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  • 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, RobertAndGladys.com, 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
    FoxNews.com & myfoxorlando.com ^ | July 16, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    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, MyFoxOrlando.com 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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 grind.com ^ | 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.
  • Poll: Most Floridians want no changes to 'stand your ground' law

    07/16/2012 6:33:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 16 July, 2012 | Toluse Olorunnipa
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law continues to enjoy widespread support among likely voters, even as a state task force considers rewriting the law, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll. Nearly 65 percent say the 2005 law — which allows people who believe they are in grave danger to use deadly force to defend themselves — does not need to be changed. There's less consensus when it comes to voters' thoughts on the Trayvon Martin shooting, which thrust the law into the national spotlight this year. Voters are essentially split about whether George...
  • FBI Finds No Racial Bias in Trayvon Martin Shooting

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

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

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

    07/13/2012 1:21:19 PM PDT · by abb · 107 replies
    Central Fla News 13 ^ | July 13, 2012 | Staff
    SANFORD -- George Zimmerman's attorneys want to disqualify the judge who is presiding over his second-degree murder trial. The motion filed Friday says Zimmerman "has a reasonable fear that he cannot get a fair trial or a fair stand your ground hearing by this court." The motion specifically mentions the new bail Judge Kenneth Lester set for George Zimmerman earlier this month. The motion says Lester made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman's character, says he should be "prosecuted for additional crimes," and is holding the threat of future contempt proceedings over Zimmerman's head. The judge revoked Zimmerman's first $150,000 bond, and...
  • FBI: No racial bias in Trayvon Martin shooting

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

    07/13/2012 5:16:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | 12 July, 2012 | Frances Robles
    Records released Thursday show a federal law-enforcement agent accompanied George Zimmerman to his police interrogations, and FBI interviews did not turn up any sign of racial bias in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence. Sanford Police Officer Chris Serino first made headlines when evidence released in the case showed he sought manslaughter charges against Zimmerman even while...
  • More George Zimmerman Case Documents Released (The FBI Found No Racial Bias)

    07/12/2012 8:10:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 | Brian Hamacher and Karen Yi
    Prosecutors releasing more documents in Trayvon Martin shootingThe FBI found no racial bias behind George Zimmerman's shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, according to dozens of documents related to the case released Thursday. The second round of discovery documents released by prosecutors include reports from the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and State Attorney's Office as well as photos of the crime scene, aerial photos, police calls and surveillance video related to the shooting. Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Martin, 17, in a Sanford gated community in February. He claims he shot...
  • Cop: Zimmerman Was "Soft," Had "Hero Complex": Records detail FBI probe of Trayvon Martin killing

    07/12/2012 5:09:31 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 89 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | July 12, 2012
    The lead investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting case told the FBI that George Zimmerman was not a racist, but rather an “overzealous” and “soft guy” who had a “little hero complex,” according to documents released today by Florida prosecutors.
  • FBI: George Zimmerman Tried to Buy More Guns After Trayvon Shooting

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

    07/10/2012 11:37:12 PM PDT · by zencycler · 40 replies
    audioforensicexpert.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Ed Primeau / Primeau Productions
    Did George Zimmerman Cry for Help? Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 06:07 AM Author: Audio Forensic-Expert As you probably have read in previous blog postings, I’ve made some comments about the 911 and other police recordings that were involved in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. My opinions were published in the Orlando Sentinel and I also made some appearances on MSNBC and CNN as well as Fox News. I was contacted by a producer at The Today Show shortly after they acquired a copy of an exemplar that the police made of George Zimmerman’s voice. They made the exemplar (sample...
  • Am I Not Supposed To Support Trayvon Cause I'm White? (Worse than it sounds)

    07/10/2012 3:26:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Global Grind ^ | July 10, 2012 | Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief & political dir. for Russell Simmons
    It was Thanksgiving. A very cold November afternoon. I must have been 19 or 20 years old...home for the holiday from UCLA, where I was studying theater. My bube (grandmother) was still alive. My entire family sat around the dinner table, doing what the Skolniks love to do...talk politics. Of course we ate turkey. cranberry sauce. mashed potatoes. the usual. a little tofurkey for the vegetarians in the crew. The tone was light. Soft jabs. No heavy punching, since we all come from the same political cloth. But when the conversation turned to race, the tone got a little bit...
  • George Zimmerman Case – Detective Serino and ABC’s Matt Gutman BUSTED

