“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, July 15, 2013

Now, bring on the race hustlers:




(CNN)Leaders at the nation's oldest civil rights organization have spoken with senior members of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's team at the Justice Department about pursuing federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, NAACP president Ben Jealous said Sunday, though Holder himself has noted the high bar for establishing a hate crime.
Speaking to chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union," Jealous said he hadn't yet spoken with Holder himself, but that in conversations with Justice Department officials, he had pressed the federal government to continue investigating the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

"We are glad what they began months back continues, which is a serious reviewing of everything that came out in this case, everything that was known before this case," Jealous said.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Martin in February 2012, was acquitted by a jury late Saturday on state criminal charges. A federal civil rights investigation was previously opened in the case, and on Sunday the Justice Department said it would assess whether civil rights charges could be filed.
"Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department's policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial," the agency said.
Yet in order for federal charges to be brought against Zimmerman, the Justice Department would need to establish that a hate crime was committed, a legal burden Holder has said in the past would be a challenge to meet.
"For a federal hate crime we have to prove the highest standard in the law," Holder said in April 2012. "Something that was reckless, that was negligent does not meet that standard. We have to show that there was specific intent to do the crime with requisite state of mind."
President Barack Obama, who spoke in personal terms about Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of the teenager's killing more than a year ago, did not publicly react to Saturday's verdict. A White House official referred to the Justice Department's statement when asked about the NAACP's calls for federal civil rights changes against Zimmerman.
On "State of the Union," Jealous argued those charges were a necessary step, given certain factors in the Zimmerman case.
"They will make a choice about whether or not they will pursue criminal civil rights charges. We are calling on them to do just that," he said. "When you look at (Zimmerman's) comments, when you look at his comments about young black men in that neighborhood, about how they felt specially targeted by him, there is reason to be concerned that race was a factor in why he targeted young Trayvon."
Speaking later Sunday on CNN, Robert Zimmerman Jr., the brother of George Zimmerman, contended the federal investigation had yet to produce any evidence of racism.
“We welcomed, actually, that investigation through the FBI when they originally started investigating George,” he said. “They've investigated, I think, about three dozen of his closest friends and acquaintances. And there is not any inkling of racism. In fact, there's evidence to show the opposite.”
Groups like the NAACP need to “cool their jets, give everyone some time to kind of process what's going on,” Zimmerman said. “Agitation doesn't help us. It doesn't do anybody any good right now.”
On Saturday, Jealous and the NAACP released a statement saying they were "outraged and heartbroken" over the not-guilty verdict, which the group's leader explained further in the CNN interview.
"We're upset with the situation in this country. As black parents raising black boys and black girls in this society, it feels so often that our young people have to fear the bad guys and the good guys," he said. "The robbers and the cops and the self-appointed community watch volunteer who thinks he's keeping people safer."
Politicians from both parties weighed in on Saturday's verdict during appearances on television Sunday morning. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, calling Martin's death a "tragic event," said he respected the jury's decision.
"Although there may be people on either side of this that don't agree how this came out, the fact is we have the best judicial system in the world and we respect it," he said on CNN. "It's my opinion that a very thoughtful case was made by each side, the jurors made the decision, and we will live with that."
Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he accepted the verdict as fair.
"I don't always agree with what the jury does, but that's the system," said the Nevada Democrat. "And I support this system."
On "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an outspoken Republican, blasted Obama's administration for becoming involved in the Zimmerman case, arguing it had been turned into a political issue instead of a legal matter.
"The evidence didn't support prosecution and the Justice Department engaged in this. The president engaged in this and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled exclusively with law and order," King said.


  1. Famed defense lawyer and Harvard law professor Alan M. Dershowitz is calling for a federal investigation into civil rights violations stemming from the George Zimmerman case — but he says the probe should focus on prosecutorial misconduct rather than on allegations of racial profiling and bias.

