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  • Dutch populist Geert Wilders to boycott hate speech trial

    11/02/2016 7:47:33 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | Oct 28, 2016 | AP
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Firebrand Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders says he will not attend court next week to face hate speech charges, calling the case against him “a political trial.” Prosecutors have charged Wilders, leader of the populist Dutch Freedom Party, with insulting a group based on their race and inciting hatred and discrimination. In a message released Friday, Wilders says, “It is my right and my duty as a politician to speak about the problems in our country.” The trial starting Monday against Wilders, who was acquitted in 2011 of insulting Islam, centers on comments before and after...
  • Oregon standoff: Ammon Bundy chooses to wear jail scrubs in trial

    09/16/2016 4:43:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/15/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy surprised the court Thursday when he showed up for trial wearing blue jail scrubs, with a pocket Constitution in left shirt pocket. "Mr. Bundy desires to appear as he is, a political prisoner not free to dress as if presumed innocent," attorney J. Morgan Philpot said, reading his client's statement. "He would prefer to drop the façade and appear as the political prisoner he has been made"....shuffled around in chains, molested like an animal," and not given the "utensils" he needs to prepare for trial. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown asked Bundy to stand. She inquired whether...
  • Ammon Bundy Explains Tyranny on Hammond Family (Oregon Standoff Trial Today)

    09/13/2016 5:17:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 30 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9/8/2016 | Dallas Ahrens III%
    Ammon Bundy (at :05) "It was the Hammond's. It was a ranching family that was being prosecuted, to put the family under duress so that federal agencies can take their ranch. And it was that simple. And its happened time and time again....... (at 1:53)...The Hammonds should not have been prosecuted period.
  • Oregon standoff defendant Jeff Banta had to remind judge he also faces firearms charge (Trial Today)

    09/13/2016 4:36:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/12/2016 | Maxine Bernstein
    Jeff Banta, who was one of the last four holdouts at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation and is now one of seven defendants on trial in the federal conspiracy case, sat quietly beside his lawyer, taking notes during three days of jury selection last week. With each of four panels of jurors questioned, the judge recited the charges against each defendant. But US District Judge Anna Brown each time left out Banta as one of the five defendants charged with Count 2, possession of a firearms in a federal facility. No one in the courtroom corrected the judge in...
  • Incoming Philippine president abandons kidnapped police chief to communist rebel guerillas

    06/04/2016 4:54:28 PM PDT · by HERO98 · 33 replies
    Politics Com Ph ^ | 05 June 2016 | HERO
    President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will not move a finger in getting Chief Inspector Arnold Ongache who was abducted by the New People’s Army on 29 May 2016. Ongache was held as a prisoner of war by the NPA rebels because he was protecting a drug sydicate in Davao Oriental. Ognache reportedly had a sachet of shabu inside his pocket when he captured at the Governor Generoso Municipal Police Station. In a late night press conference on 2 June 2016, Duterte said that he talked to an NPA leader, whom he identified as “Quinn”, and he confirmed that Ongache was deep in...
  • 'Accused is guilty': Campus rape tribunals punish without proof, critics say

    06/17/2015 11:09:17 AM PDT · by Sopater · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2015
    A former Amherst College student is just the latest in a long line of men whose lives have been turned upside-down after being accused of sexual assault in what they say were consensual encounters, punished in campus tribunals where, in some cases, critics say, they’re guilty even after proving their innocence. The former student, whose name has not been made public, was expelled after his alleged victim, the roommate of his girlfriend, complained some 21 months after the incident and despite what evidence appears to show was consensual sex. As in many campus procedures which enforce school sanctions and not...
  • Court sentences Egypt's Mubarak, sons to 3 years in prison

    05/09/2015 7:54:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2015 2:19 PM EDT | Brian Rohan
    A Cairo court sentenced Egypt’s deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges on Saturday—a punishment that authorities may deem as having already been served but one which, if it withstands appeal, would officially establish Mubarak as a convicted criminal years after the 2011 popular uprising that toppled him. The case—dubbed the “presidential palaces” affair by the Egyptian media—was a retrial charging that Mubarak and sons embezzled millions of dollars’ worth of state funds over the course of a decade, diverting money meant to pay for renovating and maintaining presidential palaces to...
  • Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed

