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  • Jury Selection Begins in Byron Smith Murder Trial

    04/14/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT · by Gumdrop · 24 replies
    AM 1240 WJON St Cloud ^ | April 14, 2014 | Lee Voss
    The trial of a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his house gets underway with jury selection today. 65-year-old Byron Smith faces two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady. Smith is accused of killing the unarmed cousins after they broke into his house north of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012. html://
  • Jury to be picked in US trial of Egyptian preacher

    04/14/2014 6:39:33 AM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies
    AP via WSJ ^ | April 14, 2014, | AP
    NEW YORK — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a disabled Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, in part by trying to create a training camp in Oregon 15 years ago. The trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa occurs a month after a Manhattan jury convicted Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and al-Qaida's spokesman after the 2001 attacks, of charges that will likely result in a life sentence. The 55-year-old Mustafa has alerted his lawyers and U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest that he will testify on...
  • Tim Burton's Trial Pronouncements: Good on Taqiyya and Harassment, Bad on Race

    04/11/2014 5:10:20 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 10 April 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Overall, the acquittal of Tim Burton and the judge's rulings on the case were a victory on two fronts and maybe not so much on a third. The judge ruled that a few tweets, even intemperate and even relating to a Muslim person, cannot be construed as harassment. He clearly said that the Harassment Act was intended for entirely different situations from this one, like stalking somebody or shouting through his letterbox. He also, if not explicitly accepted, took into account the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya. This can be a turning point for the counterjihad movement. Muslims are generally...
  • NM:Reese family challenges appeals panel overturning of new trial order

    04/04/2014 5:13:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 April, 2014 | David Codrea
    Attorneys for the Reese family filed a petition for rehearing en banc Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. This latest move by the defense challenges a March 19 decision by a three judge panel overturning a District Court decision that the family of former gun dealers merited a new trial based on the prosecution withholding evidence that a witness had been the subject of a criminal investigation. The panel’s ruling last month was another in a series of setbacks for a family that has endured an ordeal approaching three years. Arrested in...
  • Texas Court Rules That Police May Introduce Illegally-Gathered Evidence At Trial

    03/23/2014 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Altariel · 48 replies
    Western ^ | March 19, 2014 | Doug Book
    Texas prosecutors are applauding a decision by the State Court of Criminal Appeals that provides police officers a second chance to present evidence which has been gathered contrary to Texas law and the 4th Amendment. The ruling literally offers law enforcement a “do-over,” an opportunity to secure a search warrant AFTER a home has been illegally searched, and AFTER evidence has been improperly obtained. In 2010, police in Parker County, Texas received a call from a confidential informant (CI) who claimed that Fred Wehrenberg and a number of associates “were fixin’” to cook meth. Hours after the call–at 12:30 A.M...
  • Defense: Marathon suspect's remark humorous

    03/06/2014 9:35:33 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 3/6/2014
    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say a remark he made to his sister during a prison visit was meant to be funny and wasn't incriminating, as prosecutors have suggested. In court documents filed Wednesday, Tsarnaev's lawyers responded to a claim by prosecutors that Tsarnaev made a remark "to his detriment" while his sister was visiting him. The remark was overheard by an FBI agent who was in the room monitoring the visit because of special prison restrictions placed on Tsarnaev. Neither side has revealed what Tsarnaev said, but are arguing over whether to lift...
  • Frail Ethel Kennedy attends daughter’s drugged driving trial

    02/24/2014 7:42:36 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 60 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2-24-14 | Laurel Babcock and Bob Fredericks
    A frail Ethel Kennedy showed up at the Westchester County courthouse this morning to support her daughter Kerry Kennedy on the first day of her trial on drugged driving charges. Ethel Kennedy, the 85-year-old widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was in a wheelchair and accompanied by an unidentified man and woman when she entered the courtroom shortly after 9 a.m. Kerry Kennedy had hoped to avoid a trial, but her bid to have the case tossed failed last week after a judge denied her motion to have the case dropped because she supposedly took a sleeping pill by accident....
  • Unclassified Documents Reveal Sinister Plan between Republican Party and Muslim Brotherhood

