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Hey! I got failed by MindBomber again! What a surprise!
In this statement you infer the American judicial system is better than ours, "Atleast in the USA, his trial should start soon and he'll go to jail soon. None of the delays that you see in Canada." I strongly, strongly disagree, because in Canada Zimmerman would have been arrested and arraigned on first degree murder charges already. If it takes time to get him into the court room, so be it. In America the ridiculous gun laws and general attitude leave me doubting that Zimmerman will face charges, I created this thread for that reason.
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I still don't understand what's going on. How can so much evidence showing that it wasn't self defence, multiple witnesses, now surveillance video from the police station showing no injury still not get this guy arrested? Put the police who attended him in front of a court full of people and see if they are willing to perjure themselves. If he was hurt, then paramedics would've been on scene as well. Where are the statements from police? Paramedics? This story makes absolutely no sense to me why no one is held liable yet.
2 killed, 11 wounded in Chicago shootings Thursday
Associated Press Sports
updated 7:18 p.m. ET March 30, 2012
CHICAGO (AP) - A nephew of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade was one of 13 men shot - two fatally - during a violent six-hour stretch in Chicago, another indication that violence is on the rise in the nation's third-largest city.
A spokesperson for Wade confirmed that his nephew was one of those injured in a Thursday shooting at a convenience store. The spokesperson declined to confirm the nephew's name or condition.
Wade, a Chicago native, was playing in a game at Toronto on Friday night.
Wade's nephew was one of six males shot at a store on Chicago's South Side at about 6 p.m. Thursday by hooded men who police said fled the scene in an SUV. One man was dead at the scene and four others - ranging in age from 16 to 24 - were hospitalized in critical condition. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the slain man as Shawndell Harris, 22.
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(Reuters) - George Zimmerman's lawyers withdrew from his defense on Tuesday after the man who shot and killed an unarmed black Florida teenager telephoned prosecutors directly, contacted a television journalist and set up a website all without their knowledge.
Defense lawyers Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig said they lost contact with their client on Sunday and were concerned for his mental and physical health following a wave a protests across the country that have demanded Zimmerman's arrest for the death of Trayvon Martin, 17.
"We have lost contact with him," Sonner told a news conference outside the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Florida, the town where Martin was shot.
The decision by the lawyers to step down marks the latest twist in a case that has captured national attention because of race and Florida's controversial self-defense laws.
Martin was black and Zimmerman is white and Hispanic.
Zimmerman, 28, has not been charged in the case and has been in hiding since the shooting incident exploded into the public consciousness. Sonner and Uhrig declined on Tuesday to say where Zimmerman was except to say he was in the United States.
Uhrig said he remains concerned about his former client's mental and physical health, calling the investigation and the media attention "a terribly corrosive process."
"He probably watches more of this every day than he should," Uhrig said. "He's emotionally alone, and you might even say emotionally crippled."
The lawyers said they would return to representing Zimmerman if he were to reach out and request their services.
For the time being, however, both attorneys said they were concerned he was taking action in the case without their advice.
They said they were particularly concerned that Zimmerman had telephoned the special prosecutor's office and offered to answer questions. The prosecutor's office told the attorneys about Zimmerman's call and said they declined to meet or speak with him without his legal representation.
On Monday, Zimmerman launched a website to raise money for his legal defense and living expenses while he awaits the decision over possible charges against him.
The website, called therealgeorgezimmerman.com, offers one of the first publicly available comments from Zimmerman since he went into hiding after the shooting on February 26.
"I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage," Zimmerman says on the home page.
Sanford police declined to arrest Zimmerman after the shooting, saying they found no evidence to contradict his account that he acted in self-defense. Police cited Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force against adversaries when they fear great bodily harm or death.
(CNN) -- George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Sanford, Florida, has been charged with second-degree murder, a special prosecutor announced Wednesday.
Zimmerman was arrested on a warrant and was in the custody of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, his new attorney, Mark O'Mara, told CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame.
The charges were announced in Jacksonville by prosecutor Angela Corey, who has said her job was "to find out the full truth" about the February 26 incident in Sanford.
"We did not come to this decision lightly," she told reporters.
What do you think about the decision to charge Zimmerman?
For weeks, Trayvon Martin's parents have demanded an arrest in their 17-year-old son's shooting death. His mother, Sybrina Fulton, said earlier Wednesday, "I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that justice will be served."
Zimmerman's claim of self-defense failed to quell an uproar about the decision by Sanford police not to initially charge him and about Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows the use of deadly force by anyone who feels a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.
Trayvon Martin case has a tough, controversial prosecutor
Corey declined to disclose where Zimmerman was being held.
In Florida, a conviction for second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Lawyers for Zimmerman are entitled to request bond, Corey said. Once they do so, a bond hearing will be held.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Corey "threw the book" at Zimmerman.
The Rev. Al Sharpton appeared with Martin's parents after Corey's announcement.
"They charged him with a serious crime," Sharpton said of Zimmerman. "He deserves a fair trial. We don't want anybody high-fiving tonight. There's no victory here. There are no winners here. They've lost their son."
Although details of the evening shooting remain murky, what is known is that Martin, an African-American, ventured out from his father's fiancee's home in Sanford to get a snack at a nearby convenience store.
As he walked back with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea, he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, who is Hispanic. Zimmerman, 28, had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood, according to authorities.
Authorities have said Zimmerman was not immediately charged because there were no grounds, at the outset, to disprove his account that he'd acted to protect himself. A police report indicated the volunteer was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head.
Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley, who sponsored the "stand your ground" law in 2005, said nothing in it allows people to "pursue and confront."
In a letter last month to the Orlando Sentinel, George Zimmerman's father wrote that his son has been unfairly portrayed as a racist.
ORLANDO, Fla. — A judge is considering whether to raise or revoke the bond for the U.S. man charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teen after the man's lawyer told the judge a website had raised $200,000 for his defence.
The attorney for George Zimmerman told the judge Friday he didn't know his client had raised the money before a bond hearing last week in which his client was granted $150,000 bond.
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after weeks without an arrest led to protests nationwide over racial profiling and controversial self-defence laws in Florida and other states. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.
Zimmerman has gone into hiding since his release this week after paying 10 per cent of his bail, though he has to wear a GPS ankle bracelet that authorities can use to track his location.
Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday he wanted more information about the money and what Zimmerman knew before deciding whether to revoke or raise his bond.
The lawyer for Martin's parents, Benjamin Crump, said Friday he has asked the prosecutor to request that the judge revoke Zimmerman's bail for not disclosing at the original hearing last week how much money he had.
"This is a bombshell that was dropped," Crump told The Associated Press. He said the parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were "offended" that Zimmerman failed to inform the court of the money.
Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, told CNN late Thursday the $200,000 was raised by a website Zimmerman set up for his legal defence. The website has since been shut down, but O'Mara said he'll likely start a new defence fund.
O'Mara did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.
Friday's hearing was initially scheduled to deal with the request by several media organizations, including The Associated Press, to unseal documents from Zimmerman's court file.
Lester said he would not stop Zimmerman's attorneys from talking to the media if they chose. The prosecution had asked for a gag order on those involved in the trial.