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  • Witness Alleges She Was Abused by George Zimmerman

    07/17/2012 4:01:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    FOX8 ^ | 16 July, 2012 | Jessica Bates
    <p>“He would reach under the blankets and try to do things and I would try to push him off,” said the woman, who is identified only as Witness 9 and whose account was released Monday in audio recordings that a judge ordered last week be made public.</p>
  • George Zimmerman's Lawyer Says Molest Claim 'Irrelevant' to Murder Case

    07/17/2012 5:57:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | 7/17/12
    A lawyer for accused murderer George Zimmerman said today that a woman who claims he molested her for years as a child was Zimmerman's cousin and said his legal team would "vigorously defend" him against the allegations. Lawyer Mark O'Mara also appeared to question why the prosecution released the woman's accusation. In a statement released today, O'Mara said that he had sought to block the release last month arguing, "The content of this statement is not relevant to the issues of this case, and it would not be admissible in the state's case in chief."
  • Trayvon Martin's parents to appear in Little Rock (WHO is paying for this!?)

    07/16/2012 7:10:14 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 25 replies
    ArkTimes ^ | 16 JUL 12 | Staff
    Trayvon Martin's parents to appear in Little Rock A news release says the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, meeting in Little Rock next week, will hear from the parents of Trayvon Martin at a civil rights breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Martin is the 17-year-old black youth shot in Sanford, Fla., in a case that has drawn worldwide attention for the police's initial decision not to charge the shooter, George Zimmerman, though Martin was unarmed. Also speaking will be former Little Rock Mayor Lottie Shackelford. Awards also are planned, including to the Little Rock Nine; to Keith Jackson...
  • Witness 9 Claims George Zimmerman Molested Her! (DETAILS)

    07/16/2012 9:13:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 283 replies
    Global ^ | 7/16/12 | The Decider
    Special prosecutor Angela Corey just released more than 120 recorded phone calls that murder suspect George Zimmerman made from the Seminole County Jail... Also released is the statement of "Witness 9," a woman who says Zimmerman is prejudiced against blacks and that he molested her when she was a child.
  • Defense asks for Zimmerman judge to be knocked off case

    07/13/2012 2:23:39 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 59 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/13/12 | Frances Robles
    George Zimmerman’s defense attorney filed a motion Friday asking that the judge on his case be disqualified. Claiming the judge has shown bias and made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman, attorney Mark O’Mara said he “no longer has faith” in Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester.
  • Zimmerman racist narrative implodes

    07/13/2012 10:06:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 13, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    It probably will not stop those who want to portray the case as racial from continuing to make claims of racial motivation in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, but the FBI has confirmed that there is no substantial evidence that George Zimmerman was racist. Via Orlando Sentinel, FBI interviews: No evidence Zimmerman a racist Federal civil-rights investigators interviewed dozens of George Zimmerman’s friends, neighbors and co-workers, and no one said he was a racist, records released Thursday show. FBI agents spread out across the state, talking to three dozen people, including gun-shop employees, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée and the Sanford police detective...
  • Detective in Zimmerman case said he was pressured to file charges

    07/14/2012 4:41:33 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/12/2012
    The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence. ...Telling the FBI that he was concerned that people inside the police department were leaking information, Serino cited Sgt. Arthur Barnes, officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins “as all pressuring him to file charges against Zimmerman after the incident,” an FBI report said. “Serino did not believe he had enough evidence at the time to file...
  • FBI Finds No Racial Bias in Trayvon Martin Shooting

    07/14/2012 5:10:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 13 July, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    “The FBI found no racial bias behind George Zimmerman’s shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, according to dozens of documents related to the case released Thursday.” Wait, what? A white Hispanic shoots and kills an unarmed black male and race wasn’t the underlying cause? Imagine the frenzy in the NBC News editing booth as they wrestle with how to slice and dice that cognitively dissonant piece of info. But FBI investigators, after talking to just about everyone Zimmerman has known since birth, haven’t been able to come up with so much as an errant N-word, let alone a burning...
  • Zimmerman seeks new judge in murder trial

    07/13/2012 5:22:47 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 14 replies
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The Florida man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked for a new judge in his case on Friday, accusing the current judge of bias. Lawyers for George Zimmerman filed a motion requesting that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester withdraw from the trial.
  • George Zimmerman: Motion to disqualify judge

