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FILE- In this July 5, 2011 file photo, spectators wait outside the Orange County Courthouse to hear the announcement of the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando, Fla. Media coverage of the Casey Anthony trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando and the George Zimmerman trial in the nearby Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford has turned the local legal community into semi-celebrities. Those with an interest can sit in at a trial presided over by Judge Belvin Perry from Anthony’s case, or you might bump into Mark O’Mara, one of Zimmerman’s defense attorneys, at the Seminole County Courthouse. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Tyler Nwahndem Turner Acha-Morfaw
Two miles from my house at a Chandler Walmart, a man was shot and killed following a fight at the customer service counter on Sunday afternoon. The shooter claims self defense and that he was in fear for his life. We have heard this defense before.
“Sounds like George Zimmerman is the single biggest job creator for 911 operators. Glad I’m not the kind of guy that goes around saying, ‘I told you so.’”
“So 50 years ago we had the ‘peace march on Washington.’ Funny, 50 years ago I could walk the streets in my Midwestern hometown. Not today. Wonder why not.”
“I’m excited about Republicans taking the country over the fiscal cliff. The carnage from it will be like the mass suicide of millions of salmon fighting the current only to die. I hope they all hold hands and sing Kumbaya. The voters who don’t speak gerrymander will just say ADIOS!”
“Ordering the Federal Justice Department to help organize pro Trayvon Martin rallies, and having them search for another way to punish George Zimmerman when they could not prove him guilty, shows just how empty Obama’s (and the Democratic Party’s) promises of ‘justice’ to Hispanics (and to the American nation) have been. Obama is for himself first, last, and only.”
“In 2004, U.S. Senator Barack Obama co-sponsored a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law (SB-2386) that amended the Illinois Criminal Code in the U.S. Senate. Are ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws racist? The Hypocrite in Chief President Obama is now calling for a review of those kinds of laws that exist in about 30 states.”
“Bill Richardson (Commentary, July 17 Tribune) is wrong in claiming race is not a factor in the Martin verdict. Obviously if Zimmerman had ended up dead, and Martin the shooter, Martin would have been locked up for the rest of his life never to be heard from again. It would have been just one more shooting among many across the country that night. The real question in this case is: are we a nation of laws or a nation of vigilante justice? Does Florida’s stand your ground law allow someone like Zimmerman, patrolling the neighborhood with a big gun, appoint himself judge, jury and executioner?”
People walk in a community march for justice for Trayvon Martin, Monday, July 22, 2013 in Phoenix. Dozens of people participated in a protest march in Phoenix on Monday, calling for federal civil rights charges to be filed against Florida neighborhood watch activist George Zimmerman. A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Dozens of people participated in a protest march in Phoenix on Monday, calling for federal civil rights charges to be filed against Florida neighborhood watch activist George Zimmerman.
Some Arizona lawmakers are willing to take another look at the state's "stand your ground'' law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting and trial in Florida but are deeply divided whether the statute needs revision.
John McCain, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union,'' said he thinks the Florida teen, shot to death by George Zimmerman, got justice.
Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor's office, the jury's verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation's stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
Let’s talk about the Trayvon Martin trial. Not the case itself, however.
Anyone that thinks that racism does not exist in this country should now look at reality. Trayvon Martin was an unarmed teenage black man walking to his house in a neighborhood in Sanford, Fla. He was confronted by an armed neighborhood watch patrol who has been previously reporting nothing but innocent black walkers in the neighborhood. George Zimmerman was told not to follow this young teen, yet his racist instinct pushed in that he had to follow him because of nothing else but the color of his skin.
Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday that nothing in the death of Trayvon Martin or the acquittal of George Zimmerman of murder charges gives her second thoughts about signing Arizona's own "stand your ground'' law.
George Zimmerman’s trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects.
A lawfully impaneled jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. The State of Florida failed to prove Zimmerman committed any crime. The government used the full force of its powers to investigate and prosecute Zimmerman and didn’t prove its case to the jury. That’s the way the system works in the United States.
George Zimmerman stand as the jury enters the courtroom at the Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Saturday, July 13, 2013.Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Next to him are defense counsel Lorna Truett, Don West, and Mark O'Mara, as he is found not guilty, at his trial at the(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
George Zimmerman's trial in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin lasted nearly three weeks and concluded Saturday night with an acquittal. The case prompted debate nationwide over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
After a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night, protests sparked in several places across the country.