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  • Jury finds reporter, Rolling Stone responsible for defaming U-Va. dean with gang rape story

    11/04/2016 11:18:13 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 35 replies
    CHARLOTTESVILLE — A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus that included a debunked account of a fraternity gang rape. The 10 member jury concluded that the Rolling Stone reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was responsible for defamation, with actual malice, in the case brought by Nicole Eramo, a U-Va. administrator who oversaw sexual violence cases at the time of the article’s publication. The jury also found the magazine and its publisher responsible for defaming Eramo. The $7.5 million lawsuit...
  • Jury finds George Zimmerman shooter guilty on all counts

    09/16/2016 6:57:38 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 9-16-2016 | Elyssa Cherney
    A Seminole County jury deliberated for nearly four hours Friday before finding a man guilty of attempted second-degree murder with a firearm for shooting at George Zimmerman's truck in May. The jury also convicted Matthew Apperson, 27, of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. The Winter Springs man faces a minimum of 20 years in prison because the crimes involved a gun. His wife and mother, who attended the five-day trial, walked out crying and would not comment. Apperson, a paralegal, sought to convince jurors he acted in self defense when he shot a single...
  • Trial by Jury, a Hallowed American Right, Is Vanishing

    08/28/2016 11:59:18 AM PDT · by Theoria · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Aug 2016 | Benjamin Weiser
    The criminal trial ended more than two and a half years ago, but Judge Jesse M. Furman can still vividly recall the case. It stands out, not because of the defendant or the subject matter, but because of its rarity: In his four-plus years on the bench in Federal District Court in Manhattan, it was his only criminal jury trial. He is far from alone. Judge J. Paul Oetken, in half a decade on that bench, has had four criminal trials, including one that was repeated after a jury deadlocked. For Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who has handled some of...
  • Neo-Nazi gets makeover to hide tattoos from jury

    07/25/2016 2:41:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies ^ | July 25, 2016 | DAVID FERRARA
    As potential jurors enter Courtroom 11D at the Regional Justice Center for a robbery trial on Monday, they will not see the teardrop tattooed just below defendant Bayzle Morgan’s right eye. They will not see the swastika within a clover under the 24-year-old’s left eye. Nor will they see the words “Most Wanted” across his forehead. The “Baby Nazi” tattoo on his neck will be hidden, as will the Iron Cross on the back of his bald head, along with two more white supremacist tattoos where his eyebrows should be. In an unusual move, District Judge Richard Scotti has...
  • Vanderbilt football player, Found GUILTY of Orchestrating Gang Rape

    06/18/2016 10:38:05 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 June 2016 | Reporter and Associated Press
    A jury has found a former Vanderbilt football player guilty on all charges for his role in the rape of an unconscious woman. Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty by the jury in Nashville of raping the woman who he was dating at the time in his Vanderbilt dorm room three years ago. The jury took four hours to make their decision and delivered their verdict just after 8.20pm local time. Vandenburg now faces a potential jail sentence of up to 25 years and was taken into custody as soon as the verdicts were read out while his parents began to...
  • Jury denies Gardiner woman seeking money for daughter with cystic fibrosis

    02/16/2016 11:41:09 AM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies ^ | February 16, 2016 | Whitney Bermes Chronicle Staff Writer
    A Gallatin County jury ruled against a Gardiner woman who was seeking money for her daughter born with cystic fibrosis. After about two hours of deliberations, the 12-person jury ruled that Livingston HealthCare nurse Peggy Scanson and Bozeman OBGYN Dr. William Peters did not violate their standard of care with Kerrie Evans. The verdict came on the ninth day of the trial, held before Gallatin County District Judge Mike Salvagni. Evans sued in 2011 after her daughter, now 5, was born with cystic fibrosis. Evans’ attorneys Casey Magan and Russ Waddell argued that during Evans’ pregnancy, Evans had chorionic villus...
  • Hillary Clinton: Above the Law

