Fox News host Gregg Jarrett suggested on Monday that George Zimmerman might have been justified in killing Trayvon Martin because the teen “may have been violent” from smoking marijuana.
During a break in jury selection for Zimmerman’s trial, Jarrett told viewers of Fox News’ live Internet broadcast that the judge had tried to restrict the evidence to facts related to the day of the shooting.
“She’s said we’re not going to have any of this stuff introduced as evidence about the history of Trayvon Martin, whether he had a history of getting involved in fights, making threats, marijuana use, gun use, being suspended from school and so on and so forth,” he observed.
Former federal prosecutor Doug Burns pointed out that the judge may allow evidence that Martin had marijuana in his system at the time of his death.
“If an M.E. — a medical examiner — takes the witness stand and says he was high on marijuana based on toxicology, how does that play?” Jarrett wondered.
“That’s a very good question,” Burns agreed.
“If he is high, he may have acted irrationally and may have been violent,” Jarrett opined.
Burns noted that the prosecution could argue “the reverse spin, which is the effect of marijuana making you more mellow.”
“If it’s in his system, that’s a fact that the jury is entitled to know,” Burns added. “But again to repeat our point, it can cut both ways. You could call an expert to say that marijuana doesn’t make you violent.”
Speaking on the online Internet video broadcast last week, Jarrett offered the opinion that Zimmerman “has already been punished” for killing Martin because he “looks like he’s put on a hundred pounds.”
Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast June 17, 2013.
Nicolle Wallace takes down conservative Peggy Noonan’s anti-Kamala Harris hit-piece: ‘You don’t know jack-bleep’
Conservative Peggy Noonan issued a sexist hit-piece on Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend that called the historic vice presidential nominee "frivolous."
"She's facing the kind of criticism that's going to sound familiar to a lot of women," said MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. "In a column in the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan writes this: 'For her part, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is -- when on the trail -- giddy. She's dancing with drum lines and beginning rallies with 'what's up, Florida!' She's throwing her head back, and laughing a loud laugh, especially when whether nobody said anything funny. She's the younger candidate going for the younger vote and happy warrior vibe but coming across as insubstantial, frivolous."
Donald Trump Jr. says COVID death rate is ‘good stuff’ that ‘shouldn’t end your life’
Ignoring the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans, Donald Trump Jr. argued on Monday that people "shouldn't end your life" due to COVID-19.
The president's son made the remarks at a campaign event in Lake Township, Ohio where he claimed that Democratic nominee Joe Biden would "lock down the country forever."
"If you're susceptible, you take reasonable precautions," he opined. "If you're young and you don't, you've got to live."
"They don't understand that," Trump continued. "They don't talk about the death rate plummeting or any of the good stuff. They just say, 'Well, the infection rate is up.'"
‘It’s been a disaster’: Republican evangelical says Trump ‘is not the savior of the universe’ — so she flipped
Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, a self-described Republican evangelical former supporter of President Donald Trump said that she's turning to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Talking to reporter Chris Jansing in her yard in Ohio, Hannah explained that she found it "so discouraging" to watch Trump not take the coronavirus seriously.
"In one sense he was saying it is not a big deal and it's just going to go away," she said. "And then we find out he was lying about that, knowing the danger and not wanting to tell us."
But it was Cindy, who was the big surprise. She's been an anti-Planned Parenthood activist, for whom abortion was her top issue. But she came to the realization that no president can unilaterally change the country's abortion laws.