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« Reply #340 on: September 25, 2012, 09:59:07 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-trayvon-martin-school-records-hearing-20120925,0,6186343.story

George Zimmerman judge schedules hearing on Trayvon's school records 
3:50 p.m. EDT, September 25, 2012

A Sanford judge has set an Oct. 19 hearing so that George Zimmerman's lawyer and prosecutors can argue over what to do about Trayvon Martin's school records.

Trayvon is the unarmed black 17-year-old whom Zimmerman fatally shot Feb. 26 in Sanford.

Earlier this month defense attorney Mark O'Mara issued subpoenas for the school records, making clear that he wants to look at Trayvon's disciplinary records, attendance, test scores and other information.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda accused O'Mara of trying to start a media feeding frenzy – he used the phrase "chum the waters" – with that request.

Trayvon's school records have become a contentious issue because police reported that he was in Sanford the night he was shot – and not in high school in Miami-Dade – because he'd been suspended for 10 days after officials found him with an empty marijuana baggie.
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« Reply #341 on: September 27, 2012, 02:31:48 AM »

http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/world/george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-case-zimmerman-asking-judge-review-medical-records-before-release

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case: Zimmerman asking judge review medical records before release
Posted: 09/26/2012
 
ORLANDO, Fla.  -- The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin is objecting to prosecutors' request for his medical records.

George Zimmerman asked a judge this week to stop a subpoena for his medical records. A hearing is set for Friday.

Zimmerman says the request is too broad and will include information that is irrelevant.
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« Reply #342 on: September 28, 2012, 02:38:16 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-depositions-fdle-20120928,0,5163291.story

George Zimmerman's lawyers begin depositions, interview FDLE analysts
11:43 a.m. EDT, September 28, 2012

George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have begun the process of deposing prosecution witnesses in the second-degree murder case he faces in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

In a court notice filed in Seminole County on Thursday, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara indicated that he had conducted depositions with several members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the previous day.

That includes an FDLE crime lab analyst who tested evidence in the case for DNA, including Zimmerman's gun, his flashlight, his holster and his and Trayvon's clothing.

Those tests failed to find Trayvon's DNA on the gun, which Zimmerman says Trayvon reached for before the fatal shooting. Zimmerman's DNA was found on the teen and vice-versa, suggesting the two were in close contact.

The deposition process is a routine element of trial preparation, in which the state and defense conduct out-of-court interrogations with witnesses expected to testify for the opposition.
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« Reply #343 on: September 29, 2012, 07:37:55 PM »

I didn't know that Travon reached the gun.
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« Reply #344 on: September 29, 2012, 09:47:59 PM »

I didn't know that Travon reached the gun.

If I understand it correctly, Trayvon reached for the gun, but he never touched it.

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In a re-enactment for Sanford police the next day, Zimmerman did not say or show that the two had struggled over the gun, only that Trayvon had extended his hand toward it.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-19/news/os-george-zimmerman-evidence-new-20120919_1_george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-cell-phone-records
New George Zimmerman evidence: Details on Trayvon's DNA on Zimmerman and vice versa
3:48 p.m. EST, September 19, 2012
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« Reply #345 on: September 29, 2012, 09:53:38 PM »

Three-page article

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/tv/os-george-zimmerman-race-not-the-issue-20120929,0,5839446.story

George Zimmerman's lawyer: Plight of young black men isn't the issue
7:32 p.m. EDT, September 29, 2012

Mark O'Mara, the attorney for George Zimmerman, talked to me for a story on media coverage of the Zimmerman-Trayvon Martinstory.
We spoke Wednesday at his offices in downtown Orlando. We talked about the case, the coverage and his client, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of  Martin.

O'Mara became familiar to many in Central Florida for his analysis of the Casey Anthony case for WKMG-Channel 6. Here's an edited version of our conversation:
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« Reply #346 on: September 29, 2012, 10:28:49 PM »

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2012/09/trayvon-martin-attorney-call-race-the-elephant-in-the-room.html

Trayvon Martin: Attorney calls race ‘the elephant in the room’
George Zimmerman, Orlando Sentinel, Trayvon Martin — posted by halboedeker on September, 29 2012 7:02 PM

Benjamin Crump, attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, talked to the Sentinel for our story on media coverage of the Martin-George Zimmerman story.
 
