Zimmerman’s Criminal-Justice Background Ruled Admissible In Murder Trial


Lawyers in the George Zimmerman murder trial argued today about the admissibility of documents showing the former neighborhood-watch volunteer’s interest in police work and criminal-justice studies, the Miami Herald reports. Judge Debra Nelson ruled in favor of the state, allowing prosecutors to present Zimmerman’s application for a police ride-along, a rejection letter for his application to a police department, and coursework from criminal-justice classes he took for an associate's degree.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. The six-person, all-female jury returned to court today, the eighth day of witness testimony, in the widely watched trial. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that a case that started out being portrayed as one dominated by race “has produced a murder trial in which race is a subtext rather than a central theme.” Prosecutors have characterized Zimmerman as being many things: profane, mendacious, overzealous, violent, but not a racist.

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