried or juiced if they find you guilty.  I’m a fan of 12, but I cannot say that only having six jurors affected the outcome.  In any event it’s a matter for Florida.  Her legal system has come out of this pretty well, standing up to enormous Administration and media pressure for a guilty verdict.
President Obama has further tarnished his reputation, with respect.  He should have known better than to step into a second degree murder/manslaughter case on the side of the prosecution.  The First Lady may be high maintenance – no offense – but she’s not a bad lawyer.  I am sure she told him to leave it to the jury.
My friend and fellow commentator Andy Martin, into whom Gordon may have bumped in Laos back in the good old days, has called for George Zimmerman’s gun permit to be withdrawn!  With respect I think that would be a great mistake.   If I were George I would carry on carrying.
Good luck to HRH the Duchess of Cambridge with the baby!

Author Details
Michael Shrimpton is a barrister, currently suspended of course, called to the Bar in London in 1983. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counterterrorism. He has wide ranging connections both in Western Intelligence agencies and amongst ex-Soviet Bloc agencies. The late Generaloberst Markus Wolf, of the Stasi and DVD, was one of his contacts. Michael has earned respect in the intelligence community for his analysis of previously unacknowledged post-WWII covert operations against the West by the German DVD organization based in Dachau, near Munich, Germany, and its British, French and American client agencies. These continue to the present day, as politicians and the media are too nervous of standing up to them.

Michael was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies in the Department of National Security, Intelligence and Space Studies at the American Military University, teaching intelligence subjects at Masters level to inter alia serving intelligence officers. He has represented US and Israeli intelligence officers in law and briefed in staffers on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9-11. In the wake of that murderous attack he addressed panels on terrorism in Washington DC and Los Angeles organized by the respected Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Fellow panelists included a former head of Special Operations Command and a former Commander of the US Atlantic Fleet.

Michael’s active assistance to Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies in the Global War on Terror produced some notable successes, including the exposure of the Abu Ghraib ‘hood’ photograph as a fake. His work on strategic intelligence took him to the Pentagon and he has also met with senior advisors to the President of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, in November 2005. He participated in the Global Strategic Review conference in Geneva in 2005 and was a speaker at both the Intelligence Conference (Intelcon) in 2005, and the Intelligence Summit in 2006, each at Crystal City.

In 2006 he was flown out to, and flew off from, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), as part of the US Navy’s Distinguished Visitor Program. She was then working up her air group off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, before operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. It is comparatively unusual for a foreign civilian to complete a carrier landing and launch cycle.

Michael’s ground-breaking, 700 page intelligence text “Spyhunter: The Secret History of German Intelligence” was published in England by June Press in April 2014. It features on a number of intelligence syllabuses, as does intelligence analysis prepared by Michael, e.g. on the brutal 2003 assassination of British weapons scientist Dr David Kelly CMG.

In their unlawful raid on Michael’s home in Wendover, Buckinghamshire in April 2012 Thames Valley Police officers seized the manuscript of Spyhunter and all of Michael’s onshore backups. Publication was only possible because the draft had been backed up offshore. The police hung onto the seized copies long after it was decided not to use them as evidence.

In November 2014 Michael was convicted at Southwark Crown Court by a tampered-with jury panel on two bogus bomb-hoax charges. Prior to bringing in the police the British Ministry of Defence, after consulting with the Cabinet Office, destroyed their recordings of Michael’s initial contact and qualified intelligence briefing re a DVD operation to target the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics using a stolen Russian SS-N-19 warhead.

Happily the NSA intercepted both Michael’s call to MOD and their call to him (on a number he had provided) and the intercepts are now in the hands of MI5.

As Michael’s distinguished Veterans Today colleagues Gordon Duff and Ben Fulford have confirmed on this website, his intelligence briefing to MOD was substantially correct and two warheads, both off an SS-19, were recovered by the US. After inspection the Department of Energy estimated their yield at 20KT.
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