His GPS monitor has been cut off and George Zimmerman, legally, can go anywhere he wants. But his family and his lawyers say he´s hardly free. Zimmerman fears for his life. He´s a reviled figure to millions, despite his acquittal Saturday night in Trayvon Martin´s killing. And he could still be held criminally liable for Martin´s death. Zimmerman´s attorney describes him as a marked man. "He has to be very cautious and protective of his safety because there is still a fringe element who have said ... that they will not listen to a verdict of not guilty," said Mark
After having just endured the enormous strain of a murder trial, Georgef Zimmerman´s ordeal may not be over. The dissatisfaction and anger of the black community over the verdict could very well lead to Attorney General Eric Holder deciding to bring federal civil rights charges against him. The Hill: Attorney General Eric Holder faces a crucial decision on whether to press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, after the neighborhood watchman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The NAACP and other leading civil rights groups are
Cronyism: Homeland Security honcho Janet Napolitano announced she´d quit her cabinet post on Friday to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system. Is this the best the regents can do? Instead of appointing a world class scientist, leading medical expert, respected academic or distinguished public servant — such as the truly qualified Condoleezza Rice — to lead the great University of California system, the UC regents opted for a political hack of no academic merit whatsoever. Their pick, Janet Napolitano, has presided over one disaster after another at the Department of Homeland Security.
These photos might cause a double-take. Look closely: These white balls of fur aren´t puppies, or lambs, they´re lion cubs. And they´re adorable. The rare white color is due to a recessive gene. Seven of the cubs were born in captivity to three South African mama lions since last month.The baby white lions are being introduced by the zookeepers at Himeji Central Park in Japan later this week. There are only about 300 white lions left (snip). The white lion—classified the same as its tan-colored counterpart (snip) are considered a sacred species,
Representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus expressed disappointment in the jury’s verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, with one likening the public reaction to the national outrage at the aquittal of Casey Anthony. “I think it was the same kind of response when the Casey Anthony jury came back,” representative Chaka Fattah told CNN’s Candy Crowley. A jury in 2011 found Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daugher Caylee, who had been found dead in 2008. Fattah raised the prospect that the verdict will lead to heightened violence against the black community.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the George Zimmerman trial "isn´t over" and said he thinks "the Justice Department is going to take a look at this." (Snip for video)The NBC host asked, "And the president, does he have a role in speaking about it as he did after the shooting?" "Yeah, of course," said Reid. "And I think the Justice Department´s going to take a look at this. You know, this isn´t over with, and I think that´s good, that´s our system. It´s gotten better, not worse."
For the first time this year, Republican strategists believe they´re within striking distance of taking back control of the Senate, thanks to untimely Democratic Senate retirements and red-state Democratic recruits deciding not to run for Congress. The latest blow to Democrats: former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer´s surprising decision Saturday to pass up a campaign. Republican recognize that they only need to win three Senate seats in the most of conservative of states -- Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska -- and Mitch McConnell could be a Majority Leader in 2015. (That is, if McConnell can hold onto his own Kentucky seat.)
SAN FRANCISCO Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman held largely peaceful demonstrations in at least three California cities, but broke windows and started small street fires in Oakland, police said. There were also reports of small, largely peaceful demonstrations in cities across the country.The gatherings Saturday night in California ranged from a few dozen to a couple hundred people turning out to protest the verdict in the Florida courtroom over the death of Trayvon Martin, and police said some of the demonstrations continued into the early hours Sunday. The Oakland police dispatch office said about 100 people protested,
If you´ve never heard of the Treepers, that´s because the media have studiously ignored the best journalism done on the Zimmerman trial. The moniker denotes a group of bloggers posting at The Conservative Treehouse whose painstaking research uncovered a conspiracy by "elements within the SPD and the Miami-Dade School District Police Department...[who] conspired to keep Martin´s criminal history buried," in the words of Jack Cashill, the premier investigative journalist working the Trayvon Martin story. Yesterday, George Zimmerman´s father Robert paid tribute to the Treepers
A Sanford, Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on all charges late Saturday night in the trial he faced involving the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The trial quickly became a media spectacle after supporters of Martin´s family convinced the left-leaning national press that regional law enforcement authorities had declined to prosecute Zimmerman because Martin was black. Local officials insisted that Zimmerman was unlikely to be convicted of anything based on the evidence they could find. It appears that initial judgment was correct. A brief news summary via Yahoo: The six-woman panel signed they had reached a verdict
The world has a chance to beam from outer space as NASA encourages people to smile for its cameras while it takes a photo of Saturn that will feature the Earth. To encourage people to take part in the Day the Earth Smiled event on July 19, NASA has released directions so people across the world know which way to face and at what time. Those worried about how they may look in the shots, taken 898 million miles away, can find reassurance that the planet will appear only as a tiny blue blob in the pictures.
In 2010, Maryland’s Court of Appeals ruled that residents need a state permit to take a gun outside the home, upholding the conviction of a man who committed no other “crime” than publicly possessing a firearm. This week, the same court voided a five-year mandatory, no-parole sentence for gun possession by a convicted felon. (Snip) According to FBI Supplementary Homicide data, between the years of 2000 and 2011, black victims accounted for 92% of Baltimore’s murder victims. Worse, this percentage has held steady and appears to be increasing in recent years.
A Florida neighbourhood watch volunteer has been found not guilty of the murder of an unarmed local teenager. Lawyers for George Zimmerman, 29, argued he acted in self-defence and with justifiable use of deadly force when he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case sparked a fierce debate about racial profiling in the US. The all-female jury unanimously found him not guilty.
