It all started when Eve took a bite out of Adam’s apple and she conceived. Life grew from that apple on a tree and so did technology.
Disney’s Chairman of the Board their genius mastermind behind Pixar animation “Toy Story” “Monsters, Inc.” and a great visionary leader, innovator, marketer of technology, expanding communicating with Apple itunes online music store, Steve Jobs built an empire who inspired us is no longer living.
Steven Paul Jobs was an adopted child and college dropout which some people might believe this guy will never amount to anything, but Steve knew everything about computer technology and became this generation’s greatest creative inventor.
In 1974 Steve Jobs was first employed by Atari, Inc. the famous video game name. Steve rose to fame as the designer of “Breakout” Atari’s successful arcade game. Stephen Wozniak worked on the circuit board and was paid a small fee for helping Steve with Atari.
In the early 1970s Steve Jobs and his pal, Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak a Polish American computer engineer and programmer worked hard to build and sell personal computers out of Steve’s garage.
On April 1, 1976 Steve Jobs went on to become CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. and Stephen Wozniak the other co-founder. This was the start of Apple revolutionizing the computer industry. Steven Paul Jobs was only thirty when he became a debonair multimillionaire. His employees say he was not only enthusiastic, but a workaholic.
He later had a liver transplant and thought it was best to overcome the rare pancreatic Cancer disease by trying acupuncture, a vegan diet and herbal remedies before having surgery. Steve Jobs learned that failure brought success, but Jobs was blessed.
From Apple Computers to Macintosh or Mac desktops to laptops Steve Jobs changed computer activity into the electronic industry with iMac, iPod, iPhones, iPads and upcoming Apple iTV a unique sleek style of technology this world has ever seen. “App” became part of the Apple Store name. The products we love have cool colors with application tools easily accessible, useful and reliable.
Jobs pleased the consumer for he knew what they needed. Steve Jobs you improved the way we see technology. God bless you Steve for your legacy will live through infinity.
On August 24, 2011 Cook took over Apple’s kitchen.
On September 3, 2011 J. Crew’s CEO Mickey Drexler former CEO of GAP helped Steve Jobs create the highly-successful Apple Store.
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Steven Paul Jobs: Born San Francisco, California USA/Died:Age 56 at his home in Palo Alto, California just six weeks after retiring his position as CEO of Apple. Death due to respiratory arrest and pancreatic tumor that spread to other organs.
(Feb. 24, 1955 – Oct. 5, 2011) Steve’s biological parents: Mother, Joanne Carole Schieble of American and German descent and Father, Abdul Fattah “John” (took this nickname) Jandali who emigrated to the United States in the 1950s from a very wealthy family in Syria to pursue university studies. The two met at the University of Wisconsin in Madison when Jandali was teaching classes and Schieble a student. They had a boy out of wedlock and wanted to get married. Schieble’s father was against it, but when he died they got married and moved to Syria. Carole Schieble Jandali was unhappy in that environment. She decides to divorce Jandali and flies back stateside. Ironically the couple keeps sister Mona, but puts Steve (unnamed at that time) up for adoption. In the 1950s people shunned “out of wedlock” and families hid from the relatives what they did. Carole Schieble Simpson who divorced Jandali in 1962 says she made an agreement with Paul and Clara Jobs that they would send Steve to college. Paul is a machinist and his wife Clara an accountant. Steve Jobs has never had any communication with his bio9logical father or mother. Jandali now 80 years old runs a casino in Nevada has tried to communicate via emails with no response from Steve. 79-year-old Joanne Carole Schieble Simpson is in a Los Angeles nursing home with advanced dementia has no idea that Steve is deceased.
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Disowned but never robbed of his childhood – Adopted as an infant by Paul and Clara Jobs living in Mountain View, California gave Steve love and stability.
Survived by his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs spends her wealthy time as an education philanthropist and immigration reform campaigner pushing for passage of the Dream Act had 3 children (one son and two daughters) with Steve who had another child from a relationship. His sister is an American novelist Mona E. Simpson. Steve Jobs’ mother remarries: Joanne Carole Schieble Simpson a speech therapist.
Private funeral services held on Friday, October 7th, 2011 for family members.
Apple holding private memorial services on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Stanford University.
October 16, 2011: On Sunday Gov. Jerry Brown of California commemorates “Steve Jobs Day.”
Apple Stores closing globally for one hour on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 honoring icon Steve Jobs. The employees at Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, CA will watch live webcast of memorial service for Steve.
October 7, 2011: SONY acquiring the rights to new Steve Jobs’ biography for major movie.
October 24, 2011: Book publishers Simon & Schuster debut of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs’ biography as the year’s #1 best seller.
November 14, 2011: Singer Sting launches free “Sting 25″ ipad App as a digital documentary of a 25-year solo career was introduced at Apple’s NYC Store along with his song “Fragile” is the singer’s dedication to Apple’s co-founder and visionary icon Steve Jobs.
Hollywood may be calling George Clooney to be starring as Steve Jobs’ in an upcoming movie.
November 15, 2011: Apple names Arthur D. Levinson as their new chairman.
December 9, 2011: Apple opens store in Grand Central Terminal.
December 17, 2011: Steve Jobs “Billion-Dollar Hippie” BBC documentary.
January 24, 2012: Steve Jobs’ widow is a guest at President Obama’s “State of the Union Address.”
January 24, 2012: Apple now the world’s most valuable company worth $338 billion surpasses Exxon Mobil Oil by one billion.
February 9, 2012: Peaceful protesters deliver petitions with 250,000 signatures to Apple Store in Grand Central Station protesting working conditions and manufacturing in Chinese factories.
February 9, 2012: The following became public record due to Information Act. Starting in 1985 information was gathered by the FBI after Apple received a bomb threat and Pres. George H.W. Bush expressed interest in giving the revolutionary corporate leader a presidential appointment on “Export Council.” Documents revealed that Steve Jobs was indeed a “Hippie.” One person interviewed shared some info that Mr. Jobs may have experienced “illegal drugs” including marijuana and LSD when they were in college during the 60s and 70s.
February 13, 2012: Apple the gadget-maker hits $500/share making it the most valuable company in U.S. history.
March 9, 2012: A group of Silicon Valley inventors and tech head honchos are banding together supporting education. Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs is trying to pass “The Dream Act” a legislation which essentially help undocumented students go to college, get jobs, and eventually be legalized. The group’s work benefits “Educators for Fair Consideration” providing scholarships and internships with an operating budget of $600,000. They are hoping immigration reform is going to happen.
March 9, 2012: DOJ investigating ipad over ebook price fixing. Apple denied company’s part in recent claims of ebook price fixing that was said to suppress dominant Amazon Kindle.
March 16, 2012: Neophiles grab iPad’s latest technology. Three million new iPads sold in 3 days.
April 1, 2012: 34-year-old hunky actor, Ashton Kutcher star of “Two in a Half Men” with over 10 million Twitter followers who also invests and heads up tech companies goes to the big screen in an Indie biopic portraying the late Steve Jobs titled “Jobs” the hippie to Apple co-founder.
April 5, 2012: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will settle “Google Android” dispute.
April 20, 2012: Apple’s worth is now $600 billion falls short of Microsoft’s highest valuation on December 30, 1999 at $616 billion which tech company is now worth $260 billion.
April 11,2012: DOJ suing Apple over alleged e-book price fixing.
May 14, 2012: “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton “bearded” Kutcher photographed on set of “Jobs” biopic dressed as the late billionaire Apple innovator. TV movie on life of Apple co-founder will be filmed in Jobs’ original garage that would one day become the world’s most valuable tech company.
May 16, 2012: “The Social Network” Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin accepts Sony Entertainment offer to adapt Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs” biography for a movie.
June 11, 2012: New details released by Pentagon documents indicate during the 1980s Steve Jobs expressed concern that his daughter might be kidnapped in an effort to blackmail him. There are more documents about the co-founder’s drug use as a teenager and a unreported arrest in 1975 for not paying a speeding ticket.
June 15, 2012: A rare commodity and still working 1976 Apple I Computer with original components built by company’s founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold for $374,500, 500 times its worth at Sotheby’s auction house in NYC.
June 29, 2012: Apple wins second U.S. sales ban on Samsung Galaxy posting a $96 million bond immediately for estimated damage sustained by Samsung from temporary sales ban. An American judge ordered Samsung Electronics Company to stop U.S. sales of its Galaxy Nexus Smartphone (launched in the U.S. market in December 2011) while court considers Apple’s claim that the South Korean company infringed on its patents. This is Apple’s second victory in a week against Android devices stated by U.S. District Court of Northern California that Galaxy Nexus Smartphone likely infringes on four patents held by Apple Inc. including patent used by the “Siri” voice-activated assistance available in the iPhone 4S .
July 31, 2012: Customers lining up for Apple’s iPhone 5 set to come out in September.
August 20, 2012: Apple is the most valuable company in history.
August 24, 2012: Apple wins jury decision that Samsung violated its patents and must pay them more than $1 billion. Samsung will appeal the decision.
September 10, 2012: Predicting consumers will purchase around 8 million new iPhone 5 could have a great impact on the U.S. GDP. 200 million expected to sell by 2013.
September 18, 2012: Apple’s stock hits over $700/share after announcing that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million selling in 24 hours which puts the company’s market value at $656 billion. Some customers not happy with new map app. Company apology.
October 2, 2012: Samsung patent battle continues with filing of amended documents requesting adding Apple’s iPhone 5 to its original lawsuit against the Cupertino, California tech company.
October 5, 2012: Tribute to Steve Jobs “MacBook Pro” laptops auctioned for charity.
October 17, 2012: Apple preparing to unveil its new iPad Mini expected to be in stores before Christmas.
October 19, 2012: Feud news for tech giants Apple and Samsung declaring a peace treaty benefiting all users on earth including the universe.
October 22, 2012: As of 2013 Samsung is expecting to end its LCD panel supply agreement with Apple replacing lost business with orders from Samsung’s handset division and from Amazon’s tablet.
October 25, 2012: There’s another apple-shaped logo “Apple Corps” a UK based multimedia corporation founded by members of the famous Beatles. Now a Canadian IP office has disclosed that the company’s logo has become a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.
October 29, 2012: Shipbuilders in Holland unveil one-year after Steve Jobs’ death a beautiful yacht he spent years designing they finally finished for a visionary genius who named it “Venus.”
November 8, 2012: Apple awarded design patent for rounded rectangles specifically for its iPad hardware not software.
November 8, 2012: When in Rome, do as the Romans do “Follow the Leader.” Samsung’s Galaxy S III dethrones iPhone as the world’s No. 1 top seller.
November 21, 2012: Jobs’ new spaceship-like headquarters in Cupertino, California won’t be completed as planned by the tech company until mid-2016.
November 26, 2012: Is it just a bad Apple? The legal battle between Samsung and Apple. Tech company was ordered by a judge to give up some trade secrets about their patent deal with HTC to Samsung who demanded to see an agreement between the two companies. In response to judge’s ruling Apple had a fit adding a list of Samsung’s new products it wants off the shelves hopefully before Christmas.
November 27, 2012: Apple buys “Lightening” trademark from Harley Davidson, the bike and motorcycle company for its new lightening dock connector. This trademark was desperately needed for a new charging port on iphone 5 and future devices.
November 28, 2012: Eddie Cue Apple’s new “Mr. Fix-It.” As CEO Tim Cook shifts responsibilities Eddie Cue emerges as one of the biggest beneficiares. This 23-year company veteran rose through the ranks as co-founder Steve Jobs’ right-hand man for new areas like e-commerce and media companies signing up for Apple’s itunes services.
December 6, 2012: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook says Mac computers will be made in the USA for the year 2013.
December 17, 2012: U.S. Federal judge makes an important decision denying Apple’s request for a permanent ban on its collection of Samsung’s products.
December 28, 2012: CEO Tim Cook gets $4.2 million in compensation, a modest sum compared to 2011.
January 1, 2013: Masked and armed thieves steal $1.3 million iPhones and iPads located inside a flagship Apple Store behind Paris Opera House while police were assigned to the Champs-Elysees where revelers gather for New Year’s Eve.
January 14, 2013: It’s not a rotten Apple. Shocking that iPhone 5 sales are decreasing.
February 4, 2013: Let’s get real. Has Apple lost its tech appeal? U.S. Appellate Court rejected Apple’s request to fast track their bid for a sales ban on Samsung phones ruling iphone maker could not argue its case right away. Both companies have declined to comment.
February 10, 2013: For the first time in history Apple’s iPhone, iPads and iPods facing their biggest challenger-innovator South Korean electronics manufacturer of Samsung’s S III smartphone.
February 13, 2013: Pennsylvania shareholder sues Apple in New York District Court seeking to block tech company from moving forward with a Feb. 27th shareholder vote on two proxy proposals.
February 19, 2013: Apple admits MAC computers were struck by hackers on Facebook. The company advertised their product with ultimate security over any PC running windows software. Tech giant is working with law enforcement to find source of malware.
March 1, 2013: New significant developments in court case with Judge Lucy Koh reducing damages by $450 million and ordering a new jury trial on how much of that amount Samsung will pay to Apple in the ongoing Apple-Samsung dispute.
March 5, 2013: Ferrari chairman says Italian automaker is looking to expand its relationship with Apple in car entertainment following Apple’s executive Eddy Cue joining board of directors back in November.
March 13, 2013: Apple’s new tactics. Its marketing chief Phil Schiller downplays the competition. He believes products that run Google’s Android software like Samsung’s phone are inferior to Apple’s iphone. Let’s see if Samsung phone owners agree.
March 15, 2013: A class action lawsuit has been filed in California’s federal court alleging that Apple has been misleading consumers by not advertising two different types of displays used in its MacBook Pros with Retina displays. Samsung’s Retina displays are not affected by the same issues.
April 1, 2013: This is no April Fools’ joke folks that Apple’s ipad mini was denied a patent it was using to sue Samsung issued by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office last October reaffirmed the invalidation which covers the “bounce back” users see when they scroll down the screen. A Federal jury considered it valid. Apple can appeal, but will it bounce back from the patent attack?
April 4, 2013: Apple’s green-planned “Spaceship Campus” with underground parking to maintain the above-ground foliage while its rooftop will consist of 700,000 square feet of solar panels is reportedly $2 billion over budget.
April 22, 2013: Consumers tell Apple what they really need is a better keyboard.
April 23, 2013: Apple’s earnings fall after a decade due to no innovation and competition.
April 23, 2013: Google has a fight on its hands with Apple patent. Search engine company’s Motorola unit lost another key battle over intellectual property after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that a smartphone sensor patent was invalid.
May 9, 2013: While China becomes one of the most important battlegrounds in the smartphone industry, Apple’s iphone is now fifth-largest smartphone seller in America.
May 21, 2013: The TV living room will soon be a new hot Xbox. Microsoft is not only beating Apple iTV, but pushing its rivals out of the industry.
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WAR ON GREEDY STREET VS. MAIN STREET INEQUALITY
(99% vs. 1%)
“OWS” movement began on September 17, 2011 at Zuccotti Park located in New York City’s financial district initiated by a Canadian activist group named “Adbusters” led to protests to be non-violent, picketing, internet activities and demonstrations globally. The main issues are social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government, in particular banking reform and the financial services sector. “OWS” slogan “We are the 99%” addresses growing inequality and wealth distribution in the United States between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population.
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No dough – No jobs – No homes – No cars – We’re not slobs!
Government bails out AIG the insurance boss who took a huge financial loss and Goldman Sachs Global Banking and Securities on the backs of taxpayers’ money. Middle Class get it up the ass while the poor are trashed. If this is equality then what is democracy? When Wall Street and banks run the country with their Democratic and Republican cronies. “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
“Occupy Wall Street Beef”
The economic catastrophe began on September 17, 2011 as thousands of U.S. activists and anti-war demonstrators camp out and march in Zuccotti (privately-owned) Park while “Occupy Wall Street” is spreading across the country and globally protesting corporate greed, jobs and poverty. Police arrest 700 protesters for rallying on Brooklyn Bridge while motorists are ticked off waiting in stalled traffic.