    01/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN – A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor. Perry, who is actively eyeing another presidential bid, was indicted last summer. The charges stem from his 2013 threat to veto funding for a public corruption unit overseen by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken-driving arrest. Lehmberg stayed in office after serving jail time, and Perry axed the funding. The Republican said that Lehmberg, a Democrat, had lost the public’s confidence. A grand...
  • Case Involving Arrest by Ferguson Officer on Hold (Going after him on past cases)

    09/29/2014 6:31:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | September 29, 2014 | Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press
    A drug case involving an arrest made by the Ferguson police officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old in a separate incident is on hold while a grand jury reviews the shooting. A judge approved a request by prosecutors Monday to send the drug case involving the arrest by officer Darren Wilson to a St. Louis County grand jury. But a spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch later said that the case is "on hold" until Wilson's status is resolved. Spokesman Ed Magee called the move standard procedure in cases where police officers are not immediately available to testify in court....
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israel’s right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israel’s actions in Gaza as self-defense is both “legally incorrect” and “morally abhorrent,” said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. […] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Rick Perry indicted on two felonies

    08/16/2014 11:37:56 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 51 replies ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two felony counts for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant late Friday by a Travis County grand jury. The case stems from Perry’s vetoing the $7.5 million biennial funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit last year. He threatened to withhold the money unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned. In announcing the indictment, special prosecutor Michael McCrum of San Antonio said he felt confident of the charges brought against the governor and was “ready to go forward.”
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 5:46:18 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 87 replies
    Seattle, Wash. (CBS SEATTLE) – A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his...
  • Blackwater guards face trial in Iraq shootings

    06/11/2014 7:43:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 10:31 AM EDT | Pete Yost
    After years of delays, former Blackwater Worldwide security guards are going on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of at least 18 others. Over the next few days, a jury of 12 residents from the District of Columbia will be chosen from a pool of 150 people to decide the guards’ fate. …
  • 'Kangaroo court' in Brockton, Mass. convicts pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio on three charges.

    03/04/2014 1:07:05 PM PST · by massmike · 32 replies ^ | 03/04/2014 | n/a
    On Wednesday, Feb. 12, pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio was convicted by a jury on three charges stemming from an incident when he held a pro-life sign in front of a school in Brockton, Mass. on March 21, 2012. After a two-day trial in Brockton District Court, the six-person jury found him guilty of disturbing a school, trespass, and resisting arrest. Those verdicts came despite the fact that Peter's lawyer (using testimony by the prosecution's own witnesses) clearly proved that he did not commit any of those crimes. This was a monumental miscarriage of justice. In the end, the facts and...
  • 'Why Have a Hearing? Just Expel Him' (Dartmouth College)

    02/15/2014 11:33:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | February 13, 2014 | KC Johnson
    "Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?" That astonishing question was posed at a conference on how colleges respond to sexual assault issues by Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth. According to Inside Higher Ed, Childress continued: "It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students. And higher education is not a right. Safety is a right. Higher education is a privilege." Give Childress credit for candor--even the campus spokespersons for increasing the number of guilty findings in campus tribunals usually aren't...
  • The next Trayvon case about to explode?

    01/27/2014 7:59:51 AM PST · by rktman · 58 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/27/2014 | unknown
    A racially charged shooting incident in North Carolina with eerie parallels to the Trayvon Martin drama has ended in the same way – with a jury refusing to hand state authorities the politically pressured charges they sought against the shooter. In a decision angering the NAACP and other civil-rights activists clamoring for “justice,” a Charlotte grand jury has declined to indict Charlotte Police Officer Randall Kerrick for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a 24-year-old black man who refused to obey orders to stop after police responded to a robbery call.
  • Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court

    09/19/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 171 replies
    A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News.
  • George Zimmerman trial cost Seminole $91K, county says

    08/09/2013 2:48:52 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 9, 2013 | Jeff Weiner
    The trial of George Zimmerman cost Seminole County government about $91,000, officials said in a statement Friday. Zimmerman's high-profile second-degree-murder trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin began June 10 and concluded July 13 with a not-guilty verdict. During the trial, Seminole County handled the "coordination of resources and planning," through its Emergency Operations Center, county spokesman Alan Harris said. According to Harris, the EOC's role included "public information, safety, liaison, logistics, planning, intelligence" and other operations. Its efforts were spearheaded by a team of fire-rescue, facility management, information technology, utilities, economic development and public works staff, as...
  • Jury weighing Zimmerman's fate asks question about manslaughter option

