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  • Did politics drive prosecution in Trayvon Martin case?

    06/19/2012 10:23:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2012 | Mark NeJame, esquire
    Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz recently claimed that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, threatened to sue Dershowitz for libel and slander and to have him disbarred. According to Dershowitz, Corey went into a tirade against him after he strongly criticized her. He said Corey was being unethical for not disclosing material facts to the court in the probable cause affidavit she had filed against Zimmerman and had erred by bringing a second-degree murder charge against him, when the evidence didn't support such a charge. In an article, Dershowitz...
  • Why public's opinions on Zimmerman is shifting

    06/18/2012 11:07:52 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 182 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 18, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD, Fla. — (MCT) For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most important news stories in the country, according to pollsters. At least six news organizations or polling companies did surveys. What they documented, in general, was that people were fascinated and outraged by the Feb. 26 death of the unarmed 17-year-old and angry at the shooter, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Two sets of findings, though, stand out: Although it was the No. 1 story in the country overall, twice as many blacks as whites singled...
  • Polls: Public opinion on George Zimmerman shifting(FL)

    06/18/2012 7:23:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 118 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 17 June, 2012 | NA
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. – For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most important news stories in the country, according to pollsters.</p> <p>At least six news organizations or polling companies did surveys. What they documented, in general, was that people were fascinated and outraged by the Feb. 26 death of the unarmed 17-year-old and angry at the shooter, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.</p>
  • Massad Ayoob on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    06/16/2012 6:46:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    guns.com ^ | 16 June, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    A few months ago, the Cato Institute sponsored a policy forum or expert discussion on self-defense laws, including the controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. Among those speaking at the event was Massad Ayoob, the internationally renowned firearms and self-defense instructor. Ayoob, by most accounts, is a guru in the gun community. He’s been an editor at GUNS magazine and AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun publications, martial arts publications and law enforcement journals. AyoobBut as far as his writing goes, Ayoob is probably best known for his seminal work, ‘In the Gravest Extreme,’...
  • Shellie and George Zimmerman: Family finances were a problem

    06/16/2012 6:19:46 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD — George and Shellie Zimmerman struggled with money problems. The year they married, he was sued, accused of failing to pay a credit-card bill. Three years later, she was sued for the same thing. Both were in and out of community college, records show, and spent their first years together in a home owned by her parents.
  • FBI Queried Gun Dealers in Zimmerman Case

    The FBI dispatched at least 10 special agents to Central Florida to investigate the Trayvon Martin shooting, records filed in Seminole County Court show. The agents interviewed up to a dozen firearms dealers, gun range employees and private investigators about George Zimmerman, according to a court document filed Friday by Assistant State Attorney Bernardo de la Rionda. Another 11 investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also joined the probe.
  • Mob attacks not about race (**wink, wink**)

    06/14/2012 10:30:07 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 51 replies
    Chicago Sun-times ^ | Jun 14, 2012 | MARY MITCHELL marym@suntimes.com
    I have never responded to the columnist down the river. But I was fascinated by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass’ take on the recent mob attacks in and around the Streeterville neighborhood. In his interview with the unidentified doctor who was injured in the attack, Kass asked if the attack was “racial.” “I don’t think it was racially motivated,” the doctor said. “They were black, I’m Asian, but I think it was something else. I think it was about having fun because they could.” Still, whether white people are comfortable saying it out loud or choose to keep a lid...
  • Rev. Al Sharpton to receive BET’s Humanitarian Award

    06/14/2012 8:10:22 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 13, 2012 | Michael J. Feeney
    The Rev. Al Sharpton has made his mark fighting for the “voiceless.” For that — and much more — BET is honoring him with its Humanitarian Award at the cable network’s annual showcase, the Daily News has learned. Recent examples of his activism include the fights he helped wage with the families of a pair of slain teenagers, Trayvon Martin, of Florida, and Ramarley Graham of the Bronx. The Harlem-based civil rights activist has also led the charge against the NYPD’s controversial street interrogation practices, which have been used disproportionately in the black and Latino communities, and he’s marched for...
  • Perjury charge against Shellie Zimmerman Update: Prosecution misleadingly edited transcript

