September 6, 2013 |
After George Zimmerman's acquittal on the charge of murdering Trayvon Martin, CNN's Piers Morgan asked Rachel Jeantel, Martin's friend, about something she had said on the witness stand. Jeantel had testified that Martin had told her over the phone that “the nigga is behind me” -- a reference to Zimmerman. Jeantel told Martin that there was a difference between “nigga” -- a slang term she said could be applied to a male of any race -- and the “N-word” that ends with an R. Jeantel explained that the distinction dated back to the year 2000, when “they changed it around.” But here's the problem.
September 6, 2013 |
Ayaanah Gibson, a pregnant 19-year-old freshman from Sacramento, was alone in her dormitory room at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., over the Labor Day weekend. At some point, Gibson gave birth, lost consciousness and bled to death, according to the local coroner. Gibson's body was found late Tuesday night, along with the baby, which apparently was stillborn, said Gary Watts, the Richland County coroner. "She died from a loss of blood due to a spontaneous delivery," Watts said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
September 5, 2013 |
After standing by her man, Shellie Zimmerman is striking out on her own: She has filed divorce from her husband, George Zimmerman, her attorney told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. The pair have had trouble staying out of the headlines following George Zimmerman's July acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. He's since reportedly visited the factory that made the gun he used to shoot Martin and has been pulled over twice for speeding, most recently Tuesday in Lake Mary, Fla. Last week, Shellie Zimmerman, 26, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor perjury for lying to a judge about the strength of the couple's finances as the judge was setting bail for George Zimmerman.
August 28, 2013
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. 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 a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last month of second-degree murder.
August 22, 2013 |
Christopher Lane was Australian. But his death in Oklahoma -- allegedly at the hands of three "bored" teenagers -- has become entangled in uncomfortable conversations and innuendo about race in the U.S. And nothing about the debate, of course, has been simple. Take one announcement issued Thursday: A Los Angeles commentator and radio host urged civil rights leaders to condemn the shooting of Lane, a white man, after it was revealed that one of the suspects, who is black, had previously tweeted that he hated white people.
August 7, 2013 |
An adversary looms larger and stronger if you're incapacitated or off-balance, according to a study by UCLA anthropologists that places the classic “fight, flight or parley” question in an evolutionary context. The study, part of a series that examines how humans assess potential adversaries, showed that young male participants who were restrained on a chair or who struggled to balance on a board consistently underestimated their own stature and overestimated that of an angry-looking male, compared with a control group.
August 4, 2013 |
The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots Brenda Stevenson Oxford University Press: 432 pp., $29.95 -- Two decades before George Zimmerman spotted a young man in a hoodie walking through a Florida subdivision, another case involving the shooting of an African American teenager roiled Southern California and exposed racial divisions. Latasha Harlins was 15 when she entered the Empire Liquor Market on South Figueroa in Compton in 1991.
August 3, 2013
Re "Bending tragedy to fit," Opinion, July 30 In debunking claims that George Zimmerman was acquitted in Trayvon Martin's shooting because of Florida's "stand your ground" law, Jonah Goldberg notes that the judge's instructions to the jury on the law were standard. Actually, if there is no evidence admitted by the court to make a "stand your ground" defense, the judge should not have instructed the jury on it. In law school, I learned in a second-year evidence class that if there is no evidence on a party's theory, that party is not entitled to an instruction on it. Goldberg's justification that it is merely part of a standard instruction puts form over substance.
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August 3, 2013 |
Local civil rights groups plan to hold a rally Saturday in downtown Los Angeles in memory of Trayvon Martin and to protest what they say is institutional racism in the nation's criminal justice system. The gathering is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pershing Square. A Florida jury last month acquitted George Zimmerman, who is a mixed-race Latino, on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 fatal shooting Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. The verdict set off angry protests and rallies across the country.
July 31, 2013 |
An armed George Zimmerman, acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over by police in Forney, Texas, three days ago and given a warning for speeding and released, according to media reports. TMZ , the entertainment news website, and CBS11 in Dallas-Fort Worth both reported Wednesday that Zimmerman was pulled over just before 1 p.m. on July 28 while traveling westbound on Highway 80. The television station also tweeted a copy of the incident report.