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Armed citizens would not be able to automatically cite “stand your ground” protections if they provoke or pursue their assailants following confrontations, under a measure filed Wednesday by the Senate Democratic leader.

Responding to the death earlier this year of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, Minority Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, introduced a bill (SB 136) that would also allow law enforcement officers to arrest suspects who invoke the state’s controversial stand-your-ground law under questionable circumstances.

“These common-sense changes are not about taking away gun rights from Floridians,” Smith said in a statement. “It’s about stemming the culture of violence in our society by putting responsibility for the consequences back into the hands of gun users, and anyone who deploys deadly force under stand-your-ground.”

Existing law prohibits authorities from arresting stand-your-ground defendants unless there is probable cause to believe their actions were unlawful. The law is also unclear, Smith says, on whether someone can invoke the stand-your-ground law when they pursue their assailant.

Smith’s bill, which is likely to face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Legislature, would require the state to set up a database to investigate the use of stand-your-ground defenses, which have come under increased scrutiny following Martin’s death.



A Florida judge on Tuesday denied a request from accused murderer George Zimmerman to let him remove his GPS monitoring device and travel freely in the state pending his trial next June in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman, 29, has been confined to Seminole County under a $1 million bond since July, when a judge concluded that he had presented false information about his assets and was a flight risk.

Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, who is charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the judge about the couple’s finances, live in hiding and “in fear of violence,” according to a 74-page motion filed by his lawyer, Mark O’Mara.

READ ON: Florida judge keeps GPS monitor on Trayvon Martin’s killer


(via womanistgamergirl)

Truly disgusting.




Bust out your scrapbook because you could soon be in possession of the autograph of George Zimmerman, the man who shot down teenager Trayvon Martin for being black and carrying his Skittles. Jesus. Well, you might as well buy two because one day they might be collector’s items.IN HELL.

Zimmerman announced the desperate grasp for cash onhis website, stating that his defense fund — which at one point had over $140,000 — is now down to under 15k. Defending a murderer is costly work! Oh wait, no,according to Miami New Times, it’s way shadier than all that:

The accused murderer landed in seriously hot water over the defense fund in April, when a judge first learned of its existence during a bond hearing. By then, Zimmerman had already burned through $36,000 — much of which was raised after a sympathetic hearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show — to pay off credit cards and cell phone bills.

The judge ordered Zimmerman taken off house arrest and held on $1 million bond; his wife also faced perjury charges.

Now, Zimmerman promises the fund will be “independently managed,” and that the cash will go first to his living expenses, then to his defense costs, with only any leftover money going to his lawyers.

I totally believe him. Absolutely.

Best part about this whole thing is that when you buy the autograph make a donation, they’ll mail it to you in an unmarked envelope. You know, like child porn.

There are not words.

i’m just mad that people are going to line up to buy that shit

White Privilege is being able to profit off the murder of a young black boy

(via womanistgamergirl)

It was all God’s plan.

George Zimmerman would do nothing differently.  (via think-progress)

Think he’s still going to say it’s God’s plan if he goes to jail for life without parole?

(via think-progress)


Miami Herald:

Prosecutors released a statement by Sanford Police Det. Chris Serino, in which he detailed the events the night of the shooting of Trayvon Martin and explained why he believed a manslaughter charge was appropriate. The police department announced Tuesday that Serino has been assigned to night patrol, but that the transfer was not a demotion.

A shorter statement had been released last month, with large sections blacked out.

Trayvon died Feb. 26 after a fight with Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims the unarmed teenager attacked him and he had no choice but to shoot, because Trayvon had reached for Zimmerman’s weapon.

But the records released Tuesday show Serino said Zimmerman’s injuries were only “marginally consistent with a life threatening violent episode described by him, during which neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force was deployed by Trayvon Martin.”

Serino said the relative sizes of the two fighters, coupled with the fact that neither had specialized training in hand-to-hand combat, meant Zimmerman was not at any “exceptional disadvantage.”

“Zimmerman, by his statements made to the call taker and recorded for review and his statements made to investigators following the shooting death of Martin, make it clear that he had already reached a faulty conclusion as to Martin’s purpose for being in the neighborhood.”

“His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject,” Serino wrote. “Investigative findings show that George Michael Zimmerman had at least two opportunities to speak with Trayvon Benjamin Martin in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding the encounter. On at least two occasions, George Michael Zimmerman failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch member to Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”


Pretty much every possible decision SCOTUS could hand down on the Affordable Care Act. Also: many of the people who benefit most from Obamacare don’t even know it.

GOP responses to Pres. Obama’s new immigration policy are as nonsensical as they are self-serving. For instance, they claim Obama jumped the gun because they were going to do something — despite the fact that they obviously weren’t.

GOP Senate candidate Eric Hovde is just as big of a jackass as we’ve come to expect Wisconsin Republicans to be.

Were you one of the rightwing nutjobs who donated to George Zimmerman’s legal defense fund? If so, you are once again proven to be a chump.