    06/13/2012 7:25:24 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 44 replies
    Florida prosecutor Angela Corey has come under withering criticism from Alan Dershowitz for overcharging and leaving out important details in the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed in connection with the charge of Second Degree Murder lodged against George Zimmerman. Corey allegedly responded by threatening to sue Dershowitz and Harvard. This appears to be part of a pattern when she is criticized. Now Corey has brought a charge of felony perjury against Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, based on testimony during George’s bond hearing with regard to their financial resources. (Criminal Information and Affidavit of Probable Cause embedded at bottom of post.) There...
  • Zimmerman prosecutor has history of going after critics

    06/14/2012 6:02:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 8 June, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Yesterday I posted about how Alan Dershowitz alleged that Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey called up Harvard Law School complaining about Dershowitz and treatening to sue for libel based on Dershowitz’s criticisms of her handling of the case. The whole incident seemed strange, and reflected conduct that should be off limits for any prosecutor and certainly for a senior prosecutor on a high profile case. It appears, however, that the Dershowitz incident was no isolated incident. According to Ron Littlepage, a columnist for the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, Corey has done this several times before: "Last December when I wrote a column...
  • Trayvon Martin's Father Releases Father's Day Message [VIDEO]

    06/13/2012 8:55:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Hip Hop Wired ^ | June 13, 2012 | Latifah Muhammad
    This Sunday (June 17) will mark the first time that Trayvon Martin's father, will spend Father's Day without his son. In a new PSA, released to the ‘Net Tuesday (June 12), Tracy Martin, spoke out against gun violence, after expressing the joys of fatherhood. “Becoming a father is a special gift, it's a miracle of love,” he said in the video. “It's a miracle of love and an everyday reminder that life can be beautiful.” Martin's life was changed forever, the night that George Zimmerman took his son's life. “This Father's Day will be the first without my son, Trayvon....
  • Zimmerman judge: Prosecutor must release Zimmerman's statements to cops

    06/13/2012 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Ken H · 25 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    Within the next two weeks, the public will know exactly what George Zimmerman, in his own words, told authorities about the night he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. -snip-Among Lester's other rulings: "Tests" performed on Zimmerman, likely referring to a voice-stress test performed by police, the rough equivalent of a lie-detector test, can be made public, but most of Zimmerman's phone records will not be. Thousands of emails sent to police about the case will be released but not photos depicting Trayvon's body.
  • Zimmerman's Wife Arrested, Charged With Perjury

    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — WFTV has learned that George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with perjury. Earlier Tuesday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by investigators with the Office of State Attorney Angela Corey, who advised a warrant had been issued for the 25-year-old.
  • Zimmerman's wife arrested, accused of perjury

    06/12/2012 3:00:50 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 97 replies
    (CNN) -- George Zimmerman's wife was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly lying at his bond hearing about the couple's finances. Shellie N. Zimmerman, 25, faces a perjury charge, according to Jackie Barnard, spokeswoman for the State Attorney's office for the Fourth Judicial District of Florida. Shellie Zimmernan will be arraigned July 31, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. She met conditions for a $1,000 bond and was released Tuesday afternoon.
  • George Zimmerman's wife arrested, charged with perjury [Appealing to the Obama/Sharpton Lynch Mob]

    06/12/2012 1:39:11 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 132 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/12/12 | J Weiner
    Earlier this month, a judge threw George Zimmerman back in jail, after prosecutors said Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about their finances. On Tuesday, his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was booked into the same facility on a perjury charge. According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, deputies were alerted by prosecutors Tuesday that a warrant had been issued for Shellie Zimmerman, 25. She was arrested about 3:30 p.m. "at the location she was residing in Seminole County," deputies said in a statement
  • Shellie Zimmerman arrested on suspicion of perjury (George Zimmerman's wife)