Teamster labor unions and Democrats backing Wall Street protesters. Republican candidate Herman Cain says protests are anti-American. He tells them to go home, get a job, get a life but protesters still continue to fight for their rights. Will this infringe upon Cain’s presidential nomination? President Obama says he understands American’s frustration. Feisty Minority House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “God bless them for their spontaneity.” VP Joe Biden sees the protesters much like the Smarty Tea Party. U.S. District Rep. Barney Frank from Massachusetts, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sympathize with testy protesters. Mayor Bloomberg says the mobs of protesters are trying to ruin NYC jobs, but it’s okay for them to stay as long as they behave. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor refers to protesters as a “mob squad.” Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney does not condone protesters and says it’s the wrong way to go. Glenn Beck former Fox newscaster says protesters are like “killer capitalists.” Filmmaker Michael Moore and Obama have become whores of the poor. While they both agree with protesters’ economic distress, Moore in the 1% category has made millions from his films and President Obama’s bailout policy for greedy Wall Street. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani says “OWS” movement is for bums and hippies. When asked about “OWS” protesters conservative republican candidate Newt Gingrich said “Go get a job after you take a bath.” Protesters dressed in white bath robes react to Newt’s crude attitude.
Jay-Z on “Occupy All Streets”
Producer and Hip-Hop Rapper artist Jay-Z says he doesn’t mind paying more income taxes for education and people in poverty as long as there’s transparency where the money is going. However Rapper Jay-Z “Scrooge this Christmas” by selling “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts on his Rocawear company website was told by a spokesman of “OWS” that profiting from social cause is an insult to it’s fight for economic civil rights. The “Rocawear” company who has since taken the t-shirts off its website had no intention on donating any proceeds to “OWS.”
Brokers celebrate “Let them eat cake”
Wall Street brokers celebrate with champagne and wine which seems to indicate “Let them eat cake.” Protesters told to clean up is canceled, but they won’t shut up! “Occupy Wall Street” movement grows from lower Manhattan to the elite east side of Park Avenue Millionaires Row. More protesters are arrested as they head to Times Square for allegedly defying police authority. NYC protesters march to Office of District Attorney. Rowdy protester throws powder on Geraldo Rivera Fox newscaster. Violent protester uprisings, crimes, drugs, rapes and killings are seen in a number of American cities and foreign countries.
“Attack Goldman Sachs”
On Friday, October 14th in Milan, Italy hundreds of protesters attacking Goldman Sachs financial district building came storming into hallways with their anger posted at Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi screaming “Give Us Money” when they were confronted and arrested by police and security. Now that Economist Mario Monti has been nominated as Prime Minister after Berlusconi resigned hopefully the country will be on the road to recovery.
“Clean Up Zuccotti”
On Thursday, October 20th protesters finally clean up “Zuccotti Park” in lower Manhattan with actor Alec Baldwin pitching in. Neighborhood residents hold meetings complaining about protesters noisy and unsanitary conditions affecting them and their school children.
Brookfield Properties the owners of Zuccotti Park tell protesters they must leave before Friday, October 21st so they can do some maintenance and cleaning. Protesters believe it means they will be stopped from demonstrating. New York City Mayor Bloomberg reminds them that under the First Amendment clause there’s freedom of speech for every American citizen.
“Thousands Rally Against Seedy Corporate Greed”
Thousands of demonstrators wearing all kinds of “OWS” getups with police in riot gear rally against corporate greed in NYC’s Times Square and theater district.
“Delivery for Corporate Greed”
On Friday, October 28th some 400 Zuccotti Park marching protesters, activists and homeowners deliver thousands of letters individually and via website occupytheboardroom.org addressed to Wall Street executives and banking institutions across New York City stating “corporate greed” that caused homeowners into foreclosure and loss of jobs from your bad policies.
“Irate Manhattan Lawmakers Objection to Protesters”
Manhattan lawyers representing downtown neighborhoods and Zuccotti Park owner send letter to Mayor Bloomberg stating their objection to “OWS” protesters’ demonstrating with excessive noisy drumming, public urinating and barricades preventing pedestrian traffic. Bringing their grievances to City Hall a group of people and businesses are planning counter-protests against Zuccotti Park “OWS” protesters.
“Tax the Rich Bitch”
While “Occupy Wall Street” movement has been hollering “Tax the Rich” as their main cause the group has received donations totaling more than half a million in tax exempt dollars. “Alliance for Justice Global Group” backing protest movement says those donating to “Occupy Wall Street” can deduct the amount from their federal income taxes.
On Friday, October 21st from marching around London’s Stock Exchange protesters are seen camping out and shouting their grievances near the historical landmark St. Paul’s Cathedral which had to close their doors to the public due to noise, rubbish and protester’s use of the church as a latrine inside and outside the building. Employees had to take mops to clean up the slop. Cathedral and authorities halt filing legal action for protesters’ eviction as anti-capitalists agreed to leave. Tents and sleeping gear were supposed to be removed, but protesters have done nothing to alleviate conditions so authorities and the Cathedral are initiating legal proceedings. On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 London protesters finally lose court battle on eviction.
On Sunday, October 23, 2011 noisy and shouting anti-Wall Street demonstrators “Occupy Chicago’s Grant Park” are ordered by police to remove themselves from the streets. 130 people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass after defying Grant City Park closing time.
“Occupy Greed Street”
On Monday, October 24th “Occupy Greed Street” protesters tell big banks to “take a haircut” as barbers leave their shop and go to Zuc-cutti Park clipping their beards and locks. What this means is that a bank takes a loss when a homeowner defaults. Guys wearing plastic ponchos displaying bank names and logos in white lettering shouting how institutions punish people who don’t pay their bills including their ill-will towards people not being able to borrow money. Protesters want banks to help people that made loans not lose their homes.
“Occupy Slam Oakland”
On Wednesday, October 25th thousands of peaceful protesters took to streets of Oakland, California after a violent confrontation on Tuesday when hundreds of protesters camping out in a downtown City Hall plaza were told to remove themselves threw objects at officers were arrested after clashing with police who dispersed plastic bullets and tear gas. A two-time Iraq war veteran was injured in the incident by an alleged shot to his head from a police projectile and taken to the local hospital in a critical state then upgraded to fair condition. Mayor Jean Quan apologizes for another Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who received lacerated spleen injuries and inappropriate treatment from protesters. Nearby neighborhoods have had enough of the rowdy drumming protest stuff. The protesters intend to hold a citywide strike on November 2nd and support for Scott Olsen, Iraq war veteran who suffered brain damage still unable to talk. Many Oakland businesses like “Men’s Wearhouse” stand behind the “OWS” 99%. On Monday, November 12th eviction of protesters by police in riot gear arrested 33 people and took down tents in the encampment. It’s far from over for more than 400 protesters were arrested Saturday January 28, 2012 for their violent behavior injuring police officers, breaking into a vacant convention center, YMCA, breaking glass at City Hall and burning American flags. Mayor Quan and other city officials are fed up with the testy occupiers. On Monday, February 27, 2012 law enforcement officers suffered minor injuries, but one was hit in the face and taken to the hospital during a clash with members of occupy movement at the Sacramento State Capitol. Police were escorting 35 members of the South African Project to a parking garage after their protest. 50 members of Occupy Oakland threw bottles and cans at officers and South African group.
“Occupy Rattle Seattle”
On Wednesday, November 3rd hundreds of protesters are pepper sprayed while multiple arrests were made by police after pounding on cop cars and storming into JP Morgan Chase Bank Building screaming “Destroying the American Dream.” After dark protesters marched to the downtown Sheraton Hotel where CEO Jamie Dimon of Chase was a keynote speaker at a business leadership dinner as chanting began “Banks got bailed out – We got sold out.”
“Peaceful to Violent Occupy D.C.”
On Tuesday, November 8th top D.C. police brass visit McPherson Square where they talked to protesters about their first amendment rights and protecting pedestrian safety in the streets and walkways. Protesters preach for peace, but police are assigned to mounted horses making sure demonstrators march on sidewalks not in the streets. An incident on Friday, November 4th sees demonstrators blocking traffic and acting violently, Then a 75-year-old lady was knocked down cement steps coming out of the Washington Conference Center holding special event on “Americans for Prosperity Dinner.” Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Police Chief Kathy Lainer tell protesters they will not tolerate jeopardizing public safety. On November 22nd “Occupy the Highway” protesters who left Zuccotti reach D.C. after marching 231 mile stretch of cold concrete meet in McPherson Square to rally. On Sunday, December 4th protesters in McPherson Square Park since October 1st built a pavilion called “The People’s Wooden Structure” are asked to dismantle it defying police orders were arrested and taken into custody. On Sunday, January 29, 2012 after months of posting fliers on Federal rule banning tent camping in two city parks defiant protesters will be violators. On Sunday, February 5th occupiers do not think it is fair as police in hazmut suits take down tents in Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square.
“OWS Veterans Day Concert”
On Friday November 11th “OWS” protesters will be honoring the heroes who fought for our country with a “Veterans Day” concert in New York City.
“Occupy Portland Protesters Ticked Off By Eviction”
On Sunday, November 13th thousands of protesters and homeless people looking for food and shelter who have not left a city park are told by police in riot gear to leave on eviction notice signed by Mayor Sam Adams due to unhealthy conditions, drug users and stealing. Protesters say they have been “peaceful” yet 50 people were arrested.
“NYC Police Remove Protesters from Zuccotti”
On Tuesday, November 13th around 1:00 a.m. hundreds of NYC police with flood lights make a clean sweep of Zuccotti. They removed and arrested 200 protesters who refused to leave. Protesters sang Beatles song “Revolution.” City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says every effort was made to avoid confrontation, but after two-month encampment there were safety and quality of life issues which was prime decision to clear protesters from Zuccotti. While private park was supposed to reopen for protesters at 8:00 a.m. a court order prevented them from entering. Protesters head to old Trinity Church near Canal Street and then to Tribeca and Soho district where they previously rallied for protesters in Oakland. In the meantime New York Lawyers’ Guild have obtained an injunction against Brookfield Properties setting Tuesday for a hearing on the grounds that City officials had no right to establish rules after protesters began camping and marching in the park. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman cancels restraining order with a revision that protesters can march, but not camp out with sleeping bags, generators or tarps inside the park. Judge agrees with Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials including U.S. Representative for New York’s 3rd Congressional District Peter King that safety and unsanitary conditions were an issue. Mayor Mike Bloomberg says the city will still be fighting to get protesters out of Zuccotti. “OWS” protesters go to police station to pick up their stuff. On Wednesday, November 14th a protester is arrested after posting YouTube video threatening to fire bomb the city.
Shut down “NYSE” D-Day on Two-Month Anniversary
On Thursday November 15th around 7:00 a.m. thousands of protesters meet to shut down NYSE at 11 Wall Street. They intend to be inside subway stations when the morning rush hour leaves the underground. Service Employees International Union join protesters and go down to City Hall and then the Brooklyn Bridge with its festival of lights onto a pedestrian walk where they’ll be marching and chanting. In the early morning hours a protester threw some type of liquid which might have been vinegar at the faces of 4 policemen while another cop got hit in the hand with a piece of glass and received 20 stitches were all taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital. New York City police say 400 protesters were arrested when they blocked traffic and trucks making deliveries near Pine, Canal and Liberty. Mobs of protesters were heard shouting “F**k You Bloomberg.” Oscar-winning “Fargo” actress Frances McDormand seen among the crowd of protesters did not speak with reporters. Brokers and office workers were also blocked from entering 40 Wall Street the Deutsche Bank building. Demonstrators threw down barricades at Zuccotti then made their way to Foley Square where hundreds chanted “All day, All week Wall Street.” Others shouted we need work wearing “99″ t-shirts. San Francisco protesters stormed into a Bank of America branch located in the city’s downtown financial district and in Los Angeles 500 protesters paraded in front of Wells Fargo Plaza shouting “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The “OWS” movement in Portland, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Arizona, Miami, Tampa, Boston, Philadelphia and D.C. rallied for economic inequality while protesters at a Dallas camp were evicted. In Denver 17 people were arrested at Civic Center Park and three activists charged with felonies. San Francisco’s University of California Police Chief on leave after two campus policemen pepper spray peaceful protesters which is now under investigation. University of California Chancellor Linda Katehi apologizes to protesters for pepper spraying. Victims’ medical bills for pepper spraying incident will be paid by the university. There were many rallies, evictions and arrests held in at least 30 U.S. cities including foreign countries.
“Kicked out of Zuccotti”
On Sunday, November 20th “OWS” protesters made their way uptown to Mayor Bloomberg’s swanky Fifth and Madison Avenue mansion chanting, but were blocked by police from drumming. Neighbors had to show I.D. as police put up barricades surrounding the street so protesters could not enter. Mayor Bloomberg says protesters should vent their anger at Capitol Hill not the banking industry. It’s estimated that protesters have cost the nation’s taxpayers $13 million.
“Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade”
Whoppi Goldberg of “The View” says protesters should not interfere with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Float Parade. This holiday is where every girl and boy look forward to celebrate and enjoy spectacular helium balloons with Santa strolling down the avenue.
“Hearty Thanksgiving in Zuccotti Park”
This time instead of protesting Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings were given out to 500 people by volunteers near Zuccotti. It was a festival of entertainment with music and guitar playing, but police stopped the drumming. You could hear the chanting “Shop small businesses on Black Friday – Stay away from major retail chains.”
“Now Occupy This Album” to Benefit Movement
Legendary music artists released an album dedicating “99 tracks and 99 artists for the 99 percent” with Bob Dylan singing his 1964 protest anthem, “The Times They Are A Changin” supporting and benefiting protesters. They hope to raise $1 million for the cause. The money will be donated to “Occupy Wall Street” Fund and other major occupations across the country.
“Tea Party Activists vs. Occupy Nation Movement”
“OWS” protesters are at the crossroads after being tossed out of Zuccotti and other city parks, but dismantling tents is not the end of 99 percent. Their movement has just begun, a war against the political rich that must be fixed. Tea Party and “OWS” both agree that things cannot get done either by Democrats or Republicans in Washington. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says President Obama is just a “bystander” not a “leader.” Boston Tea Party movement has been around for awhile starting with our Founding Fathers in the 17th century. It still stands for controlling government spending while OWS protest greedy bankers and Wall Street. The time has come for everyone to get together and select a candidate who will get the job done leading America into prosperity.
“From Zuccotti to Manhattan Office Buildings”
With donations pouring in the “OWS” movement has set up office space in lower Manhattan. They are also considering an Art and Cultural Center somewhere in Brooklyn.
“Irate Protesters on Obama’s Manhattan Fundraiser”
Irate protesters came marching and drumming in front of the Sheraton Hotel in NYC where Obama had a fundraiser for $1,000 to $36,000 a plate. Protesters chanting “That money should go toward job creation not campaigning.”
“Occupy Wall Street Uses its Might for Trinity Hunger Strike”
Occupy Wall Streeters is using its might by going on a hunger strike in an effort to convince Trinity Episcopal Church to use a vacant piece of land it owns on Canal and Sixth Avenue in lower Manhattan. Should they be arrested the protesters will continue their hunger strike behind bars calling on occupiers to join their cause across the nation.
“Brookfield Properties Owe Tax Money”
It seems that Brookfield Properties owe the City of New York a whopping $139,000 in unpaid businesses taxes from 2006 to 2009 so it would be wise for Mayor Mike Bloomberg to distance himself from the owners of Zuccotti.
