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Watch live: Zimmerman’s lawyers appear in court for pre-trial hearing for Trayvon Martin case

Lawyers for George Zimmerman, who maintains he was acting in self-defense in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, appear before a judge for a pre-trial hearing. George Zimmerman will not be present during these proceedings. [Editor's note: Text and headline have been updated to reflect the…

George Zimmerman lawyers release Trayvon Martin’s cellphone data to discredit killed teen

Lawyers for the accused murderer George Zimmerman released a series of texts and photographs from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone on Thursday, showing the Florida teenager discussing guns, fighting and smoking marijuana. The move appears to be at attempt to discredit the 17-year-old’s character ahead of Zimmerman’s trial for second-degree murder next…

Zimmerman drops ‘stand your ground’ defense in Trayvon Martin murder case

Neighbourhood watch leader who shot dead teenager on Florida housing estate will instead go straight to jury trial Lawyers acting for George Zimmerman, who shot dead the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin on a Florida housing estate, have abandoned their attempt to have his murder charge thrown out on the grounds of self-defence. Neighbourhood…

New judge appointed in Zimmerman trial

At the behest of the attorney of George Zimmerman, Jr., Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler has recused herself from the case stemming from the February shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Judge Recksiedler’s husband is a law partner of attorney Mark NeJame, who has been hired to…

Florida fire captain: Trayvon died because of ‘sh*tbag… welfare dependent’ parents

A Miami-Dade fire captain is under investigation after he asserted that the death of an unarmed Florida teen was the fault of “failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.” According to the Grio, Miami-Dade fire captain Brian Beckmann made the following entry on his Facebook page last week…

Media outlets request the court unseal Zimmerman documents

Attorneys representing media outlets are requesting the Stanford judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin case to unseal the court file, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Media outlets filed an eight-page motion Monday morning, hoping for Seminole County judge Mark Herr to back away from an agreement with the lawyers of George…

Cosby blames gun culture for Trayvon Martin’s death

Veteran US actor and comedian Bill Cosby spoke out about the fatal shooting in February of an unarmed black teen in Florida, blaming his death on the prevalence of guns in the United States. “We need to get rid of it on the streets. And if people have one, they should be checked…

Wyclef Jean drops free ‘Justice’ track dedicated to Trayvon Martin

The Fugees artist Wyclef Jean partnered with Prescribed and J. Williams to create a song called “Justice (If You’re 17)” dedicated to Florida teen Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in a controversial encounter with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February. The track, available as a free download Saturday,…

Jon Stewart blasts George Zimmerman media spectacle

Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday night mocked the media’s response to charges being filed against George Zimmerman, who claims to have shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin in self-defense. On Wednesday, Florida state attorney general Angela Corey announced that Zimmerman would face second-degree murder charges for the…

Harvard law professor predicts George Zimmerman will be acquitted

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday said that George Zimmerman, who was recently arrested second degree murder, would probably be acquitted of the crime because of a lack of evidence. “Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin,” he said on MSNBC. “This is so thin that it…

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