    06/12/2012 1:37:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 170 replies
    ITV ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Florida State Attorney's office has announced the wife of George Zimmerman - the defendant in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin - has been arrested on suspicion of perjury. Her husband stands accused of second-degree murder after shooting the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin dead, in what he says was self-defence, after claiming he had been attacked.
  • Trayvon Martin’s parents plead with Gov. Scott’s task force to change ‘Stand Your Ground’

    06/12/2012 1:31:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Palm Beach Post's Post On Politics ^ | June 12, 2012 | Dara Kam
    LONGWOOD _ Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the unarmed black teenager shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February, made an impassioned plea to change the state’s Stand Your Ground law that they say encourages vigilantism. Zimmerman claimed he shot their son Trayvon Martin in self-defense, permissible under the state’s Stand Your Ground law that allows people to use deadly force when they feel threatened. “I believe my son was standing his ground…He was afraid,” Fulton told reporters outside the mega-church where the public is now addressing the task force for the first time...
  • Zimmerman 'does not properly respect the law,' judge says in order revoking bond

    06/12/2012 9:02:42 AM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 418 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | June 12, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    The judge who revoked George Zimmerman's bond did so after he determined that it was "apparent" that Zimmerman's wife had lied under oath, and clear that Zimmerman "does not properly respect the law." Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond on June 1, but his written order was filed Monday. In it, Lester lays out his rationale.
  • CBC (Congressional Black Caucus): Zimmerman acquittal could spark race riots

    06/11/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 130 replies
    Beltway Confidential ^ | June 11, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Race riots could ensue if George Zimmerman -- the shooter in the Trayvon Martin case -- is found not guilty of second-degree murder by a Florida jury, the Congressional Black Caucus' executive director allowed yesterday. "I think a 'not guilty' verdict is extremely problematic in 2012," said Angela Rye, the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus. She said, "I don't know," when asked what would happen in the event of an acquittal. "I know that folks have talked about race riots -- I don't know that. I think that we live in a day and...
  • Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz now challenges Angela Corey to debate

    06/11/2012 1:14:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | June 11, 2012 | Charles Broward
    Famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz continued his assault on State Attorney Angela Corey today, challenging her to a debate this morning on a Jacksonville news radio show. The challenge comes less than a week after Dershowitz’s article was published on Newsmax.com, ripping Corey for threatening to sue the university over his criticism of her actions in charging George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting. The quarrel began with Dershowitz’s comments on Fox News’ Huckabee, in which he said Corey told “half-truths” to the court when she submitted an affidavit saying that there was a struggle in the shooting...
  • Parents of Trayvon Martin Call on Florida Legislators to Reconsider Florida's Shoot First Law

    06/11/2012 12:17:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | June 11, 2012 | Second Chance on Shoot First campaign
    LONGWOOD, Fla., Jun 11, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Noon -- Northland Church in Longwood, FL On Tuesday, June 12, the Florida Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection holds its first meeting to receive public comment on the role of the state's Shoot First law in the killing of Trayvon Martin. During the meeting, Florida and national members of the Second Chance on Shoot First campaign will hold a rally to deliver over 340,000 petitions asking the task force and state legislators to reform or repeal the state's Shoot First law. The Second Chance on...
  • Will jury, or judge, decide George Zimmerman's fate?

    06/11/2012 8:37:12 AM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 56 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | June 10, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    The nation's fixation on the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has led many to question whether an impartial jury could be found for the trial of his killer, George Zimmerman. But it's possible a judge, not a jury, will decide Zimmerman's fate. He says he fired in self-defense, and many expect his lawyers will eventually ask for an immunity hearing under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law. Often described as a "minitrial" in which the burden of proof is on the defense and the judge serves as jury, such hearings are unlike other criminal-justice proceedings. The lawyers' roles are...
  • Trayvon Martin Case Prompts Civil Rights Commission Investigation On Stand Your Ground Laws

