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Zimmerman found not guilty

Martin family supporters chant 'No! No'!

July 13, 2013

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman blinked and barely smiled as a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin....

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BENLLOYD

Jul-27-13 10:28 PM

In case that's too confusing, the link is here ****cnn****/2013/07/13/justice/zimmerman-it-firing. Just copy and paste into your browser.

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BENLLOYD

Jul-27-13 10:17 PM

"manydemocrats": You will find the information you requested here: ***********cnn****/2013/07/13/justice/zimmerman-it-firing

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380AUTO

Jul-16-13 10:25 AM

ALLWAYS WEAR PROTECTION!

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sassey

Jul-15-13 10:52 AM

However, this country is runned by many laws, state by state, voted by all peoples, black and white as well. We must abide by rules, and keep peace to keep our country as good as it is. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, and those that don't agree with our laws, I would hope they move on to wherever they feel justice fits them. The news coverage had also gone too far. Some made the conviction from day one. Bottom line, Trayvon cannot be brought back, Zimmerman has to live with what he did. We can only pray that peace comes to all races, and once again parents start parenting. In the home is where it all begins. Agree or not, God bless America, and God bless people of all races!

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sassey

Jul-15-13 10:37 AM

As a child growing up, I remember how unfortunatly, blacks were treated. Back of the bus, assigned seats in some resturants, not allowed in others. Many restrictions of which I did not understand. My family was not predjudice, but obided by the law. I never understood why, a black friend of mine, was not allowed to associate with me out of school, nor black friends in my church allowed to be seen as friends outside of church. Back then, this was the law. There were times I stood on my front porch, watching crosses burn over on the south side of town. I remember praying that one day things would change, and we could all be equal. At the same time, back then, who would have ever dreamed that a black man would become president! I never voted for this president, but there are several that I would have, if they had runned. This situation with Zimmerman, is very sad, especially for Trayvon Martin. My prayers go out to his family.

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scrappile

Jul-14-13 10:35 PM

@froggylake, Trayvon was never given the chance to dealwith law enforcement, not all black teens wearing hoodies do drugs or want to be ghetto. Zimmerman was told to stop following martin,thing is punta got his hiney handed to him, and couldn't deal, the castle doctrine will create more vivgilanties, but with koch backed lawyers, theywill not do jail time.....

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RANDOM21

Jul-14-13 10:18 PM

FL: After reading your posts to this article I find it appalling for you to have audacity to call any other human a racist. PeppermintNapalm: manydemocrats/froggylake/denver.

"These three prove how democrats eat their own. Gotta love it." Best post on article.

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RANDOM21

Jul-14-13 10:01 PM

"I walked all over this town late at night when I was in my teens ..." (froggylake 3:12) Checked in Old Testament and New Testament and can't find Book of froggylake in either. Jury's in. It's done with. Find a new cause to complain about.

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-14-13 8:17 PM

btw some of my best friends are Christians, that hardly makes me "a religious freak". Knowing something about religions is just part of a good general education; many of the principles work in real life, whatever their origins. Really, would the passage about not having a double standard have been offensive if I hadn't told you it was from the Bible? (& used a different translation?)

Btw I have moderately good recall of the substance of Biblical passages (as of other things), but I can't remember book, chapter, & verse -- I use a concordance.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Jul-14-13 7:39 PM

It's sad to see how many people there are who want to take up for a young "thug".

I'm sorry his actions resulted in his death, but if more thugs knew that the average citizen was free to defend their property, maybe there would be less of this mentality.

Note, I said THUGS not black, there are plenty of "white" thugs in Parkersburg.

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-14-13 7:29 PM

Trayvon Martin WAS killing something -- killing time. His father was on a date, & Trayvon was required to tag along. Imagine yourself in that situation. He was a visitor in the community, free to go to the convenience store -- but I can imagine he was in no hurry to get back to the apartment.

But to George Zimmerman, this was at best loitering. Or snooping, or casing locations for a break-in. Maybe he should have tried walking a mile in Trayvon's shoes -- walking in Trayvon's footsteps is not the same.

One poster says, "If I was confronted as he was I would politely answer any and all questions" But what questions did Zimmerman ask? In other words, did Zimmerman "investigate"? If he wasn't able to investigate (whether that was his shortcoming, or Martin's), he was stalking.

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scrappile

Jul-14-13 6:52 PM

News for zimmerman took seminar on stand your ... Why Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Has Got To Go PoliticusUSA - 1 hour ago George Zimmerman had taken a Stand Your Ground seminar in Wannabe Cop Class and understood how the law could be bent to his advantage. ... I k

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mythravere

Jul-14-13 6:41 PM

That was gang banger. lol

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mythravere

Jul-14-13 6:40 PM

".thuggery comes in many forms......even 3 piece suits"

You darn right!!!!