    01/26/2016 9:14:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 14 replies
    indiegogo ^ | 1/26/16 | Doug Cogan
    This story is based on true events, substantiated by court and official documents, investigative reports, and first-person accounts, some by the Clintons themselves. Throughout her political life, Hillary Clinton has skirted, usurped, obstructed and otherwise existed above the law, both literally and figuratively...until now. With your generous contribution we will bring to the screen; into the court of public opinion, Hillary Clinton: Above the Law; a film which will serve to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her actions. From the producers of HILLARY! UNCENSORED and the authors of The Fraudulent Senator comes a film that finally calls Hillary Clinton to...
  • Film will make viewers jury in 'Hillary trial'

    01/26/2016 8:57:48 PM PST · by Baynative · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 1/26/16 | Art Moore
    From Whitewater to Travelgate to "Bimbo eruptions" to Benghazi and much more, Hillary Clinton has managed to survive scandal, but it's time for the people to serve as her "judge and jury," contend the makers of a new documentary. Now in production and scheduled for release during the general election campaign, "Hillary Clinton; Above the Law" will seek to 'indict and prosecute' Clinton in "the court of public opinion" for alleged crimes and obstruction of justice, including the "biggest case of campaign finance fraud in U.S. history." The producers, led by Douglas Cogan, are raising funds for the documentary through...
  • A Good Juror Candidate in Garland, Texas

    01/22/2016 7:15:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There was an unusual shooting in Garland, Texas on 15 January, 2016 .  It involved an old girl friend, a home security system, and a warning phone call.  It seems the homeowner and the person he shot knew each other.  The person had been told to leave the property an hour earlier.  Then the homeowner received a phone call from the person's ex girlfriend, that he was returning, and was a threat. From Tampered home surveillance equipment is the first sign that this was not an ordinary crime. Police say that and a warning phone call is what...
  • Judge Dismisses Denver D.A.'s Unconstitutional Jury Tampering Charges ( jury nullification )

    12/17/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by george76 · 83 replies
    Reason magazine ^ | Dec. 17, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    Mitch Morrissey tried to imprison activists for passing out jury nullification pamphlets. Last August, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey charged two local activists, Mark Iannicelli and Eric Brandt, with seven felonies each for passing out jury nullification pamphlets at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. Morrissey continued to pursue those charges even after conceding that such activity is protected by the First Amendment. When I asked Lynn Kimbrough, Morrissey's public information officer, what Iannicelli and Brandt had done that crossed the line from constitutionally protected speech to felonious jury tampering, she refused to say. That's probably because Morrissey had no case, as confirmed...
  • Felony Charges for Handing Out Jury Nullification Fliers

    12/03/2015 1:28:38 PM PST · by Twotone · 68 replies
    Foundation for Economic Freedom ^ | Dec. 3, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Keith Eric Wood is being prosecuted for standing outside a Michigan courthouse and handing out a leaflet that discusses jury nullification. According to Michigan authorities, his leafletting (1) constitutes felony “obstruction of justice," by "knowingly and intentionally giving the members of a ... jury pool a pamphlet that encouraged the jurors to violate their oaths and directly contradicted the instructions the jurors would be given thereby tainting the entire jury panel..."
  • Chicago Juries Using Jury Nullification for Gun Cases?

    10/29/2015 7:33:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Is jury nullification being used in Chicago gun cases?  In strict parlance, jury nullification refers to the right of jurors to judge both the facts and the law.  If a juror believes that justice will not be served by following the law, they always have the right to vote not guilty.  It has always been the right of American jurors to do so, but about 1900, judges stopped telling jurors that they had that right, and gradually that decision morphed into an assumption by judges that it was wrong for jurors to assert their rights.  In spite of the...
  • Wisconsin jury ignores federal law in gun shop case

    10/25/2015 11:31:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot ^ | October 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Radio personality and CNN host Michael Smerconish doesn’t limit himself to the broadcast world. He published an article at this weekend smiling favorably on a Wisconsin jury who was actually doing something while the rest of the nation simply debated. But what feat of prestidigitation did this group of citizens manage? Did they team up with O.J. and finally find the real killers? Has Bigfoot been located at long last? No… it turns out that they managed to find a gun dealer responsible in a civil trial for the damage caused by a person who illegally purchased a weapon...
  • Donald Trump arrives in Manhattan for jury duty amid throng of onlookers

