Judicial Watch FOIA docs show DoJ facilitated Zimmerman protests in Florida

posted at 2:41 pm on July 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Did the Department of Justice help generate protests in Florida over the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case?  Or did their Community Relations Service unit attempt to moderate their tone?  Judicial Watch discovered that the CRS spent some time and money participating in the protests in the spring of 2012, thanks to a trove of documents from a wide-ranging FOIA request:

JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013. According to the documents:

  • March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
  • March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
  • April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
  • April 11-12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.” – expenses for employees to travel, eat, sleep?

From a Florida Sunshine Law request filed on April 23, 2012, JW received thousands of pages of emails on April 27, 2012, in which was found an email by Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer Amy Carswell from April 16, 2012: “Congratulations to our partners, Thomas Battles, Regional Director, and Mildred De Robles, Miami-Dade Coordinator and their co-workers at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and build bridges of understanding and respect in Sanford, Florida” following a news article in the Orlando Sentinel about the secretive “peacekeepers.”

In reply to that message, Battles said: “Thank you Partner. You did lots of stuff behind the scene to make Miami a success. We will continue to work together.” He signed the email simply Tommy.

Carswell responded: “That’s why we make the big bucks.”

Some involvement of the CRS in the controversy had already been reported.  The Orlando Sentinel noted on April 15, 2012 that the agency had set up a meeting between the NAACP and the local police, which resulted in a temporary resignation of the police chief, Bill Lee.   The Sentinel also reported that the CRS had arranged for police escorts for protesters to make the 40-mile trek from Daytona Beach to Sanford.

The full extent of the CRS involvement in the protests, though, had not been known until now.  The question is what the CRS was doing.  If the DoJ was concerned that protests would get out of hand and turn violent, then mediation would have been a good choice. According to the descriptions, though, it appears that the CRS was more of a participant and organizer of the protests than a mediator of them.  The sums of money don’t appear that large, but March 25 through April 12 is almost three weeks worth of time and effort.

The Daily Caller asked the DoJ for comment, but the spokesperson didn’t have any information on the issue at the time. With the Zimmerman case going to the jury and a verdict certain to create controversy no matter how the jury rules, perhaps Congress should look into the DoJ’s actions to determine whether they were trying to calm the waters — or trying to bring them to a boil.


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‘Justice is blind’ is such an antiquated and quaint concept.

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Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Zimmerman has a federal lawsuit he can file against Holder & Obama. Sue for $10 Billion
and then go buy an island somewhere with female security guards armed with AK-47′s.

redguy on July 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Our cowardly American tax dollars at work.

“If I had a son, he would look like Al Sharpton.”

Drained Brain on July 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Let’s all watch while our federal government uses tax money to foment race riots.

Cicero43 on July 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

With the Zimmerman case going to the jury and a verdict certain to create controversy no matter how the jury rules, perhaps Congress should look into the DoJ’s actions to determine whether they were trying to calm the waters — or trying to bring them to a boil.

Dollars to doughnuts it’s the latter, not the former.

rbj on July 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

If we had a working press in this country they might be interested in looking into something like this.

Cicero43 on July 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Community organizer gonna organize.

CurtZHP on July 10, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The amount of money revealed looks to me like just travel costs (per diem, airline, mileage, rental car, etc) for CRS people to go down there and help get things going.
Probably not the whole picture….

dentarthurdent on July 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Community Agitators gonna agitate…?

d1carter on July 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Goons and thugs are in charge of your lives…in the USA, 2013.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

The trumped up charges against Zimmerman was a conspiracy among Obama and liberal NBC to jack up black voter turnout in Florida for the 2012 election.

sentinelrules on July 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The O-Ministration leading a protest against a Hispanic male? This needs to go viral.

For Eric Holder’s people n all dat.

Key West Reader on July 10, 2013 at 2:51 PM

So… We now live in the Soviet Union…

Skywise on July 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Our cowardly American tax dollars at work.

“If I had a son, he would look like Al Sharpton.”

Drained Brain on July 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

“If I had a son, he’d look like Barack Obama”

/Sharpton, Jackson.

