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Zimmerman Sent $12K to Buy New Gun

Buckeye Firearms cuts him a check

(Newser) - An Ohio gun group has written George Zimmerman a check so he can buy a new gun . The amount: $12,150.37, the AP reports, via the Repository . The Buckeye Firearms Foundation thinks Zimmerman's rights have been violated, says rep Ken Hanson; the gun that killed Trayvon Martin is...

Minority Juror: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

But she says evidence wasn't there to convict

(Newser) - The lone minority member of George Zimmerman's jury thinks he's a murderer. But she said she couldn't vote to convict because the evidence just wasn't there. As a result, juror B29—she is of Puerto Rican descent and identified only by her first name of "...

Family Saved by Zimmerman Cancels Thank You

They were worried about 'blowback,' says Zimmerman's lawyer

(Newser) - George Zimmerman burst back onto the scene in the most unexpected of ways this week, rescuing a family of four from a vehicle that had overturned on a Florida highway. Now, Zimmerman's attorney is explaining that Mark and Dana Michelle Gerstle "really wanted" to thank Zimmerman publicly, but...

Nation Racially Divided Over Zimmerman Verdict

86% of blacks, 30% of whites unhappy with outcome

(Newser) - Two new polls find America is divided racially and politically over the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. Both a Washington Post -ABC News poll (of 1,002 people) and a Pew Research poll (of 1,480) found 86% of black respondents were unhappy with the verdict, compared with 31% of...

Zimmerman Surfaces, Rescues Driver in Crash

Sanford police captain confirms it

(Newser) - George Zimmerman has surfaced for the first time since his acquittal —in the most unexpected of ways. Sanford's police department captain today tells ABC News that what the network is calling "the first known sighting" of Zimmerman was a heroic one: He "pulled an individual from...

&#39;That&#39;s Me:&#39; Dems Laud Obama on Trayvon
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'That's Me:' Dems Laud Obama on Trayvon

John McCain would like to see 'Stand Your Ground' reviewed

(Newser) - President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin verdict reverberated around the talk shows today, with Democrats saying Obama hit close to home when he spoke of "being followed in a department store," reports Politico . "That’s me on a daily basis, and especially when I’m...

Trayvon's Mom: Tomorrow, It Could Be Your Son

She speaks at rally in NYC, one of dozens around the country

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin rallies were taking place in cities across the US today in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, with demonstrators calling for changes to stand-your-ground laws and federal charges for Zimmerman, reports AP . "Today it was my son," said Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, to a...

Obama&#39;s Remarks on Trayvon &#39;Instantly Historic&#39;
Obama's Remarks on
Trayvon 'Instantly Historic'

Obama's Remarks on Trayvon 'Instantly Historic'

Presidents gets raves, and jeers, after race comments

(Newser) - President Obama's surprise comments yesterday on the George Zimmerman verdict—"Trayvon Martin could have been me "—continue to resonate today. Examples:
  • New York Times editorial : It lavishes high praise on Obama for "laying bare his personal anguish and experience" to explain why black Americans were

Obama: Trayvon 'Could Have Been Me'

All black men know the feeling, says the president

(Newser) - When the Trayvon Martin shooting took place, President Obama made headlines by saying that Trayvon could have been his son. Today, he took it further: "Trayvon could have been me 35 years ago," he said during an unscheduled stop in the White House briefing room to talk about...

Zimmerman Not Getting His Gun Back Yet, After All

Return is on hold pending the Department of Justice's probe

(Newser) - The FBI has thrown the brakes on a plan to return George Zimmerman's gun , asking Florida authorities to hold on to all evidence until it completes its civil rights investigation . "They have an investigation they are conducting," a Sanford police official tells USA Today . "Until that...

Radio Host to Trayvon Pal: College Is on Me

Tom Joyner wants to send Zimmerman trial witness to college

(Newser) - Rachel Jeantel has faced criticism for her manner of speaking and trouble reading cursive, and radio host Tom Joyner wants to do something about it. The much-discussed witness in the George Zimmerman trial should finish high school and get a college education—and he's willing to pay for it,...

Trayvon's Mom: He Was Just a Kid Trying to Get Home

Parents speak out, say verdict 'shocked' them

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's parents made appearances on three of the major networks today, telling each interviewer that they were shocked by the verdict. "We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction," Tracy Martin told the Today show . "We felt that the killer...

DOJ Wants Your Help in Zimmerman Case

Sets up public email address for tips

(Newser) - The Justice Department is asking for the public's help in its investigation into George Zimmerman, Fox News reports. A public email address ( is up and running, and ready to collect any tips you may have on him; Eric Holder previously said the DOJ will "consider...

Finally, White People Are Starting to Get It
Finally, White People
Are Starting to Get It

Finally, White People Are Starting to Get It

In wake of Trayvon, there's a greater awareness of 'white privilege': Eric Liu

(Newser) - Remember the hoodies? After Trayvon Martin was killed, people of all races donned them to declare "I am Trayvon Martin." It was well-meaning but off base, writes Eric Liu at Time . The hoodie was irrelevant; it was only Trayvon's race that mattered. Now, in the aftermath of...

4 Zimmerman Jurors: B37 Doesn't Speak for Us

Martin 'played a huge role in death,' juror B37 says

(Newser) - Four of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman want the world to know that the juror who went public doesn't speak for them. "We ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives,"...

Eric Holder Slams 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

They need a 'hard look' in wake of Trayvon Martin case, he says

(Newser) - Eric Holder may or may not end up filing a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, but he made one thing clear today in regard to the Trayvon Martin shooting: He hates stand-your-ground laws. Addressing the NAACP, the attorney general drew lengthy applause when he said it was "time...

Richard Cohen: Being Afraid of Black People Isn't Racist

Internet not happy about racial columns

(Newser) - Washington Post op-ed writer Richard Cohen sent some people searching for pitchforks today, with a column declaring that he "can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize." And apparently that opinion was going around among op-ed writers at...

Stop Oversimplifying the Trayvon Tragedy
 Stop Oversimplifying 
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Stop Oversimplifying the Trayvon Tragedy

We're making the same mistakes that led to his death: William Saletan

(Newser) - In the outrage over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin, people are calling for action: We need to fight Stand Your Ground laws. We need to fight racism in the criminal justice system. We need to prosecute Zimmerman again. But the truth is, all these people...

Jeantel: Zimmerman Verdict 'BS'

Trayvon Martin's friend talks to Piers Morgan

(Newser) - Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, the last person to speak with the teen and the witness who testified that she heard Trayvon yell at George Zimmerman to "get off," has one word for the not-guilty verdict: "BS." She tells CNN she's "disappointed, upset,...

Zimmerman's Name Uttered in Wisconsin Murder Trial

Potential jurors specifically asked about that case

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's name is popping up again in court—this time in a murder trial in Wisconsin. John Spooner, a 76-year-old white man, is accused of shooting and killing unarmed neighbor Darius Simmons, a 13-year-old black boy, in a case that some are likening to Zimmerman's. (Spooner's...

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