Verdict in case stirs protests

Justice Department will look at Zimmerman case

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NEW YORK — With chants and prayers, sermons and signs, outrage over a jury’s decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager poured from street protests and church pulpits Sunday amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case.

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Demonstrators hold up newspapers in Newark, N.J. Organizers said the protest drew a diverse crowd.   MEL EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Demonstrators hold up newspapers in Newark, N.J. Organizers said the protest drew a diverse crowd.

Demonstrations large and small broke out across the country – ranging from a few dozen more than a thousand – in support of the family of Trayvon Martin as protesters decried the verdict as a miscarriage of justice.

The NAACP and protesters called for federal civil rights charges against Zim­mer­man, who was acquitted Satur­day in Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

The Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges.

President Obama and religious and civil rights leaders urged calm in hopes of ensuring peaceful demonstrations.

“I know this case has elicited strong passions,” Obama said. “And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.”

In New York City, hundreds marched into Times Square on Sunday night, zigzagging through Man­hattan streets to avoid police lines. Sign-carrying marchers thronged the busy intersection, chanting “Justice for Tray­von Martin!” as they made their way from Union Square.

In San Francisco and Los Angeles – where an earlier protest was dispersed with beanbag rounds – police closed streets as protesters marched to condemn Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Rand Powdrill, 41, said he came to the San Francisco march of about 400 others to “protest the execution of an innocent black teenager.”

“If our voices can’t be heard, then this is just going to keep going on,” he said.

At Manhattan’s Mid­dle Collegiate Church, many congregants wore hooded sweatshirts – the same thing Martin was wearing the night he was shot – in a show of solidarity. Hoodie-clad Jessica Nacinovich said she could only feel disappointment and sadness over the verdict.

“I’m sure jurors did what they felt was right in accordance with the law, but maybe the law is wrong, maybe society is wrong; there’s a lot that needs fixing,” she said.

In San­ford, Fla., where the trial was held, teens wearing shirts displaying Martin’s picture wiped away tears during a sermon at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

About 200 people turned out for a rally and march in downtown Chicago, saying the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States. Maya Miller, 73, said the case reminded her of the 1955 slaying of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was killed by a group of white men while visiting Mississippi. His death galvanized the civil rights movement.

“Fifty-eight years and nothing’s changed,” Miller said, pausing to join a chant to “Justice for Trayvon, not one more.”

In Miami, more than 200 people gathered for a vigil. “You can’t justify murder,” read one poster. Another read “Don’t worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmer­mans.”

In Philadelphia, about 700 protesters marched to the Liberty Bell, alternating between chanting Trayvon Martin’s name and “No justice, no peace.”

Some tempered their anger, saying they didn’t contest the jury’s decision based on the legal issues involved. But “while the verdict may be legal, a system that doesn’t take into account what happened is a broken legal system,” said Jennifer Lue, 24, who came to New York’s Union Square.

Civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, urged peace in the wake of the verdict. Jackson said the legal system “failed justice,” but violence isn’t the answer.

But not all the protesters heeded those calls in the demonstrations that broke out immediately after the verdict.

In Oakland, Calif., some angry demonstrators broke windows, burned U.S. flags and started street fires. Some marchers also vandalized a police squad car and used spray paint to scrawl anti-police graffiti on roads and Alameda County’s Davidson courthouse. In Los Angeles, police said a crowd of about 100 protesters surrounded an officer and eventually had to be dispersed by officers firing beanbag rounds.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/15/13 - 05:38 am
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Verdict was just,

protests are misguided.
BUT.
I give all the protestors credit for keeping it nonviolent and just exercising their First Amendment rights.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/15/13 - 06:02 am
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Hoodie

You can wear a hoodie in the middle of July if you want to...but I will watch you with suspicion if I want to...
The jury got it right...the tv media DID NOT!

hr69
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hr69 07/15/13 - 07:30 am
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while they are at it.......

The justice dept should also investigate the baseball bat beating on Riverwalk a couple of months ago. Seems some civil rights were violated in that case, if the Zimmerman case is now the benchmark for civil rights crimes.