    02/17/2014 8:17:13 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | February 17, 2014 | By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack (Shoebat exclusive)
    Unclassified documents and emails, never published in Western media until now, regarding the secret Muslim Brotherhood spy working for the America Embassy in Cairo, are being presented in the trial of Mohammed Mursi. They reveal the activities of a liaison between the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the Muslim Brotherhood’s most senior leaders. Though employed by the embassy, Ahmed Aleiba does not have diplomatic immunities and was arrested by Egyptian authorities last month, according to the New York Times Bureau Chief, David Kirkpatrick. The trial, which begins on February 16th, will determine if Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Khairat Al-Shater and ousted...
  • Mann vs. Steyn: The Trial of the Century

    02/12/2014 9:45:30 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 12,2014 | Robert Tracinski
    These are all reasons that the lawsuit should have been summarily thrown out. It goes beyond the legitimate scope of libel and defamation laws and constitutes an attempt to suppress opinions that are considered politically correct. But it gets worse. Consider the specific argument Mann is making, as summed up in the report I linked to above. "In the articles, Mann says in his lawsuit, the think tank and the publication ignored more than half a dozen investigations that found no scientific wrongdoing, focusing almost exclusively on the Penn State inquiry in order to call him a fraud. CEI also...
  • “Loud Music” Murder Trial Day 1: Animosity and Provocation Narratives Emerge

    02/07/2014 8:46:30 AM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-7-2014 | Andrew Branca
    The key legal narratives of both the State and defense began to emerge this afternoon as the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial kicked off with an afternoon launch. Dunn, 47-years-old, is charged with 1st degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The State believes Dunn shot Jordan out of anger over Jordan’s loud music, whereas Dunn claims he shot in lawful self-defense. Dunn is also charged with attempted murder for shooting the other three young men in the car, Leland Brunson, Tevin Thompson, and Tommie Storns. Finally, he is charged with the offense of firing a...
  • Egypt sets Feb. 16 as start date for a Morsi trial (2nd delay)

    01/24/2014 7:09:17 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 21, 2014 7:25 AM | MAGGIE MICHAEL
    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Tuesday set Feb. 16 as the start date for one of the multiple trials of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, this one on charges of conspiring with foreign groups. Egypt's prosecutor general has charged Morsi and other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders with conspiring with militant groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as with Iran, to destabilize Egypt. Morsi is also accused of orchestrating an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula to avenge his ouster.
  • Mohamed Mursi Threatens Egypt By Foreign Countries Interference To Prevent The Spying Trial

    01/09/2014 5:31:47 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Eman Nabih ^ | January 8, 2014 | Eman Nabih
    Alwatan Newspaper published declarations obtained from Mohamed Morsi from inside Burg Al Arab prison on 7/1/2014, one day earlier to his trial on 8/1/2014, Morsi and other Muslim Brothers leaders face charges of killing protesters on 5/12/2013 in front Al-Etihadeya Presidential Palace. In addition, Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders are facing serious charges of treason and espionage with foreign countries and foreign intelligence elements during the 25th Jan 2011, which will be held on 28/1/2014. Morsi: "I’m the legitimate president of Egypt, I will reveal amazing secrets to the world if those who turned against me insist on...
  • The US Administration And NYT Seem To Be Panicking From Morsi’s Testimony

    12/25/2013 6:13:23 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    Hey Egypt ^ | December 25, 2013 | Eman Nabih
    ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Date: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 4:21 AM Subject: Dark Days in Egypt To: Jill Abrahamson To New York Times Editorial Board We pray to God to enlighten you and give you some practical guidance as your piece Dark Days in Egypt appearing in 22 Dec 2013 is a “fantastical” misrepresentation of facts and a total misleading of your readers. That is why we are posting this message and also sending it to 5000 plus of your remaining readers. Egypt is not ruled by “military dictators” as the NYT continues to harp. It is ruled...
  • OH:Niles man testifies about firing shot that killed intruder