    06/10/2012 2:51:21 PM PDT · by fwdude · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 10, 2012 | Frances Martel
    The United States Commission on Civil Rights is launching an investigation into the various state Stand Your Ground laws, as a responses to the controversy surrounding the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. According to the Commission, the review will look at specific case studies like Floria and amass national statistics on who is affected and how effective the law is of suppressing crime.
  • The Lynching of George Zimmerman

    06/09/2012 10:07:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 137 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/09/2012 | Anthony W. Hager
    George Zimmerman's public image took a blow when a judge revoked his bond, alleging that Zimmerman willfully misled the court concerning his financial situation. The fact that he's back in jail makes him appear guilty in the public's eye, and that's what matters. Whether or not Zimmerman misled the court is immaterial. In fact, his guilt or innocence is immaterial. His trial has transcended justice; it's now about capitalizing on opportunity. Zimmerman has maintained since day one that Trayvon Martin instigated their fatal confrontation. Zimmerman's various injuries coupled with autopsy results revealing Martin's injured knuckles tend to support his story....
  • Point of View: Justice for all, including Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

    06/08/2012 5:38:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | June 8, 2012 | Eric Metaxas
    The Trayvon Martin controversy has reopened some old wounds about race that never quite seem to heal, even in 21st-century America. While it’s clear that some public figures are exploiting the horrible death of Martin for their own ends, we cannot deny that the events surrounding his shooting are deeply troubling. Who hasn’t seen the protesters on TV carrying placards that read, “Justice for Trayvon”? Of course. But what about justice for George Zimmerman, the Hispanic man who shot the 17-year-old? Isn’t the idea of “justice for all” a pillar of American society? Have we come so far, even electing...
  • Exclusive – Prosecutor Angela Corey letter claiming libel by Florida Times Union

    06/08/2012 3:48:55 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 6-8-2012 | William A. Jacobson
    What is significant is that Corey reaches out with allegations of libel and the implied if not explicit threat of legal action towards critics. Corey thereby interjects her personal interests in her reputation into her public role as prosecutor with all the power of the state behind her. Littlepage, in a column today, suggests that Corey has tried to intimidate other critics as well. Someone in a position of authority in Florida needs to look into this situation, and determine whether Corey’s actions in confronting critics with implied if not explicit threats of libel suits have crossed a line.
  • Almost 100 hear calls for healing at race forum in Sanford (Police chief/city commissioner)

    06/08/2012 4:21:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 8, 2012 | Martin E. Comas
    Nearly 100 residents gathered at the Sanford Civic Center on Thursday to hear a city commissioner, a pastor, a college_president, the city's police chief and a pair of attorneys talk about race relations, civil rights, racial profiling and the Trayvon Martin shooting. "This is a world that is full of very diverse people," said Falecia Williams, president of Valencia College's West Campus. "And it is a process of learning how to live with one another." Williams moderated the forum, called "A Night of Healing." Speakers included Sanford commissioner Mark McCarty, immigration attorney Shahzad Ahmed, attorney Earnest DeLoach Jr., and Pastor...
  • Man with George Zimmerman’s old phone number harassed for the Trayvon Martin slaying

    06/08/2012 3:18:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | June 8, 2012 | Christina Boyle
    A Florida man was bombarded with menacing messages and death threats after he was mistakenly given George Zimmerman’s former cell phone number. Junior Alexander Guy, 49, signed up for his first phone with T-Mobile last month and quickly started receiving a barrage of abusive voicemail messages. “You murderer!” one anonymous caller said. “You deserve to die!” charged another. Guy, who served 19-years in state prison on a cocaine trafficking charge, was baffled by the calls until he realized his new number was the same one used by the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February....
  • Orlando man given George Zimmerman’s cellphone number, gets death threats

    06/08/2012 9:14:28 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/8/12 | Jason Sickles
    Talk about an unlucky draw. An Orlando, Fla., man says his life has been turned upside down since May 7, when T-Mobile reportedly assigned him the cellphone number formerly used by accused Florida murderer George Zimmerman. It's the same mobile number Zimmerman gave police dispatchers during the notorious 911 call moments before he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin three months ago. The 911 call (with Zimmerman heard spelling out the number) has since been widely circulated by the media and on the Internet. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Junior Alexander Guy, the man who inherited Zimmerman's old number, immediately...
  • Zimmerman prosecutor has history of going after critics

