Rachel Jeantel tells Al Sharpton that she told them (whoever "them is), about her call and that it would match the 911 calls exactly before they ever came out. What? So she talked to Crump or the Martins before Zimmerman's non-emergency call and the other 911 calls were released on March 16, 2012. Either way, this means Crump and the Martins knew about her before March 18, 2013 and the story Crump told during his press conference on March 20, 2012, was full of even more lies than we first thought. I know, huge surprise. Let's break it down...
This is the exchange between Al Sharpton and Rachel Jeantel yesterday, June 17, 2013. [Video Link]
Rachel Jeantel: The defense never wanted me there. They was coming after me since October. They wanted phone records...I remind you before the 911 tape came out, I'm the one, my voice came out before the 911 was out - (unintelligible) I told them, listen to his 911, it matches what I said.
Al Sharpton: So you had told the story even before the tape had come out about what he was saying, the screaming and all of that. The tape came out after you had told your story that really corroborated what you had already said.
But wait, that's not what was said Benjamin Crump, Esq., attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin. Remember he held an emergency press conference on March 20, 2012 to announce a new witness - Trayvon Martin's girlfriend - a minor whose name shall be Dee Dee aka, Witness #8.Rachel Jeantel: Yes. The state said ok, you're my star witness - so they called, I went to Jacksonville - they went back and forth with me.
Benjamin Crump: CNN transcript We took another step in this — what has been a daily journey for the past three and a half weeks. Mr. Martin, on Sunday evening, [March 18, 2012] was working with his cell phone account, trying to figure out Trayvon’s password [keep in mind, this was Tracy's own account, although it was said in court that the account belonged to Sybrina]. And he looked on it, and he saw who the last person was that Trayvon Martin talked to while he was alive.
He called me late Sunday night and told me that he had called the young lady, and he told me, and I was just utterly shocked when he told me the time that they talked. They had talked all that day, about 400 minutes, starting that morning to the afternoon.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s really important to note, and you can follow along because we now have the 911 calls.
...her parents does (ph) not in any way want to reveal her identity. She is a minor. Her parents are very worried about her. She is traumatized over this. This was her really, really close personal friend. They were dating. In fact, she couldn’t even go to his wake she was so sick. Her mother had to take her to the hospital. She spent the night in the hospital. She is traumatized beyond anything you could imagine. And we all were teenagers, so we can imagine how that is when you think somebody’s really special, and you call it puppy love or whatever you want to call it. Then suddenly and tragically, this is taken away and you have, unfortunately, a first-hand account of it. So I will ask you again on behalf of the family and on behalf of the young lady’s family if you would please respect their privacy. She is a minor.
Crump whips out phone records and says they are proof of what Dee Dee is telling him. On a side note here - there were never any phone records submitted into discovery or evidence containing the name "Rachel Jeantel". She had a pre-paid phone and, according to documents submitted by the Sate, the company "Simple Mobile" did not keep records of names if they were not provided at purchase. My question is, if the phone records were not authenticated to belong to Rachel Jeantel, why were they allowed into evidence and not the text messages that belonged to Trayvon?
So, the story has always been that Tracy found out about Rachel by looking at the phone bill on the Sunday night after the family and Crump strong armed the Sanford Mayor and City Manager into releasing them against the Police departments policies on March 16.
Now Rachel Jeantel is telling Al Sharpton that she told "them" about her phone records matching the 911 tape(s) before anyone had heard the 911 tape(s) - before they came out.
SANFORD, Fla. Posted: 03/16/2012 9:54 PM — Police have released audio 911 tapes in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager allegedly killed by a neighborhood watch captain while walking home from a store.
Another misrepresentation to add to the ever-growing stack of media misrepresentations likely due to bad information. The police department did not release the tapes, Sanford Mayor Triplett and Sanford City Manager Bonaparte made that decision. Basically, nothing associated with the press conference given by Attorney Crump, that prompted the arrest of George Zimmerman was true.
Even more disturbing, none of the investigators for the State Attorney's office vetted this young woman or questioned Benjamin Crump's story.
So what is the real story? Why did they wait until they got the tapes to tell the world about Witness #8? Why didn't they take her to the Sanford PD and let them match her story to the tapes instead of suing SPD in order to get them?