    12/24/2013 5:33:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies ^ | 11 December, 2013 | Ed Runyan
    He got up from his bed, walked to the kitchen and saw that “someome was prying the door open.” Moments later, he “looked out the window and saw someone or two people run to the front of the house, so I went back into my bedroom, I grabbed my shotgun, and I heard the front door being pried open, so I shot through the front door.” Hahn’s shotgun blast killed Terry Allen, 37, of Mineral Ridge and injured Burns, 33, of Mineral Ridge, but Hahn said he didn’t know that the shot hit anyone until Niles police arrived a short...
  • Yaalon: Lebanese Army Will Place Shooter on Trial

    12/17/2013 9:14:34 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/12/13 | Elad Benari
    The Lebanese army has arrested the soldier who shot and killed IDF soldier Shlomi Cohen near the border on Sunday night, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday evening. Yaalon’s comments were made during a tour of the Jordan Valley. "This is a serious incident and the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army are responsible for this," he declared, adding that there had been a meeting on Monday between the liaison officers of the Lebanese army and the IDF, attended by members of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), during which the Lebanese army reported the findings of its...
  • Freedom of Speech Goes on Trial in Boston

    12/05/2013 1:50:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 12/5/13 | Pamela Geller
    It's not lost on me that I find myself just a stone's throw from Boston Harbor where the greatest of wars -- the fight for freedom and individual rights -- broke out here in 1774. Nowhere, at no time, has there been a more righteous of cause in the history of humankind. Then, as today, an out-of-control government took outrageous and egregious actions against our most basic individual rights -- and in this case, the most precious of all freedoms, the freedom of speech. Today Robert Spencer and I went to court in Boston. David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise represented...
  • Judge rejects OJ Simpson's bid for new trial

    11/26/2013 8:01:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/26/13 | Ken Ritter
    LAS VEGAS — A judge in Las Vegas has rejected O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial. The decision Tuesday means the former football star must remain in a Nevada state prison where he is serving nine to 33 years for armed robbery and kidnapping in a bungled attempt to retrieve personal items from two sports memorabilia dealers in 2007. Simpson was sentenced to prison in 2008. He'll be 70 years old before he is eligible for parole.
  • When should Boehner file an Injunction with the Consumer Protection Agency against Obamacare?

    11/07/2013 7:03:48 AM PST · by Graewoulf · 36 replies
    Graewoulf | November 7, 2013 | Graewoulf
    Seldom have so few done so much financial harm to so many as is now occurring with the partial mandatory implementation of the Obama Socialist Health Insurance Tax, commonly called "Obamacare." Estimates today on FOX News "Fox and Friends" start at 4.5 Million clients who will have their current Medical Insurance policies cancelled at year end because those existing insurance policies are considered to be illegal by the Mandatory Obamacare Federal Insurance Tax Law. Will Speaker Boehner do ANYTHING to protect Insurance consumers from the harsh financial ruin that Obamacare clearly promises?
  • Detroit bankruptcy trial gets under way

    10/23/2013 3:51:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Union-Bulletin ^ | 10/23/13
    **SNIP** Nonetheless, unions and pension funds are challenging Detroit on the eligibility question. They claim emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who acquired nearly unfettered control over city finances following his appointment by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, was not genuinely interested in negotiating when they met with his team in June and July. Orr insists pension funds are short $3.5 billion and health coverage also needs to be overhauled. Evidence will show that Orr “planned to file bankruptcy long before the purported negotiations had run their course, confirming that the ‘negotiations’ were no more than a check-the-box exercise on the way to...
  • Egypt's Morsi to stand trial for 'inciting murder': TV (charges-"incitement to murder & violence")

    09/01/2013 3:51:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/1/13 | AFP
    Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to stand trial in a criminal court for "incitement to murder", state television reported on Sunday without giving a date for the trial. It said he will stand trial along with 14 other suspects in his Muslim Brotherhood movement on charges of "incitement to murder and violence" in December 2012 when deadly clashes broke out between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace. Already accused of crimes related to his 2011 escape from prison, Morsi has been held at a secret location since his ouster by the army on July 3. The co-defendants...
  • Female Military Judges Offer Soft Touch In Hasan/Manning Trials

