George Zimmerman trial: Prosecutors may introduce Zimmerman's school records, Judge Debra Nelson rules

1:01 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Video: Judge: Jury can see Zimmerman's school records

AP Photo

 

Related Links
  • Trayvon Martin Timeline
  • Trayvon Martin's death gains national attention
  • Who is George Zimmerman?
  • PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin Social Media pictures
  • George Zimmerman charged with murder
  • George Zimmerman jailhouse calls
  • Sanford police chief fired
  • Evidence in Trayvon Martin death released
  • Officer: Trayvon Martin target a 'no-shoot training aid'
  • PHOTOS: Judge limits texts, pictures in trial
  • Trayvon Martin family calls for justice, fair & impartial trial
  • Brother: George Zimmerman is sensitive, likable
  • George Zimmerman case timeline of events
  • Expert: Zimmerman case not as popular as Casey Anthony's
  • All-women jury chosen
  • Opening Statements: State drops f-bomb, defense tells joke
  • Zimmerman jury sees Trayvon Martin's body
  • Officer recounts attempt to save Trayvon Martin
  • Trayvon Martin's friend describes George Zimmerman as "creepy-a** cracker"
  • Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged
  • State's star witness admits to another lie
  • Lead detective takes stand
  • Jury hears Zimmerman's firsthand account of shooting
  • Zimmerman attorney's daughter posts controversial photo
  • Prosecutor, police officer at odds in Zimmerman trial
  • Prosecution: Zimmerman legal team not treating witnesses with respect
  • Medical examiner: Zimmerman's injuries were 'insignificant'
  • Skype users bombard Zimmerman witness with calls
  • Expert: No Trayvon Martin DNA on gun grip
  • Trayvon Martin's mother, brother testify
  • Both Zimmerman and Martin mothers on the stand
  • Trayvon Martin's dad contradicts investigator's testimony
  • Gunshot wound expert: Martin was on top of Zimmerman
  • Zimmerman declines to testify in trial
  • Zimmerman judge allows manslaughter charge
  • Judge Nelson moments from the Zimmerman trial
  • State: Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal
  • Prosecution makes its final case in Zimmerman trial
  • Verdict: NOT GUILTY
  • Reaction to Zimmerman verdict
  • Defense 'ecstatic' with the results
  • Trayvon's Dad: My heart is broken, my faith is not
  • (CBS/AP) -- A Florida judge has ruled that prosecutors may introduce evidence about suspected murderer George Zimmerman's coursework in criminal justice that they say gave him knowledge of Florida's self-defense law.

    Circuit Judge Debra Nelson heard arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys, who objected to the evidence being introduced, outside the presence of jurors Wednesday morning.

    Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says the coursework is not relevant to the case and called the prosecution's effort to introduce it "a witch hunt."

    Prosecutors argued Zimmerman's knowledge of law enforcement is relevant to the case.

    "He has the education and the ability and the understanding and at least the background to be able to discuss, when he is confronted with police, to both understand what it is they might be trying to do and also what it is he might say in order to address the situation in the light most favorable to him," said prosecutor Richard Mantei in court.

    Prosecutors say the school records show that 29-year-old Zimmerman had knowledge of the law, though he maintained in an interview with Fox News last year that he didn't. Jurors heard that interview on Tuesday.

    Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Martin was unarmed.

    Nelson ruled that Zimmerman's school records, a police job application and an application for a ride-along with Sanford police officers can be introduced before the jury.


    Most Watched Videos