WASHINGTON — When President Obama proclaimed that those who commit sexual assault in the military should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” it had an effect he did not intend: muddying legal cases across the country. In at least a dozen sexual assault cases since the president’s remarks at the White House in May, judges and defense lawyers have said that Mr. Obama’s words as commander in chief amounted to “unlawful command influence,” tainting trials as a result.
Angry crowds gathered in major cities across the country late last night following the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. The demonstrators carried signs and gathered en masse in major cities from New York to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Though the marches were largely non-violent, police assembled close by to monitor activity--fearful strong reactions to the verdict could spill over into rioting. [Snip] A crowd of more than 100 began marching peacefully in Oakland when a small section broke off smashing windows and starting small street fires. Local media reports said a police squad car was vandalized
Cory Monteith, a star of the Fox musical comedy series “Glee” who played an upbeat and outgoing young student and singing coach but who battled with substance abuse problems in his personal life, was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday. He was 31 years old. Police said that Mr. Monteith was found dead in his 21st-floor room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver at about noon after he missed his scheduled checkout time. The police said there was no indication of foul play and that people Mr. Monteith had been
WASHINGTON — One-year-old Ka´Lani is so fascinated by a round plastic toy that she doesn´t see her mother, Ke´sha Scrivner, walk into the Martha´s Table day care, chanting her name while softly clapping out a beat that Ka´Lani keeps with a few bounces on her bottom. (Snip) "A lot of people think demographics alone will bring about change and it won´t," said Gail Christopher, who heads the W.K. Kellogg Foundation´s America Healing project on racial equity. "If attitudes and behaviors don´t change, demographics will just mean we´ll have a majority population that is low-income, improperly educated, disproportionately incarcerated
In the aftermath of the jury acquittal of George Zimmerman on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, defense attorney Mark O’Mara blasted the media and racial advocacy groups for stumping for Zimmerman’s arrest and conviction. “Things would have been different for George Zimmerman if he was black for this reason: he would never have been charged with a crime,” O’Mara stated to CNN on Saturday night. “If only those who decided to condemn Mr. Zimmerman as quickly and as viciously as they did would have taken
SANFORD, Fla.- For weeks and weeks they talked, and when the verdict was finally rendered — not guilty — in the George Zimmerman murder trial, the attorneys had yet more to say. “George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense,” said Mark O’Mara, one of Zimmerman’s attorneys. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old youth Zimmerman shot to death, spoke of lessons that could be learned from the incident. “All of America has to dig deep in their heart to find out how we can learn from this tragedy
George Zimmerman may have been acquitted by a jury in the killing of Trayvon Martin, but he remains a dead man walking. Zimmerman, 29, was forced into hiding after receiving hundreds, perhaps thousands, of death threats when he was identified as the man how shot dead the unarmed 17-year-old in February 2012. Now, he is a free man, but his lawyers say he must stay in hiding because ´several fringe groups´ refuse to accept the jury´s verdict that Zimmerman acted within the law when killed Martin. Attorneys and consultants who have worked in similar cases say that Zimmerman´s life will
We left our silent hotel at dawn--we were the only guests. As my researcher, Ted Morrisby, had pointed out the night before, we somehow needed to establish contact with the inaccessible Papa Doc. "Once we’ve been seen with him, we’ll be all right. That means we won’t get hassled, or shot." Well, he convinced me. In a land where we had no friends for protection, no embassy to turn to, there was a convincing argument for establishing contact before any more shots rang out. [Snip] Mingling among them were men in thin tight suits, fedoras and shades, like Mods
Perhaps like us on this lovely mid-summer weekend, you´ve had enough of the less-than-lovely news flow polluting our non-stop info streams these days. [Snip] So, here´s a little respite for all of us. Regular readers here know well of our abiding affection for and interest in space tales. Stories that put earthly life in context. We´ve learned so much about space over the years. But there’s so much to know. We didn´t even know what color a distant planet is -- until just the other day.
Former Obama adviser Van Jones declared that “racism won” in the trial of George Zimmerman. “The verdict: racism won. #TrayvonMartin” Jones tweeted in the aftermath of the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Jones was appointed to Obama’s cabinet in March 2009 as special advisor for green jobs, a newly created position. He is known as the co-founder of the nonprofit progressive advocacy groups Color of Change, which focuses on civil rights, and Green for All, which focuses on the environment. (snip) “A court in Florida today found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder
George Zimmerman´s lawyer, Mark O´Mara, blistered the mainstream press after a jury found his client not guilty of all charges on Saturday evening. O´Mara accused the mainstream media of turning Zimmerman into a monster and then running over him. O´Mara said Zimmerman was "like a patient on an operating table where mad scientists were committing experiments on him and he had no anesthesia." "He didn´t know why he was turned into a monster," O´Mara said to the assembled reporters. "But quite honestly, you guys had a lot to do with it. You just did."
While law enforcement authorities in Florida braced for violence following George Zimmerman´s vindication, it was 2500 miles away in Oakland, California that store fronts were smashed, walls vandalized with graffiti, and small fires ignited in the streets. So why Oakland? First of all, the news of the verdict came early enough in the evening (7 PM)on the West Coast for demonstrations to be organized(snip)A special factor at work in the East Bay was the local opening Friday of a movie titled Fruitvale Station, about the shooting of young unarmed black teenager at a BART station a few years ago.
WASHINGTON- With time running out, U.S. officials are struggling to cope with the task of launching the new online health insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama´s signature health reforms by an October 1 deadline. The White House, and federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), must ensure that working marketplaces open for enrollment in all 50 states in less than 80 days, and are responding to mounting pressure by concentrating on three essential areas that will determine whether the most critical phase of Obamacare succeeds or fails.