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  • Trayvon Martin's parents decry school records request

    10/19/2012 9:12:40 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 46 replies
    SANFORD – Hours before George Zimmerman will return to court for a hearing on his request for Trayvon Martin's school records, the teen's parents accused Zimmerman of needlessly attacking their slain son's character. "I feel that Trayvon's school records are not relevant in this case," Trayvon's father Tracy Martin said this morning, adding that Zimmerman's medical records, also a pending issue for today's hearing, "are very relevant in the case." "It is wrong to subpoena his records on so many levels," said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump, who called the defense request "the old classic method of attacking the victim."
  • George Zimmerman hearing: Trayvon's parents to fight release of teen's school records

    10/19/2012 7:58:55 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2012 | By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
    SANFORD – George Zimmerman will return to court this afternoon for a hearing about what to do with Trayvon Martin's school records — just as parents of the slain teen ramp up their efforts to keep those documents private. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson must decide whether to order Miami-Dade school officials to turn them over to Zimmerman's attorneys. They want to find out about Trayvon's history of suspensions, his grades, attendance record and other things. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda says they're not relevant and has accused defense attorneys of going on a fishing expedition. >snip< In...
  • George Zimmerman murder trial set for June 10

    10/17/2012 9:28:20 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 17, 2012 | Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel
    SANFORD – George Zimmerman's murder trial in the death of Trayvon Martin was set for June 10 during a hearing in court this morning. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26, a homicide that set off civil-rights rallies across the country. This morning, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson set Zimmerman’s trial for June 10. Attorneys in the case said they estimate the trial will last three weeks. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said he expected jury selection would take longer than the trial itself. The hearing, known as a docket sounding,...
  • Zimmerman Defense Team Accuses Jax SAO of Withholding Evidence(FL)

    10/16/2012 5:30:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 15 October, 2012 | Leslie Coursey
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the case that captured national attention: the neighborhood watchman vs. the unarmed teenager. Was it self-defense or second-degree murder? Now, just days before a big pre-trial hearing in the case against George Zimmerman, his defense team has dropped a bombshell, blasting State Attorney Angela Corey and her office. The defense says the state isn't releasing all its evidence, using words like "haphazard and cavalier" when describing the state's handling of the case. To get a little perspective on these allegations, we went to local defense attorney, Randy Reep. He said, "That allegation is concerning because you...
  • O’Mara Slams the State – Hints at possible forgery

    10/15/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    DiwataMan ^ | October 15, 2012 | Diwataman
    In a seven page motion Mark O’Mara slammed the state with accusations of withholding evidence, obfuscating details, flat out ignoring requests for discovery and even possible forgery. The story that says it all is in regards to Trayvon’s supposed cell phone, which allow me to remind you that no evidence to date has been released which shows that there was a phone found at the scene that Trayvon was using. There’s more in the motion(s) than just this one story but for now I will only be dealing with this aspect. O’Mara tells us that the FDLE analyst, Steve Brenton,...
  • George Zimmerman Team Begins Offense

    10/09/2012 12:01:18 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    Talkleft ^ | October 9, 2012 | Jeralyn Merritt
    To date, the public has only seen George Zimmerman's legal team has been playing defense - fighting for bond and against the negative perceptions of their client created by the selective discovery released and the Martin family and their media team of lawyers and consultants. Yesterday, that began to change. Mark O'Mara filed a notice of hearing for subpoenas he wants issued for Trayvon Martin and his phone friend "DeeDee"'s cell phone accounts for the period of 1/1/12 to 6/1/12, and for their Facebook and Twitter accounts,. In another motion, Mark O'Mara says it wants the original recordings of Witness...
  • Zimmerman asks for delay, information on Martin

    10/08/2012 1:44:20 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 25 replies
    The Spokesman Review ^ | October 8, 2012 | Mike Schneider Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman will ask a Florida judge to delay his murder trial and request that Trayvon Martin’s school records and information from the teen’s social media accounts be released. Zimmerman’s attorneys said in motions made public Monday that they expect to take between 50 and 75 depositions, and more time is needed to review all of the prosecution’s evidence. Zimmerman’s attorneys say they’ll also ask the judge to allow Martin’s school records to be subpoenaed, as well as information from his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • George Zimmerman Is Suing NBC For Making Him Look Like A Racist

