Rachel Jeantel looking pretty good
I'm not sure how "good" a witness she was (oh, but Jeebus, the piling on I saw, not only by wingers, but by the credentialed!). Although apparently she had an excellent legal team, I'm not sure how I would have done on that witness stand if a lawyer wanted to take me apart, and I'm white, male, and not only highly verbal* but trained to be a winner in a highly legalistic verbal combat; after all, I've got a chip on my shoulder the size of Mount Katahdin, and I'm sure a lawyer with hours to play around with me would have found it.
In some ways, Jeantel was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" as much as Martin was -- court instead of gated community -- but with the caveat that who gets to determine what "wrong" might be is very much determined by class and privilege, and that we ought to work for a world where nobody is "in the wrong place at the wrong time" (I owe this formulation to Jane Doe over at NC, and I think it's powerful and subtle.) I've always wondered what a good litmus test for success by "the left" would be, and now I think I have one.
As far as "what happened" as opposed to the narrative constructed in court? I'd say she's got it just about right.