    06/08/2012 8:12:57 AM PDT · by JLS · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:10am | William A. Jacobson
    Yesterday I posted about how Alan Dershowitz alleged that Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey called up Harvard Law School complaining about Dershowitz and treatening to sue for libel based on Dershowitz’s criticisms of her handling of the case. The whole incident seemed strange, and reflected conduct that should be off limits for any prosecutor and certainly for a senior prosecutor on a high profile case. It appears, however, that the Dershowitz incident was no isolated incident. According to Ron Littlepage, a columnist for the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, Corey has done this several times before:
  • Dershowitz: Zimmerman prosecutor threatened to sue Harvard

    06/08/2012 6:30:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-7-2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    “It’s certainly professional to respond, but by calling the dean and threatening to sue the school, which she knows she cannot do, is unprofessional,” Dershowitz told FoxNews.com. “I would welcome a lawsuit from Corey. It would give me a chance to prove what an awful thing she did.” ------ “When the communications official explained to her that I have a right to express my opinion as ‘a matter of academic freedom,’ and that Harvard has no control over what I say, she did not seem to understand,” Dershowitz wrote. “She persisted in her nonstop whining, claiming that she is prohibited...
  • What the Media Choose Not to Know about Trayvon

    06/07/2012 7:55:58 PM PDT · by The people have spoken · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 7, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Unnerved by an unspoken mix of political bias and racial queasiness, the major media have chosen to know as little about Trayvon Martin as they know about Barack Obama. As a case in point, consider this boy vs. man fable spun by the New York Times' Charles Blow: A boy's blood had been spilled on a rain-soaked patch of grass behind a row of mustard-colored condominiums by a man who had pursued him against the advice of 911 dispatchers. That man carried a 9-millimeter handgun. The boy carried a bag of candy. Blow was writing seven weeks after Trayvon's death....
  • If Angela Corey threatened suit .... she needs to step down from Zimmerman case

    06/07/2012 8:18:09 AM PDT · by JLS · 49 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | June 7, 2012 at 10:29am | William A. Jacobson
    If this is true, then Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey needs to step off the case. Alan Dershowitz has been a harsh critic of Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey. Among his criticisms is that Corey has been too politicized in charging Second Degree Murder.
  • Mark O'Mara: George Zimmerman bond hearing scheduled

    06/06/2012 5:20:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | June 6, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. - Local 6 has learned that the bond hearing for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been tentatively scheduled. Attorney Mark O'Mara tells Local 6 that the second bond hearing for Zimmerman has tentatively been set for June 29, as he prepares to file a motion for the hearing. O'Mara had originally planned to file a motion for Zimmerman's second hearing on Monday, but delayed it in Judge Kenneth Lester's absence this week and also cited other scheduling conflicts.
  • George Zimmerman back in jail, defense expected to file request for his release

    06/05/2012 5:36:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Amy Pavuk
    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin, woke up once again at the Seminole County Jail on Monday, where he returned over the weekend after a judge revoked his bond. Zimmerman, 28, will remain at the Sanford facility until Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester decides if he should be free again, pending his second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman is charged in the controversial shooting of Trayvon on Feb. 26, which the neighborhood watch volunteer said was made in self-defense. He was released from the Seminole County Jail in April after posting bond, but state prosecutors told...
  • Dershowitz: Zimmerman Prosecutor Threatening to Sue Harvard for My Criticism

    06/06/2012 2:03:54 AM PDT · by abb · 71 replies
    Newsmax ^ | June 5, 2012 | Alan Dershowitz
    State Attorney Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, recently called the Dean of Harvard Law School to complain about my criticism of some of her actions. She was transferred to the Office of Communications and proceeded to engage in a 40-minute rant, during which she threatened to sue Harvard Law School, to try to get me disciplined by the Bar Association and to file charges against me for libel and slander. She said that because I work for Harvard and am identified as a professor she had the right to sue Harvard. When the communications official explained...
  • Trayvon Martin case's Judge Lester makes misstep about Zimmerman bond