    07/09/2012 2:23:48 PM PDT · by djone · 7 replies
    Conserative Treehouse ^ | 6.26.12 | sundancecracker
    Guess what detective is back in a patrol car and what reporter is now out off the story ? "We contacted the Sanford Police Department, the Public Information Officer, and the Police Chief, and we explained how they can use the secured CCTV system to identify who accessed the footage and recorded it on their cell phone. Now we know that recording was done by Lead Detective Chris Serino who was also the source of numerous exclusive ABC leaks. Chris Serino was obviously disciplined and given the opportunity to resign from his position and take another position as “Night Patrol”,...
  • George Zimmerman Case – Detective Chris Serino and ABC’s Matt Gutman BUSTED

    07/09/2012 8:30:51 AM PDT · by djone · 11 replies
    TreeHouse ^ | 6.26.12 | sundancecracker
    . ...This footage is video of a video. Meaning that surveillance camera used in the police station does not move. Yet the video is moving and shadowing the police and Zimmerman. This is footage taken on an i-phone by someone recording the screen at a Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) panel monitor and feed. You can tell in a few segments of the video that show the exterior frame of the monitor being filmed.
  • George Zimmerman hiding out in safe house protected by 24-hour private security team

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

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

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

    07/07/2012 6:08:38 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    Google Groups ^ | Saturday, July 7, 2012 | The Starmaker <starmaker@ix.netcom.com>
    Death threat published in Google Groups: "we live under a jury system, not an evidence system. the jury decides whether he's innoncent or guilty, not the evidence. I'm the jury, he's guilty. Death is his punishemnt, nothing less. I don't care who kills him, ...I'll do it for free if it gets me on The Jay Leno Show. The Starmaker starmaker@ix.netcom.com" Excerpt: From: starmaker@ix.netcom.com (The Starmaker) Subject: Re: 'Stand your ground' loses ground Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2012 17:15:57 -0700 Message-ID: 4FF8D13D.123E@ix.netcom.com NNTP-Posting-Host: 108.91.107.44 NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 00:15:52 +0000 (UTC) Organization: Netfront http://www.netfront.net/ Reply-To: starmaker@ix.netcom.com . . ....
  • Massive mural memorializing slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is going up in East New York

    07/06/2012 11:34:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 2, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    The city’s first known Trayvon Martin mural is going up on a wall of an East New York laundromat - adding to a brewing campaign to make sure history doesn’t snub the slain teen’s image. Teenage boys will start painting the 100-foot picture July 16 on New Lots Laundromat’s wall underneath the elevated tracks of the IRT No. 3 train. The East New York mural will join a growing list of similar street art popping up in black neighborhoods across the country. “We want him to become a martyr, and it’s sad that we even have to say that,” said...
  • George Zimmerman to leave jail again as judge sets $1 million bond (+video)

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

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

    The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin can be released from jail on $1 million bond while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge, a judge ruled Thursday.
  • Judge delays ruling on Zimmerman bail

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

    06/29/2012 9:11:26 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 63 replies
    Watch Live: George Zimmerman Attends Second Bond Hearing
  • George Zimmerman Bullied Former Colleague, Complaint Says

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

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

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

    06/25/2012 3:13:41 PM PDT · by kanawa · 5 replies
    http://gzlegalcase.com ^ | 25 JUNE 2012 | Mark O'Mara
    PDF... http://184.172.211.159/~gzdocs/documents/motions/motion_to_set_reasonable_bond.pdf
  • Zimmerman Tapes: Variations Versus Differences

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

    06/23/2012 1:22:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    US Politics Today ^ | June 23, 2012
    Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is complicating matters for prosecutors rushing to convict George Zimmerman. The law is clear that residents can meet force with force when they feel threatened. Florida's Stand Your Ground law allows residents to use deadly force to defend themselves or their property, and when doing so, protects them from prosecution. This law may derail the prosecution of defendant George Zimmerman in the much-publicized case of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin. State prosecutors see the case as open-and-shut, arguing that Martin was simply a kid buying a soda at a...
  • Rodney King 2.0: Trayvon Martin Shows America Has Not Made Progress on Race

