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  • Is George Zimmerman guilty of 2nd degree murder?

    04/20/2012 9:52:19 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 18 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Doug Book , staff writer
    From the projects to the White House, February’s shooting death of punk-in-the-making Trayvon Martin has provided a ready-made call to arms for the nation’s professional race hustlers. Even the President has taken advantage of this opportunity to pimp a black death for electoral profit. And though it isn’t surprising that much of the national media have ignored the way in which the facts of the shooting apply to Florida statute, it does seem difficult to believe that no one in the nation is interested. Given the many conflicting stories concerning surveillance video and witness testimony it is difficult to know...
  • Photo taken after Trayvon Martin shooting shows bloody George Zimmerman [LIVE THREAD]

    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — WFTV just learned Friday morning about a picture of gunman George Zimmerman, taken just three minutes after the shooting that left 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead. The picture reportedly shows cuts on the back of Zimmerman's head, with blood trickling down. Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Martin on February 26 in a gated Sanford community, claimed he killed Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Martin. The picture would seem to back up Zimmerman's claim that Martin slammed his head against the sidewalk. That picture could be part of...
  • Governor Rick Scott picks members for "Stand your ground" task force [Miami Ignores the Pictures!]

    04/20/2012 4:29:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 4/19/12 | Matt Dixon
    A task force headed by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, established to review among other things Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, includes 17 members. The task force hopes to conclude its work by next year’s legislative session.
  • Hilarious Political Picture Making Fun of Obama

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  • The 411 about the Trayvon Martin timeline

    04/20/2012 4:36:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 57 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 apr 2012 | Eric Zorn
    A key moment in George Zimmerman's cellphone call to the Police Department in Sanford, Fla., on the fateful night of Feb. 26 occurs at 7:11:41 p.m., a little more than two minutes into a call that lasts about four minutes. "He's running," says Zimmerman, referring to the "real suspicious guy" he'd called in to report. Almost immediately you hear on the recording a car door opening and what sounds like a warning beep indicating the key is still in the ignition. Shortly thereafter comes the unmistakable sound of wind blowing into a phone mouthpiece. Zimmerman is in pursuit! And we...
  • Florida officials prepare for backlash if Zimmerman released on bail

    04/20/2012 3:05:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 20, 2012
    Florida officials were preparing for a possible backlash today if fatal shooter George Zimmerman walks free from a bond hearing. Barricades were placed outside Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford ahead of today's hearing. An Emergency Operations Center was on standby and a SWAT team will be placed on alert. "We are prepared for all the contingencies," Sanford city manager Norton Bonaparte told myFOXorlando.com. Zimmerman's attorney took extra steps to keep the shooter's relatives safe. Mark O'Mara asked a judge Thursday to keep phone numbers of family members private. They planned to testify by telephone to support Zimmerman. O'Mara added, "[There...
  • Trayvon Martin's family to attend George Zimmerman's hearing

    04/19/2012 6:02:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | April 19, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. - The family of Trayvon Martin will sit in the same courtroom on Friday as George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed their son, for the first time. Benjamin Crump said the Martin family is attending the hearing at the request of special prosecutor Angela Corey. Crump said the family is bracing themselves to be the same room with Zimmerman and will be hoping he doesn't get bond. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said Zimmerman would like to meet with the Martin family. "There's no reason not to have a conversation," O'Mara said Thursday. "It should be personal,...
  • If I Had A Dog...It would look like the dog Obama ate.

    04/19/2012 4:38:40 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 35 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 04/19/12 | Patrick Archbold
  • CBC wants Trayvon Martin's death investigated as potential hate crime

    03/19/2012 5:45:25 PM PDT · by redreno · 129 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | | 3/19/12 5:55 PM EDT | By KEVIN ROBILLARD
    The Congressional Black Caucus wants the Justice Department to investigate the shooting death of a 17-year-old, unarmed black Florida high school student as a potential hate crime. “This case compromises the integrity of our legal system and sets a horrific precedent of vigilante justice,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said in a statement. “Members of the Congressional Black Caucus stand together in the name of justice for Trayvon. As a nation we cannot, should not, and will not ignore, Trayvon’s brutal murder and the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free. Contrary to the flippant way this case...
  • Stand Your Ground, America

