I have no idea to what extent, if any, the White House has applied pressure on the judge in the Zimmerman trial. But something is clearly not right here. How can a judge badger a defendant like this?
The hostile exchange began when Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he planned to testify.
Essentially, Judge Nelson told Zimmerman he had the “absolute right to remain silent” but then proceeded to demand he answer her questions interrogation-style while silencing his lawyers.
Defense attorney Don West twice objected to Nelson’s interrogation, prompting the judge to raised her voice and exclaim, “Your objection is overruled!” in a manner more befitting of an angry parent lecturing a child than a legal professional.
Both of Zimmerman’s lawyers appeared shocked as attorney Mark O’Mara asked under his breath, “what is going on?”
Several legal experts and observers said the outburst was unprecedented.What would public reaction be if an black defendant was badgered like this over his Fifth Amendment right?
Much about the Zimmerman case defies explanation other than political agenda and manipulation.