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National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

National Poll Shows U.S. Divided by Race in Trayvon Martin Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 12:57PM

Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African-Americans saying he was unjustly killed, while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Five Myths About Crime in Black America--and the Statistical Truths Infographic

Five Myths About Crime in Black America—and the Statistical Truths

by Hatty Lee, Shani O. Hilton on April 13 2012, 8:47AM

Trayvon Martin’s killing stirred many debates about crime surrounding black men. It also kicked up many familiar misconceptions, like the idea that black-on-black crime is uniquely bad. Hatty Lee’s infographic breaks down the realities.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Schools & Youth, Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: 'Zimmerman Confronted Martin'

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: ‘Zimmerman Confronted Martin’

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 3:40PM

At the hearing Judge Herr said “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an action that’s been widely debated by lawyers on both sides.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's Mom on Zimmerman Shooting: 'I Believe it was an Accident'

Trayvon’s Mom on Zimmerman Shooting: ‘I Believe it was an Accident’

by Jorge Rivas on April 12 2012, 11:53AM

When the host asked what she would tell Zimmerman if she came face to face with him, Fulton said she thought a person should apologize if they are remorseful. Then she said she believed it was an accident and things got out of control.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Lawyer Says Zimmerman Can't Go To 7-11 Safely. The 7-11 Where Trayvon Bought Skittles? [Video]

Lawyer Says Zimmerman Can’t Go To 7-11 Safely. The 7-11 Where Trayvon Bought Skittles? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 8:07PM

George Zimmerman’s new attorney Mark O’Mara just said he can’t imagine what it’s like to hated like his client and not be able to do things like go to 7-11.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's Mother: 'I Want to Say Thank You From My Heart to Your Heart'

Trayvon’s Mother: ‘I Want to Say Thank You From My Heart to Your Heart’

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 6:56PM

“I want to thank God. We simply wanted an arrests, we wanted nothing more and nothing less, and we got it. And I say Thank You,” Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton said at a press conference.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 2:24PM

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a law enforcement official close to the investigation tells the Washington Post.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman Losing Weight and 'Over the Edge,' Martin Family Afraid He's a Flight Risk

Zimmerman Losing Weight and ‘Over the Edge,’ Martin Family Afraid He’s a Flight Risk

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2012, 1:54PM

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s family, says his legal team had always warned that George Zimmerman may “become a flight risk,” but that they are specially concerned now that nobody knows where Zimmerman is.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Maricopa County’s Former Top Prosecutor Andrew Thomas Disbarred

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 5:35PM

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his onetime deputy, Lisa Aubuchon, will be disbarred effective May 10 by the Arizona ethics panel for failed corruption probes.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

George Zimmerman's Lawyers Lose Contact, Withdraw From Case

George Zimmerman’s Lawyers Lose Contact, Withdraw From Case

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 4:50PM

Attorney Craig Sonner said Tuesday in a news conference they haven’t heard from George Zimmerman since Sunday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Activist Challenges Georgia 'Kill at Will' Law in Federal Suit

Activist Challenges Georgia ‘Kill at Will’ Law in Federal Suit

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 3:49PM

Lawsuit says African Americans have disproportionate chance to be killed under kill at will laws.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Goes Public, Launches Website to Raise Funds

Zimmerman Goes Public, Launches Website to Raise Funds

by Jorge Rivas on April 10 2012, 10:29AM

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, has started a website and is soliciting donations.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

'The Talk' With My White Daughter: Don't Be Like John Derbyshire

‘The Talk’ With My White Daughter: Don’t Be Like John Derbyshire

by Sally Kohn on April 10 2012, 9:57AM

As the country mourns Trayvon Martin, a now-fired conservative pundit drew attention with a letter to his sons about fearing black men. Sally Kohn explains to her own daughter the perils of white privilege, and the pride of creating a true “beloved community.”

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman's Lawyer Cites 'Shaken Baby Syndrome' in Trayvon Martin Shooting

George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cites ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ in Trayvon Martin Shooting

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 5:59PM

Hal Uhrig, a lawyer and former Gainesville, Florida, police officer who is representing George Zimmerman made an appearance on CBS’s “This Morning” last week and shared a glimpse of their defense.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Sources Say  Zimmerman Could be Arrested This Week

Sources Say Zimmerman Could be Arrested This Week

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 1:10PM

WFTV.com on Monday reported that two different sources have said Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman could be arrested this week, and that a Grand Jury will not meet on Tuesday.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Tulsa Cops Not Ready to Call Shooting Spree Racially Motivated

Tulsa Cops Not Ready to Call Shooting Spree Racially Motivated

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 11:45AM

Investigators work to determine whether the deadly Tulsa attacks were racially motivated. Police say one suspect may have been seeking revenge for his father’s death two years ago.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Police Blame Man Whose 911 Call Led Cops to Kill Unarmed Black Teen

Police Blame Man Whose 911 Call Led Cops to Kill Unarmed Black Teen

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2012, 10:06AM

The shooting death of a black teen started out with a 911 call from Oscar Carrillo, who told the dispatcher his laptop was stolen at gunpoint by two armed men. But the men who allegedly robbed him never had a gun and now police want to charge him with manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

New Orleans: All Four Danziger Bridge Cops Sentenced to 40-65 Years

New Orleans: All Four Danziger Bridge Cops Sentenced to 40-65 Years

by Jorge Rivas on April 5 2012, 11:04AM

On Wednesday the Justice Department announced five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kai Wright on MSNBC Discussing Character Assassination of Trayvon [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 3:54PM

Colorlines.com’s editorial director Kai Wright was a guest on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes” on Sunday to discuss the racial tensions being played out in media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's Parents Accept Geraldo's Hoodie Apology, Still Must Defend Son

Trayvon’s Parents Accept Geraldo’s Hoodie Apology, Still Must Defend Son

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2012, 2:14PM

The apology was reminiscent to an apology made last week by Rivera which apologized for causing offense but not for his initial statements.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin