More than a few eyebrows were raised Wednesday when Hispanic special prosecutor Angela Corey announced her decision to charge George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder in the Trayvon Martin murder case.
In a spectacle of a press conference, that was beamed live into millions of homes, Corey announced she was charging Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder instead of manslaughter -- a charge that has a better chance of winning a conviction.
Zimmerman gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in cold blood as he walked back to a friend's house in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon was unarmed, carrying only his cell phone, a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea in his pockets.
Opinions in the case are sharply divided along color lines. Trayvon is black. Zimmerman is white and Hispanic.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was never charged in the case. And Sanford police chief Bill Lee told Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, there would be no arrest in the case. That was 46 days ago.
Thousands of outraged Americans took to the streets in peaceful protests, and the case made headlines around the world.
But Corey has made it nearly impossible to win a conviction against Zimmerman.
Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the growing concerns of many Americans who seek justice for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death 7 weeks ago by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Holder spoke this morning in Washington DC at the annual convention of the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Saying he couldn't give specific details into the Justice Department's investigation, Holder assured Trayvon's supporters that justice will be served.
"I know that many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned about the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages," he said.
"Although I cannot share where current efforts will lead us from here, I can assure you that, in this investigation — we will examine the facts and the law. If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action. And, at every step, the facts and the law will guide us forward."
Holder is surely aware of the widespread criticism of Angela Corey, the Jacksonville state attorney who was appointed prosecuting attorney of the case in March. Since then, the investigation into Trayvon's death has ground to a halt.
According to ABC News' Stephanie Washington, "Law enforcement official told Washington Post Angela Corey will announce as early as Wednesday charges against George Zimmerman."
State Attorney Angela Corey, the Hispanic special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, will make an announcement about the case "within 72 hours".
Martin, 17, was gunned down by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26. Corey's announcement came just hours after Zimmerman's attorneys held a news conference Tuesday to announce they were dropping Zimmerman as a client because he was noncompliant and they had lost contact with him.
Corey, who is based in Jacksonville, Florida, was brought into the case on Mar. 22 when Sanford's state attorney recused himself. She has a history of charging and convicting more black men and juveniles than any other state attorney in Florida.
George Zimmerman's lawyers called a hasty press conference today to announce their decision to quit as Zimmerman's legal counsel. The lawyers say they can't find Zimmerman, who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
Attorney Craig Sonner said he lost contact with Zimmerman on Sunday. He told the media that Zimmerman refused to answer phone calls and emails since Sunday. Zimmerman reportedly called Fox News' Sean Hannity, and the special prosecutor to give his side of the case -- a very unusual move.
Hannity is refusing to disclose what Zimmerman told him.
According to CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin, the lawyers are "setting [Zimmerman] up for an arrest."
CNN's Ashley Banfield reports that Zimmerman never retained (paid) the attorneys, so the attorneys aren't officially his lawyers. The prosecutors called the attorneys to tell them they refused Zimmerman's request to "come in and talk" to the prosecutors without an attorney present.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer is already providing excuses for Zimmerman, claiming he is suffering "some sort of post-traumatic distress disorder."
A black Detroit teacher has lost her job for trying to help her eight grade students organize a 'Wear your hoodie to school' fundraiser.
According to the AP, "Brooke Harris was dismissed in March from Pontiac Academy for Excellence after she supported students' efforts to plan a wear-a-hoodie-to-school day. Martin was wearing a hoodie on Feb. 26 when he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer."
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., and other groups have called for Harris to be reinstated.
"I'm really confused why I got fired," Harris told The Associated Press. "I don't think I did anything wrong."
According to the SPLC, Harris's eight grade students asked her about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Miami student who was gunned down by George Zimmerman, in cold blood.
And so it begins... One day after Trayvon Martin's killer launched a website seeking public donations to pay his legal bills and living expenses, someone shot up an empty Sanford police department cruiser.
The shooter probably vandalized the cruiser to send a message to the Sanford PD which bungled the case by letting George Zimmerman walk free the night he killed the unarmed teenager.
