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March 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Once the rape occurred, the crime never left the Web -- and that remains true after a high-profile prosecution returned guilty verdicts for a pair of Ohio high-school football players on Sunday. Their trial is over, yet their crime remains under debate within multiple courts of public opinion. Steubenville, Ohio, found itself in the national spotlight after pictures and messages on social media implicated Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays , 17, in the rape of a drunk 16-year-old girl.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Add David Simon, creator of the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” and “Treme,” to the list of those appalled that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. On his blog, Audacity of Despair, the auteur has been known to expound at length about controversial subjects in the news, from Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance scandal to the Newtown, Conn., shooting to, um, Andy Cohen . Not long after the verdict was read on Saturday night, Simon, whose nuanced portrayal of race, crime and urban politics helped make “The Wire” one of the most acclaimed shows in TV history , weighed in on the topic with a short but provocative post titled simply “Trayvon.”   PHOTOS: George Zimmerman Murder Trial Simon saw in the verdict a stark and troubling message: “You can stand your ground if you're white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you're black, you're dead.” He went on to say that “in the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round” and that “tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American,” but it's the following paragraph that has provoked the most ire: “If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Conrad Murray, the physician convicted in the death of Michael Jackson, said from jail Thursday morning that he broke into tears after Wednesday's verdict in a lawsuit in the case. "My immediate reaction was one of tears; certainly, I cried," Murray said in an  interview from jail on NBC's "Today. "   In Wednesday's conclusion of the lawsuit, filed by Jackson's family against concert promoter AEG Live, a jury decided that AEG was not responsible for the pop star's death.  The jury also found that Murray had been competent to serve as the pop star's physician, but members of the panel  said after the verdict that they don't believe that vindicates him in the death.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday called the healthcare decision “historic,” noting that presidents from both parties for decades before Obama tried and failed to expand medical coverage. As Obama's chief of staff at the beginning of the term, Emanuel was a key player in passing the law through Congress, where he previously served. It's a good thing the president ignored his warnings about the political peril of wading into health care, Emanuel told reporters.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
At a news conference in South Los Angeles Tuesday, more than a dozen elected officials and community leaders vowed to put an end to any further violence over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, but stressed the importance of new dialogue about race relations. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged residents to "stay united in peace tonight. " "We are determined here to stand together as the community to say that ... in this City of Angels, we will take this moment and make something good of it. " Garcetti said extra police have been deployed to South Los Angeles after 14 people were arrested Monday night when a peaceful protest in Leimert Park over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Martin case turned violent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
Dozens of people gathered Monday night at the Fullerton transit depot not far from where Kelly Thomas was beaten by police in the summer of 2011. The demonstrators, some of whom chanted or carried candles, gathered just a few hours after an Orange County jury found two former Fullerton police officers not guilty in the death of the homeless man who used to sleep on benches at the transit center. Curtis Gamble, 53, who is homeless, said many of his friends witnessed the beating.
NATIONAL
July 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
It's one debate with two faces: Sporadic demonstrations over George Zimmerman's acquittal continued all over the country Tuesday, but two states, on opposite ends of the U.S., have made themselves the focus of the protests, and they've done so by taking divergent paths. In Florida, it's high-wattage activism. Orlando has arguably become the nation's capital of racial discussion and new political pressure, with an NAACP convention bringing big names to discuss the aftermath of Trayvon Martin's death and the prospect of formal political action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An Orange County jury has reached a verdict in the case of two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man during a violent encounter in 2011. Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are charged with striking Kelly Thomas with a baton and a stun gun in a beating that left the homeless man comatose. He died five days after the altercation. Monday was the first full day of deliberation. The case went to the jury late Thursday and jurors did not deliberate on Friday.  VERDICT: POLICE OFFICERS FOUND NOT GUILTY It went to jurors after Orange County Dist.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
As the reverberations of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial continue to be felt across the country, “The Daily Show" returned to the air Monday night after a two-week hiatus just in time to weigh in on the controversy. In what's become John Oliver's signature in his month as temporary co-host , the comedian delivered a segment (with the evocative title “Wait: What? How Could You Possibly…You've Got to be Kid…There is No Way… I Can't… Oh My God”)
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