“Occupiers Shout Take Back the People’s House”
From December 5th-9th the 99% will vent their anger at Washington’s congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. With unemployment benefits ending, payroll tax extension expiring, some 14 million people out of work who have lost everything including homes they once owned protesters march the halls for justice sitting outside or inside Senate offices shouting you must represent us not greedy corporations and the wealthy.
“Protester Gets Foot in the Door”
Tracy Postert, a 30-year-old Upper West Side resident “OWS” protester since October with a PH.D in Pharmacology was serving sandwiches and cleaning sidewalks around Zuccotti. Tracy pounded the concrete streets for 15 days carrying a sign “I need a job, ask me for my resume.” A passerby with the John Thomas Brokerage Firm on Wall Street hired Tracy as a junior analyst. She’s now making a five figure salary.
“Occupy Movement Force Shut Down of West Coast Ports”
From Anchorage to San Diego the Occupy Movement marches to shut down West Coast shipping facilities.
“Protesters disrupt Iowa Republican Caucus Headquarters”
Eighteen protesters were arrested and given misdemeanors when they demonstrated and disrupted the Iowa campaign Presidential headquarters of Republican candidates Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
“Occupiers’ set American Flags on Fire “
On Friday, December 30th four male occupiers were arrested at a Charlotte, North Carolina encampment after setting two American flags on fire. It is not illegal to burn an American flag, but the fire caused damage as firefighters were called in to douse the flames occupiers were jailed and charged with misdemeanors.
“Actress threatened on New Year’s Eve by NYPD”
57-year-old Ellen Barkin renowned actress who happens to live in the downtown area tweeted that on her way home she was stopped and shoved by a New York cop when 68 occupiers were arrested on New Year’s Eve taking down barricades as they tried once again to invade Zuccotti Park. There were mounted police on the streets. One police officer was stabbed and taken by ambulance to a hospital.
“Occupiers’ Octopus Float Jolts Pasadena Rose Bowl”
2011 ended with some 200 occupiers marching and chanting “We want economic justice” planned to jolt Rose Bowl Tournament of Roses Parade attaching a replica of the Constitution on an Octopus float made of recycled plastic tentacles representing Wall Street greed. Occupiers were told by police if there was any parade disruption they could be arrested. It was a peaceful demonstration.
“Occupy protesters trash Christie & Romney at N.H. rally”
Hard core “Occupy Wall Street” protesters at New Hampshire rally yelling at Christie and Romney how they kill jobs were promptly escorted out the door. The 99% spoke out against Mitt Romney as a wealthy millionaire which Christie quickly attacked right back. Gov. Chris Christie pointed out that he created 60,000 jobs in his State of New Jersey and Mitt Romney has always been for jobs and private industry. Christie put one girl protester in line by saying “Sweetheart if anyone killed jobs it’s Obama’s administration” not the Republicans.
“Wall Street Protesters take back NYC’s Zuccotti”
On Tuesday evening, January 10th security guards working for the owners Brookfield Properties took down metal barricades at Zuccotti. More than 200 protesters re-entered the park, but were not allowed sleeping bags or to lay around on the ground, although some were seen lying down. The Civil Liberties Union fighting for their Constitutional rights as lawyers had filed papers with the city.
“Protesters praise Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy”
On Monday, January 16th protesters marched across the nation in celebration of civil rights leader Rev. Marin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy on his 83rd birthday. A man who stood for peace, the underprivileged, unions for all classes and poor people in foreign countries. Today things have greatly changed with a worldwide depression that has brought economic inequality for millions no matter what color or creed.
“White House alarmed by apparent Smoke Bomb”
On Tuesday, January 17th hundreds of occupy protesters gathered outside the White House protesting Congress when some kind of a smoke bomb was thrown over iron gate which luckily President Obama and First Lady were out celebrating her “48th” birthday. White House and the grounds went into lock down.
“Occupiers Dump Condoms in Rhode Island”
“OWS” protesters vent their issues as they crashed and trashed a “Pro-Life” event dumping condoms from a third floor balcony on Catholic school girls in a Rhode Island Capitol building. People had a tough time speaking at the rally with all the protesters shouting, Police were outnumbered so no one was “arrested or busted.”
“Smart to Trademark”
Long Island, New York couple thinks it’s a smart move to trademark “Occupy Wall Street” and are planning on putting the logo on bumper stickers, umbrellas, hand bags, back packs, underwear and footwear. We’re capitalizing just like other people around the country and globally with “We are the 99%” and “Occupy D.C.” Filed under the name “Diane Maresca” the registration was abandoned in early November. The month of November saw new trademark registrations using the words from “Occupy” to “Occupy Hip Hop” “Occupy Any Wear” “Occupy United” “Occupy Together” and “Everywhere I Occupy I Go.” So what’s next?
Android App “I’m Getting Arrested”
This app was designed with protesters in mind. Got handcuffed in Zuccotti? Arrested during a demonstration in Times Square? Notifying everyone of your whereabouts quickly tap the app.
“Wall Street Jobs Disappear in the New Year”
15,000 finance jobs will disappear from Wall Street in the new “2012″ year. Fear lingers in the minds of young people that are putting their nose to the grind trying to find a job for the first time.
“Feed the Greed”
“Feed the Greed” The Real World (MTV) “Occupy Wall Street” protesters can tell their stories by applying online.
“Occupiers March Protesting Banks in Ten Major U.S. Cities”
Occupiers are marching in ten major cities across the country. In NYC OWS are protesting “Bank of America” home foreclosures, but these “attention-getters” have no real message. Some are homeless, jobless and others wannabee hippies. No one has stated their goal and stepped up to the plate.
“OWS Mark Sixth-Month Anniversary at Zuccotti”
Spring is in the air – Occupiers are here
On Saturday, March 17th celebrating a St. Pat’s Day Parade hundreds of people descended on Wall Street’s financial district which began with marching on lower Broadway and ended with 73 arrests made by police who setup barricades around Zuccotti Park due to protesters installing now-illegal tents and sleeping bags and other encampment equipment. Many demonstrators sat down locking arms and chanting “we are not afraid” saying they were “pushed and shoved” while some said they were beaten. Police denied beating anyone as they cleared the streets. Protesters were loaded onto an MTA bus. “Occupy Spring is Here” as filmmaker Michael Moore spoke at yesterday’s march telling reporters “This park is sacred ground for millions of people across the country.”
“Michael Moore Draws Hecklers”
Millionaire Michael Moore heckled by occupiers for being too rich signed autographs during six-month rally at Zuccotti.
“Grabbing Bull by its Testicles”
It was a spectacle when OWS removed barriers grabbing bronze bull’s testicles. We’ll show you what mighty greed feels like. In spite of the yelling and screaming no protesters were arrested.
“April Fools Day Marks Six-Month Anniversary”
A rainy Sunday was “April Fool’s Day” but no one was joking as hundreds of 99% protesters held up “Health Care” signs marching across the Brooklyn Bridge celebrating six-month anniversary. The first protest resulted in 700 people being arrested for blocking traffic. This time it was peaceful and no one was arrested.
Sean Hannity interviews Occupier Organizer
Harrison Schultz occupier organizer tells Sean Hannity host of Fox News that capitalism to him means “everything should be free.” Hannity asks occupier so you believe people shouldn’t work for a living and the government pays for everything? Schultz blames NYPD for rapes, drugs and violence in the parks where occupied movement set up an encampment by sending infiltrators. Confronting an egoistic, lazy Schultz, Hannity does not believe any of this. America! It’s time to wake up and see that these are the kind of adults Obama has promised to deliver if he gets re-elected.
“LA to NYC marking “May Day” around the world and country”
No work – No school – No shopping – No banking!
Outside the USA, May 1st is “International Workers’ Day” in observance of speeches, rallies and demonstrations. It originated in the U.S. labor movement. Since 2006 American unions and immigrant rights activists have resurrected May 1st as a day of protest. In the wake of Occupy Wall Street, a national movement for social justice will take to the streets giving their voice for democracy and equality. It all began right after the Civil War when capitalism ran rampant across America. Then came the “Glided Age” increasing wealth and growing political influence by corporate power brokers known as the “Robber Barons” (were businessmen John Jacob Astor (Fur, Real Estate) Andrew Carnegie (Steel) James Buchanan Duke (Tobacco) J.P. Morgan (Finance) John D. Rockefeller (Oil) Cornelius Vanderbilt (Water transportation and Railroads) industries generated great riches as the fortunate few grew, but at the expense of workers which many of them were immigrants working long hours under dangerous conditions with very little pay struggling through each day. As the gap widened between the rich and the poor workers began to resist. In the late 1800s there were strikes by thousands of railroad, factory and mine workers which shut down major industries demanding decent working conditions and actions for living wages. By 1884 the Federation of Labor adopted that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” Unions and radical groups orchestrated strikes and large-scale demonstrations across the nation and globally establishing “May Day” as an international holiday continuing the struggle for an eight hour day, workers’ rights and social justice.
With hundreds of OWS demonstrators marking “May Day” on first Tuesday around the country, protesters on a rainy day in New York City marched and rallied in lower Manhattan from Bryant Park to Union Square with signs, bullhorns and other paraphernalia objecting to Wall Street corporate greed, foreclosures and the war which has taken the lives of many soldiers. Some protesters looked for a meetup at the Brooklyn Bridge while nothing violent happened. While most protesters were peaceful police had to arrest more than 50 people for disorderly conduct. About 80 Occupy Wall Street organizers gathered in a stuffy basement of a lower Manhattan office building discussing final stages of the movement’s yearly action.
There were huge “May Day” marches across Asia and Europe. Thousands turned out demanding higher wages in the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan while around 100,000 marched in Russia’s downtown Moscow and 2,000 in Greece with its weak economy.
In Defense of 1%
Who is Edward Conrad? Retired at 51 he’s part of the 1% and a man that worked as a business partner at the private equity firm Bain Capital for Mitt Romney helping to build it into a multi-billion dollar business says having a small elite with vast wealth is good for the poor and middle class of this country. Of course the Occupy Movement would disagree. Edward Conrad’s book “Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy is Wrong, he’s out to prove and persuade the 99% that this is true. Conrad hopes to change the way we view the super rich’s role in our society. While most Americans do not realize how the economy really works – that the superrich only spend a small portion of their wealth on personal comforts, the majority of their money is spent on productive businesses that make life better for everyone. Most citizens are consumers not investors. For example, let’s take the Google founder who might be very rich, but the world is far richer because of Google. Conrad concludes that for every dollar an investor gets the public reaps up to $20 in value. Conrad says we should all appreciate the vast wealth of others more because we’re benefiting proportionally. It’s the top 1% who are responsible for the well-being of the 99%.
July 4th Rally in Philly
On Saturday, June 30th occupy groups and Tea Party Activists from across the country expecting to total around 2,000 protesters marching, speaking and camping will start gathering on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for July 4th festivities in unification of their movement against economic inequality.
Philadelphia “City of Brotherly Love” is bracing for at least one million tourists to enjoy the fireworks, concerts and celebrations. Last year most protesters were largely peaceful, but officials became frustrated when some refused to leave City Hall plaza the police arrested and evicted those that decided to remain into late November.
OWS Oakland Crash and Smash
On Friday evening August 3rd between 100 to 200 occupy protesters with police following marched into downtown Oakland, California smashing car windows and throwing a brick at the glass storefront of President Obama’s campaign headquarters. Luckily several campaign volunteer workers were not hurt. Occupiers took to the streets after being denied a permit to demonstrate at a monthly art walk public gathering. Oakland occupy movement has been the most violent clashing with law enforcement.
Marking One-Year Anniversary in NYC
On Saturday, September 15th a small crowd of around 300 people observed the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in NYC. Protesters first gathered in Washington Square and ended near Trinity Church across the street from Zuccotti where police took at least a dozen protesters into custody. The march is the first of a three-day event in which “OWS” will protest against economic inequality spreading to other parts of the country and 30 cities globally.
On Monday, September 17th hundreds of protesters returned to Wall Street and sat down on the ground blocking access to the Stock Exchange, but police quickly intervened arresting 185 people who shouted it’s an unfair economic system that only benefits super rich and corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens. Other protesters began waving banners, banging on drums, marching, chanting and singing “Happy Birthday” on their one-year anniversary.
“Occupy Unmasked” (occupyunmasked.com)
Coming to movie theaters September 21st in Memoriam Andrew Breitbart (2/1/1969 – 3/1/2012) one of the filmmakers delves deep beneath surface of Occupy Wall Street Movement revealing its dark anarchist roots. Film is available on DVD.
From Occupy Wall Street protesters to volunteers, Occupy Monster Sandy group members across the New York area deliver aid including hot meals, food, water, medicine and sleeping blankets to storm victims.
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“Justice for Trayvon Martin Killing”
Trayvon Benjamin Martin looked “suspicious” to George Michael Zimmerman because he was wearing a “hooded” sweatshirt or attacked for just being black? Trayvon was casually walking holding a can of Arizona iced tea and a bag of Skittles with very little money in his pocket when it began to rain so he pulled up the hoodie.
On Sunday, February 26, 2012 an unarmed 17-year-old, 6-foot-3 150-pound African-American male named Trayvon Martin from Miami Lakes, Florida in his junior year at Miami South High School was casually walking that evening through Twin Lakes gated community where he was visiting his father, Tracy Martin, financee’ and her son at a townhouse after coming from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store where he bought a can of Arizona iced tea and a bag of Skittles was confronted by 28-year-old, five-foot-nine around 200-pounds, multiracial Hispanic and Caucasian origin named George Zimmerman, the neighborhood’s self-appointed “volunteer watchman” not officially “an officer of the law.” In 2009 Zimmerman’s parents moved to “Retreat of Twin Lakes” Sanford (Central Florida) a city of about 54,000 people where shooting took place. They are no longer living at this complex, but their son, George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie are residing at the Twin Lakes community.
An American Tragedy
Since there were multiple break-ins in the vicinity about 7:00 pm neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman calls “911″ to report a “suspicious person” in the “Retreat of Twin Lakes” gated community. Zimmerman says he is following Martin after teen started to run. The dispatcher said “We don’t need you to do that” to which Martin responded “OK.” Zimmerman pursues Martin anyway saying he lost sight of him.
Around 7:10 pm phone records show teenager Trayvon text his girlfriend and while speaking to her all of a sudden from out of nowhere some strange man was following him which turned out to be Zimmerman. Girlfriend heard Trayvon saying “What are you following me for?” and the man said “What are you doing here?” Girlfriend says she clearly heard “Somebody pushing and someone did push Trayvon and tackle him because his headset (earpiece) just fell so I called Trayvon again, but he didn’t answer.” Nothing about that conversation lends credibility or sense to Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. What it sounded like to me (girlfriend) was a scared boy confronted by an “aggressive grown man.” Trayvon was just 70 feet away from the entrance to his father’s townhome when he ran. Now George Zimmerman was not about to back down, he was taking a stand.
According to newspaper story which was later confirmed by Sanford police, Zimmerman tells authorities that after he briefly lost track of Martin, the teenager approached him. Then after the two exchanged words, Zimmerman says he reached for his cell phone and then Martin punched him in the nose. Zimmerman said Martin pinned him to the ground and began slamming his head into the sidewalk (concrete).
At 7:25 pm an unarmed Trayvon Martin is shot and killed on a rainy evening.
Do we know if George Zimmerman identified himself with a badge as having authority to the so-called perpetrator, Trayvon Martin? Was George Zimmerman trained as a “Captain” watchman in safety protocol? In what position was the gun locked, cocked and loaded with the safety on?
