Next up is state's motion re: Trayvon Martin. Each evidentiary point will be addressed separately. First, Martin suspensions from school. O'Mara argues that it's off limits in opening, unless the state offers in opening that Martin is in Sanford for a monastic retreat (yes he said that), then O'Mara could counter the state's contention. Nelson grants the state's motion re: school suspension records, and will not be mentioned at all without prior ruling from the court.
Marijuana use: O'Mara says this is particularly relevant for the defense. There is lots of evidence that the marijuana use was a factor in the events. THC could have affected Martin's judgment; Zimmerman's suspicion is justified by Martin looking as though he was on drugs. Marijuana use is intertwined with the events the evening of 2/26/12. He argues that precluding introduction of the evidence would be inappropriate. State says this motion is just on prior use, not use on 2/26. Nelson grants state's motion that previous use of marijuana will not be admitted.
Past acts - fighting. State argues that specific acts of violence are not admissible because Zimmerman did not know the specific acts. O'Mara counters that reputation evidence is admissible. He also notes that Martin's own admissions (which Nelson suggests may not be able to be authenticated) show that he knows to punch in the nose, and to pin an opponent to the ground. O'Mara mentions a tape made by Martin that shows two buddies of Martin beating up a homeless guy. O'Mara tells the court that his intention to call this into evidence depends on how the state proceeds.
Clickorlando stream cut out on me. I missed Nelson's order.
Next up is screen names used by Martin. State says that the screen name would only be used to disparage Martin, and that it is hearsay. O'Mara says it's appropriate to limit him in opening, but it may become relevant according to how the state presents Martin. Nelson grants as to opening statements. She reiterates her inclination to deny admission based on authentication, hearsay.
Next up is gold grills. O'Mara has no objection. Nelson says it is not relevant. She grants the state's motion, it won;t be mentioned during trial.
Nelson blows by the school records issue, saying it was addressed previously. O'Mara says no, that only suspensions were addressed. Seems this is on the evidence of theft. O'Mara argues that the school record of theft; Nelson says that nobody may discuss evidence of fighting.
Next is contents of text messages received by Martin before 2/26. O'Mara says the theory of the case is that Martin started in. So, the desire to buy guns, the familiarity with fighting, the drugs. Nelson says the rules of evidence operate to preclude presentation of evidence of self defense. Nelson grants the motion as to opening statements, and none of these will come up in the presence of the jury, unless the court rules otherwise during the trial.
I think she made the same ruling as to text messages received/sent on 2/26.