In a hearing in the murder trial against George Zimmerman (pictured right), the defense will be allowed to introduce in to evidence the toxicology report from Trayvon Martin.
This toxicology report will reportedly show that Martin had low levels of marijuana in his system.
To many observers of the trial, this development seems unfair since Zimmerman was never tested for any drugs when he was detained by police.
What hasn’t been publicized in the media, though — and is yet to be mentioned in Zimmerman’s trial — is that according to the paramedics’ report, Zimmerman was on prescription drug, Temazepam, when he shot and killed Trayvon.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the drug is also known to cause “aggressiveness” and “hallucinations,” among other problematic symptoms.
From the U.S. Library of Medicine:
You should know that your mental health may change in unexpected ways while you are taking this medication. It is hard to tell if these changes are caused by temazepam or if they are caused by physical or mental illnesses that you already have or suddenly develop. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: aggressiveness, strange or unusually outgoing behavior, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), feeling as if you are outside of your body, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, new or worsening depression, thinking about killing yourself, confusion, and any other changes in your usual thoughts, mood, or behavior. Be sure that your family knows which symptoms may be serious so that they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.”
At press time, it isn’t clear whether the Prosecution has brought Zimmerman’s Temazepam drug abuse to the jury’s attention.
Still, the Defense is making a pivotal attack on Trayvon’s character in an effort to taint him and imply that he was a troubled youth.
Before the trial, the defense also released photos of a gun that was allegedly from Martin’s cell phone and the defense untruthfully stated that a video from Martin’s cell phone was of Martin instigating a fight.
Soon after, the Zimmerman defense team had to recant the fabrication.
In a hearing last week, O’Mara stated that they obtained cellphone video of a pair of Martin’s friends beating a homeless person in a bid to connect violent behavior to the teen’s past. O’Mara was forced to recant the video, after it was discovered that the video taken from Martin’s phone was that of two homeless men fighting over a bike.
Unfortunately, the defense was well-aware that this “evidence” would not be admissible in trial, so they released it to the public in order to intentionally taint Martin’s character before trial.
Testimony resumes Tuesday morning.
Eric L. Welch Guster is founder and managing attorney of Guster Law Firm in Birmingham, Ala., handling criminal and civil matters, catastrophic injuries, criminal defense, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Guster has become a go-to lawyer for the New York Times, NewsOne, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, Black America Web, and various radio programs about various court issues and high-profile cases.
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