Trayvon Martin

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An Open Letter From Trayvon's Mom to the Browns

Sybrina Fulton sees hope in fight against violence

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin 's mother is sending words of support to the family of Michael Brown in an open letter. "I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours, but it won’t," Sybrina Fulton writes in Time . "... More »

George Zimmerman's New Gig: Gun Store Guard

He's reportedly patrolling shop as volunteer

(Newser) - George Zimmerman hasn’t been on the radar much after a failed celebrity-boxing attempt and his family’s public tiff with Roseanne earlier this year, but Mashable has tracked him down at his new gig: guarding a Florida gun store. A police report obtained by Mashable says a patrolling officer... More »

Zimmerman Has Zilch, Spends $3K a Month

Travon Martin Foundation gets new home

(Newser) - Almost a year after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman doesn't seem to have much in the way of a life, according to paperwork filed this month as part of his divorce case. The 30-year-old says he has no home, no job, no income,... More »

Zimmerman: After I Shot at Trayvon, I Worried I Missed

And other revelations, from pair of new interviews...

(Newser) - Feb. 26 will mark the two-year anniversary of the night George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, and Zimmerman is apparently commemorating the occasion with a fresh round of TV interviews—in which he opines on the "worst part" of the whole situation. "The worst part is that this could... More »

Trayvon Martin Replaces Jesus in Nativity Scene

California church is more 'brave' than subtle, says passerby

(Newser) - Most nativity scenes include three wise men and a stable. The one at Claremont United Methodist Church in California has replaced Jesus with Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie, his heart pouring blood, the Los Angeles Times reports. "What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death?" says the artist,... More »

George Zimmerman's Wife Files for Divorce

ABC says Shellie Zimmerman has had it

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's wife acknowledged last week that her marriage was in trouble . And now we know that Shellie Zimmerman wasn't exaggerating: She has filed divorce papers, reports ABC News . Her lawyer confirms to AP that the six-year marriage is ending. Shellie, who still must serve 100 hours of... More »

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 »

Another Teen Nabbed in WWII Vet's Slaying

Outrage over Delbert Belton's death explodes on social media

(Newser) - Another teen has been arrested following the beating death of Delbert Belton , an 88-year-old World War II veteran, in Spokane, Wash. Both Kenan Adams-Kinard and a suspect arrested earlier are 16; Adams-Kinard's name was released despite his age because, according to officials, "he represents ... an actual danger to... More »

Zimmerman Gun Factory Visit a Bad Move: His Lawyer

Not part of PR plan, says rep for his lawyer

(Newser) - Turns out TMZ isn't just the scourge of Hollywood. George Zimmerman has gotten a public tsk-tsk from his lawyer over a Thursday visit to a Florida gun factory—a visit that was reported by none other than TMZ . A rep for Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara had this to... 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 »

NYPD's Kelly: 'No Question' More Will Die Sans 'Stop, Frisk'

Meanwhile, Trayvon lawyer calls policy 'slippery slope'

(Newser) - Ray Kelly isn't soft-pedaling the effects if the NYPD's "stop and frisk" policy ends: "No question about it, violent crime will go up," he said today when asked if more people would die without it, Politico reports. "The stark reality is that violence is... More »

Federal Prosecutor Derides Trayvon Martin on Facebook

Assistant US Attorney John Craft mocks Obama voters, too

(Newser) - A federal prosecutor in Texas has posted his views about Trayvon Martin and President Obama on Facebook, and they're not pretty. Assistant US Attorney John Craft made his opinions known in answer to a status update supporting Stand Your Ground laws, the Beaumont Enterprise reports:
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Zimmerman Ordered Bulletproof Vest Last Year

And infrared home-security gear, all while on bond

(Newser) - Police records released yesterday are painting a picture of George Zimmerman's period on bond, and they contain some interesting details. The neighborhood watchman ordered a bulletproof vest and an infrared home security system, the AP reports. A police supply sales representative told officials about the order; Zimmerman told them... More »

Obama to Leno: 'We Don't Have Domestic Spy Program'

Covers a lot of ground, from Snowden to terror, on 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - President Obama covered a lot of bases—most of them serious—in his fourth Tonight Show appearance as president. Some highlights from the Jay Leno interview, which Politico sees as part of the president's push to "get back to being Barack Obama again" and stop being the butt... More »

Smithsonian Wants Trayvon's Hoodie

For National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015

(Newser) - It's one of the most talked about sweatshirts in America. Now, the dark gray hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing the night he was killed may be put on display for all to see. The director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (set to... More »

Zimmerman Sent $12K to Buy New Gun

Buckeye Firearms cuts him a check

(Newser) - An Ohio gun group has written George Zimmerman a check so he can buy a new gun . The amount: $12,150.37, the AP reports, via the Repository . The Buckeye Firearms Foundation thinks Zimmerman's rights have been violated, says rep Ken Hanson; the gun that killed Trayvon Martin is... 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 »

Family Saved by Zimmerman Cancels Thank You

They were worried about 'blowback,' says Zimmerman's lawyer

(Newser) - George Zimmerman burst back onto the scene in the most unexpected of ways this week, rescuing a family of four from a vehicle that had overturned on a Florida highway. Now, Zimmerman's attorney is explaining that Mark and Dana Michelle Gerstle "really wanted" to thank Zimmerman publicly, but... 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 »

Zimmerman Surfaces, Rescues Driver in Crash

Sanford police captain confirms it

(Newser) - George Zimmerman has surfaced for the first time since his acquittal —in the most unexpected of ways. Sanford's police department captain today tells ABC News that what the network is calling "the first known sighting" of Zimmerman was a heroic one: He "pulled an individual from... More »

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