    08/17/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/17/2015
    After a whirlwind weekend campaigning in Iowa, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took a break from the race on Monday to report for jury duty in a Manhattan courtroom. “Is his helicopter going to land here?” a wily New York judge, who did not give her name, joked to the Guardian. She confirmed that the crowd outside the courthouse where she works was unusually large, even compared to the crowds that greet other celebrity courtroom guests. The judge assessed the scene, then settled down with a hot coffee across the street to watch the spectacle, which included about 100 reporters...
  • Donald Trump Called to Jury Duty in Manhattan

    08/15/2015 6:56:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies
    NYT ^ | AUG. 14, 2015 | LIAM STACK
    Donald Trump Called to Jury Duty in Manhattan By LIAM STACK AUG. 14, 2015 Donald J. Trump, whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has shaken up the race, will participate in a more common civic activity next week: jury duty. Mr. Trump has been summoned to serve in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, and plans to report there on Monday morning, said Michael Cohen, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to Mr. Trump.
  • Rethinking jury nullification

    08/07/2015 9:09:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    WA Post ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ilya Somin
    Jury nullification occurs when jurors choose not to convict a defendant they believe to be guilty of the offense charged, usually because they conclude that the law in question is unjust or the punishment is excessive. When I first thought about jury nullification as a young law student, I was inclined to be against it. Yes, it could potentially be used to curb unjust laws. But it can also be a vehicle for jury prejudice and bias. ... legal scholar Glenn Reynolds provides a strong defense of nullification. As he points out, the sort of discretion exercised by nullifying jurors...
  • Jury sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for marathon attack

    05/15/2015 4:17:29 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 15 2015 | Laurel J. Sweet, Joe Dwinell and Owen Boss
    A jury's ruling today to sentence marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death is "justice" and a warning Boston "will not tolerate terrorism," survivors and police said after the verdict. "This is nothing to celebrate. This is justice," said survivor Michael Ward. "He wanted to go to hell and he's going to get there early." The verdict against Tsarnaev, who'll turn 22 in July, was announced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O'Toole Jr.'s courtroom clerk Paul Lyness. Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost a third of her left leg...
  • Even Supreme Court Justices Show Up for Jury Duty

    04/21/2015 2:24:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-21-15 | Amy Kjose Anderson
    Last week, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts showed up for jury duty in Montgomery County to serve his patriotic duty. He may not have been assigned to a case, but he still showed up. While there’s probably a good argument for exempting Supreme Court Justices from serving jury duty, there are plenty of states that have been overzealous in offering exemptions. Many states exempt elected officials, police officers and doctors, but some states take it much further. Hawaii and a handful of other states even exempt dentists and clergy members. Dentists and clergy members don’t quite fit...
  • MT: Denied a Jury Trial, Man found Guilty of "Illegal" Grizzly Killings with a .22

    04/10/2015 3:59:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this case in Montana, a man, Dan Calvert Wallen, who shot three grizzly bears who were repeatedly raiding his property and killing his chickens, was denied a trial by jury, and convicted by the judge of illegally "taking" an unlawful species.  The penalty for each offense is up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine. What is clear to anyone that studies bear problems, is that these were problem bears, and would have to be dealt with sooner or later.   The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks service had attempted to trap the bears but had failed...
  • In Argentina, Hollywood’s '12 Angry Men’ helps nation usher in trial by jury

    03/03/2015 4:08:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | March 02, 2015 | Bryan Llenas
    Argentina is using the 1957 Hollywood classic, “12 Angry Men,” to teach the public about how juries function, just days before the country’s largest province begins its first ever trial by jury.
  • Documents Released in the Ferguson Case

    11/25/2014 8:22:34 AM PST · by servo1969 · 49 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-25-2014 | Robert P. McCulloch
    Here are documents and evidence presented to the grand jury in Clayton, Mo., that was deciding whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of Michael Brown. The documents were released by the St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch. Note: Some of the documents contain graphic language.
  • Report: No indictment of Ferguson officer in Michael Brown's death