When a male and/or female neighbor and others (witnesses names withheld) called “911″ at the time heard “cries for help” someone screaming and a “pop” sound an unarmed boy was hit by a bullet to his chest which Zimmerman claimed was “self-defense.” A male witness (name withheld) says he saw Trayvon Martin shot dead claims Florida teenager and his killer George Zimmerman were scuffling on the ground with one on top of the other. Witnesses say they saw Zimmerman standing over Martin. First eyewitness account (anonymous man) said he reported to police details of what he saw the evening of February 26th which included watching the gunman walk away from the fight uninjured. It contradicts a statement made by Zimmerman’s father that the unarmed black teenager broke his son’s nose and left him with injuries from slamming the man’s head onto the (sidewalk) concrete. Eyewitness (voice disguised to protect identity) says he saw no blood and that the entire confrontation took place only on the grass not concrete. “I saw two men on the ground, one on top of the other. I felt they were scuffling and I heard gunshots which to me were more like pops.” Another unnamed witness said “It was definitely a very loud predominant voice, I couldn’t hear the words, but it was like OK this wasn’t like a regular conversation. This was someone directly yelling at someone.” After hearing raised voice, witness said he peered out the window and saw two men grappling with each other on the ground, one on top of the other. There were two struggles, both of which were on the grass next to a sidewalk when one of the men then cried out for help. I heard the yell then I heard another as I would describe as an excruciating type of yell – It didn’t sound like a yell it sounded so painful. Following the cry, he described “popping” sounds believed to be multiple gunshots. As one of the men got up and walked away, the witness said the other man lay there on the ground face down. It was dark and it was a side view, but it was a Hispanic man wearing a red sweater which he claims the Florida teen was in a hoodie, Zimmerman was in red, did in fact attack neighborhood watchman volunteer who was yelling to me”help! help! told him to stop I was calling “911″ he said. Witness only wanted to be identified as “John” and did not want to be shown on camera.
Another completely conflicting witness in the Trayvon Martin killing, a neighbor is rebutting George Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. Mary Cutcher and her roommate say they went outside after hearing shots fired and spotted Zimmerman on top of Martin, “straddling the body” basically a foot on both sides of Trayvon’s body and his hands pressed on his back. At that point Cutcher says Zimmerman never turned him over or tried to help him with CPR or anything. And for me I was shocked to see, Oh my God, it’s a kid. Skinny, baby-faced said the roommate. After he shot Martin, Zimmerman just walked around with his hands on his head like he was in shock. Who was crying during the incident is also a muddle. The crying “sounded young” said Mary Cutcher. It didn’t sound like a grown man is my point, sounded to me like someone was in distress and it wasn’t like a crying, sobbing boo-hoo, it was a definite “whine.”
Joe Oliver (one of Zimmerman’s friends) said, “He (Zimmerman) was in shambles after the fatal shooting of young Martin.” Oliver claimed the voice on “911″ tape belonged to Zimmerman, but Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton has claimed its her son.
At the time of incident which ended around 7:30 pm, Zimmerman tells police (written in police report) he shot Martin in self-defense. Officer Timothy Smith writes down that Zimmerman is bleeding from the nose and head. Officer found Zimmerman’s weapon, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in his waistband holster, handcuffed him and was taken into custody for questioning. His gun license has not been revoked so does George Zimmerman still have the weapon? You would think police officers would have taken it away to protect the public. Florida Civil Rights Association protested outside Department of Licensing that Zimmerman’s gun be taken away from him.
George Zimmerman has not been charged or arrested by Sanford Florida Police Department for Trayvon Martin’s killing due to lack of probable cause under “Stand Your Ground” Law, nor did they administer a drug or alcohol test which is standard procedure, but they did for Martin. Sanford PD report shows exactly how they categorized the incident as “Homicide-Negligent Manslaughter-Unnecessary Killing to Prevent Unlawful Act.” Is it possible Zimmerman “Getting Away with Murder?
No prosecutor ever came to the crime scene. First detective to question George Zimmerman was a narcotics officer not a homicide detective. Lead homicide investigator, Charles Serino did not believe Zimmerman’s story of self-defense and recommended he be charged with manslaughter. On February 26th evening of Trayvon Martin’s killing the investigator filed affidavit.
George Zimmerman given Voice Stress Test
On the night of Trayvon Martin shooting, George Zimmerman was given a voice stress test (like a polygraph) upon interrogation by detectives. A grand jury indictment and criminal trial looks probable. Zimmerman defense are preparing demand for discovery from State Attorney.
At the time of Martin killing, Seminole County State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger claimed there was not enough evidence to charge George Zimmerman with negligible homicide or manslaughter, but now that office is considering on whether to file charges.
On March 8th, Martin’s parents start a petition for Zimmerman’s arrest on change.org an online “social action platform.” There are now over 2.2 million signatures. NAACP ask Justice Department to get involved in the investigation.
On March 12th, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee says George Zimmerman has not been charged because there are no grounds to disprove his account of the events leading up to shooting.
Case has led to protesters rallies and sparked nationwide debate about race and legality of self defense on “Stand Your Ground” law which gives Floridians the right to use deadly force defending themselves in public places without first trying to escape. Trayvon Martin was black, Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic.
On March 16th in a letter to newspaper, George Zimmerman’s father writes that his son has been unfairly portrayed as a racist. Robert Zimmerman states that his son is Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family.
Police “911″ tapes released to Martin’s parents
On Monday, March 16th Martin’s parents file a subpoena and gain access to seven police “911″ tapes on evening of the shooting and portions of it are made public. An affidavit of Sybrina Fulton indicates “mother has reviewed all 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as her son, Trayvon Martin.” Another recording indicates Zimmerman said “He was following Martin” and dispatcher tells him “That’s not necessary.” There are sounds “cries for help” in the background. Martin’s family demands an arrest,and petitions calling for the same gain thousands of signatures.
U.S. Justice Department
On Monday, March 19th the U.S. Justice Department (Attorney General Eric Holder) launched an investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death at parents’ request. Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks state officials to assist in the investigation.
Florida Black Caucus
On Tuesday, March 20th Florida Legislative “24 member” Black Caucus represented by Democratic State Rep. Mia Jones who fought for passage of “Stand Your Ground” law that authorities say has prevented them from arresting Trayvon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman claiming he acted in self-defense. Jones has sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder and Florida Gov. Rick Scott calling for a Federal impartial probe of police handling into shooting and death of unarmed Trayvon Martin.
Florida Representative sponsored “Stand Your Ground” law
On March 20th, Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley who sponsored “Stand Your Ground” law in 2005, says nothing in it allows people to “pursue and confront.” The law allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves anywhere they feel a reasonable fear of death or serious injury. Justice Department sends a team to Sanford to “investigate and address tension in the community.”
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21st has been designated as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.” Racism continues to cause suffering for people globally. Recently grieving mother said her son 17-year-0ld Trayvon Martin was killed because of the “color of his skin.”
“Million Hoodie March” Trayvon Martin Tribute
On Tuesday, March 21st Martin’s parents join thousands of protesters in NYC demanding justice, a tribute to Trayvon Martin who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt at time of his death. Many other protests will follow across the country.
Police Chief Lee Steps Down Temporarily
On Wednesday, March 22nd there was a special meeting at City Hall where the Sanford Commissioner Mark McCarthy and council members called for Police Chief Bill Lee’s resignation and voted 3 to 2 “no confidence” in him. Sanford City Manager, Norton Bonaparte, Jr. and Banker/Part-time Mayor Jeff Triplett were asked whether either of them would order George Zimmerman’s arrest, but neither wanted to comment on it. The Sanford City Manager has the last say on whether or not to fire Chief Bill Lee. So far he is being replaced temporarily.
State Attorney Request to be Recused
On Thursday, March 22nd, State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger recused himself from Martin case in light of public safety for the citizens of Seminole County and for any conflict of interest he respectfully requested another State Attorney be assigned to the investigation and prosecution arising from the circumstances surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death.
Newt Gingrich on Martin Investigation
On March 22nd, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich calls the killing of Trayvon Martin tragic, but investigation being handled correctly. Most likely Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law does not not apply.
Pres. Obama calls Trayvon Martin killing national tragedy
On March 23rd, President Obama reflects on Trayvon Martin killing calling it a national tragedy. Federal, state and local authorities are now working together and will figure out exactly how this tragedy happened to Trayvon Martin. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Geraldo Rivera apologized for harsh “hoodie” remark
On March 23rd, Fox News Host Geraldo Rivera spoke out that Trayvon Martin was partially responsible for his death as was Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman because the teenager was wearing a “hoodie” provoked outrage in the community.
Russell Simmons co-founder “Def Jam” not accepting apology
Geraldo Rivera has since apologized, but that did not stop hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons publicly blasting TV host’s anti-hoodie gangsta’ clothing message about Trayvon Martin. Simmons posted on his “Global Grind” website “Geraldo, your apology is bull – It’s nothing but a defense of a racist.” “Rivera my friend for many years.” And I generally don’t speak like this, but I have to say it like it is. It’s a non-apology that continues to blame the victim for their appearance.”
Jeb Bush on “Stand Your Ground” Law
On March 23rd, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says “Stand Your Ground” law does not apply in killing of Trayvon Martin.
On March 23rd Florida Gov. Rick Scott assigns State Attorney Angela Corey to examine the case and announces a task force to look into the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.
New Black Panther Party threats against Zimmerman
On March 24th, at a Florida protest, leader of the New Black Panthers Michael Muhammed announces “dead or alive” $10,000 bounty for George Zimmerman who is in hiding.
Trayvon Martin Family
On March 26th Martin family confirm that their son Trayvon had been suspended at high school he was attending on basis of trace amounts of marijuana found in his backpack.
Zimmerman’s attorney leaves Orlando studio
On March 27th, MSNBC moderator Lawrence O’Donnell’s scheduled interview turns sour when George Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sonner leaves Orlando studio before the show.
Trayvon Family meet with Judiciary Committee
On Tuesday, March 27th Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin met with D.C. Democratic Judiciary Committee on hate crimes and profiling. They wanted the Committee to know that their son Trayvon was a hero. At the age of nine he saved his father’s life by pulling him from a burning kitchen. Trayvon loved all sorts of sports especially horseback riding. He never got to fulfill his dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now it’s all gone due to George Zimmerman shooting our son, Trayvon.
Oprah Winfrey hopes justice will be served for Trayvon Martin.
Music Legend Tribute to Trayvon Martin
Music legend Chaka Khan and other R&B singers in hoodies sing new version of song “Super Life” as a tribute to Trayvon Martin.
Comedian Bill Cosby “Power-of-the-Gun”
The famous comedian said “neighbor watch volunteers” like George Zimmerman who shot and killed unarmed teenager, should not be allowed to carry guns. “Without a gun, I don’t see Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself.” Power-of-the gun mentality had him unafraid to approach someone. Even police call for backup in certain situations. “When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill someone.”
Rep. Bobby Rush Wears Hoodie
On March 28th Rep. Bobby Rush a Democrat from Illinois serving his “10th” term in Congress wears a hoodie protesting killing of Trayvon Martin is escorted off the House floor.
Robert Zimmerman, Jr. on Martin Tragedy
On March 28th, Robert Zimmerman, Jr. who appeared on National TV calls the shooting a tragedy says he’s only basing a conclusion on what happened to Trayvon Martin when brother George told him and the family that Martin threatened and tried to get his handgun. The two struggled falling to the ground allegedly hitting a sidewalk (concrete) or grassy area. George suffered a bloody broken nose and head injuries. If George didn’t do what he did, my brother would have been dead.
It is now known that George and Robert’s father is a retired magistrate from the United States who recently made a statement on March 29th over national TV (hiding his face) that “Trayvon Martin beat his son and threatened to kill him.” Robert Zimmerman, Sr. claims his son decided to follow Martin so he could obtain an address to give to police officers.
Surveillance Video of George Zimmerman
On March 29th surveillance video taken of George Zimmerman handcuffed getting out of a police car at Sanford Police Station on February 26th the evening Trayvon Martin was shot and killed failed to show a bloody or bruised suspect. Zimmerman claimed “self-defense” saying that after he spotted Martin thinking he was involved in criminal activity called “911″ then followed him and when Zimmerman turned around to return to his vehicle Martin came up from behind and beat him. Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman in the nose, knocked him to the ground and repeatedly beat him slamming his head against the concrete. Authorities must believe that George Zimmerman was put into an extremely difficult position where he feared for his life and there was no other alternative but to use “brute force.”
An enhanced police video shows some kind of wound that looks like “two gashes or welt marks” on the back of Zimmerman’s head is described in a police report by Zimmerman to investigators that Martin jumped him from behind, punched him in the nose and pounded his head into the (sidewalk) concrete.
Spike Lee Tweet
On March 29th Film Director Spike Lee tweets an incorrect Florida address for Zimmerman leading to harassment of an innocent couple. He later apologized and compensated them.
George Zimmerman’s Violent Temper
Now we find out that George Zimmerman had a violent temper. He was like a “Dr. Jekyll and a Mr. Hyde.” So it’s no surprise that information has emerged about George Zimmerman’s high school disciplinary records and history of violence since the Trayvon Martin shooting. He was fired from a job securing illegal house parties for “being too aggressive with patrons” says an anonymous former co-worker. Zimmerman worked from 2001 to 2005 earning around $50 t0 $100 a night for the parties. He worked for two agencies that provided security to house parties. One evening a woman got drunk at a party and George who we thought was such a “cool guy” went nuts, picked her up and threw the woman causing her a twisted ankle. Everyone flipped when they saw George engaged in rage. A review of court files details a domestic violence case between George Zimmerman and ex-fiancee in 2005 where he claimed she slapped him, hit him in the chest and tried to choke him. According to police report she said scratches came from her doggie. Then in 2002 Zimmerman sexually groped her and threw her on a bed, a judge ordered an injunction that both parties are forbidden contact with each other.
George Michael Zimmerman completed an introductory course in citizen’s law enforcement. At the time of the Trayvon Martin shooting he was working toward an Associate Degree at Seminole State College, but his enrollment was withdrawn due to the controversy.
Thousands of Activists Demand Arrest of George Zimmerman
On Saturday, March 31st at Sanford City Hall thousands of activists from across the country, together with civil rights leaders, NAACP, Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson vent their anger on the shooting of Trayvon Martin and demand the arrest of George Zimmerman.
Attorney Benjamin Crump’s letter to Justice Department
On Monday, April 1st Trayvon Martin’s family will be sending a formal request letter via Benjamin Crump their legal counsel to the U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division which has already started its investigation. They want them to look into the possibility of interference between State Attorney, Norm Wolfinger and Sanford Florida Police Chief Bill Lee meeting hours after teen shooting not agreeing with lead homicide investigator Charles Serino’s advice to arrest George Zimmerman.
State Attorney’s response to Benjamin Crump
On Monday, April 2nd an outraged Florida prosecutor lashes out at Trayvon Martin family of “their account” that he had a meeting with local police and agreed not to follow a detective’s advice to arrest George Zimmerman for manslaughter. State Attorney Norm Wolfinger’s response was “swift and forceful” to Benjamin Crump, attorney for Martin family’s new allegation as “outright lies” insisting that “no such meeting occurred” or any type of communication.
The funeral director says there were no bruises, cuts, blood on Trayvon Martin’s hands or body other than the bullet hole that killed him.
Sanford Mayor “We’re not here to hide anything on Martin Killing”
Part-time Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett says police, prosecutor and city attorney opposed releasing “911 calls” because of the ongoing investigation. He questioned it, and continually asked why wouldn’t we do this? Despite disapproval Triplett felt we’re not here to hide anything on the Martin killing.
“911″ Tape Reviewed by Experts
On Monday, April 2nd two voice experts listen to and review “911 call” claim cries heard of someone screaming were not from George Zimmerman. Yet another expert’s analysis is that Zimmerman whispered “punks” before shooting Trayvon Martin.
FBI investigation into shooting
On April 3rd, FBI announces its own investigation into the shooting.
