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  • Why did the U.S. Army sentence a former JAG supervisor on a phony rape charge?

    03/15/2015 10:00:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/15/15 | Glenn MacDonald, Major USARMY (Ret)
    A special Investigative Report by Major Glenn MacDonald (US Army, Ret), Editor of has revealed that Major Erik Burriss was railroaded by his former US Army JAG colleagues into a 20 year sentence for a rape which even the Army’s chosen JAG prosecutor said Major Burris did not commit. Coach is Right published this story by Major MacDonald yesterday. Now, tells the American people WHY such a thing would happen. Major MacDonald writes: It was a terse, five-line press release out of Fort Bragg issued later in the day. The handout from the Army spokesperson, a MAJ Boring...
  • Montana ‘stand your ground’ killer sentenced to 70 years

    02/13/2015 8:36:34 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 189 replies
    Daily News ^ | 2/13/15 | Doyle Murphy
    A Montana homeowner was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the “stand your ground” killing of German exchange student. Markus Kaarma, 30, was convicted in December of deliberate homicide after he gunned down 17-year-old Diren Dede in his garage. He’ll have to serve 20 years before he’s eligible for parole.
  • DOJ Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case

    10/30/2014 5:51:54 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 30, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    The Orlando Sentinel newspaper today reported that the Department of Justice has assembled a Federal Grand jury to meet next week to hear testimony about whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights on the night that Zimmerman ultimately killed Martin in self-defense. It was only last month that the Washington Post reported that unidentified Federal law enforcement officials thought it very unlikely that federal charges would be brought against Zimmerman, due to insufficient evidence. Indeed, despite having dozens of FBI agents interview scores of people regarding Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin, not even a smidgen of racism was uncovered in...
  • George Zimmerman, Free From Jail, Can Get His Guns Back

    12/15/2013 4:47:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | December 15, 2013 | Zachary Stieber
    George Zimmerman, who is now a free man again after girlfriend Samantha Scheibe declined to press charges for an alleged domestic abuse in November, will be getting his guns and ammo back. Zimmerman vaulted into notoriety when he killed an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, in Febuary 2012 in Florida. He was acquitted of wrongdoing by a jury in September 2013, but has gotten into trouble multiple times since then, such as getting pulled over for speeding three times, and after spats with both his wife and his girlfriend. Since Scheibe refused to testify against Zimmerman after initially saying Zimmerman...
  • George Zimmerman Divorce: Why Did Wife File For Separation Now?

    09/05/2013 9:28:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Latin Times ^ | September 5, 2013 | Megan Taros
    Not long after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his wife Shellie has filed for divorce. Attorneys said Thursday that she has not filed the paperwork yet, but will be in the coming days. She told ABC News in an interview a few days prior the divorce was on the table for she and her husband. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to perjury last month when she lied about their family income when she was bailing her husband, 29, out of jail the night of the shooting. She appeared in court without him,...

    07/11/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 174 replies
  • In Zimmerman's trial, it's a jury of millions

    07/05/2013 10:46:14 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | July 5, 2013 | Tom Foreman
    When the jury emerges from deliberations days or weeks from now to render its verdict in that Florida courtroom, when the family of Trayvon Martin leans forward in breathless anticipation and when George Zimmerman stands to hear his fate, you can bet your Disney vacation the whole affair will end badly. Not because Zimmerman, on trial in the shooting death of Martin, will be found guilty or not guilty, but because millions of Americans have already made up their minds about what should happen. Large swaths of people are going to be disappointed no matter how the verdict falls. Probably...
  • Prosecutors in Zimmerman Trial Ask Jury to Disregard Comments (Too favorable towards Zimmerman)

    07/02/2013 3:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 144 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 2, 2013 | Cara Buckley
    SANFORD, Fla. — Prosecutors in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman scrambled Tuesday to undo damage to their case by one of their leading witnesses, a Sanford police officer who interviewed the defendant hours after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. The witness, Officer Chris Serino, testified under cross-examination on late Monday afternoon that Mr. Zimmerman seemed to be telling the truth when he said he had fired his gun in self-defense. The officer’s admission made for a dramatic moment in the trial — and was a clear boon for the defense — but drew no immediate objection from the...
  • Dark-skinned and plus-sized: The real Rachel Jeantel story (Hilarious and sad, at the same time)

