While the jury rendered their verdict, the protesters have left the Courthouse, and the Attorney’s are now all doing interviews on various news shows, the George Zimmerman trial still leaves us with many examples of issues that come up in trials all the time. The most glaring demonstrates the idea of witness credibility, when the witness is your mother. For many, their mother is the one person who will always tell the truth. But, when it comes to hearing a mother testify on behalf of their son or daughter in court, do the rest of us believe her?
Specifically in the George Zimmerman case, Trayvon Martin and Greorge Zimmerman’s mothers each testified to the idea they heard their sons voice on that 911 tape. Did you believe them? Is it more likely that each of them wanted their respective son to be heard on the 911 tape screaming for help? The juror that has already made a statement made it clear that she did not believe either party’s testimony. We will just have to see how the other jurors felt on that matter, but I would assume from the verdict, the testimony of the mothers probably didn’t sway the jury one way or another.
Let’s extrapolate that idea out though, beyond that of the George Zimmerman case. If you are charged with petit theft, battery, or a domestic violence where no one else was in the room besides your mother, you have to wonder if her testimony will be credible to members of the jury. What about if you are charged with similar crimes and your mother is not present, but you were at home with her. Surely we have all seen a TV show that rags on the “I was with my Mom” alibi.
Prior to setting your matter for trial, you will want to have the discussion with your attorney about the credibility of your witnesses. That may be no reason to take a plea agreement as opposed to a trial. But, you certainly want to have that discussion as, it may play a role in how you decide to proceed with your case. While we each love our mothers, we all know most of them would do anything for us. While that may not include lying under oath, the six strangers who make up the jury don’t know that.
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