Evidence made available to the public today in the Trayvon Martin case includes a medical report from George Zimmerman’s family physician. To my surprise this family doctor reports “lacerations” to the back of his head, a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, and a “minor back injury, all reported the day after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Luckily for Zimmerman the “closed fracture” of his nose seems to have healed without any permanent disfigurement.
Obviously this medical report would tend to substantiate Zimmerman’s account of the incident. It would seem contrary to the images contained in the video in the police station. Fortunately for Zimmerman the EMT’s didn’t make him wear any of those annoying bandages or tape on his nose immediately after the incident.
Fortunately Zimmerman didn’t experience the “immediate nasal bleeding and bruising around the eyes“ that usually results from traumatic injuries to the “rich network” of blood vessels around and within the nasal passages that typically result from a broken nose, whether an open or closed fracture.
It is also curious that the District Attorney saw this evidence and still charged Zimmerman with second degree murder. Maybe she knows the answers to these questions:
1. How does the family physician know about the “closed fracture” of his nose. Were there x-rays taken and if not why not?
2. Zimmerman clearly doesn’t have black eyes in the police video, so the family physician must have seen him the next day. Why didn’t the police notice that his eyes were swollen and contused if he had been hit in the face? Even if he had “black eyes” the next day, why didn’t anyone take pictures of them?
3. There has also been produced a video from the clubhouse in the neighborhood where Trayvon was shot. That video may confirm what actually happened, and whether Martin or Zimmerman was actually the aggressor.
There is still no public information from the autopsy. For example we don’t know whether the bullet entered Trayvon Martin’s chest from the front or back of his body. We haven’t seen or heard about any records from a hospital regarding any medical treatment of Zimmerman. There has also been a report regarding 911 calls, non-emergency calls, photos, video, medical records and a number of hardcopy documents. Thus there is a significant amount of evidence the public has not seen.
Given the fact that all the evidence has not been made public, there is still a substantial question as to the identity of the aggressor the night of the death of Trayvon Martin. Especially because the report that has been provided was given by the “family” physician, there is the implication of bias. If it had been the report of an E.R. doctor the night of the shooting, there would be more credibility attached to the report. Even if these injuries were documented by an E.R. doctor the night of the shooting, it would not justify Zimmerman’s pursuit of Trayvon Martin the night of his death. However if an independent doctor had documented these injuries, there would be more credibility associated with the report of the injuries, and the story of Zimmerman. Because this information is from the “family physician” it is simply one piece of a very complicated puzzle. The puzzle is a long way from complete, and the jury that will ultimately hear this case will have to make all the pieces fit together. This may require the determination of which pieces legitimately belong to their puzzle, and which pieces were erroneously mixed into their box in an attempt to thwart the completion of the puzzle.