She Spoke For her Friend
Today as I listened to the defense attorney cross examine the state's star witness in the George Zimmerman trial I could feel my emotions running high. Just in case someone is unaware (though I can't imagine who), Mr. Zimmerman is on trial for shooting and killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida in February 2012. Mr. Zimmerman says it was self defense but the teenager had only a can of Arizona Tea and some Skittles on him. At the time of the shooting, Trayvon was on the phone with a childhood friend, and that was the young lady who was on the witness stand today. I know many people may think a 19 year old is an adult--you can fight for your country, vote, and drive(in most states by 19 you've probably been driving for several years)--but a 19 year old is still a teenager. They mostly think and act like teenagers. The defense attorney, to me, treated this young lady like she was a grown woman with kids and grand kids. He was rude, he badgered her and was condescending. This young lady was the last person to hear her friends voice seconds before he died. She had to be scared, confused and plaqued with even a certain amount of guilt that there was nothing she could do to assist him. She's been unwillingly thrust into a spotlight she didn't seek and had to address not only a courtroom full of strangers but a nation of inquiring minds. Her heritage is Haitian and although she speaks and understands English, she admitted she doesn't read or write any cursive writing. I think that is a reflection of society more so than her. When do young people have cause to write in cursive anymore? She was born in 1994 and the computer age was well underway. She had no problem reading the typed or printed word. That defense attorney proceeded to try and make her look like an uneducated, ignorant person who couldn't possibly know what she was talking about. He kept trying to get her to change her story by asking her the same thing ten different ways and almost hoping she wouldn't understand and say something different. Fortunately, she struggled through it, I thought successfully. She testified longer than any previous witness and her story matched the general timeline of the prosecutions case, showing that if any one was afraid for his life that night, it was her friend. I hope that after her tough two days of testimony, someone hugged her tight and let her know she will be alright and that Trayvon would be very proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone and facing the world just for him.
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