Zimmerman Trial http://wlrn.org en Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground http://wlrn.org/post/florida-house-dems-back-senate-tweaks-stand-your-ground <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida House Democrats met with reporters Wednesday to say they don't want to turn Thursday’s Stand Your Ground hearing into a publicity stunt.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:34:05 +0000 News Service of Florida 23305 at http://wlrn.org Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. http://wlrn.org/post/no-more-guns-neighborhood-watch-sanford-fla The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=148905681" target="_blank">killed teenager Trayvon Martin</a> in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," <a href="http://www.wmfe.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15204&news_iv_ctrl=1041" target="_blank">our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report</a>.<p>The station reminds us that "Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith took over the department in April, and suspe Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22961 at http://wlrn.org No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive http://wlrn.org/post/why-changing-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-remains-elusive <p>Prompted by a national outcry over George Zimmerman&#39;s acquittal this summer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida Senate committee gave approval Tuesday to minor changes in the state&#39;s &quot;stand your ground&quot; law.</p><p>But whether a Legislature dominated by gun-loving lawmakers will ultimately sign off on a bipartisan compromise remains a long shot, despite a seemingly indifferent National Rifle Association, which helped write Florida&#39;s first-in-the-nation law.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:16:50 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service of Florida 21865 at http://wlrn.org Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive After The Zimmerman Verdict: How Juries Are Chosen In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/after-zimmerman-verdict-how-juries-are-chosen-florida <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: 15.1pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri;">The makeup of the George Zimmerman jury – six women, five of them white – got the attention of Sen. Gwen&nbsp;Margolis, D-Miami when the jury acquitted Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old&nbsp;Trayvon&nbsp;Martin of Sanford.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:55:39 +0000 Gina Jordan 20019 at http://wlrn.org After The Zimmerman Verdict: How Juries Are Chosen In Florida Probation For George Zimmerman's Wife On Perjury Charge http://wlrn.org/post/probation-george-zimmermans-wife-perjury-charge "Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, today pleaded guilty to a less serious form of perjury in a plea deal that requires her to serve one year of probation," <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-george-zimmerman-wife-shellie-plea-20130828,0,3608738.story" target="_blank">the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> writes</a>.<p>Back in June, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/06/12/154868096/george-zimmermans-wife-charged-with-perjury" target="_blank">we reported</a> about how she had been charged with knowingly making a fa Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:41:19 +0000 Mark Memmott 19739 at http://wlrn.org Probation For George Zimmerman's Wife On Perjury Charge Florida Asked To Reimburse George Zimmerman For Court Costs http://wlrn.org/post/florida-asked-reimburse-george-zimmerman-court-costs Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>More than a month after he was acquitted on murder charges, George Zimmerman - or at least his lawyers - are headed back to court. Zimmerman is the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His lawyers are asking the state of Florida to reimburse their client for court costs incurred during his murder trial - costs, they say, might be as high as $300,000.<p>NPR's Greg Allen reports.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Under Florida law, a defendant who's acquitted in a trial is not liable for any court costs. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:40:05 +0000 Greg Allen 19716 at http://wlrn.org Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes http://wlrn.org/post/broward-senator-files-legislation-stop-george-zimmerman-wannabes <p>The Stand Your Ground law&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-house-hold-hearing-stand-your-ground" target="_blank">will get hearings when the Florida Legislature convenes</a>&nbsp;for regular business next month.</p><div><div><p>But no significant changes in the law are expected.</p></div><div><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/democrats-trigger-lawmaker-poll-stand-your-ground-special-session" target="_blank">Lawmakers voted against holding a special session</a>&nbsp;on Stand Your Ground after protesters staged a month-long sit-in at the Capitol.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:22:49 +0000 Gina Jordan 19682 at http://wlrn.org Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes Metrotown, Where Students Talk Openly About Race, Diversity http://wlrn.org/post/metrotown-where-students-talk-openly-about-race-diversity <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:49:49 +0000 Patience Haggin 19064 at http://wlrn.org Metrotown, Where Students Talk Openly About Race, Diversity Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session http://wlrn.org/post/democrats-trigger-lawmaker-poll-stand-your-ground-special-session <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Florida Secretary of State's office will begin polling members of the Legislature to find out if there is enough support to hold a special session to decide the fate of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:38:16 +0000 News Service of Florida 18975 at http://wlrn.org Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written http://wlrn.org/post/florida-sheriffs-keep-stand-your-ground-written <p></p><p>The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.</p><p>Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."</p><p>"Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your ground,' " Judd said in a prepared statement.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:34:50 +0000 News Service of Florida 18817 at http://wlrn.org Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written Florida House To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground' http://wlrn.org/post/florida-house-hold-hearing-stand-your-ground <p></p><p>A House subcommittee will look into the state's controversial "stand your ground" law, but its chairman said he doesn't intend to support any changes.</p><p>House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has directed Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chairman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, to hold a hearing on the law during a committee week this fall.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:31:25 +0000 News Service of Florida 18435 at http://wlrn.org Florida House To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground' 'Justice For Trayvon' Movement Struggles To Find Focus http://wlrn.org/post/justice-trayvon-movement-struggles-find-focus In the two weeks since George Zimmerman's acquittal, the same activists galvanized by his trial are finding it hard to focus the energy of the Trayvon Martin movement.<p>For 16 months, supporters of the Justice for Trayvon movement rallied behind a common goal: Make sure Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon Martin, stood before the bar of justice.<p>But after Zimmerman's trial and acquittal, that united front has splintered.<p>Martin's father, Tracy Martin, spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week during a summit on "Black Men and Boys." He told them he wanted legislation that would honor Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:06:16 +0000 18119 at http://wlrn.org 'Justice For Trayvon' Movement Struggles To Find Focus Zimmerman Juror: He 'Got Away With Murder' http://wlrn.org/post/zimmerman-juror-he-got-away-murder <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-juror-murder/story?id=19770659">In an interview with ABC News</a>, the only minority in the all-female jury that acquitted George Zimmerman with the killing of Trayvon Martin said Zimmerman "got away with murder."<p>"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," said Juror B29, who identified herself as Maddy. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:06:21 +0000 Eyder Peralta 18039 at http://wlrn.org Zimmerman Juror: He 'Got Away With Murder' After Zimmerman Verdict, Activists Face A New, Tougher Fight http://wlrn.org/post/after-zimmerman-verdict-activists-face-new-tougher-fight Phillip Agnew was blindsided by the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The decision came down late on a Saturday night. Agnew was expecting the neighborhood watchman who killed Trayvon Martin to be found guilty.<p>Agnew, 28, leads a group of young activists called the Dream Defenders, which formed in Florida last year in the weeks following Trayvon's shooting death. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 23:05:35 +0000 18040 at http://wlrn.org After Zimmerman Verdict, Activists Face A New, Tougher Fight Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case http://wlrn.org/post/polls-show-wide-racial-gap-trayvon-martin-case Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.<p>According to a <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2013/07/22/big-racial-divide-over-zimmerman-verdict/">Pew Research Center poll</a>, 86 percent of African-Americans expressed dissatisfaction with the verdict, compared with just 30 percent of whites. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:56:48 +0000 17862 at http://wlrn.org Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case