austin texas, sxsw, a few days before st. patricks day
i was talking to a fantastic young lady named moka
true, i had been drinking. for several days. as that is what you do there.
and you talk and talk and listen to very smart people and later you hear great bands.
but maybe for 80 percent of the time theres a drink in your hand
and you are in some of the coolest bars and rock clubs in america.
for example as i was talking with moka we were in historic antone’s on 6th street
home of the famous blues club opened by 25 year old clifford antone in 1975
antone was forced into starting the club that would later springboard the careers of stevie ray vaughn because he was kicked out of nearby university of texas because of a drug charge or something.
while in antones talking to moka before the sondre lerche show sipping on a Lone Star
i said, i know ive only known you for 15 minutes, but can i take a picture of us
im probably going to forget all of this.
in todays Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman’s attorney’s first fumbled when they faced a more focused Rachel Jeantel, the Haitian-born friend of the victim who was on the phone with him right before he was killed.
the defense fumbled when they tried to discredit her by harping on her reading abilities, her neighborhood’s colorful way of speaking, and whether or not “cracker” was a racial word.
although Jeantel’s testimony occasionally contradicts itself, she is a reliable witness in what she is capable of being: someone who was on the phone with the victim as all hell broke loose.
by trying to use typical trial strategies against someone who is emotional, defensive, and likable, they are using a sledge hammer on a screw.
but the biggest mistake they made was totally expose themselves as being ignorant towards the basics of Twitter when, while trying to discredit another witness, accused her of following George Zimmerman when indeed someone else with Zimmerman’s name (a Zimmerman fan, most likely) was following her.
there is a cardinal rule on tv law shows that says “dont ask a witness a question that you dont know the answer to.”
an addendum to that should be “don’t accuse witnesses about how they use social media that you have no clue about.”
Zimmerman should ask for a mistrial right now because his council is a sloppy rag of fail.