Pops
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Pops 07/15/13 - 07:31 am
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These "offended" people

seem to have a lot of time on their hands.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/15/13 - 07:36 am
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The shooting actually

The shooting actually happened on February 26th, 2012; so it would have been appropriate to be wearing warmer clothing.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/15/13 - 07:51 am
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Bigger question??

For all those calling for justice in this case; please tell me your EXACT definition of justice in THIS CASE. I would seriously like to hear what exactly SHOULD have happened, and what they want to happen now; in regards to the criminal prosecution. Of course we ALL wish the entire thing had not happened, but what would you have happen during the prosecution?

We have a system of justice in this Country; it's the BEST in the world, but NO system ran by mankind is perfect!! Sometimes innocent people are convicted and sometimes guilty people go free!! Those are FACTS!! But, the system charged George Zimmerman and built a case against him.

The prosecution built their case against Zimmerman and then presented that case to a jury; of whom the prosecution has equal choice of jurors. Those jurors listened to all the evidence, certainly more than those of us commenting about the case. They KNEW that an acquittal was going to be controversial, period!! They displayed bravery in coming to their decision, knowing they would even get death threats; which are forthcoming!!

So, the system we have; found Zimmerman not guilty, this much we know. We also know there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions accross the Country, protesting the decision; which I respect as long as it's peaceful protests. The majority of protests have been peaceful, but some INDIVIDUALS have caused problems and been arrested.

So, I must ask these protesters or those who support them; what would you have happen now? A jury found him not guilty, but a faction of society doesn't like the verdict. Are we to form a lynch mob and administer vigilante justice? Are we to go back to those days? Were if a faction of society doesn't agree with the verdict, they take matters into their own hands? Wow, this would be a scary world!!

Are we too instate "double jeopardy" in the United States and try Zimmerman again? If that's ok with you, then we can do this with everyone and just try them over and over until we get a jury who will find them guilty!! This also is VERY scary!!

So, I'll close with this; those supporting the protests, please tell me specifically what you would do about this. Please tell me the exact system that you would replace our current system with? Give me specifics and I swear I will listen to them without bias!!

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nocnoc 07/15/13 - 08:25 am
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No major Large protests in FLA, GA, AL, SC, NC, MS, etc..

The Media had to travel out of the nasty old racist South and get to NYC 1500+/- miles away, SF 2500+ miles away, or LA 2500+ miles away to find a a few 100 protester at each location.

These few 100 people are what amounts to mass civil unrest some were hoping for, and they may just actively try to stir things up for their personal gain and agenda.

NYC a city of over 6 million. The regional stomping grounds for AL & Jesse and they only managed between 100 and 200 protesters. The same in LA & SF.

Each of these Far Left cities only mustered a few 100 protesters. Which were likely recruited and transported to the location. There was nothing spontaneous about the protests, they were organized by people with an agenda.

Even President Barack Obama has appealed for calm reflection after the verdict and said: "We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

While it has been only verbal and mostly orderly (except SF/Oakland) the protester numbers are extremely few in comparison to numbers of each of the Black communities.

The only remaining question for me is;
Will The Fed's circumvent the State Jury, by going the political route and slapping Federal charges on Zimmerman to keep this alive into the election cycle and more civil unrest and public incitement.
Or will they allow the protests go the natural course, vent and peter-out?

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chascushman 07/15/13 - 09:05 am
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"Will The Fed's circumvent
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"Will The Fed's circumvent the State Jury, by going the political route and slapping Federal charges on Zimmerman to keep this alive into the election cycle and more civil unrest and public incitement."
nocnoc, I would bet is yes, the America hating lying Marxist/communist in the WH wants to keep his based stirred up. He did it with class warfare in the last election and it worked.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/15/13 - 09:51 am
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Trayvon did get justice.

His peeps simply don't like what it looks like. When six American women can vote for acquittal on all charges, it is pretty darn clear that the evidence showed this was a case of self-defense, and that should be clear to even the most obtuse and bigoted Trayvon groupie.

