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George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie pleads guilty to perjury charges

Shellie Zimmerman — wife of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin — pleaded guilty to charges of perjury Wednesday for misleading a judge about the state of her family’s finances. According to CNN, Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced…

Scarborough warns Republicans: Don’t embrace George Zimmerman as a hero

George Zimmerman’s recent visit to a gun factory had Republican MSNBC host Joe Scarborough concerned on Monday about him being taken in by his party. “This is not a man that Republicans should embrace as a hero,” Scarborough said of Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murder in July…

Zimmerman gun shops on ‘grip and grin’ tour of tactical weapons factory

On Thursday a trimmed-down George Zimmerman went shopping for a “tactical shotgun” in Cocoa, Florida, touring a factory that makes the weapons and posing for photos with employees. According to TMZ, the former Neighborhood Watch captain was inquiring about the legality of purchasing one of the weapons for himself. A…

Ray Kelly: ‘No question’ people will die if stop-and-frisk is ended

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Sunday asserted that people would die if the city’s controversial policy of stopping and frisking suspects without a warrant was halted. In a July New York Times column, Charles Blow had connected the stop-and-frisk policy to neighborhood watch programs like the one…

American Legislative Exchange Council plows forward with pro-gun agenda

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive alliance of big businesses and largely Republican state legislators who co-operate to push a right-wing political agenda in the American hinterland, is continuing to wield outsized influence over gun laws across the US despite its promise in the wake of the Trayvon Martin…

40 percent of white Americans have no friends who belong to a different race

About 40 percent of white Americans and about 25 percent of non-white Americans are surrounded exclusively by friends of their own race, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. The figures highlight how segregated the United States remains in the wake of a debate on race sparked by last month’s acquittal…

Florida lawmakers to revisit ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws after Zimmerman protests

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida lawmakers will hold hearings this fall on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, which has become a lightning rod for criticism following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the…

Zimmerman prosecution staffer files whistleblower suit over testimony on unreleased evidence

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – A former employee of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s office is suing the prosecutor, claiming he was illegally fired after he testified on behalf of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin. Ben Kruidbos, the former director…

Majority of white Americans support ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws used in Zimmerman defense

(Reuters) – Most U.S. voters support the “Stand Your Ground” laws, although the question of whether to retreat or use deadly force in self defense divides Americans along gender, racial and political lines, a national poll found on Friday. The February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager,…

Texas cop took fan photos before letting Zimmerman off with warning

Officials in a Texas town said on Thursday that they planned to question one of their officers after it was discovered that he took what may have been fan photos of George Zimmerman’s driver’s license during a traffic stop. Earlier this week, the former neighborhood watchmen was stopped for speeding…

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