    08/22/2013 4:27:17 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 12 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 08/22/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    Seriously, folks, I do not go looking for examples of extreme Political Correctness in the military or anywhere else. As I read military news journals and  hear from the boots on the ground soldiers, it is conclusive that our great American military is being systematically disemboweled through leftist and liberal ideological engineering. Bradley (aka transgender name Chelsea) Manning has been treated with kid gloves, or rather ladies fashion gloves, from the time he enlisted in the military. He erupted into inexplicable snits during military schooling, he slapped a fellow female soldier, he sent pictures of himself dressed in women's...
  • Expert testimony expected today at Hasan trial

    08/13/2013 6:27:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies ^ | August 13, 2013 | Jeremy Schwartz
    FORT HOOD — The past few days have featured harrowing testimony from witnesses and victims who described the gruesome, blood-soaked scene inside the medical processing center where Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13. Yesterday columnist Ken Herman sat in the courtroom and described the scene in today’s Statesman: In a day of often harrowing testimony — “It was squirting across the room,” victim Mick Engnehl testified when asked how he knew he was bleeding — I found the most disturbing moments to be the silent ones, when prosecutors, in advance of offering them as evidence, handed Hasan small containers holding bullets...
  • Bulger, guilty in 11 murders, will appeal

    08/12/2013 4:30:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 12, 2013 | Laurel J. Sweet and Matt Stout
    James J. “Whitey” Bulger has been found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and 11 murders in a split verdict, and his lawyers say he plans to appeal. The indictment accused Bulger of the gangland murders of 19 men and women between 1973 and 1985, money laundering, extortion, drug distribution and illegal firearms possession. He was convicted on two racketeering counts, 11 murders, 3 counts of conspiracy to commit murder, seven extortion counts, one drug count and six money laundering counts.
  • Trial for gay Baptist minister postponed

    08/09/2013 4:04:46 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 24 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 8/6/2013 | Bob Allen
    A misdemeanor trespassing trial for a gay Baptist minister and his partner who refused to leave a city clerk’s office after being denied a marriage license was postponed Monday when attorneys were unable to come up with an impartial jury. Attorneys for Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard and Dominique James and prosecutors questioned prospective jurors Aug. 6 in Jefferson County District Court in Louisville, Ky. After people were eliminated for various reasons, not enough remained in the jury pool for the trial to proceed. The trial was rescheduled for Nov. 25. Blanchard and James tried to apply for a marriage license in...
  • Inside The Courtroom

    08/06/2013 6:41:43 PM PDT · by popataz · 12 replies
    06 Aug 2013 | Popataz
    Inside the courtroom of the Hasan trial:
  • Zimmerman Told By Dispatcher to Stay in Peru: Trayvon's Death Preventable If George Had Obeyed

    07/22/2013 12:52:51 PM PDT · by xzins · 26 replies
    Bloggers and Personal ^ | 22 Jul 13 | Xzins
    Known to neighborhood watchers around the nation, "Neighborhood Watch for Dummies" is required reading for wannabe cops who can't cut it and end up in the neighborhood watch profession. Neighborhood watching isn't a lucrative part time job, but it is one with a lasting television contract and its own game show, "What's My Lie?" On today's show, we are dealing with the Police Dispatcher who told George Zimmerman to "stay in Peru where your kind should be kept". All of us know that had George followed that simple instruction from the police, that little Trayvon Martin would not have had...
  • Woman Harassed by Death Threats After Zimmerman Verdict

    07/22/2013 7:33:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    WLS Chicago ^ | Jul 22, 2013
    Woman Harassed by Death Threats After Zimmerman Verdict 8:20AM Monday July 22, 2013 WINTER PARK, Fla.) -- Lori Tankel's life has been a living hell since a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. Although she wasn't remotely connected to the case, Tankel, of Winter Park, Fla., has received numerous death threats since the verdict. It seems her phone number is one digit away from the number Zimmerman used to make his call to police just before he fatally shot Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. That call and the phone number were...
  • Get Over It [The Eagles said it best, didn't they?]

