(The Root) — The judge presiding over the George Zimmerman case delivered crushing blows to the defense this morning. U.S. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that “the defense may not bring up Trayvon Martin’s past marijuana use at trial, or his school suspensions or alleged participation in fights.” She also shot down a delay of trial proposed by Zimmerman’s lawyers.
The news injected hope in those hoping for a guilty verdict on behalf of the late teen. Trayvon, 17 years old, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood-watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman’s lawyers claim self-defense as his motive for shooting the unarmed teen. The defense has been pushing for the admission of texts and tweets in an effort to prove Trayvon’s “hostility” on the day of the shooting.
The news spread quickly across Twitter, inspiring new commentary and debates about the case. Check out some of the conversation below.
Why would Trayvon Martin’s tweets or school record matter in the Zimmerman trial? Zimmerman didn’t know Martin when he pursued him.
— Unstable Isotope (@UnstableIsotope) May 28, 2013
George Zimmerman wants a delay in his murder case, how ironic, he didn’t give Trayvon a “delay” before killing him
— Kenny (@Kennyo415) May 28, 2013
#JusticeForTrayvon Thinking of Trayvon and all the potential future Trayvons today. Racism kills and it has to stop already.
— Liam (@AutistLiam) May 28, 2013
The most absurd part of Zimmerman’s defense is that Trayvon was the one “standing his ground”. The law should be entirely on Trayvon’s side.
— Klaatu Barada Nikto (@OrdQuelu) May 28, 2013
— Maria Roach (@riaro) May 28, 2013
As a black male in America Trayvon was already guilty by virtue of being born. Zimmerman is using racism as a defense strategy.