George Zimmerman Is Free

By: Monday July 15, 2013 5:06 am

As the Department of Justice explores bringing charges and President Obama laments that “a jury has spoken”, the fact remains that George Zimmerman is a free man. Not just free from confinement but free to do exactly what (temporarily) endangered his own freedom. A jury has indeed spoken but regardless of the technicalities of the [...]

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 [...]

Reports: Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Death

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 12:13 pm

According to multiple reports, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged this afternoon in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Special prosecutor Angela Corey will make the announcement. There is no word yet on what charge Zimmerman will face, either second-degree murder or manslaughter. Corey could not file first-degree murder charges because she did [...]

Trayvon Martin Case Prosecutor to Decide By Friday

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 6:56 am

Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, announced Tuesday she will make her decision on whether to charge George Zimmerman within 72 hours — by Friday. And given recent events, her decision has become tougher, especially if she leans against prosecution. Unless her investigation of the fatal shooting of Mr. Martin by [...]

Updates in the Trayvon Martin Case

By: Friday March 30, 2012 12:33 pm

Here are a few updates in the Trayvon Martin case: • You may know by now about the new surveillance video showing George Zimmerman, the assailant, after the incident. Contrary to the reports of his lawyer and his close friend, Zimmerman shows no sign of a struggle, no blood, no bruises. There is a scar [...]

The Smearing of Trayvon Martin

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 8:15 am

It was inevitable that conservatives would view the tragic death of a 17 year-old black kid as a political game where they were “losing” and had to come up with something to get back the upper hand. Thus we have a spate of revolting counter-attacks on the character of a dead teenager, as if any [...]

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 [...]

Trayvon Martin Case: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Takes “Leave of Absence”

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 1:35 pm

Bill Lee, the chief of the Sanford Police Department, which has still failed to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, has taken a temporary leave of absence. This came a day after a no-confidence vote from the city commissioners. Lee, stressing his credentials as a former homicide investigator, said that he stands [...]

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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