Key West Reader on July 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Eric has been a busy little boy. Anyone who thinks Eric Holder is interested in better race relations, please hold up your hand.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

“NO, it’s not God Bless America, it’s GD America!!”__Rev. Wright. Obama was so listening to those sermons!!

Deano1952 on July 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Well there’s a shock!
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OmahaConservative on July 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Let’s all watch while our federal government uses tax money to foment race riots.

Cicero43 on July 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Exactly.

This is totally unacceptable. Outrageous. Flagrant, profound and dangerous abuse of power.

Heads need to roll over this.

petefrt on July 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

The trumped up charges against Zimmerman was a conspiracy among Obama and liberal NBC to jack up black voter turnout in Florida for the 2012 election.

sentinelrules on July 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

It worked.

Key West Reader on July 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

With the Zimmerman case going to the jury and a verdict certain to create controversy no matter how the jury rules,

Maybe controversy but I’d put money on the whether violence will erupt no matter how the jury rules.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

With the Zimmerman case going to the jury and a verdict certain to create controversy no matter how the jury rules, perhaps Congress should look into the DoJ’s actions to determine whether they were trying to calm the waters — or trying to bring them to a boil.

Yeah, not going to happen. The minute they do they’ll be decried as racists. Congress is going to hide under the desk for this one. Don’t look to them for any leadership if Zimmerman is acquitted and there are riots, as well.

Doomberg on July 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Colluding with Black Panthers during elections.

Enough said.

portlandon on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Mr Issa? Mr Daryl Issa, Please pick up the red courtesy phone.

Cant wait to see Holder spin this one.

I really hope the zimmeman team sues the Feds.

Rich on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Heard this earlier today…..We’ve become________ INSERT
THIRD WORLD SH*THOLE IN SPACE PROVIDED.

ToddPA on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Since this will only air on Fox, it’s non-news.

vityas on July 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

So, if social restlessness breaks out following the verdict, and someone loses their life, does DOJ add their involvement to their list of things they won’t talk about?

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

So… We now live in the Soviet Union…

No my friend, it’s much worse than that, deep down in their hearts, the folks that ran the Soviet Union knew that they were evil.

Wallythedog on July 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Have they finally gone too far?

esr1951 on July 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

But no one looks at the data NSA stores on Americans without a FISA warrant…

d1carter on July 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Banana republic government for a banana republic people.

MNHawk on July 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

There is growing evidence the DoJ is playing a major behind the scenes role in the Zimmerman case.

J’Accuse?

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Community Agitators gonna agitate…?

d1carter on July 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

It’s the only real job the REB has ever had, and he was a failure at that as well.

slickwillie2001 on July 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

This news broke a while back. I was beginning to think no one was ever going to follow up.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Since this will only air on Fox, it’s non-news.

vityas on July 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

We had a major storm roll through a few hours ago, and now the only station I can’t get is Fox News. Coincidence? I think not.

esr1951 on July 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I think Zimmerman is going to found guilty of something. Six people don’t want to be responsible for the destruction of their city or the better than even chance that people will know where to find them.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Mr Issa? Mr Daryl Issa, Please pick up the red courtesy phone.

Cant wait to see Holder spin this one.

I really hope the zimmeman team sues the Feds.

Rich on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Holder: I don’t recall. I don’t remember, I have no idea who in the DOJ would do this. [And he will do nothing to find out.]

Dasher on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I really hope the zimmeman team sues the Feds.

Rich on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I do too. And sue NBC and other media who falsified the story. I hope some top notch legal help comes forward to pursue his remedies and send a message that people who do this crap will have to pay.

petefrt on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

The race hucksters need a victory, after years of trumping up charges and faking ‘incidents’ that have never panned out for them. With the DoJ under Holder and Obama, they had to take the shot and go for broke.

I don’t care how little money was spent. If they did it for free, I’d still be ticked; our government should not be doing this sort of thing. Far as I know, the protests so far have been peaceful, so there seems no cause for mediation then or (so far) right now.

The government is fomenting enmity among the people, which no citizen should tolerate.

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Agitatin’ and organizin’ that’s all our President and his henchmen know…rousin’ the rabble…and changing the way we are governed, one giant leap at a time.

Zimmerman needs to lawyer up, fast…enlist the best out there…and sue the pants off DoJ and this White House for billions.

This is disgusting.