    04/19/2012 11:45:43 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 18, 2012 | PETER FERRARA
    A sober look at the case against George Zimmerman. How do you stand your ground if you are lying on your back getting pummeled in the face? That one question alone shows that Stand Your Ground laws are not at issue in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin controversy. But the tragic death of young Trayvon is only seen by those on the left as a valuable media opportunity to further exploit the millions of gullible Americans to advance the left's political interests and agenda. Indeed, we have some people in positions of influence, both leading politicians and figures in the major...
  • Janet Napolitano Signed 'Stand Your Ground' Law for Arizona in 2006

    04/14/2012 4:14:23 PM PDT · by hope · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/14/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Amid Democrat attempts to use the Trayvon Martin shooting as a means to push for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, it’s been interesting to note how many Democrats have a past that includes support for them. For example, on April 2nd, I had a post on Big Government that highlighted how former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, used her Current TV show to lambaste Stand Your Ground laws, and to blame Republicans for the existence of such laws in the first place. However, as I showed, the dirty little secret is that Granholm signed Michigan’s Stand Your...
  • 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.
  • Robert Leider: Understanding 'Stand Your Ground'

    04/19/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/18/12 | Robert Leider
    The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman has spurred national outrage over Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Unfortunately, the discussion of this law has been marred by misinformation. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst, erroneously claimed that the law "allows a disproportionate response; if someone comes at you with a fist, you can reply with a gun." Many have asserted that in Florida anyone who believes he is in danger can use deadly force, no matter how unreasonable his belief. These perceptions of the law are wrong. As compared with other states, Florida's Stand Your Ground law is neither...
  • Trayvon, Zimmerman, and Prosecutors in the Media Age: In the Court of Public Opinion

    04/18/2012 9:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Corporate Counsel ^ | April 19, 2012 | James F. Haggerty
    George Zimmerman may be a crazed, racist, Neighborhood Watch-empowered psycho, hell-bent on bringing his own brand of justice to bear on anyone who dares trespass the streets near his home. Or he may just be a regular guy, attacked and savagely beaten by Trayvon Martin until he finally was able to get off a single shot in self-defense. But now, at least, a court of law will decide. And even in light of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law, this is as it should be. From a public perception standpoint, it is abundantly clear that only public pressure could have gotten us to...
  • Long time coming: Trayvon’s law [Tyranny Alert]

    04/18/2012 12:56:06 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | 18 Apr 2012 | Jefferson Morley
    The name of Trayvon Martin was invoked early and often at a Capitol Hill hearing on federal anti-profiling laws Tuesday as supporters hope the furor over the shooting of the Florida teenage will prompt Congress to take up a legislation that has languished since 2001. snip “He was profiled, followed, chased and murdered,” said Frederica Wilson, the cowboy hat-wearing congresswoman from Miami where Trayvon lived with his father. “This case has captured international attention and will go down in history as a textbook example of racial profiling.” snip “There is no way to enforce the [anti-illegal immigration] laws ‘show me...
  • Ken Lester named new judge in Zimmerman murder case

    04/18/2012 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 59 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 4/18/2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD – Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr., who's been on the bench 15 years and has a great deal of experience with high-profile murder cases, on Wednesday was assigned the George Zimmerman murder case. It was originally given to Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, but she recused herself Wednesday after Zimmerman's attorney asked her to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest: Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, who's been hired to comment on the case for CNN.
  • Protesters Want Fire Capt. Disciplined (Trayvon Martin)

    04/18/2012 1:09:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    CBSMiami ^ | April 18, 2012 | David Sutta
    South Florida civil rights leaders held a protest Wednesday in connection with controversial comments made by a Miami-Dade Fire Department Captain in the Trayvon Martin case... Beckmann’s personal Facebook posting read, “I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, *expletive*, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.”.. With papers in hand Dunn led the activists up to the 29th floor at County Hall and demanded to meet with the Mayor. Mayor Carlos Gimenez, however, was out at an event in Hialeah. They pledged to keep...
  • Will the Zimmerman Prosecutor's Mediocre Affidavit be Sufficient (Shortened Title)

    04/18/2012 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | April 18, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: According to reports, the judge in the Zimmerman case is gonna recuse herself. The judge is Jessica Recksiedler. She announced last week that she had a possible conflict of interest in the case because her husband is a law partner of a legal analyst hired by CNN to comment on the Trayvon Martin shooting. I would think this judge would be happy to get out of this case. A lot of people are saying she's not qualified, she's too young, not experienced enough. Would you want to be the judge in this case? With the New Black...
  • Trayvon Martin case highlighted as racial profiling by Senate panel