Jose Baez, Defense Attorney for Casey Anthony
Defense attorney for Casey Anthony, Jose Baez says he predicts no conviction for George Zimmerman. He distinctly remembers hearing on the “911″ tape George Zimmerman saying “He’s now walking towards me and it looks like he (Martin) has something in his waistband.” This is a decision George Zimmerman had to make in a split second and to go back and “second guess” it the way we’re doing, it’s a luxury that Mr. Zimmerman didn’t have.”
National Survey on Martin Shooting
According to a national survey far more Republicans than Democrats say there’s been too much coverage of Martin shooting. In addition 43% of whites said the story gathered too much coverage compared with just 16% of blacks across the country.
NBC Fires Producer
Rush to judgment in Martin case. There were Media mistakes. NBC network decision to air on Monday, April 2nd morning “Today” show an edited “911″ phone call from George Zimmerman to police dispatcher just before he shot Trayvon Martin was a “mistake” and not “deliberate” to misrepresent.according to NBC news President Steve Capus who apologized to viewers.
The fact is that “Today” morning show segment took this approach as a key part of dispatcher’s call “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” When Zimmerman said: “This guy is up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Dispatcher replying, “OK, and this guy is he black, white or Hispanic? Zimmerman simply answered “He looks black.” NBC unnamed producer at a Miami-based studio who edited “911 tape” was fired.
Hal Uhrig, New Attorney for George Zimmerman
On Wednesday, April 4th George Zimmerman’s new attorney Hal Uhrig speaks out on CNN’s Piers Morgan that his client had every right to carry his licensed gun and legally entitled to defend himself the night he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump disagrees saying Zimmerman should not have been in possession of a gun as a neighborhood volunteer watchman. Attorney Uhrig says “The reason Trayvon Martin is dead is not because he was black, or that he wore a hoodie or because he was walking in the rain. It’s because that 6-foot-3 young man made a terrible decision and bad judgment when he decided to smack somebody in the face and break their nose, jumping on them and smacking their head into the ground, and in doing that, put him in a reasonable fear for his safety.” Uhrig put the blame on various rallies around the country for racial profiling. Sanford was a peaceful community until “these rallies and irresponsible speeches” that racial profiling was an even issue. Regarding “911 dispatcher” ordering Zimmerman to stop following Trayvon, Uhrig said it’s all been spun over and over again, the dispatcher simply told Zimmerman they did not need him to do that. In Trayvon Martin case, Attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner deny “racial slur.”
Boycott hits ALEC “Stand Your Ground” Gun Laws
On Wednesday, April 4th well-known companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo stated they do not take positions on issues, have dropped their membership in “ALEC” American League Membership Council a conservative organization behind “Stand Your Ground” gun laws. In 2005 lawmakers and lobbyists took Florida’s “Stand Your Ground ” statute and turned it into model legislation which produced similar laws in a dozen states. ColorofChange.org and other civil rights groups launched an online drive against Coca-Cola calling for them to stop underwriting ALEC on voter ID laws suppressing minorities are discriminatory. Kraft Foods spokesman said the company will keep its membership in ALEC.
Good Friday Tribute Services for Trayvon Martin
On Friday, April 6th the all black A.M.E. Zion Church of Tarrytown, New York built in 1860 will hold Good Friday tribute services inside and outside the church with parishioners wearing hoodies remembering Trayvon Martin.
Pointing finger at previous history of Police Investigators
In the summer of 2010, a masked gun man gunned down a black 17-year-old teenager, Ikeem Ruffin in an apartment complex on Sanford’s south side. When police arrived at the scene they found him dead and another teenager beside Ruffin’s body calling for an ambulance. The next day police charged teenager with robbery and murder, but prosecutors dropped murder charge last August stating another man, still unidentified, pulled trigger. Victim’s mother said the police overlooked important evidence, including a witness who pointed the finger at another suspect, and allowed son’s killer to go free. Teresa Ruffin, mother of victim sees similar patterns between her son’s murder and how they investigated the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Special Prosecutor “No Grand Jury”
On Monday, April 9th Seminole County Special Prosecutor Angela Corey says investigation still continues has reversed her decision to use “Grand Jury” should not be considered a factor on whether or not charges will eventually be brought against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Attorney Benjamin Crump says Martin family not surprised by prosecutor’s announcement are hopeful a decision will be reached very soon to arrest George Zimmerman giving the family and others who support them the “simple justice” they are seeking. On the same day, one protest forced temporary closing of Sanford Police Department after six demonstrators blocked entrance to building. We only hope marches and rallies will be peaceful and orderly said Norton Bonaporte, Jr. City Manager.
George Zimmerman’s Website Asking for Money
After weeks of seclusion, George Zimmerman speaks out about the incident as a “life altering event.” He makes no mention of killing Trayvon Martin only tragic time and intense media coverage on his website therealgeorgezimmerman.com where he’s asking for donations to his legal defense fund and living expenses via paypal account. Zimmerman sounds off by saying “I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family, and ultimately my entire life, but ensuring my supporters every donation is appreciated. Robert Zimmerman, Sr. and lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig set up a bank account for donations directly to paypal in the name of George Zimmerman.
Lawyers no longer advising George Zimmerman
On Tuesday, April 10th lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig for George Zimmerman announce they are no longer his legal advisers. Since Sunday there has been no contact either by phone or email from Zimmerman. Attorneys standing outside Seminole County Courthouse let the media and public know that George Zimmerman never retained them. George has called Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and Sean Hannity of Fox News without advising his lawyers. Special Prosecutor told George she would not speak to him without an attorney. Lawyers state George Zimmerman looks thin and they haven’t even seen him. They also believe he is suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Some criminal defense attorneys agree it is outrageous for Zimmerman’s lawyers to make these comments.
On April 10th around 4:30 a.m. a Seminole County Sanford Police Department patrol car marked and unmanned was hit by six bullets. Vehicle was stationed at an elementary school across the street from Twin Oaks neighborhood where Trayvon Martin shooting occurred to decrease protesters and loiterers. Neighbors called “911″ when they heard several “pops” that sounded like shots. Police believe it was a “drive-by” shooting.
Murder in Second Degree
On Wednesday, April 11th, 57-year-old Florida Special Prosecutor Angele B. Corey announced she will pursue “second-degree murder” charge in Trayvon Martin killing. Capias was issued for George Zimmerman and he turned himself in to police. He is seen stepping out of FDLE van with a shirt over his head and a guard taking him into the Seminole County John E. Polk Correctional Facility for photo and booking. Zimmerman is in a 67 sq. ft. “segregated unit” (toilet and two beds – no TV or roommate) with 3 meals a day, breakfast at 4:00 am, lunch at 10:30 am, dinner at 4:00 pm, 3 hours of recreation per week, and no tobacco. So far he’s purchased various items such as toiletries, undergarments, snacks, Jolly Ranchers, “beef sticks” tortilla chips and root beer., including lens solution, playing cards and shampoo. His account has a balance of $41.16 according to jail officials. Murder in the second degree can carry a sentence of life in prison.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother expressed her gratitude, “I say thank you, thank you Jesus.”
Zimmerman sought Tiger Woods’ Lawyer
On April 11th Mark Nejame the attorney for the well-known golfer Tiger Woods said in an interview (hired as CNN legal analyst for Martin case) that he was asked about a month ago to represent George Zimmerman, but declined to take the case because of time restraints. Nejame suggested five lawyers, including Mark O’Mara who he likes as a person, is a friend and respects him tremendously was hired by Zimmerman.
Mark O’Mara Zimmerman’s New Attorney
On April 11th Mark O’Mara an Orlando attorney with 30+ years board certified in criminal and family law is hired by George Zimmerman. Speaking on “Today” show Mr. O’Mara said his client is nervous, stressed and very tired hoping to get bail. Overall he’s doing okay, but wants to be out of jail to help with his defense.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg on “Stand Your Ground” Law
On April 11th NYC Mayor Bloomberg launched a nationwide campaign to repeal NRA-backed “Stand Your Ground” laws. Bloomberg refers to so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws as gun laws that justify “civilian gun play” posing a threat to public safety and undermines the integrity of our nation’s justice system while making it more difficult to prosecute shooters. It’s “vigilantism.”
Brief Court Appearance
Thursday, April 12th at 1:30 pm a handcuffed and frightened George Zimmerman standing beside his attorney, Mark O’Mara on first appearance (courtroom inside Sanford John E. Polk Correctional Facility) enters a plea of “not guilty” on murder in the second-degree before Judge Mark Herr. First appearance only lasted about four minutes. Zimmerman wore a gray jumpsuit, had a goatee consistent with booking photo. He spoke only to answer with “Yes, Sir” when replying to Judge Herr. Judge said he found probable cause to move ahead with the case and set a May 29th date before another judge for Zimmerman’s formal arraignment. Attorney is expected to request a bond hearing. “There’s a high likelihood case could be dismissed by the judge before a jury gets to hear it” says one defense attorney. Another defense attorney says, “the law puts a tremendous burden on the state to prove that it wasn’t self-defense.”
Probable cause (3-page affidavit) filed by special prosecutor Angela Corey states that Zimmerman “profiled” Trayvon who was “unarmed and not committing a crime.” Zimmerman assumed Martin was a “criminal (who) did not belong in the gated community.” Some other facts are a little fuzzy where it says Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued – Zimmerman the only surviving eyewitness to the event says he was headed back to his car when Trayvon attacked him. There’s some physical evidence that Zimmerman was injured.
Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit says word used was “Punks” and here’s the affidavit of probable cause submitted for the arrest of George Zimmerman on second degree murder charges for shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It is written and sworn to by States’ Attorney Special Investigators, T.C. O’Steen and Dale Gilbreath, both former investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department. They don’t believe there was a “racial slur.” During the recorded call Zimmerman made reference to people he felt had committed and gotten away with break-ins in his neighborhood. Later while talking about Martin, Zimmerman stated these a*holes, they always get away and also said “these f*cking punks.” Incredibly affidavit claims without support that Zimmerman was “profiling” Martin. It misrepresents what the dispatcher said to Zimmerman, calling it an “instruction” not to follow Martin. (The dispatcher said “We don’t need you to do that” to which Zimmerman responded “OK.”)
Attorney’s Request for Bond Hearing
Mark O’Mara, attorney for George Zimmerman filed papers for a bond hearing at court appearance which is scheduled for Friday, April 20th at 9:0o a.m. Attorney will argue that Zimmerman be allowed to remain free on bond – Pointing to the fact that his client did not flee area during the six weeks after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Nothing in the affidavit to indicate Zimmerman was motivated by race, but in cellphone call to “911″ Zimmerman made reference to people he felt had committed and gotten away with break-ins in his neighborhood. George Zimmerman could be facing life in prison. Attorney O’Mara said, “I can’t imagine the case going to trial within the year.” I would like him out so he can help me in preparing for his defense with whatever conditions the court deems appropriate to protect him and the process. ”
Motion to Recuse Judge (Conflict of Interest)
Attorney Mark O’Mara will likely be filing a motion to recuse Seminole Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler from the Trayvon Martin case due to possible conflict of interest as judge’s husband, Jason Recksiedler is an associate at law firm of famed attorney Mark NeJame. Judge Recksiedler will probably make her decision before bond hearing on Friday.
O’Mara an experienced defense attorney who gets $400/hour for Family Law says Zimmerman’s defense costs could reach $1 million in a case like this. Attorney states “Stand Your Ground statute has some troublesome portions to it and we’re going to have some discussions and conversations about it as a State, but right now it is the law of Florida and it is the law that is going to have an impact on this case.” Attorney asks public not to rush to judgment.
To prove their case, prosecutors must show that Zimmerman committed an “imminently dangerous” act that showed a “depraved” lack for human life which he still claims was in self-defense. Zimmerman has an uphill battle ahead of him.
Sybrina Fulton’s interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News
On Thursday evening, April 12th Bill O’Reilly interviews Sybrina Fulton with her attorney on the arrest of George Zimmerman. O’Reilly who has been critical about media coverage for their “rush to judgment” on Martin’s case told Fulton he was so sorry about the loss of her son. Can’t imagine the pain you’re going through, and I think all Americans are feeling the same pain. We all want justice for Trayvon. From the beginning we’ve called for calm. Let’s not convict Zimmerman on television. O’Reilly said he called Sharpton to apologize. Sharpton should apologize for some of the things he said at rallies. Al Sharpton a host for MSNBC has been a vocal proponent for justice in killing of Martin organizing rallies in Florida with activists and the Martin family. Was I wrong to say what I did O’Reilly asked Fulton? Sybrina Fulton said Sharpton “also promotes peace” and she and her husband called for peaceful demonstrations. O’Reilly called the Fultons and their attorney Benjamin Crump “magnificent,” but that others around the country have riled up emotions. Crump replied, “That was necessary to arrest Zimmerman.” O’Reilly said, “We’re all Americans here. No one wants their 17-year-old son shot down on the street and Mr. Zimmerman doesn’t want to see his son’s life ruined because of this. It comes down to a tragedy all the way around. We have to handle it with the utmost respect. ”
Trayvon’s brother, Jahvaris Fulton
On April 13th Jahvaris Fulton, Trayvon’s big brother, a college student at Florida International University speaks out on how he doesn’t want to clout the memory of this bright positive teen. Jahvaris repeats what he told police in late March after shooter’s brother and father went on national TV claiming George Zimmerman acted in self-defense. Father saying, something like “my brother was on top of your son” and “You’re going to die tonight” which does not sound like my brother. Soft-spoken Jahvaris Fulton said Trayvon was an honor student who couldn’t wait to go to college. He was bright, positive, happy and probably going to be somebody.
Slain Teen’s Mom comment It was “an accident”
On April 13th the day George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, Sybrina Fulton says “He (Trayvon) wasn’t violent. So for him to actually jump on someone he doesn’t even know, to me that’s not him - he’s smarter than that.” I believe it just got out of control and Zimmerman couldn’t turn the clock back she told “Today” show. Fulton said Zimmerman “stalked and murdered” Trayvon in “cold blood.” Fulton told Ann Curry of “Today” that she wanted Zimmerman to apologize for fatally shooting her son and had a list of questions she wanted to ask the 28-year-old volunteer watchman. Did you know he was a minor, a teenager that did not have a weapon. My son was “profiled and murdered” by George Zimmerman and there was nothing accidental about that. The severity of the charge shows prosecutors don’t believe the February 26th slaying was an accident. We wanted nothing more, nothing less than an arrest. If it means he (Zimmerman) may not be found guilty, we just want him to be found accountable. We’re happy that he was arrested so that he can give his side of the story. Ann Curry asks slain teenager’s father what he would say to people who felt Zimmerman’s arrest had to do more with public pressure than with merits of the case. Tracy Martin responds by saying had the Sanford Police Department did a thorough and impartial investigation from the beginning, George Zimmerman would have been locked up from day one and there wouldn’t have been such a huge public outcry to arrest Zimmerman.
Fulton “HLN” interview
Sybrina Fulton wanted to clarify comments she made earlier in the day on “Today” show that she believed it was “an accident” George Zimmerman killed her son Trayvon. In an interview with HLN’s Nancy Grace, Fulton tells her she was referring to teen’s encounter with Zimmerman and not the shooting itself. “In no way, shape, form or fashion did I imply the shooting was an accident – I don’t believe that it was an accident. I believe he (Zimmerman) got out of his vehicle, he had an intent in his mind, and he carried out the intent, and that’s why my son Trayvon is no longer with us. “ Fulton expounded on her comments made to “Today” show’s Ann Curry Thursday morning that were taken out of context. “I still believe a person should apologize when they are remorseful of what they’ve done. I believe it was an accident that just got out of control and he (Zimmerman) couldn’t turn the clock back” she told Curry. At a press conference Attorney Mark O’Mara said the defense would not be going after Fulton’s comments. They (the parents) have gone through a horrible tragedy.
LA Urban League supports decision to arrest Zimmerman
After arrest and charges were filed against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, LA Urban League supports charges of second-degree murder.
Rodney King “The Riot Within” grieves for Trayvon Martin
43-year-old Rodney King who appears on Dr. Drew’s “Celebrity Rehab” has been bankrupt for sometime is now promoting his memoir “The Riot Within” a journey from rebellion to redemption. “I know that pain, that screaming.” He says “Trayvon Martin killing reminds him of his beating 20 years ago in LA. At the time thought I was going to die.” It’s something bigger than race – It’s about justice.
Andy Bell Denver Artist
31-year-old art student Andy Bell about to graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver sketches Zimmerman’s mugshot titled “Fear Itself” using more than 12,000 Skittles.
Media outlets want access to unseal court documents
On Monday, April 16th motions were filed with Circuit Court of Seminole County by television stations and newspapers such as the Tribune, Miami Herald and Associated Press to have court documents unsealed in the case against George Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin.
The friction between public’s right and lawyers to protect their clients (defendants) in high-profile cases would normally be of public record in Florida for anyone to see, but were sealed last week at request of Attorney Mark O’Mara that access to court file and further discovery documents be restricted and office of special prosecutor Angela B. Corey agreed.
First Lady sends condolences to Trayvon’s parents
On Tuesday, April 17th in an NPR (National Public Radio) interview Michelle Obama shared her thoughts and condolences on the devastating murder of Trayvon Martin. From racial tensions of a nation, Mrs. Obama shifts high-profile case back to its heart the two people who lost their son in a violent act. My heart goes out to the parents because we all as parents understand a tragedy of that magnitude. Mrs. Obama made it clear that “race” conversation cannot end with Trayvon Martin. Talking is good – Conversations have to be forever. We as a country have to continue to talk about these issues. America is a wonderful place to live, but because it is so diverse, our challenges are complex. There’s no one-shot solution to this. It takes patience, time, openness and comparison.
Eric Holder at Sharpton’s Annual Convention
On April 17th Attorney General Eric Holder’s appearance as a speaker at Rev. Al Sharpton’s annual convention in which Trayvon Martin case was one of the top issues, seems to be an Obama “political ploy” in an election year.
Judge Lester appointed in murder case against Zimmerman
On Wednesday, April 18th Chief Judge Alan Dickey who appointed Lester to preside over case said Judge Recksiedler is very capable of presiding over this case or any other criminal case, and I also have complete confidence in Judge Lester. Whether or not Judge Lester will handle bond hearing set for Friday is still unclear. Several news agencies have filed papers to unseal the court records.
Gov. Rick Scott Task Force to review “Stand Your Ground” Law
On Thursday, April 19th Governor Rick Scott and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll announced a special 19-member Task Force panel on “Citizen Protection and Safety” created in response to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin over State of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Carroll will chair Task Force along with vice chair Rev. R.B. Jones, Jr. pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee and other appointed members across the State of Florida. Gov. Scott said “The purpose of this Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection is to thoroughly review Fla. Statute Chapter 776 and any other laws, rules and regulations or programs that relate to public safety and citizen protection. They (Task Force) will make any necessary recommendations to the Governor and Legislature to improve safety within State of Florida. “ “We are a nation of laws, and I am committed to letting our legal system work to ensure the people in our State are safe and protected. I have the utmost confidence that these Task Force members are the best people for leading a review of Florida’s citizen safety laws.” “We look forward to hearing from the citizens of our State about their concerns and recommendations for keeping Florida safe. “I have tapped a diverse and qualified group to carefully review our laws and policies.”
New judge presiding over Bond Hearing
On Friday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m. Circuit Judge Kenneth E. Lester, Jr. will preside over bond hearing to determine whether or not Zimmerman be granted bail and setting the amount for defendant to get out of jail. Zimmerman killed unarmed 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin on the evening of February 26th in Sanford, Florida with a registered handgun. Lester is “no soft touch” says Zimmerman’s lawyer.
Attorney Mark O’Mara takes case “pro bono”
Mark O’Mara takes case “pro bono” (not charging a fee) as George Zimmerman has been declared by the court indigent.
Zimmerman enters courtroom shackled
George Zimmerman wearing a loose fitted dark blue suit in shackles and what appears underneath to be a bullet-proof vest enters courtroom sitting down next to attorney, Mark O’Mara and Lorna Truett, his legal assistant shaking hands. Attorney addresses Judge Lester saying his client wants to make a statement.
Zimmerman stands before Judge and takes the stand
George Zimmerman sitting before a packed courtroom expresses his apology to the parents of Trayvon Martin who were with their attorneys during bond hearing as he stated “I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not, ” directly addressing Martin’s family. Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin was crying throughout the hearing with “tears of anger” after the apology said Benjamin Crump, his attorney. Natalie Jackson, co-attorney says, “This was the most unmeaningful apology.” “This was the most unfair and disingenuous thing I’ve ever seen.”
Tough lead prosecutor questions Zimmerman
Lead prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda asks George Zimmerman why he didn’t apologize earlier to the Martin parents. Zimmerman responds “He was told not to contact Martin family.”
Zimmerman’s family testifies by phone “He would not flee”
Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie (who is a student nurse) spoke by phone saying “He is absolutely not violent or a threat to the community.” Lead prosecutor addresses the fact that Zimmerman took anger management classes after attacking an undercover police officer and had a restraining order against him after assaulting his former girlfriend.
Zimmerman’s father Robert made the following statement, that even when confronted, his son was likely to “turn the other cheek.” The father described his son’s injuries the morning after Martin got shot. He said George had a cut and swollen lip, a protective cover over his nose and gashes on the back of his head.
Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys said, her son worked with two black children as part of a mentoring program that required him to venture into a dangerous neighborhood. He said, “Mom if I don’t go, they don’t have nobody.”
Attorney Mark O’Mara stated he sought this special allowance and addressed it before bond hearing for family to speak by phone to “protect their privacy and safety.”
George “Model Neighbor”
Zimmerman’s neighbor, Frank Taaffe who told news media that the voice he heard howling on the tape of a “911″ call was Zimmerman not teenager Martin, also insisted Zimmerman who is Hispanic, is not a racist. Taaffe tells Anderson Cooper of CNN that George was a “model neighbor” and tried to ensure the safety of residents on his block as a watchman. Taaffe was also a volunteer watchman in the neighborhood, but never carried a gun like Zimmerman.
After surprising apology, news media obtained graphic image showing the bloody back of Zimmerman’s head apparently taken a few minutes after he shot and killed Martin. This could give validity to Zimmerman’s claim that Martin had bashed his head with striking blows against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life.
Zimmerman’s Attorney Questions Investigator
Attorney Mark O’Mara makes smart strategic move by questioning Dale Gilbreath State investigator during bond hearing in which Gilbreath states that he doesn’t know whether Martin or Zimmerman threw the first punch proving weaknesses in prosecutor’s claim that Zimmerman neighborhood watchman committed “second-degree murder.”
$150,000 bond for George Zimmerman and GPS Monitor
On Friday, April 20th, Judge Lester sets bond at $150,000, but prosecutor wanted higher amount, possibly one million. George Zimmerman has to come up with 10% ($15,000) in order to leave jail facility.
Zimmerman’s family posts bail – George walks out of jail
On Monday, April 23rd as the clock struck midnight George Zimmerman walked out of jail wearing a bullet-proof vest and GPS electronic ankle bracelet as his family came up with bond money ($15,000) by securing a loan for their home. George got into an SUV and went into hiding (secret hideaway) as per agreement between the court and his attorney. Zimmerman must report every two days to probation Mark O’Mara says it may be a while before we see George Zimmerman as the trial may be a year away.
Attorney regrets Zimmerman’s courtroom apology
Trayvon Martin’s parents said they did not appreciate Zimmerman’s remorseful statement. Attorney O’Mara replied, “Had I known that, I’m not sure we would have done that at the bond hearing because the purpose of it was to get to the family and respond directly to their request. Had I known or been told that wasn’t the right time, it wouldn’t have happened. So, I apologize for that.”
Police Chief Lee Resigning Permanently
On Monday, April 23rd, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee a former homicide officer said he was resigning permanently and planning to discuss his severance package, but city commission in a 3-2 vote rejected it. On March 22nd Lee resigned temporarily as public outrage was heard across the country accusing police of improper investigation into Martin killing.
District 4 Sanford Commissioner Patty Malany
Malany says, “It appears that Police Chief Lee is being forced out and has not violated any law or policy.” Until the facts are known, we need more civility nationally said Patty Malany, one of the commissioners not accepting Bill Lee’s resignation. So far he will remain on administrative leave until investigation is completed. “The simple fact is that a young man can find himself at the end of a barrel of a gun on his way home from a convenience store alone is a tragedy. I’m deeply saddened that someone has to stand up for Sanford. It’s not a racist city says Malany.”
Martin family attorney on Zimmerman’s website money
Attorney Crump said Zimmerman should go back to jail for failing to disclose to the judge at recent bond hearing that he had $204,000 in website contributions. This suggests a character issue. The judge should immediately revoke Zimmerman’s bond for lying and be held accountable. Attorney O’Mara said he thought Zimmerman had no money when he appeared at bond hearing. O’Mara is still waiting for more discovery disclosure. Attorney took control over the defense fund for Zimmerman on Wednesday.
Famous criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos said, “I know a lot of judges who would remand the guy back into custody immediately.” “If you’ve got more money stashed in an account and you could just pay the bond and be gone, that gives a judge a lot of concern. ”
Judge reserves decision on website contributions
On Friday, April 27th hearing Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. stated he would need more information before making a decision to hike Zimmerman’s bond after Assistant State Attorney Bernie De La Rionda on Thursday revealed there was “a little over $200,000″ in Zimmerman’s defense fund from anonymous donor website contributions. Prosecutor also argued that Zimmerman’s family never revealed they had money. Did George Zimmerman commit perjury?
There was no formal motion filed with the court to revoke Zimmerman’s bail prior to the hearing. George’s brother, Robert Zimmerman, Jr. who is running website was never issued a subpoena by prosecutor to appear in court.
The prosecutor requested a “gag order” on public comments, but Judge Lester rejected it saying attorneys on both sides have been dealing very well with media spotlight and nothing has shocked me.
Judge instructed O’Mara to give him more details about the Paypal account so he can decide what his options are. Before I make a decision “I may not have jurisdiction to tell anybody to do anything or else I may.” Attorney O’Mara asked the judge to consider keeping Zimmerman’s donor list “secret” because people could be subjected to threats or unwanted public scrutiny. O’Mara informed the court that George Zimmerman has shutdown his Twitter and website account – “He has no internet presence – all websites are now down,”
Witnesses are extremely worried and have expressed fear regarding Martin shooting that their names will be revealed to the press under Florida’s “Sunshine Laws.”
Attorney Benjamin Brafman on “Stand Your Ground” Law
On Monday, April 30th criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman who handled high-profile cases such as Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, P. Diddy, and Dominque Strauss-Kahn speaks out on CNN’s Piers Morgan. Attorney states, Trayvon is a “horrible case” – There isn’t anything good about that case whatever happens to Mr. Zimmerman. A kid who’s dead with parents going through their loss of a child and you can’t imagine that kind of grief. I think this case plays out badly for America one way or the other, and I have a bad feeling about it. There’s no happy results for anybody. “Stand Your Ground” is a terrible law. It encourages vigilantism. Creates these types of horrific tragedies. So even if George Zimmerman is found “not guilty” it doesn’t mean what he did was good because what I think at the end of the day, what I’m frightened by to be honest with you as a citizen is the reaction of the public if he’s acquitted. Based on the evidence from what I’ve seen to date there’s a strong possibility that he might be found not guilty. It was a terrible mistake by the prosecutor to charge “murder.” There were other crimes that might be more natural fits.”
New Interim Police Chief
On Tuesday, May 1st after an extensive search which began back in March, Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte announces new permanent police chief, Richard Meyers, a35-year-old veteran of law enforcement and former Chief of Police in Colorado Springs will be taking over for Capt. Darren Scott who served as interim Chief after Bill Lee’s resigning temporarily in the aftermath of Martin shooting .
George Zimmerman’s old Myspace Page “Legal Woes & Ex-Hoe”
Supposedly an old myspace page belonging to George Zimmerman has surfaced drawing scrutiny for some harsh remarks about Mexicans and a former lover. There are Zimmerman’s old photos and two blogs dating back to August, 2005 referring to his past legal woes. He also mentions leaving his native Manassas, Virginia by writing “I don’t miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they ain’t around (what are you provin’ that you can dent a car when no one is watchin) don’t make you a man in my book. Workin 96 hours to get a pay check, gettin knives pulled on you by every Mexican you run into!” George Zimmerman also makes reference to an “ex-hoe” possibly his “ex-financee” who back in August, 2005 filed an injunction accusing him of domestic violence. Zimmerman also addressed a “2005″ arrest outside a bar near the University of Florida where he was initially charged with felonies and accused of striking an alcohol and tobacco agent arresting his friend. Zimmerman notes his charges were dropped to a “misdemeanor.” The man knows he was wrong, but still got his hump (probably referring to lumps) Thanks to everyone, friends and fans, G baby you know you’re my rock!” Zimmerman eventually completed a pre-trial intervention program and the misdemeanor was dropped.
Myspace page first resurfaced on websites and blogs including Mediatakeout.com and GlobalGrind.com which Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara confirmed its legitimacy. Mediatakeout says it “proves” Zimmerman is a “racist,” but Zimmerman’s attorney O’Mara says, “No it doesn’t” as Zimmerman is Hispanic, the son of a Peruvian woman. His choice of words in the postings were “colorful” but not “horrible.” Zimmerman used no “racial slurs” and the whole thing “has nothing to do with Martin case. If Zimmerman’s “Internet presence” is going to be reviewed then it would logically follow Travyon’s and that would be problematic for the family. Photos apparently belonging to Martin surfaced on Twitter and Twitpac showing the teen with tattoos, gold teeth and older than he was in many of the photos used by the media.
Double Standard “Stand her Ground” law in Florida
Marissa Alexander lived with an abusive husband who came after her. He choked her and when she finally broke free, Marissa grabbed a gun and fired a single warning shot to the ceiling. The judge denied Alexander immunity in a “Stand Your Ground” hearing after a jury found her guilty and now faces a mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. She’s got the same prosecutor, Angela Corey who is also charging George Zimmerman. Zimmerman for allegedly pursuing and killing Trayvon Martin was allowed to walk free that evening while Alexander who fired a single shot has to spend 20 years of her life in prison. Whose side do you take in this complex situation? Those seeking justice for Trayvon Martin may have to side with prosecutor Angela Corey who denies Alexander and the NAACP’s plea for “Stand your Ground” ruling like the one afforded to George Zimmerman. Is there a “Stand Your Ground Double Standard” when it comes to race between African-Americans and whites who are involved in these types of cases? Alexander is heading to hear arguments for a retrial. They’ll be no smile on her face if she loses the case.
Film “Neighborhood Watch” name change
With Trayvon Martin killing in the spotlight causing national controversy Fox Searchlight Pictures has changed its movie title from “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch” starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as suburban watch volunteers who foil an alien plot to takeover Earth is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in July.
On Tuesday, May 8th Attorney O’Mara who did not attend arraignment waived his client’s appearance and filed a written not guilty plea for defendant Zimmerman on second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. In addition, Attorney O’Mara in two filings waived Zimmerman’s right to a speedy trial and said he needed more time to prepare his defense otherwise Zimmerman is guaranteed under Florida law the right to a trial within 175 days of his arrest. Judge Kenneth R. Lester scheduled the court docket for August 8th at 8:30 a.m. when a trial date will be set unless defense requests a continuance in the case. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de La Rionda did not appear in court on Tuesday.
