Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 15th 2013 Contents FLORIDA---After a year and a
half of living as a hermit,
George Zimmerman emerged
from a Florida courthouse a
free man, cleared of all charges
in the shooting of 17-year-old
His brother said the former
neighbourhood watch volunteer
was still processing the reality
that he wouldn t serve prison
time for the killing, which Zim-
merman, 29, has maintained
was an act of self-defence. A
jury found him not guilty of sec-
ond-degree murder late Satur-
day night and declined to con-
vict him on a lesser charge of
However, with many critics
angry over his acquittal, his free-
dom will likely be limited.
Demonstrators upset with the
verdict protested mostly peace-
fully in Florida and Atlanta
overnight, but some broke win-
dows and vandalised a police
squad car in Oakland during
protests in four California cities,
"He s going to be looking over
his shoulder the rest of his life,"
Robert Zimmerman Jr said dur-
ing an interview on CNN.
Martin s killing in February 2012
unleashed furious debate across
the US over racial profiling, self-
defence and equal justice. Pro-
testers across the country lashed
out against police in the Orlando
suburb of Sanford, outraged that
it took 44 days for Zimmerman
to be arrested. Many, including
Martin s parents, claimed Zim-
merman had racially profiled the
unarmed black teen. Zimmerman
identifies himself as Hispanic.
Six anonymous female
jurors---all but one of them
white---considered nearly three
weeks of often wildly conflicting
testimony over who was the
aggressor on the rainy night the
17-year-old was shot while
walking through the gated town-
house community where he was
staying and where Zimmerman
They deliberated more than
15 hours over two days before
announcing late Saturday night
that they had reached a verdict.
Defence attorney Mark
O Mara said in August 2012 that
Zimmerman and his wife, Shel-
lie, had been living "like a her-
mit" and were not working
because they feared for their
After Saturday s verdict,
police, officials and civil rights
leaders urged peace and told
protesters not to resort to vio-
lence. While defence attorneys
said they were thrilled with the
outcome, O Mara suggested
Zimmerman s safety would be
an ongoing concern.
"There still is a fringe element
that wants revenge," O Mara
said. "They won t listen to a ver-
dict of not guilty."
Those watching reacted
strongly when the verdict was
announced. Martin s mother and
father were not in the courtroom
when it was read; supporters of
his family who had gathered
outside yelled "No! No!" upon
learning of the verdict.
Andrew Perkins, 55, a black
resident of Sanford, angrily
asked outside the courthouse:
"How the hell did they find him
"He killed somebody and got
away with murder," Perkins
shouted, so angry he shook,
looking toward the courthouse.
Protesters had taken to the
streets late Saturday and into
yesterday morning in Florida
and other states, largely heeding
the advice of officials and others
who urged them not to resort
To secure a second-degree
murder conviction, prosecutors
had to convince the jury that
Zimmerman acted with a
"depraved" state of mind---that
is, with ill will, hatred or spite.
To win a manslaughter con-
viction, prosecutors had to con-
vince the jury only that Zim-
merman killed without lawful
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Officials of Zimbabwe's election com-
mission say early voting has started for
police and security personnel who will be
on duty during the nation's crucial elec-
tions on July 31.
The officials acknowledged there was
chaos at many voting stations Sunday. Vot-
ing materials were not delivered in time for
the special vote for service personnel who
won't be able to vote on polling day.
At one Harare voting post, police offi-
cers waiting in line pushed each other in
impatience at long delays.
Witnesses said that voting had not
started at all elsewhere in Harare and
A bull gored an Australian woman and
left her seriously injured during the final bull
run of this year's annual San Fermin festival
in Spain yesterday. Four other runners were
hospitalised with cuts and bruises.
The 23-year-old woman, identified only
as J.E., was gored in the back and suf-
fered multiple rib fractures and damage
to her right lung that left her in "very
grave" condition after an operation at
Navarra Hospital, said the regional gov-
ernment that organizes the festival.
