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  • Zimmerman seeking release from jail on bond Friday [LIVE COVERAGE LINK]

    04/20/2012 7:19:36 AM PDT · by kevcol · 185 replies
    NBC6 Miami ^ | Apr 20, 2012 | Brian Hamacher
  • Zimmerman and Dooley: Left's Florida Hypocrisy

    04/20/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Big ^ | 4-20-12 | Lee Stranahan
    Everyone in the country has heard of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman but few know the name of Trevor Dooley--a central Florida man who shot and killed a neighbor, David "DJ" James, and is defending himself using Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The James case has a number of similarities with the Martin case, but has not been the subject of the mainstream media meltdown nor the focus of cries of racism, even though the shooter and the victim were both of different races (Dooley is black, and James was white). Critics of the authorities' handling of the Martin case...
  • Warning Graphic Photo: Possible New Evidence Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head

    04/20/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 20,2012 | MATT GUTMAN
    Zimmerman was treated at the scene by paramedics, then cuffed and driven in a police cruiser to the Sanford police station. He was questioned for hours and later released. In police surveillance video obtained last month by ABC News, Zimmerman's wounds are not apparent, and there were no bandages on his head. Zimmerman was not admitted to a hospital or given stitches the night of the incident. The person who took the photograph of a bloodied Zimmerman, asking not to be identified, told ABC News exclusively that they did not see the scuffle that night, but did hear it. The...
  • Governor Rick Scott picks members for "Stand your ground" task force [Miami Ignores the Pictures!]

    04/20/2012 4:29:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies ^ | 4/19/12 | Matt Dixon
    A task force headed by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, established to review among other things Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, includes 17 members. The task force hopes to conclude its work by next year’s legislative session.
  • The 411 about the Trayvon Martin timeline

    04/20/2012 4:36:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 57 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 apr 2012 | Eric Zorn
    A key moment in George Zimmerman's cellphone call to the Police Department in Sanford, Fla., on the fateful night of Feb. 26 occurs at 7:11:41 p.m., a little more than two minutes into a call that lasts about four minutes. "He's running," says Zimmerman, referring to the "real suspicious guy" he'd called in to report. Almost immediately you hear on the recording a car door opening and what sounds like a warning beep indicating the key is still in the ignition. Shortly thereafter comes the unmistakable sound of wind blowing into a phone mouthpiece. Zimmerman is in pursuit! And we...
  • Photo taken after Trayvon Martin shooting shows bloody George Zimmerman [LIVE THREAD]

    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — WFTV just learned Friday morning about a picture of gunman George Zimmerman, taken just three minutes after the shooting that left 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead. The picture reportedly shows cuts on the back of Zimmerman's head, with blood trickling down. Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Martin on February 26 in a gated Sanford community, claimed he killed Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Martin. The picture would seem to back up Zimmerman's claim that Martin slammed his head against the sidewalk. That picture could be part of...
  • George Zimmerman: Community meeting leads to 9-point proposal

    04/19/2012 11:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | April 19, 2012 | John W. Davis, Reporter
    SANFORD -- City and community leaders held a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the Trayvon Martin case. Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte and Acting Police Chief Darren Scott attended the meeting, which took place at Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. During the meeting, Sanford leaders rolled out a preliminary nine-point plan aimed to move the community forward. However, several community members felt the most important point was absent. Community members are still calling for the firing of Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who has temporarily stepped down. City Manager Norton Bonaparte defended his decision to not fire Lee. “The...
  • We asked you: Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?