Some people only need a reason to start rioting and looting. I think the state prosecutor will give them that reason sometime this week.
As predicted, Angela Corey, the Hispanic "special prosecutor" in charge of the Trayvon Martin vigilante murder case will not convene a grand jury to decide if there is enough evidence to charge George Zimmerman with murder.
Corey, who is a state attorney from Jacksonville, told Nancy Grace last week that she didn't need a grand jury to tell her whether to charge Zimmerman. She later added that her decision would not affect the outcome of her investigation.
But it was obvious to anyone from the start that Corey had no plans to charge Zimmerman with anything. The evidence in this case is overwhelming. Zimmerman, who has a history of violence against women and police, gunned down Trayvon after racially profiling him as he walked back to a friend's house from a convenience store on Feb. 26th.
Two suspects are being held in the shooting deaths of 3 men in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jake England, 19 (left), and Alvin Watts, 32, were arrested and charged in the homicides. Two other men were injured in the shooting spree which occurred in the span of one hour early Friday. The 2 injured victims are unidentified and remain hospitalized under heavy security. All of the victims were black. The shooters are white.
One of the gunmen, 19-year-old Jake England, reportedly took to his facebook page to express rage that his father was killed by a black man two years ago. But police say there was no connection between the 5 victims and the death of England's father.
I knew from the first time I saw special prosecutor Angela Corey's smug expression on Nancy Grace that Trayvon Martin would not get justice.
She told Nancy, with calm indignation, that she didn't need a grand jury to tell her to press charges against George Zimmerman for taking Trayvon's life.
According to Orlando Local 6 news, the city of Sanford is quietly preparing for the worst in advance of the special prosecutor's decision not to charge Zimmerman.
Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said on Thursday he was calling in the National Guard to forcibly suppress any uprisings if necessary.
Officials said extra police officers and fire department officials are on standby. Neighboring agencies have also been asked to assist, if needed.
"You always prepare for the worst and hope for the best," Triplett said. "We're planning for the 'what-if' case scenario, and that would be to make sure that all of our citizens get the protection they pay their taxes for." Source
Many believe the special prosecutor assigned to the Trayvon Martin case is dragging her feet. Miami teenager Trayvon Martin has been dead for 39 days, and still his murderer hasn't been brought to justice.
In a recent interview, rapper Young Jeezy promised a long, hot Summer of civil unrest across the country if charges aren't brought soon.
Citing his young son as the inspiration for a new rap song about Trayvon -- Jeezy said, "I feel like, you know, no justice, no peace, man."
"For real... if you commit a crime you should be held liable for that crime until the court of law prove you innocent or guilty."
"I think... just to ease everybody's mind, and everybody's tension, he should at least be charged. Now, if he beats the charges that's a whole 'nother situation. But what you don't wanna do is sit here and play these games. And go back and forth about who's in the right, who's in the wrong. He's a child and you're an adult...
In what may be a subtle message to his homie in the White House -- President Obama -- Jeezy said: "If they handle this wrong, from the prisons to the streets the people are gonna erupt!"
Authorities are hot on the trail of an online pimp who sought out underage girls on social networks such as Twitter.com. Like most predators, Marquist Bradford, 26, prefers young runaways who are easily impressed by a smooth talker.
Not surprisingly, Bradford is a rapper wannabe whose favorite pastime is flashing fake iced out jewelry and stacks of cash.
According to the Smoking Gun, Bradford, who is on the lam with one of his young prostitutes, has been charged with "sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion, a felony carrying a prison term of 15 years to life."
Bradford first came to the attention of the FBI two months ago, when a 15-year-old girl told cops she ran away from her pimp.
The girl told police she was introduced to Bradford by a 17-year-old prostitute whom she befriended, named “Princess.” The unidentified minor said she communicated with Bradford on Facebook for several weeks before he sent her a Greyhound bus ticket from Fresno to Sacramento. She began living with the alleged pimp and Princess in his apartment.