    Speaking Sunday in an exclusive Newsmax interview, Dershowitz said the jury’s finding that Zimmerman was not guilty of either second-degree murder or manslaughter was “the right verdict.”

    He added, “There was reasonable doubt all over the place.”

    Immediately after the verdict was announced, however, the NAACP and outspoken activist Al Sharpton called on the Justice Department to launch a federal civil-rights probe, charging that the case had been racially tainted.

    Dershowitz is calling for a civil-rights probe as well. But he contends the person whose rights were violated was Zimmerman.

    “I think there were violations of civil rights and civil liberties — by the prosecutor,” said the criminal-law expert. “The prosecutor sent this case to a judge, and willfully, deliberately, and in my view criminally withheld exculpatory evidence.”

    He added: “They denied the judge the right to see pictures that showed Zimmerman with his nose broken and his head bashed in. The prosecution should be investigated for civil rights violations, and civil liberty violations.”

    Dershowitz said the second-degree murder case should never have gone to trial considering the flimsy evidence against Zimmerman. He also does not believe it was strong enough to be submitted to a jury for deliberation.

    “If the judge had any courage in applying the law, she never would have allowed the case to go to the jury,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “She should have entered a verdict based on reasonable doubt.”


    1. {…}

      Dershowitz singled out special prosecutor Angela Corey for “disciplinary action.”

      He criticized the state’s probable-cause affidavit for not including evidence indicating Zimmerman could have been acting in self-defense, including graphic images of blood streaming from his scalp and nose.

      “The prosecutor had in her possession photographs that would definitely show a judge that this was not an appropriate case for second-degree murder,” the Harvard professor told Newsmax. “She deliberately withheld and suppressed those photographs, refused to show them to the judge, got the judge to rule erroneously this was a second-degree murder case.

      “That violated a whole range of ethical, professional, and legal obligations that prosecutors have. Moreover, they withheld other evidence in the course of the pretrial and trial proceedings, as has been documented by the defense team,” he said.

      Dershowitz described the prosecution’s attempt late in the case to add a third-degree murder charge by asserting the shooting constituted child abuse “so professionally irresponsible as to warrant sanctions and investigations.”

      Dershowitz said various legal and bar association organizations could investigate how the state handled the prosecution. He added it could warrant a federal investigation as well.

      “I think people’s rights have been violated,” the famed attorney told Newsmax, “but it was the rights of the defendant and the defense team, by utterly unprofessional, irresponsible, and in my view criminal actions by the prosecutor,” he said.

      Dershowitz went on to express his opinion that Corey is “basically a prosecutorial tyrant, and well known for that in Florida.”

      Dershowitz and Corey have had run-ins before. She contacted Harvard Law School demanding that he be disciplined for voicing his opinion that she had improperly omitted information that could have exonerated Zimmerman.

      “Of course, the Harvard Law School laughed at [her complaint],” he said.

      As of Sunday evening Newsmax had not received a response to a request for Corey’s reaction to Dershowitz’s remarks. Even after the verdict was rendered Saturday, Corey continued to defend her decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

      “We charge what we believe we can prove,” she told the media. “That’s why we charged second-degree murder. We truly believe that the mindset of George Zimmerman and the words that he used and the reason he was out doing what he was doing fit the bill for second-degree murder.”


    2. {…}

      Corey said the case “has never been about race,” but also said there was “no doubt” young Trayvon Martin had been “profiled to be a criminal.”

      Although Zimmerman was cleared of all charges, Corey told the media: “This case was about boundaries and George Zimmerman exceeded those boundaries.

      Dershowitz tells Newsmax he expects there will probably be a lawsuit filed against Zimmerman for civil damages. He said civil-damage cases require a lower standard of proof that a wrong has been committed, and Zimmerman would not be able to avoid testifying.

      But Dershowitz adds: “I don’t know where you’ll find a lawyer who is prepared to bring it, because it has very little chance of success.”