    07/01/2013 2:24:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Salon ^ | June 28, 2013 | Brittney Cooper, Asst professor, Women's & Africana Studies, Rutgers
    Defense attorney Don West questions Rachel Jeantel during George Zimmerman's trial in Sanford, Fla., June 27, 2013.Trayvon Martin’s trial might be intriguing, fascinating cultural theater to some. To me, it is more akin to a cultural trauma: a continual reminder of how unsafe all those young black men that I love actually are as they move through the world — and how tenuous and torturous it would be to seek justice on their behalf. Troubled, though, by the negative characterizations of Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, after her first day of testimony, I tuned in yesterday in a show of...
  • In Zimmerman Trial, Prosecution Witnesses Bolster Self-Defense Claims (the New York Times?)

    06/30/2013 8:14:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2013 | Lizette Alvarez
    As the trial of George Zimmerman enters its second week on Monday, it appears that the prosecution is struggling to meet the burden of proving him guilty of second-degree murder, legal analysts said. The first week of the trial featured testimony from prosecution witnesses that in many instances bolstered Mr. Zimmerman’s argument of self-defense rather than the state’s case, the analysts said. “When you are talking about state witnesses as if they are defense witnesses, that is a problem for the State of Florida,” said Diana Tennis, a prominent Orlando defense lawyer who is following the case. “And any time...
  • Key Witness Against George Zimmerman Is Hard to Understand, Harder to Believe

    06/27/2013 7:15:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Yesterday and today, jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial heard testimony from a key prosecution witness: Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old_friend of Trayvon Martin who was on the phone with him right before the scuffle that ended in his death. Jeantel said that Martin repeatedly complained to her about a "creepy-*ss cracker" who was following him and that she urged him to run, which he did. After the call was dropped, she said, she called him back about 20 seconds later, and he sounded tired from running. She said he told her he saw the man again, and she heard...
  • George Zimmerman Witness Can't Read Letter She 'Wrote' About Shooting

    06/27/2013 7:09:04 AM PDT · by iowamark · 602 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 27, 2013 | SENI TIENABESO and MATT GUTMAN
    A teenage friend of Trayvon Martin was forced to admit today in the George Zimmerman murder trial that she did not write a letter that was sent to Martin's mother describing what she allegedly heard on a phone call with Martin moments before he was shot. In a painfully embarassing moment, Rachel Jeantel was asked to read the letter out loud in court. "Are you able to read that at all?" defense attorney Don West asked. Jeantel, head bowed, eyes averted whispered into the court microphone, "Some but not all. I don't read cursive." It sent a hush through the...
  • Zimmerman Trial Pre-Game Day Analysis

    06/22/2013 2:24:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 21, 2013 | Andrew Branca
    The jurors are now selected in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman and opening statements are scheduled for Monday. Today was a ‘wrap up’ day, to resolve as any lingering issues that Judge Nelson hadn’t yet decided, and do general housekeeping in preparation for the trial. Since first examining the evidence of this case I’ve been highly skeptical of both the State’s ability to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, murder in the second degree, as well as the State’s ability to disprove, beyond a reasonable doubt, self-defense. What I’ve seen over the course of the Frye hearing and jury selection...
  • Trayvon's family has "every confidence" George Zimmerman will be convicted, family attorney says

    06/19/2013 8:17:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CBS News' Crimesider ^ | June 19, 2013 | Erin Donaghue
    The family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has "every confidence" that a jury will convict George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch captain accused in his shooting death, a family attorney said. Martin's family, including his mother Sybrina Fulton and father Tracy Martin, have attended jury selection proceedings in the Seminole County criminal courthouse since they launched more than a week ago. Attorneys in the case have been whittling down a pool of potential jurors, questioning them on their exposure to news reports in the high-profile case. ---snip--- Answers from potential jurors have varied widely, from candidates who said they...
  • Trayvon Martin’s father, mother fight for his image