    07/13/2013 3:17:06 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 228 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/13/13 | Mariano Castillo and Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- After more than 12 hours of deliberation, the six women deliberating George Zimmerman's fate asked the court Saturday evening for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter, the judge said. That couldn't have even been a question a few days ago: Judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday, over the defense's vehement objection, to include manslaughter as an option for jurors, in addition to the second-degree murder charge. Their third option would be to find Zimmerman not guilty. The question -- which was read out in court, without the jurors present, shortly before 6 p.m. -- was the first posed by...
  • For George Zimmerman: Just Imagine

    07/13/2013 1:15:18 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 133 replies
    7/13/2013 | MHGinTN
    After folks have said this should be offered as a stand-alone thread, here goes: Imagine, just allow yourself to imagine ... You are in your vehicle on your way to the store one evening and you see a tall, slightly hunched over figure wobbling along the space between condominium buildings of your community in the dimness of the poorly lit sidewalk. The figure pauses in the misty rain to peer from under the sweatshirt hoodie he's wearing, to look into the back sliding doors of selected condos. It is dark and the figure is wearing dark clothing with the hood...
  • Dershowitz: Zimmerman Prosecutors 'Should Be Disbarred'

    07/13/2013 7:20:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies ^ | 7/12/2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz says the prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial should be charged with "prosecutorial misconduct" for suggesting the defendant planned the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. "That is something no prosecutor should be allowed to get away with … to make up a story from whole cloth," Dershowitz told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "These prosecutors should be disbarred. They have acted absolutely irresponsibly in an utterly un-American fashion." Zimmerman, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with gunning down Martin, 17, as the two fought following a confrontation in the gated Sanford,...
  • Zimmerman Defense Gives Evidence-Rich Closing, State Appeals to “Heart”

    07/12/2013 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Sopater · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Friday, July 12, 2013 | Andrew Branca
    This morning saw the defense give its closing statement in Florida v. Zimmerman, the last opportunity for them to deliver their compelling narrative of innocence to the jury. And boy, did Mark O’Mara deliver. In a closing rich with evidence, facts, and the law, O’Mara focused the jury on their legal obligation to deliver a verdict consistent with the State’s burden to prove Zimmerman’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. O’Mara stepped them through every significant piece of evidence, and every single witness that had appeared in court. He reminded them of their duty to come to a verdict using only...
  • Judge Confronts Zimmerman

    07/12/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 35 replies
    This is a link to a YouTube video of the judge in the Zimmerman case acting with prejudice against Zimmerman. It is a must watch.
  • Defense rests; Zimmerman won't testify in murder trial

    07/10/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT · by Sopater · 141 replies
    <p>Defense rests case in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial without the former neighborhood watch volunteer taking the stand.</p>
  • Obama’s Alinskyite Administration: The DOJ’s involvement in the Zimmerman case is highly suspect.

    07/12/2013 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/12/2013 | John Fund
    Judicial Watch, a conservative legal foundation, has used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents that show Eric Holder’s Justice Department used a “community relations” unit to support and stage-manage public protests in Florida against George Zimmerman after his controversial February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) even helped organize a meeting between Sanford, Fla., public officials and the local NAACP. The result was the resignation of police chief Bill Lee over his handling of the Martin case. While his resignation was rescinded after a few weeks by local officials, Chief Lee faced further pressure...
  • Why the Zimmerman Prosecutors Should Be Disbarred

    07/12/2013 7:17:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/12/2013 | Jack Cashill
    Toward the end of his closing statement on Thursday, Florida Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda posted a slide on a screen in a fifth-floor Seminole County courtroom. "Which Owner would be more inclined to yell for help?" read the banner on the top of the slide. The slide was divided in two. On the left was a photo of George Zimmerman's Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, and on the right was a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Beneath the photo of the gun was the question, "Who followed?" Under the can was the question, "Who ran?" So...
  • The first verdict of the George Zimmerman trial was rendered a long time ago...

