CalSouthern Faculty Mentor Dr. James E. Shaw Publishes Book Criticizing the George Zimmerman Trial

Jul 1, 2015 by University Communications
Dr. James Shaw
Dr. James Shaw

Dr. James E. Shaw, a faculty mentor in CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences, has published the book, Odor in the Court: Counterfeit Justice and How George Zimmerman Got Away with Murder. In it, Dr. Shaw painstakingly analyzes the trial (in which George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high school student) and what he terms its many “oddities, omissions and irregularities.”

“I had to write this book,” says Dr. Shaw. “Its purpose is to reveal and question what happened in that courtroom. I believe that those who read it—lawyers and non-lawyers alike—will see how the Zimmerman trial was all about the defense attorney’s expert use of various facets of psychology, to the benefit of George Zimmerman, but to the great detriment of the Martin family and, perhaps ultimately, the criminal justice system at large.

Aspects of the trial examined by Dr. Shaw include the jury questionnaire (a mere six items), the all-female composition of the jury, so-called “sexist psychology” tactics of the defense attorney, the withholding of evidence during the discovery period and the dramatically contrasting demeanors of the prosecution and defense team—among many others.

“As we approach the first anniversary of the acquittal of Mr. Zimmerman for what I believe was the stalking and shooting to death of Trayvon Martin, it’s important to ponder what occurred in this proceeding. We need to know that the shenanigans that occurred in this so-called ‘trial’ could one day happen to you or me. Ignorance is not bliss.”

For more information about Odor in the Court or to purchase a copy, click here.

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