Here are edited excerpts from my colleague Martin E. Comas’ phone interview with Crump. The story about the Martin-Zimmerman coverage is in Sunday’s edition of the Sentinel.
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« Reply #347 on: October 02, 2012, 10:59:20 AM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/01/3029918/businesses-cash-in-on-trayvon.html

Posted on Tuesday, 10.02.12

Businesses cash in on Trayvon Inc.

 
A photographer seeking compensation for a picture she took of Trayvon Martin shows how in times of tragedy, many people and companies end up profiting.

By Frances Robles
frobles@MiamiHerald.com

An iconic photograph of a young Trayvon Martin in his Bulldogs football uniform, staring stone-faced into the camera, has been published in print and online around the world.

The Optimist Club team photographer, Lucricia Woodside of North Miami, owns the copyright to the picture and never authorized its use. Now she is a member of a growing number of entrepreneurs, artists and even some opportunists who have found ways to cash in on a new cottage industry.

Call it Trayvon Inc.

Woodside’s attorney sent letters earlier this month to news organizations and bloggers advising that after the teen’s death, her company, Photos “R” Us, registered the photo’s copyright, and anyone who published it owes her license fees. She seeks $500 from those who published the picture before she registered the copyright and $750 for those who ran it afterward. The lawyer identified at least 300 unauthorized uses of the photo, which was clearly marked as belonging to Photos “R” Us.

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« Reply #348 on: October 03, 2012, 04:33:17 PM »

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/10/3/george_zimmerman_cas.html

George Zimmerman case hearing moved
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 08:15AM

SANFORD --
A hearing scheduled for today in the Case Against George Zimmerman has been moved.
 
Attorneys for both sides will meet for a docket sounding on October 17. It's a short proceeding in which they will tell the judge whether or not they're ready for trial.
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« Reply #349 on: October 03, 2012, 08:12:11 PM »

http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/world/george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-case-sanford-police-department-gets-re-accredited

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case: Sanford Police Department gets re-accredited
Posted: 7:47 AM
Last Updated: 12 hours and 5 minutes ago (October 3, 2012)

SANFORD, Fla. -- The police department that initially investigated the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin is getting re-accredited.

The Sanford Police Department announced Tuesday that the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation unanimously voted to re-accredit the agency.
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« Reply #350 on: October 04, 2012, 01:28:57 AM »

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/nbc_sued_over_trayvon_tape_oVUCWcX6E8sU8FLDxAvHyJ

NBC sued over Trayvon tape
Last Updated: 12:08 AM, October 4, 2012
Posted: 12:03 AM, October 4, 2012

 Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal. We hear Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27. He also remained the reporter for the story on “NBC Nightly News.” A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.” NBC launched an internal probe after producers misleadingly edited the 911 call placed by Zimmerman just before he shot the unarmed Florida teenager. The edit made it appear that Zimmerman had immediately told police that Martin was black, when the full tape reveals the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher.  ::snipping2::
 

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« Reply #351 on: October 04, 2012, 05:28:18 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-sues-nbc-911-edit-20121004,0,7280887.story

George Zimmerman may sue NBC over edited tape
5:49 a.m. EDT, October 4, 2012

George Zimmerman's attorney on Tuesday confirmed his client is considering a defamation lawsuit against NBC over the misleading edit of a tape that he said made his client "appear he is a racist."

In a statement released Thursday, Mark O'Mara said the repeated broadcast of Zimmerman's edited call to a Sanford Police non-emergency line in March was "outrageous."

He said the news network's edits endangered Zimmerman's safety.

"Due in large part to NBC's actions, George has had to live in hiding, in fear for his life," he wrote.

The tape, which aired March 27 on the "Today" show and in a report by an NBC-owned station in South Florida days earlier, made it sound as if Zimmerman volunteered to authorities that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was black in his non-emergency call to police before the shooting.

However, he made the remark in response to a dispatcher's question. The edits cut out the question that prompted Zimmerman's answer.

NBC later apologized. Three employees were let go as a result of the misleading editing, according to reports.