      Asked if he expects Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department to launch a civil-rights investigation targeting Zimmerman, Dershowitz stated: “I don’t think that’s going to happen, and if it happens, I don’t think it would succeed.”

      Dershowitz told Newsmax the prosecutor overcharged the case, and never should have sought a second-degree murder conviction.

      “The theory was clearly to charge second-degree murder, and hope for a compromise verdict of manslaughter,” he said.

      Dershowitz was careful to add that the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin exposes a need to reform Florida laws.

      He believes the Stand Your Ground law should be changed because it "elevates macho over the need to preserve life."

      He also stated that racial profiling “has to be addressed.”

      “I think these vigilante community groups have to be disarmed,” he said. “I don’t think Zimmerman should have been allowed to have a gun.

      “He should have been walking around with a walkie-talkie and calling the police,” he said. “It’s the job of the police to investigate and apprehend suspects based on their professional training.”

      But the need for future legal reforms had no bearing on the Zimmerman trial, Dershowitz said, and insisted the case should never have reached a jury.

  2. What is good enough for OJ is good enough for Zimmerman.

  3. ‘Nothing more than a modern day lynching': NAACP convention, held just miles from site of George Zimmerman trial, becomes an unofficial 'Justice For Trayvon' rally

    -Daily Mail

  4. We need a national investigation of the racial context that led to Trayvon Martin’s slaying. Congress must act.

    And it’s time to call on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for an in-depth investigation of whether the U.S. is upholding its obligations under international human rights laws and treaties. Trayvon Martin’s death demands much more than a jury’s verdict on George Zimmerman.

    It calls for us to hear the evidence and render a verdict on the racial reality that never had its day in court at the trial.

    - Jesse Jackson

  5. George Zimmerman is the new red line.

    Syria, Iraq, Iran, IRS, NSA, Benghazi, immigration bill, sequester, all forgotten.

  6. Meanwhile, back in Philadelphia, someone else noticed the irony in Mayor Netter’s crocodile tears.

    Last year, Mayor Michael Nutter referred to Trayvon Martin’s death as “nothing short of an assassination.” This past weekend, Nutter issued a less incendiary statement, saying he’s “deeply saddened” by the verdict in the case, adding, “Every day in America, African American males die on our streets in outrageously alarming numbers.” This all made me wonder: Just to what extent does Mayor Nutter really care about Philly’s own young black men dying in our streets? We know what former Mayor John Street thinks of Nutter on that topic. I won’t repeat the disgustingly personal remark nor will I link it, as Nutter himself rightfully said he would not respond to such an “undignified” remark. But I did pose the question to a number of very vocal Philadelphians – none of whom were shy about sharing their views of the Zimmerman verdict on social media yesterday.

    I made sure I included a fair share of Martin supporters, Zimmerman supporters, Democrats, Republicans, whites, blacks, men and women. My sampling was much more diverse than the 5 white, 1 Hispanic all-female jury that heard the case. But this was strictly about Mayor Nutter’s comments, actions and results protecting the lives of young black men in Philadelphia. The gloves came off right away.

    “I do have a problem with him [Mayor Nutter] calling the death of Trayvon Martin an assassination,” said Denise Clay, a writer and blogger at The Mad (political) Scientist. “That word is better reserved for folks like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. It kind of reminds me of a Chris Rock skit in which he informs folks that Biggie and Tupac weren't assassinated ... they were shot. School is still going to be open on the rappers' birthdays. While the murder of Trayvon Martin was coldblooded and bad, it doesn't rise to the level of what happened with Dr. King or Malcolm.”