The teen told investigators that Bradford immediately “posted advertisements for her as a prostitute” on one escort service web site. Then the beatings began.
Once again the news media serves up a shining example of the need for President Obama to sign a bill into law making birth control mandatory for hoodrats.
A Florida woman who was angry at her baby daddy took out her anger on her 5-month-old baby. The psycho stuffed the infant's head inside a plastic grocery bag and snapped a photo of the frightened child. She then texted the photo to her baby daddy who was out of town.
When police slapped the cuffs on her, she claimed she was only joking.
This is the kind of tragedy that occurs when women, who have limited intelligence and borderline IQs, are allowed to procreate. The Chinese got it right: giving birth should be a privilege.
Anyone living in public housing should not have the right to procreate. Anyone who can't pass a standardized test, which reflects basic common sense, should not be allowed to procreate.
My ideas may seem extreme, but if you can figure out how to register and comment on a blog, then I am not referring to you.
Is a movie poster-style online graphic really just a marketing ploy for a sequel to the 1981 cult classic film 'Escape from NY'? Or is it really a warning from Al-Qaeda that they have bigger plans for the big apple than 9/11?
According to Yahoo News, via the Associated Press, a mock movie poster surfaced on a website warning al-Qaida plans to return to New York City, but the NYPD says they are convinced that it's an actual threat.
I wonder what it would take to convince the NYPD of a serious threat from Al-Qaeda?
The feds -- more specifically, Homeland Security -- are all over the movie poster warning. The feds aren't taking any chances. They are monitoring the Arab-language website for any other signs of apocalyptic-style warnings.
According to new dispatch recordings just released, an ambulance was canceled for Sanford, FL neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman the night he shot and killed unarmed Trayvon Martin.
The recordings, first obtained by the New York Daily News and then shared with Orlando news station Local 6, has shed more light on why Zimmerman's injury reports have not been released -- because there are no injuries.
According to the recordings of radio transmissions made by paramedics already at the crime scene, a second ambulance was called for Zimmerman, but it was canceled because paramedics said he had no gunshot wound.
If Zimmerman really had a head injury the paramedics would have noted those injuries during the call.
There is no mention on the audio of Zimmerman suffering from any wounds that required treatment -- such as head wounds.
The recordings also indicates that Trayvon may have been clinging to life when paramedics arrived on the scene.
The moment I viewed the George Zimmerman's booking video obtained by ABC News, I noticed slight imperfections, or wrinkles on his skull which are common to some men (and women) whose skulls are indented from birth. So I said to myself, "watch someone claim those wrinkles are injuries."
Sure enough, ABC News has pulled an "enhanced video" out of their butts, along with claims that the natural, fatty wrinkles on Zimmerman's skull are gashes.
On the night he gunned down unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman told police Trayvon repeatedly slammed Zimmerman's head on the concrete sidewalk. His lawyers claimed he was a bloody mess. Yet he looks pristine in the video.
There are no bandages visible on Zimmerman's head. And if Zimmerman was actively bleeding from head wounds as was claimed in a 2nd police report, where is the blood on the back of his jacket?
It's difficult for self-centered people to see a light burning brightly without wanting that light turned on them. So when the Trayvon Martin vigilante shooting case burst onto the nation's consciousness, Geraldo Rivera jumped at the chance to make the controversy all about him.
Rivera said something so stupid that it was shocking even for him: he blamed the victim for his own death by wearing a hoodie in the rain on Feb. 26, the night he was shot to death by a racist prowling a Sanford, FL gated community.
Geraldo said all teens who wore hooded sweatshirts looked like criminals because people who robbed convenience stores always wore hoodies.
Naturally, the public was outraged at Geraldo for giving a voice to the same racist stereotyping that led to Trayvon's untimely death.
Then someone created a tumblr page with a collection of photos showing Rivera wearing hoodies. There is even one of Geraldo and TV talkmeister Bill O'Reilly wearing hoodies at a Yankees ball game. (Maybe they were heading to a 7-11 to hold it up after the game?)