    10/04/2012 6:07:28 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-4-2012 | Abby Rogers
    <p>The man accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is attacking media giant NBC for its damning edit of his 911 calls.</p> <p>Back in April, the "Today" Show aired a segment featuring a selectively edited version of the calls that made it seem like Zimmerman targeted Martin solely because the teen was black.</p>
  • NBC sued over Trayvon tape

    10/04/2012 5:13:20 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 4, 2012 | Page Six
    <p>Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal. We hear Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27.</p>
  • George Zimmerman judge schedules hearing on Trayvon's school records

    09/26/2012 7:46:27 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 61 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 25, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    A Sanford judge has set an Oct. 19 hearing so that George Zimmerman's lawyer and prosecutors can argue over what to do about Trayvon Martin's school records. Trayvon is the unarmed black 17-year-old whom Zimmerman fatally shot Feb. 26 in Sanford. Earlier this month defense attorney Mark O'Mara issued subpoenas for the school records, making clear that he wants to look at Trayvon's disciplinary records, attendance, test scores and other information. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda accused O'Mara of trying to start a media feeding frenzy – he used the phrase "chum the waters" – with that request....
  • Prosecutors Reject Charges in FL Shooting Citing Stand Your Ground

    09/25/2012 12:46:49 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Talk Left ^ | September 24, 2012 | Jeralyn Merritt
    The States Attorney's office in Pinellas County, FL today announced an off-duty security guard who followed someone he believed was driving erratically which led to a confrontation and the guard fatally shooting the man he followed will not face charges because the shooting was justified under the state's stand your ground law. The shooting occurred a week after Trayvon Martin was shot in a different county. The case generated a lot of local attention with calls for an arrest but no national attention. Race was not an issue, as both the shooter and victim were white. The victim's family says...
  • George Zimmerman's friend's book offers starkly different account of Trayvon Martin's death

    09/21/2012 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 21, 2012 | Frances Robles
    MIAMI — Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun just moments before he died and uttered a profanity-laced threat. In a desperate life-or-death struggle, George Zimmerman clutched Trayvon’s wrist, broke his grip on the semi-automatic firearm and shot him once in the chest. That account appears in a new book written by Zimmerman’s best friend and confidante. There’s just one problem: Zimmerman never said that to the police. Now the book, Defending Our Friend: The Most Hated Man in America, and author Mark Osterman’s two television interviews have landed on the prosecution evidence list, as more versions of Zimmerman’s story emerge....
  • Prosecutors: Keep Trayvon Martin's school records secret

    09/20/2012 12:40:38 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 112 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 20, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD - Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman case suggest defense attorney Mark O'Mara is trying to "chum the waters" by digging up Trayvon Martin's school disciplinary records. In a new pleading, they ask the judge to seal whatever those records show and in the future to keep O'Mara's subpoenas a secret. O'Mara is entitled to go on a fishing expedition to find out about Trayvon's past, according to court paperwork filed Wednesday by Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda, but "he is not allowed to chum the waters and then, by innuendo or otherwise, to publish irrelevant items (such...
  • New Discovery in George Zimmerman Case

    09/20/2012 6:23:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 17 replies
    Talkleft ^ | September 18, 2012 | Jeralyn Merritt
    The state released some of its 6th and 7th round of discovery in the George Zimmerman case to the media today. The material was released about a month ago to the defense. Not everything released to the defense is included. Of interest to those following the timeline of events the night of the shooting is the release of the event reports with times of the 911 calls. The primary one is here. The conclusions in the DNA reports of the gun, holster, trigger and slide are pretty much a retread of previously released reports. Contrary to what some news outlets...
  • More George Zimmerman evidence released today

    09/19/2012 9:24:02 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 19, 2012 | Stutzman and Weiner
    Prosecutors today released another batch of evidence in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, including more than 200 photos, but a quick review suggests there were no bombshells. Among the new evidence is a series of DNA reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They reveal that DNA tests on Zimmerman's gun and holster found evidence of multiple handlers, but none that matched Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old Zimmerman fatally shot in Sanford Feb. 26. FDLE checked samples from the gun's grip and found no evidence that Trayvon had handled it. Technicians testing other parts of the gun...
  • Tests only identify Zimmerman's DNA on handgun

    09/19/2012 8:30:22 AM PDT · by sirchtruth · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 09/19/12 | Mike Schneider
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Forensic tests made public Wednesday show that George Zimmerman's was the only DNA that could be identified on the grip of the gun used to fatally shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The results rule out Martin's DNA from being on the gun's grip. Zimmerman's DNA also was identified on the gun's holster, but no determination could be made as to whether Martin's DNA was on the gun's holster, according to the report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Lawyer for Trayvon’s Parents Complains About Zimmerman Facebook Request

