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  • Coke withdraws from group that backs Stand Your Ground law

    04/06/2012 7:13:20 AM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | April 5, 2012 | Barbara Liston and Martinne Geller
    ORLANDO, Fla./NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co is dropping its membership in a conservative national advocacy group that supports "Stand Your Ground" laws such as the one being used as a defense in the Florida killing of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. The move by the world's biggest soft drink maker comes as corporate America faces increased scrutiny from consumers and shareholder activists over lobbying and political spending.
  • Why the Trayvon Martin Circus Could Derail Obama's Re-election (Fawning sycophantcy alert)

    04/04/2012 3:19:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post | April 4, 2012 | James Marshall Crotty.
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  • Martin's Parents Plan To Sue Homeowners Group(FL barf alert)

    04/03/2012 6:58:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Greg Allen
    In Florida, questions continue to swirl about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman gun down the teen in February. Zimmerman hasn't been charged because he claimed self-defense. One question that hasn't been answered: Is the homeowners association liable for the death. Here's NPR's Greg Allen. GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: There are nearly 200 townhomes at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the community in Sanford where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. It's possible the owners of those townhomes may also be held liable in Trayvon Martin's shooting. Lawyers for the Martin family say they plan...
  • Poll: Should the Florida Legislature repeal the Stand Your Ground law?

    03/31/2012 10:29:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 57 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 25 March 2012 | David Simon
    Reader poll/web vote with barf-worthy opinion piece.Opinion: Welcome to Florida. Beware of gunmen standing their ground
  • Swampscott sees both sides of Martin controversy

    03/29/2012 11:37:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    Lynn (MA) Item ^ | 3/29/12 | Cyrus Moulton
    SWAMPSCOTT — The controversy over Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when killed by a member of a neighborhood watch who claimed Martin looked “suspicious,” has come to Swampscott High School as students are organizing a “Wear Your Hoodie Day” on Friday. “They’re asking my child to identify with a man who in a police report is described as banging a person’s head on the sidewalk,” said parent Dr. Judy Bevis, a clinical psychologist. “The message being sent to kids is react, react emotionally, before we have all the information.” But school officials defended...
  • Obama Campaign: Republicans Are "Politicizing" Trayvon's Death (Unbelievable!)

    03/28/2012 1:58:07 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 35 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Wednesday March 28, 2012
    "His Republican opponents have jumped all over him because they do want to play politics with this issue. The President spoke from his heart on this, it was trying to emphasize with some parents who had just lost a child. By any measure, this was a tragedy and we need to let the investigation take its course," Stephanie Cutter, Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager, said on MSNBC today. "People have to stop politicizing it," she added. "It's no surprise that some of our Republican opponents are trying to make an issue with this. But the President spoke from the heart and...
  • Congressional Democrats' hate crime forum dominated by Trayvon Martin case

    03/27/2012 7:15:43 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | March 27, 2012 | Mark K. Matthews
    With the parents of Trayvon Martin looking on, congressional Democrats met Tuesday on Capitol Hill to explore ways they could use federal law to prevent a repeat of the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford that claimed the life of the Miami Gardens teenager. But legislative discussion largely took a back seat during the nearly three-hour session to emotional responses to the shooting of Trayvon by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch coordinator who has claimed self-defense. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, said she was "counting down the days" until Zimmerman is arrested for what she called the "murder" of Trayvon, a...
  • Stand Your Ground Law Is Not What We Are Being Told - Its A Pack Of Lies

    03/27/2012 10:49:38 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 17 replies
    What does Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law actually say self defense with deadly force really is? Stand your ground laws are being spun by politicians and anti gun rights groups to say that they create a license to kill. This assertion is not the truth anywhere in the US. They also say they should be eliminated. They say that the laws should expressly say that the person using deadly force can’t be the aggressor. It already does that in Florida. Just read the actual law below. Those attacking the law as a license to kill have not read the law...
  • How "Stand Your Ground" Really Works (FL)

    03/27/2012 8:37:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 26 March, 2012 | Jon Gutmacher
    This is an update on two earlier posts I've made -- that further explains the law involved in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman situation. It is a more involved explanation of the laws that might apply. The “Stand Your Ground” law – is basically the same law used in Florida for over a century with some added features. To understand why it is very much needed . . . what changes might not be a bad thing . . . and some other important issues . . . let’s try an actual “intelligent” discussion – without the media hype, the racial...
  • Schumer calls for federal probe of 'Stand Your Ground' laws after Florida shooting

    03/27/2012 6:25:27 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2012
    Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Justice Department to investigate so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws following the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teen. The law, a version of which was enacted in Florida in 2005, allows for individuals to use deadly force -- even outside their home -- if they feel threatened. Since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Republican leaders have called the killing a tragedy but argue that the law in question did not actually apply to this case. Still, Schumer wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday that the laws themselves...