O'Mara said Zimmerman's lawyers are collaborating with outside counsel for the lawsuit. Currently, there are no defamation lawyers on the defense team. O'Mara's firm specializes in criminal and family law. Co-counsel Don West specializes in criminal law.
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« Reply #352 on: October 04, 2012, 05:35:09 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-sues-nbc-911-edit-20121004,0,7280887.story

George Zimmerman may sue NBC over edited tape
4:06 p.m. EDT, October 4, 2012

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Jon Kaney, an experienced media lawyer and general counsel to Florida's First Amendment Foundation, said there are several elements of defamation that need to be addressed in Zimmerman's claim.

The most basic: Is the edited audio defamatory? That's subject to interpretation, Kaney said.

"[Zimmerman] begins with an argument that's based on an implication. NBC did not say he is a racist," Kaney said.

Zimmerman went into hiding soon after the shooting, weeks before the "Today" report. In the interrim, the case sparked international outrage, focused largely on Zimmerman.

Zimmerman's high profile raises another key issue: Whether he was a public figure in the eyes of the law at the time of the alleged defamation.

If so, Kaney said, he'd have to show NBC "knew the statement was falsely made, or acted with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity."

Zimmerman is a public figure "by anybody's definition," said Al Tompkins, senior faculty at the Poynter Institute, who added Zimmerman would have difficulty proving he was damaged by NBC's editing.

"You have to find evidence they caused harm," Tompkins said. "I think it's highly unlikely that he would prevail."

Why sue? Tompkins said taking on NBC "puts [Zimmerman] in a victim's role rather than a perpetrator's role," and media outlets "often settle this kind of stuff out of court because the cost of litigation can be very high."

However, "I can't imagine NBC settling a case like this," Tompkins said.
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« Reply #353 on: October 05, 2012, 05:34:28 PM »

http://www.wogx.com/story/19735856/firm-hired-to-find-new-police-chief-for-sanford

Firm hired to find new police chief for Sanford
Posted: Oct 04, 2012 11:02 AM CDT Updated: Oct 04, 2012 11:03 AM CDT

SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
No one has applied for the job of Sanford's top cop, city officials tell us, so a firm has been hired a firm to find qualified applicants.   Residents have had plenty to say about what they want.

Waters Consulting Group of Texas plans to put ads in law enforcement magazines and do other advertising. They plan to have a large pool of people and cut the number down in series.

"We think it's extremely critical that we know what the recruitment profile is before we go out and attract anybody," Chuck Rohre, Senior Consultant for the Recruitment Division within The Waters Consulting Group (WCG).

The firm held a meeting at Sanford City Hall to see what residents had to say about qualities they want in a new chief.  Trust and respect were on the top of the list to improve race relations.
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« Reply #354 on: October 08, 2012, 04:38:06 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-twitter-20121008,0,5140038.story

Hearing set for George Zimmerman's request to subpoena Trayvon Martin's school, social media
8:22 p.m. EDT, October 8, 2012

A new hearing has been set in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder case, during which his attorneys will ask a judge to allow them to subpoena the school and social media records of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman's defense has asked for subpoenas for records from the teenager's middle and high schools, as well as his Twitter and Facebook accounts. A hearing has been set for Oct. 19.
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Zimmerman's defense is also asking for a continuance. In a motion, the defense team writes that "at least 50-75" witness depositions must be completed in the case before it will be ready for trial.
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In a third new motion, O'Mara asked to be allowed to review the court's copy of a recorded law enforcement interview of a woman identified as "Witness 9." That witness, in two interviews made public in the case already, accused Zimmerman of disliking black people and of molesting her when they were both young.
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« Reply #355 on: October 08, 2012, 04:43:17 PM »

http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/08/live-tonight-george-zimmermans-mom-gladys-gives-her-first-tv-interview-to-piers-morgan/

October 8th, 2012  03:56 PM ET
Live Tonight: George Zimmerman's mom Gladys gives her first TV interview to Piers Morgan

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes back Robert Zimmerman Jr., George Zimmerman's brother. The brothers' mother, Gladys Zimmerman, will also join Piers Morgan exclusively in her first TV interview.
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« Reply #356 on: October 09, 2012, 09:09:55 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1210/08/pmt.01.html
PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT

Romney Blasts Obama on the Middle East; Nate Silver on Horserace; Romney's Surge with Women; George Zimmerman's Mother Speaks; Alabama Student Killed

Aired October 8, 2012 - 21:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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Also, a worldwide exclusive. What you haven't heard about the man who shot Trayvon Martin, the first television interview with George Zimmerman's mother. Plus his brother Robert. Why he says there's more to the story.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, TRAYVON MARTIN'S SHOOTER: He said, you're going to die tomorrow, (EXPLETIVE DELETED). And I just grabbed my firearm and I shot him.
(END VIDEO CLIP)

MORGAN: This is PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT.
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Coming up, she's asked us to keep her in the shadows to protect her identity. The mother of the man who shot Trayvon Martin finally breaks the silence and talked to me exclusively. Gladys Zimmerman joins me next.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon and you know, I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and that we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

(END VIDEO CLIP)MORGAN: Reaction to the Trayvon Martin case reached all the way to the White House. Tonight for the first time, George Zimmerman's mother tells me what she knows about her son and what may have happened the night Trayvon Martin was shot.

Gladys Zimmerman joins me now exclusively along with George's brother, Robert, who's been one of my guests before.

Welcome to you both. And Gladys, you've asked us to keep your face in shadows to protect your identity and we respect that. I'm aware that you haven't given any interviews before. Why do you want to talk out now?

GLADYS ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S MOTHER: I feel that it's about time, the time that all this commotion was happening, we were

forced to leave our home. We were forced to just disappear and because of the death threats that we were getting, it was very dangerous for us to -- even to think about to come to defend our son.

MORGAN: Tell me, Gladys, when you think back to that night that Trayvon Martin was killed and you first discovered that George had fired the gun that killed him, how did you feel as his mother? What went through your mind in that moment?

G. ZIMMERMAN: At that moment it feel like I couldn't believe what had happened. I felt that -- that the world had turned upside down. To me it was like a nightmare. I just couldn't -- just couldn't believe what had happened. I mean to me it was unbelievable. I was very sad. I was very sad for my son and for the person who had departed. Very, very sad.

MORGAN: I mean, so many lives have been affected and ruined by what's happened here. Obviously George is facing a murder trial now if he's convicted, he may face 25, 30 years in prison. Have you come to grips with that possibility?

G. ZIMMERMAN: I'm sorry? I didn't understand your question?

MORGAN: Have you -- have you come to terms with the possibility that George may go to prison for 25 or 30 years if he's found guilty?

G. ZIMMERMAN: I believe in the judicial system. I believe from the beginning that, you know, he is innocent, and I mean, the media had played a big role against my son. They had portrayed him in a bad, bad picture. But there is justice in America, and I believe in justice.

MORGAN: Do you -- as his mother, do you wish that George had never gone out carrying a gun that evening?

G. ZIMMERMAN: Mr. Morgan, there are so many things that we, you know, can wish as parents, but I will not answer to that question because I don't want, you know, people to elaborate of what, you know, the mother has said.

MORGAN: If you had the chance, Gladys, to talk to Trayvon Martin's parents, what would you say to them?

G. ZIMMERMAN: It was already said by a statement that my son had made public.



MORGAN: But I mean, how do you -- how would you phrase it? What would you say as a mother to another mother who had lost her son?

G. ZIMMERMAN: That I'm deeply sorry for what had happened. It is a tremendous tragedy for both families. I'm very sorry for the loss of their son.

MORGAN: Let me just ask Robert quickly. Robert, you obviously as a family, it's been hellish for you as well and to say otherwise is to ignore the reality of your situation. You weren't there on the night, nor was your mother. How is George doing now, how is he coping with incarceration, how is he coping with the impending trial?

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN, JR., GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S BROTHER: Well, he's not incarcerated right now. He's released. The order requires that he stay in Seminole County so as you can imagine that's a little bit restrictive.

MORGAN: But isn't it a form of incarceration? I mean how free is he to go about?

R. ZIMMERMAN: That's right, that's exactly right, it is restrictive. He's free in one sense that he can meet with his attorneys. It's important that he participates in his defense and that he contributes any way that he can, but in a word, George would be recovering. He was diagnosed with PTSD. I told you that in March. Among other things that I told you, such as his injuries that appeared to you to not exist. Based on that videotape that ABC released, based on a lot of things people were releasing and saying that have now proven not to be true.