    09/19/2012 6:54:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 17 September, 2012 | Jonathan P. Hicks
    The lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents harshly criticized efforts by George Zimmerman’s attorneys to obtain the school records and Facebook information for the deceased 17-year-old high school student, saying they were irrelevant to the case. “Zimmerman’s lawyers are attempting to assassinate Trayvon Martin’s character,” said Benjamin Crump, in an interview with “Whatever Trayvon had on his Facebook page or whatever was in his school records have nothing to do with why Zimmerman shot him.”
  • State moves to suspend Shellie Zimmerman's concealed weapons permit(FL)

    09/19/2012 1:40:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 18 September, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    The state has published notice that it is on the verge of suspending Shellie Zimmerman's concealed weapons permit. She's the wife of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford, Feb. 26, setting off weeks of civil rights rallies across the country. Both Zimmermans have concealed weapons permits, according to authorities, but the Florida Division of Licensing bought a legal notice in the Sanford Herald Sunday, officially notifying her that it was on the verge of suspending hers. It is taking that action after Special Prosecutor Angela Corey charged Shellie...
  • Lawyer for Trayvon’s Parents Complain About Zimmerman Facebook Request

    09/17/2012 4:08:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan P. Hicks
    The lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents harshly criticized efforts by George Zimmerman’s attorneys to obtain the school records and Facebook information for the deceased 17-year-old high school student, saying they were irrelevant to the case. “Zimmerman’s lawyers are attempting to assassinate Trayvon Martin’s character,” said Benjamin Crump, in an interview with “Whatever Trayvon had on his Facebook page or whatever was in his school records have nothing to do with why Zimmerman shot him.” Crump said he is seeking to obtain Zimmerman’s medical records. “The medical condition and medical history of George Zimmerman is far more relevant to the...
  • He would have died if he hadn't killed Trayvon: Zimmerman's best friend defends him

    09/15/2012 9:49:48 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | September 12, 2012 | James Nye
    The federal air marshall who sheltered George Zimmerman for six-weeks after he shot Trayvon Martin appeared on Dr. Phil last night to say that his friend would be dead unless he had killed the Florida teenager. Mark Osterman, 44, a former Seminole County deputy who now lives in Lake Mary, appeared on the nationally syndicated television show and said that the Martin would have continued to ram his friends head against the floor and that Zimmerman's 'believes he would not be alive today', if he had not fired his own gun at the 17-year-old. On the program to plug their...
  • Trayvon Martin to go under the public microscope, like George Zimmerman did

    09/14/2012 7:20:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 14, 2012 | Radell Smith
    On Friday, Sept. 14, the Orlando Sentinel stated that in response to the defense seeking Trayvon Martin's social media records and school records, which could show behavioral issues and more about the deceased, that the prosecution will release additional records on the accused next week. The family of the deceased has called the defense's request for personal records as "character assassination" and a "witch hunt," but any criminal defense attorney worth their salt calls it putting on a complete defense for their accused client. And since George Zimmerman's own life hangs in the balance in a court of law, it...
  • Trayvon Martin’s parents get guidance on ‘Dr. Phil’

    09/13/2012 8:25:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 13, 2012 | Hal Boedeker
    Dr. Phil McGraw offers counseling to the parents of Trayvon Martin in a “Dr. Phil” episode to air nationally Friday. Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, says to lose his child in such a harsh way tears him up. Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder. “He didn’t deserve to die,” Tracy Martin says. He also says that he wishes he could have taken the bullet for his son. In another clip, McGraw tells Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, that she needs to give voice to her feelings and...
  • Zimmerman’s best friend pens book, goes on Dr. Phil

    09/11/2012 4:09:02 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 49 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sept 11, 2012 | Frances Robles
    The federal air marshal who took George Zimmerman in after he shot Trayvon Martin has written a book about his controversial friend, and appeared on a national TV show Tuesday to say Zimmerman was a peaceful, loving — and innocent — man. Mark Osterman, 44, is the friend who Zimmerman’s wife Shellie first called for help on Feb. 26, when her husband, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, shot an unarmed teenager. Osterman, a former Seminole County sheriff’s deputy, went to the scene, accompanied Zimmerman to his police interrogations and took the couple in for more than a month while they...
  • Lawyers for Trayvon Martin's killer accused of "witch hunt" (Want his records)