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

    06/21/2012 3:24:15 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    hostednews ^ | MIKE SCHNEIDER
    ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman appears believable when he re-enacts for police what he says led to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, but some of his statements are questionable, lawyers who reviewed the footage said Thursday. Even a detective who interrogated the neighborhood watch leader pointed out inconsistencies in his story, particularly Zimmerman's claim that Martin punched him and slammed his head onto the ground when the teenager had no prior history of violence. The video and audio tapes released by Zimmerman's attorney give Zimmerman's most detailed account yet of what led to the Feb. 26 shooting, but it...
  • George Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin threatened my life

    06/21/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT · by South40 · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | June 21, 2012 | Ashley Hayes
    (CNN) -- Just hours after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman told police investigators the shooting followed a life-and-death struggle in which the teen told him, "You're going to die tonight." The audio of the February 26 interviews, made public late Wednesday, is part of discovery items released by Zimmerman's defense team. The recordings represent the first time Zimmerman is heard giving his account in his own words.
  • Zimmerman tells cops Trayvon Martin reached for his gun as police tapes released(FL)

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

    06/21/2012 4:40:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | 6/21/12 | PIERRE THOMAS and SENI TIENABESO
    "He took my head and slammed it against the concrete several times, and each time I thought my head was going to explode and I thought I was going to lose consciousness," George Zimmerman told police the day after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. "I started screaming for help," but Martin pressed his hands over Zimmerman's mouth and nose, he said. "He told me to shut the f&#k up, and I was suffocating." Zimmerman told police he was lying on the ground, but his head was on the concrete.
  • Police chief fired over Trayvon Martin shooting

    06/21/2012 3:38:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Saying he's lost the trust of officials, a city manager fired a central Florida police chief who was criticized for his agency's initial investigation of Trayvon Martin's shooting death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer. Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a Wednesday statement that he relieved Chief Bill Lee of duty because he "determined the Police Chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community." "We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support,"...
  • Sanford Police Chief Fired In Wake of Trayvon Martin Case

    (CNN) - Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee, who drew criticism for his department's actions in the Trayvon Martin case, was fired Wednesday, his spokeswoman said. Spokeswoman Sara Brady said Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte made the decision. Lee had submitted a resignation letter in April that said he was stepping down, but city commissioners voted not to accept it. In March, he had said he was stepping down temporarily in the wake of the public furor over the failure of the police to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has said his shooting of Martin on February...
  • Did politics drive prosecution in Trayvon Martin case?

    06/19/2012 10:23:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | June 19, 2012 | Mark NeJame, esquire
    Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz recently claimed that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, threatened to sue Dershowitz for libel and slander and to have him disbarred. According to Dershowitz, Corey went into a tirade against him after he strongly criticized her. He said Corey was being unethical for not disclosing material facts to the court in the probable cause affidavit she had filed against Zimmerman and had erred by bringing a second-degree murder charge against him, when the evidence didn't support such a charge. In an article, Dershowitz...
  • Why public's opinions on Zimmerman is shifting

    06/18/2012 11:07:52 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 182 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | June 18, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD, Fla. — (MCT) For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most important news stories in the country, according to pollsters. At least six news organizations or polling companies did surveys. What they documented, in general, was that people were fascinated and outraged by the Feb. 26 death of the unarmed 17-year-old and angry at the shooter, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Two sets of findings, though, stand out: Although it was the No. 1 story in the country overall, twice as many blacks as whites singled...
  • Polls: Public opinion on George Zimmerman shifting(FL)

    06/18/2012 7:23:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 118 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 17 June, 2012 | NA
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. – For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most important news stories in the country, according to pollsters.</p> <p>At least six news organizations or polling companies did surveys. What they documented, in general, was that people were fascinated and outraged by the Feb. 26 death of the unarmed 17-year-old and angry at the shooter, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.</p>
  • Massad Ayoob on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

    06/16/2012 6:46:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    guns.com ^ | 16 June, 2012 | S.H. Blannelberry
    A few months ago, the Cato Institute sponsored a policy forum or expert discussion on self-defense laws, including the controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law. Among those speaking at the event was Massad Ayoob, the internationally renowned firearms and self-defense instructor. Ayoob, by most accounts, is a guru in the gun community. He’s been an editor at GUNS magazine and AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun publications, martial arts publications and law enforcement journals. AyoobBut as far as his writing goes, Ayoob is probably best known for his seminal work, ‘In the Gravest Extreme,’...