So he's recovering from the world turning against him, the media barrage that convicted him ahead of time, and he hasn't been convicted of any crime. And I think that's a very hard reality to face every day for him.
MORGAN: Let's take a short break. We're going to come back and talk more to you, Robert, and to your mother, Gladys. I want to talk really about what life is like for you as the family of one of the most notorious figures in America right now. The death threats you've had and so on and how you're dealing with it.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ZIMMERMAN: Hello. This is George Zimmerman. First and foremost, I want to thank you all for visiting the real GeorgeZimmerman.com. We re-launched this Web site to once again thank you, my supporters. My intention was and still is to personally and individually thank you all. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, the masses.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MORGAN: George Zimmerman thanking his supporters. Back with me now is his mother, Gladys, who's asked us to keep her face in shadow to protect her identity, and here with me in the studio, George Zimmerman's brother, Robert.

Welcome both to you again. Gladys, let me ask you a difficult question. If the situation had been reversed, if it had been George who was going back to visit a family relative, having gone to a store who was unarmed, and he got into an altercation with somebody, Trayvon Martin, for argument's sake, and Trayvon Martin had produced a gun and shot your son dead, do you think you would feel differently about what happened?

G. ZIMMERMAN: Mr. Morgan, I don't want to touch anything that has to do directly with the case. It's very important for me as a mother not to touch for the sanctity of the case, the prosecution and the defense, that I would rather not talk about anything that will affect the case. I rather would like to talk about my son.

MORGAN: Yes, tell me this --

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G. ZIMMERMAN: And a human person that is on.


MORGAN: I understand, and I respect, I respect that you can't talk about the case. So let me ask you about George. What is the most annoying misconception that you keep having to hear or read about your son? Because some people see him as this brutal killer, a racist, somebody who -- you know, abused his ex-girlfriend and so on. A lot of this must be very hurtful to you as his mother. What are the things that have really upset you?

G. ZIMMERMAN: The most? That he was called racist. The most. That is something that , you know, people who don't know George and people who knew George they didn't bother to come up front and said, no, he's not racist.

Let me mention one case, the case of Mr. Sherman Weir. He -- he was a homeless African-American man who was beaten and hit left unconscious on the pavement by a young man. Now this Mr. Weir because he was homeless or because he was African-American, nobody defended him except my son. My son took the time to elaborate and to go and make flyers and go to churches, African-American churches, leave flyers on every car, stay there for every church session and pass flyers and get the community together to go to a council meeting back in 2011.

MORGAN: I mean, we have heard -- we have heard -- Gladys, we have heard stories like this about George. And certainly many members of his family and friends have rushed to say, he's not a racist. It doesn't mean --

G. ZIMMERMAN: Yes.

MORGAN: It doesn't mean necessarily he didn't in some way perhaps subliminally racially profile Trayvon Martin. He's sort of a young black boy in an area where there had been burglaries, and he didn't think the worst. It may have been that that was the case. We may never know the case to that.
Tell me this on a wider point. Do you think that regardless of what happens in this case, would you like to see tougher gun control laws in America?

G. ZIMMERMAN: It -- excuse me. It is hard to tell. I'm not into a study for that law, but I have to tell you that there's more people being killed -- excuse me. There's more people being killed by guns where the state had, you know, have a regulation for gun control. That's, you know, what I have learned. Right now, I'm not in the position to say, you know, oh, yes, let's do this, let's do that with gun control. I'm sorry, my head is some place else.


MORGAN: OK. Gladys, I understand, we have to leave it there. Thank you very much for joining me. I do appreciate it's taken a lot of courage on your part to do this and that you're concerned about your security and of your family. So I appreciate you joining me now and you, too, Robert, good to see you again.

R. ZIMMERMAN: Thanks for having me.

MORGAN: Coming up next, "Only in America."

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« Reply #357 on: October 10, 2012, 03:29:07 PM »

Two-page article

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/09/3042361/george-zimmermans-brothers-media.html

George Zimmerman’s brother’s media tour leads to Twitter tirade in Trayvon case
Posted on Tuesday, 10.09.12

Seven months after the killing of unarmed high school junior Trayvon Martin, the killer’s family is on a national media crusade to clear the family’s name.