    David-Stephone Domingo Cherry, a student from the University of the Arts, didn’t mince words, either. “If Mayor Nutter had cared about the black boys, and young men of Philadelphia, wouldn’t he have rallied for the right to visit a local library instead of closing them down? Wouldn’t he have put something more on the line, instead of a politician’s promise, that means nothing after re-election? And just because he goes to a church every now and then, and declares a block party open, doesn’t mean he cares. ”

    “The difference between Trayvon Martin's death and any of the Philadelphia deaths is that only the Philadelphia deaths can be blamed upon Mayor Nutter's failures,” confided David Easlea, an elected Montgomery county Democrat who was initially very supportive of Nutter. “Naturally he wants to remove attention from his own failures and focus them on other peoples failures - whether that is the failure of the police to prosecute what they saw as an evident case of self-defense, or the failure of the politically motivated prosecution to persuade a jury that it was anything other than self-defense.”



    1. {…}

      No one expressed his dissatisfaction with Nutter more than Leon A. King, II, Esq., the former Commissioner of Prisons (December 2002 – January 2008). “Mayor Nutter only cares about playing to the media and ‘appearing’ like he really cares about the murders of black men in this City. He has done nothing substantial to stop, for the long term, the homicide rate in this City, nothing!”

      On the other hand, there were several supporters of the Mayor’s efforts, like West Philadelphia community activist Algernong Allen. “I think the Mayor, like many people black and white, are psychologically sorting through this apparent disconnect between law and justice,” Allen told me last night, adding, “This case may actually generate awareness for an issue, the violence inflicted upon black men, so long overlooked in our City. I believe on a human level, beyond position, the Mayor is sincere in his concern.”

      I agree with Allen that something very good can come out of this tragedy if the mayor and the other city officials use this as a springboard to take steps to address violence, drug policy, and jobs.

      Likewise, Micah Mahjoubian, a local political consultant and LGBT rights activist, felt Nutter cares deeply. “I have often disagreed with many of his policies and his priorities, especially when it comes to things like stop-and-frisk. But never would I question whether cares about the lives of people who live in our city, no matter the race.” Mahjoubian, who participated in a rally Sunday night in support of Martin, is looking to the future. “My gut, my heart, and my head tell me that justice was not served. And I’d like to have a responsible discussion about how we can fix this wrong.”

      One aspiring potential mayoral candidate chimed in, as well. In a posting to his Facebook wall, Joe McColgan wrote, "No disrespect Mr. Mayor, but young black men die on the streets of Philadelphia in what seems like a daily occurrence, without any real explanation as well, and at the hands of other young black men. Why is there no outrage - everyday - in Philadelphia? Is it more of a travesty that a black 17 year old was shot and killed by a Hispanic, as opposed to being shot and killed by another black 17 year old?" I asked McColgan if he had any additional comment. His response? “Mayor Nutter said, ‘Every day in America, African American males die on our streets in outrageously alarming numbers.’ And I ask why?

      The only consistent reason is it is someone else's fault; the judicial system, the cops, institutionalized racism, me -- the white man. Let’s stop fixing blame and fix the problem. We'll all be better off.” I contacted Gabriella Iacovetti – who posted her own comment on McColgan’s thread of this topic. Iacovetti, who resides in Center City, told me afterwards, “These people who are hurt and killed are always important to someone. But when you are the mayor, or the DA of the 5th largest city in the country, with its own set of challenges, why insert yourself into that? It does little to help here, where it's needed. And only inflames people to a level that is completely unnecessary.”

      All which brings me back to Clay, who, although she had a problem with Nutter’s use of “assassination,” feels that Nutter is not getting a fair shot from the media. “But here's the thing: when Mayor Nutter is asked about the murders here, he's never asked how they make him feel; he's blamed for them. I’m sure that if he were asked how they made him feel, he'd have a similar comment.”


  7. Care to examine what transpired in Philadelphia today over the weekend:

    Man, 31, shot dead in North Philadelphia house
    POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:42 PM

    The hunt is on for a gunman who killed a man with a shotgun blast to the chest in North Philadelphia Monday night.

    The victim was the eighth person shot to death in the last three days and the second murdered on Monday.

