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Zimmerman Trial Joke Bombs As Both Sides Open in Unusual Ways

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 05:00 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A joke from the defense in George Zimmerman's trial went over like a lead balloon Monday in court.

“Knock-knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? OK, good. You’re on the jury.”

The jest from defense attorney Don West got no laughs and he later apologized and promised no more jokes, Fox 8 reported.

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He was following up after prosecutor John Gay started the day in front of the jury with an expletive-laden quote from Zimmerman to a police dispatcher, according to Fox News.

“F—ing punks. These a—holes, they always get away. Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy he didn’t know. And excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine.”

Fox News reported that the all-female jury looked stunned at Gay’s wording.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while he was on a neighborhood watch; he pleaded not guilty and said the shooting was in self defense.

A Florida judge is expected to address the prosecution’s request to enter almost 50 calls  Zimmerman made to the police over eight years into evidence as the trial for the murder continues, CBS News reported.

Prosecutors want to introduce calls Zimmerman made to police to show the accused’s state of mind, but defense attorneys objected and said the calls aren’t admissible under rules of evidence. The calls apparently show Zimmerman reporting things like strangers in the neighborhood and garages left open, according to Fox News.

Judge Debra Nelson said she would address the issue Tuesday.

Later Tuesday, a volunteer coordinator with the Sanford Police Department testified that Zimmerman was concerned about burglaries in his neighborhood, according to CBS News. The woman said the first time Zimmerman emailed her was about starting a neighborhood watch.

CBS News reported that the president of the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowner’s association also testified, saying that everyone at neighborhood watch meetings was warned to stay back from people, at a safe distance and to call the police and let them handle any situations that arose.

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