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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
    thegrio.com ^ | 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
    reuters.com ^ | 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
    Bossip.com ^ | 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...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz Disparages President Obama, I Think? [Bonus: New Hairdo for BO's lackey!]

    04/13/2012 1:37:47 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    The Shark Tank ^ | 4/13/2012 | Javier Manjarres
    At the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce meeting in downtown Miami, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz used the widely referenced term ‘Obamacare’ when referring to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In 2011 while on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Schultz took umbrage with several Republican members of Congress for using the term ‘Obamacare’ in referencing the Affordable Care Act .
  • Attorney for George Zimmerman seeks judge's recusal

    04/13/2012 10:50:44 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | April 13, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. - The attorney for George Zimmerman, who's charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, said he will likely filing a motion for the judge to recuse herself from the case because of a possible conflict of interest. During a 10-minute status hearing that was held Friday in Seminole County, attorney Mark O'Mara said the filing of the motion to have Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler removed may be "imminent." O'Mara became Zimmerman's attorney after being recommended by attorney Mark NeJame, who was contacted by Zimmerman's family. Recksiedler's husband works at NeJame's law firm. "If you choose...
  • Most Albertson's In Central Fla. To Close

    04/13/2012 10:42:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Central Florida supermarket chain is about to close almost all of its local stores. It's part of a move by Albertson's to end the majority of its operations in the state. For the last year or so, Albertson's has been shrinking the number of stores it operates in Florida. In Central Florida, six more stores are going to close in the next few weeks. Only a store in Altamonte Springs will remain open. Albertson's says the Florida market is not good for it, and with fuel and utility costs being what they are, it's closing all...
  • Allen West for US Congress

    04/13/2012 8:46:57 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 7 replies
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  • Obama, Scott both at Tampa airport Friday

    04/13/2012 8:59:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Friday afternoon could be busy at Tampa International Airport with President Obama making a stop there on his way to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas and Florida Gov. Rick Scott performing his eighth work day there. In his second visit to Florida in three days, Obama will make an appearance Friday afternoon at the Port of Tampa, where he is expected to announce trade initiatives with Latin America, pegged to the summit. The stop is not open to the public. On Tuesday, Obama spoke to a crowd of 4,500 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and attended...
  • NRA gathers amid growing storm over gun laws

    04/13/2012 7:06:00 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 12 replies
    New York Beta Times ^ | 4/13/2012 6:13:34 AM ET | ERICA GOODE
    No one had yet heard of a Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin when a group of Wisconsin Republicans got together last year to discuss expanding a self-defense bill before the State Legislature. The bill, known as the Castle Doctrine, made it harder to prosecute or sue people who used deadly force against intruders inside their houses. But the Wisconsin legislators, urged on by the National Rifle Association in a series of meetings, wanted it to go further. They shaped an amendment that extended the bill’s protections to include lawns, sidewalks and swimming pools outside the residences, as well as vehicles...
  • George Zimmerman: Self-defense hearing could dismiss death charge(FL)

    04/13/2012 6:47:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 138 replies
    orlandosentinel.com ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    George Zimmerman can ask to have the second-degree-murder charge against him dropped without having to stand trial in the death of Trayvon Martin. Two years ago, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that anyone claiming "stand your ground" immunity in a death, battery or assault case can request a hearing on the evidence. The hearing allows the prosecution and defense to argue all the elements of self-defense in the case evidence. To get charges dismissed, the accused must convince the judge that a reasonable person would believe that using deadly force or the threat of deadly force was the only way...
  • Trevor Dooley's lawyers seek dismissal in Tampa 'stand your ground' case(FL)

    04/13/2012 6:21:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 13 April, 2012 | Shelley Rossetter
    TAMPA — Trevor Dooley's lawyers say it was an act of self-defense — pulling the trigger kept him alive. David James was on top of him, hands around Dooley's neck. Dooley couldn't breathe. He tried to warn James by poking him in the leg twice with a handgun. When it didn't work, Dooley fired. Lawyers for Dooley, the man accused of killing his Valrico neighbor, submitted their argument Thursday in a motion asking a judge to dismiss the manslaughter charge against him. Their main defense? Florida's "stand your ground" law. The law allows a person to use deadly force to...
  • Miami’s Catholic Faithful Mourn Loss Of Beloved Bishop

