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State motions from 10 May

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AJ:
Bunch of motions in here

http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/court-documents/168-state-motions-may-2013

cboldt:

--- Quote from: AJ on May 13, 2013, 08:07:02 AM ---Bunch of motions in here

http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/court-documents/168-state-motions-may-2013

--- End quote ---

Let's see if I can get a short list in here before MJW beats me to it.

Motion to preclude defense bringing up the penalty for the charged crime, during closing argument

Motion to preclude defense bringing up Martin's past (school suspension, use of pot, ever been in a fight, contents of social media, wore gold grill, any school records, text messages before 26 Feb, text messages on 26 Feb unless admitted by court after hearing)

Motion to preclude defense eliciting opinion as to Zimmerman innocence (I think this is aimed at preventing SPD and others from testifying they lacked probable cause)

Motion to exclude toxicology report.  Bernardo specifies the low-level pot report, and does not refer to any other report.

Motion to preclude defense from eliciting testimony or mentioning to the effect that the state's failure to call certain witnesses is because those witnesses were not favorable to the state.

Motion to preclude defense from eliciting testimony as to hearsay statements by Zimmerman to witnesses.  I don't have a quick thought as to what hearsay by Zimmerman might be involved.  Maybe that Martin was "acting suspiciously" where the conclusion (acting suspiciously) is hearsay, but I think that argument fails.  In general, I think this motion is the state trying to force Zimmerman to take the stand.

The state objects to O'Mara's requires for a Frye hearing, and the state asserts (without producing any evidence) that their audio experts pass the Frye test.

The state seeks an order compelling defense to comply with discovery rules, and cites an example of a defense witness who testified having produced a map for the defense, but the defense was unable to produce the map; and another example where a defense witness had given a video recorded statement to defense counsel, but defense counsel didn't provide the recording to the state until the day of state deposing the witness - now state will depose the witness again; and a third example where defense provided reports that its witnesses would testify about, moments before those witnesses were deposed by the state.

nomatter_nevermind:
State's Response to Defendant's Motion for Evidentiary Hearing

The prosecution says a Frye Hearing is not required because they do not intend to introduce any 'new or novel' testimony (p. 2).

nomatter_nevermind:

--- Quote from: cboldt on May 13, 2013, 08:25:50 AM --- the state asserts (without producing any evidence) that their audio experts pass the Frye test.

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I don't think that is an accurate characterization.

The prosecution cites case law to the effect that a Frye hearing is not required unless there is a 'new or novel scientific theory being presented'. (I don't know what the distinction is between 'new' and 'novel'. I think it's just excess legal verbiage.) The prosecution argues that the testimony they propose to offer is not 'new or novel', citing previous cases in which they allege the same kind of testimony has been admitted, 'in some cases, by these very same witnesses'. They list six cases, two of them in Florida. (The Connecticut case is a civil case, not the criminal case in which Tom Owens applied his new methods.)

Cylinder:
State's Motion in Limine as to Appropriate Penalty or Disregard of Law

The state is seeking to prohibit testimony by witnesses or statements by attornies regarding the appropriate penalty for Zimmerman or suggesting that the law be disregarded.

State's Motion in Limine Regarding Self Serving Hearsay Statements of Defendant

The state is seeking to limit self-serving hearsay statements without proper foundation (i.e. Zimmerman testifying to them.)

State's Motion in Limine Rearding Defendant's Prior Criminal History

The state is seeking to prohibit testimony regarding Zimmerman's lack of previous felony convictions.

State's Motion to Limit/Exclude Improper Opinion Evidence

The state is seeking to prohibit statements or testimony regarding the propriatey of Zimmerman's charges or his guilt by family or law enforcement.

State's Motion in Limine Regarding Trayvon Martin

The state is seeking to prohibit testimony regarding Tayvon martin being suspended, having ever been in a fight, use of marijuana, any social media names or content, ever wearing fake gold teeth, performance in school, text messages before Feb. 26 and text messages on Feb. 26 that are not relevant.

State's Motion for Protective Order/Order in Limine Regarding Toxocology Reports

The state is seeking to prohibit testimony or statements from witnesses regarding Martin's toxicology report.



 

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