    07/21/2013 2:05:56 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies ^ | October 1994 | Glenn Frey, Don Henley
    I turn on the tube and what do I see A whole lotta people cryin' "Don't blame me" They point their crooked little fingers ar everybody else Spend all their time feelin' sorry for themselves Victim of this, victim of that Your momma's too thin; your daddy's too fat Get over it Get over it All this whinin' and cryin' and pitchin' a fit Get over it, get over it You say you haven't been the same since you had your little crash But you might feel better if I gave you some cash The more I think about it,...
  • DR. DiMaio's Testimony????

    07/19/2013 9:36:20 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    ME | July 19, 2013 | swampsniper
    During the trial it was explained that bruising would not be visible on Martin's hands because he was dead before bruises had time to form. I think this was part of Dr. DiMaio's testimony but I haven't been able to find that part in video form.Does anyone know where I can find this?
  • WHAT SHOULD TRAYVON MARTIN HAVE DONE? [Brain scrambled rant from liberal] Link Only!

    07/19/2013 5:01:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 57 replies
    New Yorker | 7/17/13 | AMY DAVIDSON
    I still
  • You Are Not Trayvon Martin

    07/18/2013 4:31:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 15 July, 2013 | William Saletan|
    Trayvon Martin is dead, George Zimmerman has been acquitted, and millions of people are outraged. Some politicians are demanding a second prosecution of Zimmerman, this time for hate crimes. Others are blaming the tragedy on “Stand Your Ground” laws, which they insist must be repealed. Many who saw the case as proof of racism in the criminal justice system see the verdict as further confirmation. Everywhere you look, people feel vindicated in their bitter assumptions. They want action. But that’s how Martin ended up dead. It’s how Zimmerman ended up with a bulletproof vest he might have to wear for...

    07/17/2013 1:40:38 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 52 replies
    ME | July 17, 2013 | swampsniper
    When the Sanford, Florida PD investigated George Zimmerman 's claims of self defense all the evidence supported his claims. They handled the case exactly as they would any similar case. When a mob appeared threatening to burn Sanford to the ground Sanford's gutless and spineless City Commissioners told the chief of police to throw Zimmerman to the mob, we don't want our windows broken or our customers scared away. The chief stood up for the law, as he was sworn to do and they fired him. They demoted the lead investigator because he would not lie for them. The noise...
  • The Zimmerman Prosecution Clarified

    07/17/2013 1:08:42 PM PDT · by traderrob6 · 19 replies
    Opinipundit ^ | 7/17/13 | traderrob
    There should be little doubt in the mind of any clear thinking person that the Zimmerman prosecution was entirely political in it's origin and process. Cut the the noise from the minority (black) community, it's leaders, the media and the co-dependent left and we are left with one singular immutable fact......George Zimmerman was getting the crap kicked out of him by a younger, stronger, more physically proficient young "man" and he reacted as any rational person would, he protected himself from serious bodily harm or even death with the only tool at his disposal. It wouldn't have mattered if he...
  • If Nicole Simpson Had Owned a Gun

    07/16/2013 3:18:59 PM PDT · by A_perfect_lady · 19 replies
    My seething mind | July 16, 2013 | Moi
    Well, if the Zimmerman trial has shown us nothing else, it has shown us what would have happened if Nicole Simpson or Ronald Goldman had had access to a gun the day OJ Simpson killed them. And let's not pretend he didn't. What's more, let's not pretend that those black Americans who did celebrate with jubilation when OJ walked didn't know full well he was a killer. Many admitted it openly then, and still do today. But that was the last time a trial held such attention for such obviously racial reasons. The celebrations when OJ got away with murder...

