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July 14, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. -- Allen Chapel AME Church was in mourning on Sunday. Many worshipers parked near a grave-like memorial to Trayvon Martin, a gray stone rectangle with a plaque displaying his name on Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, a thoroughfare for what was once the black side of town. Then they entered the church, filing past a poster of the 17-year-old in his now famous hooded sweatshirt. Sunday's theme was supposed to be celebrating youth, but after George Zimmerman's acquittal the night before in the fatal shooting of Martin, how could they rejoice?
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
A range of reactions from outrage to measured acceptance poured in Monday after an Orange County jury - after deliberating only hours - found that two former Fullerton police officers were not guilty of beating a homeless man to death. "I would do the same thing again," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said. "I think it's a matter that a jury had to see. " Rackauckas, who tried the case himself, said he respected the jury's decision and moved immediately to dismiss charges against a third officer who was indicted in the case but had yet to be tried.
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.
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.
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.
July 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather
At least nine people were arrested in Oakland as a third night of demonstrations against the George Zimmerman verdict again grew violent, police said Tuesday. Unruly protesters broke windows Monday night, set off fireworks and lighted small fires along downtown streets, police said. Six men, two women and a male juvenile--most from outside Oakland--were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and vandalism, officer Johnna Watson of the Oakland Police Department said in a statement early Tuesday.
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.
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.
June 22, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The jury in the Jerry Sandusky case has reached a verdict that will be announced Friday evening, court officials announced. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated about 20 hours over two days before reaching the verdict on the charges against the former Penn State University football coach. Sandusky, 68, is charged with 48 counts of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. If convicted on all counts, he could face hundreds of years in prison. Earlier, Joseph Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, told reporters that he would “die of a heart attack” if his client were acquitted on all counts.
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.
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