    04/19/2012 9:26:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 20, 2012
    We asked you: Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial? YES 35% NO 65% Media have already tried Zimmerman It seems quite unlikely at this point. I want to believe that our legal system will work and that justice will be served. However, the state versus Zimmerman case has been tried in the media. The mind readers have decided George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin solely because he was black and that Zimmerman is a racist. The likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panther Party have condemned the man, and crowds seem to echo their sentiments... --snip--...
  • Trayvon Martin's family to attend George Zimmerman's hearing

    04/19/2012 6:02:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies ^ | April 19, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. - The family of Trayvon Martin will sit in the same courtroom on Friday as George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed their son, for the first time. Benjamin Crump said the Martin family is attending the hearing at the request of special prosecutor Angela Corey. Crump said the family is bracing themselves to be the same room with Zimmerman and will be hoping he doesn't get bond. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said Zimmerman would like to meet with the Martin family. "There's no reason not to have a conversation," O'Mara said Thursday. "It should be personal,...
  • CBC wants Trayvon Martin's death investigated as potential hate crime

    03/19/2012 5:45:25 PM PDT · by redreno · 129 replies ^ | | 3/19/12 5:55 PM EDT | By KEVIN ROBILLARD
    The Congressional Black Caucus wants the Justice Department to investigate the shooting death of a 17-year-old, unarmed black Florida high school student as a potential hate crime. “This case compromises the integrity of our legal system and sets a horrific precedent of vigilante justice,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said in a statement. “Members of the Congressional Black Caucus stand together in the name of justice for Trayvon. As a nation we cannot, should not, and will not ignore, Trayvon’s brutal murder and the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free. Contrary to the flippant way this case...
  • Janet Napolitano Signed 'Stand Your Ground' Law for Arizona in 2006

    04/14/2012 4:14:23 PM PDT · by hope · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/14/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Amid Democrat attempts to use the Trayvon Martin shooting as a means to push for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, it’s been interesting to note how many Democrats have a past that includes support for them. For example, on April 2nd, I had a post on Big Government that highlighted how former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, used her Current TV show to lambaste Stand Your Ground laws, and to blame Republicans for the existence of such laws in the first place. However, as I showed, the dirty little secret is that Granholm signed Michigan’s Stand Your...
  • Media Malpractice [Liberal "news" and George Zimmerman]

    04/15/2012 5:32:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Any hope that the media might fairly and responsibly cover the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin was effectively doomed the moment Al Sharpton descended on Sanford, Florida, and started holding rallies with the victim’s family. Recall that Sharpton once said of Clarence Thomas’s tenure on the Supreme Court, “I remember growing up reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now I get to see it.” Unless they agree with his race-driven political agenda, Sharpton is not above accusing even African Americans of wanting to return to a day when the Fugitive Slave Act was still on the books.
  • Stand Your Ground, America

    04/19/2012 11:45:43 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | April 18, 2012 | PETER FERRARA
    A sober look at the case against George Zimmerman. How do you stand your ground if you are lying on your back getting pummeled in the face? That one question alone shows that Stand Your Ground laws are not at issue in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin controversy. But the tragic death of young Trayvon is only seen by those on the left as a valuable media opportunity to further exploit the millions of gullible Americans to advance the left's political interests and agenda. Indeed, we have some people in positions of influence, both leading politicians and figures in the major...
  • New Account: Zimmerman Told Cops Trayvon's Last Words Were 'Okay, You Got It' [and more details]

    04/19/2012 11:36:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 79 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Apr 19, 2012 | Aram Roston
    -snip- The law-enforcement source familiar with the case, who told The Daily Beast that he personally believes Zimmerman’s account, said Zimmerman has told three different law enforcement agencies his version of the events. -snip- Zimmerman told police officials that he lost sight of Martin and went around a townhouse to see where he was. Then he claimed Martin confronted him and punched him, knocking him down. According to The Daily Beast’s source, Zimmerman told police that when he was on the ground, Martin straddled him, striking him, and then tried to smother him. -snip- Zimmerman, the source said, told officers...
  • Robert Leider: Understanding 'Stand Your Ground'

    04/19/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/18/12 | Robert Leider
    The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman has spurred national outrage over Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Unfortunately, the discussion of this law has been marred by misinformation. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst, erroneously claimed that the law "allows a disproportionate response; if someone comes at you with a fist, you can reply with a gun." Many have asserted that in Florida anyone who believes he is in danger can use deadly force, no matter how unreasonable his belief. These perceptions of the law are wrong. As compared with other states, Florida's Stand Your Ground law is neither...
  • Is mass incarceration the new caste system? (Yes, they mean just what you think they do)