I work with women. Getting even three to agree on anything represents a genuine act of selflessness and generosity of the part of at least two of them. I am very impressed that six could have come into unity, especially with the kind of political, emotional, social pressure they have experienced.

They must be exceptional people and have had exceptional leadership and commitment to the truth.

Pops
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Pops 07/15/13 - 10:02 am
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What is even more telling

is the photos of grownups dressing up small children in hoodies. These kids are getting indoctrinated into the all too common attitude of hatred of the American system. These kids have NO clue as to what they are doing.

willie7
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willie7 07/15/13 - 03:42 pm
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I would expect you bloggers
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I would expect you bloggers to say it was a good verdict.
Nothing new---consider this ---- If Zimmerman were Black and it happened to your son or grandson ---some of you would be calling for a lynching. Think about that at dinner tonight.

Think Deeper
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Think Deeper 07/15/13 - 03:44 pm
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What you scared of?

It's amazing that many of you don't understand civics and how our government is truly structured in this country. For your attention, it is a FACT that the states have its own judicial system to support and protect its local level constitution (which are on display at "each" state capital) and all that that entails. HOWEVER, the UNITED STATES has its FEDERAL CONSTITUTION that provides protections for ALL of HER people. So when you start speaking about DOUBLE JEOPARDY you need to realize, which you apparently fail to do (which further shows that you are mis-educated) that if the State of Florida attempts to re-try or try Zimmerman again THAT would be double jeopardy. The fact that OUR U.S. government is going to bring charges against Zimmerman is not double jeopardy because THAT entity (U.S. government) NEVER brought charges against Zimmerman, that was Florida remember?

Now what exactly is justice one of you asked. I declare we all learned that concept in the 7th grade but anyhow here we go. Justice is not purposely outfitting a jury based on the jury members looking at Trayvon Martin through the same prism that Zimmerman looked at him with on the night he confronted and killed him. Justice is Zimmerman being held responsible for killing an unarmed teenager who just so happens to be less than 70 pounds lighter than Zimmerman.

Ahem, on another note, we in the south know that we don't bring a gun to a fist fight. If Zimmerman was getting his butt handed to him maybe he should have realized that the same person that he was suspicious of is a person that he may not want to confront. It's also amazing that Zimmerman being 28 years old could not handle a 17 year old. Now that I think about it Trayvon had just recently turned 17 at that. That's just pathetic. For those of you who accept Zimmerman's take on things good luck with that seeing how he attacked a cop and beat on a female.

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ARC fan 07/15/13 - 03:45 pm
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PC

It's amazing to hear how some view this - "a child with Skittles was tracked down and murdered". Give me a break. No one really wants to mention the fights he was in, slugging the busdriver only a couple of weeks prior, drugs, guns, racist remarks, etc etc since it would be so offensive to his family.

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rmwhitley 07/15/13 - 04:42 pm
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I clearly remember
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Negroes protesting the acquittal of o.j. "the slasher" simpson. They clearly have a true sense of what's right and wrong. I believe that's why they fill the prisons because of their upstanding beliefs in law and order.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/15/13 - 05:11 pm
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A fist fight? Kindly get real "Think Deeper".

The kid was pounding Zimmerman's head into the pavement and telling him he was going to die that night. How do you think you would have reacted?

I might have tried for the brat's leg instead of his chest, but nobody knows what they will do until they're in that situation themselves. Trayvon didn't have to fight with Zimmerman. He could have kept on walking or just shouted obscenities and racial slurs at Zimmerman as Zimmerman walked back to his truck, instead of thinking he was such a hot shot that he could beat him up.

If I reacted every time a person of color said something disrespectful to me or obscene to my daughter, there would be a slew of bodies in my wake. But I don't react, because I couldn't care less what scum who would act like that have to say or what they think. They aren't worth as much time as a mosquito buzzing around my face. Too bad that kid didn't view Zimmerman that way.

Trayvon brought this on himself, even if George Zimmerman profiled the heck out of him. If his mom and dad had taught him some decent social coping skills instead of letting him think he was a bad-a, he'd probably still be walking around being a standard issue pain in the neck like most 17-year-old boys are.

