There was a recent article written by Sara Morrison of Yahoo where the headline read “How Judge Debra Nelson Became Zimmerman Trial’s Breakout Star”. ttp://movies.yahoo.com/news/judge-debra-nelson-became-zimmerman-trials-breakout-star-193514196.html
I could not believe my eyes as I read this article. In the first place Debra Nelson is no Star! And secondly this trial is NOT entertainment! A teenager lost his life and the person who shot him essentially lost his life as well whether you think he i guilty or innocent or whether you think it was self defense or not. I was appalled at this irresponsible article.
This judge was completely inappropriate in her behavior as she essentially badgered the defendant Zimmerman in asking whether he would take the stand.
This was uncalled for when he had his attorneys by his side. They were there a counsel to speak on his behalf. Even if the counsel didn’t agree with his choice and he chose to speak on the stand, his counsel needed to let the court be aware of this, not him.As you can see by the expression on his attorney’s face, he looked shocked at what the judge was doing.
You could see what side she was leaning towards in her body language, facial language, tone, and in the content of what she said. Look at the photo above when the prosecution is giving closing arguments. She is attentive, leans forward, has a relaxed facial expression (for her as many would consider that she may suffer from an actual syndrome called “Bitchy Resting Face” which you can look up.) She speaks to the prosecution in softer tones and with respect.
Here is yet another photo from another angle of her listening to the prosecution where you can even see her shoulders rolling forward as though she is attentive and listening carefully and approvingly to the prosecution’s closing arguments.
In contrast this is how Judge Nelson looked when she was listening to the defense.Her shoulders were back and stiff and she had a sour expression. Note that her head is tilted back and jaw is forward indicating anger. Her lips are also pursed. She was very angry at the defense throughout the trial. Her tone of voice, curt responses, and even her lack of allowing Trayvon Martin’s school record and his texts about fighting as evidence so that the jurors could get a clearer picture of what went on during that horribly fateful night.
Judges MUST be non biased and not show favoritism. Many believe that is Zimmerman is found guilty there would be the possibility of a retrial.
When the article I mentioned above calls her a “star” they may not know what it takes to be a media star. While she may get her 15 minutes of fame, In my view she is anything but a star. She is not easy on the eye nor is she vocally pleasing to the ear.