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Martin/Zimmerman Affidavit

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Associated Press has posted a copy of the investigators' affidavit in the Martin/Zimmerman case here.

The affidavit says Martin "was on his way back to the townhouse where he was living when he was profiled by George Zimmerman."  It does not explain what it means by "profiled," a word that has become loaded in recent years.

The affidavit says Zimmerman continued to follow Martin after being told not to by the dispatcher and that Zimmerman confronted Martin, contrary to Zimmerman's version of being attacked from behind while walking back to his vehicle.

On the critical issue of the voice calling for help on the 911 calls, the affidavit says, "Trayvon Martin's mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin's voice."  Well, that's disappointing.  I was hoping for something more scientific.  Both sets of parents claim it is their own son's voice.  Shouldn't the investigation have included an expert analysis?

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Agree re: experts. Although lay witnesses are clearly allowed to identify voice exemplars.

The very use of the loaded term "profiling" and the lack of an objective analysis of the voice on the 911 call are hardly the hallmarks of a fair and dispassionate investigation.

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