    07/16/2013 11:09:37 AM PDT · by 7thson · 31 replies
    I was watching Special Report yesterday evening. At the end, Bret Baier said something to the effect that any pictures we may see of Trayvon Martin are probably fake. Did I get that wrong? Did anyone else hear that?
  • Anderson Cooper interviews Juror

    07/15/2013 8:03:01 PM PDT · by Sporke · 5 replies
    CNN | 07/15/13 | Me
    I probably shouldn't post because I only saw half of the interview. Having said that, Anderson Cooper interviewed one of the Jurors and it was outstanding! Cooper sucks, literally, but the Juror was just awesome. She sounded like a Freeper! Common sense galore with that woman! :)'s on again right now, tune in to see it....
  • Unlearned Lessons and the George Zimmerman Trial

    07/14/2013 6:27:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 14, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    NOTE: As of this writing the jury was deliberating and cable news networks were “filling time with wild speculation from media ordained experts” who know as much about what’s happening in the jury room as a coin-toss. The jury could come in at any time between hitting “send” noon on Saturday and this going live at midnight Sunday. Can I just say something controversial that must be said? I don’t care about the George Zimmerman trial. I don’t, not even a little. That’s not to say I don’t feel sorry for those involved who’ve lost a loved one, I do....
  • Letting Go - The Zimmerman Trial

    07/14/2013 1:58:15 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 29 replies
    7/14/13 | self
    When African Americans don't get their desired result in court - the verdict is always racist. Yet, if the ethnicities in the Zimmerman trial had been reversed, they would have proclaimed the verdict as a great day for America. It is time that they take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask just WHO exactly the racists are. When things go in their favor, they are model citizens. When they don't, they fall back upon the racial oppression that their forebearers faced. Talk about a double standard. It is time for them to get over it. Sure, from...
  • Quote of the evening....

    07/13/2013 10:47:54 PM PDT · by Sporke · 32 replies
    Fox News | 07/14/13 | Sporke
    Geraldo just said, " heart bleeds for the Martin family..." Wasn't their Son killed by a shot through his heart???? What a maroon....
  • Sanford police surround community where George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin

    07/13/2013 8:27:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    WKMG ^ | WKMG
    SANFORD, Fla. - Minutes after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, police surrounded the community where the unarmed teen was shot and killed. Police swarmed the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated community in Sanford, as a precaution following the verdict, which was delivered late Saturday after the jury deliberated for nearly 15 hours. "There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence," Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said immediately after jurors began deliberating. "We have an expectation upon this announcement that our community will continue to...
  • Zimmerman Trial - DELIBERATIONS: Two Hours Into Deliberations Jury Had Question (VIDEO)

    07/13/2013 4:52:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 07/12/2013 | Michael Mortimer
    Lawyers and media go into full "what does it mean" mode when during deliberations the jury sends out a question. The lawyers' legs turn to noodles while they wait for the Judge to read the question(s) posed. (A lot can be speculated by jurors' questions.) The process goes something like this: - Jurors agree on the question. They write it on to a piece of paper. (No e-mail, texts, or electronic means used to communicate the question.) - A juror hands it to the deputy / bailiff posted at the jury room door. - The bailiff walks it to the...
  • Former prosecutor admits wrongdoing during trial (Judge Texting)

    07/12/2013 1:49:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    2 Houston ^ | 7/4/2013 | 2 Houston
    LIVINGSTON - A Polk County District Court Judge has admitted in a letter to the Texas State Bar that she acted improperly while serving as an Assistant District Attorney. Local 2 Investigates obtained a copy of the April 29, 2013 letter signed by Kaycee L. Jones, 411th Judicial District Judge. The crux of the issue is a series of text messages Jones received from Elizabeth Coker, 258th Judicial District Judge, while Coker was on the bench during a trial.
  • Racial Litmus Test

    07/12/2013 12:57:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 12, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    The jury will soon decide the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, but a verdict will not end the debate about this case that has raged from the beginning. Like the O.J. Simpson trial nearly two decades ago, the Zimmerman trial has become a litmus test on race. And the media have played a major role in pushing race as the underlying issue, to the detriment of all concerned. From the beginning, the media played up the racial angle. People magazine's coverage was typical. A cover story in...
  • Not Guilty -- Beyond Reasonable Doubt