    07/13/2012 1:21:19 PM PDT · by abb · 107 replies
    Central Fla News 13 ^ | July 13, 2012 | Staff
    SANFORD -- George Zimmerman's attorneys want to disqualify the judge who is presiding over his second-degree murder trial. The motion filed Friday says Zimmerman "has a reasonable fear that he cannot get a fair trial or a fair stand your ground hearing by this court." The motion specifically mentions the new bail Judge Kenneth Lester set for George Zimmerman earlier this month. The motion says Lester made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman's character, says he should be "prosecuted for additional crimes," and is holding the threat of future contempt proceedings over Zimmerman's head. The judge revoked Zimmerman's first $150,000 bond, and...
  • Detective in Zimmerman case said he was pressured to file charges

    07/13/2012 5:16:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Frances Robles
    Records released Thursday show a federal law-enforcement agent accompanied George Zimmerman to his police interrogations, and FBI interviews did not turn up any sign of racial bias in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence. Sanford Police Officer Chris Serino first made headlines when evidence released in the case showed he sought manslaughter charges against Zimmerman even while...
  • Air marshal took Zimmerman in when the going got rough

    07/13/2012 12:52:30 PM PDT · by Jaded · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/13/12 | Frances Robles
    In the height of the national outrage over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman hid out for over a month in nearby Lake Mary at the home of a federal law-enforcement agent — a former Seminole County Sheriff deputy who was pressured to quit after he was duped by a con artist and violated department policy. He was the friend who taught Zimmerman how to shoot, and whose wife presided over Zimmerman’s wedding. As lesser acquaintances granted television interview after television interview, Mark Osterman never showed his face even as he offered shelter to a friend in need who...
  • FBI: No racial bias in Trayvon Martin shooting

    07/13/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Discovery documents released yesterday shows that the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case has a difficult task in front of her. The presumed motive for the shooting, which defendant George Zimmerman claims was necessary to save his life, was racism. The FBI investigation ruled out that motive, NBC's Miami affiliate reports --- but that doesn't mean Zimmerman is out of the woods yet:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO View more videos at: The FBI found no racial bias behind George Zimmerman's shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, according to dozens of documents related to the case...
  • FBI: George Zimmerman Tried to Buy More Guns After Trayvon Shooting

    07/12/2012 2:52:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 66 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Adam Martin
    Update (12:50 p.m. EDT): The entire batch of new evidence is available on Scribd now, Weiner points out via Twitter. So is a recording of the police and fire radio traffic from the night of the shooting, via the Orlando Sentinel. Original: George Zimmerman was easygoing with police when they arrived at the scene of Trayvon Martin's shooting, but according to new evidence from the FBI, he was afraid for his life in the weeks after the shooting became national news and even tried to buy more guns. The new batch of evidence, which special prosecutor Angela Corey released Thursday,...
  • More documents released in Trayvon Martin case

    07/12/2012 2:32:16 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 12, 2012 | AP
    <p>Police officers who responded minutes after the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin could not agree on whether George Zimmerman had a broken nose, but they all said the ex-neighborhood watch volunteer had cuts on his head, according to documents released Thursday.</p>
  • “Occupy the RNC” Instructional Video Advises Firebombing Police Officers

    07/12/2012 6:16:06 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    “ResistRNC,” a five day Occupy protest of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this August, has some chilling new videos posted on their website that encourages horrific protestor violence towards police. In a statement at the top of the action webpage, resistRNC says, “if you are looking for ideas to help you with your action planning, here are some helpful videos!” In one of ResistRNC’s “helpful videos,” a young man is seen lighting a Molotov cocktail on fire, and then hurling the firebomb towards a group of police. The video is actually a mashup of a Jay-Z and Kanye...
  • Cop: Zimmerman Was "Soft," Had "Hero Complex": Records detail FBI probe of Trayvon Martin killing

    07/12/2012 5:09:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 89 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | July 12, 2012
    The lead investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting case told the FBI that George Zimmerman was not a racist, but rather an “overzealous” and “soft guy” who had a “little hero complex,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors.
  • In Obama's Chicago, A Trayvon Martin Every Day (with no Zimmerman in sight)

