Democrats Try to Reverse Stand Your Ground in Appropriations Bill

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:37 pm

In the House appropriations bill for Commerce, Justice and Science that will get preliminary votes today, Progressive Caucus co-chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva will introduce a “Stop Shoot First Laws” amendment, a direct reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin, whose death and ensuing trial may turn on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The [...]

Zimmerman Pleads Not Guilty in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Will Invoke Stand Your Ground Law

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 11:38 am

As I’m sure you know, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder yesterday, a charge that surprised many legal experts who expected something more like manslaughter. “It seems like an enormous swing to be able go from not feeling you have enough evidence to arrest him, to charging him with essentially as high as you [...]

Trayvon Martin Case Reflects Institutional Deficiencies with Race, Gun Laws

By: Friday March 23, 2012 9:35 am

Thousands rallied in Sanford, Florida yesterday, seeking justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch patrolman in late February. And the public outcry has made an impact. In addition to Sanford Police chief Bill Lee stepping aside (temporarily), Governor Rick Scott appointed a new special prosecutor for the case. [...]

Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin Case

By: Friday March 23, 2012 8:54 am

President Obama spoke for the first time on the Trayvon Martin case today, calling it a “tragedy” and that “it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.” African-American leaders have been calling on the President to speak out about the case which has caused a national outcry. Some noted that Obama personally [...]

Criticism in Trayvon Martin Case Focuses on Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 6:54 am

Protests have only grown in the Trayvon Martin case, both online and offline. Change.org now has nearly a million signatures on their petition to prosecute George Zimmerman for murder. Hundreds turned out in New York City yesterday for what they labeled the Million Hoodie March. And another protest will send mass amounts of Skittles to [...]

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