Judge Debra S. Nelson recently set a June 2013 date for the trial against Trayvon Martin’s killer and former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. In the time leading up to his day in court, Zimmerman’s defense appear to be doing everything in their power to have the case dismissed, including seeking a “stand your ground” defense to get the murder charges dropped. They’ve even requested to see the unarmed teenager’s records to build a self-defense case for Zimmerman.

Judge Nelson ruled that Zimmerman’s attorneys can inspect the school records and social media postings of the 17-year-old he fatally shot in February. This information, according to Judge Nelson, will help Zimmerman’s team determine whether the slain teen had violent tendencies.

Martin’s family are reeling about the fishing exhibition, as they feel it’s an attempt to further victimize Trayvon Martin. In order to restore honor to their son’s legacy, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton revealed plans to revise Stand Your Ground laws across the country and to create the Change For Trayvon Committee of Continuous Existence to actively support candidates, elected officials and causes that agree with their mission to revise these laws that originally allowed their son’s killer to walk free.

What’s your opinion on the judge’s latest ruling, Clutchettes?

  • http://www.brigidkeely.com/baby Brigid Keely

    Considering that people don’t walk around with their social media postings floating above their heads, waving their school records at people, there is no way for a person following a teenager down the street to know if said teenager is violent or not unless the teenager acts in a violent manner. This really does sound like the victim is being put on trial, much like women are put on trial when they accuse a man of raping them. Remember that Zimmerman didn’t call 911 saying that Martin was acting violent or threatening. He called 911 because Martin was walking down the street holding ice tea and skittles.

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    This entire ordeal is just irritating. We’ve strayed so far from the facts of what happened that we’ve come to a point where it doesn’t even seem like they matter anymore. Its sad really. Even if Trayvon was American Gangster #1, it doesn’t change the fact that in the night in question he was just a kid walking home from the store minding his own business. And that Zimmerman cat isn’t even remorseful, talking about it was God’s will. Get outta here man. The whole thing is just pissing me off.

    As if i didn’t already hate living in Sanford, smh.

  • Eric

    @Brigid Keely

    like women are put on trial when they accuse a man of raping them.

    All we ask if ole girl can prove she got raped beyond reasonable doubt, that is how our country works. It keeps women who have an axe to grind against a man who they regretted having consensual s3x with, honest. Regret is not rape.

    I want to see Zimmerman proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but as a black male who is a target on American soil, I welcome Zimmerman to stop at nothing to defend himself in court, and to do his best to get the charges dropped.

    It is not a perfect system & we have biased humans running the show, but it is what it is.

  • That Nightlife

    Clutch, I think in this situation, the word you meant was to “villainze” or “demonize” Trayvon Martin, not “victimize”, since Zimmerman’s defense attorney is trying to justify Trayvon being murdered.

    With that being said, everyone heard the 911 tapes from the nearby neighbors. Everyone heard Trayvon SCREAMING for help. That does not sound like someone who was on the offense.

    And even if the attorneys find something that shows Trayvon was or has bouts of violence, it has nothing to do with what happened that night. The defense attorneys are doing whatever they can to discredit Trayvon’s right to go get some snacks and walk home without being badgered, harrased, or killed.

  • That Nightlife


  • Change 4 Trayvon

    no, i saw his parent’s announcement and that’s the word they used saying they don’t want his legacy to be that he’s a victim. clutch is reporting what they said.

  • Margaret Cooley

    If I were on trial for murder I would want my attorney to do everything he could do to get me acquitted.

    If that means trying to prove that what I did was justified, that’s what is going to be done.

    I’m not shocked or surprised by this and I don’t think it’s “unfair.” I think it is a defendant’s right to mount the best defense possible, regardless if I agree with what that defendant has done or not.

    It should also be noted that just because the defense gets the documents it does not follow that the judge will allow them to be used any way they chose. We have to wait and see what happens at trial.

  • Mademoiselle

    I’m not surprised. If Zimmerman is trying to use SYG as his defense, it makes sense that he would try and prove Martin had a pattern of aggressive behavior. That said, prostitutes can be raped, charities can be robbed, paranoid people can be targetted, and aggressive teenagers can be murdered. Meaning this kid’s past has nothing to do with what transpired the day Zimmerman took his life, and I hope the prosecution knows enough to prove that point.

  • Jae Bee

    They should also pull Zimmerman’s old school records.

  • Mademoiselle

    More appropriately, they should pull all of his police records, crimewatch complaints, performance reviews at work, etc to prove he’s hot headed, quick to overreact, and more a threat to his community than a watchmen. Basically, prove that regardless of what kind of kid Martin was, Zimmerman is prone to overreaching, which may have led to his misjudging the situation on the night in question.

  • langston

    Low ratings for your post show that many readers hear do not share your ideals of truth and justice. (Aren’t those just myths made up by colonizers anyway? Who needs them!)

    These days, “whiteness” (as some people wish to call it, foolishly casting too wide a net) is far more concerned with issues of character and fairness than “blackness” is. The average non-racial-activist in this society will cheer a black person who beats up a white thug, OR a white person who beats up a black thug. (This is not a reference to the Zimmerman case.) However the average racial activist will align with the skin color, not the individual. One can witness this phenomena ALL THE TIME on sites such as this. It is bad news for people of color who don’t like seeing a proliferation of thugs in their community.

    The good news is that as this country gets browner and browner, these racialized fundamentalists are going to find themselves fighting more of an uphill struggle to convince other Americans that their community should be given a pass for being dysfunctional.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shealawrencea.evans Shea-Lawrence A Evans

    These people are insane to over look George Zimmerman, he is or never was a law enforcement officer, He was a self appointed gunman. the only crime committed was by him ,he wore a concealed loaded gun. His, background records should be also included, from the day he was born until the day he murdered, Trayvon Martin. why do people give him the right to stop and question anybody, period. then murder them. Everyone will tell a woman to fight back for her life if attacked by a stranger, that’s standing your ground, a young teenager tried to fight back too, against a man, who stopped him and and was armed with a deadly weapon, he fought back this man, who took his life, and the law is trying to say the dead kid, was the predator and the gun carrying man, who shot him to death was the victim. the kid was a vistor and was staying at the home where his own father lived just within sight of where he was gunned down. Zimmerman was not even near where he lived and left his truck to go after the kid. A ” Black Kid ” who’s life is still being attacked even in death. Is there no justice, for Trayvon Martin?

  • Amanda

    I’m surprised this evidence could even be admissible. I don’t know much about Florida law but in New York there are evidence rules which prohibit prosecutors from using any evidence of character or bad acts to prove someone has a propensity to commit a crime. Scratching my head. Really Florida?

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