    07/11/2012 12:35:16 PM PDT · by no-llmd · 32 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-11-2012 | Investors Business Daily
    Urban Decay: When more Americans are killed in the president's hometown than in Afghanistan, even the media take notice. When will the president notice the carnage in the city run by his former chief of staff? People are dying fast and furiously in Chicago, so much so that it caught the CBS eye and prompted "Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley to sit down Monday night with Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff and mayor of this monument to progressive decay,(snip) Heaven Sutton, 7, who was killed as she tried to dodge bullets fired from the guns of gangbangers....
  • In Obama's Chicago, A Trayvon Martin Every Day

    07/10/2012 5:14:26 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | July 10, 2012
    Urban Decay: When more Americans are killed in the president's hometown than in Afghanistan, even the media take notice. When will the president notice the carnage in the city run by his former chief of staff? People are dying fast and furiously in Chicago, so much so that it caught the CBS eye and prompted "Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley to sit down Monday night with Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff and mayor of this monument to progressive decay, and ask a very pertinent question. "I got a letter from a viewer the other day who asked...
  • Sanford police took one position on Trayvon shooting in public, another in paperwork to prosecutors

    07/08/2012 4:35:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 7 July, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD — While publicly saying one thing — that they did not have enough evidence to arrest George Zimmerman — Sanford police did essentially the opposite: filing paperwork saying they had enough to charge him with manslaughter. It's something the department kept secret for two months, according to documents recently released by the special prosecutor in the case. Here are their words versus their actions on three key dates, all from one tumultuous week about two weeks after Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old: At 4 p.m. March 12, Sanford police Chief Bill Lee Jr. stood...
  • George Zimmerman released from jail

    07/06/2012 11:56:56 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 109 replies ^ | July 6, 2012 | Dave D'Marko and Jerry Hume
    SANFORD -- George Zimmerman walked out of jail once again Friday. Judge Kenneth Lester set Zimmerman’s bond at $1 million Thursday, and Zimmerman was able to post it. Zimmerman had to go through a bail bondsman, and pay 10 percent of the bond amount, which is $100,000. O’Mara said the online legal defense fund set up for Zimmerman currently has $211,000. However, in order for Zimmerman to be released, he has to have $1 million in collateral, which O’Mara said the Zimmerman family does not have. "We paid $15,000 initially for the first bail fee, so an additional fee of...
  • George Zimmerman Leaves Jail After Posting $1 Million Bond

    07/06/2012 3:53:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    CBS Local ^ | July 6, 2012
    Neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman was released from jail Friday for a second time while he awaits his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail a day after Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted a $1 million bail with strict conditions. The neighborhood watch leader is required to stay in Seminole County. He was allowed to leave Florida after his first release in April. He must be electronically monitored, can’t open a bank account, obtain a passport or set foot on the grounds of the local airport. He has a 6 p.m. to 6...
  • George Zimmerman to leave jail again as judge sets $1 million bond (+video)

    07/06/2012 7:04:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 5 July, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    The judge in the Trayvon Martin case set the new bond for George Zimmerman at $1 million. But Zimmerman needs to post only a percentage to be freed. His lawyer says he has the money. A Florida judge ordered George Zimmerman released from jail for a second time if he can raise $100,000 to post bail under a $1 million bond. Mr. Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, says “The Real George Zimmerman Defense Fund” – a cache of money donated by strangers that Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, allegedly tried to hide from the court – has enough money to cover...
  • George Zimmerman, the Constitution, and the shifting politics of self-defense

    07/08/2012 5:47:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 7 July, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    George Zimmerman’s lawyer says at the heart of the Trayvon Martin murder case lies a constitutional prerogative: The right of Americans to carry guns and use them in self-defense. Is he right? Within 24 hours of Seminole County, Fla., Judge Kenneth Lester issuing a stern order allowing George Zimmerman, the defendant in the Trayvon Martin murder case, to post a $1 million bond, the volunteer neighborhood watchman received over $25,000 in donations, bringing his defense war chest to nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Mark O’Mara, Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney, wrote that donors have been lining up for several reasons...
  • Accused Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman leaves jail on $1M bond

