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Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.
“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”
George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
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No grand jury investigation in Trayvon Martin shooting
The special prosecutor in the investigation of the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has ruled out using a grand jury to investigate the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether to charge shooter George Zimmerman.
The case has captured national attention, largely because of race. Martin was black and Zimmerman, who has not been charged, is white and Hispanic. The state attorney who was previously investigating the shooting, Norm Wolfinger, had said the case would go to a grand jury on April 10, but Wolfinger removed himself from the case on March 22 and was replaced by Angela Corey.
“State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation,” her office said in a statement.
I sincerely hope that the fervor surrounding this case doesn’t die down with this announcement. Causes in this country tend to run sprints, not marathons, which is why so many of them are lost in the end.
But, besides that not calling a grand jury in this case is a mistake, unless they’re just going to straight out charge him. There’s too many questionable things about this case that need a grand jury to hear and decide whether or not there is enough evidence to try the case. Unless they feel they have enough evidence to go ahead and charge him without one (I kind of feel there is), this is a huge, HUGE mistake.
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With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.
That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.
Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened, but that night, Feb. 26, and in later meetings he described and re-enacted for police what he says happened.
In his version of events, he had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him.”
As far as I understand, there was one witness who claims they saw Martin on top of Zimmerman hitting him in the face and since the narcotics officer who responded to the homicide scene was correcting witnesses, I’m going to be a bit skeptical. However, let’s also remember that Zimmerman is the one who pursued Martin and was 110lbs heavier and 11 years older. By what standard of logic or reason did Zimmerman feel as if his life was in danger such that lethal force was warranted? Self-defense must be carried out proportional to the perceived threat and reasonably so, meaning, it’s inappropriate for a 250lb 28-year-old to shoot a 140lb 17-year-old in the chest after pursuing and instigating the situation despite law enforcement telling him to do otherwise. Zimmerman’s defense, consistent with Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law, can also be turned on its face in defense of Martin since Martin also had a legal right to be walking in his own gated community and was the individual being pursued by a much older and bigger adult in a vehicle. Zimmerman was a much greater reasonable threat to Martin than Martin was to Zimmerman.
Also - I’m going to add here, that throughout this whole series of unedited documented events, that we are privy to, Zimmerman never ONCE backs off, even when he’s told to do so by the 9-1-1 operator who was in a position of authority to tell him to do so. What was it that finally convinced him to leave Trayvon alone, because I cry bullshit on that scenario of events. Also, I’ma need more than just one eyewitness coming forward a month later to say that a 17-year-old boy attacked an obviously armed older man, who weighed a hell of a lot more than he did, without the slightest bit of provocation, as the older man was walking away. Something tells me that Trayvon wasn’t that dumb.
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“I’m a black male and all that I know is that George has never given me any reason whatsoever to believe he has anything against people of color.”
Former Orlando television reporter and anchor Joe Oliver, defending his friend George Zimmerman who is accused of fatally shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in late February.
Oliver went on to say Zimmerman is distraught over the teen’s killing. “I mean, he took a man’s life and he has no idea what to do about it. He’s extremely remorseful about it,” Oliver told Reuters by telephone. [Read more]
The fact that he allegedly used the term “fucking c__ns” while following and minutes before he shot an unarmed black man, that he had declared suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie, even on a rainy night, hasn’t made you possibly revisit your opinion?
Maybe we should question your belief structure?
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More things have happened that relate to this case. Here’s the latest:
- Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett has expressed doubts on how the investigation into the murder of Trayvon Martin was conducted. Sources state that the Sanford Police Department interviewed Zimmerman for five hours the night of the shooting, and again the following day at a re-enactment of the incident. Relations between Caucasians and blacks in the Sanford community were already strained, due to a 2010 incident where a black homeless man was struck unconscious by the son of a Sanford Police lieutenant. The lieutenant’s son was not charged for three weeks. [CBS News]
- During the course of eight years, George Zimmerman called 911 in 46 separate incidents, which you can read here. In November 2006, Zimmerman called 911 to report that a “late model red Toyota pickup” was “driving around the neighborhood” for several minutes. In June 2009, Zimmerman called 911 to report that people were misbehaving in the community-pool area. His obsession with black males started in early 2011. On April 22, 2011, Zimmerman called to report a “black male, about 7-9 years old, four feet tall, with a skinny build (HE REPORTED A KID!!!) On August 3, 2011, Zimmerman called to report a black male who he believed was responsible in recent burglaries in his neighborhood. And, on October 1, 2011, Zimmerman reported to police that he saw two black male suspects because he “didn’t recognize them.” Zimmerman was only a member of the Neighborhood Watch since September 2011, due to the watch not existing before then. In his Neighborhood Watch training, he was instructed that “the neighborhood watch is “NOT the vigilante police.” In total, the Sanford Police was called to the community a total of 402 times in the last 13 months, with a small percentage of those calls coming from Zimmerman himself. [The Daily Beast]
- Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed a new special prosecutor to investigate the Trayvon Martin case. State Attorney Angela Corey of Jacksonville will now be in charge of the investigation of the events that led to Trayvon’s murder. [The Palm Beach Post]
- The full details of the 46 calls that George Zimmerman made to Sanford Police 911 between August 2004 and February 26, 2012 have been released by the Sanford Police Department. You can see the full list here, and an explanation of the Sanford Police codes is here. [The Daily Beast]
- Skittles, owned by the Wm. Wrigley Company Inc., issues a statement regarding the tragedy. It reads, “We are deeply saddened by the news of Trayvon Martin’s death and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We also respect their privacy and feel it inappropriate to get involved or comment further as we would never wish for our actions to be perceived as an attempt of commercial gain following this tragedy.” To send a pack of Skittles in protest of the Sanford Police Department’s handling of the tragedy: 815 West 13th Street, Sanford, Florida 32771 Phone: 407-688-5070, Fax: 407-688-5071. [News One]
- Trayvon’s parents say that the stepping aside of Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee is not enough. His parents want an arrest, a conviction, and a sentencing of George Zimmerman. [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
For more information about the case, please continue to keep posted on my blog. My blog will continuously be updated with the latest news related to the case.
-Drew, The Political Freakshow
Keep current kids. And check out that statement made by Skittles. Wow.
That is one of the best press releases ever, and more than completely appropriate, it actually has so much human emotion tied to it. To the people at Skittles: thank you for having a heart over your corporate bottom line.
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