Pranksters disrupt George Zimmerman trial with Skype
Let this be a lesson to all lawyers in the future: Block the Skype name of anyone testifying remotely if the trial is televised.
The George Zimmerman trial found this out the hard way on Wednesday (July 3), after multiple Skype users called in during a law professor's testimony. While the courtroom was not amused, the outcome is thoroughly entertaining for the rest of the world.
Pranksters struck shortly after Scott Pleasants, a criminal justice professor at Seminole State College who once taught Zimmerman, began to testify remotely via video. Things started out well, but Pleasants' Skype name was visible and everything fell apart.
With pings and pop-ups, random names began to call into the account. At several moments, the "calling" bubbles covered the witness' face completely. Pleasants and the lawyers tried to continue, but the distraction proved to be too much.
"There's now a really good chance that we're being toyed with, just so you know," Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara told the judge. Shortly after this, Judge Debra Nelson ordered the testimony to continue via voice-only speakerphone.
Zimmerman is on trial for second-degree murder in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. The case has gained notoriety throughout the country, bringing up issues of race, gun laws and the Florida justice system.