    04/19/2012 1:07:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Bay State Banner ^ | April 19, 2012 | Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
    After the dismantling of segregation nearly a half-century ago, African Americans have made tremendous strides: winning the right to vote, upward economic mobility and even the presidency. But alongside these achievements, something else happened — the prison population exploded. In just 30 years, between 1980 and 2000, the number of U.S. prisoners skyrocketed from 300,000 to more than 2 million, most of them poor people of color. The United States now has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and imprisons a higher percentage of black people than South Africa did under apartheid. This phenomenon, says law professor Michelle Alexander,...
  • NAACP comments on Zimmerman charges

    Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued the following statement on the charges filed against George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin: “Forty–five days after Trayvon Martin’s life came to a violent end, the wheels of justice have finally begun to turn. This is an important first step toward bringing justice for Trayvon and his family. As we have seen, the system does not always work perfectly. But we have shown that when we stand together as a nation we can compel it to work. For the NAACP, this...
  • Trayvon, Zimmerman, and Prosecutors in the Media Age: In the Court of Public Opinion

    04/18/2012 9:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Corporate Counsel ^ | April 19, 2012 | James F. Haggerty
    George Zimmerman may be a crazed, racist, Neighborhood Watch-empowered psycho, hell-bent on bringing his own brand of justice to bear on anyone who dares trespass the streets near his home. Or he may just be a regular guy, attacked and savagely beaten by Trayvon Martin until he finally was able to get off a single shot in self-defense. But now, at least, a court of law will decide. And even in light of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law, this is as it should be. From a public perception standpoint, it is abundantly clear that only public pressure could have gotten us to...
  • Long time coming: Trayvon’s law [Tyranny Alert]

    04/18/2012 12:56:06 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | 18 Apr 2012 | Jefferson Morley
    The name of Trayvon Martin was invoked early and often at a Capitol Hill hearing on federal anti-profiling laws Tuesday as supporters hope the furor over the shooting of the Florida teenage will prompt Congress to take up a legislation that has languished since 2001. snip “He was profiled, followed, chased and murdered,” said Frederica Wilson, the cowboy hat-wearing congresswoman from Miami where Trayvon lived with his father. “This case has captured international attention and will go down in history as a textbook example of racial profiling.” snip “There is no way to enforce the [anti-illegal immigration] laws ‘show me...
  • Ken Lester named new judge in Zimmerman murder case

    04/18/2012 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 59 replies
    Orlando Sentinal ^ | 4/18/2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD – Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr., who's been on the bench 15 years and has a great deal of experience with high-profile murder cases, on Wednesday was assigned the George Zimmerman murder case. It was originally given to Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, but she recused herself Wednesday after Zimmerman's attorney asked her to step aside because of a possible conflict of interest: Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, who's been hired to comment on the case for CNN.
  • Dionne: Isn't it time to end fecklessness about guns? (Classic gun-grabbing screed)

    04/18/2012 2:34:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Erie Times-News / The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2012 | E.J. Dionne
    It's understandable if unfortunate that the controversy surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin has polarized the country along both racial and ideological lines. But there is one issue that should not have any racial connotations: the urgency of repealing "Stand Your Ground" laws. And leave it to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak the blunt truth about why these laws are dangerous -- and why the National Rifle Association keeps pushing them anyway. "In reality," Bloomberg said in a speech before the National Press Club last week, "the NRA's leaders weren't interested in public safety. They were interested in...
  • Protesters Want Fire Capt. Disciplined (Trayvon Martin)

    04/18/2012 1:09:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    CBSMiami ^ | April 18, 2012 | David Sutta
    South Florida civil rights leaders held a protest Wednesday in connection with controversial comments made by a Miami-Dade Fire Department Captain in the Trayvon Martin case... Beckmann’s personal Facebook posting read, “I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, *expletive*, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.”.. With papers in hand Dunn led the activists up to the 29th floor at County Hall and demanded to meet with the Mayor. Mayor Carlos Gimenez, however, was out at an event in Hialeah. They pledged to keep...
  • Will the Zimmerman Prosecutor's Mediocre Affidavit be Sufficient (Shortened Title)