    07/12/2013 7:30:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | July 12, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    hat the prosecution in the Zimmerman trial asked the judge to allow a verdict of "third-degree murder" -- i.e., child abuse, since Trayvon Martin was 17 -- testifies to the prosecution's failure and panic. For George Zimmerman's defense has proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he shot Trayvon Martin not out of malice, rage or hate -- but in a desperate act of self-defense. Zimmerman was being beaten "ground-and-pound," mixed martial arts style. His head was being banged on the cement. Screaming again and again for help, he pulled out his gun and fired. Even the prosecution is now conceding...
  • Zimmerman Final Jury Instructions

    07/12/2013 5:32:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 12, 2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The Court has released the final Jury Instructions that will be read to the jury this afternoon. For background on the argument leading up to the instructions, see Zimmerman Trial: The Jury Instructions. If Zimmerman wins, these sections of the Instructions likely will be decisive (full Instructions embedded at bottom of post): JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE The killing of a human being is justifiable and lawful if necessarily done while resisting an attempt to murder or commit a felony upon George Zimmerman, or to commit a felony in any dwelling house in which George Zimmerman was at the time of the attempted...
  • Late Breaking Zimmerman Trial News

    07/11/2013 4:10:43 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 36 replies
    7/11/2013 | MosesKnows
    Late Breaking Zimmerman Trial News Many of you may not know of the recent turn of events that occurred after the trial today. It is not widely reported at this point but the prosecution may have hit upon a face saving charge they believe they can prove. It’s beginning to look like the jaywalking charges may stick. The allegation is that when Zimmerman left his car he failed to cross the street at the prescribed pedestrian crossing placed there for his safety. There is a rumor, not widely distributed I should add, that the prosecution has an eyewitness that is...
  • Judge Nelson throws OUT 'child abuse' felony murder charge

    07/11/2013 10:08:00 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 172 replies
    June 11, 2013 | CivilWarBrewing
    Judge Nelson has ruled AGAINST the prosecution for their attempt at a jury instruction for felony manslaughter based on 'child abuse'.
  • Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow

    07/10/2013 6:10:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7-10-2013 | Andrew Branca
    The defense team continued on what is expected to be the last day of their presentation of their case. The day began and ended with a bang. This morning Judge Nelson denied the defense’s request to introduce their animated movie as evidence, although they will be permitted to use it for demonstrative purposes during closing. Professor Jacobson covered this breaking news this morning here: [link] Then at the end of Court today the defense rested their case, and it was agreed that the State would present its closing argument tomorrow at 1PM, the defense would present their closing argument on...
  • George Zimmerman's Snippy Judge - Debra Nelson - Snapped Again

    07/10/2013 5:23:54 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 21 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 07/10/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    Has the Zimmerman trial judge felt the pressure from her community, her state, as well as the United States government, including Eric Holder? How could she not? The lady prosecutor, Angela Corey, as reported, waited a long, long time, and even bypassed the Grand Jury before she decided to haul George Zimmerman in for the "unjustified" murder of Trayvon Martin. I have noticed in this trial that Judge Nelson  has shown an obvious animosity toward George Zimmerman's defense lawyers. Her excuse, mostly, for her quick temper, is that she does not want to inconvenience jurors. "Hey lady," Jerry Lewis...
  • Why George Zimmerman Should Be Acquitted

    07/10/2013 1:57:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    On a rainy night in February 2012 at a gated townhouse complex in Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin stared at each other, and both perceived a threat. What followed is the focus of a murder trial that hinges on specific facts rather than the overarching, frequently misleading narratives that people tend to impose on this case. According to one such narrative, the case is about race, which was the reason Zimmerman, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, thought Martin, a black teenager, looked "real suspicious" and the reason Zimmerman was not initially arrested for shooting Martin. According to another,...