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August 26, 2013

George Zimmerman wants the state to pay some of his legal fees

  • $200k+ the amount that George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, wants the state to reimburse him for legal fees. Various public agencies have spent more than $900,000 on the trial already. source
23:10 // 11 months ago
August 25, 2013
I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power. These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.
Colin Powell • Offering a mixed reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict—suggesting it was a bad decision but also that the decision may have a limited impact in the long run.
18:20 // 11 months ago
July 16, 2013
18:04 // 1 year ago
16:18 // 1 year ago
July 15, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. I'm not sure if this was asked already, but many people are counting down the clock until George Zimmerman will get a book deal and receive high profile interviews; basically the Casey Anthony treatment in a sense. How soon would a civil rights case have to be filed before he could profit from his 'circumstance'? How likely is a civil rights case to be successful.

» SFB says: I’m not a legal expert here, but from what I’ve read, it probably makes more sense of the Martin family to file a wrongful death suit against Zimmerman if their goal is to prevent him from taking advantage of the case for monetary gain. There are prior cases where this route was taken, most notably the Goldman family’s lawsuit against O.J. Simpson to prevent the release of the pseudo-confession “If I Did It,” which the Goldman family released as “Confessions of the Killer” after taking ownership of the book.

As for the chances a civil rights case of finding success, comments on the matter are mixed. The Christian Science Monitor has a good roundup of takes on the matter from legal experts who think the federal government may not see enough of a case to actually go forward, though others think otherwise. But it’s too soon for all that. The NAACP, which is advocating for a civil rights case, has Eric Holder’s ear. Holder is speaking at their annual conference tomorrow, in fact. I’m going with “inconclusive”, personally. — Ernie @ SFB

22:40 // 1 year ago
Cases are brought on the merits. The merits are evaluated by the professionals at the Department of Justice. That’s not something the president involves himself in.
Jay Carney • Responding to a reporter’s question,regarding the possibility that President Obama might be involved in the Department of Justice’s review of possible federal charges to be filed against George Zimmerman, during a morning briefing at the White House on Monday. President Obama has offered little in the way of opinion on the matter since Zimmerman’s verdict was revealed on Saturday, instead urging the country to remain calm in the wake of the jury’s decision. source
15:29 // 1 year ago
July 14, 2013
According to Slate’s Dave Weigel, a “pretty peaceful” Trayvon protest is underway in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner is also covering the scene.

According to Slate’s Dave Weigel, a “pretty peaceful” Trayvon protest is underway in DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood. Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner is also covering the scene.

2:38 // 1 year ago
Unfortunately, in the blink of an eye, and again in another 24-hour period, everyone’s favorite music icon was reported attacked onstage right after dedicating “People Get Ready” to Trayvon Martin.

Classic rock musician Lester Chambers assaulted on stage at Blues Festival - National classic rock music | Examiner.com

73 year old black man attacked onstage. after dedicating a song to trayvon martin. 

(via midwestmountainmama)

Our babies and our grandparents are not safe

(via queennubian)

Chambers has come back from a lot, by the way—and recently announced the release of a new album we was able to help make thanks in part to Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian.

The good news here: In a recent update to Facebook, Chambers’ son announced his dad was OK.

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

2:33 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2013
The loss of Trayvon Martin’s life, everyone should and must agree, was horrible. But nearly as big a loss would be to consider the issues of racism and access to firearms and use of force now closed, resolved. They aren’t. They remain painful gashes in America’s complex and history-laden system of jurisprudence that the Trayvon Martin killing only broadened.
Philip Bump of The Atlantic Wire says the verdict shouldn’t prevent us from looking for more answers to why Trayvon Martin’s death happened.
23:42 // 1 year ago
Trayvon’s father Tracy, on the verdict. Three tweets clearly written with a heavy heart.

Trayvon’s father Tracy, on the verdict. Three tweets clearly written with a heavy heart.

23:20 // 1 year ago