Martin rallies across U.S. urge 'justice'

World / Crime & Legal 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 looks ...

Holder decries self-defense laws

World / Crime & Legal 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 complicated ...

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

World / Crime & Legal 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. ...

Zimmerman verdict unlikely to end Martin saga

World / Crime & Legal | FOCUS 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 website-crashing ...

Anger flows over Zimmerman acquittal

World / Crime & Legal 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 Martin's ...