    Police were called to a house on Lambert Street near Norris just before 5:30 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the scene. When they arrived, they stumbled upon a scene of carnage inside the house: A 31-year-old man, whom police have not yet identified, was lying in a first-floor hallway, bleeding from at least one shotgun blast to the chest.


    Man, 31, shot dead in North Philadelphia house
    POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:42 PM
    The hunt is on for a gunman who killed a man with a shotgun blast to the chest in North Philadelphia Monday night.

    The victim was the eighth person shot to death in the last three days and the second murdered on Monday.

    Police were called to a house on Lambert Street near Norris just before 5:30 p.m., Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the scene. When they arrived, they stumbled upon a scene of carnage inside the house: A 31-year-old man, whom police have not yet identified, was lying in a first-floor hallway, bleeding from at least one shotgun blast to the chest.


    Police seek suspects in fatal South Philly shooting
    POSTED: Sunday, July 14, 2013, 10:09 PM
    Police are seeking suspects in the fatal shooting on a man tonight in South Philadelphia.

    A 32-year-old man was shot four times - once in both arms, once in the left leg and once in the chest - just at 9:12 p.m. on Reed Street near 27th, according to Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where doctors declared him dead, Russell said.

    Tipsters can call homicide detectives at (215) 686-3334 or -3335.

  8. General Holder, Rev Al,, Rev Jesse, anyone, care to comment, pitch a bitch, anything, no, silence, black on black, VP Biden, is thie a BFD or what?

  9. Hypocritical assholes. Who is the racist?

    1. The racists are the ones who keep bringing up race instead of looking at the instigator, the wannabe cop. Again, Deuce, would you have bent over at Zimmerman's command? You seem to prefer to delete the question ad opposed to considering an answer.

    2. The racists are the ones who keep bringing up race instead of looking at the instigator,

      That includes almost every politician including the three in the posted videos and most of the media and all of MSNBC.

      Again, Deuce, would you have bent over at Zimmerman’s command?

      No, but I would not have assaulted the man either.

      You seem to prefer to delete the question ad opposed to considering an answer.

      I delete snarky comment from anonymous posters, as you should be well acquainted with by now.


  11. GWEN IFILL: The acquittal of George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin echoed across the country today. The nation's chief law enforcement officer weighed in, amid protests against the verdict and demands for federal action.

    ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: We are also mindful of the pain felt by our nation surrounding the tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    GWEN IFILL: Attorney General Eric Holder used a Washington speech to address the outcome of the Zimmerman trial and to issue an appeal.

    ERIC HOLDER: I believe this tragedy allows another opportunity for this nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised.


    GWEN IFILL: The Justice Department is reviewing possible civil rights charges against Zimmerman, but Holder gave no indication of what the decision would be.

    ERIC HOLDER: I want to assure you that the department will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law.

    PBS Newshour

    1. .

      Similar to how they handle foreign policy decisions, this administration will wait to see how the wind blows and then act, and act in the wrong direction if history is any guide.

      However, they may milk it as long as possible so as to be able to avoid talking about the other scandals currently in the mixer.


  12. If Zimmerman had been driving drunk when he killed Trayvon Martin, he (Zimmerman) would have been convicted of manslaughter.

    If you go out, get drunk and kill someone with your automobile, you will probably be charged and convicted of man slaughter. Like a drunk driver, George Zimmerman ignored law enforcement instruction (to do nothing more). He exercised poor judgment when he got out of his vehicle and put himself into a situation he had no business being in. When things went south, he shot and killed a seventeen year old. Zimmerman was not a credible witness and if anyone needed "stand your ground protection", it was Trayvon Martin.

  13. And, none of that had absolutely anything to do with George Zimmerman getting out of his truck, chambering a round in his pistol, following Travon Martin, and shooting him to death.

  14. He had a right to get out of his truck. He was part of a neighborhood watch.

    He had a license to carry. There is no point to carrying a weapon without rounds.

