George Zimmerman arrested for assaulting girlfriend

/ Jan 11, 2015

George Zimmerman arrested for assaulting girlfriend

Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested ...

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 looks ...

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 complicated ...

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

/ Jul 16, 2013

Starkly different outcomes in Florida gun cases

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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

/ | 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 ...