Famed director Spike Lee has reached a financial settlement with a Florida couple who were forced to flee their home out of fear after he re-tweeted their home address on social networking website Twitter.com.
The terms of the financial settlement between Lee, 55, and Elaine and David McClain, of Sanford, Florida, were not disclosed.
Mrs. McClain said Lee's apology was very heartfelt. “When he called us, you could just tell he really felt bad about it,” she said. “And it was just a slip, and I just know that he really, really has been concerned.” The McClains are in their 70s.
The parents of two murdered British students are lashing out at President Obama for not responding to their letters or sending a public message of support. Friends of the two men say their deaths were "not worthy of ten minutes of his time."
James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, may have been looking to score drugs before returning to their hotel after a night of bar hopping in Sarasota, Florida last April.
The two tourists were both drunk -- and 12 miles from their hotel -- when they stumbled into the Courts public housing projects in a seedy, drug and crime-ridden neighborhood in Sarasota.
A witness who lived in the housing project said he saw Cooper and Kazouris stumbling down a side street, with two black men stalking them in the dark.
The British tourists didn't find drug dealers that night. Instead, they encountered 16-year-old Shawn Tyson, and another man who has never been identified.
Tyson demanded money from Cooper and Kazouris. When they told him they didn't have any money, he reportedly replied, "If you ain't got any money, I've got something for yo' ass" -- before opening fire on both men. Cooper and Kazouris were shot multiple times in the back as they attempted to flee.
ABC News has obtained police surveillance video of George Zimmerman's arrest the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood. Despite his lawyer's claims that Zimmerman was beaten to a "bloody mess" by the 17-year-old, who broke his nose and slammed his head on the sidewalk -- the police video shows no evidence of such injuries.
Zimmerman is shown hopping out of the back of a police cruiser with no assistance from the police. He walks under his own power, and holds his head down, despite the report that his nose was supposedly broken.
In light of this new video footage, Zimmerman's supporters, which includes Casey Anthony's former attorney Jose Baez, now say that Zimmerman doesn't need physical injuries to prove a case of self defense.
Did a reporter for ABC News inadvertently leak the existence of secret audio of a 911 call made by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin the night he was shot to death in Sanford, Florida?
On Tuesday night, several ABC affiliates aired video footage of an ABC7 news report which claimed the FBI had in its possession an audio of a 911 call made by Trayvon moments before he was shot by overzealous neighborhood watch person George Zimmerman.
Less than an hour later, that video footage was mysteriously scrubbed from the Internet.
We now know that the man who quit his job in order defend George Zimmerman to the national news media barely knows him.
Joe Oliver, a former CNN anchor, has been making the rounds of cable news and TV talk programs defending Zimmerman, the man who gunned down unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
it is not uncommon for former or current professional talking heads to offer their "services" to victim's families as "family friends" whenever a major news story explodes into the national conscience the way Trayvon's shooting has.
You would think that the media would be more forthcoming about the fact that they are interviewing one of their own. But they often don't because they don't want to jeopardize their access to the victim's family.
On Tuesday night, 'Last Word,' with host Lawrence O'Donell and his guests The New York Times' Charles Blow and The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, ripped the lid off of Oliver's claims that he was a "close friend" of Zimmerman's.
More details are emerging about the hours and days following the tragic shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Feb. 26.
According to Good Morning America, the lead investigator in the case didn't believe George Zimmerman's claims of self defense.
The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting.
But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.
Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.
Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot Martin, 17, in self defense.
There is also word that Zimmerman's father is a retired magistrate judge who may have used his influence to get criminal cases against his son dropped.
Much is being made of President Obama hawking "hoodies" on his campaign website. The hooded sweatshirts, along with other clothing emblazoned with the Obama name and logo, are being sold at BarackObama.com.
But conservative bloggers wonder if the sales of the hoodies are an attempt by Obama's camp to capitalize off of the headlines surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a grey hoodie when he was gunned down.