    Martin was a seventeen year old kid that should not have died but Martin probably attacked Zimmerman. Zimmerman was carrying a loaded weapon. Martin, probably did not notice Zimmerman was armed until the assault was in progress. By then it was too late.

    It was a tragedy but it was not murder.

    There is no legal reason to give anyone a gun permit without making the assumption that they are permitted to use it if the threshold of personal danger is crossed and defense is justified.

    The jury was selected by the prosecutor and the defense. The case was heard. The evidence was presented and the jury refused to convict on any of the charges. That is the law and the system.

    You weren’t there and neither was I. I know enough to know that I do not know enough.

    1. I'm a little raw right now. I can accept the verdict of the jury, but I cannot accept the sickening, revisionist bullshit of the despicable, racist, right-wing hate shop.

      A seventeen year-old boy is dead. The right-wingers could at least have the decency to quietly go home.

    2. a 17 year old thug, who had a history of illegal gun dealing, violence, drugs and street fighting is dead.

      A criminal is a criminal no matter whether 17 or 50.

  15. Just who is it that is raising hell out in the streets today?

    Right wingers?

    Black mob beats up Hispanic man -"this is for Trayvon".

    The way these morons like Jackson, Sharpton et al are praising TM I say again -

    Sainthoodie is coming your way.

    Dershowitz is exactly right. There should have never even been a trial, and it's the judge, prosecutors and others that should be investigated for civil rights violations.

  16. Go fuck yourself, Bob; I'm sick of your racist shit.

    1. There is not a thing racist about it. I would say the same thing about some white nitwit in Mississippi

    2. So, is this a tragedy or what? A tragic figure always has a character flaw that gets him/her in trouble with the surrounding folks, and tragedies are always people interactive events. A little girl being run over by a bus eating an ice cream cone is not a tragedy.

      Trayvon Martin appears as all tragic flaw. A cute little kid, somewhere along the line it became so no one could stand to be around him anymore, not the school system, not his mother, not his father, and sooner or later, inevitably, not his grandparents either. So if this is a tragedy it is a very watered down type, with nothing noble about it, no redeeming value at all.

      This, or something like it, was bound to happen to TM sooner or later.

      Perhaps in the divine economy of things some innocent life was spared down the road by TM's early exit, stage left.

    3. You sick asshole, you just described half of the teenage boys in the country. Should they All be killed? Or, just the black ones? You're a racist piece of shit, Bob.

    4. Half the teenage boys in the country do not get kicked out of school - twice - Rufus. Nor are they kicked out of both their parents homes, nor have they a criminal record, nor have they stolen goods in their backpacks, nor are they always looking for fights.

    5. The Syrian rebels are with you, Rufus.

      Syrian Rebels Side with Trayvon

      What a strange world.

    6. You've been drinking Rufus.

    7. No, I haven't been drinking, nor, I believe did Trayvon Martin, unlike George Zimmerman, have a criminal record.

      But, again, if he did it would not have any bearing on the shooting.

    8. whitewashing trayvon is rufus's game...

      it aint the issue of his race, but his violent history and behavior.

      If Trayvon had not been crashing zimmerman's skull on the sidewalk? He'd be alive today.

    9. Yeah, two minor scrapes, no stitches. A hell of a "crashing" job that was. moron.

  17. Lumping Sharpton’s recent comments with those made by President Obama‘s statement about Trayvon Martin from early last year, Kimberly Guilfoyle condemned anyone who injects race into a case like this one. “I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist,” she said.

    “It does. I have a problem with people that want to make it more pervasive and create more problems and not even try to move forward in the right direction.


    Taking a step back before the segment ended, Beckel pointed out that the black community would likely be upset about the outcome of the Zimmerman trial “with or without Sharpton.” He added, “They are angry out there.”

  18. My niece got her purse stolen on a commuter train in Hamburg. I knew something like this was going to happen. Thankfully she has found another apartment much closer to her work, and with a nice young woman too. My niece is working on weekends too.




