Zimmerman arrested after girlfriend says he pointed shotgun at her

Nov 19, 2013

Zimmerman arrested after girlfriend says he pointed shotgun at her

A former neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager earlier this year was charged with assault Monday after his girlfriend called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument, ...

Martin rallies across U.S. urge 'justice'

Jul 21, 2013

Martin rallies across U.S. urge 'justice'

In most places it was too hot for hooded sweat shirts. So they came with T-shirts. In Washington, Elaine Morris showed up in one bearing a picture of slain teenager Trayvon Martin alongside members of the Ku Klux Klan, with the slogan, “Which hoodie ...

Holder decries self-defense laws

Jul 17, 2013

Holder decries self-defense laws

Attorney General Eric Holder strongly condemned “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, saying the measures “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” and may encourage “violent situations to escalate.” On the books in more than 30 states, the statutes have become a focal point of a ...

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

Jul 16, 2013

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

by Billy Kenber

Two Florida towns, 200 km apart. Two people firing weapons at unarmed aggressors, purportedly in self-defense. George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood watch commander, fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but was acquitted by a jury that apparently concluded he was in fear for his life. ...

Jul 16, 2013

Zimmerman trial juror reveals details from deliberations

A juror from the trial of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was accused in the death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, said the six-woman panel was sharply divided when deliberations began. The jurors ultimately came to a unanimous decision, finding Zimmerman ...

Zimmerman verdict unlikely to end Martin saga

| Jul 15, 2013

Zimmerman verdict unlikely to end Martin saga

It’s over. But it’s not really done. The not-guilty verdict that sounded so final, so utterly unequivocal, in Courtroom 5D of the Seminole County courthouse Saturday night has quickly given way to a kaleidoscope of demonstrations across the country, debate about wrongful-death lawsuits and ...

Anger flows over Zimmerman acquittal

Jul 15, 2013

Anger flows over Zimmerman acquittal

George Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday night on all charges in the killing of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, sparked deep emotional reactions across the country Sunday, resurrecting an intense national debate about the role of race and racism in American life. President Barack Obama declared ...

Zimmerman acquitted of Martin killing

Jul 14, 2013

Zimmerman acquitted of Martin killing

A Florida jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in a case that both fascinated and appalled large segments of a spellbound America.

Race takes backseat at Zimmerman trial

Jul 7, 2013

Race takes backseat at Zimmerman trial

by Manuel Roig-Franzia

Thousands streamed into Fort Mellon Park, hard against the south shore of Lake Monroe, on that night in March 2012. An unarmed African-American teenager in a “hoodie” sweatshirt had been killed the month before in this central Florida city, but the agitated crowd felt ...