    06/04/2012 11:07:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 4, 2012 | Radell Smith
    The Trayvon Martin case's Judge Lester has made a judicial misstep about the George Zimmerman bond revocation. And it's a misstep which only serves to increase the racial tensions in the country, unnecessarily. Judge Lester contends that the Trayvon Martin shooter’s bond had to be revoked because the suspect lied during his first bond hearing about the state of his finances, and that his wife, Shellie, did too, telling the court that the two were practically broke, which led to a $150,000 bail instead of the $1 million sought by the prosecution. But the judge isn’t giving the public all...
  • George Zimmerman donations spike on his return to jail

    06/04/2012 6:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KBMT-TV / ABC News ^ | June 4, 2012
    Donations to the legal defense fund of George Zimmerman have surged since the accused killer of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin has been ordered back to jail, his lawyer told ABC News today. Attorney Mark O'Mara said Zimmerman's online defense fund has been receiving about $1,000 a day in donations, but the pace picked up after a judge required Zimmerman to return to jail. Zimmerman, 28, woke up today in a 9-foot by 7-foot isolation cell in the Seminole County jail today after surrendering Sunday. He was in shackles and wearing a bullet-proof vest after being taken into custody Sunday. A...
  • Details Regarding the Request for a Second Bond Hearing for George Zimmerman [The Truth!]

    06/04/2012 2:40:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 150 replies
    GZLEGALCASE.COM ^ | 6/4/12 | GZ's defense team
    Zimmerman's defense team will file a motion today for a second bond hearing. While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasize that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative. He gave several voluntary statements to the police, re-enacted the events for them, gave voice exemplars for comparison and stayed in ongoing contact with the Department of Law Enforcement during his initial stage of being in hiding. He has twice surrendered himself to law enforcement when asked to do so, and this should demonstrate that Mr....
  • "Stand Your Ground" Cases: Defendants More Likely To Walk Free If Victims Are Black: Report

    06/04/2012 11:06:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | Laura Matthews
    When George Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February, he wasn't immediately arrested and charged because of the state's controversial 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law. At the time police did not have any evidence to prove Zimmerman wasn't acting in self-defense. After the case was reviewed by a prosecutor, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and is now in a Florida jail awaiting trial. But could Zimmerman beat the charge? Some killers and vicious attackers are walking free today as a result of the Stand Your Ground law, a report in the Tampa Bay Times shows. The...
  • Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman "quiet and cooperative" back in Fla. jail

    06/04/2012 1:32:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, surrendered to police Sunday and was booked into a central Florida jail two days after his bond was revoked. Zimmerman's legal team said in a tweet Sunday afternoon that he was in police custody. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond on Friday, saying the defendant and his wife had lied to the court in April about their finances so he could obtain a lower bond. About 40 minutes before the 2:30 p.m. Sunday deadline to surrender, the Seminole County jail website listed Zimmerman...
  • George Zimmerman Returns to Sanford, FL [In Police Custody]

    06/03/2012 12:13:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 159 replies
    George Zimmerman has returned to Central Florida, arriving late Saturday evening. On Friday, June 1, the court revoked Mr. Zimmerman's bond, ordering him to return to custody within 48 hours. The defense team has coordinated with the Sanford Police Department to ensure Mr. Zimmerman's security when he turns himself in before today's 2:30 PM deadline. While out on bond, Mr. Zimmerman has been living in a secure, undisclosed location as there are significant threats against his life. Mr. Zimmerman's lawyers will request a new bond hearing where they can address the court's concerns regarding the representation of funds available at...
  • Florida judge revokes bond for Trayvon Martin killer