    04/18/2012 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | April 18, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: According to reports, the judge in the Zimmerman case is gonna recuse herself. The judge is Jessica Recksiedler. She announced last week that she had a possible conflict of interest in the case because her husband is a law partner of a legal analyst hired by CNN to comment on the Trayvon Martin shooting. I would think this judge would be happy to get out of this case. A lot of people are saying she's not qualified, she's too young, not experienced enough. Would you want to be the judge in this case? With the New Black...
  • Trayvon Martin case highlighted as racial profiling by Senate panel

    04/17/2012 5:24:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies ^ | April 17, 2012 | Mark K. Matthews
    WASHINGTON — Efforts to ban racial profiling by authorities got a small boost Tuesday when a U.S. Senate subcommittee highlighted the issue during a broad hearing that touched on topics ranging from illegal immigration to the Trayvon Martin case. Central to each discussion were concerns that average citizens are targeted by police or others because of their background. Lawmakers repeatedly cited the Trayvon shooting. Trayvon's family and their supporters contend that Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman followed the black teenager, whom he ultimately shot, because of his skin color. "He [Trayvon] was profiled, followed, chased and murdered. This case has...
  • Jesse Lee Peterson's Letter to Holder Calling for the Arrest of New Black Panther Leaders

    04/18/2012 6:07:08 AM PDT · by abigail2 · 48 replies
    Bond Action, Inc. ^ | April 18, 2012 | Jesse Lee Peterson
    Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson's Open Letter To Attorney General Eric Holder Calling for the Arrest of New Black Panther Leaders Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 Dear Mr. Holder: I'm writing you on behalf of BOND Action, a national nonprofit organization committed to "uniting the races with truth, instead of dividing them with lies." In the aftermath of the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, we've seen racial tensions fueled by the New Black Panther Party, Rev. Al...
  • Trial of George Zimmerman Could Trigger Another Rodney King

    04/17/2012 11:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 184 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2012 | Mansfield Frazier
    Trayvon Martin’s shooter has a new lawyer. Mansfield Frazier hopes he’s advising his client to take a plea, since a protracted murder trial is the last thing we need. As George Zimmerman faces murder charges for shooting Trayvon Martin, it’s worth asking if America is in danger of facing Rodney King, Part II? That’s what I see down the tracks: If this case goes all the way to trial, it’s a train wreck waiting to happen. The time is now for strong hands to take the helm and steady the ship of state—not to mention our national racial, political and...
  • Why vigilantes make lousy cops (Nauseatingly awful)

    04/17/2012 10:31:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    When I heard about George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin in Florida, I thought about the 1992 Clint Eastwood film, Unforgiven. I wondered if Zimmerman had ever killed a man before. I wondered how he was feeling about it. "It's a hell of a thing, killing a man," says Eastwood's character, Will Munny, who has killed more than his share. "You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have." The Schofield Kid (after killing someone for the first time) had just finished telling Munny, "It don't seem real ... how he ain't gonna never breathe again, ever ......
  • Walking Papers? The Incredibly Thin, Speculative Zimmerman Affidavit (Interesting article)

    04/17/2012 1:01:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2012 | Bob Owens
    Angela Corey's filing against George Zimmerman bears the hallmarks of a career-ender. Last week, Florida prosecutor Angela Corey stunned many within the legal establishment when she announced her office was filing a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. The four-page affidavit of probable cause filed by Corey’s office shocked legal experts, ranging from liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and liberal law bloggerJeralyn Merritt to conservative former prosecutorAndrew McCarthy and talk show host Mark Levin, among others. The affidavit starts out typically, listing the names and qualifications of the two investigators used by the special prosecutor. It then begins to...
  • Bill O’Reilly & Trayvon Martin family interview should have never happen (Unintentional Laff Riot)