Lawlessness at all levels of government.

coldwarrior on July 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

There is growing evidence the DoJ is playing a major behind the scenes role in the Zimmerman case.

J’Accuse?

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Makes it a bit clearer as to why this dog of a case even went to trial. Angela Corey’s buttons were being pushed by the long skinny finger of Eric.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

perhaps Congress should look into the DoJ’s actions to determine whether they were trying to calm the waters — or trying to bring them to a boil.

Yeah, that’s a really tough one.

This Congress would never do anything that might put a kink in Barky’s quest to raise racial animus and bring this nation to destruction. Barky and his junta have been given carte blanche to commit any crime and any offense to the Constitution and nation that their little, evil pea-brains desire.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

A most excellent analysis of the Zimmerman Trial (No, it’s not the ‘Trayvon Martin Trial’…just as the ‘OJ Simpson Trial’ wasn’t the ‘Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman Trial.’)

Deconstructing the Trayvon Martin Narrative: Nothing Left to Argue?

Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

So now our tax dollars are being spent to astroturf lynch mobs?

myiq2xu on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Why would anyone live in such a sickeningly immoral country?

DarkCurrent on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I think Zimmerman is going to found guilty of something. Six people don’t want to be responsible for the destruction of their city or the better than even chance that people will know where to find them.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I am worried about this outcome as well. The jurors know their own personal safety, as well as the safety of their city are on the line. I think there will be at least one juror who is determined to convict for the “greater good.” The best we can probably hope for is a mistrial.

Doomberg on July 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

So exactly who is the Grande Dragon of the CRS at this time? Regional Director! I meant Regional Director.

onomo on July 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I think Zimmerman is going to found guilty of something. Six people don’t want to be responsible for the destruction of their city or the better than even chance that people will know where to find them.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I’m sure he’ll be convicted of something despite the evidence. If the lesser charge of manslaughter, we might escape violence. Less than that, like the lowest charge of assault, and hell might break loose. Liberal pundits have already said he needs to be convicted of something, and they don’t really care what after that crappy presentation by the prosecutors. Others, though, are in a barely-restrained frenzy.

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The cure sure is looking a whole lot like the old disease. The more they change I guess.

onomo on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I think Zimmerman is going to found guilty of something. Six people don’t want to be responsible for the destruction of their city or the better than even chance that people will know where to find them.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I lived in Sanford as a kid… trust me, not much there. Except for people like Jeantel – the “star” witness for the prosecution.

L.I.B.

Key West Reader on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I wouldn’t want to bet either way, But IMHO Zimmerman will be found guilty. I wouldn’t put it past this evil judge to use a a directed verdict..
And /or the Jury, even if they would normally vote for acquittal, will be afraid that they and their families will be targeted if they don’t railroad Zimmerman.

LegendHasIt on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I look forward to the day that my children can live in a colorblind society.

beatcanvas on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I really don’t know where to go with this crap. This whole Zimmerman case is a sad, pathetic window into the world of “liberal justice”, and now we have evidence that our filthy Government is not above pulling the strings on citizens that it finds offensive. I can’t help but hope that Karma finds its way to both Obama and Holder.

BettyRuth on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

So now our tax dollars are being spent to astroturf lynch mobs?

myiq2xu on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

What “now”? They Indonesian and his junta did this with the union thugs sent to bank middle managers’ private houses to stomp on their lawns and scare the living sh#t out of the wives and kids. The junta pulled it with those insane Wisconsin “protests”, too. And others.

This is nothing new for this junta. Just par for the course. They are entitled to be as criminal and as anti-American as they can be … evidently.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Have they finally gone too far?

The problem is, is that right now 40% of the people probably this is just the kind of stuff the DoJ should be doing, the rest of the people are too busy watching Honey Boo Boo to care.

Wallythedog on July 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

So now our tax dollars are being spent to astroturf lynch mobs?

myiq2xu on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Nope.. Just the 45% of people who work for a living. The other 47%? They get PAID to astro turf.

BHO.. The World’s Biggest Mistake.

Thank you, MSM!!!!

Key West Reader on July 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Why would anyone live in such a sickeningly immoral country?

DarkCurrent on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

The Bill of Rights.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Why would anyone live in such a sickeningly immoral country?