    07/11/2013 3:08:54 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-11-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Naturally, liberal politics runs a very very close second to this...On a totally separate note, I admittedly haven't followed this case too much. I don't follow "celebrity" trials because I fear that granting them legitimacy will dilute what real celebrity is.For instance, if guys like George Zimmerman have their 15 minutes of fame patronized what will eventually happen to the Kardashians?Eventually Kim will get desperate and commit another crime (against nature) by having another child (not with Kanye West, I'm pretty sure that's against one of the only rules Hollywood a-holes live by) just so we'll give her the kind...
  • Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies

    07/10/2013 1:17:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies by Ben Shapiro 10 Jul 2013, 10:28 AM PDT On Wednesday, Judicial Watch announced that the Department of Justice had turned over documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request showing that the Community Relations Service (CRS), a small division of the DOJ, was sent to Sanford, Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help manage rallies and protests. In April 2013, Breitbart News' Lee Stranahan first reportedthe role of the CRS in Sanford. The new documents show that from March 25 through April 12, 2012, the CRS spent thousands of...

    07/11/2013 2:06:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 11,2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    The farce that is the George Zimmerman “murder” trial took a bizarre turn when the prosecution sought leave to have the jury consider a new charge against Zimmerman — felony murder. Felony murder occurs when one causes someone’s death while committing a felony. What felony did Zimmerman allegedly commit? Why, child abuse, of course. Although it was clearly abusive of Zimmerman to have a child (Trayvon Martin was 17, don’t you know) beat on him and pound his head into the gravel, the judge declined to present a charge of felony-murder to the jury. I view the Zimmerman affair as...
  • Prosecutor to judge: Can we also charge Z w/3rd-degree murder based on, er, child abuse?

    07/11/2013 2:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Revealing, for two reasons. One: It shows that the state’s worried enough about its case that not only do they want a lesser charge added to hedge against an acquittal on second-degree murder, which seems all but assured, they want one added to hedge against the lesser-included offense of manslaughter too. The judge already agreed this morning to instruct the jury on manslaughter, which was always a more plausible explanation for what happened between Martin and Zimmerman. But the state couldn’t get away with not trying for murder; this case is supposed to illustrate a Larger Truth about white (or...
  • "Crackers," A "Teenage Mammy" -- The Sorry Truth About Race And Zimmerman Trial (BARF Alert)

    07/11/2013 8:22:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | July 11,2013 | Juan Williams
    "White Hispanics," "Creepy-Ass Crackers," "Teenage Mammies," and "Suspicious A--holes who always get away" -- that is the vernacular of the George Zimmerman trial. George Zimmerman faces life in jail as a jury considers second-degree murder charges against him for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But thanks to the media he is already sentenced to life in the American public's mind as a racist.
  • Zimmerman Trial Judge Springs "Child Abuse" Charge against Zimmerman for Tougher Sentence

    07/11/2013 7:44:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 131 replies
    Fox News Channel (no link) | 7/11/13
    Watching Fox News Channel coverage of Zimmerman trial. Judge has just sprung another surprise against Zimmerman, saying jury can consider Martin's death as child abuse so jury can convict based upon that, too, and perhaps convict him of voluntary manslaughter. This trial is a travesty.
  • Rush enraged by Obama's Trayvon rallies

    07/11/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 42 replies
    WND ^ | July 10, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    PALM BEACH, Fla. – As the murder trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin heads toward a conclusion, radio powerhouse Rush Limbaugh says the case should never have been prosecuted. “This is a trial that should not even be occurring,” Limbaugh declared on his national radio program Wednesday. “This is a trial occurring because the [Obama] administration wants to promote racial division in this country. I don’t know how else to describe this. There’s no case here.” Zimmerman, 29, is accused of second-degree murder in the February 26, 2012, death of Martin, a 17-year-old from Miami...

    07/11/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 174 replies
  • Defending our Friend; the Most Hated Man in America [George Zimmerman]

    07/10/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    amazon ^ | 9/11/2012 | Mark & Sondra Osterman)
    The sound of a single gun shot cut through the quiet, rainy evening and a lanky, black teen, Trayvon Martin, fell to the ground. The shooter was someone Mark and Sondra Osterman spoke with daily. He played Santa for their daughter, treated his wife with preciousness, often ate at their table, and shared their joys and sorrows. The Ostermans are George and Shellie Zimmermans best friends. They were the first people Shellie Zimmerman called on that tragic February night in Sanford, Florida. Because of serious death threats, the Ostermans took George and Shellie Zimmerman into their home, hiding them for...
  • Judge Snaps at Zimmerman Atty After He Objects to Her Asking Whether Zimmerman Will Testify

