Zimmerman Trial - Pt. 1 - Don "Walter White" West Opening Statement - Pummels The Prosecution
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Published on Jun 24, 2013
Pt. 1 Opening Statement - by Attorney Don West.
Note: To many Don West's opening statement was long, boring, and rambling. I agree that to the uninitiated casual viewer it could come across that way. But West's intent was not to provide entertainment, it was to early on get into the jurors minds that the State has no evidence to support its case.
Don West conveyed this message to the jury by his methodical discussion of the facts and evidence, which he presented in detail with photographs, charts, and recordings.
IMO most telling to the jury that the defense had evidence, the state nothing but unsupported drama queen statements, was that no one one the prosecution side objected to what West was doing. (Toward the end the State had some objections, but that was too late, the bell had been rung, loudly, clearly, and many times over.)
Note: MOM West also were keenly aware that the State would put on a "sanitized" case in chief and not discuss any of the evidence that hurts their case. Knowing this, Don West in opening statement introduced the entirety of Zimmerman's defense and argued why the State has no case.
So yeah, compared to the Asst. State Attorney John Guy's drama queen opening statement, West's Statement was B O R I N G. But West could care less about thrilling TV viewers and media. What matters to him is the jury, six women who will decide Zimmerman's fate. In that regard, it was mission accomplished for West owned this jury.
ASA Guy made an emotional presentation as if in Speech and Public Speaking 101. And how do you counter a handsome man who sounds like Kevin Costner, talking to six women?
Well, you do what Don did, spend three hours discussing the facts and hard evidence, and for a little drama he showed the jury Zimmerman's bloody face and head. Most effective. That's how you get the jury to remember this is a murder trial, not an "American Courtroom Idol" competition. ©
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