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  • Zimmerman Asks for New Judge; Cites Case Conflict

    04/16/2012 2:01:13 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    AP ^ | April 16, 2012
    George Zimmerman is asking a judge in the Trayvon Martin shooting case to step down after she revealed a potential conflict of interest.
  • News groups fight to open Fla. teen shooting files (Zimmerman/Martin)

    04/16/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-12 | Associated Press
    A group of news organizations in Florida, including The Associated Press, on Monday filed a challenge to the sealing of records in the criminal case of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed teenager. The news organizations filed a motion in Seminole County Circuit Court in an effort that is being led by The Miami Herald.
  • A Death Bounty and an Attorney General

    04/16/2012 8:39:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | April 16, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    One can be forgiven for wondering what level of New Black Panther Party (NBPP) thuggery is sufficient to warrant the attention of Florida law enforcement officials or, seemingly, the most myopic U.S. attorney general to ever head the Department of Justice. On March 24th, New Black Panther Party leader Mikhail Muhammad offered a $10,000 bounty for the “capture” of Zimmerman and publicly stated that Zimmerman “should be fearful for his life.” Fellow Panthers distributed wanted posters calling Zimmerman a “child killer” and offering that bounty “dead or alive.” And in a mind-boggling rant during a conference call, Michelle Williams, Chief...
  • Four Dead, Eight Wounded In Citywide Shootings [Amazingly, George Zimmerman is NOT in Chicago!]

    04/16/2012 6:20:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/14/12
    Four people are dead and eight others were wounded in separate shootings throughout the city Friday night through Saturday afternoon. The first fatal shooting occurred about 1:23 a.m. on Saturday, when a 52-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the neck in the 6400 block of South Langley Avenue, police said. David Loggins, of the 6500 block of South Champlain Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. About 2:44 a.m., a man was shot in the chest in the 6600 block of South Racine Avenue, police said.
  • Miami-Dade fire captain on Zimmerman charges: Blame '****bag' parents of 'our urban youth' [1984!]

    04/16/2012 4:24:57 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 86 replies ^ | 4/13/12 | Joy-Ann Reid
    <p>The Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Department is investigating a Facebook post by one of its captains that seems to blame the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on the "shi*tbag parents" of "our urban youth," and the "ghetto hoodie look" of young black men like Martin...</p>
  • DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions

    04/15/2012 9:36:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 15, 2012 | Arelis R. Hernández
    When racial tensions flared in Sanford, a league of secretive peacemakers reached out to the city's spiritual and civic leaders to help cool heated emotions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February. When civil-rights organizers wanted to demonstrate, these federal workers taught them how to peacefully manage crowds. They even arranged a police escort for college students to ensure safe passage for their 40-mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford to demand justice. As national figures and sign-waving protesters grabbed the spotlight after Trayvon's death, federal workers from a little-known branch of the Department of Justice labored...
  • Mark O'Mara Press Conference For Charges Against George Zimmerman

    04/12/2012 3:49:18 AM PDT · by Third Person · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 11th, 2012 | MSNBC
    George Zimmerman's new attorney, Mark O'Mara, held a news conference shortly after Florida state prosecutors announce second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin. The lawyer said that Zimmerman is worried that he may not get a fair trial.
  • Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force

    04/13/2012 10:43:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies ^ | 13 April, 2012 | Deborah Charles
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed. However, there was also strong support from respondents for background checks as well as limiting the sale of automatic weapons and keeping guns out of churches, stores and workplaces. The online survey showed that 68 percent, or two out of three respondents, had a favorable opinion of the NRA, which starts its annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday. Eighty-two...
  • Media Malpractice [Liberal "news" and George Zimmerman]

    04/15/2012 5:32:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Any hope that the media might fairly and responsibly cover the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin was effectively doomed the moment Al Sharpton descended on Sanford, Florida, and started holding rallies with the victim’s family. Recall that Sharpton once said of Clarence Thomas’s tenure on the Supreme Court, “I remember growing up reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now I get to see it.” Unless they agree with his race-driven political agenda, Sharpton is not above accusing even African Americans of wanting to return to a day when the Fugitive Slave Act was still on the books.
  • Undocumented immigrant seeks admission to Florida Bar

    04/15/2012 3:00:24 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | April 15, 2012 | Rafael A. Olmeda
    Can an immigrant without a green card get a Florida Bar card? Aspiring lawyer Jose Godinez-Samperio, 25, a Tampa-area resident, is hoping the answer is yes. A native of Mexico who entered the United States legally with his parents 16 years ago on a tourist visa, Godinez-Samperio is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, the valedictorian of the Armwood High School class of 2004, an Eagle Scout — and an undocumented immigrant.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, which grants membership to the Bar, has asked the state Supreme Court to determine whether it can accept someone...
  • The zombie files: Nearly 7,000 stagnating foreclosure cases [Palm Beach]

    04/15/2012 11:52:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 15 April 2012 | Kimberly Miller
    Nearly 7,000 stagnating foreclosure cases lie dormant in Palm Beach County's courts, creating a payment-free limbo for some homeowners but a stain of vacant and abandoned homes in deteriorating neighborhoods. These sleeper files, which have remained inactive for a year or longer, date as far back as 1997, according to documents provided to The Palm Beach Post by the clerk of courts. But most are from the early years of the housing crash when lenders feverishly sought to repossess homes, unaware that the frenetic pace would cause a second crisis based on faulty documents and unlawful corner-cutting. While an unknown...
  • Rep. Allen West Says There Are Communists in Congress; Is He Right?

