Dear Todd Kincannon,
I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but we’re breaking up. You’re the former executive director of the your state’s Republican Party. I can appreciate a strong fiscal policy. You live in South Carolina. I hear Charleston is lovely at any time of year. You know how to use Twitter. That’s always a plus for a social media user like myself.
But then you tweeted a whole buttload of racist tweets about Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot to death last year. And that shit ain’t cool. Keep reading »
George Zimmerman is almost out of money—so his lawyer is about to ask the public to foot the bill for his trial. “He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately,” says lawyer Mark O’Mara. “He’s not doing well. He’s getting by.” His legal defense fund is down to $50,000, he has $20,000 in unpaid bills, and both he and his wife are in hiding—meaning neither of them is working. They’re also paying for security since “Seminole County is unquestionably the most dangerous county, most expensive county for him to be in,” O’Mara says.
So O’Mara plans to ask the court to declare Zimmerman indigent—or officially broke—which is where the public comes into the equation, because an indigency ruling would mean the state pays all Zimmerman’s legal expenses other than lawyer fees. Read more…
A Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for firing a warning shot — note: not actually injuring anyone — at her abusive husband.
Marissa Alexander, 31, said that in August 2010, her now ex-husband Rico Gray read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became enraged, strangled her and threatened her life. When Alexander broke free, she tried to run out of the house but couldn’t get out of the garage; so she grabbed a gun from the garage and fired it into the air to attempt to scare Gray off.
No one was injured, but the “warning shot” hit a wall near where his two kids were standing. As such, she was charged and found guilty by a jury of three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, which carries a 20-year sentence. Keep reading »
More than six weeks after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a suburb of Orlando, Florida, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged in his death, a senior law enforcement official close to the investigation tells HLN. The prosecutor in the case will hold a press conference tonight; it’s unknown what exactly Zimmerman will be charged with. Yesterday, Zimmerman’s legal team announced they were dropping him as a client, after they “lost contact” with him. While some have expressed concern that Zimmerman is a flight risk, others have suggested that police know Zimmerman’s whereabouts and have had him under surveillance. [HLNTV]
UPDATE: George Zimmerman has been charged with 2nd degree murder. [Think Progress]
Friday morning, Geraldo Rivera was on “Fox News and Friends” to discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting case. He claimed that Trayvon’s hoodie was actually equally to blame for his death as “nutty neighborhood watchguy” George Zimmerman, and urged parents — especially parents of black and Latino children — to ban their kids from wearing hoodies.
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“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”
– President Barack Obama comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot dead by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. The case has received national attention because Zimmerman was never detained or arrested for Trayvon’s death and law enforcement seemed determined to ignore pleas by Trayvon’s parents to investigate the circumstances of his death. Zimmerman pursued Martin even after calling 911 — to report a “suspicious” person — and being told not to. You can read more about the case here and watch all of President Obama’s sobering remarks above.
Meanwhile, on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera — who I cannot believe is still somehow considered relevant and worth listening to — had his own opinion on Trayvon Martin’s death. Namely, that the hoodie Trayvon was wearing “is as much responsible” for his death “as George Zimmerman was.” Keep reading »
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black Florida teen who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, 28, in Florida last month. This case is somewhat outside the usual Frisky realm — women’s issues and news, pop culture, style, cute animals, dating tales, etc. — but it’s a story that has captured the nation’s attention, not to mention mine, and is tied closely to issues that effect all of us, from racism to gun control. Here is a summary of the case as it stands now, along with links to further reading. Keep reading »