    11/24/2014 6:30:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    A St. Louis County grand jury has declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, USA Today reported Monday evening, quoting Michael Brown's family. The grand jury's decision was announced by prosecutors Monday evening after weeks of speculation about how they would act on the case. Missouri officials called for calm Monday in advance of the announcement. The officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August had touched off weeks of sometimes violent protests. The announcement was being made at the courthouse in the St. Louis County seat...
  • Grand jury meeting in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    10/30/2014 3:20:59 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 73 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork.. A U.S. Department of Justice attorney from Washington, D.C., Mark Blumberg, has issued at least one subpoena for Wednesday in the case. Blumberg would not comment on the grand jury session, but the federal panel is to meet at 9 a.m. at the federal courts building on Central Avenue in downtown Orlando to hear evidence in the case. It's not clear how many witnesses...
  • Fox News host claims 'hot' young women are usually ignorant (truncated title)

    10/23/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 59 replies ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Unknown
    Full Title: Fox News host and former Victoria's Secret model claims 'hot' young women are usually ignorant and should NOT vote or be allowed on juries because 'they don't get it'
  • Jury says it can't reach unanimous verdict in Ventura trial

    07/28/2014 11:55:43 AM PDT · by windcliff · 25 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-28-14 | Randy Furst
    The jury in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Gov. Jesse Ventura informed the judge Monday that they can’t reach a verdict, but the judge instructed them to keep trying. “We have not reached a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note to U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle, who read it aloud at a noon hearing with the jury and attorneys in the courtroom. “We feel we will not come to a unanimous decision,” the note said. But Kyle told the 10 jurors to “give it one more shot” and asked them to resume deliberations, noting that his instructions...
  • When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose

    06/19/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Josh Saul
    Brooklyn’s courthouses are being rocked by the “Williamsburg Effect.” The influx of well-off and educated white people to trendy neighborhoods such as Williamsburg is rapidly “gentrifying’’ the borough’s jury pool — and transforming verdicts, lawyers and judges told The Post. It’s good news for prosecutors in criminal cases — and bad news for plaintiffs in civil lawsuits, they said.
  • Jury nullification bill won’t move this session ( Alaska )

    04/15/2014 12:03:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Matt Buxton
    Advocates of jury nullification did their best to improve a bill expanding a jury’s ability to nullify laws, but the bill won’t be making it to a vote this session. House Bill 316, a bill by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson, would expand and protect a jury’s right to judge the merits of a law, not just the facts before them, in a criminal case. The bill would allow defendants to argue their case based merits of the law, encouraging jurors to find them not guilty even in cases where evidence shows otherwise. It also would bar judges from...
  • Arizona jury to consider again death penalty for Jodi Arias in September

    03/17/2014 6:33:14 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 17 2014 | David Schwartz
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday set a September court date to try again to determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend nearly six years ago, court officials said. Arias was convicted by a jury in May 2013 of murdering Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008. He had been stabbed multiple times, shot in the face and had his throat slashed. But the jury deadlocked on whether the former California waitress should be executed or face life in...
  • Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Boiling Frogs

    02/01/2014 12:49:35 PM PST · by Shery · 6 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1.31.2014 | Bill Whittle
    Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Boiling Frogs
  • Jodi Arias: Her $2.1 million legal bill paid by taxpayers

    01/29/2014 10:58:41 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 28, 2014 | Brian Skoloff
    Jodi Arias was convicted of murder, but still awaits a sentence. So far, Arizona taxpayers have covered $2.1 million in legal fees for the Jodi Arias legal team and other costs associated with her case.
  • Another Path to 'Not Guilty'[Nullification]

    01/23/2014 10:09:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 37 replies
    WSJ ^ | 22 Jan 2014 | Ashby Jones
    Not all juries are created equal. These days, nowhere is that clearer than in New Hampshire. A bill introduced earlier this month in the Granite State's House of Representatives would require judges to tell juries in every criminal case that they are free to exercise a long-standing but controversial power called "nullification." That means jurors can vote to acquit defendants not only if they have reasonable doubt of guilt, but also if they simply don't agree with the underlying law. Juries in criminal cases in the U.S. have long had the power to acquit using the nullification principle. But New...
  • Respecting Juries

    12/09/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies ^ | 12-9-2013 | Clay Conrad
    A Texas jury was recently lambasted in open court for committing jury nullification by visiting judge Jerry Ray because they acquitted a defendant in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case. Judge Ray went so far as to equate the jury’s verdict with the acquittal of O.J. Simpson. Unfortunately, like many judges, Judge Ray did not understand what jury nullification is, what juries do, or his own obligations as a judge. Jury nullification occurs when a criminal jury votes not guilty, in spite of proof of guilt beyond reasonable doubt, because they believe the law is either unjust or is being...
  • TX: Grisham (open carry) Case Shows Need for Jury Education

