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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...