    04/13/2012 5:38:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/12/12
    Miami’s Cuban exile community is mourning the loss of a beloved spiritual leader. Catholics packed The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity for Thursday night’s visitation. Auxiliary Bishop Agustín Román died Wednesday night in Miami. He was 83 years old.
  • Miami’s Catholic Faithful Mourn Loss Of Beloved Bishop

    04/13/2012 5:38:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    CBS ^ | 4/12/12
    Miami’s Cuban exile community is mourning the loss of a beloved spiritual leader. Catholics packed The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity for Thursday night’s visitation. Auxiliary Bishop Agustín Román died Wednesday night in Miami. He was 83 years old.
  • Atty: Zimmerman bail hearing to be held next week

    04/13/2012 4:21:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | 4/13/12 | GREG BLUESTEIN, TAMARA LUSH
    Trayvon Martin's supporters fought for weeks to win an arrest after the 17-year-old was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. Now George Zimmerman's attorney has begun what could be a lengthy legal battle to free his client from the second-degree murder charge filed in the case. The first step for Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara will be to try to get his client out of jail while the legal process continues. A hearing for the 28-year-old probably will be held on April 20 to determine if he will be allowed to post bail and leave jail, O'Mara said...
  • Allen West Ends Myth Progressives Aren't Extreme

    04/12/2012 6:40:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 12, 2012
    Politics: The left had a fit of the vapors after GOP Rep. Allen West of Florida insinuated that there were boatloads of communists in Congress among Democrats. Well, maybe not, but where there's smoke, there's fire. Speaking before a town hall in Jensen Beach, Fla., the popular congressman said: "I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the communist party." A staffer later explained that he was referring to the far-left congressional Progressive Caucus, all of whose members have truly radical pasts. West's statement ignited a firestorm. How dare he suggest that...
  • Duo claim Stand Your Ground defense for pepper-spraying arrest (Security guards Vs Mob- Video-Fla)

    04/12/2012 8:48:48 PM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 8 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 4-11-12 | SAMARA SODOS
    The 4 a.m. fight spilled from the pawn store across the street into Salem's Gyros and Subs on East Hillsborough Avenue. To control the chaos, father-son security team Dean Prince, 63 and Michael Prince, 30, pulled out their pepper spray. The pair was employed by Salem's to keep order at a location known for violent crime. Surveillance video captured the fight, showing dozens of people streaming through Salem's parking lot. A Tampa police cruiser shows up to assist security guards. The investigation resulted in two arrests: Dean Prince and his son Michael. They were charged with battery after Tampa police...
  • Florida Executes Serial Killer David Alan Gore After 28 Years

    04/12/2012 8:51:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Friday, April 13, 2012 | Steve Bousquet
    David Alan Gore, one of the most vicious serial killers in Florida history, was executed Thursday after spending 28 years on death row. After an excruciating series of execution delays, two dozen relatives and law enforcement personnel watched in silence as Gore succumbed to a lethal dose of chemicals. Prison official Tim Cannon, after speaking briefly to the governor's office by phone, announced that the death sentence was carried out at 6:19 p.m. Gore, 58, who killed six women in Indian River County in 1981 and 1983, repeatedly sought to use the judicial system to prevent his execution and described...
  • New Black Panther Leader Announces Formation of All Black Army to Kill Whitey (Audio)

    04/12/2012 6:30:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | April 11, 2012 | Posted by Jim Hoft
    New Panther National Chief Malik Zulu Shabazz is seen speaking at a Selma rally in 2007 on the left. Then Obama speaks to the radical group at the same rally.
  • Prosecutors: Zimmerman 'profiled' Trayvon Martin

    04/12/2012 2:54:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    WISC-TV / CNN ^ | April 12, 2012
    An affidavit of probable cause in Florida's case against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of an unarmed 17-year-old says Zimmerman "profiled" Trayvon Martin. Forty-seven days after Martin was shot and killed in a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood, a solemn Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday, wearing gray jail coveralls and speaking only a few words as his arraignment was set for next month. Zimmerman faces a charge of second degree murder in the 17-year-old's death. Seminole County Judge Mark Herr, who spoke via a closed-circuit television connection during the four-minute hearing, set Zimmerman's arraignment for May 29 and said...
  • Cuban bar group backs out of Marlins event over Guillen flap

