Jeantel: “I Told Trayvon, [Zimmerman] Might Have Been A Rapist.”

Screen-Shot-2013-07-15-at-6.09.50-PM-300x198One of the most damaging moments for the prosecution in the trial of George Zimmerman trial was the inexplicable decision to lead with Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Trayvon Martin’s. Jeantel proceeded to admit to previously lying and then gave conflicted and at points unintelligible testimony. Her statement that Martin called Zimmerman a “cracker” further helped the defense in balancing the derogatory statements of Zimmerman. After the verdict, Jeantel has made statements that seem unhinged and again raise the question on why the prosecutors would place her so prominently in their case in chief. The latest controversy is a new allegation from Jeantel that she warned Trayvon that Zimmerman might be a gay rapist. She is not the only person associated with the trial who seems to be courting the press in the case with disastrous results.


In an interview with Piers Morgan, she said “People need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracka going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go get — mind you, his little brother is there. Mind you I told you, I told Trayvon, [Zimmerman] might have been a rapist.”

In a truly bizarre interview, Morgan asks Jeantel to school him on the correct spelling and meaning of such terms as “cracka” and “nigga.”

Jeantel called the verdict “BS” and said “Well, the jury, they see their facts. My thoughts of the jury, they old, that’s old school people. We in a new school, our generation, my generation. So –”

Morgan then appears to turn into a cultural anthropologist and asked clinically:

“Let’s talk about ‘creepy ass cracka.’ People have said that that is a phrase used by black people, cracka, to describe a white person. Is that true?

JEANTEL: No! Like I said —

MORGAN: How do you spell it, first of all?

JEANTEL: Cracka.

MORGAN: There’s no ‘e-r,’ right?

JEANTEL: No, it’s an ‘a’ at the end.

MORGAN: C-r-a-c-k-a.

JEANTEL: Yeah. And that’s a person who act like they’re a police [officer], who, like a security guard who acting like — that’s what I said to them. Trayvon said creepy ass cracka.

MORGAN: It means he thought it was a police or a security guard?

JEANTEL: Yeah, he acting like the police. And then he keep telling me that the man is still watching him. So, if it was a security guard or a policeman, they would come up to Trayvon and say, ‘Do you have a problem? Do you need help?’ You know, like normal people.

Once again, it is unclear why Jeantel did not emphasize the concern over a male rape on the stand. One could almost feel the prosecutor cringing at the interview with so many questioning their judgment in relying so heavily on Jeantel.

While on the subject of people behaving badly from the case (a rather long list), there is juror B-37 who announced in an interview that she was going to write a book and had enlisted an agent. She even named her agent as Sharlene Martin. After an outcry over the effort to profit from the case (not to mention a pretty limited foundation for a book). Martin tweeted that juror B37 had regained her sanity and dropped the plans for a book (that was going to be co-written by her attorney husband). She explained that the isolation of being sequestered “shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case.”

Really? It took this long to figure out that there was pain over the verdict. What tipped you off after you arranged for an interview, went to the interview, and announced your book? Was it the mass protests in various cities or continuing coverage on television. Ironically, she actually proved the accuracy of West’s disastrous joke in his opening statement: “Knock, knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Congratulations, you’re on the jury.” The joke was bizarre first because you should never cut jokes in a murder trial opening statement with a dead teenage boy. Second, if the jury got the joke, they would realize they were the punch line. The point is that only morons or cave-dwelling recluses would not know anything about the case. Well then walked in juror B-37.

Source: Real Clear Politics

259 thoughts on “Jeantel: “I Told Trayvon, [Zimmerman] Might Have Been A Rapist.””

  1. Elaine,

    Kathleen Parker is one of the few conservative columnists I occasionally read. I think she’s as off base regarding Zimmerman as the rest of that crew but she was one of the first conservatives to tell Republicans that their VP candidate, Sarah Palin, was in way over her head.