DarkCurrent on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Didn’t use to be this way.

Shame my kids will know nothing better.

Jabberwock on July 10, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Have they finally gone too far?

The problem is, is that right now 40% of the people probably think this is just the kind of stuff the DoJ should be doing, the rest of the people are too busy watching Honey Boo Boo to care.

Wallythedog on July 10, 2013 at 3:10 PM

So government agents are sent to gin up racial unrest and give the leftists fodder for their agenda? Banana republic indeed.

sharrukin on July 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

And our beloved Congress sit back and do nothing to turn off the spigot or threaten agency after agency who bleed us dry on subversive programs.

Leftist will always push as far as they can to cause chaos…but I blame congress for allowing this SH!t to happen day after day after day!

katy on July 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

According to some talking head on the news this morning, manslaughter is an automatic 2nd degree murder in Florida, that includes a pretty long stay in prison. Take that for what it is worth, I’m a low info voter when it comes to this.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

LegendHasIt on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Guilty of something now for effect, then quietly overturn the verdict and let him out in 6 monthes or so?

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Key West Reader on July 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM

LOL! Well it’s still home to those folks and I am sure they like it. That poor child, she was not helpful.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I think Zimmerman is going to found guilty of something. Six people don’t want to be responsible for the destruction of their city or the better than even chance that people will know where to find them.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Do they want to feel responsible for Zimmerman’s murder while in prison? Will they be able to sleep at night if they think they sent an innocent man to his death?

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

DarkCurrent on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Because at this point this is still an anomaly. But I’m still leaning towards buying an island rather than moving to China as an alternative. So far.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I wish Drudge would get it up.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Guilty of something now for effect, then quietly overturn the verdict and let him out in 6 monthes or so?

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I wonder how an appeal of conviction would play out. The way this judge has been favoring the prosecution, I have to say that the Soviets gave Francis Gary Powers a more fair trial.

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I am sure they are fine ladies but self preservation covers a multitude of sins.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I would think that the actions of the DOJ would possibly present 1) an appellate issue due to the government’s actions, which may very well have impacted the defendant’s right to a fair trial, and 2) a 18 USC § 1983 civil c/a for the deprivation of civil or constitutional rights under colour of law, which would grant GZ treble damages plus attorneys’ fees should he prevail.

There are also criminal statutes for deprivation of civil rights, which include Federal employees, appointees, and agents:

18 USC § 241 criminally punishes two or more individuals, who conspire to deprive another of his civil rights.

18 USC § 242 provides for criminal prosecution and sentences in prison beginning at 1 year on each count for those that deprived the civil rights of another under the colour of law.

Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I am gonna write what everyone else is thinking. The president used his justice dept to stir up this Martin thing when there was no case in Florida to help excite his base and get them re-energized in a must win state.
Essentially there was never a murder case here, and we have all seen that from the evidence presented for the last week and a half.
The shame about all this, is this president has ruined the lives of George Martin and the jurors in this trial. All of them will have to watch their backs from now on if this ends in aquittal. there is enormous pressure on these jurors to find a guilty verdict where these is essentially no case. And the president? he got what he wanted, he got out the vote in Florida. This is the transformed USA we all now live in.

paulsur on July 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I guess that is a possibility, but I’m expecting Judge Snidelina Whiplash to personally tie Zimmerman down to the railroad tracks and leave him there.

LegendHasIt on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I don’t know how Florida law works, but liberals want Zimmerman’s head on a pike.

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Do they want to feel responsible for Zimmerman’s murder while in prison? Will they be able to sleep at night if they think they sent an innocent man to his death?

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Uh, not a capital muder case.

paulsur on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Do they want to feel responsible for Zimmerman’s murder while in prison? Will they be able to sleep at night if they think they sent an innocent man to his death?

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

He’d be out of sight, out of mind, unlike a community on fire, I’m sad to say.

The_Livewire on July 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

This will stop when somebody else’s money runs out…

d1carter on July 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

So, if social restlessness breaks out following the verdict, and someone loses their life, does DOJ add their involvement to their list of things they won’t talk about?