    04/17/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    ThyBlackMan ^ | April 17, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Earlier this week, I stated that it might make sense for the family of Trayvon Martin to get off of the media circuit. I saw no meaningful value in all of the television and radio appearances, since George Zimmerman has now been arrested and charged. At this stage in the game, the only individuals who benefit from additional media coverage are those who make a living by highlighting (and at times exploiting) grief-stricken mothers like Sybrina Fulton (the mother of Trayvon Martin). After seeing that Fulton was somehow advised to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor,” I’ve become deeply concerned that...
  • Judge in George Zimmerman Case Says She'll Respond to Request To Step Down "No Later Than Friday"

    04/17/2012 11:55:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WTVJ-TV ^ | April 17, 2012
    Seminole County Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler said Tuesday that she will issue a written order “no later than Friday” on George Zimmerman’s request that she step down from the case because of a potential conflict of interest. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, made the request Monday after Recksiedler said in court last week that her husband works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame. Zimmerman’s family approached NeJame about representing Zimmerman, 28, who is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but NeJame declined and referred them to O’Mara, who came on board...
  • George Zimmerman had bandages on nose and head after shooting, neighbors say

    04/17/2012 10:20:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 17, 2012
    According to his neighbors, George Zimmerman had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26th. Zimmerman claims Martin jumped him, broke his nose and pounded his head into the ground inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida. He then fired one shot, hitting Martin in the chest because he feared for his life. In a newly published report by Reuters, Zimmerman's next-door neighbor Jorge Rodriguez said that when he saw Zimmerman the day after the incident, "he had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and...
  • Eight Minutes You Missed: George Zimmerman’s Former Lawyer’s Press Conference

    04/17/2012 10:02:57 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 72 replies
    Press Conference ^ | 04/17/2012 | Joan of Argghh!
    Since April 11th, the MSM has known at least as much as George Zimmerman's former lawyer told them about the facts of the case. Those facts were woefully out of line with the Narrative. So the MSM just let us wonder about the strange moment and didn't find much else very interesting. Except that it was. That's why you didn't see this. It's part of the entire 45 minutes' presser. All you or I got to see was a somewhat strange assembly listening to some lawyers throwing their client under the bus, or publicly wondering whether they had been thrown...
  • Florida State Attorney Should Prosecute Zimmerman Like She Does Black Kids (Oh, brother!)

    04/17/2012 9:20:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | April 17, 2012 | Michael Coard, esquire
    <p>In America (which obviously includes Florida), “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” W.E.B. Du Bois was correct when he wrote that in 1903. And he’d be just as correct 109 years later by replacing the 20th century with the 21st century. That’s why I always say I’m not a lawyer who happens to be a black man. Instead, I’m a black man who just happens to be a lawyer. Accordingly, I view the February 26th shooting death of the stalked and confronted unarmed kid, Trayvon Martin, by the stalking and confronting armed adult, George Zimmerman, as an intentional and racist criminal homicide, not a mere happenstance and spontaneous killing. Therefore, Zimmerman should have been—and still should be—charged with first, not second, degree murder. When asked by the police dispatcher if the business-minding, non-crime-committing person was white, black, or Hispanic, Zimmerman responded “black.” Lucky guess, I guess. When he said “These assholes … always get away,” who were the “these” he was talking about? Certainly not black people. No way. He probably simply meant innocent unarmed kids. I misunderstood. My bad.</p>
  • Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors (Prosecutor's case falling apart)

    04/17/2012 3:39:30 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/16/2012 | Chris Francescani
    Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager. The extent of Zimmerman's injuries could be crucial to his legal defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, which allows the use of deadly force when someone has the reasonable belief he could face death or great bodily harm. Police said Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, was bleeding from the nose...
  • The Arrest of George Zimmerman: Justice or Politics?