    03/24/2012 8:47:14 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 131 replies · 9+ views
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | March 23, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    (Snip) The death weapon was a Kel-Tec PF9 semiautomatic 9mm pistol. It has been reported that the gun was recovered with a full magazine and that only the chambered round had been fired. This is a condition we associate with something preventing the gun from cycling a fresh round from the magazine into the chamber after the shot was discharged. One thing that can cause that is another man’s hand wrapped around the pistol, retarding its slide mechanism. This would indicate, as could certain gunshot residue patterns or cuts in certain places if found on Trayvon Martin’s hand(s), that a...
  • Florida lawmakers behind Stand Your Ground law says it does not apply to George Zimmerman

    03/26/2012 2:36:42 PM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies · 6+ views ^ | March 22, 2012 | Linda Young
    Linda Young – AHN News Writer Sanford, FL, United States (AHN) – Even the Florida lawmakers who sponsored the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law now say that it does not apply in the shooting death Trayvon Martin because the shooter followed the boy. Self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, spotted Martin as the 17-year-old was returning from buying candy. Martin and his father were watching basketball on TV at a friend’s house and Martin had left to buy candy and ice tea. He was talking on his cellphone with his 16-year-old girlfriend who says he was worried about...
  • Trayvon Martin Killing Lead Prosecutor Says George Zimmerman Could Walk

    03/26/2012 3:27:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies · 61+ views
    ABC "news" ^ | 3/26/2012
    The nationwide clamor for an arrest notwithstanding, the lead prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case tells ABC News that convicting his killer, the neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, could prove difficult. "The stand-your-ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force," veteran State Attorney Angela Corey said. "And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove it's case beyond a reasonable doubt… So it makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case."
  • Trayvon Martin Killing: Friend Tells ABC News Howls on 911 Tapes Belong to Zimmerman, Not Martin

    03/24/2012 9:51:42 PM PDT · by kristinn · 164 replies · 228+ views
    ABC News ^ | Saturday March 24, 2012 | Matt Gutman and Olivia Katrandjian
    A friend of George Zimmerman, the man who shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., told ABC News today that the voice heard howling on the tape of a 911 call was Zimmerman's, not the teen's. The man, a black friend of the family who spoke to Zimmerman tonight, told ABC News that Zimmerman was weeping for days after the shooting, which sparked protests across the country, and he insisted that Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, is not a racist. "We wanted to come forward because allegations of racism just aren't true. His friends speak highly of him," said attorney...
  • Zimmerman's lawyer: 'Stand your ground' doesn't apply in Trayvon Martin case

    03/24/2012 9:59:15 AM PDT · by Qbert · 32 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | March 24, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Sanford, Florida (CNN) -- A lawyer for the man at the center of the Trayvon Martin death investigation said Florida's "stand your ground" law doesn't apply to the shooting that killed the unarmed teen. "In my legal opinion, that's not really applicable to this case. The statute on 'stand your ground' is primarily when you're in your house," said Craig Sonner, attorney for George Zimmerman. "This is self-defense, and that's been around for forever -- that you have a right to defend yourself. So the next issue (that) is going to come up is, was he justified in using the...
  • Rick Santorum Convicts Trayvon Martin Shooter On Hannity Show

    03/23/2012 4:28:30 PM PDT · by red flanker · 149 replies · 2+ views
    The Conservative Review Blog ^ | March 23, 2012 | Marcus Porcius
    Just moments ago on the Sean Hannity radio show, GOP candidate and RINO Rick Santorum took it upon himself to convict George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. He said, and I’m paraphrasing slightly: It was a heinous crime and he did a despicable, unjustifiable thing and the Sanford police should have reacted to that immediately. Again, I am paraphrasing a little as I did not have a recorder running to get his exact words, but that was essentially his statement.
  • Trayvon Martin case has been poorly handled, Santorum says

    03/23/2012 3:19:52 PM PDT · by AnybodyButBarry · 160 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/23/12 | Felicia Sonmez and Nia-Malika Henderson
    In remarks after President Obama made his first public comment on the matter, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum said Friday that the handling by Florida law enforcement of the Trayvon Martin case has been “horrible” and that the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law should not apply to the shooter, George Zimmerman. “Well, ‘Stand Your Ground’ is not doing what this man did,” Santorum said Friday morning at a campaign event in Monroe, La. “There’s a difference between ‘Stand Your Ground’ and doing what he did. And it’s a horrible case. It’s chilling to hear what happened, and of course the...
  • Stand Your Ground Self Defense Laws Under Ferocious Attack

    03/23/2012 7:27:29 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 10 replies
    Stand Your Ground Laws are under attack after the Sanford, Florida gun "crisis." Anti gun groups claim that the law needs to be eliminated or changed. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether Mr. Zimmerman acted correctly is a matter of speculation, and it will be until it is resolved by the County’s Grand Jury. Justice will be done. Stand Your Ground laws have saved more lives than have been taken by its misuse. Vocal opponents of the law are not aware that Florida’s Stand Your Ground “Castle” Law only creates a rebuttable legal presumption in the law that...
  • Senator calls on governor to name special prosecutor in shooting death of black teen

    03/22/2012 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 21, 2012 | Dara Kam
    TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Gary Siplin and a coalition of other black lawmakers are asking Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate last month's shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer near Orlando. Trayvon Martin, 17, who was black, was killed Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white Hispanic, in a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman, who has not been charged, has said he shot the high school student in self-defense. The shooting, now being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and local authorities, has sparked an international furor with...
  • Intruder killed in Summerlin identified as Las Vegas teen

    03/21/2012 4:42:25 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 2:45 p.m. | By Jackie Valley
    The backyard intruder fatally shot by a Summerlin homeowner Tuesday morning has been identified as a Las Vegas teen, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. Demarcus Carter, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner said. His death was ruled a homicide. The situation unfolded shortly before 9:30 a.m. when a homeowner in the 2100 block of Spurs Court, near Hualapai Way and Sahara Avenue, reported the shooting, Metro Police said.