George Zimmerman has mainly been out of the news of late. And it’s true that evidence of unrelated bad acts in most circumstances aren’t allowed as testimony when you’re on trial for someone else. But you can’t close people’s ears to the abundant news coverage that now shows in painfully — sometimes comically — that Zimmerman and his wife repeatedly lied through their teeth to the judge in his case. (This is their lying about how much money they had access to during his bail hearing.) Zimmerman’s entire defense will have to rest on his own testimony about events no one else alive witnessed. So his credibility is central to his defense.
I’d be curious to hear from litigators how much or whether they think this will be relevant to the jury’s deliberations.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.