… before the trial?
Calling attention to this material and playing it up in the press is a public-relations strategy, law experts say.
“No judge will allow this to be a trial of whether the victim is a bad person,” O’Donnell says, “but it can color the whole trial - it can color the judge’s view of the victim and can affect the jury pool.”
The photos and cellphone records will also likely stir up similar debates about racial stereotyping that first emerged with the question of whether Zimmerman was suspicious of Trayvon because he was black and wearing a hoodie.
One photo, for instance, depicts Trayvon showing some gold teeth - often considered a black stereotype. Another photo shows a handgun, and several show him sticking up his middle fingers. The cellphone texts could also be interpreted by some as heavy on street or even gangster-type language, and for some potential jurors, that would stick in their minds, O’Donnell says.
With the country polarized around this case, these depictions would try to bolster the anti-Trayvon sentiment and perhaps help raise money for Zimmerman’s defense, O’Donnell adds.
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