    04/17/2012 4:41:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2012 | Ben Cohen
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Arrest of George Zimmerman: Justice or Politics?Posted By Ben Cohen On April 17, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 11 Comments Most people have responded to Angela Corey’s decision to charge George Zimmerman with second degree murder in one of two ways: they have applauded her or they have cautioned people to wait for the trial — in which we will hear all the facts. Very few people have accused Angela Corey of filing these charges for political reasons, despite her affidavit of probable cause not demonstrating probable cause, or indicating...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case and the Growing Racial Divide

    04/17/2012 6:23:23 AM PDT · by SueRae · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/17/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In a Democratic National Committee video in April 2010, Obama called on “young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women . . . to stand together once again.” Shortly before the November 2010 congressional elections, Obama told an audience that Republicans “are counting on black folks staying home.” Before the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama affected the supposed accent of black America in emphasizing shared race: “Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do.” Was “we” the black community or all of America? He appealed to Latino voters not to stay home from the 2010 elections,...
  • News groups fight to open Fla. teen shooting files (Zimmerman/Martin)

    04/16/2012 12:01:38 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-12 | Associated Press
    A group of news organizations in Florida, including The Associated Press, on Monday filed a challenge to the sealing of records in the criminal case of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed teenager. The news organizations filed a motion in Seminole County Circuit Court in an effort that is being led by The Miami Herald.
  • Americans unload on Hollywood in Trayvon case

    04/16/2012 8:44:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4-16-12 | Bob Unruh
    The vast majority of Americans are in agreement that Hollywood and network television are harming the nation’s culture, according to a new survey, which also reveals they don’t think celebrities should be “tweeting” information in criminal cases, such as Florida shooting case defendant George Zimmerman’s address. The scientific poll conducted exclusively for WND by the public-opinion research and media-consulting company Wenzel Strategies shows almost three-in-four registered voters believe the media are responsible for dragging the nation’s culture down. The poll revealed nearly 50 percent said Hollywood and network TV have done a “great deal” of harm, while another 24 percent...

    04/17/2012 3:38:26 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 14 replies
    self | April 17, 2012 | swampsniper
    Governor Scott is being interviewed by WOKV this morning. WOKV asked for questions from listeners.I asked why someone could put an alive or dead bounty on a Florida citizen and not face prosecution.You can livestream WOKV and take part in a discussion on the WOKV Facebook page.We deserve an answer, help me get one.
  • Trayvon Martin's mom says she thinks his killing was an 'accident' [Changing tune now??]

    04/12/2012 6:04:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 147 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 4/12/12 | Ian Johnston
    Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton told the TODAY show Thursday that she believes her son’s fatal shooting by George Zimmerman was an accident. “I believe it was an accident, I believe that it just got out of control and he couldn’t turn the clock back," she said.
  • Why did the Trayvon Martin Special Prosecutor dismiss the grand jury?

    04/12/2012 1:25:25 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 34 replies ^ | April 12, 2012 | Doug Book , staff writer
    It was reported Monday that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey would NOT be giving the Trayvon Martin case to the assembled and waiting Grand Jury in Seminole County, Florida. As it requires a Grand Jury to bring an indictment of first degree murder, the move by the Special Prosecutor takes the possibility of a capital charge against George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, off the table. Of course, there is a SPECIAL prosecutor because Martin was black and, contrary to long standing tradition, he was NOT shot by another black. Because such a radical departure from accepted procedure immediately elicited...
  • Are old photos of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman deceptive?

    03/31/2012 4:35:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 53 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/31/2012 | AP
    When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot. Both photos are a few years old and no longer entirely accurate. Yet they may have helped shape initial public perceptions of the deadly shooting. When you have such a lopsided visual comparison, it just stands to reason that people would rush to judgment," said Kenny Irby, who teaches visual journalism at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Fla. The most...
  • Trayvon Martin's killer showed signs of injury: neighbors

    04/16/2012 4:39:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2012 | Chris Francescani
    SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager. The extent of Zimmerman's injuries could be crucial to his legal defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, which allows the use of deadly force when someone has the reasonable belief he could face death or great bodily harm. Police said Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, was...
  • Lloyd Marcus: Yes, Calming The Storm of Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Related Racial Violence

