By Vivian Quo and Josh Levs
(CNN) – The state’s chief witness in the Trayvon Martin murder case lied under oath, prosecutors say.
The young woman who says she was on the phone with Martin when he encountered George Zimmerman lied about her whereabouts at another time, the prosecution told a judge Tuesday.
The woman, whose name has not been released, had told prosecutors that she was in the hospital on the day of Martin’s funeral. The defense then sought her medical records.
Letters to Zimmerman show split opinions on Trayvon Martin shooting
In court on Tuesday, the state said the woman, known as Civilian Witness 8, was not in the hospital, so there are no such records to be turned over.
Prosecutors did not immediately respond to a question Wednesday from CNN about the witness’s credibility and how this may affect the case.
George Zimmerman, the man facing second-degree murder charges in one of the most racially charged and controversial cases in recent memory is seeking damages against NBC for portraying him as a “racist and predatory villain.”
The suit, filed this afternoon, claims, “NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity to increase ratings.”
An NBC News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The suit claims the network pounced on the story in large part to help aid the ailing ratings of its morning program, “The Today Show.” It centers around “manipulated” exchanges between George Zimmerman and a non-emergency dispatcher shortly before unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. The audio aired a few times on several NBC platforms beginning March 19.
The suit blames NBC in large part for the media frenzy surrounding the case and hostilities against Zimmerman. FULL ARTICLE
Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)
George, God did not plan for you to murder Trayvon Martin.
Remember the TEN COMMANDMENTS?
No, George: The Devil made you do it! (IMHO)
Sanford, Fla., will keep their police chief.
In a meeting Monday, city commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who had come under fire over his handling of the Travon Martin case. Most of the commissioners said the uproar surrounding Martin’s death was because of outsiders, and said the chief shouldn’t have to take the fall for it.
Those in the minority had argued his resignation would be the only way the city could move forward.
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When he took a leave of absence, I thought that it was a face-saving measure. However, Police Chief in the Trayvon Martin case will resign effective Midnight tonight. [CNN]
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey just announced that she is charging George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder. Zimmerman has admitted to killing the teen victim, Trayvon Martin 44 days ago in Sanford, Florida. Martin was on his way home when George Zimmerman decided that the black teen was “acting suspiciously.” Trayvon had in his hands Skittles™ and iced tea. George Zimmerman had a gun. George called the police and was told not to pursue Trayvon. He did not listen and soon afterwards he shot Trayvon. Prosecutor Corey was impressive in her concern for “justice for Trayvon.” She has a large legal team behind her which has accumulated and analyzed the evidence and will work toward bringing the case to trial. After this press conference, Al Sharpton had a press conference in Washington, DC along with Trayvon’s parents. Rev. Sharpton told the public “no gloating. No high-fives. This is not a night for celebration.” Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, thanked all the Americans for their support, signing petitions, etc. He singled out the young people who inspired by the concept of justice [sic]. Mr. Crump said that from day one he believed that the evidence required that George Zimmerman should be arrested. “That is all the Martin family wanted… This is only first base.” He ended by saying that Trayvon’s legacy requires that there be no acts of violence and that, like Trayvon’s parents, we all let the system play out. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, and his father, Tracy Martin thanked everyone and expressed gratitude that their minimum wish had been accomplished. Attorney Crump’s partner, Attorney Parks spoke, also. He thanked Angela Corey and her team and the countless people who have been involved in seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. Credit for bringing this case to national attention was given to Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network which is holding a convention in Washington. A call was made for this case to be the start of a movement. The call was made for an additional one million new voters in November. Young voters will be the key to change in laws like “Stand Your Ground.”
Al Sharpton by David Shankbone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tallahassee defense attorney Deveron Brown talks to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, about the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Editor’s note: Jeffrey Bellin, an assistant professor of law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, formerly served as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C.
(CNN) – The tragic killing of Trayvon Martin and the initial decision by the police not to arrest George Zimmerman for that killing have focused public attention on Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
According to police, Zimmerman claims self-defense, but many observers can’t understand how a grown man with a gun can plausibly claim that he was forced to kill a teenager armed only with some candy.
If that’s the law of self-defense in Florida (and elsewhere), these observers argue, the law needs to change.
The law of self-defense is at its core about reasonableness. If a person reasonably perceives a serious threat of harm, and uses reasonable force to meet that threat, the law justifies even deadly force, and it does so even if it turns out that the perceived threat was illusory. [CNN] FULL ARTICLE