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January 13, 2014 |
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
July 16, 2013 |
A string of misperceptions has driven the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy from the very beginning, including the public misperception that perfect justice can be found in a court of law. The misperception that propelled events from the very start was Zimmerman's assumption that a black kid in a hoodie did not belong in his neighborhood. If he had known Martin was the guest of a local resident with no other mission than to reach home with the package of Skittles he had just purchased, Zimmerman would not have followed the young man. In fact, if he had simply not held a stereotype in his head that a young African American in a hoodie is very likely a criminal, Martin would be alive today and Zimmerman would not have had his own life turned upside down.
July 15, 2013 |
The George Zimmerman trial was a friend to cable TV news until the end, with big ratings for Saturday night's verdict. More than 10 million total viewers watched the culmination of the month-long trial live on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC on Saturday, according to Nielsen. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The case had attracted national attention and sparked racial tensions. Fox led the way, with 3.7 million during the 10 to 11 p.m. hour, when the not-guilty verdict was delivered.
July 14, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - A day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, this city and the nation tried to come to grips with the aftermath of a trial that exposed strained race relations and raised questions about the use of guns. For the first time since the Feb. 26, 2012, incident, Zimmerman on Sunday was free of any criminal implications in the shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. After deliberated more than 16 hours, a jury of six women returned its verdict Saturday night, finding Zimmerman, 29, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures But that doesn't mean Zimmerman's woes are over.
July 14, 2013 |
The trial is over, George Zimmerman has been acquitted, and the earliest demonstrations after the Florida verdict Saturday night came and went mostly in peace. Yet if the high drama has ended over the legal question of whether Zimmerman would be punished for the 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., writers have begun confronting the legal and moral implications of a not-guilty verdict. Here's a sample of some of those early reactions. At BuzzFeed, Elliot Felig, a former assistant district attorney, focused on the legal mechanics of the prosecution.
July 13, 2013 |
SANFORD, Fla. - Not guilty. The jury verdict ended a case that has gripped America for weeks, sending a clamor of outrage through those who were convinced that George Zimmerman committed murder when he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a confrontation at a gated community in Florida. For others, there were proclamations that justice had been done. The prosecution, they said, never proved that the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer set out to kill Martin that night in February 2012.