    07/08/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    ORLANDO, Fla. - George Zimmerman left a Florida jail today for the second time, less than 24 hours after a judge set his bond at $1 million for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail a day after Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted a $1 million bail with strict conditions. He wore a white shirt and dress jacket as he walked out and got into an SUV, ignoring shouted questions from nearby reporters.......
  • George Zimmerman hiding out in safe house protected by 24-hour private security team

    07/09/2012 5:07:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies ^ | 9 July, 2012 | NA
    George Zimmerman is hiding in a secret safe house in Seminole County, Florida, protected 24 hours a day by a private security team. The former neighborhood watch volunteer has stepped up his security after being released from jail on $1 million bail because he is forced to stay in the same community where he killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's supporters say he has received thousands of death threats since the shooting in February in Sanford, Florida, which he claims was self-defense. Zimmerman's lawyers were able to post the bond with help from an influx of $20,000 in donations to their client's...
  • Space Coast Progressive Alliance To Host Stand Your Ground Forum (FL)(barf alert)

    07/08/2012 4:07:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 July, 2012 | NA
    MELBOURNE, Florida -- The Space Coast Progressive Alliance will host a Trayvon Martin and Stand Your Ground Forum, Thursday August 2nd, 6:30pm at the Henegar Center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL. The topic of the forum will be: "Does the Trayvon Martin case prove Florida needs to repeal the Stand Your Ground law?" The controversial Stand Your Ground law was authored by members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The SCPA says that conservative corporate support organization also helped pass similar laws in 23 states by funneling support from corporate interests to state legislatures. Read more:
  • Jay Leno Show hopeful publishes threat to kill George Zimmerman

    07/07/2012 6:08:38 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    Google Groups ^ | Saturday, July 7, 2012 | The Starmaker <>
    Death threat published in Google Groups: "we live under a jury system, not an evidence system. the jury decides whether he's innoncent or guilty, not the evidence. I'm the jury, he's guilty. Death is his punishemnt, nothing less. I don't care who kills him, ...I'll do it for free if it gets me on The Jay Leno Show. The Starmaker" Excerpt: From: (The Starmaker) Subject: Re: 'Stand your ground' loses ground Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2012 17:15:57 -0700 Message-ID: NNTP-Posting-Host: NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 00:15:52 +0000 (UTC) Organization: Netfront Reply-To: . . ....
  • Massive mural memorializing slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is going up in East New York

    07/06/2012 11:34:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 2, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    The city’s first known Trayvon Martin mural is going up on a wall of an East New York laundromat - adding to a brewing campaign to make sure history doesn’t snub the slain teen’s image. Teenage boys will start painting the 100-foot picture July 16 on New Lots Laundromat’s wall underneath the elevated tracks of the IRT No. 3 train. The East New York mural will join a growing list of similar street art popping up in black neighborhoods across the country. “We want him to become a martyr, and it’s sad that we even have to say that,” said...
  • Judge: Zimmerman was going to jump bail with other people’s money [B.S. Reasoning]

    07/06/2012 5:43:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/5/12 | Frances Robles
    A judge said Thursday that George Zimmerman appeared to be preparing to flee when he transferred funds out of his name just before his bond hearing, but his plan was “thwarted.”
  • Zimmerman can be released on $1M bond in Trayvon Martin case

    The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin can be released from jail on $1 million bond while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge, a judge ruled Thursday.
  • George Zimmerman Gets New $1,000,000 Bond

    07/05/2012 9:05:23 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 2 replies
    Brand new, he has $ for bond (10%)
  • Judge sets George Zimmerman's bond at $1M

    07/05/2012 9:01:28 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 94 replies
    SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman, the man accused in the death of Trayvon Martin, was granted $1 million bond Thursday morning. A second bond hearing in the George Zimmerman case was held Friday morning. More In his ruling, Judge Kenneth Lester scoffed at the notion Zimmerman was confused at the time of his first bond hearing. Lester said Zimmerman was "manipulating the system to his own benefit." Zimmerman spent the 4th of July holiday behind bars after the judge could not come to a decision on whether to grand him bond at a hearing Friday. Lester said he considered everything...
  • Democrats to Blacks: Stay Angry, Vote Democratic