    Explains Difference Between 'N*gga' And 'N*gger' To Piers Morgan...


    What to do with morons?

    I know, a Federal Department of Education.

  20. Zimmerman's lawyers are saying they might seek compensation from the prosecution.


    They should, too.

    Malicious prosecution.

    It's a no-no.

    Should seek compensation from Obama too for starting the whole fiasco.

  21. Zimmerman's lawyer calls prosecutors 'disgrace' to profession

    By Chris Francescani

    NEW YORK, July 15 (Reuters) - George Zimmerman's chief defense lawyer on Monday called Florida prosecutors "a disgrace to my profession" for holding back evidence for months and pledged a new effort to impose sanctions against them.

    Mark O'Mara and co-counsel Don West argued the self-defense case that helped Zimmerman win an acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday for the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

    The law requires prosecutors to share evidence with defense attorneys, especially if it helps exonerate defendants. The requirement is known as the Brady disclosure.

    O'Mara accused prosecutors of several Brady violations, which were heard by Judge Debra Nelson before the trial. Nelson postponed some of her decisions on sanctions until after trial, saying the process was time-consuming.

    "This is not acceptable, and is not going to be tolerated in any case that I'm involved in," O'Mara told Reuters in New York on Monday, accusing special prosecutor Angela Corey and lead trial attorney Bernie de la Rionda of Brady violations.

    "They are a disgrace to my profession," O'Mara said, referring specifically to de la Rionda and Corey. "They said my client was 'lucky' to have been acquitted. Really?"

    Corey responded that O'Mara's comments were unprofessional and challenged him to point to any judge's ruling that her office improperly withheld evidence.

    "Our office adhered to the highest standards of ethical behavior," Corey told Reuters in a telephone interview. "Our rules of professional conduct regulate comments like that. I don't think those are the kind of comments that are appropriate."

    Her office confirmed last week that it had fired its information technology director, Ben Kruidbos, who had testified in a pre-trial hearing that files he created with text messages and images he retrieved from Martin's phone were not handed to the defense.

    Kruidbos testified last month that he found embarrassing photos on Martin's phone that included pictures of a clump of jewelry on a bed, underage nude females, marijuana plants and a hand holding a semi-automatic pistol.

    O'Mara said he intends to amend his request for sanctions against the prosecutors in light of testimony from the trial, calling prosecutors' failure to turn over data from Martin's phone records for months "an undeniable Brady violation."

    1. I don't think half the teenage boys in America have pictures of nude underage girls on their phones. Or stolen jewelry, either.

      If they do we are really in trouble.

    2. It has Nothing to do with his killing, bob.

      pictures of neddid girls? Are you shitting me?

    3. Move on to something else, Rufus. You're cathected.

    4. .

      You're cathected.

      That doesn't make sense.


    5. .

      I should have said that doesn't make sense to me.

      What exactly are you trying to say?


  22. Civil rights leaders say the case against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is not over. Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.


    “Trayvon Martin defines this season. It’s the season where young black men are more likely to be jailed, profiled or unemployed or shot,” he told Here & Now.



    From NPR and WBUR Boston, I'm Jeremy Hobson.


    I'm Robin Young. It's HERE AND NOW.


    HOBSON: Many of the protestors who have taken to the streets in cities across the country say that is what this is all about. Joining us now with his take is Reverend Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Reverend Jackson, thanks for being here.


    HOBSON: So all of this uproar across the country, what do you make of it? Is this about race?

    JACKSON: Well, in the greater measure it is. We were stunned with the verdict.


    HOBSON: But the jury has spoken. President Obama has said we've got to respect this jury. It's a nation of laws. What about that?

    JACKSON: Well, the fact is the jury was not a jury of peers. Not one black on the jury and not one man on the jury.

    Here And Now

    1. Well Good God, Jesse, the defense agreed to the jurors.

    2. What is wanted and needed to convict Zimmerman of course is a jury of hoodies.

  23. On July 15, 1903, Ford sold its first vehicle to Dr. E. Pfenning.

  24. Earth to Rufus.

    Earth to Rufus.