  2. Gene,

    I have that book! (An Elementary Approach To Thinking Under Uncertainty) – hardback

    I had to buy it for a graduate class I was taking (Theology) but also used it with my troop of high school aged Girl Scouts during the year we studied values clarification.

    It is very dogeared, highlighted, and full of handwritten margin notes but in my main library and not relegated to the attic.

  3. Anonymously Yours 1, July 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Dredd,

    You have to read the whole article to find out that only women are barred….. Which is still an atrocity…..
    ============================
    Yep.

    My comment right under the comment you evidently referred to says: “It’s a joke — only women are barred.”

    “Only” women.

  4. I hereby formally request that the entire Interwebz view this thread and so put paid to scurilous accusations that I should be considered “verbose”.

  5. Inmate’s untreated, fatal stroke results in $1 million settlement by Hillsborough sheriff, jail medical provider
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/inmates-untreated-fatal-stroke-results-in-1-million-settlement-by/2130278#comments

    Excerpt:
    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the private company that provides medical care to county prisoners paid $1 million in a wrongful-death settlement this year to the children of a Tampa man who spent approximately 36 hours in jail without treatment while suffering a fatal stroke.

    Allen Daniel Hicks Sr., 51, was found stopped in his car on the side of Interstate 275 by a sheriff’s deputy and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper the morning of May 11, 2012. Passers-by had called 911 after they saw Hicks’ Chevy Cavalier swerving west into a guardrail, records of the incident show.

    Speaking incoherently and unable to move his left arm, Hicks was arrested on a charge of obstructing a law enforcement officer when he did not respond to commands to exit his car. Just after noon, he was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

    Hicks did not receive a medical screening, but was put in a cell where he lay facedown on the floor or tried to crawl using the one working side of his body. On the night of May 12, soaked in his own urine, his brain choked of blood, he was at last taken to Tampa General Hospital and diagnosed with an ischemic stroke. He slipped into a coma and died within three months.

    The troubling story of Hicks, a popular baseball coach and former employee of the Hillsborough County School District, is illuminated in court records that describe jail officials’ hefty payout to his children as well as ongoing litigation against other agencies. Internal Sheriff’s Office memos and jail surveillance video largely corroborate the account in legal documents.

    The failure to provide potentially life-saving treatment for Hicks as he suffered the early stages of a stroke raises questions about the quality of medical care in Hillsborough County jails, where for years a South Florida company has held a lucrative contract to treat prisoners.

    *****

    Man arrested for having a stroke while Black, left to die on jail floor.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/15/1223852/-Man-arrested-for-having-a-stroke-while-Black-left-to-die-on-jail-floor#

    Excerpt:
    Just when I thought Florida could not possibly surprise me with anything as awful as the Trayvon Martin travesty of justice; I come across this story that left me speechless. This poor man appears to have been arrested for having a stroke while being Black. I would warn you not to watch the video if you are sensitive to triggers.

    I also wonder at the title of the article. The use of the word “inmate” to try and minimize the awfulness of what really happened? He was a man having a stroke and he was arrested and left to die on the floor of a jail cell because the officers assumed he was just a trouble maker instead of someone having a medical emergency; Not a goddamned “inmate”. Why did the arresting officers not recognize obvious stroke symptoms? Why was he arrested instead of given medical care at the scene of the accident? And in Florida? Accidents caused by medical emergencies are not that uncommon down here with the millions of retirees driving around.

  6. Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker Defends Trayvon Martin Racial Profiling As ‘Common Sense’
    The Huffington Post
    By Katherine Fung
    Posted: 07/17/2013
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/kathleen-parker-racial-profiling-washington-post_n_3612120.html?utm_hp_ref=media

    Excerpt:
    One day after Richard Cohen’s incendiary column about Trayvon Martin, the Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker defended the racial profiling of Martin as “common sense.”

