George Zimmerman trial

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Lawyer: Florida Owes Zimmerman $300K

He plans to recoup legal expenses

(Newser) - Looks like George Zimmerman has taken time out from visiting gun factories and speeding in Texas to take care of more legal business: He plans to ask the state of Florida to reimburse him for up to $300,000 in legal expenses, his lawyer tells the Orlando Sentinel . Because he... More »

Trayvon Verdict 'Questionable,' Soon 'Forgotten': Colin Powell

Former secretary warns GOP voter ID laws will backfire

(Newser) - Colin Powell today called out the Trayvon Martin verdict, calling it "questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there," but predicting that the case would fade quickly from national memory. "I don't know if it will have staying power,” Powell said on... More »

Minority Juror: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

But she says evidence wasn't there to convict

(Newser) - The lone minority member of George Zimmerman's jury thinks he's a murderer. But she said she couldn't vote to convict because the evidence just wasn't there. As a result, juror B29—she is of Puerto Rican descent and identified only by her first name of "... More »

Nation Racially Divided Over Zimmerman Verdict

86% of blacks, 30% of whites unhappy with outcome

(Newser) - Two new polls find America is divided racially and politically over the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Both a Washington Post -ABC News poll (of 1,002 people) and a Pew Research poll (of 1,480) found 86% of black respondents were unhappy with the verdict, compared with 31% of... More »

Trayvon's Mom: Tomorrow, It Could Be Your Son

She speaks at rally in NYC, one of dozens around the country

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin rallies were taking place in cities across the US today in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, with demonstrators calling for changes to stand-your-ground laws and federal charges for Zimmerman, reports AP . "Today it was my son," said Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, to a... More »

Zimmerman Not Getting His Gun Back Yet, After All

Return is on hold pending the Department of Justice's probe

(Newser) - The FBI has thrown the brakes on a plan to return George Zimmerman's gun , asking Florida authorities to hold on to all evidence until it completes its civil rights investigation . "They have an investigation they are conducting," a Sanford police official tells USA Today . "Until that... More »

Radio Host to Trayvon Pal: College Is on Me

Tom Joyner wants to send Zimmerman trial witness to college

(Newser) - Rachel Jeantel has faced criticism for her manner of speaking and trouble reading cursive, and radio host Tom Joyner wants to do something about it. The much-discussed witness in the George Zimmerman trial should finish high school and get a college education—and he's willing to pay for it,... More »

Trayvon's Mom: He Was Just a Kid Trying to Get Home

Parents speak out, say verdict 'shocked' them

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's parents made appearances on three of the major networks today, telling each interviewer that they were shocked by the verdict. "We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction," Tracy Martin told the Today show . "We felt that the killer... More »

Zimmerman Jurors Got Mani-Pedis, Ate at Outback

Details from their 22-day, $33K sequestration

(Newser) - For 22 nights, they stayed at a Florida Marriott, ate hotel food and takeout lunches, and occasionally went out to Outback Steakhouse and other restaurants. They exercised at the hotel fitness center, went bowling, hit Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, saw two movies at the theater, enjoyed Fourth of... More »

DOJ Wants Your Help in Zimmerman Case

Sets up public email address for tips

(Newser) - The Justice Department is asking for the public's help in its investigation into George Zimmerman, Fox News reports. A public email address (Sanford.Florida@usdoj.gov) is up and running, and ready to collect any tips you may have on him; Eric Holder previously said the DOJ will "consider... More »

4 Zimmerman Jurors: B37 Doesn't Speak for Us

Martin 'played a huge role in death,' juror B37 says

(Newser) - Four of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman want the world to know that the juror who went public doesn't speak for them. "We ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives,"... More »

Jeantel: Zimmerman Verdict 'BS'

Trayvon Martin's friend talks to Piers Morgan

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, the last person to speak with the teen and the witness who testified that she heard Trayvon yell at George Zimmerman to "get off," has one word for the not-guilty verdict: "BS." She tells CNN she's "disappointed, upset,... More »

Zimmerman's Name Uttered in Wisconsin Murder Trial

Potential jurors specifically asked about that case

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's name is popping up again in court—this time in a murder trial in Wisconsin. John Spooner, a 76-year-old white man, is accused of shooting and killing unarmed neighbor Darius Simmons, a 13-year-old black boy, in a case that some are likening to Zimmerman's. (Spooner's... More »

Daily Show: Florida Needs New Motto

John Oliver slams Zimmerman case: 'The system worked'

(Newser) - The Daily Show returned last night, and interim host John Oliver had a bone to pick with Florida in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. The problem, he said: "The system worked exactly as it's designed. How does 2013 Florida have a law that seems cut and... More »

Juror: Screams Were Zimmerman's

Jury started off split, 'Juror B37' says

(Newser) - The six-woman jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty started off split 50/50 on whether to convict, but those who believed he was not guilty from the start prevailed, the first juror to speak publicly about the case tells CNN . Juror B37 says she believes it was Zimmerman who was... More »

Obama Won't Intervene in DOJ's Zimmerman Decision

And more post-verdict news

(Newser) - Barack Obama famously and controversially weighed in on Trayvon Martin's death (" If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon "), but the president will not be getting involved in the DOJ's looming decision on whether to prosecute George Zimmerman on civil rights charges, Politico... More »

Zimmerman Verdict Was Outrageous—and Correct

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Sadly, our system worked 'as intended'

(Newser) - There are two unavoidable truths about the George Zimmerman trial: First, based on the state's laws and the prosecutors' case, Zimmerman should not have been convicted of anything. And second, "the killing of Trayvon Martin is a profound injustice," writes Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic . Florida's... More »

Musician, 73, Assaulted After Tribute to Trayvon

Woman arrested after jumping on stage to shove Lester Chambers: cops

(Newser) - A 73-year-old black soul singer in California got roughed up Saturday by a woman in the audience who rushed the stage after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, say police. Lester Chambers was talking about the George Zimmerman trial and about to play "People Get Ready" when a... More »

Case Against Zimmerman No Piece of Cake for DOJ

Feds would have to prove shooting was racially motivated

(Newser) - Amid protests and a push from the NAACP , the Justice Department is looking into the prosecution of George Zimmerman on criminal civil rights grounds—but that would be a genuinely tough case to win, the AP explains. Says a former US attorney: "They'd have to show not only... More »

Zimmerman Will Get His Gun Back

He's also considering law school

(Newser) - Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted , he can have back the pistol he used to kill Trayvon Martin—and he needs it "even more" than before, his lawyer tells ABC . Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says his client has no regrets about carrying a gun the night he... More »

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