    04/12/2012 12:21:40 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/12/12 | DOUGLAS HANKS
    Miami’s Cuban American Bar Association on Wednesday dropped out as a sponsor of Lawyer Appreciation Night at the Marlins ballpark next week. The Miami-based legal group said it can’t support the event after Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen declared he had “respect” for Fidel Castro’s ability to remain alive and in power. The comments sparked a furor throughout Miami’s Cuban-American community, and led to an apology by Guillen and the team suspending him for five games. “CABA will not support any organization whose public spokesman expresses sympathy for that regime,’’ the group’s statement read. The April 17 event consists mainly of...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz backs out of Islamist event after blowback

    04/12/2012 11:22:10 AM PDT · by Kevin C · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4/11/12 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was scheduled to give the keynote address at a fundraiser hosted by an American Muslim on the Federal Terrorist Watch List, is backing out. Called out by her Republican opponent Joe Kaufman, Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman issued a statement that “there was a miscommunication, she is not speaking to the organization … we never agreed to do a fundraiser, nor this event.” But, as usual, Wasserman Schultz is lying. You can see the flyer here. The event, which was to raise funds for EMERGE USA, is to be hosted by Khurrum Wahid, an attorney who...
  • Trayvon Martin's mom retracts 'accident' (comment), says Zimmerman killed him in 'cold blood'

    04/12/2012 10:45:09 AM PDT · by kristinn · 53 replies
    MSNBC/DNC ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | NBC News and msnbc.com staff
    Full headline: Update: Trayvon Martin's mom retracts 'accident' characterization, says Zimmerman killed him in 'cold blood' Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET: Trayvon Martin's mother retracted her comments that she believes her son's fatal shooting by George Zimmerman was an accident, telling MSNBC-TV on Thursday afternoon that she actually believes "George Zimmerman stalked my son and murdered him in cold blood." In an interview Thursday morning on NBC's TODAY show, Sybrina Fulton had said: "I believe it was an accident. I believe that it just got out of control and he couldn't turn the clock back." After Fulton's remarks drew widespread...
  • Casey Anthony’s lawyer: George Zimmerman’s a victim of prosecutor's ‘political prostitution’

    04/12/2012 8:47:05 AM PDT · by kristinn · 110 replies
    The Miami Herald | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    Link to Miami Herald news article Cheney Mason, the freewheeling criminal defense attorney who successfully defended tot mom Casey Anthony, is shaking his head over the second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The charge leveled by prosecutor Angela Corey is too severe and reeks of political calculus, Mason said. “It’s political prostitution,” Mason said. “Now I don’t have all the facts – no one does – but you look at what we know of the case and it looks like the prosecutor bowed to other pressures. “The fact is there is lots of racial...
  • Communist Party slams Allen West

    04/11/2012 11:50:47 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | April 11, 2012 | DARIUS DIXON
    A top official of the Communist Party USA on Wednesday ripped Rep. Allen West’s “sad ploy” for claiming that as many as 80 Democratic members of the House are communists. “I just think it’s an absurd way to cast a shadow over his colleagues. It’s kind of a sad ploy,” Libero Della Piana, a vice-chairman of the national Communist Party, said of the Florida Republican’s charge that about 80 House Democrats were members of the radical party. “It’s just guilt by association taken to an extreme,” he told POLITICO. He also said there are no members of Congress who are...
  • Trayvon Martin's mom says she thinks his killing was an 'accident' [Changing tune now??]