“Trayvon Martin Hoodie Targets”
An unidentified online seller wanted to profit over Trayvon Martin tragedy so he designed paper targets to resemble dead Florida teenager. The response was overwhelming and they sold out immediately. Gun owners have been expressing their disgust as Trayvon does not deserve this kind of disrespect in his death. Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara told the media targets represented “the highest level of disgust and the lowest level of civility.” He’s worried about the impact these targets would have on the Martin family. It’s “hate-mongering.” That’s going to make it more difficult to try this case.
Doctors’ medical reports on Zimmerman and Martin
Accused murderer George Zimmerman who faces life in prison, three-page personal physician’s medical report diagnosed a “closed fracture” of his nose, black eyes, bruising to the upper lip and cheek, lower back pain, two lacerations to the back of his head nearly one-inch long and the other about a quarter-inch long occurring the evening after shooting Trayvon Martin during an alleged “life and death” struggle punching Zimmerman in the face then repeatedly bashing his head into the pavement. It was only when Martin seemed to be reaching for the gun wedged in his waistband that Zimmerman drew his weapon and shot Trayvon in the chest killing him. Medical report further shows that Zimmerman declined hospitalization right after shooting and rejected the advise of his doctor for a follow-up appointment to see an ear, nose and throat physician. Besides Zimmerman’s physical injuries, he complained of “occasional stress and nausea when thinking about the violence.” He was not diagnosed with a concussion. The doctor noted in his records that it was imperative Zimmerman “be seen by his psychologist for evaluation.” Prior to the shooting Zimmerman’s doctor had prescribed Adderal and Temazepan medications that can cause side effects such as agitation and mood swings, but in fewer than 10 percent of patients.
Zimmerman’s claim is that he acted in “self-defense” because he was being attacked while prosecutor contends Zimmerman instigated the confrontation by profiling Martin who was breaking no laws nor disturbing anyone as he was walking back to his father’s girlfriends’ home. Trayvon Martin’s autopsy report shows cuts to his knuckles.
The day after shooting a neighbor who said he saw Zimmerman speaking to officers outside his home recalled seeing black eyes, significant swelling as well as bandages over his nose.
On the morning of February 27th, Zimmerman went to a Sanford, Florida physician’s office for treatment. Doctor’s notes indicate that Zimmerman sought physician’s legal clearance for an appointment to return to his place of employment.
On May 14th, prosecutors released an 8-page collection of various documents referred to as discovery being examined by defense counsel who declined to comment as it is inappropriate.
Attorney O’Mara will review the vast amount of evidence on 67 CDs, a list of 22 witnesses naming 18 Sanford police officers, four FDLE investigators, three investigators from State Attorney’s office, Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s brother Jahvaris Fulton, Robert Zimmerman, Sr., his friend Joe Oliver and neighbor Joe Taaffe, photos, 911 recordings and other phone calls, crime-scene photos of both Zimmerman and the teen, Martin’s autopsy report, George Zimmerman’s vehicle in addition to video of Zimmerman’s questioning by police officers, including new video evidence on the night of shooting from 7-Eleven store showing Trayvon Martin dressed in a hoodie shirt purchasing Skittles and Arizona iced tea headed to clubhouse in Retreat at Twin Lakes to townhouse complex where teen was shot and killed.
Newly-Released Evidence on Martin and Zimmerman
Autopsy results show that Trayvon Martin had THC (intoxicant in marijuana) found in his system which was a very low amount and that he had a single gunshot wound through the heart at close range (16 inches away) It was too late to save Martin as bullet was enlarged in system.
George Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts to the back of his head with bleeding tenderness to his nose including a small laceration to the back of his head and that all injuries have minor bleeding on report written by Paramedic Michael Brandy. Zimmerman refused to go to hospital and was not tested by Sanford police for alcohol or drugs.
FBI cannot determine if Zimmerman used racial slur or who is screaming on tape (Zimmerman or Martin)
Investigator Christopher Serino who played 911 tape for Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin in which screams for help were heard multiple times, if the voice was his son, clearly emotional said “no.”
George’s father Robert Zimmerman, Sr. who also listened to the recording told investigators on March 19th that it was his son yelling for help and is absolutely and positively George Zimmerman. Robert Zimmerman said “He was not just yelling, it sounded like George was screaming for his life.”
One male witness said he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman.
Famous Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz says there is no “second-degree murder” blaming the failure of special prosecutor, Angela Corey for overcharging. Corey still claims there is a lot of evidence we cannot release which Attorney Mark O’Mara agrees. Prosecution says Zimmerman initiated the alteration when he got out of his car to follow Martin. Two vital pieces of evidence is Zimmerman’s statement and his reenactment on the events of that evening which could prove vital when and if the case is heard in a courtroom.
Four Witnesses Changing Stories
Zimmerman’s neighbors were interviewed on multiple occasions according to police records and special prosecutors stating what they saw. In just four days after Zimmerman shot Trayvon, one woman stated to police that she “saw two guys running and then a fistfight” on that night. The woman couldn’t tell who was hitting who, but on March 20th reversed her story by telling investigators she only saw one person. This may damage the case against George Zimmerman.
Issues raised about Zimmerman’s disgust and praise of Police Dept
George Zimmerman was extremely critical when he spoke last January at a public meeting. He said “When riding with the Sanford Police Department what I saw was disgusting.” One officer showed him his favorite hiding spots where he took naps and told Zimmerman he doesn’t carry a pistol in his vehicle because anything requiring a handgun is a lot of paperwork. In the latter part of that year Zimmerman changed his view and sent an email praising the department’s professionalism. Of course this was after he was assigned the “neighborhood watch volunteer.” Naturally this has nothing to do with the Martin case, it’s just expressing Zimmerman’s point of view.
Trayvon’s Parents in Windy City to condemn violence
On Saturday, May 26th parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin decided to go to Chicago where other parents of murder victims were suffering stressing the need to end “senseless acts of gun violence.” They stood beside the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Benjamin Crump their attorney addressing the news media. Sybrina Fulton spoke about her son and the family’s Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation which assist teens identify signs of racial profiling. She called on the United States Congress to amend “Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law” allowing a person in fear of bodily harm to use force or deadly force to protect themselves in the face of a perceived threat.
Media Groups ask Judge to Release List of Witnesses
On Friday, June 1st media groups will be asking the judge for a list of witnesses, but Zimmerman’s attorney and prosecutors have agreed that this information should not be revealed as they will be harassed if publicized.
Judge orders Zimmerman to surrender by Sunday afternoon
Florida judge orders George Zimmerman to surrender himself no later than the afternoon of June 3rd revoking the $150,000 bond since misleading the court about his finances. In April during a bail hearing Zimmerman’s family said they had limited funds and George’s wife said she had no money. Lead prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda pointed to the fact that there was $135,000 in public funds the couple raised which they did not disclose during the bond hearing. Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara claims it was a misunderstanding as his client was unclear how he could use the money. We have kept an accounting of every penny. Prosecutors also told the judge that Zimmerman did not reveal he had a second passport, but Zimmerman replaced a passport he lost when he later found the original. O’Mara stated he kept it since the bail hearing which the judge dismissed any concerns over this issue. Benjamin Crump attorney for Martin family issued a statement saying teen’s parents are welcoming the news and if the shoe were on the other foot, Trayvon would have been put in jail on “Day One” and not been given bail.
George Zimmerman turns himself in
A glum George Zimmerman turned himself in voluntarily. His attorney, Mark O’Mara is requesting another bond hearing. It is unclear whether Seminole County Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. will find Zimmerman guilty of perjury for lying on the witness stand. Zimmerman’s creditability is now under fire.
George Zimmerman confused and fearful or deceitful
Attorney Mark O’Mara says his client was confused and fearful when he let his wife, Shellie mislead court officials about their finances, but prosecutors reiterate that George Zimmerman deceived the court when his wife testified at the April bond hearing while Trayvon Martin’s parents would like to see Zimmerman in jail until his trial.
Lead Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda presented to Judge Lester a partial transcript of telephone conversations Zimmerman had inside the jail with his wife, Shellie days before the April bond hearing discussing the amount of money raised from his website in which Zimmerman spoke in code telling his wife how to make fund transfers referring to amounts of “$15″ in lieu of “$150,000.” Now this could influence the judge’s opinion of Zimmerman’s credibility in granting a new bond at the hearing. There is also the question of a “Stand Your Ground” hearing before Judge Lester and with no jury. This would give Zimmerman the chance to argue he killed Martin in self-defense under Florida statute that gives wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat if a person believes they are in danger of being killed or seriously injured.
A total of $204,000 was raised from the now-terminated website, of which $150,000 is now under the administration of a third party and around $30,000 was used to assist Zimmerman to go into hiding after he was released from jail at his April bond hearing. The remaining amount of $20,000 was kept in cash for the Zimmermans’ living expenses. $37,000 has been raised from a separate website initiated by Attorney Mark O’Mara.
Zimmerman has been placed in an isolated cell with no access to a TV as he awaits another bond hearing which is tentatively set for June 29th as his attorney, Mark O’Mara prepares to file a new motion.
Special Prosecutor threatening to sue Harvard Law Professor
Florida Special Prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey is threatening to sue Harvard and Criminal Law Professor Alan Dershowitz for libel and slander over his comments criticizing some of her actions as to “second-degree murder” charges on George Zimmerman including having the professor disciplined by the Bar Association.
Dershowitz says he has a right to express his opinion over national television that special prosecutor committed perjury by not citing all of the details in discovery. It was a misleading affidavit that omitted information on all the injuries about George Zimmerman during his struggle with Martin that her investigators submitted and reviewed photographs and statements. Angela Corey, Special Prosecutor needs to go back to law school to learn that an affidavit is swearing to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Prosecutor is accusing Zimmerman of misleading the court by making “false representations” of his finances. She too misled and deceived the court in not submitting an affidavit without disclosing highly relevant injuries to Zimmerman.
Shellie commits perjury
Seminole County Florida Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. cited 25-year-old Shellie Zimmerman for perjury in not revealing website finances while under oath at husband’s April bond hearing, charged and arrested her with third-degree felony which is punishable up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. George Zimmerman’s wife was aware of finances when she transferred $74,000 to her own account from husband’s account at credit union. Judge Lester said “Zimmermans do not have respect for process of the law.” Shellie Zimmerman posted $1,000 in bail money needed to get her out of jail.
Parents plea to Task Force Team
On Tuesday, June 12th the parents of Trayvon Martin plea at a public meeting before members of Gov. Rick Scott’s task force to change “Stand Your Ground” law. Sybrina Fulton mother of Trayvon told them how deeply it hurts her. “If it was your 17-year-old child unarmed with just a bag of candy and iced tea, it cuts very deep.”
House Democrats vote on “Trayvon Martin Amendment”
An amendment is being offered to overturn “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law in State of Florida. This amendment would withhold grants from states that have such legislation. Shoot ‘em first have already tripled the loss of many lives in Florida alone since enacted into law. The statute allows residents to use deadly force in the event of an attack without first retreating has come under fire nationally since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Judge Lester releases Zimmerman’s Jailhouse phone records
On Monday, June 18th Judge Lester released Zimmerman’s jailhouse phone conversations. The calls reveal George Zimmerman and wife Shellie spoke in a code so no one would know how much was collected in website money from donors. Zimmerman’s wife tells her husband after this is all over it will be a wonderful life. Unfortunately it will always be a tragedy for the Martin family.
Bullet Proof Vests Protect Against Threats
George Zimmerman who has been wearing a bullet proof vest since his bond hearing tells his wife Shellie that she should wear one as well as Mark O’Mara their attorney.
Sanford Officials Fire Police Chief Lee
The subject of much controversy and criticism over not arresting George Zimmerman after he killed Trayvon Martin, on Wednesday, June 20th Sanford officials fire Police Chief Bill Lee. He will receive three months’ salary and one week’s worth of severance pay in addition to any earned time off as the search begins immediately for a new police chief.
Zimmerman Reenacts Crime Scene of Fatal Shooting
On Thursday, June 21st Sanford Police release tape of George Zimmerman Florida watch volunteer returning to crime scene the day after fatal shooting. Newly-released 20-minute video shows Zimmerman with two butterfly bandages on back of his head and another on his nose with two red marks on front of his head giving an account to Sanford Police that he was following Martin because he (Zimmerman) was in the area, but police told him not to. That’s when he walked through gated community to get an address and told police to have an officer meet him at his truck, but as Zimmerman walked past the buildings he didn’t see anything. Then he saw Martin who yelled at him, “Got a problem?” He (Martin) was walking toward him and Zimmerman did not see where he came from. Zimmerman said he didn’t have a problem and looked down for his cellphone in a pocket when Martin said, “You got a problem now” and punched Zimmerman in the face as Zimmerman stumbled and Martin pushed his body down to the ground and got on top of him. That’s when Zimmerman screamed for help as loud as he could and tried to sit up when Martin grabbed him by the head and slammed it into the sidewalk as the two fought. Zimmerman felt like his body was on the grass and his head on cement when Martin put his hand on Zimmerman’s nose and his other hand on Zimmerman’s mouth and said, “Shut the fuck up.” Zimmerman felt like his head was going to explode and he was going to lose consciousness so Zimmerman tried to squirm off the concrete and when he did someone opened a door and Zimmerman said, “Help me” and he (whoever the person was) said “I’ll call 911″ Zimmerman said, “I need help” but I don’t know what they did so that’s when Zimmerman reached for his jacket where the firearm was and Martin saw it and said, “You’re gonna die tonight” when Zimmerman felt Martin’s arm going down his side Zimmerman grabbed his firearm and shot Martin one time. That’s when Martin said “You got me.”
Benjamin Crump attorney for Martin family says there are too many discrepancies in George Zimmerman’s stories on killing of Trayvon Martin. Natalie Jackson another attorney for the Martin family says Zimmerman has lost his credibility.
Attorney files Motion requesting “Reasonable Bond” be set
On Friday, June 22nd George Zimmerman’s lawyer files motion for a “reasonable bond” to release him from jail on the grounds that his client “accepts full responsibility” for misleading Judge Lester of donated website finances. He was wrong to not advise this court at the bond hearing.
Defense counsel points to the fact that Mr. Zimmerman voluntary disclosed this fund and immediate surrender of any interest in donated money transferring it to counsel for deposit in trust and is presently under the control of an independent trustee and not accessible to George Zimmerman or his family. Any expenditures must have the approval of fund administrator. In addition, George Zimmerman has $20,000 for ongoing living expenses.
George Zimmerman Wants His Freedom
On Friday, June 29th Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. delays his bond decision for George Zimmerman after listening to oral arguments from defense counsel and prosecution. The prosecutor argued that Zimmerman is a dangerous criminal and should not be allowed out of jail on bail while defendant’s counsel played a “911 call” the night Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Martin acting in self-defense. The prosecution in cross-examination said Zimmerman claimed Martin covered his mouth which contradicts his statement that he was screaming “Help me.” Attorney O’Mara tells Judge Lester his client is trustworthy and asks that he be released on same $150,000 bond granted at April hearing. It was wrong for George Zimmerman to misled this court about his website finances, but he should not be jailed awaiting trial because state’s case is weak and client’s claim of self-defense is strong. Attorney Mark O’Mara did not put Zimmerman on the stand, but instead asked the judge if his client could make a statement without being cross-examined, but Judge Lester refused this tactical approach and denied the request.
Judge sets Zimmerman’s bail at $1 million
On Thursday, July 5th 18th Judicial Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. grants George Zimmerman $1 million bail on the condition that he stays in Seminole County as he believes the defendant might have been thinking of fleeing the country to avoid prosecution. The judge has given Zimmerman other restrictions by not allowing him to open a bank account, obtain a passport or set foot on the grounds of an airport. Zimmerman’s family struggled to come up with the money. George needs to post 10% of $100,000 bail to get out of jail. His attorney, Mark O’Mara who is now running the donor website says that’s all the money left in the defense fund.