    Parker wrote that the incident “never should have happened,” but not before justifying George Zimmerman’s suspicion of Martin, the unarmed teenager who he shot and killed.

    “The point is that this is one of those rare instances in which everyone is right within his or her own experience,” she said. “African Americans are right to perceive that Martin was followed because he was black, but it is wrong to presume that recognizing a racial characteristic is necessarily racist. It has been established that several burglaries in Zimmerman’s neighborhood primarily involved young black males.”

    Later, she continued:

    “This is not to justify what subsequently transpired between Zimmerman and Martin but to cast a dispassionate eye on reality. And no, just because a few black youths caused trouble doesn’t mean all black youths should be viewed suspiciously. This is so obvious a truth that it shouldn’t need saying and yet, if we are honest, we know that human nature includes the accumulation of evolved biases based on experience and survival. In the courtroom, it’s called profiling. In the real world, it’s called common sense.”

    The Post published the piece the day after Richard Cohen’s column, which also supported the racial profiling of Martin. The longtime columnist argued that Zimmerman was right to be suspicious of Martin because he was wearing a hoodie, which he called “a uniform we all recognize.”

  7. Gene,

    You see, I’m not to only one that thinks you are rude…. I’m just not afraid of your bullying tactics….. I’m not speaking for anyone in particular when I stated you are rude and ill mannered…. You need professional help….. Or at least that’s my opinion…. When someone disagrees with you or you disagree with someone you are not civil in the least…. Don’t you see that? Admitting your are incorrect is ok…. It shows strength and character…..with friends like you… No thanks… I’d rather be ok with myself…. You really should try something for your anger issues…. Really….. Not sure what services are available for you, but reach out…. You are not the authority on everything….but, I’m sure you think you are….. Now when the med cart comes around… Just take what the doctor has proscribed ….

  8. Actually, I do respect some others opinions just like I respect some other people, AY.

    Just not yours or you.

    If Elaine or Blouise have a problem with me, they are grown women capable of fully speaking for themselves. I know. I’ve seen them do it.

    Respect is earned, just as disrespect is earned.

    Respecting others right to have and express an opinion doesn’t equate to needing to agree with them or respect their conclusions. It’s pretty simple really. Disagreement is just par for the course in a marketplace of free ideas. If you want an echo chamber, I suggest you seek it someplace else.

    I’m also not a fan of bad logic, poor argumentation or insufficient evidence. And my self-respect is just fine and is entirely not based on your opinion. Thanks for your faux-concern.

    However, you are illustrating a marked refusal to follow the civility policy.

    So go ahead. Get it out of your system. At the end of the day, you’ll think you’ve hurt me or my feelings and I still won’t care what you think of me personally and neither will anyone of any importance to me.

    I’m really glad we aren’t friends anymore.

    Cutting you loose was a good decision.

  9. AY taken out the trash and sweepn dem floors.

    I like it…….. I love it……….. gib’em samore of it

    COME ON BABY !!!!!!

  10. Awe Gene,

    But you’re not adorable….. You’re rude…. You have a temper tantrum when someone disagrees with you….and I’ll mannered…. You must really not be from the south…. You have no respect for anyone’s opinion….. I seriously doubt if you even respect yourself….. I hear your pain…. Learn from some of the other bloggers and learn to show some respect for other people….. You can do it….. I’m sure part of your therapy class will provide you the details….. Now take the meds….. It’s nap time for you soon…..

  11. Awwww. That’s adorable.

    Go ahead. Get it out of your system. Call me all the names you like if it makes you feel better. Again, it’s not as if I care.

    Seriously, some have learned about the rules and their value here and moved on to become very productive contributors. You should take a cue from them instead of dwelling on your failures past. It’ll make you a much happier camper.

    1. Gene,

      You really can’t…. Just take the Meds when the cart comes around….. It’s really ok….

  12. Your continued incivility Gene is most inappropriate….. But then again, Buffoonery….. Is your finest character trait….

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