Tag: Trials

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International

Norway rocker in French court for alleged racism

Norwegian heavy metal rocker Kristian Vikernes, 40, arrives at the Paris courthouse to answer charges of allegedly inciting racial hatred and other charges linked to his alleged anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) PARIS (AP) — A Norwegian heavy metal rocker on trial in France on charges of inciting racial hatred has had his case adjourned until June 3.

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National

NY case puts N-word use among Blacks on trial

Rob Carmona by Larry NeumeisterAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury has awarded $30,000 in punitive damages to a Black woman who sued her Black ex-boss after he unleashed an N-word tirade at her last year. In a case that gave a legal airing to the debate over use of the N-word among Blacks, a federal jury has rejected a Black manager’s argument that it was a term of love and endearment when he aimed it at Black employee.

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National

Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin

Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had been charged with the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Martin, the unarmed Black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. (AP Photo/John Raoux) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider Associated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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National

Questions jurors must consider in Zimmerman trial

TRAYVON MARTIN by Mike Schneider SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The six female jurors who will determine whether George Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year entered a second day of deliberations Saturday. During almost three weeks of testimony, they listened to 56 witnesses — 38 for the prosecution and 18 for the defense. A number of items have been the source of conflicting testimony, and jurors will have to sort out those contradictions in the deliberation room.

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National

Defense seeks to introduce Trayvon Martin’s texts

The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, arrive at the trial for George Zimmerman in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool) by Kyle Hightower and Mike SchneiderAssociated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys asked a Florida judge on Tuesday to introduce Trayvon Martin’s text messages and a Facebook posting dealing with fighting as evidence at George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial.

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National

Social media infiltrates Zimmerman trial

In this undated photo posted on Instagram, George Zimmerman defense attorney Don West, right, eats ice cream with his daughters. Prosecutors have asked a judge in the George Zimmerman trial to conduct an inquiry into the Instagram photo, but the lawyer said Tuesday, July 2, 2013, that it was unrelated to testimony in the case. Social media has become inextricably tied to daily life, a fact reflected by its presence in Zimmerman’s murder trial. The trial is a top trend almost daily, with thousands of people tweeting their thoughts with the hashtag #ZimmermanTrial. (AP Photo, File) by Mike Schneider SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting garnered worldwide attention when the man who fatally shot him wasn’t arrested for weeks — a backlash fueled largely by social media. Now, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have permeated George Zimmerman’s trial both inside and outside the courtroom.

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National

Zimmerman jury to ponder conflicting testimony

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, July 5, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool) by Kyle Hightower and Mike SchneiderAssociated Press Writers SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial are heading into their weekend with a lot of courtroom drama and conflicting testimony to digest. Friday’s action-packed session saw the prosecution rest its case, and the judge reject a defense request to acquit Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

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National

Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in Fla. shooting

The father of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin, cries as he listens to the description of his son’s death during opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial, with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, left, and Daryl Parks, a family attorney, right, in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/Pool) by Kyle HightowerAssociated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman was fed up with “punks” getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman’s head against the pavement. The prosecution began opening statements in the long-awaited murder trial with shocking language, repeating obscenities Zimmerman uttered while talking to a police dispatcher moments before the deadly confrontation.

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National

Prosecutor opens with Zimmerman’s obscenity

TRAYVON MARTIN (AP File Photo) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor told jurors in opening statements Monday that George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, while a defense attorney said the neighborhood watch volunteer shot the teen in self-defense to stop him from smashing Zimmerman’s head into a concrete sidewalk.

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National

No Black jurors chosen for George Zimmermann’s trial

Tracy Martin, second from left, and Sybrina Fulton, left, parents of Trayvon Martin, and their attorney Benjamin Crump, center, stand as the selected jury enters the courtroom during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., Thursday, June 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary Green, Pool) by Kyle Hightower SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A jury of six women was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager, in self-defense. Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, 29, racially profiled the 17-year-old Martin as he walked back from a convenience store on a rainy night in February 2012 wearing a dark hooded shirt. Race and ethnicity have played a prominent role in the case and even clouded jury selection. While the court did not release the racial makeup of the jury, the panel appeared to reporters covering jury selection to be made up of five White women and a sixth who may be Hispanic.