On Friday, July 6th George Zimmerman posts bail and gets out of Seminole County Jail. He will be wearing an electronic monitored ankle bracelet under tight security at a “Safe House” with a 6:00 am to 6:00 pm curfew not leaving Seminole County. His wife of five years, Shellie and George’s family is somewhere in Florida hiding.
FBI Reports Released by Florida Special Prosecutor
U.S. Department of Justice was assigned to a civil rights investigation following racial allegations in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Details on some of the evidence and interviews by the FBI with more than 30 people including key members of Sanford Police Department and Zimmerman’s close friends were given to Special Prosecutor Angela Corey who released the evidence to Mark O’Mara defense attorney. Martin family and supporters have said that Zimmerman racially profiled the teenager by describing him as “suspicious” to a 911 dispatcher and ignoring police cellphone request that Zimmerman not follow him. Lead investigator, Chris Serino told FBI that Zimmerman’s actions were not racial and FBI completed report shows Zimmerman is not a racist. On March 13th Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino wanted Zimmerman arrested for manslaughter a request that was denied. He then was charged with second-degree murder.
In a motion filed on Friday, July 13th George Zimmerman and his attorney want Judicial Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. to recuse himself due to his serious bias attitude. This request comes after Judge Lester slammed George Zimmerman’s credibility calling him a liar and a manipulator. Judge had no choice under the law but to grant bail for his client’s release from jail. George Zimmerman pleaded “not guilty” to second degree murder charge claiming his innocence acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Spokesperson for special prosecutor Angela Corey advised media that State Attorney’s office plans to file a formal response to Zimmerman’s request.
George Zimmerman a Molester
Statement of witness #9 a cousin of George says he sexually molested her for a decade when they were children. She tried to push him off, but he was bigger, two years older and stronger. The cousin insists George Zimmerman and his family were a bunch of racists. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara responded to woman’s statements referred to as witness #9 having no corroboration to any of the sexual abuse allegations. CNN Legal Analyst Mark NeJame shared an exclusive photo with Piers Morgan which suggests George Zimmerman has black heritage. His grandmother who is black raised him. NeJame says looking at the facts and evidence he does not think there is a racial motive.
George Zimmerman I’m not a Racist, Molester or Murderer
On Wednesday, July 18th George Zimmerman sits down with his attorney, Mark O’Mara and gives his first interview to Sean Hannity of Fox News. When Zimmerman was confronted by Hannity’s questions if he had any regrets, Zimmerman replied “I have no regrets as I was put in the position by Trayvon’s actions. I feel it was all God’s plan and for me to second guess it or judge it –” Then Hannity asks Zimmerman if he regrets getting out of his car or having a gun that night taking another life? Zimmerman replies, “No Sir.” The confrontation between Zimmerman and Trayvon was avoidable by Zimmerman if he had remained in his vehicle waiting for law enforcement. Zimmerman told Hannity that Martin appeared to be “suspicious” as he cut between buildings and moved toward a different area when police told him not to continue following the young man, but Martin approached him with “confrontation” body language and asked me what my problem was, I replied “I did not have a problem.” When Zimmerman reached for his cellphone, that’s when Martin punched him in the nose. Zimmerman said he did not know whether he fell or was pushed to the ground as Martin straddled him and told Zimmerman to shut up during the struggle. Martin started to bash my head into the concrete sidewalk as he broke my nose, I started yelling /screaming. It was my screaming for help on a 911 recording. Martin tried to suffocate me and I continued to push his hands off my mouth and nose. I was concerned of losing consciousness. Zimmerman told Hannity he had no other choice but to shoot Martin when Martin told him he was going to die and made a move for his handgun.
Hannity asks Zimmerman if he would like to address America and Trayvon’s parents. First I would like to address your question Hannity when you asked me if I would have done anything differently. I thought you were referring to if I would have not talked to the police, if I would have perhaps gotten to an attorney, but I do wish there was something, anything I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in the position where I had to take his life. And I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family, my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the City of Sanford and America that I am sorry that this happened. I hate to think because of this incident, because of my actions, it’s polarized and divided America, I’m truly sorry.
Trayvon Martin’s parents say Zimmerman rushed to judge their son. When asked on the “Today Show” by Matt Lauer if Trayvon’s mother would be open to meeting Zimmerman one day, Sybrina Fulton hot under the collar said “absolutely not.” Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father said “I would just like to know why did Zimmerman even get out of his vehicle? Why was he so suspicious? What made him rush to judge my son and think he was a criminal?” Tracy Martin says he has no desire to speak to Zimmerman.
Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump said the State Attorney will see Zimmerman’s interview as a “gift” because Zimmerman’s description of what happened conflicts with 911 calls made on the night of shooting.
Zimmerman’s interview with ABC News
A day after George Zimmerman sat down with Sean Hannity of Fox News he was supposed to be on Barbara Walters “The View” but network would not provide a month of “shelter and security” for his family namely his wife Shellie, attorney Mark O’Mara said on Thursday. Meanwhile George has setup a website with a video for his defense at www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com in English and Spanish.
Judge Lester not stepping down plans to stick around
On Wednesday, August 1st Judge Lester denied motion to step aside filed on July 13th by defense attorney, Mark O’Mara asking judge to recuse himself from murder trial based on accusations of bias and discrediting remarks about his client, George Zimmerman. Florida judge ruled that allegations contained in the motion were untrue and therefore does not hold up in a court of law.
Stand Your Ground Hearing on Martin Shooting
Defense attorney, Mark O’Mara says there will be a “Stand Your Ground” hearing much like a “mini (criminal) trial” without a jury which includes arguments, witnesses, experts and evidence.
State Attorney’s office releases evidence erroneously
On Thursday, August 9th State Attorney’s office releases valuable evidence erroneously which included a very grainy photo of Trayvon Martin’s body and George Zimmerman’s college transcript. Shortly thereafter Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s office issued a statement to reporters and the media not to use this information as it was an erroneous attachment. Zimmerman’s academic record shows he longed for a career in law enforcement following his father as a magistrate judge of the court. It also shows that Zimmerman failed in “Introduction to Criminal Justice” and received a “C” in “Evil Minds – Violent Predators while attending Seminole State College in Central Florida. He also failed a few times in algebra.
Attorney O’Mara pursuing different strategy
The facts and circumstances surrounding this case fall more under self-defense for my client than “stand your ground” law. Attorney O’Mara will begin deposing first responders to the Trayvon shooting. Meanwhile George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie continue to live in hiding at an undisclosed location in Seminole County in fear of their life.
Judge Bows Out
On Wednesday, August 29th Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal grants defendant George Zimmerman’s 28-page motion by his attorney Mark O’Mara for Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester to step down on the grounds that he is not giving his client a fair trial based on a bond hearing tending to belittle Zimmerman’s character and the fear of threatening future criminal proceedings.
Circuit Judge Debra Nelson former prosecutor replaces Lester
On Thursday, August 30th Fifth District Appellate Court apoints Judge Debra Nelson to take over Zimmerman’s second-degree murder case. Will Judge Nelson allow Zimmerman to move out of the county?
Forensic tests prove only Zimmerman’s Prints on Pistol
On Wednesday, September 19th State Attorney’s office releases witness statements, 911 call and mass amount of gated community photos where shooting took place, hundreds of emails sent to Police Chief Lee, 7-Eleven clerk interview who saw Martin in the store, including a forensic report made public showing DNA prints on trigger, grip of pistol and holster that killed Trayvon Martin only belonged to George Zimmerman. It’s still up to Zimmerman to convince a jury that Trayvon was reaching for the handgun.
Zimmerman’s attorney suing NBC
George Zimmerman’s attorney’s defamation suit against NBC for intentionally editing his client’s non-emergency call making it appear he was a racist, then repeatedly broadcasting that edited tape over national stations. Three NBC executives were fired.
Zimmerman’s mother interviewed by Piers Morgan
On Monday, October 8th Gladys Zimmerman George’s mother is interviewed from an undisclosed location due to family’s safety for the first time by Piers Morgan. She tells him “I believe in justice” and want to clear the air on public’s misconception that my son is a racist. People that knew George did not bother to come forward and defend my son. Mrs. Zimmerman also expressed her sadness for the tremendous tragedy saying she was “deeply sorry what happened.” It is a tremendous tragedy for both families. “I’m very sorry for the loss of their son Trayvon.” In addition she still has faith that America’s judicial system will exonerate her son.
Zimmerman’s “2013″ Murder Trial by Jury
On Wednesday, October 17th at a morning court hearing the new Circuit Judge Debra Nelson set George Zimmerman’s murder trial for June 10th. 2013 while his attorney says there are still some pending pre-trial matters to resolve. Sometime in April or May attorney Mark O’Mara will likely be seeking the controversial “Stand Your Ground” defense. A court date is set for December 12th for George’s wife Shellie on perjury. Both are hiding somewhere in Seminole County.
There was another hearing on Friday, October 19th whether the judge will allow defense attorney O’Mara subpoena Trayvon Martin’s school records which his parents say they must remain private. In addition arguments from prosecutors as well as Benjamin Crump attorney for Trayvon’s parents stated they should be entitled to George Zimmerman’s medical records which is important evidence.
Defense attorneys have scheduled depositions of Sanford police officers and fire rescue employees who came to the scene on evening of shooting in addition to a voice-stress test conducted on George Zimmerman revealing he was telling the truth.
George Zimmerman’s new high-resolution photo
Defense team releases new high-resolution color photo of George Zimmerman taken by police on February 26th showing his bloody mouth and nose after allegedly killing Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara says the picture was originally given as part of discovery material in black and white photocopy.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump says Zimmerman should have never gotten out of his vehicle the night of tragic incident. He also added that Trayvon Martin had every right to defend himself against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman sues NBC over editing
On Thursday, December 6th Zimmerman’s defense attorney initiated a lawsuit against NBC for defamation alleging executives edited an audio of a “911 call” made the night of Trayvon Martin fatal shooting and used by the show which caused “emotional distress” to his client. Zimmerman’s lawsuit claims NBC used a “false misimpression” manipulating and splicing together parts of the recording creating an illusion of statements. NBC says they will fight these allegations.
Zimmerman Trial Date moved from June to November
George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys want murder trial moved to November, 2013 as prosecutors have been extremely slow turning over evidence. The 29-year-old Zimmerman is seeking more donors, more money from his legal defense fund (gzdefensefund.com) as case could cost him up to $1 million. He also requested the court in October, 2012 to have GPS monitoring device removed from his ankles. Prosecutors say George Zimmerman profiled, pursued and killed Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors ask Court for Gag Order
Florida Circuit Judge Debra Nelson will decide to grant prosecutors request for a gag order. Prosecutors believe defense attorney Mark O’Mara is using a website to influence social media and potential jurors.
Zimmerman’s Self-Defense Hearing
George Zimmerman’s legal team get an April, 2013 self-defense hearing to argue that second-degree murder charges be dropped from the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Judge Denies Zimmerman’s Motion for Trial in November
What would have been Trayvon Martin’s “18th” birthday members of his family and supporters sing Happy Birthday and hold vigil prayer outside Sanford courthouse during hearing. Judge Debra Nelson denies Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara motion to postpone murder trial from June to November. O’Mara says he really needed more time to depose witnesses and gather more resources for George Zimmerman’s website which is down to $2,000.
I Am Trayvon Martin Day
On Saturday, February 9th there was a “Day of Remembrance Peace Walk” near Miami neighborhood where teen lived, went to high school, dreamed of flying airplanes and loved horseback riding. Trayvon’s parents held a benefit dinner supporting “Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation” a non-profit organization which they started to let teenagers know they have a right to walk in peace.
On Tuesday, February 26th Martin’s parents, supporters and “Django Unchained”actor Jamie Foxx attended “Million-Hoodie March” Candlelight vigil with a moment of silence marking first anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death in Union Square Park, New York City while other demonstrators chanted wearing hoodies in Sanford, Florida and other parts of the country.
Trayvon Martin’s Parents and Mark O’Mara on CNN’s Piers Morgan
On Tuesday, February 26th Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin with their attorney Benjamin Crump sit down with Piers Morgan on one-year anniversary of their son’s killing still grieving demanding justice and ready for the jury’s decision starting June 10th when Zimmerman stands trial on second-degree murder. Both parents have been active working on behalf of “Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation.” While there is still a “Stand Your Ground” hearing scheduled for April 29th, if the judge declines Zimmerman goes to trial. Attorney Mark O’Mara representing George Zimmerman who shot and killed Trayvon has appeared on numerous occasions over the past year with Piers Morgan speaks about the case’s racial overtones to requesting funds in defense of his client. The evidence proves Zimmerman was not profiling. If George is acquitted O’Mara says it would be a loss for Civil Rights movement.
Letters and Poems to George Zimmerman
There have been many letters and poems for and against George. The public has been expressing their good and bad feelings. They have also written to Robert Zimmerman his brother’s keeper. If only George didn’t have a gun on that rainy night in question we wouldn’t be exchanging letters.
Defense Attorney no longer pursuing “Stand Your Ground” Law
On Tuesday, March 5th Attorney Mark O’Mara waived his client George Zimmerman’s right to controversial “Stand Your Ground” law special pre-trial hearing and proceed to trial set for June 10th on grounds for self-defense hoping to get murder charge dropped.
Robert Zimmerman’s “Twitter Racial Slur”
32-year-old Robert Zimmerman, Jr. sits down with CNN’s Piers Morgan and talks about his bitter Twitter attempt to gain support for his brother George. He has since apologized for these controversial tweets about the deceased Florida teen Trayvon Martin and blacks comparing him to a Georgia teen accused of killing a baby. Robert admits he made a terrible mistake and says he’s sorry for offending people, but Morgan says unfortunately it may not help your brother. George Zimmerman’s trial is set for June where he’ll be facing a judge and jury on second-degree murder charges.
Martin Family Settlement
The week of April 8th, Trayvon Martin’s family settles for six figures in an out-of-court lawsuit against Sanford homeowners association. The amount will be made public. Settlement is believed to be more than $1 million.
Martin Family strike back at Zimmerman’s Mother’s Letter
Gladys Zimmerman sends letter to Martin family a year after her son George was arrested for Trayvon’s death in which she thanks supporters, criticizing the media, calling the arrest “unfortunate” and says “justice system failed us.” Later on Thursday, April 11th the Martin family posted a statement arguing against Zimmerman family allegations. Most of us will agree that no one has been given the opportunity by our justice system for killing an unarmed teenager than George Zimmerman. “
Team of Two Experts Analyze Who’s Screaming
It seems that screams for help on a 911 emergency call just before Trayvon Martin was shot to death in the chest was not George Zimmerman according to tests by two forensic voice experts. When asked if these voice tests would be admissible in court, one expert said yes. Zimmerman claims self-defense when he told police he screamed for help during confrontation with Martin. A woman did report someone crying out for help and the sound of a gunshot in the background at Sanford, Florida gated community. It’s hard to confirm the voice of Trayvon since they did not have a sample of the teen speaking.
New Evidence for George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara and his legal team plan to show his client’s innocence with new evidence of Trayvon Martin’s photos with pics of marijuana and text messages extracted from teen’s cellphone showing a hand holding a gun which they believe is Martins. O’Mara said we know there was pot in Trayvon Martin’s system the night of the incident. Martin’s phone also revealed the deceased teen was in some street fighting. When asked by Fox Newswoman Megan Kelly to assess George Zimmerman’s chances in the courtroom, attorney O’Mara concluded “He’s innocent. He acted in self-defense and he’s going to be acquitted.”
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