    A juror has spoken.

    And says Trayvon threw the first punch.

    You got to hand it to young Trayvon, he wasn't lacking for courage, scooting right in there on a man who has just chambered a round.

  25. WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 ― On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, saw Trayvon Martin. Minutes later Martin was dead and Zimmerman would see his life transformed by opportunistic politicians and the racial grievance industry, both of which found him to be an irresistible target.

    Every story needs a villain and a saint.

    The left is spinning this as a narrative of American racism. Vital to that narrative is the image of Martin as an innocent boy, almost a child. The media did its part by never showing photos of the 6’2”, 17-year old with gold capped teeth that he was when he died, but only as a slim, 12-year old.

    The real Trayvon Martin is lost in the hagiography. He was no longer an innocent child. He chose his path, and had that fatal encounter not taken place, it was leading him into the criminal justice system.

    Martin should have been arrested twice. If he had been, it might have changed his path. He was suspended twice from Miami Dade schools because he had burglary tools and possession of a dozen pieces of women’s jewelry.

    Text messages recovered from Martin’s phone show photos of guns and Martin using drugs. More disturbing are Martin’s text messages where he describes himself as a “gangsta,” talks about fighting, talks about buying and using drugs and asks a friend if he will share a .380. semi automatic pistol.

    The Conservative Tree House did an amazing job of investigating the case in a way the mainstream media would not. They discovered in the last hour of his life, Martin tried to buy a “blunt.” A blunt is a small cigar, which is hollowed out then filled with marijuana. He also bought the iconic Skittles and Arizona Watermelon iced tea. Those were not because he was hungry or thirsty or even getting them for someone else. Those two products are key ingredients in an urban drug drink called “Lean Purple.”

    When these embarrassing facts about Martin were released, the left went into overdrive to hide them and simply drop them down the memory hole. Benjamin Crump, the family attorney, called the texts and photos, “irrelevant.”

    They were not irrelevant for the trial (even though the jury did not see them) and they are definitely not irrelevant for the battle for the narrative that is now being fought.

    President Obama, operating on the theory that a crisis should never be allowed to go to waste, called for further gun control in memory of Trayvon Martin. Obama did not comment about the other young black men like Trayvon Martin who had been killed in Chicago where the Second Amendment is all but repealed.

    The left continues to push the narrative that America is a racist nation, George Zimmerman was a crazed, racist wannabe cop and Trayvon Martin was an innocent child.

    None of that is true.

    Trayvon Martin was a product of American liberal social policies. A single mother raised him. His school was more concerned about appeasing the civil rights hucksters than whether Martin was educated and taught basic responsibilities.

    The story of Martin’s life is not irrelevant. It is the major cause of what happened that night he encountered Zimmerman. The left has tried to demonize Zimmerman and has tried to canonize St. Trayvon.

    The truth is that Martin was a 17-year-old wannabe thug who was the architect of his own demise. That is the story that should be told. Perhaps if that story and the truth about Martin were told, it might prevent the next Trayvon Martin.

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  26. Surely Obama, the first black president, committed to a post-racial era, spent the day trying to calm things down. Let’s take a peek at Obama’s schedule, just to confirm:

    President's Schedule - July 15, 2013

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    Monday, July 15 2013 All Times ET

    10:00 AM
    The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing
    Oval Office
    Closed Press

    12:05 PM
    The President and the First Lady have lunch with former President George H. W. Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush, and members of the Bush family
    Red Room
    Closed Press

    1:45 PM
    The President and the First Lady host President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush to honor the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award winner
    East Room
    Open Press

    That was Obama’s day. In the office at the crack of dawn, 10 AM, exhausted and ravenous by 12:05, lunch with dotty old George in his mismatched red banded hose, and shortly after 1:45, Obama was done for the day.