    07/10/2013 12:33:25 PM PDT · by Errant · 182 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10 July, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The judge in George Zimmerman’s murder trial had a contentious exchange with one of Zimmerman’s defense attorneys Wednesday when he repeatedly objected to her asking his client whether he planned to testify in his own defense. Judge Debra Nelson reminded Zimmerman that he was not required to testify, but when she asked whether he would like to, defense attorney Don West cut in, “I object your honor.” Nelson overruled his objection before asking again. “I object to that question — ” West repeated. “Overruled! The court is entitled to inquire of Mr. Zimmerman’s determination as to whether or not he...
  • Letter from Ukraine

    07/09/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/9/13 | George Weigel
    A Church of martyrs confronts the cultural iron curtain.L’viv, Ukraine — It was almost a decade ago when I last visited Ukraine, and the surface changes over that period are immediately evident. Then, my flight from Poland was met by a Soviet-era school bus, sans engine, towed by a Soviet-era tractor: a bizarre jury-rigged hybrid that carted my companions and me to a one-hour wait in a Soviet-era “VIP lounge” at the Soviet-era L’viv International Airport, while the visas we had spent the better part of a day acquiring in a classic Soviet-era bureaucratic muddle were validated. On July 3,...
  • ‘The Illuminati’ clothing brand calls for George Zimmerman’s murder on Twitter

    07/09/2013 5:20:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    The Illuminati, a popular clothing brand and activist blog that powers itself on paranoia and conspiracy theories, has called for the murder of George Zimmerman in order to restore “justice.” “The Only Justice for Trayvon Martin is to take the Life of George Zimmerman. #EyeForAnEye #ZimmermanTrial,” the group posted Tuesday morning. With more than a million Twitter followers, the post quickly went viral, gaining more than 600 retweets and 200 favorites at the time of this report....
  • Intent matters in this case (State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman)

    07/09/2013 4:53:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Vail Daily ^ | July 9, 2013 | Jackie Carter
    Given the highly charged racial implications of this homicide case against George Zimmerman, it is important to review the potential intent of both parties since the facts could go either way. This is key in the defense of a “stand your ground” incident. Was George Zimmerman a trigger-happy racist? Was Trayvon Martin a juvenile delinquent looking for trouble? Or, could this be simply a tragedy caused by two young men overreacting? What happened on Feb. 26, 2012, in an Orlando suburb? Could the scenario have gone something like this … Trayvon Martin Imagine that you walked to a nearby convenience...
  • Zimmerman Trial Update: State's Attempted Railroading Goes Off the Rails

    07/08/2013 5:10:03 PM PDT · by IChing · 110 replies ^ | 7/8/13 | Donald Joy
    ItÂ’s George ZimmermanÂ’s defense teamÂ’s turn to put forth their case, and quite frankly, they have a fairly easy path ahead. The wind is at their backs because no real, compelling evidence was brought before the jury by the prosecution in their initiative phase of this kangaroo charade (because none actually exists). Nonetheless, despite the lack of evidence against the accused, rather than issue a judgment of acquittal last Friday, the judge punted the whole matter onward, and eventually toward the jury phase. So now we watch attorneys Mark OÂ’Mara and Don West solidify the fortress of exculpatory factors for...
  • Broward County Sheriff Releases Riot Prevention Video (Zimmerman0

    07/08/2013 5:47:05 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 70 replies
    RAISE YOUR VOICE, NOT YOUR HANDS Date: July 8, 2013 PIO Number: 13-7-9 The Broward Sheriff’s Office, working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, has coordinated a response plan in anticipation of the verdict. Freedom of expression is a constitutional right. While raising your voice is encouraged, using your hands is not. BSO has created a public service announcement with the help of kids from the Jason Taylor Foundation, H.A.N.D.Y. (Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth) and basketball star James Jones of the championship Miami Heat team urging young people not to let their emotions...
  • Benjamin Crump and others reportedly exploiting Trayvon Martin's death (Ya think?)