    04/12/2012 6:04:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 147 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 4/12/12 | Ian Johnston
    Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton told the TODAY show Thursday that she believes her son’s fatal shooting by George Zimmerman was an accident. “I believe it was an accident, I believe that it just got out of control and he couldn’t turn the clock back," she said.
  • George Zimmerman: Self-defense hearing could dismiss death charge

    04/12/2012 5:17:42 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 101 replies
    Orlando Slantinel ^ | 4/11/2012 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    George Zimmerman can ask to have the second-degree-murder charge against him dropped without having to stand trial in the death of Trayvon Martin. Two years ago, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that anyone claiming "stand your ground" immunity in a death, battery or assault case can request a hearing on the evidence. The hearing allows the prosecution and defense to argue all the elements of self-defense in the case evidence. To get charges dismissed, the accused must convince the judge that a reasonable person would believe that using deadly force or the threat of deadly force was the only way...
  • Second-degree murder charge may be hard to prove in Trayvon Martin case

    Special prosecutor Angela Corey likely has an uphill climb to prove that George Zimmerman acted with the malicious intent required to convict him of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, legal experts say.
  • Prosecutors Face Hurdles in Zimmerman Case

    04/12/2012 5:14:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    newsmax ^ | 4/12/12
    After an extraordinary public campaign to make an arrest in the shooting of an unarmed black teen, a Florida prosecutor came back with a murder charge in the case that has galvanized the nation for weeks. But prosecutors face steep hurdles to win a second-degree murder conviction against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, experts say. They will have to prove Zimmerman intentionally went after Martin instead of shooting him in self-defense, refute arguments that a Florida law empowered him to use deadly force and get past a judge's ruling at a pretrial hearing.
  • Allen West versus the Communists - A new adventure in creative editing.

    04/11/2012 6:02:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 04/11/2012 | John Hayward
    Oh, my gosh, did you hear that Rep. Allen West claims there are seventy or eighty card-carrying members of the Communist Party serving as Democrats in Congress? The House Un-American Activities Committee must be re-opening for business! That’s the headline you’ll see all over the left side of the blogosphere. And it’s got to be true, because they’ve got video! Here’s a clip of West (R-FL) speaking at a town hall meeting in Jensen Beach on Tuesday: Except all of these video clips are very carefully edited to cut out the next thing West said. Here is the quote in...
  • NAACP Chief: Zimmerman arrest a great moment for our country

    04/11/2012 10:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    WNYT-TV ^ | April 11, 2012 | Dan Levy
    ALBANY - NAACP President Benjamin Jealous told an Albany Law School lecture hall on Wednesday afternoon the arrest of George Zimmerman is a "great moment for our country" even though it is long over due. "People of Sanford (Florida) have been tortured," Jealous says, "Our country has been torn apart just waiting for the man to simply be arrested." On that point, you'll find no disagreement from Alice Green of the Center for Law and Justice. "It should have happened a long time ago," Green insists. "There was certainly always probable cause to arrest him and people are outraged because...
  • George Zimmerman's arrest brings relief to community (And isn't that the important thing?)

    04/11/2012 8:32:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    WGN-AM / The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 11, 2012 | Walter Pacheco, Martin E. Comas, and David Breen
    SANFORD — After weeks of demanding justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, reaction across Central Florida to George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge shows measured relief. "I think it's justice being served," Sanford's Allen Chapel AME Church Pastor Valarie Houston said. "All the protesting and all the marching, all the tears and lost nights of sleep, it's all been worthwhile." Houston held a prayer service at the church that was attended by several dozen people after Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to charge Zimmerman. Worshippers rose to sing "Glory, Glory Hallelujah" after walking into the church. Minister R. White,...
  • Sarah Palin setting up shop at Channelside for GOP convention

    04/11/2012 8:34:26 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Times staff
    You betcha Sarah Palin will be at the August Republican National Convention. The political action committee for the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate plunked down $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Plaza for the big political event. [...] But the space at Channelside — a short walk from the Forum — will allow her an independent platform away from the formal event and access to some of the 15,000 journalists expected to cover the convention.
  • Prosecutor's statement and charge statement

    04/11/2012 7:07:12 PM PDT · by NelsTandberg · 100 replies
    Office of the State Attorney ^ | 11 April, 2012 | State Attorney's Office,4th Jud. Circuit
    The Florida State Attorney's Office has PDF files available with Angela Corey's prepared statement and the Issue Capias charging Zimmerman with one count of second degree murder. "COUNT I: IN THE COUNTY OF SEMINOLE, STATE OF FLORIDA, on February 26, 2012, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, did unlawfully and by an act imminently dangerous to another, and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, kill TRA YVON MARTIN, a human being under the age of eighteen, by shooting the said victim, and during the commission of the aforementioned Second...