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

You’re talking about FL here. There will be a crap load of guns and lots of people will be shot and many killed. Which in my opinion is part of the plan. We will need tougher gun laws after the death and destruction in FL over this “small” trial. BO may even try to spin the lax gun laws in FL as the cause of the shootings. This show trial is only a small part of what is going on.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Uh, not a capital muder case.

paulsur on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

He/she is talking about Zimmerman’s murder while in prison because of a verdict driven by racial politics.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Why would anyone live in such a sickeningly immoral country?

DarkCurrent

Umm, don’t you live in China?

xblade on July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Uh, not a capital muder case.
paulsur on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

What’s that got to do with it?
Farsighted said murder in prison, not sentenced to death and executed by the state.

Think shanked, not lethal injection.

LegendHasIt on July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Me thinks that MS. Justice is peeking through her blindfold to get some coaching from the DOJ!!

Deano1952 on July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Uh, not a capital muder case.

paulsur on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

The reference to his death is his likely lifespan in general population. The Justice Brothers basically put a glowing sign over George Zimmerman’s head saying ‘insert shank here’.

The_Livewire on July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Uh, not a capital muder case.

paulsur on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I know that. I have watched most of the trial.

If sent to prison Zimmerman will be a target of the black prison gangs. He would be a trophy kill.

A sampling of the threats on Twitter make that clear. Lots of bad people want him dead.

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Which in my opinion is part of the plan. We will need tougher gun laws after the death and destruction in FL over this “small” trial. BO may even try to spin the lax gun laws in FL as the cause of the shootings. This show trial is only a small part of what is going on.

Dr. Frank Enstine on July 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Hmmm. I hadn’t thought about that. Multiple agendas and Rahm’s advice to never let a crisis go to waste.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Great. So in order to preserve ourselves from making the wrong people angry, we need to convict people for acting within the law. Leave it to Florida to set such a novel precedence.

BettyRuth on July 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The_Livewire on July 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Exactly. Beat me to it.

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Exactly. Beat me to it.

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

And so did several others.

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

If Zimmy is found guilty, he should ask for a mistrial.

Jury pool pollution.

Akzed on July 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I wonder how an appeal of conviction would play out.

The decision not to allow in the Martin’s text messages about fighting is almost certainly reversible error as was the decision not to grant a continuance after the prosecution waiting until a week before trial to produce those text messages.

tommyboy on July 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Eric Holder is Al Sharpton in a cheaper suit.

Akzed on July 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

You know what is weird. I was on a jury in Florida and there were twelve of us.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Spies & Muscle: Holder, Secretive DOJ Group Helped Oust Sanford Sheriff via Brietbat.com

The Obama administration may have had direct involvement in shaping the Trayvon Martin shooting narrative, including direct involvement in forcing Sanford, FL sheriff Bill Lee to temporarily step down.

An Orlando Sentinel article detailing how the Department of Justice’s secretive Community Relations Service worked to bring about Sheriff Lee’s ouster raises troubling questions about the Obama administration’s involvement, especially when coupled with the cozy relationship that Attorney General Eric Holder has with one of the lead Trayvon Martin agitators, the Rev. Al Sharpton.

petefrt on July 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Do they want to feel responsible for Zimmerman’s murder while in prison?

farsighted on July 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Responsible? Notwithstanding their opposition to the death penalty and, in many cases, even LWOP, they believe that he deserves it…even if he is innocent. ‘Cuz karma, doncha know?

Will they be able to sleep at night if they think they sent an innocent man to his death?

Like babies.

Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

What a surprise – it’s hit the media.

Not a surprise – it’s the British media, doing the job the American MSM won’t do.

Revealed: How taxpayers paid for Justice Department unit to ‘support protests after killing of Trayvon Martin’

Drained Brain on July 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

News: Zimmerman opts not to testify.

petefrt on July 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

If Zim is found guilty of anything, Sharpton will be insufferable.

a capella on July 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

News: Zimmerman opts not to testify.
petefrt on July 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Only after the Judge grilled him on it, under oath, over objection of counsel. It was outrageous.

tommyboy on July 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Every once in a while we need to be reminded that we are truly living in a third world banana republic…

“… my people.” – Eric Holder

… It’s paradise, no?

Seven Percent Solution on July 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Sounds reasonable.

John the Libertarian on July 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

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