Another setback for prosecutors in a case that appears to be little more than a collection of setbacks for prosecutors:
Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, the state’s most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie Tuesday.
It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position.
They had to publicly acknowledge that their star witness had lied under oath and had to answer questions about what they intend to do about it.
Of course, witnesses lie under oath all the time. It happens so often lawyers actually get deadened to it. The key is not presenting a lie to a jury as truth when you know it’s a lie. I know of no evidence they did that here. So what was the lie? Something that seems trivial — so why lie about something so trivial?
The woman had told prosecutors she was in the hospital on the day of Trayvon’s funeral.
“In fact, she lied,” defense attorney Don West said.
Apparently that is not the only bad information she has given:
Despite’s Tuesday’s revelation, there is no indication the woman lied about what she heard on the phone the evening Trayvon was shot. But she appears to have given Crump another piece of bad information: her age.
He told reporters in March, when he played excerpts from the recorded interview, that she was 16 years old. In fact, she was 18 at the time. Crump has said he did not knowingly misrepresent her age.
She is an important witness because she claims Trayvon Martin says he was being followed by Zimmerman and that he (Martin) was scared.