John King of is the next Fred Phelps. Not the first time I made that comparison.

“Debate Prep,” starring John Kerry as Mitt Romney.

Is Gallup’s sampling method out of whack?

Finally, Michigan gynophobes seem to be sparking a movement — just not the one they’d hoped for.

Where he belongs.


George Zimmerman is back in jail after the judge found he lied during his bail hearing. His new mug shot.

Do not pass Go and do not collect $200.

Update (2:45 p.m. EDT): Zimmerman has 48 hours to turn himself in, Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered, according to CNN. Weiner quotes him: “They were well aware of the money that was available.”

Update (2:40 p.m. EDT): The judge has revoked Zimmerman’s bond, saying Zimmerman misrepresented his financial status, Reuters tweets.

(via theatlantic)


  • Set up webcam in your roommate’s dorm in the hopes of catching him in the act of having intimate relations with a man, then telling your friends all about it in a “Eeeew, look, he’s GAY!” manner, leading your roommate to kill himself by jumping off a bridge: sentenced to 30 days in jail.
  • Stalk an innocent boy as he walks back to relative’s house because you’re convinced he’s “up to no good” and get out of your car to confront him — both against police orders — and shoot that boy to death: don’t get arrested at first, probably get away with murder months later.

A girl who talked on the phone with Trayvon Martin on the night of Feb. 26 has told a state prosecutor that she heard rising fear in Mr. Martin’s voice that peaked with words like “get off, get off,” right before she lost contact with him and he was shot to death.

In the sworn interview recorded on April 2, which runs more than 22 minutes, the unidentified 16-year-old said Mr. Martin described a man who was “crazy and creepy” and on the phone, watching him from a vehicle before he started to follow him on foot.

The girl implored Mr. Martin, 17, who said he put his sweatshirt hood up because of the rain, to run to the town house where he was staying with his father, his father’s girlfriend and her 14-year-old son.

“I could hear the wind blowing” and “he said he lost him,” said the girl, who is from Miami and who said she had known Mr. Martin since kindergarten. She has not been identified because she is a minor and a witness in the case.

“He was breathing hard,” she said, and “his voice kind of changed. I know he was scared. His voice was getting kind of low.”

The recording is one of several dozen released by State Attorney Angela B. Corey, who has charged the gunman, George Zimmerman, 28, with second-degree murder. It is part of the discovery material made public this week that also includes hundreds of pages of documents and photographs. Mr. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.

According to the documents, the Sanford police believed that the teen’s death was ‘ultimately avoidable,’ if his killer, George Zimmerman, had ‘remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement’ on that fateful night in February.

I could very easily see how Martin, fully within his rights to walk back to his father’s home, could judge a strange man following him to be possessed of ill-intent.

What always shook me about this case, was not the belief that Zimmerman ruthlessly slaughtered a 17-year old child, but the act of putting myself in that child’s place, and seeing how I just as easily have ended making a decision to defend myself.


Hate Crime charges considered in Trayvon Martin killing.


WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious.

State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime.

Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He’s facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. But if Zimmerman is charged and found guilty of a federal hate crime involving murder, he could face the death penalty.

FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood, seeking evidence for a possible federal hate crime charge.

Martin was unarmed when he was shot to death, police said, and some accuse Zimmerman of targeting the teenager solely because of the color of his skin.

It would be a tough avenue to follow. “What the government would have to prove is that Mr. Zimmerman acted out of hatred toward African-Americans,” says WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer. “That’s why he came into contact with him. That’s why he shot and killed him.” Proving Zimmerman engaged in racial profiling may not be enough. But it would simply be an enhancer; if they failed to prove the Hate Crime charge, it wouldn’t absolve him of any murder charges.


His lawyer claims he didn’t learn about the fund until this Wednesday.  He’s either a shitty lawyer or a fucking liar.

A reminder too that all you have to do to at least temporarily get away with murder in the state of Florida is to:

  1. Go ahead and actually kill someone in cold blood after racially profiling him
  2. Tell the 5-0 you did that shit in self-defense when yeah, right
  3. Go and hide because you weren’t scared of a teen who was like half your size, but oh noes, reporters are calling me!
  4. Get arrested about 50 days after committing said murder
  5. Pay only $15,000 to get out of jail even though you have a $200,000 defense fund that your lawyer claims he knew nothing about

Florida: where you, too, can get away with murder!

(h/t lornadune)


Far from comforting Martin’s parents, who were seated in the courtroom, the awkward moment seemed to rattle Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. After the hearing was over, their attorney, Benjamin Crump, said the family didn’t believe the apology was sincere.

“All throughout the hearing, Tracy Martin had tears in his eyes as he watched the killer of his son,” Crump said outside the court. “And it was devastating that he got to give a self serving apology to help him get a bond. They were outraged about that.”

TPM’s Nick Martin looks at the theatrics which caught prosecutors off guard in today’s far-from-routine hearing.