What began as a series of routine media interviews denying that George Zimmerman is a racist blew up into a Twitter rant Monday night. Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., took to social media after midnight and vowed to make it his life’s work to have one of the Martin family attorneys disbarred. He said he would expose the lawyers and their publicist, “one by one, day by day.”

“I hope GOD grants you a long life so you live to repent for what you have done,” Robert Zimmerman Jr. wrote in a tweet directed to Natalie Jackson, one of the lawyers for the slain teen’s family.

In another, he wrote: “My Life’s work = you WILL be held accountable for your words/actions. You AINT seen NOTHIN’ yet... I will see U disbarred.”

The flap underscored the heated rhetoric still notable regarding an incident that polarized the nation, and the extent to which legal advisors in the case were blamed for it. The threats posted online also highlighted the difficulty the Zimmermans have had managing their message, and the defense team’s inability to control the client — or his family.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said he cringed when he saw a relative of his client acting out on the web, and said the new media tour was launched without George Zimmerman’s knowledge. His message to Robert Jr: “Be careful with my case.”

“I have been cautious with how we act in this case and now someone with the same last name who does not act with the same constraints is out there — and I have no control over him,” O’Mara said. “They felt it was time to let the world know that the Zimmerman family is a good family. That goal is a noble goal.

“But they do have to be sensitive to the environment in which we are telling this story. No matter what, George is still at risk here. And we still have a dead young man — that’s fresh on everyone‘s mind. That frustrates me.”
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« Reply #358 on: October 11, 2012, 03:33:07 PM »

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-media-subpoena-fight-20121011,0,1742501.story

New York Times, CBS, NBC, others fight move to seal Zimmerman subpoenas
1:36 p.m. EDT, October 11, 2012

The New York Times, CBS News, NBC and several other media companies on Thursday challenged an attempt by prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder case to keep secret any subpoenas issued by defense attorneys and whatever evidence they might produce.

What Special Prosecutor Angela Corey is asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson, according to a motion prepared by the media companies, is unjustifiable and out of line with what's required under Florida law.

"Closure simply cannot be ordered on a blanket, presumptive basis," wrote Scott Ponce, a Miami attorney representing more than a dozen news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, The Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald.

Also Thursday, defense attorney Mark O'Mara demanded that prosecutors hand over all evidence they have related to a federal civil-rights investigation into the case.
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Lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda filed paperwork, asking the judge to keep secret whatever those subpoenas revealed. He also asked the judge to seal all future defense subpoena requests, at least until she could review them and decide whether they should be made public, and to hold secret hearings, if need be, to discuss the subpoenas and the evidence they produced.

In the media legal paperwork sent Thursday to De la Rionda and O'Mara, Ponce wrote that Florida case law does not allow what prosecutors are requesting: a blanket sealing of all future defense subpoenas and the evidence they produce, as well as an order prohibiting the public from attending future hearings about those issues.
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« Reply #359 on: October 12, 2012, 01:56:23 PM »

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-police-depositions-20121012,0,5262035.story

O'Mara to depose eight Sanford cops next week
11:26 a.m. EDT, October 12, 2012

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara plans to depose eight Sanford cops and four Sanford fire-rescuers next week as George Zimmerman's team moves predictably into the next phase of its work, getting sworn statements from witnesses and pressing them with questions about what they saw, what they did and why they did it.

According to court paperwork filed yesterday, O'Mara will depose four Sanford officers Wednesday, including William Erwin, the investigator who conducted a voice stress test – something similar to a lie detector - on Zimmerman and concluded that he passed.

On Thursday O'Mara is scheduled to depose four other Sanford officers, mostly managers who were at the crime scene, including Sgt. Ricardo Ayala and Tony Raimondo, both of whom performed CPR on Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old whom Zimmerman killed.

That same day, O'Mara is to depose four Sanford Fire Department first responders, including the first ones to reach Trayvon. They include Mike Brandy, the paramedic who pronounced the teenager dead.

Notably absent from the two witness lists are Officer Tim Smith, the first officer on the scene, and Chris Serino, the case's lead investigator. They will likely be deposed later.
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