    09/10/2012 11:57:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    Lawyers defending the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a "witch hunt" by seeking Martin's school and social media records, the family's lawyer said on Monday. "I think certainly it is a witch hunt to try to find something to attack the character of a dead child and it's completely irrelevant because his school records had nothing to do with him (George Zimmerman) shooting Trayvon Martin in the heart on February 26," said Martin family attorney Ben Crump. Zimmerman lawyer Mark O'Mara announced on his website last week that he...
  • Zimmerman defense looking for new clues on Trayvon

    09/10/2012 5:14:21 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sept 10, 2012 | Frances Robles
    George ZimmermanÂ’s defense lawyers will subpoena Facebook, Twitter and Miami-Dade schools in a widespread pursuit of clues to suggest that Trayvon Martin could have thrown the first punch on the night he was killed, a sign that attorneys are going into attack mode in preparation for their case. A series of notices were sent last week to Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and the principals of the schools Trayvon attended, advising that subpoenas for copies of the slain teenÂ’s academic and attendance records would be issued in 10 daysÂ’ time. Similar warnings are expected to be sent this week to...
  • George Zimmerman Defense Wants Trayvon Martin School Records

    09/07/2012 8:21:49 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 60 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Sept 7, 2012 | Weiner and Stutzman
    <p>George Zimmerman's defense team wants educational and disciplinary records for Trayvon Martin, the Miami Gardens teen Zimmerman shot Feb. 26 in Sanford, according to a new post on the defense's blog.</p> <p>Zimmerman's team posted this morning that it has begun its discovery process, issuing several subpoenas aimed at gathering records on Trayvon's school history dating back to middle school.</p>
  • George Zimmerman judge rejected 'stand your ground' claim in other murder case

    09/06/2012 3:00:08 PM PDT · by kanawa · 25 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 5, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD — In May, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who has taken over the George Zimmerman murder case, rejected the "stand your ground" claim of a 21-year-old Sanford man who was charged with murder. A month later, a Seminole County jury acquitted him. That case, Florida v. Kishawn Jones, is important because it could signal what's ahead for Zimmerman, the 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. Zimmerman is expected to use Florida's "stand your ground" law to try to clear himself. Passed by the Florida Legislature in 2005, the law grants immunity to anyone who...
  • Appeals court grants George Zimmerman's request for new judge

    08/29/2012 5:47:33 PM PDT · by South40 · 26 replies
    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday granted George Zimmerman's request for a new judge. Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, had said the judge presiding over his case has made disparaging remarks about him. The Fifth District Court of Appeal wrote in a decision that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. should "enter an order of disqualification which requests the chief circuit judge to appoint a successor judge."
  • George Zimmerman Is Getting A New Judge After He Alleges Flagrant Bias

    08/29/2012 3:22:14 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-29-2012 | Abby Rogers
    George Zimmerman Is Getting A New Judge After He Alleges Flagrant Bias Abby Rogers Aug. 29, 2012, 5:24 PM They said it was a "close call," but three judges for Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled George Zimmerman deserves a new judge. Zimmerman's lawyer requested a new judge last month, saying Judge Kenneth Lester is blatantly biased against his client. Lester has steadfastly refused to step down, claiming attorney Mark O'Mara's request was "legally insufficient." But now, it looks like Lester doesn't get a choice. The Fifth Circuit ruled Lester should "enter an order of disqualification which requests the...
  • Appeal court grants George Zimmerman's request for new judge (Judge Lester gone)

    08/29/2012 2:13:47 PM PDT · by abb · 18 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 29, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach today ruled that second-degree murder suspect George Zimmerman should get a new judge. A three-judge panel of that court concluded that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in Sanford went too far when he wrote that Zimmerman is a manipulator and made a veiled threat to hold him in contempt of court in the future. Ads by Google "Although many of the allegations in Zimmerman's motion [for a new judge], standing alone, do not meet the legal sufficiency test, and while this is admittedly a close call, upon careful review we find...
  • Sharpton leads sermon, speaks at Social Justice event (Voter ID, Trayvon & Tallahassee)

    08/27/2012 12:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The FAMUAN of Florida A & M University ^ | August 27, 2012 | Evan Miles, news editor
    The Reverend Al Sharpton spoke words of wisdom to a Bethel Baptist Church crowd for Social Justice Awareness Sunday evening. Sharpton emphasized three reasons why he was particularly motivated to travel to Tallahassee to speak: the Champion case, the Trayvon Martin case and voter suppression – all in Florida. Among the crowd were the parents of Florida A&M Student Robert Champion and Trayvon Martin. Today marks six months since Martin’s death at the age of 17 and just over nine months since 26-year-old Champion died. “We are still recovering,” said Sybrina Fulton. Sharpton admired the fact that the Martin family’s...
  • Fear of a Black President