    11/03/2013 6:13:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    The recent mistrial in the case of U.S. Army Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham shows the lack of education of the Bell County jurors. The mistrial occurred because only one juror of the six understood his rights and responsibilities as a juror.    Initially, according to a member of the jury,  L. J. Cotterill, the jury agreed: “we all agreed that the charge itself and the case itself was garbage. This entire matter should have been resolved by two grown men acting like grown men apologizing for their part in a bad situation and buying each other a beer and then...
  • Jury Finds Police Not Liable for Occupy Protester's Injuries (CAPTION fun - AGAIN!)

    08/09/2013 10:40:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    OPB ^ | 8/09/13
    **SNIP** Jurors heard closing arguments, then deliberated four hours before returning their verdict. Their decision: Officers did not violate Elizabeth Nichols’ free speech rights. Nor did they use excessive force when they shoved her in the throat with a baton, pepper sprayed her open mouth and dragged her by her hair.

    08/09/2013 10:40:41 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 16 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2004 | Dick Bachert
    Given the monumental increase in CORRUPTION in government at all levels, I thought it might be a good idea to send this around once again.  As you'll see, this relates to the Georgia Constitution. I'd urge you to investigate YOUR state constitution to see if it contains a clause on JURY NULLIFICATION. If it DOES NOT, why don't you FIND OUT WHY? Thanks to the wisdom of the Founders, we have -- or once HAD -- 4 bulwarks against TYRANNY: They were the 1) SOAP BOX (First Amendment), 2) the BALLOT BOX, 3) the JURY BOX and (pray that...
  • Court to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries

    07/29/2013 4:17:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/29/13 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — Last month’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage were major gay rights victories. But countless questions about the legal rights of gay men and lesbians remain. Here’s one: May gays be excluded from juries on account of their sexual orientation? The federal appeals court in California will soon decide the issue, which turns out to be surprisingly knotty. It arose at the 2011 trial of an antitrust fight between two giant drug companies. After a potential juror appeared to reveal that he was gay, a lawyer for Abbott Laboratories used a peremptory strike — one that does not...
  • Juror B29 was framed… sort of (Another shameful editing by the lamestream media against Zimmerman)

    07/27/2013 7:03:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/27/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Allahpundit took a first look at the big Juror B29 Breaking News on Thursday, and like many of us, was left scratching his head. The headlines which showed up all across the media all focused on one money line from ABC’s big interview with “Maddy” because it was just so gosh darned irresistible. “George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder.”Another person who jumped on that headline, albeit from a different angle, was Dr. James Joyner. That’s not surprising given the number of others who reported the “news” pretty much as presented by ABC. But now he’s had time to look over...
  • State Representative Believes Trayvon Was Entitled to a Jury of His Peers (VANITY)

    07/24/2013 7:20:06 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 73 replies
    Jim continues discussion of the George Zimmerman trial verdict with Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James. *** 8 minutes in and 23 minutes in. At 23:30 he "stakes" his law degree that Trayvon was entitled to a jury of his peers, despite a listener pointing out that, in fact, it was the defendant, Zimmerman, entitled to such Constitutional protection. The rest of the conversation contains the usual spin mixed with falsehoods: That stand your ground had something to do with this case, that TM was an innocent child shot down, etc.
  • Black Alternate Juror For Zimmerman Trial: "I Supported The Verdict"

    07/18/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/18/2013
    WOFL-TV Orlando had an opportunity to interview one of the four alternate jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial. "I supported the verdict," said Juror E54. "I agree with it." CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW.
  • Zimmerman juror calls for change in self-defense laws (B-37 again)

    07/17/2013 2:53:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 17, 2013 | Daniel Trotta and Bill Cotterell
    A member of the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin called for changes in Florida's self-defense law, which she said gave jurors no option but to acquit the defendant. The juror's statement adds to pleas from around the country to change the Stand Your Ground laws that more than 30 states have adopted. In Florida, demonstrators occupied a part of the governor's office demanding that the state repeal or curtail its 2005 law. With her identity kept secret, the juror, designated B-37, gave an interview to CNN on Monday...
  • Here's The Questionnaire Lawyers Used To Pick The George Zimmerman Jury (Could you pass?)

