Md. beating defendant on path to clearing record
A former member of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood watch group who was convicted in the 2010 beating of a black teenager in Baltimore is on a path to having his record expunged after a hearing Tuesday. Eliyahu Werdesheim received a three-year suspended sentence and three years of probation when he was sentenced in 2012. During […]
George Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty to perjury
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest, and she was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service. Shellie Zimmerman, 26, had been charged with felony perjury after she lied about the couple’s assets during […]
James B. Astrachan and Elizabeth Kameen: Trayvon Martin debate has not ended
The verdict in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial means different things to different observers. Lawyers, other than the prosecution team, have pretty much universally declared that the state of Florida produced insufficient evidence at trial to convict Zimmerman of any crime, let alone second-degree murder, which required the prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmer[...]
C. Fraser Smith: We’re not ‘there’ yet on race in America
Attorney General Eric Holder says we need a national conversation about race. He wants to seize the moment provided by the death of Trayvon Martin and by the trial of George Zimmerman.
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Feds to sift through evidence in Zimmerman case
MIAMI — The Justice Department will sift through trial testimony, interviews and other evidence during what is likely to be a months-long investigation into whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights when he shot the black teenager. The key to charging Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, lies in whether evidence exists that he […]
Juror: Zimmerman jury was initially split
MIAMI — As they began deliberating in George Zimmerman’s murder trial, three of the six jurors wanted to acquit him while the other three wanted to convict him of either murder or manslaughter, one of the jurors said. The six-woman jury ultimately voted to acquit Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman […]
Holder: Martin killing an ‘unnecessary shooting’
WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the killing of Trayvon Martin a “tragic, unnecessary shooting,” and said the Justice Department will follow “the facts and the law” as it reviews evidence to see whether federal criminal charges are warranted. In his first comments since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the […]
Baltimore rally draws 100 after Zimmerman verdict
Baltimore groups are calling on residents to show their outrage over the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. The People’s Power Assembly and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Baltimore held a protest Sunday at McKeldin Square. WBAL-TV reports about 100 demonstrators turned out. Some held signs reading “Justice for All.” […]
Jury instructions at center of Zimmerman verdict
SANFORD, Fla. — Despite a clamoring by some for a conviction against George Zimmerman, jurors acquitted the former neighborhood watch leader of all charges, leaving many Americans to wonder how the justice system allowed him to walk away from the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Part of the answer is found in the 27-page jury […]
Closing arguments start in Zimmerman trial
SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman profiled 17-year-old Trayvon Martin assuming he was up to no good, and that led to the Miami teen’s death, a prosecutor said Thursday in closing arguments of the neighborhood watch volunteer’s second-degree murder trial. “A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own,” prosecutor Bernie de […]