    04/17/2012 5:24:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    SouthFlorida.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Mark K. Matthews
    WASHINGTON — Efforts to ban racial profiling by authorities got a small boost Tuesday when a U.S. Senate subcommittee highlighted the issue during a broad hearing that touched on topics ranging from illegal immigration to the Trayvon Martin case. Central to each discussion were concerns that average citizens are targeted by police or others because of their background. Lawmakers repeatedly cited the Trayvon shooting. Trayvon's family and their supporters contend that Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman followed the black teenager, whom he ultimately shot, because of his skin color. "He [Trayvon] was profiled, followed, chased and murdered. This case has...
  • Jesse Lee Peterson's Letter to Holder Calling for the Arrest of New Black Panther Leaders

    04/18/2012 6:07:08 AM PDT · by abigail2 · 48 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | April 18, 2012 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson's Open Letter To Attorney General Eric Holder Calling for the Arrest of New Black Panther Leaders Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 Dear Mr. Holder: I'm writing you on behalf of BOND Action, a national nonprofit organization committed to "uniting the races with truth, instead of dividing them with lies." In the aftermath of the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, we've seen racial tensions fueled by the New Black Panther Party, Rev. Al...
  • Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

    04/17/2012 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 4/17/12 | Keith Koffler
    A largely unknown group of Justice Department officials has inserted itself into the local Florida protest movement surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, assisting the protestors and attending their meetings and rallies. While the officials are tasked with preventing racial violence, it appears that in carrying out their duties, they have provided significant assistance to those protesting the killing of Martin, who black, by George Zimmerman, who is half white and half Hispanic. The officials are members of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service, also known as “The Peacemakers,” a special unit established under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and empowered...
  • Eight Minutes You Missed: George Zimmerman’s Former Lawyer’s Press Conference

    04/17/2012 10:02:57 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 72 replies
    Press Conference ^ | 04/17/2012 | Joan of Argghh!
    Since April 11th, the MSM has known at least as much as George Zimmerman's former lawyer told them about the facts of the case. Those facts were woefully out of line with the Narrative. So the MSM just let us wonder about the strange moment and didn't find much else very interesting. Except that it was. That's why you didn't see this. It's part of the entire 45 minutes' presser. All you or I got to see was a somewhat strange assembly listening to some lawyers throwing their client under the bus, or publicly wondering whether they had been thrown...
  • El Chico workers held in killing [Hoodies vs. white Hispanic hate crime alert]

    04/17/2012 10:07:43 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 15 replies
    CWArkansas ^ | 0432 hrs 17 APR 2012 | By Andy Davis
    El Chico workers held in killing 2 robbed LR eatery, 2 helped plan, police say; co-worker shot LITTLE ROCK — Four restaurant employees face capital murder charges after they were arrested Monday in connection with a robbery the night before of a west Little Rock El Chico in which another employee was shot and killed.Kiywuan Perry, 23, of Little Rock; his brother Zeckeya Perry, 19, of North Little Rock; Quantez Dobbins, 19, of Little Rock; [and his girlfriend] Kenya Smith, 19, of Little Rock also face charges of aggravated robbery and theft in the holdup of the restaurant on Breckenridge...
  • Florida State Attorney Should Prosecute Zimmerman Like She Does Black Kids (Oh, brother!)

    04/17/2012 9:20:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | April 17, 2012 | Michael Coard, esquire
    <p>In America (which obviously includes Florida), “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” W.E.B. Du Bois was correct when he wrote that in 1903. And he’d be just as correct 109 years later by replacing the 20th century with the 21st century. That’s why I always say I’m not a lawyer who happens to be a black man. Instead, I’m a black man who just happens to be a lawyer. Accordingly, I view the February 26th shooting death of the stalked and confronted unarmed kid, Trayvon Martin, by the stalking and confronting armed adult, George Zimmerman, as an intentional and racist criminal homicide, not a mere happenstance and spontaneous killing. Therefore, Zimmerman should have been—and still should be—charged with first, not second, degree murder. When asked by the police dispatcher if the business-minding, non-crime-committing person was white, black, or Hispanic, Zimmerman responded “black.” Lucky guess, I guess. When he said “These assholes … always get away,” who were the “these” he was talking about? Certainly not black people. No way. He probably simply meant innocent unarmed kids. I misunderstood. My bad.</p>
  • Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors (Prosecutor's case falling apart)

    04/17/2012 3:39:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/16/2012 | Chris Francescani
    Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager. The extent of Zimmerman's injuries could be crucial to his legal defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, which allows the use of deadly force when someone has the reasonable belief he could face death or great bodily harm. Police said Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, was bleeding from the nose...
  • The Arrest of George Zimmerman: Justice or Politics?