    07/17/2013 2:30:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/17/2013 | PAMELA ENGEL
    The questionnaire lawyers used to select jurors for the George Zimmerman trial has been released online.It seems pretty standard and meant to root out people who might be biased or have already decided on Zimmerman's guilt or innocence. The six-person jury ended up being all women.And it looks like defense attorney Don West's poorly timed knock-knock joke was pretty accurate — the first question on the list is: "Have you ever heard of George Zimmerman?"The document is embedded below:State v. Zimmerman -Jury Questionnaire by yamichea
  • Racism, the U. S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict

    07/17/2013 3:15:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    In These Times ^ | July 16, 2013 | Flint Taylor
    What happens when African Americans don’t get a jury of their peers? While the unquestionably unfair verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, rendered in Florida by five whites and one Latina, should be deeply troubling to persons of all races who care about racial justice, U. S. history, as well as the current racial reality in this country, teaches that it should not come as a surprise. The jury, simply put, decided that a white police wannabe could justifiably profile an unarmed African-American 17-year-old as a criminal, hunt him down, and fatally shoot him. Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump likened...
  • Zimmerman Juror: Race Wasn't a Factor, 'Both Were Responsible'

    07/15/2013 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | July 15, 2013 | Margaret Hartmann
    After weeks of media speculation on what the jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial might be thinking, one of the six women who acquitted him spoke out for the first time tonight. The woman appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 in silhouette and was identified only by her juror number, B-37. While the verdict sparked protests across the country and a massive discussion on race, the juror says the issue never came up in deliberations. “I thought all of us did not think race played a role,” she said. George Zimmerman would have “profiled anybody who came in and acted strange,”...
  • George Zimmerman Trial Juror To Write Book

    07/15/2013 9:39:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mediabistro's Galleycat ^ | July 15, 2013 | Jason Boog
    Juror B37 in the George Zimmerman trial has signed (along with her attorney husband) with literary agent and Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin. Along with the other jurors, Juror B37 found Zimmerman not guilty in the controversial trial. Literary agent Martin had this statement: My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law. It could open a...
  • Zimmerman Jury Photo released

    07/14/2013 6:04:43 PM PDT · by CodeToad · 86 replies
    7/14/2013 | Unknown
    Zimmerman Jury Photo Released...
  • Obama on verdict: We’re ‘a nation of laws and a jury has spoken’ (Obamacare still delayed)

    07/14/2013 3:40:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/14/13 | Ben Goad, Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Sunday called the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a “tragedy” and urged calm one day after shooter George Zimmerman was acquitted, saying that American was a “nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.” “The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America,” said Obama in a statement. “I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher,” he continued. “But we are a nation of laws, and a jury...
  • Zimmerman Trial - DELIBERATIONS: Two Hours Into Deliberations Jury Had Question (VIDEO)

    07/13/2013 4:52:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 07/12/2013 | Michael Mortimer
    Lawyers and media go into full "what does it mean" mode when during deliberations the jury sends out a question. The lawyers' legs turn to noodles while they wait for the Judge to read the question(s) posed. (A lot can be speculated by jurors' questions.) The process goes something like this: - Jurors agree on the question. They write it on to a piece of paper. (No e-mail, texts, or electronic means used to communicate the question.) - A juror hands it to the deputy / bailiff posted at the jury room door. - The bailiff walks it to the...
  • Jurors start deliberating George Zimmerman case

    07/12/2013 12:20:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/12/2013 | MIKE SCHNEIDER and KYLE HIGHTOWER
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A jury began deliberating George Zimmerman's fate Friday after hearing dueling portraits of the neighborhood watch captain: a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin because he feared for his life.</p>
  • Zimmerman trial, Jury present during Judge questioning

    07/11/2013 9:20:56 PM PDT · by CherylBower · 36 replies
    7-11-13 | Me
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  • Zimmerman Jury Selection — Day Eight Wrap-Up

    06/20/2013 5:05:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies ^ | 6-19-2013 | Andrew Branca
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