    04/16/2012 10:53:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    ThyBlackMan ^ | April 17, 2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    As a black conservative Tea Party patriot, I have been struggling with what I should do, if anything, in response to the rash of incidents of racial violence resulting from the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case. Folks, a great evil is running the show in our country right now Prolific race-hustler Al Sharpton is heralded as a hero. Attorney General Eric Holder ignores the New Black Panther “dead or alive” bounty on George Zimmerman. Three major TV networks are caught manipulating facts of the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case to fuel racial hatred and anger.
  • Whites Mostly Missing at Trayvon Rallies

    04/16/2012 8:11:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The LA Progressive ^ | April 11, 2012 | David A. Love, esquire
    Why are white protestors largely missing in action at the Trayvon Martin rallies? Across America, thousands of protestors are attending rallies for Martin, the 17-year-old black teen who was shot to death on February 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. Even in Toronto, Canada and as far away as London, England, where racial profiling also occurs, demonstrators sported hoodies and demanded justice for Martin in front of the U.S. Embassy. For people of all backgrounds in this country, Trayvon’s death is striking a nerve. Over 2 million people have signed a petition on demanding...
  • George Zimmerman afraid of being killed in jail: lawyer

    04/16/2012 6:20:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/16/12 | DOUGLAS MONTERO
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman is afraid of being killed while in jail facing charges of murdering Trayvon Martin, his lawyer said today.</p> <p>“There has been an upwelling of hostility and animosity towards him that can find its way to you in many different ways,” Mark O’Mara said outside the courthouse in Sanford, Fla.</p>
  • George Zimmerman, Rodney King and a jury of peers (LAT doesn't care that he can't get a fair trial)

    04/16/2012 5:10:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 16, 2012 | Michael McGough
    This just in from Fox News: “Fair trial for Zimmerman not likely on home turf, say legal experts.” Well, actually one expert quoted in the story makes that precise argument: Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz. The second expert, criminal defense lawyer Mark Bederow, says only that pretrial publicity, including NBC’s doctored tape of Zimmerman’s 911 call, could prejudice potential jurors (wherever they live, presumably). The third expert, defense lawyer Lawrence Lustberg, agreed that finding jurors in the community who have not made up their minds “will require casting a wide net.” But he also said: “The single most important thing...
  • Wyclef Jean Calls Out Zimmerman In Trayvon Tribute, "Watch Out For Neighborhood Watcher"

    04/16/2012 3:02:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Support Online Hip Hop ^ | April 16, 2012 | Cyrus Langhorne
    The Fugees' Wyclef Jean has become the latest mainstream artist to speak out on the tragic fatal shooting of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin by putting out a new tribute record titled "Justice (If You're 17)." On the record, Jean also places emphasis on incarcerated shooter George Zimmerman. The Trayvon Martin case has gavilinzed the hip-hop community and has spawned several tribute songs in memory of the late teen. Following in the footsteps of Plies, rapper Wyclef Jean released his tribute song 'Justice (If You're 17),' in honor of Martin who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman...
  • The Tribune's View: Zimmerman, Standing his ground

    04/16/2012 12:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | April 16, 2012 | Henry J. Waters III, Editor and Publisher Emeritus
    The state of Florida has charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman will defend himself by claiming Florida law allowed him to "stand his ground" against Martin's threatening behavior. Evidence of what really happened is scant. Martin is dead, and no eye witnesses saw the encounter. A 911 recording casts doubt on Zimmerman's account, but the Florida law will make it hard to get a conviction. It's hard to believe under the circumstances that a large armed adult had to shoot an unarmed teenager in self-defense, but the extra layer of justification...
  • Trayvon Martin: Mom says God will hold George Zimmerman accountable

    04/16/2012 11:15:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2012 | Hal Boedeker
    Trayvon Martin’s mother discusses her faith as a Christian in an interview Tuesday on “Anderson.” The same program features Mark O’Mara, the lawyer for George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon’s death. O’Mara says he hasn’t discussed the night of the shooting with his client. “Anderson,” featuring CNN’s Anderson Cooper, airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on WESH-Channel 2. Judge Jeanine Pirro and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will discuss the case with Cooper. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mom, calls_herself a God-fearing woman who doesn’t hate anyone. “I think a lot of people would find it hard not to hate...