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Trayvon Martin case ‘not as conclusive as people think’, says legal expert

Defence attorney explains how lack of forensic evidence would complicate potential prosecution of George Zimmerman Florida prosecutors face significant hurdles building a case against the man who killed Trayvon Martin, a legal expert has told the Guardian. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University and a defence attorney, said…

Sanford police chief steps aside over Martin slaying

The police chief of Sanford, Florida on Thursday said that he would temporarily step aside because he had become a distraction in the case of an unarmed teen that was killed by a neighborhood watch leader. Speaking to reporters at a news conference, Police Chief Bill Lee insisted that he…

WATCH LIVE: Sanford officials hold news conference on Martin case

City officials in Sanford, Fla., hold a news conference to discuss the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot by a member of a neighborhood watch group. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast March 22, 2012.  …

Sanford police chief hit with ‘no confidence’ vote over Martin murder

The police chief in Sanford, Florida has officially lost the confidence of local officials, following a close vote Wednesday night at the city commission. City commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday night in favor of “no confidence” in Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. for his handling of an investigation into the…

New Yorkers hold Million Hoodie March in honor of slain teen

Thousands gathered in New York City on Wednesday for a “Million Hoodie March” to show their support for Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was recently gunned down by a neighborhood watch vigilante. “My heart is in pain,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd. “But to see the support of…

Trayvon Martin and the fatal history of American racism

Kevin Powell: Every incident like the shooting of Trayvon Martin has its random elements. But the pattern of tragedy upon tragedy is inescapable I am Trayvon Martin. So are you. And so is any human being who has ever felt cornered, in a dark and desolate alley, between life and death.…

If Every Man Protects His Castle, Everyone Else Is A Serf

America loves paranoia.  We’re a country fascinated with ghosts and the paranormal, mind-reading and angels. A long streak of extensive conspiracy theories dots our national landscape: the JFK assassination, Obama’s birth certificate, the “real story” behind 9/11, Freemasons, a dozen different Jewish plots, and so on. Richard Hofstadter wrote about…

Multiple reasons to arrest George Zimmerman

Of all the stories that I’ve only been half-following because of SXSW, the one that frustrates me the most is the case of George Zimmerman, who, by most reasonable accounts, chased down a 17-year-old kid walking back from the store with candy and a drink and shot him in cold…

WATCH LIVE: Trayvon Martin’s father and attorney hold press conference

The father of slain teen Trayvon Martin and attorney Benjamin Crump hold a press conference to discuss recent developments in the case. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast March 20, 2012.  …

Grand jury to investigate Trayvon Martin case

A Florida state attorney announced Tuesday morning his decision for a grand jury to investigate the Trayvon Martin case. “I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin,” state attorney Norm Wolfinger said…

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