The Australian was struck by a massive
Miura bull as she clung to wooden barriers
outside the bullring entrance, said regional
health authority spokesman Javier Sesma.
George Zimmerman acquitted in
shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin
FLORIDA---An all female six-person jury decided the fate
of neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, on trial
for second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon
Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
Here is a glimpse of the women---five of whom are white
and one of whom is Hispanic of mixed race.
Juror B29 is the sole minority on the jury panel. The
mother of eight children, all but one younger than 18, works
the overnight shift at a nursing home that cares for
Alzheimers patients. Before recently moving to Florida, she
lived in Chicago, where she saw vendors selling T-shirts
bearing an image of Martin's face.
Juror B37 is a mother of two who grew up in a military
family and used to have a permit to carry a concealed
weapon. She thinks most gun training is inadequate and
when asked her thoughts during jury selection on the right
to bear arms, she told the judge, "I have an issue with what
kind of arms they're allowed to bear."
Juror B76 is active in pet rescue and is the mother of
two grown children. After working in a family construction
business, she now manages family rental properties. She
told the judge, "Our family's pretty open minded ... We like
to base our judgment on the whole story."
Juror E40 has worked as a safety officer for 20 years.
She is the mother of a grown son who recently moved to
central Florida from Iowa. She told the judge she believes
gun owners need to realize "there's a responsibility
attached to bear arms."
Juror E6 is a mother of two who told the judge she
transformed news of the shooting into a "teaching
moment" that enabled her to talk to her children about
"behavior that was safe, not that you're doing anything
wrong, but be proactive... don't put yourself in harm's way."
She worked for a short time in financial services but is
currently unemployed and enjoys gardening.
Juror B51 is single and retired from her job as a
business manager overseeing 1,200 employees at a call
centre. In her job she became experienced with changing
her mind when presented with new facts. She spends her
free time visiting family. After initially hearing news of the
shooting, she told the judge, she was surprised that a
neighbourhood watch program would have someone taking
as active a role as Zimmerman.
She said Zimmerman was in the wrong when he ignored
a dispatcher's instruction to not follow Martin. "He didn't
wait and the rest. We know what happened," she said.
'ET TU, AMERICA?'
FLORIDA---Trayvon Martin's family was not in the
courtroom when the not guilty verdict in the George
Zimmerman murder trial was announced.
But moments later, family members shared their
sentiments on the social media site Twitter.
"God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his
death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with
all of you put up for him GOD BLESS," Tracy Martin,
Trayvon's dad, tweeted seconds after the verdict was
Minutes later he said "Thanks to everyone who are
with us and who will be with us (so) we together can
make sure that this doesn't happen again," on Twitter.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mum, didn't speak out until
an hour after the verdict.
"Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all
that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you
forever Trayvon In the name of Jesus"
"Et tu, America?" Trayvon's brother, Jahvaris Fulton,
tweeted. Seconds after the verdict in the murder trial was
announced hashtags of "TrayvonMartin" and
"Zimmerman" were trending on social media sites
In addition to the names of the defendant and the
Miami Gardens teen that was shot to death in Sanford on
February 26, 2012, the terms "manslaughter" "Florida"
and "Sanford" were trending on Twitter.
The Rev Jesse Jackson Sr took to his Twitter account to
"Avoid violence, it will lead to more tragedies. Find a
way for self construction not deconstruction in this time
of despair. #ZimmermanTrial," Jackson tweeted.
The National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People started an online petition calling for civil
rights charges against Zimmerman through the US
Department of Justice.
"We can still seek justice for #TrayvonMartin. Sign the
#NAACP petition to the Department of Justice," the
A BART police vehicle is vandalised during a protest after George
Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager
Trayvon Martin, early yesterday, in Oakland, California. AP PHOTO
Zimbabwe early voting begins amid chaos
Woman, 23, gored by bull during in Pamplona
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