    08/23/2012 4:38:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 53 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2012 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    The irony of President Barack Obama is best captured in his comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, and the ensuing fray. Obama has pitched his presidency as a monument to moderation. He peppers his speeches with nods to ideas originally held by conservatives. He routinely cites Ronald Reagan. He effusively praises the enduring wisdom of the American people, and believes that the height of insight lies in the town square. Despite his sloganeering for change and progress, Obama is a conservative revolutionary, and nowhere is his conservative character revealed more than in the very sphere where he holds singular...
  • Trayvon Martin case: How courts in other countries might deal with a similar killing

    08/23/2012 10:20:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 22, 2012 | Ian Johnston
    LONDON -- The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has raised fundamental questions about what is the right and the wrong thing to do in violent situations. The circumstances of Martin’s death are still unclear, but his killer George Zimmerman’s argument is essentially that he was defending himself after the teenager attacked him. Authorities in Florida initially seemed to believe this, freeing Zimmerman without charge. Under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, Zimmerman was not required to flee before using force. But, after widespread uproar, a fresh investigation saw him charged with second-degree murder. Florida will eventually come to its own...
  • Zimmerman lawyer appeals judge’s refusal to step down(barf alert)

    08/14/2012 5:55:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 13 August, 2012 | Frances Robles
    George Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked a higher court Monday to reconsider the refusal of the judge in the case to step down. Mark O’Mara filed a motion last month asking Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester to recuse himself. Citing the judge’s scathing order setting bond at $1 million — in which the judge accused Zimmerman of getting read to skip town with a cache of donations — the defense said it had lost faith in the judge’s objectivity. Judge Lester flatly rejected the request to step down, saying it had no legal merit. Now O’Mara wants the Fifth...
  • Zimmerman defense lawyers won't argue 'stand-your-ground' in Florida shooting case

    attorney for the man who shot and killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he'll seek to get the case dismissed using a traditional self-defense argument and not the state's "stand your ground" statute. Mark O'Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said the traditional self-defense approach is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn't retreat from a beating Martin was giving him. Zimmerman's attorneys had said last week that they would use Florida's controverial "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force -- rather than...

    08/13/2012 4:23:39 PM PDT · by kanawa · 22 replies ^ | 13 AUGUST 2012. | n/a
    On July 13, the defense team filed a Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge. Judge Lester responded on August 1 by issuing an Order Dismissing Defendant's Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge on the basis that it was legally insufficient. Today the defense team will file a Petition for Writ of Prohibition with the 5th District Court of Appeal.
  • Zimmerman Prosecutors In Huge Screw-Up(FL)

    08/10/2012 7:31:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 122 replies ^ | 9 August, 2012 | NA
    AUGUST 9--In an embarrassing screw-up, Florida prosecutors today accidentally distributed a post-mortem photo of Trayvon Martin as well as copies of George Zimmerman’s college records, material that Florida law considers confidential and exempt from disclosure. The documents were inadvertently included in supplemental discovery records distributed this morning by prosecutor Angela Corey’s office. The material was sent to a variety of media outlets, including TSG, that have paid fees to receive discovery provided by the government to Zimmerman’s lawyer. The photocopied picture of Martin was one of three taken by an unnamed witness. The photo mistakenly released by Corey is a...
  • Trayvon Martin Attorney Responds To Zimmerman's "Stand Your Ground" Hearing (DETAILS)

    08/09/2012 11:43:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Global Grind ^ | August 9, 2012 | The Decider
    In response to George Zimmerman's legal defense team calling for a motion on a "Stand Your Ground" hearing, Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump released the following statement: "Let it be clear on the record, that we feel confident that the unjustified killing of Trayvon Benjamin Martin should and will be decided by a jury. Many of the legal architects of the Stand Your Ground law have already opined that it does not apply in this case. A grown man cannot profile and pursue an unarmed child, shoot him in the heart, and then claim stand your ground. We believe...
  • New evidence: Photo of Trayvon Martin's body, Zimmerman's school records released

