jury duty

The way things are going, it looks like Donald Trump may be your next president. That means a lot more black men will be arrested and bound over for trial in the coming years. The prison population in America is already majority black. But wait until Trump is president...

Loyal reader Yardgirl has a solution -- since most of you won't be going to the polls this year.

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David Wilson

A Houston sex offender will spend the rest of his life in prison for molesting 2 young girls and infecting them with HIV.

A jury took just one hour to convict David Wilson, 34, of infecting his 23-month-old niece and a 14-year-old girl with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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hung jury in Freddie Gray case

The jury is hung in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray, 25, died of complications due to a severed spine he suffered during a "rough ride" in the back of a police van in April.

Freddie Gray's death sparked civil unrest and rioting that left 20 officers injured and millions of dollars in property damage in Baltimore.

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Renisha McBride funeral

Theodore Paul Wafer, the Michigan man who shot and killed Renisha McBride was found guilty on all 3 charges in a Detroit courtroom today.

Wafer, 54, appeared stunned when the verdict was read. The jury deliberated less than 24 hours before finding Wafer guilty of homicide murder in the 2nd degree, guilty of manslaughter death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice, and guilty of weapons charges.

Before deciding Wafer's fate, jurors asked to see the shotgun, Wafer's screen door and a tape measure.

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Pamela Ballin Judge Mark Anthony Scott

A DeKalb County judge is accused of making a mockery of the justice system after he freed a woman who was convicted of murder.

A jury found Pamela Ballin guilty of killing her husband Derrick "Ricky" Ballin at his home in 2009.

But Stone Mountain (GA) Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott overturned the jury's verdict and released Pamela Ballin on bond.

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Accused Killer Can Wear Turtleneck to Hide Neck Tattoo A Kansas judge has ruled that an accused killer can wear a turtleneck sweater to cover his neck tattoo because his body can be used against him in court.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Chapman, 32, argued that jurors would prejudge Chapman if they were allowed to see the word "MURDER" that is tattooed backwards across his neck from ear to ear.

The Kansas man is in jail awaiting trial for a 2011 murder.

State law prevents a tattoo artist from going into a licensed jail facility to remove the tattoo.

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Juror #8 in Michael Dunn murder trial

One of the 2 black female jurors on the Michael Dunn jury has spoken out on whether racism was a factor in the jury deliberations.

Dunn, 47, was convicted on 4 of 5 counts against him in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis following an argument over loud rap music.

Juror #8 said race was not a factor in convicting Dunn on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted murder and 1 count of throwing a missile.

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Family Friend Convicted in Jet Ski Death of Tameka Raymond's Son

The family friend who was riding a Jet Ski that ran over 11-year-old Kile Glover on Lake Lanier was found guilty of homicide by vessel today. Kile is the son of singer Usher Raymond's ex-wife Tameka Raymond.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeffrey Simon Hubbard "was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and boat traffic violation in a Hall County courtroom."

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Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn, the Georgia man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music in Jacksonville, was found guilty on 3 counts of 2nd-degree murder and 1 count of throwing a deadly missile.

But the Florida jury deadlocked on the 1st degree murder count - even after the judge ordered them to deliberate further. A mistrial was declared on the 1st degree murder count.

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Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn, the Georgia man who shot and killed a teenager after an argument over loud “thumping bass” music, took the witness stand on day 4 of his 1st degree murder trial on Tuesday.

The prosecution and defense rested yesterday. Both sides will make their closing arguments today.

Dunn, 47, is on trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis during a verbal altercation outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida in November 2012. He is charged with 1 count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Dunn faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.

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Michael Dunn

Michael Dunn, the Georgia man who shot and killed a teenager after an argument over loud "thumping bass" music, took the witness stand on day 3 of his 1st degree murder trial.

Dunn, 47, is on trial for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis during a verbal altercation outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida in November 2012.

Dunn is pleading not guilty. He said he shot Davis because he felt threatened after Davis hurled threats at him and he thought Davis had a gun. Investigators did not find a weapon in or around the SUV.

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Robert Zimmerman

George Zimmerman is a free man for the first time in 15 months, but he and his family are still in hiding, according to Zimmerman's paranoid brother, Robert.

During an appearance on Fox News, Robert Zimmerman accused President Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder of tapping his family's phones. “We do have concerns and always have of having our phones tapped, having our phones listened to by the administration or whomever, said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman made the statements after his brother was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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Today's headline on Matt Drudge's news aggregate website Drudgereport.com screams "JEANTEL WARNED ZIMMERMAN COULD BE GAY RAPIST" -- a reference to trial witness Rachel Jeantel who was the last person Trayvon Martin spoke to before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Jeantel's first interview aired on CNN Monday night.

Drudge describes how Jeantel "opened up and let loose on the murder case that gripped that nation."

And because he's gay, Drudge immediately pounced on the notion that Jeantel called Zimmerman a "gay rapist."

Of course, that's not what she said, but that's the way Drudge heard it.

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George Zimmerman not guilty

After deliberating for 2 days, an all-white, all female Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on all counts in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, 29, breathed a sigh of relief as the verdict was read in a Florida courtroom on Saturday.

The self-appointed neighborhood watchman claimed self-defense when he shot the unarmed teen to death in February 2012 in a gated Sanford, Florida subdivision. Martin was returning to his father's friend's home after a trip to a convenience store to buy a pack of Skittles for his stepbrother and a beverage for himself.

A White House official tells CNN President Obama will not issue a statement on the Zimmerman not guilty verdict.

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  • George Zimmerman

    The judge in the Trayvon Martin 2nd degree murder trial will decide on Thursday whether to allow the jury to convict George Zimmerman of lesser crimes if he is acquitted, People.com reports.

    Prosecutors asked the judge to let the all-female jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports. But Zimmerman's attorneys opposed the request.

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    George Zimmerman jury

    The jury in the George Zimmerman 2nd degree murder trial is set. The jury is comprised of all women -- 6 whites and 1 Hispanic. Zimmerman was charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, saying he feared for his life when he left the safety of his truck to pursue the unarmed teenager who was returning home from a convenience store.

    Under Florida law, 12 jurors are required only when the death penalty is being considered. If convicted, Zimmerman faces life in prison.

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