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New book on GZ trial: “Yes, the prosecution blew it.”

Celebrity/attorney/author/talking-head Lisa Bloom has just published a book on the TM/GZ case, apparently focusing on the trial and the prosecution’s errors therein. It’s titled “Suspicion Nation” subtitle on cover: “The Inside Story Of The Trayvon Martin Injustice And Why We Continue To Repeat It.” It’s on Amazon, but only in audiobook and Kindle form, not hard-copy, and only available for pre-order, with announced delivery dates between February 27 and March 4. I could find no published reviews online, so I guess pre-release copies have not gone out to the media, either.

Click for the page on Bloom’s website.

Let’s have this thread be for a discussion more-or-less centered on this book, and keep posts on other matters in the general threads. Since it will probably be awhile until any of us get our hands on the thing (much less plow through it) don’t forget this thread is here, and do come back when the time is right.

The Amazon page notes the Kindle version will cost $10, an .MP3 $11, but also that an audio version can be downloaded for free if you sign-up for a 30-day free trial with Audible. I can’t do those things, because I always forget to cancel them and wind up paying a bunch of fees. I think it will also be on iTunes. Anyway, if/when anyone obtains a digital copy we should figure out a way to share it. No need for us to add to Bloom’s income stemming from the tragic death of TM either…

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  1. February 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    All I know is I want that book and I want it badly.

    • wordsalad2009
      February 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      @ tashatexas: Me too, but I don’t know how eager I am to line the pockets of somebody who would seem to be rather calculating:

      …announced delivery dates between February 27 and March 4.

      Notice how the earliest anybody would be able to lay their mitts on this thing is the day after the two year mark?

      @ whonoze: Yeah, this is me all over:

      …audio version can be downloaded for free if you sign-up for a 30-day free trial with Audible. I can’t do those things, because I always forget to cancel them and wind up paying a bunch of fees.

    • February 7, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Hey there tasha-t:

      It will certainly be interesting to see what the book says, and what kind of public reaction it gets. I make no predictions, but I’m prepared to be disappointed, based on what I’ve seen of Bloom’s commentary over the course of the case. She seems to like to paint things in broad strokes, and favor KISS approaches to arguing before juries. The book promises to discuss the physical evidence the prosecution overlooked that belies GZ’s story. As somewhat of an expert on that topic, I’d say you can’t demonstrate how the evidence contradicts GZ’s statements without getting fairly deep into the weeds of stringing a series of logical inferences together: e.g. ‘GZ said he was here and then here, and Trayvon was here and then here, but if you measure the distance between the two points, count the time that passes on GZ’s NEN call, and consider how much ground a human being can cover at walking speed, that’s just not possible.’ Bloom’s talking-head appearances have (so-far anyway) shown no propensity to deal with that level of complexity, much less the kind of hard science analysis that allowed tchoupi to parse the security videos…

      Of course, if she talks about any of that stuff and cites BCCList, whonoze, or the Teeslaw YouTube videos, all will be forgiven :-).

  2. February 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    On the subject of not lining pockets, the title of a certain book by Abbie Hoffman does come to mind.

    Timing, timing. The day after Trayvon Martin’s birthday, the jury in the Michael Dunn case hears an opening statement by John Guy, and Angela Corey herself questions the first witnesses. How weird is that coincidence? This news event — the initial revelations in the testimony, and the recording of the gunshots on a security video — becomes the occasion for Lisa Bloom’s appearance on ‘Politics Nation,’ in which both she and Rev. Al plug her GZ trial book, despite the fact she’s not talking about that. Bloom sticks around to comment on the “Affluenza” case as well, and then the show ends with Rev. Al doing a commentary on the unseemliness of GZ’s venture into “celebrity boxing.” in which the Rev. quite rightly points out that no one whose only claim to fame is killing an un-armed teenager ought to be considered a ‘celebrity.’

    Thus, without an icky direct connection, the Dunn trial creates an opportunity for Bloom to plug her upcoming book in the vicinity of TM’s birthday and against the background of Feldman’s unseemly shenanigans. Strange.

    Today, Rev. Al asked rhetorically whether Michael Dunn too will become a “celebrity” if he’s acquited, “Does he do a wrestling match?” Well, if not, it would only be because GZ has the SYG-poster-boy slot locked up and Dunn would just be a yawn inducing “been there, done that.”

    Of course, if the Dunn trial generates some fireworks that attracts the level of national attention as did GZ’s trial (it’s barely at the edge of the media spotlight now…) then an acquitted Dunn would indeed join GZ on the stage of “celebrity.”

    Forget boxing or wrestling matches with rappers, and think Reality TV Series, Zimmerman, Dunn, DMX and Flava Flav all bunk down in the same mansion with a selection of Real Housewives and/or Kardashians and the men overcome their differences and establish a cross-racial bromance as they unite in their distaste for the women of the house.

    Either that, or they all appear in a special season of Celebrity Apprentice along with Dennis Rodman, Rod Blagojevich, Bob McDonnell, Trey Radle, David Wildstein, in which Trump will say “You’re let go!” rather than “You’re fired!” because, you know, he wouldn’t want any of the cast members to feel they were in danger…

    • unitron
      February 7, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      “Well, if not, it would only be because GZ has the SYG-poster-boy slot locked up…”

      And that’s entirely on the anti-Zimmerman folks, because SYG and the case had nothing to do with each other and Zimmerman never so much as tried to invoke it.

      If said anti-Z folks who want you to know how anti-SYG they are as well had actually familiarized themselves with the SYG provisions of Florida’s Justifiable Use of Force law, as well as its other, separate provisions, like the immunity one, they’d have known that anything the police might have said about SYG being why they couldn’t arrest and charge him that night was a mis-speaking on their part.

      Of course it’s really the immunity part that the lawyers who do civil actions want to get rid of.

      • wordsalad2009
        February 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        @ unitron,

        And that’s entirely on the anti-Zimmerman folks, because SYG and the case had nothing to do with each other and Zimmerman never so much as tried to invoke it.

        Again: there was SYG language in the jury instructions.

  3. blushedbrown
    February 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Good Evening Whonoze

    I am very interested in this book, I will purchased it and maybe we can find a way of exchanging information from the book.

    I’ve also sent an email to you about a week ago.
    See ya.

  4. blushedbrown
    February 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    @Whonoze
    Found the book available elsewhere, bought it will ship in a day or two to me. I’ll let you know when I get it.

  5. February 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Thanks for posting about this book on your blog. I’ve made my friends aware of it. Are you on Facebook or Twitter?

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