    07/05/2012 4:18:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | July 5, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: "George (W.) Bush is our 'Bull' Connor -- and if that doesn't get to you, nothing will be able to get to you. It's time for us to be able to say that we're sick and tired, we're fired up and we're not going to take it anymore." Connor was a racist sheriff who sicced dogs and water hoses on civil rights workers in the '60s. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., says Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." The tactic is as obvious...
  • BET AWARDS: Whitney Houston, Trayvon Martin Honored

    07/02/2012 2:43:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hollywood’s brightest stars came out for the annual BET Awards Sunday night and once again took time to honor the late Whitney Houston. --snip-- ...Rev. Al Sharpton received the humanitarian award, and urged the crowd to vote this November. "This election is not just about Obama, this is about your momma," he said....
  • Judge delays ruling on Zimmerman bail

    06/30/2012 10:02:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    SANFORD, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- After a 3-hour hearing Friday, a Florida judge postponed a decision on renewing bail for George Zimmerman, accused of killing an unarmed black teenager. Zimmerman's attorneys argued for release on $150,000 bail, the Orlando Sentinel reported. That was the figure set before Judge Kenneth Lester revoked it after prosecutors argued Zimmerman and his wife had lied about money raised through an online appeal. During the hearing, the defense acknowledged Zimmerman's wife lied about the money but argued Zimmerman, 28, is a good candidate for release. They also presented testimony to show Zimmerman, who is...
  • Federal judge hands Florida Gov. Scott voter purge victory

    06/27/2012 12:39:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Post on Politics ^ | 06/27/2012 | Dara Kam
    A federal judge denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency restraining order to halt Florida’s non-citizen voter purge and said the controversial scrub does not violate federal law. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle heard arguments this morning from the Justice Department and Michael Carvin, a Washington lawyer representing Gov. Rick Scott’s administration. Carvin was one of the lead lawyers for President George W. Bush in the protracted 2000 recount legal wrangle. Hinkle denied the request for the emergency stop to the program in part because he said the state was no longer doing it. But he...
  • Watch Live: George Zimmerman bond hearing held

    06/29/2012 6:28:24 AM PDT · by Jaded · 9 replies
    wesh tv ^ | wcsh tv showtime
  • Judge refuses to block Florida voter purge

    06/27/2012 4:07:49 PM PDT · by Flint · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27Jun2012 | AP
    .S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Wednesday that there was nothing in federal voting laws that prevent the state from identifying non-U.S. citizens even if it comes less than 90 days before the Aug. 14 election. Read more:
  • George Zimmerman Bullied Former Colleague, Complaint Says

    06/27/2012 7:54:05 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 69 replies
    ABC ^ | 06/27/2012 | By MATT GUTMAN
    One of George Zimmerman's former colleagues at CarMax, where he worked in 2008, complained formally about the man who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, alleging serial hazing that lasted for months and included pranks and ethnic jokes. When the salesman complained to management, Zimmerman denied the harassment. "The guy was so convincing when he was confronted by management to the point where I doubted my own self. I would not be surprised if he got away with it [Martin murder accusation]." "He's got, like you say, a good poker face. Great poker face," said the colleague. "That pretty much summarizes...
  • Report: Zimmerman Passed Police Lie Detector Test

    06/26/2012 6:33:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Kulture Kritic ^ | June 26, 2012 | Yvette Carnell
    A day after killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman reportedly passed a police lie detector test when asked if he confronted the teen and if he feared for his life “when you shot the guy,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors. Zimmerman “was classified as No Deception Indicated (NDI)” according to the report. Problem is, even if George Zimmerman is telling the truth, he was still the aggressor of this altercation. By Zimmerman’s own account, he followed Trayvon Martin, against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, and profiled him as one of “these guys” who had committed break-ins in...
  • Lead police detective in Trayvon shooting reassigned to patrol

    06/26/2012 6:07:45 PM PDT · by Jaded · 11 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/26/12 | Rene Stutzman
    The lead Sanford police investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting was transferred Tuesday from detective work to being a simple street cop, the department confirmed. Chris Serino had asked for the change, the department said. He will become a uniform patrol officer and work the night shift, said police spokesman Sgt. David Morgenstern. Serino is not being demoted, Morgenstern said, and his rate of pay is unaffected.
  • George Zimmerman Passed Police Lie Detector Test Day After Trayvon Martin Killing