    08/09/2012 12:06:54 PM PDT · by VeniVidiVici · 44 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 9, 2012 | Weiner and Stutzman
    Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office today released 76 new pages of evidence in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case, including dozens of pages of records the state did not intend to make public. The new documents included a grainy photo depicting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's body, George Zimmerman's school records, from high school and Seminole State College, and his application for the Seminole County sheriff's Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.
  • 'Stand Your Ground' hearing could potentially clear Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin shooting

    08/09/2012 9:35:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    George Zimmerman, accused in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, could be cleared of a second-degree murder charge if a judge rules in his favor in a new "Stand Your Ground" hearing. Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara announced on his website Thursday that there will be a "Stand Your Ground" hearing based on his client's claim he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense. A finding in Zimmerman's favor would end the criminal case against him, as well as immunizing him from civil action. "Now that the State has released the majority of their discovery, the defense asserts that...
  • Trayvon Martin family's HOA insurance claim lands in federal court

    08/06/2012 9:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 6, 2012 | Jeff Weiner
    Recent court filings show Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, has filed a claim for monetary damages against an insurance company for the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association in her 17-year-old son's death. The insurance claim was revealed in paperwork filed last week by Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America. In those documents, the insurer seeks clarification of its responsibilities in the teen's death and asks a federal judge to absolve Travelers of liability. The teen, who was staying at Retreat at Twin Lakes with his father's girlfriend, was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman Feb. 26 while...
  • Judge Staying on George Zimmerman Case

    08/01/2012 10:41:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 | Brian Hamacher
    Judge denies Zimmerman's motion to disqualify him in Trayvon Martin caseGeorge Zimmerman's motion to disqualify Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. from the Trayvon Martin shooting case was denied Wednesday. The ruling was issued by Lester following Zimmerman's filing of the motion last month which claimed Lester's comments in an earlier bond order led him to believe Lester was prejudiced against him. Lester had said in the order that Zimmerman and his wife misled him about their finances. In his motion, Zimmerman argues that Lester made "gratuitous, disparaging remarks" about his character in a July 5 ruling setting Zimmerman's bond at...
  • George Zimmerman's parents launch own website

    07/27/2012 9:28:17 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 9 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-27-2012 | WFTV
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Just a week after their son re-launched his website, George Zimmerman's parents have launched their own website, and they're asking for money. George Zimmerman is set to stand trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the case. Robert and Gladys Zimmermans' website,, is a brightly colored red, white and blue site. The homepage features a lengthy story, signed by Robert Zimmerman, about George's life and the struggles the family has faced since the shooting of Martin. The site also provides a link for visitors to...
  • News Versus Propaganda (Thomas Sowell)

    07/23/2012 10:58:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 24, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Since so many in the media cannot resist turning every tragedy into a political talking point, it was perhaps inevitable that (1) someone would try to link the shooting rampage at the Batman movie in Colorado to the Tea Party, and that (2) some would try to make it a reason to impose more gun control laws. Too many people in the media cannot seem to tell the difference between reporting the news and creating propaganda. NBC News apparently could not resist doctoring the transcript of the conversation between George Zimmerman and the police after the Trayvon Martin shooting. Now...
  • Hannity Interviews Zimmerman at 9 PM ET on Fox News

    07/18/2012 5:59:02 PM PDT · by Envisioning · 72 replies
    George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged in the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, will appear on Fox News with Sean Hannity in a sit-down interview Wednesday night.
  • 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>
  • Witness claims George Zimmerman molested her as a child.

    07/17/2012 2:37:29 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 67 replies & ^ | July 16, 2012 |
    A potential witness in the case against George Zimmerman has testified that the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin molested her when they were both children. The unidentified woman told the Duval County State Attorney’s office that Zimmerman began abusing her when she was 6 and continued until she was 16, reports. Zimmerman is older than the woman by a little more than a year. The woman also told police that Zimmerman and his family do not like African-Americans. Phone calls Zimmerman made from the Seminole County Jail were also released. A total of 140...
  • 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...
  • Despite Biased Media Onslaught, Florida Voters Approve of Voter ID, Stand Your Ground,

    07/16/2012 7:01:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 16, 2012 | Ken Shepherd
    This year, as always, Florida is a crucial swing state. Because of that, the liberal media is doing all it can to gin up Democratic base voters, attempting to energize them for the November election by bashing Florida's conservative Republican governor Rick Scott and his attempt to clean up voter rolls of noncitizens, who by definition are not allowed to cast votes. The liberal media, particularly hyper-partisan MSNBC, has also attacked efforts in other states to require voter ID. Florida has had a photo ID law since 2002. The tragic February shooting death of Trayvon Martin also led the Left...
  • 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.