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Well, it looks like people have yet another reason to dislike Don West, one of George Zimmerman’s lawyers. But this time, he didn’t really have anything to do with it.
The picture you see above was posted on an Instagram account, allegedly belonging to one of Don’s daughters, Molly. The picture shows Don, Molly (center) and Don’s other daughter Rachel (left) having ice cream cones. It looks innocent enough, right? Well, the caption to the photo, if you can’t see it, reads as follows:
“We beat stupidity celebration cones. #zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit
There was some talk that the picture, taken on Monday and posted on Thursday, was a fake. However, Molly and her sister Rachel left the courtroom on Friday in haste once the picture started taking flight across social media platforms, according to the Miami Herald.
So here’s the thing…it is absolutely real. Shawn Vincent, spokesman for the defense, offered these words on behalf of Don West:
“Molly is mortified… for bringing negative attention to her father and the case.
“Don had no idea that she’d post it on Instagram, and he also knew nothing about the comments associated with it,” he said, acknowledging the bad taste and timing of the image. “We understand the context of the comments with what’s happened in court this week are grossly insensitive.”
He added: “Don told me, ‘As a parent, we’re not always proud of the things our children do, but we love them anyway, and then we move on.’”
Of course, the Instagram account has been shut down.
Molly West is not a child. There is no reason why she shouldn’t have known better than to not only tweet the picture but then to add the caption saying the defense “killed” it. Her dad already turned people off on Monday (yes, the same day) with his stupid “knock knock” joke and his daughter did nothing but make it worse in the court of public opinion (well, some of the public).
Emotions are already very high in regard to this case and hopefully, we won’t have to deal with anymore of these stupid distractions from either side of the court.
It was inevitable that parallels would be drawn between the ongoing Oscar Pistorius drama and the O.J. Simpson trial, which hogged headlines the world over in the mid-1990s.
But there is one fundamental differences between the two cases that is, in my opinion, even more significant than the admittedly numerous similarities.
Yes, O.J. Simpson, a legendary all-American footballer, was a record-breaking star athlete who acquired iconic status in his country and beyond.
And so is Pistorius, a double amputee and Olympian whose courageous triumph over tragedy and unique achievements as a disabled sprinter have earned him acclaim internationally as well as in his native South Africa.
Yes, O.J. Simpson had a penchant for va-va-voom blondes. And so does Pistorius. Yes, both men went from hero to zero in eyes of legions of former fans when they were accused of slaughtering, in cold blood, women who played key roles in their lives – Nicole Brown, the mother of his children in Simpson’s case, Reeva Steenkamp, a current girlfriend in Pistorius’s.
Yes, both dramas sent shockwaves across the globe and were closely monitored by millions (more than half of America’s population watched the Simpson verdict on TV; and I don’t know anyone who has not taken a keen and almost ghoulish interest in the blow-by-blow details of Pistorius’s travails).
Yes, when Simpson was acquitted of killing Brown despite the existence of hard evidence that he was an unrepentant and brutal wife-beater, many people angrily expressed the view that he had received special treatment because of his celebrity status.
Ditto Pistorius when he made bail last week, even though he had the money, means and motive to flee if released, and despite widespread skepticism about his claim that he shot Steenkamp by accident, assuming she had been a burglar.
Read more on TheGrio.com.
There had been questions for a while about whether Jennifer Hudson would take the stand in her family’s murder case and today she was the first witness called to testify at the start of the trial.
William Balfour, 30, the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister, Julia, is standing trial on first-degree murder charges for killing J Hud’s mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew Julian King back in October 2008. Today, she told the jury she knew William wasn’t right for her sister.
“I told her over and over again to not marry him,” Jennifer said. “We did not like how he treated her.”
Jennifer reportedly became overcome with emotion at one point and shed a few tears on the stand as she told the court how she “talked to her [mother] every single day,” and described the last time the family was all together.
“It was my mother, my brother, my sister and my dog,” she said, explaining that they had paid a surprise welcome visit to her home. “I was so surprised. The whole family is here.
“That was the last time I saw them,” she said, crying. “Thank God I had the opportunity.”
Jennifer’s fiancé David Otunga was in the courtroom along with other Hudson family members for moral support. So far, the trial for William, who has plead not guilty to the charges, is expected to last four weeks.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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