    04/17/2012 4:41:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2012 | Ben Cohen
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - The Arrest of George Zimmerman: Justice or Politics?Posted By Ben Cohen On April 17, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments Most people have responded to Angela Corey’s decision to charge George Zimmerman with second degree murder in one of two ways: they have applauded her or they have cautioned people to wait for the trial — in which we will hear all the facts. Very few people have accused Angela Corey of filing these charges for political reasons, despite her affidavit of probable cause not demonstrating probable cause, or indicating...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case and the Growing Racial Divide

    04/17/2012 6:23:23 AM PDT · by SueRae · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/17/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In a Democratic National Committee video in April 2010, Obama called on “young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women . . . to stand together once again.” Shortly before the November 2010 congressional elections, Obama told an audience that Republicans “are counting on black folks staying home.” Before the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama affected the supposed accent of black America in emphasizing shared race: “Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do.” Was “we” the black community or all of America? He appealed to Latino voters not to stay home from the 2010 elections,...
  • 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.
  • Americans unload on Hollywood in Trayvon case

    04/16/2012 8:44:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4-16-12 | Bob Unruh
    The vast majority of Americans are in agreement that Hollywood and network television are harming the nation’s culture, according to a new survey, which also reveals they don’t think celebrities should be “tweeting” information in criminal cases, such as Florida shooting case defendant George Zimmerman’s address. The scientific poll conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media-consulting company Wenzel Strategies shows almost three-in-four registered voters believe the media are responsible for dragging the nation’s culture down. The poll revealed nearly 50 percent said Hollywood and network TV have done a “great deal” of harm, while another 24 percent...
  • QUESTION FOR GOVERNOR SCOTT OF FLORIDA

    04/17/2012 3:38:26 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 14 replies
    self | April 17, 2012 | swampsniper
    Governor Scott is being interviewed by WOKV this morning. WOKV asked for questions from listeners.I asked why someone could put an alive or dead bounty on a Florida citizen and not face prosecution.You can livestream WOKV and take part in a discussion on the WOKV Facebook page.We deserve an answer, help me get one.
  • 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.
  • Why did the Trayvon Martin Special Prosecutor dismiss the grand jury?

    04/12/2012 1:25:25 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 34 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Doug Book , staff writer
    It was reported Monday that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey would NOT be giving the Trayvon Martin case to the assembled and waiting Grand Jury in Seminole County, Florida. As it requires a Grand Jury to bring an indictment of first degree murder, the move by the Special Prosecutor takes the possibility of a capital charge against George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, off the table. Of course, there is a SPECIAL prosecutor because Martin was black and, contrary to long standing tradition, he was NOT shot by another black. Because such a radical departure from accepted procedure immediately elicited...
  • Michigan Teacher Fired for Organizing Trayvon Martin Fundraiser

    04/17/2012 5:39:37 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 29 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/14/12 | Alexis Taylor
    A civil rights advocacy group is pressing Pontiac, Mich., charter school officials to reinstate a Black 26 year-old middle school teacher who was fired over what she says was her role in encouraging student support for the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The plight of Brooke Harris, who twice has been named Teacher of the Year at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence Middle School, is becoming part of the firestorm that has evolved in the aftermath of the Feb. 16 shooting death of the unarmed 17 year-old in Sanford, Fla. So far, an estimated 30,000 signatures calling for...
  • Are old photos of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman deceptive?

    03/31/2012 4:35:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 53 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/31/2012 | AP
    When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot. Both photos are a few years old and no longer entirely accurate. Yet they may have helped shape initial public perceptions of the deadly shooting. When you have such a lopsided visual comparison, it just stands to reason that people would rush to judgment," said Kenny Irby, who teaches visual journalism at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Fla. The most...
  • Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors

    04/16/2012 4:39:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2012 | Chris Francescani
    SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager. The extent of Zimmerman's injuries could be crucial to his legal defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, which allows the use of deadly force when someone has the reasonable belief he could face death or great bodily harm. Police said Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, was...
  • Why Twitter Matters [Vanity]t