    04/15/2012 9:23:18 AM PDT · by DBeers · 63 replies
    The New American Magazine ^ | Saturday, 14 April 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Rep. Allen West Says There Are Communists in Congress; Is He Right? At a town hall meeting in Palm City, Florida, on April 10, Tea Party favorite Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) informed the audience that there are Communists in Congress. In response to the question “What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card carrying Marxists, Internationalists, or Socialists?” West claimed that there are: “78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist party.”   When asked if they hide it, West responded, “No, they actually don’t hide it, it’s called the Congressional...
  • Artist makes George Zimmerman mug shot out of Skittles

    04/14/2012 8:23:31 AM PDT · by bgill · 21 replies
    The Upshot ^ | April 14, 2012 | Scott Steinberg
    An artist in Denver has turned an infamous 2005 mug shot of George Zimmerman into a piece of pop art. Andy Bell, 31, used 12,250 Skittles to create a 3-by-4-foot portrait of Zimmerman... "It became family puzzle night," he told the Post... Katherine Sredl, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business... she said. "Skittles have always symbolized youth and innocence."
  • Dem Rep Attacks Ann Romney for Being Stay-at-Home Mom

    04/13/2012 11:07:30 PM PDT · by hope · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/13/12
    Democrats continued their War on Moms today with Florida State Representative Scott Randolph attacking Ann Romney for being a stay-at-home mom:
  • Miami Heat players: Arrest in Trayvon Martin case brings some closure [Remember John Rocker?]

    04/14/2012 6:28:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/12/12 | Joseph Goodman
    Heat players were part of the movement three weeks ago to shed light on the circumstances involving the death of Trayvon Martin. On Thursday, they hoped the recent development in the case helped bring closure to the family. Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday. Martin, who was killed by Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford while wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was a fan of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and the Heat. Heat players, who later posed for a team photograph in hooded Heat sweatshirts as a show of support for Martin’s family, said Martin’s death...
  • A Right to be hostile: Why Trayvon Martin's Family shouldn't have to play nice

    04/14/2012 4:51:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Ebony ^ | 4/13/12 | Jamilah Lemieux
    I became sick to my stomach upon hearing that Sybrina Fulton, mother to murdered Trayvon, had stated this week that she felt that her son’s shooting death was “an accident.” I understand that Trayvon is her baby, not mine, and that a grieving mother should not only be given the space to mourn and emote as she sees fit…but that her emotions during this time can lead her to say things that the rest of the world can’t quite understand or co-sign. I get that. I also appreciate that Fulton had the opportunity to recant her statement later on HLN’s...
  • Brother Says Trayvon Martin Happy, Not Violent [Oh, except for bashing Zim's head into the concrete]

    04/14/2012 4:17:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Trayvon Martin should be remembered as a happy, smiling teenager, says his soft-spoken older brother. Martin, 17, was an honors student with his own college dreams, according to Jahvaris Fulton.
  • Meet Trayvon Martin's Attorney Jasmine Rand

    04/13/2012 8:33:43 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 27 replies ^ | March 29th, 2012
    Oh yeah, peep her discussion with Bill O’Reilly the other night on the Trayvon Martin case as well... Jasmine Rand, an attorney representing Trayvon Martin‘s family, spoke to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night about how the case has been unfolding. O’Reilly asked about the new information about Martin’s school records, which Rand said bear zero legal relevance to case. Responding to the issue of the Black Panthers, Rand said the family does not support any calls for violence.
  • Judge in Zimmerman Case May Have Conflict

    04/13/2012 8:26:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Apr 13, 2012 | Brian Hamacher
    Hearing to discuss judge's possible conflict in case The judge hearing the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case may have a potential conflict, she said at a Friday hearing. Seminole County Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler announced that her husband works with an attorney who has been hired to act as an analyst on the case for CNN. Recksiedler said she scheduled the brief hearing because she wanted to make prosecutors and Zimmerman's attorney aware of the situation. "I wanted to disclose it to you as soon as possible, so as I became aware is why I set this status hearing this...
  • Martin Case Affidavit

    I strongly disagree with David French’s analysis. I’m inclined, instead, to agree with commentators ranging from former Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin to Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz that the affidavit is stunningly weak — “unethical,” as Prof. Dershowitz puts it. In fact, I go further (which, after nearly 20 years of writing and supervising the writing of complaint affidavits, I think I’m qualified to do). This affidavit is not law, it is agitprop: invoking, for example, the explosive term “profiled” but carefully avoiding any discussion of what it means and failing to note that (a) there is no evidence of...