    06/17/2013 12:33:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Grio at MSNBC ^ | June 16, 2013 | Joy-Ann Reid
    <p>LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 26: mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton speaks during a rally at West Los Angeles Church in Christ to mark the two-month anniversary of her son’s death as his father Tracy Martin looks on April 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The rally by civil rights groups was expected to draw prominent civil rights leaders and celebrities to address racial profiling.</p>
  • Victim of a racist vigilante or violent thug on the rampage? America seeks the truth....

    06/16/2013 5:19:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Scotland Herald ^ | June 16, 2013 | Andrew Purcell
    In order to try George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, prosecution and defence lawyers only need to find 10 citizens there who have not already made up their minds about the case. But it is proving to be difficult. Is Zimmerman a racist vigilante who stalked an unarmed teenager, then shot him dead? Or was Martin an aspiring thug who confronted a man on neighbourhood watch, smashed his head against the pavement and reached for his gun? These competing narratives have been debated so intensely by the American media that this has become one of the most closely-watched...
  • Attorney for Trayvon Martin family says teen not the one on trial

    06/12/2013 8:03:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Fox News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2013 | Serafin Gomez
    Attorneys quickened the pace in jury selection Wednesday in the George Zimmerman trial, as a lawyer for the family of Trayvon Martin stressed the teenager Zimmerman is accused of murdering was not the one on trial. ---snip--- Juror B-35, a middle-aged black man who owns vending machines, described protests last year over Martin's shooting as "saber-rattling." He wondered why there weren't protests over the fatal shootings of other African-American men in Sanford, the Orlando suburb where Martin was killed in February 2012. He also said he believed Zimmerman deserved his day in court. "I think they politicized it and made...
  • Zimmerman Case: Experts Call State’s Scream Claims “Absurd” “Ridiculous” and “Imaginary Stuff”

    06/09/2013 8:19:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 9, 2013 | Andrew Branca
    A Badly Mismatched Battle of the Experts We covered yesterday’s testimony of the state witnesses at length here, so no point in going over that again. Today we’re going to take a deep dive into the expert witness testimony of two more of the defense expert witnesses–Dr. J.P. (Peter) French and Dr. George Doddington. Their testimony today, in combination with Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone’s expert witness testimony last Thursday, seems devastating to the testimony and credibility of the state’s expert witnesses, Mr. Tom Owens and Dr. Alan R. Reich. Even based merely on their relative training and experience the defense expert...
  • Does 911 tape prove George Zimmerman acted in self-defense? Experts claim they are HIS screams...

    06/08/2013 2:43:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2013 | James Nye and other staff
    * Exclusive ABC News evaluation reveals that the voice heard screaming for help on 911 call is George Zimmerman and not Trayvon Martin * Attorney had yesterday requested confidential testimony as some witnesses said they were concerned for their safety * But judge rejected request after arguments from media and prosecutors * Zimmerman's trial for 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin starts next weekAn independent audio expert believes that George Zimmerman is most likely the harrowing voice screaming for help in the crucial 911 call made seconds before Trayvon Martin was shot dead. As attorney's convene back in court in Florida...
  • Does 911 tape prove George Zimmerman acted in self-defense? Experts claim they are HIS screams

    06/07/2013 4:44:16 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | June 7, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter and James Nye
    An independent audio expert believes that George Zimmerman is most likely the harrowing voice screaming for help in the crucial 911 call made seconds before Trayvon Martin was shot dead. As attorney's convene back in court in Florida today to continue a hearing to determine whether jurors will even listen to the phone call - this new revelation significantly bolsters Zimmerman's claim of self-defense. ABC News exclusively obtained a sample of the distressing emergency call - which could prove pivotal once the trial of 29-year-old Zimmerman begins - and sent it to Kent Gibson of Forensic Audio. In his expert...