    04/16/2012 10:41:07 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 17 replies
    Dark, confused space between my ears | 16 Apr 2012 | moi
    I wish I had the time to flesh this out in nice prose with appropriate links and citations, but I just don't have the time right now. So, this is the abbreviated version. Many Freepers proudly proclaim that they will have nothing to do with Twitter. Here is why I think that's a mistake: Why Twitter Matters =================== 1. It's the “Executive Summary” of what’s important 2. Michelle Malkin started Twitchy for just that reason 3. Rush Limbaugh found this out too late after the whole sponsor-gate 4. We live in a short-attention span society 5. Even here on FR,...
  • Miami-Dade firefighter under investigation for Trayvon Martin Facebook rant

    04/16/2012 6:45:08 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | April; 15, 2012 | DAVID OVALLE
    A Miami-Dade firefighter’s rant about the Trayvon Martin case — posted on his personal Facebook page — is drawing scrutiny from his bosses. Capt. Brian Beckmann’s post, published for the public Friday by the website theGrio.com, lambasts the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case and suggests “urban youth” are the products of “failed, sh*tbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.”
  • 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...
  • Carmelo Anthony hosts Martin family

    04/14/2012 6:42:58 PM PDT · by Third Person · 17 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 14th, 2012 | Jared Zwerling
    GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and older brother, Jahvaris Fulton, 21, were in New York City on Thursday for an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, not thinking they were going to visit Madison Square Garden the following day. But New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony had a surprise invite awaiting the family, which included Martin's younger brother who's three and a half years old. Anthony met privately in the Knicks' locker room with the family and posed for pictures before New York's 103-65 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Fearing additional media attention, the family...
  • Black Activist to Trayvon's Parents: 'Get Off the Stage' and Let Us Politicize His Death

    04/14/2012 5:34:30 PM PDT · by hope · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/14/12 | Lee Stranahan
    A well-known, mainstream media-vetted college professor named Dr. Boyce Watkins states that it’s time for Trayvon Martin’s parents to “step to the side,” out of an apparent fear that “being honest” could negatively affect the race-baiting political agenda that Obama allies like Al Sharpton have carefully crafted. Dr. Watkin’s stark admonishment, “Get her off the stage right now,“ came in a recent blog post that shows the goal of the politicization of the Martin shooting is not truth or justice. Who is Dr. Boyce Watkins? He’s a professor at Syracuse University and his website shows that he’s been a frequent...
  • Law gives Zimmerman extra chances in legal fight (Must read!)

    04/14/2012 3:32:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Tacoma News-Tribune / The Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2012 | Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer
    George Zimmerman persuaded the police not to charge him for killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, but the prosecutor has accused him of murder. Soon, armed with unparalleled legal advantages, Zimmerman will get to ask a judge to find the killing was justified, and if that doesn't work, he'll get to make the same case to a jury. --snip-- But in another aspect peculiar to Florida, if the appeals court sides with Zimmerman, not only will he be forever immune from facing criminal charges for shooting the 17-year-old Martin - even if new evidence or witnesses surface - he could not...
  • 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...
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Where’s the ‘Probable Cause’?

    04/13/2012 7:05:10 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 281 replies
    national review ^ | 4-13-12 | John Lott
    The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct. The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the “affidavit of probable cause” is startlingly weak. As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I have read a number of such affidavits, and cannot recall one lacking so much relevant information. The prosecutor has most likely deliberately overcharged, hoping to intimidate Zimmerman into agreeing to a plea bargain. If this case goes to trial, Zimmerman will almost definitely be found “not guilty” on the charge of second-degree murder. The prosecutor wasn’t required to go to the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: both victims of Black Leadership!

    04/13/2012 12:51:47 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 4/13/2012 | Ron Reale
    Through their actions, Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman have become forever entwined in the history of race relations of America. Both had cell phones. One saw what he thought was suspicious activity, (someone walking on others property, between houses, late at night), and called the police. Because he was not in the street, but between houses, Zimmerman apparently continued to follow Martin. He did so against the advice of the 911 operator, supposedly to get an address. Allegedly, at this point, Zimmerman was attacked and beaten, leading to his shooting his attacker. Trayvon Martin the other man in this case...
  • Black-on-black victims could fill our stadiums

    04/13/2012 10:36:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | April 4, 2012 | John Fountain
    Imagine Soldier Field beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18 to 24 — more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict. Imagine the University of Michigan’s football stadium — the largest in the U.S. — filled to its limit of 109,901 with black men, age 25 and older. Now add 28,223 more — together totaling more than U.S. deaths in World War I. Picture two UIC Pavilions packed with 12,658 Trayvon Martins — black boys, ages 14 to 17 — nearly twice the number of U.S. lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now picture all of...