A corporate "citizen" who strong arms the little people just for profit and to skip out on responsibility is just as much a thug as a ********er.

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scrappile

Jul-14-13 6:08 PM

Trace amounts of cannibis in a plastic bag found in martins backpack, but since martin is a juvenile, we do not know his record, unlike zimmerman, who has a propensity for violence, I wear hoodies, my sons wear hoodies, make us thugs, follow me and find out, big money is behind the stand your ground laws, who else donated funds for those big time lawyers.....thuggery comes in many forms......even 3 piece suits

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scrappile

Jul-14-13 5:58 PM

Statements given by Zimmerman have indicated that on the night of the shooting Zimmerman was in his vehicle on a personal errand when he noticed Martin walking beyond the gated fence inside the community. Statements read that Zimmerman then called the Sanford Police Department to report Martin's actions as suspicious, saying "This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around, looking about" and "looking at all the houses", [8][9]

although according to a police report, there was "no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter". [10][11][12] While still on the phone with the police dispatcher, Zimmerman exited his vehicle, and after concluding his telephone call with police, was involved in a violent encounter with Martin. The encounter ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin once in the heart at close range.

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-14-13 4:58 PM

"For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt to you." (Matthew 7:2)

"I walked all over this town late at night when I was in my teens ..." (froggylake 3:12)

A shame you were not judged by the standard by which you judge. Then you would be dead & we wouldn't be having this discussion. Late at night -- even Trayvon Martin didn't do that!

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-14-13 4:45 PM

'lake, you keep missing the point that Martin was defending "hisself". Against a stalker w/ an unexplained, & thus presumably unhealthy, interest in him.

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-14-13 3:06 PM

'lake, you keep saying " a thug like Martin". Is there any evidence that Martin himself intended or attempted to break into anything or steal anything? As far as I can see, AT MOST he was guilty of looking like someone who did. Which would put him in the same category w/ people who are on the "No-Fly List" b/c someone w/ a similar name or description seems suspicious.

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-14-13 2:59 PM

I've wondered for a long time whether there should be such a charge as "criminal stupidity". If that were available, I think Zimmerman would have been convicted.

My theory of this case (based on news reports, of course) is that Zimmerman never identified himself as a Neighborhood Watch volunteer. All Martin knew was that he was being stalked. & concluded (somewhat foolishly, but most of us were foolish at that age) that his only safety, his only defense, lay in offense. Martin is thinking, "If I can take this guy, I have to." Zimmerman provoked Martin into attacking him, then, under Florida law was allowed to kill Martin. Ironic.

I don't think Zimmerman intended this. Zimmerman walked into a trap of his own making, & didn't even see it.

(Easier to do than you might think -- I've been in a somewhat similar situation, in which however no one got hurt.)

Zimmerman was guilty of something.

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manydemocrats

Jul-14-13 1:25 PM

BENLLOYD: Please provide "reliable" source of evidence of YOUR statements. LIKE: "" That evidence was TM holding a gun and a photo of the gun on his bed"" I have followed this case extensively and have never heard of this. BUT there was a text message on TM'S phone that he was ""considering"" getting a gun..... The court {JUDGE} wouldn't allow this supposed statement to be presented to the jury, because it was hypothetical BS.

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BENLLOYD

Jul-14-13 12:54 PM

I live in Central Florida. The news reporting here is probably different than other areas of the country. For example: An IT consultant that worked in the State's Attorney Office was fired because he pointed out that the Prosecutors were withholding evidence from the defense when they didn't share the results of a technical study on TM's telephone. That evidence was TM holding a gun and a photo of the gun on his bed. I really don't know that TM was a "thug," but I don't think he was an innocent angel either.

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PeppermintNapalm

Jul-14-13 12:19 PM

manydemocrats/froggylake/denver.

These three prove how democrats eat their own. Gotta love it.

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manydemocrats

Jul-14-13 11:44 AM

FROGGY: You and many others posting on here are a sick, sick persons, obsessed with hate, bigotry, racism, fear and many other paranoid phobia's that plague so many irrational people in this nation, but sadly, it's overwhelmingly prevalent here in the mid-ohio-valley. YOU ARE A SORRY LOT OF HUMANITY, INDEED.

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manydemocrats

Jul-14-13 10:50 AM

Who said Zimmerman was confronted??? Answer: ZIMMERMAN! Who was following and pursuing Martin? Answer: Zimmerman! Who was armed with a lethal weapon??? Answer: Zimmerman! Who was told to not pursue Martin??? Answer: Zimmerman! Who was Older and thus should have been more mature??? Answer: Zimmerman!

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