The George Zimmerman trial opened up with a joke and a couple of curse words earlier this week.
Donald West — who told the incredibly stupid, unfunny, and inappropriate knock-knock joke during his opening statement — apologized today for offending the jury.
West, who said that he thought the court room would be the perfect place for his joke, said: “No more bad jokes, I promise that. I’m sorry if I offended anyone.”
West opened the trial yesterday by trying to get the jury to participate in a knock-knock joke. The jury sat stunned and silent as West continued: “Knock, knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? All right, good, you’re on the jury.”
West tried to explain the joke by saying that he wanted to make sure that the jury wasn’t swayed by the emotional appeal of the prosecution.
West said: “If I have to sacrifice passion … it’s because I don’t want that to get in the way even if that means it’s boring or somewhat technical. I want the information before you.”
What did you think about the Zimmerman trial knock-knock joke? Was West being inappropriate during his opening statement?
Prosecutor John Guy also caught a little flak for his opening remarks. Guy started his opening statement by quoting something that Zimmerman told a dispatcher before the shooing. Guy said: “F—— punks. These a——-. They always get away.”