Martin's killer George Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot the 17-year-old Miami high school student in self defense on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida.
Obama, who said "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," sent out a tweet on his Twitter.com account announcing the sale of the hoodies on Monday.
"Is the President trying to capitalize off the death of Martin?," wrote conservative blogger Allah Pundit.
Our president couldn’t possibly be so odious as to try and cash in on the case, could he?, wrote another conservative blogger, who accused Obama of "pimping hoodies".
He added: "How long until Obama’s showing up in public wearing one?"
A high ranking member of the controversial New Black Panther militant group was jailed yesterday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
...or so says his jail paperwork.
The real reason that Hashim Nzinga, 49, sits behind bars is that $10,000 "bounty" that the Black Panthers announced for the capture of George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.
The media is making a mockery of this shocking case of racial profiling gone wrong.
In a shameless rush to blame the victim, the national media is portraying the middle class Miami teenager as a gold teeth wearing thug who was suspended for 10 days for having weed residue in his book bag.
Trayvon Martin is dead, and now the media is determined to kill off his character too. The 17-year-old Miami Gardens high school student was gunned down by a racist neighborhood watch vigilante on Feb. 26 in the town of Sanford, Florida.
His killer, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, claims self defense as the reason he pulled the trigger, ending Trayvon's young life that cold, rainy night.
it doesn't matter that Trayvon doesn't have a criminal record -- or that Zimmerman does.
What matters to the national media are a boy's fascination with gold teeth, and the fact that he was suspended from school for 10 days for having marijuana residue in his book bag.
In its own inimitable way, the media has rushed to uncover the evidence to confirm Zimmerman's stereotyped portrayal of the boy as a thug who deserved to be shot to death for swinging on him.
Unlike rappers who only support a cause if there is something financially in it for them, LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat team showed their full support for Trayvon Martin by wearing grey hoodies in a group photo. LeBron uploaded the photo to Twitter.com today with the hashtags: "#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice".
17-year-old Trayvon was unarmed and carrying a bag of Skittles candy when he was ambushed and gunned down by a racist neighborhood watch captain as he walked home from a corner store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26th.
Meanwhile, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera fanned the flames of controversy when he advised black and Hispanic parents not to let their sons leave home wearing hoodies.
Rivera denied that he was "blaming the victim" and called it "common sense" for minorities to avoid wearing hoodies. He said that he was "reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America," according to the Huffington Post.
Speaking to guest host Juliet Huddy, Rivera said that he believed George Zimmerman should be "investigated to the fullest extent of the law" and "prosecuted" if criminally liable, but blamed Martin's parents for letting him go outside wearing a hoodie.
In response to pressure from Trayvon Martin's supporters, who threatened to make their votes count in November, President Barack Obama finally made a statement on the murder case that has dominated the nation's headlines.
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was unarmed and carrying a bag of Skittles candy on Feb. 26th when he was shot to death by a racist neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self-defense.
President Obama made a brief statement about Trayvon in the White House's Rose garden this morning. Obama had been criticized for remaining silent on the murder case even though he called Sandra Fluke to express his concern after the law student was attacked by Rush Limbaugh, who called her a "slut" on the air.
Obama was careful not to get too far ahead of events. He said he was wary of "impairing" an ongoing legal process but praised the fact that federal, state and local law enforcement are now working together on Martin's death.
"Obviously, this is a tragedy," he said. "I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together -- federal, state and local -- to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."
He went on.
"I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen," said Obama. "And that means we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident."
Watch a video of President Obama's statement after the break.
CNN reports that Sanford police chief Bill Lee is stepping down "temporarily" while the federal probe into his police department's corrupt cover up of Trayvon Martin case continues.
"I am aware that my role as a leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," he told reporters. "It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process. Therefore, I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position."
He added, "I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks."
NAACP President Ben Jealous said Lee's stepping aside is not enough. "Parents don't feel that their children will be safe with Lee heading the police department," he said. "He needs to go right now."