The evidence that George Zimmerman's attorneys have uncovered on Trayvon Martin's cell phone paints a troubling picture of the Miami Gardens teenager: He sent text messages about being a fighter, smoking marijuana and being ordered to move out of his home by his mother.Florida defines "relevant" in pretty much the usual way. "Relevant evidence is evidence tending to prove or disprove a material fact." That is simpler than the Federal Rules of Evidence phrasing, but not really different. Any probative value that nudges the probability meter one way or the other to any degree is enough to make evidence relevant.
And photos from that phone offer more of the same: healthy green plants - what appear to be marijuana - growing in pots and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.
Defense attorneys on Thursday gave formal notice to prosecutors that they intend to use those and other reputation-damaging pieces of evidence about Trayvon once Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial begins June 10.
Prosecutors say they're not relevant and should be barred.
Is this evidence relevant? It's probative value is certainly quite weak. Is there any at all? Doubtful.