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alleycat 07/15/13 - 05:16 pm
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Why isn't someone saying

Why isn't someone saying anything about hits being put out on Zimmerman ? He is Hispanic . Who is going to protect his civil rights.This is all about hating white people guess Zimmerman was close enough.Where is outrage about racist targeting whites ? God made me white and God will not punish anyone for the sins of others now or in the past black or white. Haters need to get a life whites do not have to apologize to anyone and believe it or not we have the right to protect our lives and the lives of our children. To bad the young couple at the Riverwalk wasn't armed the attack on them was of pure HATE . The people that attacked them deserved to be shot. How much more hate did they need to too show for this to be a hate crime and why don't you hear from the media about this young couple ?
Why didn't the Hispanics speak up for Zimmerman ? I'm white and I think his civil rights have been violated.. Come on now robberies, hoodies ,ski masks in todays time would scare any person of any race !

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saywhatagain 07/15/13 - 05:36 pm
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Reverse the colors

Assume for a moment that all the facts of evidence are exactly the same except Mr. Martin happens in this case to be white and Zimmerman is black. Any chance the Department of Injustice would be further investigating the "black" Mr. Zimmerman or would Al, Jesse, and 10% of the US population be crying "foul" over the verdict?

Think Deeper
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Think Deeper 07/15/13 - 06:06 pm
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I keep reading that Trayvon

I keep reading that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman. Where are you getting that bit of information since NONE of US were there. Even John Good said I CANNOT TELL YOU THAT THE PERSON ON TOP WAS SLAMMING THE OTHER PERSON'S HEAD INTO CONCRETE. I DID NOT SEE THAT. Now let us consider what Rachel said. She said she HEARD Trayvon ask Zimmerman why are you following me? That doesn't sound like a person who is whipping butt. He was already running from Zimmerman REMEMBER? Rachel said that Zimmerman was breathing hard when he confronted Trayvon. That means he was CHASING not just FOLLOWING BUT CHASING Trayvon who was RUNNING AWAY from an older and creepy guy. So if Trayvon was the aggressor why was he running AWAY from Zimmerman?

Obviously, they met according to Rachel and she SAID Trayvon told Zimmerman to get off/get off of him. What else do you and the jury need to hear? Do you not get it? Trayvon said to Rachel TWICE that he was being followed by Zimmerman! He said it twice as he was TRYING to get away from him. Zimmerman should have never CHASED after Trayvon so much so that dispatch told him so. And now some of you out there are only repeating what Zimmerman who is cop beater and woman beater (twice) says. How crazy can you be for not only listening but believing in what he says? Its amazing that a jury full of college educated women got duped by a guy who had at one point a .5 GPA in college. And now some of you are lining up behind him too.

Trayvon did not have any DNA on any parts of his body from Zimmerman. Zimmerman can lie but DNA science cannot. Trayvon was unarmed and on his way to college like his parents and brother. Shame on you. Psalm 94

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/15/13 - 06:03 pm
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No, Think...

Shame on you. Zimmerman was found innocent by a jury of his peers who appear to have considered the evidence and the charges very carefully. So get. over. it.

Just like people expected the Brown and Goldman families to do.

alleycat
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alleycat 07/15/13 - 06:49 pm
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His dear friend lied.. What

His dear friend lied.. What was texted on his phone? The phone taken off his dead body doesn't lie. He loved fighting. He wanted to be a Gangsta.
What kind of hateful person would lie to get a person sent to prison just because they hated his color and all others of that race also want to destroy that innocent man . The jury has spoken. That is some kind of hate they are spewing. Race baiters are filling their pockets folks don't help them . They care nothing for you ,this is how they pay their bills.
HATE !

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InChristLove 07/15/13 - 07:11 pm
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Think Deeper stated "I keep

Think Deeper stated "I keep reading that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman. Where are you getting that bit of information since NONE of US were there. Even John Good said I CANNOT TELL YOU THAT THE PERSON ON TOP WAS SLAMMING THE OTHER PERSON'S HEAD INTO CONCRETE. I DID NOT SEE THAT."

