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Don West - I'd like to keep my Bar license for a couple more years

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cboldt:
Post verdict Press conference @ 6:42
Don West is asked a two part question from a CNN reporter.  The first part, "As far as relationship with the judge, back and forth, talk to us if you could about that ... if you were getting fair treatment."

West and O'Mara exchanged glances just after the first part of the two part question.  West paused.  Then replied, "I'd like to keep my bar license for a couple more years. -pause-  And the second part of your question?"  Chuckles from the press gallery.

annoyedbeyond:
That was good.

I also liked the part (I think it was earlier but it's all running together now) where they asked him a question and O'Mara sort of whispered 'take it easy' or 'soft and easy'.

Don West has had a long and successful career. He's done a lot. He's given of himself to help death penalty cases. People say they've never seen him like this, I wonder what about GZ got under his skin.

Or maybe it just got personal when Mantei decided to go after his kids?

cboldt:

--- Quote from: annoyedbeyond on July 14, 2013, 06:20:03 AM ---Don West has had a long and successful career. He's done a lot. He's given of himself to help death penalty cases. People say they've never seen him like this, I wonder what about GZ got under his skin.

Or maybe it just got personal when Mantei decided to go after his kids?

--- End quote ---

I think what got under his skin was the judge.  He knows that trials are an adversarial process, and he likely expects some strong but justified opposition.  Here he is faced with a case where the prosecution has to misstate the evidence, on just about everything, and where the judge is flouting the law.  It has to be frustrating, if he is accustomed to a courtroom that operates normally, with a case where the evidence actually produces probable cause.

When he was asked the question, he sort of looked to the side and rolled his eyes.  You could tell the wheels were turning.  He was tempted to say what he thought.  Good for him to answer the way he did.

I wonder if O'Mara and/or West will appeal the inevitable denial of sanctions for discovery violations.

I noticed too, O'Mara and West have no intention of giving Nelson a shot at an immunity hearing.  If Zimmerman is sued over the shooting, the issue of immunity will be raised in civil court.

DebFrmHell:

--- Quote from: cboldt on July 14, 2013, 06:29:41 AM ---I think what got under his skin was the judge.  He knows that trials are an adversarial process, and he likely expects some strong but justified opposition.  Here he is faced with a case where the prosecution has to misstate the evidence, on just about everything, and where the judge is flouting the law.  It has to be frustrating, if he is accustomed to a courtroom that operates normally, with a case where the evidence actually produces probable cause.

When he was asked the question, he sort of looked to the side and rolled his eyes.  You could tell the wheels were turning.  He was tempted to say what he thought.  Good for him to answer the way he did.

I wonder if O'Mara and/or West will appeal the inevitable denial of sanctions for discovery violations.

I noticed too, O'Mara and West have no intention of giving Nelson a shot at an immunity hearing.  If Zimmerman is sued over the shooting, the issue of immunity will be raised in civil court.

--- End quote ---

Except that Nelson has moved into the civil area for 6 mo(?) because of the rotation.  There is a strong possible that they will meet again in regards to this case.  I think she has been assigned the NBC case brought by the Beasley Firm.

annoyedbeyond:

--- Quote from: DebFrmHell on July 14, 2013, 09:15:07 AM ---Except that Nelson has moved into the civil area for 6 mo(?) because of the rotation.  There is a strong possible that they will meet again in regards to this case.  I think she has been assigned the NBC case brought by the Beasley Firm.

--- End quote ---

I heard (well, saw) that in passing yesterday or day before.

Would she have to recuse herself due to prior involvement?

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