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Stand Your Ground

Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman Compelling, But Unlikely

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.10.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Martin's family, their attorneys, and civil rights leaders face the terrible reality that if Zimmerman walks, there will be little recourse from the feds. It's not just. It's not fair. But, unfortunately, it's the system.

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Shooting It All in Las Vegas

Michael Winship | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Solving gun violence should be a primary goal of law enforcement but government departments remain hamstringed by budget cuts and hiring freezes, not to mention the relentless bigfooting of the NRA, firearms manufacturers and the rest of the gun lobby.

Teens Accused Of Killing Homeless Man To Try Controversial Defense

Sun Sentinel | Rafael Olmeda | Posted 08.24.2013 | Miami

Two teenagers accused of killing a homeless man during a fight behind a Hallandale Beach auto parts store in December will try to persuade a judge to ...

Amanda Terkel

Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racially Discriminatory? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted on Friday to launch an investigation into whether "Stand Your Ground" laws around the country ...

Intruder's Big Mistake Leads To Shootout

Posted 05.15.2013 | Crime

Tip to prospective home intruders: If you're going to lock your victim in a closet, be certain it's not their gun closet. Police in Texas say a hom...

Zimmerman Makes A Big Decision

AP | KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 06.30.2013 | Black Voices

SANFORD, Florida -- The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting a Florida teenager told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his...

Zimmerman's Defense Deadline Looming

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2013 | Black Voices

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, April 29 (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Florida want George Zimmerman to state publicly at a court hearing on T...

Tea Party Moves To Arrest Stand Your Ground Opponents

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

Tea party Republicans in New Hampshire want to press criminal charges against state legislators who voted to repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law ...

John Celock

Stand Your Ground Repeal Called Anti-Women | John Celock | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

The Democrat-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives voted narrowly Wednesday to approve legislation that would repeal the state's Stand You...

Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman's Lawyers Cancel 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing | Posted 03.06.2013 | Crime

In a surprising twist, George Zimmerman's lawyers have cancelled a hearing set for April that had the potential to have Zimmerman's charges dismissed ...

Trayvon Martin and the Myth of Black Inferiority

Ronnie Reese | Posted 04.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ronnie Reese

As Trayvon Martin's death comes back into the national consciousness, we should be mindful of the devastating potential of centuries of brainwashing, especially when combined with gun violence.

Janell Ross

Parents Prep For New Legal Battle On What Would Have Been Slain Teen's 18th Birthday | Janell Ross | Posted 02.16.2013 | Black Voices

Before his son died, Ron Davis had had just one distant brush with Florida’s gun laws. Right around the time Davis retired from Delta Airlines i...

WATCH: Jamie Foxx Joins Trayvon Martin Peace Walk

Posted 04.11.2013 | Miami

Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 on Tuesday. On Saturday, actor Jamie Foxx joined Martin's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in Miami for...

Janell Ross

Stand Your Ground Creates New Activist | Janell Ross | Posted 01.25.2013 | Black Voices

Ron Davis still isn’t sure how he made the 30-minute drive to the hospital. He was crying. He was praying he wouldn’t crash into anyone. He was pl...

Florida Democrats Join Trayvon Martin's Mother In Fight Against 'Stand Your Ground'

AP | Posted 03.18.2013 | Black Voices

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The mother of Trayvon Martin and Democratic lawmakers are calling for the repeal of Florida's so-called "stand your ground" ...

Morning News And Notes From Diverse America

Janell Ross | Posted 03.11.2013 | Black Voices
Janell Ross

A federal judge dealt a blow to what officials insist is one of New York City's most effective but also widely criticized crime-fighting tools. Stop and Frisk can't continue as is in the Bronx. As Barack Obama prepares for a second term the nation's first black President may be building a team of nearly all white and male cabinet officials and top-level staff leading some to make alarming comparisons between Obama and George W. Bush. A South Carolina Mexican Restaurant forces it's employees to advertise it's troubling brand of immigration enforcement -- on their uniforms. Let's just say there's an image of a taco and an allusion to a rat trap involved.

The Zombification of America

Annabel Park | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

This is my fear about America in a nutshell: Are we feeling so alienated from one another that we see the other as zombie-like and worthless? That is, not deserving of compassion, a voice in the political process, or even life?

State Sen. Proposes Major 'Stand Your Ground' Changes

Posted 12.31.2012 | Miami

A South Florida state senator is proposing considerable changes to the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" statute. With Senate Bill 136, Fl...

Man 'Stands His Ground' In Pizza Parlor, Shoots Fellow Customer

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.18.2012 | Weird News

Randall White ordered a thin-crust veggie pie at a Little Caesars restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday and complained about the slow service....

Legislator's Solution to School Shootings -- Let NRA Teach First Graders

Randy Turner | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Randy Turner

Rather than taking common sense efforts to make sure that the kinds of guns that no one needs for protection or for sport are taken off the marketplace, Missouri Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, has a different, more gun-friendly solution.

Charges Upgraded To 1st Degree Murder In Slaying Of Unarmed Teen

Reuters | Susan Cooper Eastman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Black Voices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec 13 (Reuters) - A grand jury indicted a Florida man for first degree murder on Thursday in the shooting death of an unarmed, ...

Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin and the 'Threatening' Black Male

Ava Thompson Greenwell | Posted 02.07.2013 | Black Voices
Ava Thompson Greenwell

We must address the elephant in the room. Black males have a history in the U.S. of being labeled threatening and suspicious even when they have broken no laws. The legal assumption of innocent until proven guilty rarely applies.

The Law and Unintended Consequences

D.L. Hughley | Posted 02.04.2013 | Black Voices
D.L. Hughley

No one likes kids blasting their crappy music. No one likes babies crying on airplanes either. But you don't get to kill them.

Janell Ross

Killing Of Another Unarmed Florida Teen Reignites Push to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Laws | Janell Ross | Posted 12.05.2012 | Black Voices

Two days after Jordan Davis’s parents buried the body of their 17-year-old son in the Georgia ground, a campaign to repeal "Stand Your Ground" laws ...