    06/26/2012 11:32:48 AM PDT · by TSgt · 116 replies
    TSG ^ | 6/26/2012 | TSG
    A day after killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman passed a police lie detector test when asked if he confronted the teenager and whether he feared for his life “when you shot the guy,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors. According to a “confidential report” prepared by the Sanford Police Department, Zimmerman willingly submitted to a computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) “truth verification” on February 27. Investigators concluded that he “has told substantially the complete truth in regards to this examination.” Zimmerman, the report noted, “was classified as No Deception Indicated (NDI).” Along with questions about whether his first...
  • Zimmerman Tapes: Variations Versus Differences

    06/23/2012 6:54:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Jeralyn
    We need another thread to continue the analysis of the George Zimmerman statements, interviews with police and crime-scene re-enactment. So many were released yesterday, I doubt anyone but true case afficionados have listened to them all. I know I haven't. Yet across the internet, people are cherry-picking, pointing to minor variations as if they are contradictions affecting the totality of George Zimmerman's version of events. If George Zimmerman told the exact same story over the course of days, people would say it was rehearsed and false. Variations are to be expected, human memory is not like a video recorder, it...
  • Zimmerman Prosecutors Struggle to Outmaneuver Florida Law

    06/23/2012 1:22:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    US Politics Today ^ | June 23, 2012
    Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is complicating matters for prosecutors rushing to convict George Zimmerman. The law is clear that residents can meet force with force when they feel threatened. Florida's Stand Your Ground law allows residents to use deadly force to defend themselves or their property, and when doing so, protects them from prosecution. This law may derail the prosecution of defendant George Zimmerman in the much-publicized case of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. State prosecutors see the case as open-and-shut, arguing that Martin was simply a kid buying a soda at a...
  • Fla. Police Chief At Center of Trayvon Martin Case Fired

    Sanford Commissioner Patty Mahany reacts
  • Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial in Sanford?

    06/22/2012 8:04:57 PM PDT · by Jaded · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/22/12 | Liz Goodwin
    The case of Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman and the unarmed teen he claims he shot in self-defense has dominated 24-hour cable news shows, drawn a public statement from President Barack Obama, and sparked protests around the country. Given this (now somewhat cooling) media frenzy, will it be possible for Zimmerman's legal team to seat 12 Sanford-area jurors who have not already formed their opinion about the case? Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara seems to think not. After his client was charged in April, O'Mara said in a press conference that he doesn't think Zimmerman can get a fair trial, but...
  • Zimmerman tells cops Trayvon Martin reached for his gun as police tapes released(FL)

    06/21/2012 10:36:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 66 replies ^ | 21 June, 2012 | DAVID K. LI
    Accused murderer George Zimmerman reenacted for cops how Trayvon Martin allegedly jumped him and reached for his gun, painting the unarmed Florida teen as the aggressor in the deadly encounter. Zimmerman led Sanford police through every step of the infamous showdown, one day after he blew away Martin during a Feb. 26 shooting that’s landed the neighborhood watch volunteer in jail, charged with murder, according to ABC News. The dramatic blow-by-blow was made public today by defense lawyers, in the most detailed statement yet attributed to Zimmerman. "He said 'Yo you got a problem?'" Zimmerman mimicked Martin to cops at...
  • George Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin threatened my life

    06/21/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT · by South40 · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | June 21, 2012 | Ashley Hayes
    (CNN) -- Just hours after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman told police investigators the shooting followed a life-and-death struggle in which the teen told him, "You're going to die tonight." The audio of the February 26 interviews, made public late Wednesday, is part of discovery items released by Zimmerman's defense team. The recordings represent the first time Zimmerman is heard giving his account in his own words.
  • Rodney King 2.0: Trayvon Martin Shows America Has Not Made Progress on Race

    06/21/2012 8:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | June 21, 2012 | Olivia Davis
    “What people often forget in Rodney King's story is that it was not about race — it was about justice — just like the case of Trayvon Martin. Let's not miss another opportunity to progress.” So said Al Sharpton in a piece for Sadly, with the memories of Rodney King’s brutal beating by police and Trayvon Martin’s murder by a neighborhood watchman, it has been difficult to pinpoint what qualifies as progress. The horrific happenings indicated that America needed a wake up call or two. First and foremost, the injustice that occurred should be a warning to all Americans...