Prosecutor Invokes MLK to Urge Credibility of Star Witness Rachel Jeantel
On Thursday, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda contended that the only reason to find prosecution star witness Rachel Jeantel uncredible would be racism -- her lack of sophistication and Haitian background. “I had a dream that today a witness would be judged not on the color of her personality but the content of her testimony,” de la Rionda said.
Jeantel changed her testimony with regard to Trayvon Martin’s phone call with her just before his confrontation with defendant George Zimmerman, claiming that Martin said “get off!” She also lied about her non-presence at Trayvon Martin’s funeral to both police and the prosecution. Furthermore, Jeantel infamously testified that she did not believe that use of the word "cracker" was racist in any way, after testifying that Martin called Zimmerman a "creepy ass cracker."
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).