Well Think Deeper, "Good said he saw a “tussle” between Zimmerman and Trayvon a few feet from his patio and that he believed — based on the colors of clothes he saw — that Trayvon, 17, had pinned down Zimmerman on the ground"

AND based on the injuries (broken and bloody nose and lacerations to the back of the head) common sense would tell you that Trayvon administered the blows to Zimmerman which is an ATTACK.

But then again, not everyone is showing common sense in this case.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/15/13 - 07:14 pm
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Ah, the innocent sounding Skittles and iced tea...

Kid's candy...adds a poignant note of innocence to the whole sad story, doesn't it?

Or...possibly...supplies to mix some Lean or Purple Lean. This is a very interesting part of the story that is not getting a lot of press. But it was widely reported that the young lad was simply buying "Arizona Ice Tea and Skittles" from the 7-Eleven store.

"Turns out that we parents are unaware that there is a drug drink made from Arizona Watermelon drink and Skittles candy and then mixed with over the counter cough medicine (Robitussen and similar brands) that makes a very potent drug called Lean or Purple Lean. It is quite possible that Trayvon Martin was on his way to make some more LEAN the night he was shot, the coroner's report shows that his liver was damaged in a way that is consistent with the use of LEAN/PURPLE LEAN."

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/15/13 - 07:22 pm
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lemme see... a 17 year old

lemme see... a 17 year old that was 70 pounds lighter than a 28 year old wanna-be cop, could not out run an overweight, older, creepy [filtered word] cracker...

REALLY?????

I "Think" someone has faulty logic....

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/15/13 - 08:38 pm
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Think Deeper stated " just so

Think Deeper stated " just so happens to be less than 70 pounds lighter than Zimmerman."

Think Deeper, think again................

Fact: Trayvon was 5'11 158 lbs, Zimmerman was 5'7 185 lbs

I do believe that's 27 lbs lighter but 4" taller. No where near 70 lbs lighter.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/15/13 - 08:46 pm
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Thanks Dixieman for bringing

Thanks Dixieman for bringing this to light. Read a very interesting article about this "drug" and the effects it has on an individual. The article also included text messages of Trayvon with a "friend" concerning this drug and how to make it with codeine medication to make it stronger. Although I am sorry this young man lost his life I'm sick to death of everyone making him out to be this sweet little angel. This young man had some serious issues.

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corgimom 07/15/13 - 08:56 pm
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myfather, February 26 in

myfather, February 26 in Florida is very pleasant. Unlike February 26 in Augusta.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/15/13 - 09:00 pm
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"Now let us consider what

"Now let us consider what Rachel said. She said she HEARD Trayvon ask Zimmerman why are you following me?"

If that girl told me the sun was shining, I'd go to the window and take a look. She is not credible.

She was the Mark Fuhrman of this case. Once her testimony was impeached, she should've just given up and gone home, same with the defense attorney.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/15/13 - 09:02 pm
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"When you tell one lie, then

"When you tell one lie, then you have to tell two. Tell two lies, then you need to tell four. And then everybody finds out that you're a liar, and nobody believes anything you say."

We all heard that from our parents, it is so true.

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specsta 07/15/13 - 11:11 pm
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Trayvon Is Not On Trial

Those of you who are in support of this ridiculous verdict just don't get it.

A child was murdered by a gun-toting racist who decided that he would be Trayvon's judge, jury and executioner.

If Zimmerman had JUST LEFT TRAYVON ALONE, the teen would be enjoying his life, in college and deciding his future path.

Zimmerman took all of that away from Trayvon.

There is only one person to blame for Trayvon's death, and that is George Zimmerman.

Any parent with a grain of compassion, especially those with teen-age boys, can understand that young Mr. Martin was just that - a young teen. Some of you folks are so far removed from any semblance of what a normal urban teen does, what they post on Facebook and what they tweet - someone might as well be explaining particles in string theory to you. You just don't understand.

Trayvon could have been ANY ONE of our sons.

Anyone who condones the verdict in this murder, needs to have a heart check and see what sort of icicle is lodged there.

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