Prosecutor Invokes Martin Luther King

by Dimitrios Halikias

Zimmerman prosecutor Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda invoked Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech in describing the testimony of trial witness Rachel Jeantel.

Rionda described Jeantel as “unsophisticated,” but argued that she is the most valuable witness the jurors have heard from. Jeantel was on the phone with Trayvon Martin moments before he was shot and killed and testified last week that Martin told her that Zimmerman was following him. 

Rionda told the jury: “I had a dream…that today, a witness would be judged not on the color of her personality, but the content of her testimony.”


Jeantel’s testimony attracted media attention for her distinctive mannerisms and combative responses, but the prosecutor argued that she is nonetheless one of the most honest and reliable witnesses in the trial.