    06/03/2012 4:42:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 1 June, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Friday revoked bail for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, and ordered him to surrender within 48 hours. The bail revocation came after prosecutors accused Zimmerman of withholding one of his two valid passports and said his wife did not tell the court about money donated for his legal defense. Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. granted the prosecution motion to revoke the $150,000 bond Zimmerman put up in April to get out of jail while awaiting trial. Zimmerman,...
  • Judge revokes George Zimmerman's bond, orders him to surrender

    06/01/2012 8:49:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 86 replies
    latimes ^ | June 1, 2012 | Michael Muskal
    A Florida judge revoked the bail bond of George Zimmerman on Friday and ordered the man charged in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin to surrender within 48 hours.
  • Praise God! Trayvon's Mom Reacts To Zimmerman Bond Revoked (DETAILS)

    06/01/2012 1:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Global Grind ^ | June 1, 2012 | The Decider
    Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump spoke on the recent news of George Zimmerman’s bond being revoked earlier today by Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester. Judge Lester ruled that Zimmerman has at least 48 hours to turn himself into police after it was revealed that Zimmerman’s wife misled the court about the funds he was receiving through PayPal donations. Upon hearing that Zimmerman’s bond had been revoked, Crump said: "This is such an important ruling today because once again George Zimmerman's credibility is the issue… he should remain in custody until there is a trial....Judge Lester’s ruling in this matter is...
  • Southern Baptists reprimand top official over Trayvon Martin remarks (Richard Land-loses radio show)

    06/01/2012 12:50:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | June 1, 2012 | Dan Gilgoff
    The country’s largest evangelical Christian denomination on Friday announced it is reprimanding one of its top officials over comments he made regarding the Trayvon Martin case, pledging to cancel the official’s national radio show. The trustee committee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission announced two reprimands on Friday for Richard Land, who leads public policy efforts for the Southern Baptists, according to the official press arm. The first reprimand was for remarks Land - one of the country's most powerful evangelical leaders - made about the Martin case. The second was because Land lifted some remarks...
  • Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond (Must return to court for hearing on revoking bond)

    06/01/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 45 replies
    WESH Orlando ^ | 6/1/12 | staff
    SANFORD, Fla. - Judge Ken Lester said Friday George Zimmerman has to return to for a hearing within 48 hours. Lester said that Zimmerman withheld information about how much money he had when he was granted bond. Zimmerman had more than $200,000 in a PayPal account that had been donated to him on a website, therealgeorgezimmerman.com The state had a recording of Zimmerman and his wife before the bond hearing in which they acknowledged the money in the account.
  • George Zimmerman's bond revoked by judge, 48 hours to surrender in Trayvon Martin killing

    06/01/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 1, 2012 | Barry Leibowitz
    SANFORD, Fla. - A judge Friday revoked bond for George Zimmerman, and gave the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin 48 hours to surrender. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said that Zimmerman engaged in "material falsehood" about money in issuing his ruling. About an hour before the ruling came, prosecutors in the second-degree murder case again Zimmerman had filed a new motion requesting the bond revocation.They contended Zimmerman's wife knew about the donations he had collected through a PayPal account, but didn't mention the money at his bond hearing. Zimmerman's PayPal account collected more than $200,000, his...
  • Judge Revokes Zimmerman's Bond

    06/01/2012 11:50:10 AM PDT · by Lurker · 220 replies
    WLS AM Chicago ^ | 1 June 2012 | Unknown
    ORLANDO, Fla. (WLS) - Prosecutors asked a judge Friday to revoke the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors said in a motion that 28-year-old George Zimmerman and his family misled them about his finances when testifying during a bail hearing that allowed him to be released from jail on a $150,000 bond. Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda asked for the revocation during a hearing to help determine if prosecutors and the defense can stop the public release of certain documents in the case. During the bond hearing in April, Zimmerman's relatives testified they...
  • Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond in Trayvon Martin killing; gives him 72 hours to surrender

    06/01/2012 11:55:50 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 06/01/2012 | Assoc. Press
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Judge revokes Zimmerman's bond in Trayvon Martin killing; gives him 72 hours to surrender.