    07/08/2013 6:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2013 | Joseph Cotto
    <p>The shooting of Trayvon Martin has generated a great deal of attention and polarization. Much of this can be chalked up to a controversial group of activists, no small number of whom are quite powerful.</p> <p>Some refer to said group as the “Black Grievance Industry” as most of its members are African-American.</p>
  • State seeks to halt animated re-enactment of Trayvon shooting

    07/08/2013 6:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 8, 2013 | Barbara Liston
    Prosecutors asked a Florida judge on Monday to block the jury in the George Zimmerman trial from seeing an animated re-enactment of the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying the video distorts the events of that fatal encounter. Defense lawyers want to show the video to the six-woman jury that will decide the fate of Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot Martin in self-defense. State prosecutors argued that the video fails to show the Kel Tec 9mm pistol that Zimmerman, 29, a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, used...
  • George Zimmerman trial defense attorney Don West: Controversial Instagram prompts rape threats

    07/08/2013 7:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | July 8, 2013 | Andrea Torres and Christina Vazquez
    George Zimmerman's trial defense attorney Don West recently reported he received e-mails from people threatening his daughters with rape over a controversial post on Instagram. Rachel West, who was not in the family picture, was in the courtroom Monday. In a response to a July 2nd prosecution's request to investigate the social media post, West said the family photo prompted "threats of violence" that were "vicious." West also said he was distressed that in a request to investigate the post, the prosecution had made "reckless, dangerous and inaccurate allegations." Prosecutors linked the motive for the post to witness Rachel Jeantel,...
  • Judge rules defense can show Trayvon Martin died with marijuana in his system

    07/08/2013 5:19:56 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies ^ | 7/8/2013
    Defense lawyers will be permitted to show that Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system when he and George Zimmerman had their fateful encounter in a gated community in Florida last year, the judge in Zimmerman's murder trial ruled Monday. Judge Debra Nelson denied a motion by prosecutors to keep toxicology results showing THC in Martin's system from the jury, paving the way for Zimmerman's lawyers to argue the drug may have influenced the teen's behavior. Defense attorney Don West noted that in Zimmerman’s statement to the non-emergency 911 dispatcher that it appeared the person he was observing in the...
  • Win for defense: Jury to hear Martin's pot use

    07/08/2013 8:54:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Headline News ^ | July 8, 2013 | Graham Winch and Amanda Sloane
    Judge Debra Nelson ruled Monday that jurors in the George Zimmerman trial will be allowed to hear about marijuana found in Trayvon Martin’s system the night he was fatally shot. Prosecutors argued the amount was so minimal that “we just don’t know” what effect it had on Martin. They also accused the defense of trying to "backdoor some very negative character evidence” into the trial. But the defense said the amount found in Martin’s system would have had an impact on his judgment that night and is therefore relevant to the case. The judge ruled she would allow the testimony...
  • FL Defense Lawyer On CNN: After Today, ‘Impossible’ Not To See Zimmerman ‘As A Good Guy’

    07/08/2013 11:10:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 8, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Appearing on CNN with Jake Tapper, a Florida-based criminal defense attorney was asked on Monday for her thoughts on the course of the day’s testimony in the trial of George Zimmerman for the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin. The attorney said that the start of the defense phase of the trial has been good for Zimmerman. She added that it is “impossible” not to see Zimmerman as a “good guy.” “It seems as though there have been some big blows to the prosecution,” Tapper said of the course of the day’s testimony. “This is a classic scorch and burn defense,”...
  • In Reversal, Florida Judge Okays Testimony About Trayvon Martin’s Marijuana Usage

    07/09/2013 3:09:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | July 9,2013 | The Smoking Gun
    Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be able to hear defense testimony that Trayvon Martin had small amounts of marijuana in his system at the time he was shot to death in February 2012
  • Broward County Sheriff's Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan

    07/09/2013 4:26:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 71 replies ^ | 7-8-2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a video calling on the public not to riot in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, expected this week or next in Florida. The Sheriff’s Office released a statement explaining that it was “working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies” to coordinate “a response plan in anticipation of the verdict.” The video, titled “Raise Your Voice, Not Your Hands,” focuses on attempting to channel reaction into non-violent response. It depicts two youngsters, one black teenage boy, one Hispanic teenage girl. “Raise your voice!” says the...
  • Day 21 (Week #5) Zimmerman Trial – Witness Discussion Thread

    07/09/2013 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 2,663 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 9, 2013 | Sundance
    Today, July 9th, is DAY #21 (of 5th week) State of Florida V. George Zimmerman case. Yesterday was the first full day of defense witnesses. Perhaps the most significant of the first set were the two police officers who stated Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, said on 2/28/12 the cries for help on the 911 calls were NOT Trayvon. Later in the day Tracy Martin took the stand and essentially said the two detectives were lying. A great analysis of the events from yesterday is available HERE. What additionally strikes as important to us is the first signs of desperation from...