In exclusive coverage for the Chicago Defender, Dr. Jason Johnson is reporting from the courthouse in Sanford, Fla., where George Zimmerman is on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Johnson will provide exclusive and intimate details of the trial through it’s conclusion. Check back here for coverage you can only get at the chicagodefender.com
Can a college transcript tell what type of person you turn out to be? Most Americans would say no. The vast majority of us don’t believe that what we studied in college has much to do with where we’ve ended up in life (and the millions of psychology, sociology and biology majors out there working in insurance, human resources and marketing are all nodding their heads in agreement). The strongest connection that most people draw between their undergraduate degrees and real life, occurs when they answer an obscure question on “Jeopardy.” However, in the case of the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, college grades make a difference, and how those grades are viewed could be a matter of life and death.
Once a trial date was set for George Zimmerman, his legal team began telling the public exactly who they thought Trayvon Martin was, and they used whatever means were available to them to do so. Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, requested information about Trayvon’s grades and records from Dr. Michael M. Krop High-School. Along the same lines, state prosecutors ‘accidentally’ released George’s Zimmerman’s transcripts from Seminole State Community College during pre-trial motions, leading to a flurry of complaints by the defense. The school records of both the man and the boy in this case could prove compelling to a jury of 6 women, 5 of whom have children.
Trayvon was an average student… not on academic probation, but not charging his way towards the National Honor Society either. His in classroom behavior was by all accounts non-remarkable, but it was his out of classroom activities; truancy, graffiti and the like, that landed him multiple suspensions. Zimmerman, on the other hand was anything but an average student at Seminole State Community College According to the Miami Herald: