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July 18, 2013
Whether you agree or disagree with the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, a jury has spoken unanimously: There was not enough evidence to convict Mr. Zimmerman beyond a reasonable doubt ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15). The family of Trayvon Martin has the option of bringing a civil suit similar to the one brought against O.J. Simpson - but with the difference that the defendant George Zimmerman has no deep pockets. The Department of Justice could also bring federal civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman.
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By Kaye Wise Whitehead | February 18, 2014
In the days leading up to the end of the Michael Dunn "loud music" case - in which a white Florida man shot and killed a 17-year-old black teen after getting into an argument over the boy's so-called "thug" music - I was overwhelmed with feelings of restlessness, worry, frustration and fear. They were the same feelings I had at the end of the George Zimmerman trial. The same ones I have when I think about the day when my sons will be old enough to drive or walk to the store by themselves.
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NEWS
July 23, 2013
I know first hand that racism still exists in America, but I keep wondering why so many presume it was the key factor in the Zimmerman-Martin tragedy or the jury's decision ("For white Americans, it's time to listen," July 21). Those who weren't in the courtroom didn't hear 50-some witnesses, didn't see the photos, weren't privy to 16 hours of deliberation. Few outraged by the jury's decision seem to care how plagued with crime the neighborhood was, nor do they seem to care about Trayvon Martin's character.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
A Baltimore County lawmaker said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation in the General Assembly that would bring to Maryland the “stand your ground” legal doctrine that became a central part of the debate over Florida's Trayvon Martin case. Critics of the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case contend Florida's “stand your ground” law may have helped escalate the conflict when George Zimmerman came across Trayvon, an unarmed 17-year-old African American, while Zimmerman was patrolling his neighborhood.
NEWS
July 17, 2013
A jury in Florida has found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin ("Martin verdict protests continue," July 16). Rather than have Attorney General Eric Holder's office pursue charges against someone found not guilty, I would ask that they focus their efforts on lengthening the amount of time those found guilty of violent crimes must serve in prison. Unfortunately, a 17-year-old is dead, but the jury must have believed him to be the aggressor.
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By Leonard Pitts | May 6, 2012
I don't care about George Zimmerman's MySpace page. Granted, it was gratifying to read recently in The Miami Herald about his crude animus toward Mexicans ("soft a-- wannabe thugs") and his reference to a former girlfriend as an "ex-hoe. " Given the way white supremacists and other Zimmerman supporters have exaggerated and manufactured evidence to paint Mr. Zimmerman's unarmed 17-year-old victim, Trayvon Martin, as a thug who somehow deserved shooting, this unflattering portrait offers the same satisfaction one feels any time the goose is basted with sauce that was prepared for the gander.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Anyone insisting that either George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin is innocent is wrong ("Martin verdict stirs debate," July 15). Let's start with Mr. Zimmerman carrying a gun. Just because you have a license to carry doesn't mean you should, because you might just end up killing some unarmed guy over a misunderstanding. And don't talk about wild dogs, Mr. Zimmerman was in a truck. If there was a wild dog out, he could've run it over. He wanted the gun because he liked the feeling. And Mr. Martin could have gotten home easily.
NEWS
July 24, 2013
In response to Grafton R. Hersperger's letter ( " Zimmerman was wrong," July 22), There is a reason that the local district attorney did not indict George Zimmerman, and it was the same reason that the special prosecutor bypassed the normal process of going through the grand jury: not enough proof to bring Mr. Zimmerman to trial. Also, if Trayvon Martin had not been suspended from school (for the second time in a year), he would have been at home with his mother 200 miles away.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was recently quoted as saying that "Trayvon Martin died because George Zimmerman had a concealed weapon. Period" ("Baltimore mayor: Rep. Harris' Trayvon Martin comments are 'dismissive, callous, outof touch,'" July 17). As I understand the findings of the jury, Mr. Martin died because he attacked and beat someone whom he did not realized was armed. If Mr. Zimmerman had not pulled his gun or had not been armed and Mr. Martin had continued to beat him and maybe even killed him, would the mayor believe Mr. Martin was innocent because he was being followed?
NEWS
July 15, 2013
The trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin failed in every way. It failed to bring forth anything resembling objective truth about what happened the night Mr. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, decided Mr. Martin looked suspicious and took the law into his hands. It failed to bring anything like closure to a nation that had been horrified by the senseless death of a young man who had done nothing wrong. And it failed most spectacularly to provide any measure of justice.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
“Hair,” the counterculture musical that stirred the pot, so to speak, in 1968, is very much a product of its time - Vietnam, dropping out, dropping acid, free love, Hare Krishna. Dated it may be, but it's got something timeless going on, too, as the enjoyable revival by the Stillpointe Theatre Initiative reiterates. Today's young generation may have no fear of a draft and no great interest in where or why our military is fighting now, but the antiwar message in “Hair” can still hit home.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ethan Renner | August 12, 2013
"Tonight we take care of all family business. " -- MacKenzie McHale "The Newsroom" began "News Night with Will McAvoy," the fifth episode of its second season, by trying to humanize its central figure, as we saw Will ignoring a phone call from his father's number as he was going on the air. We learned back in Season One that Will and his dad had a complicated relationship growing up. Actually, Will's father drank and hit him and his mother and...
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
If Councilman Nick Mosby has his way, Baltimore government would boycott Florida-based businesses in protest to the state's stand-your-ground law after George Zimmerman's acquittal. Mosby intends to file a resolution on Monday to encourage city agencies and investment boards to avoid doing business with companies in the Sunshine State. He hopes that would pressure the legislature there to rethink a law that allows individuals to use lethal force, if necessary, to defend themselves in public places.
NEWS
August 5, 2013
In recent years it has become popular to mock the concept of neighborhood watch. Last summer's Ben Stiller comedy, "The Watch," followed four inept suburban crime watchers as they attempted to save their neighborhood from an alien invasion. The showdown takes place, appropriately enough considering their affluent surroundings, underneath the local Costco. If that wasn't bad enough, George Zimmerman was a local neighborhood watch coordinator and was known to Sanford, Fla. police for his frequent calls reporting suspicious individuals.
NEWS
August 2, 2013
I advocate for a boycott of rapper and record producer Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, for their irresponsible impact on modern culture. Jay-Z's music is violent, racist and reinforces an attitude of aggression and victimization to the black community. His ill-considered reactions to the George Zimmerman verdict are obvious evidence that he does not deserve his public position of influence. In my opinion both he and his wife practice a subtle form of racism - happy to take the money of white people but advocating in their music and comments that white people are inherently racist and dangerous to the black community.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
I really identify with the contributor who compared the George Zimmerman verdict to the lynchings of the past ( "The new lynching," July 27). The "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida and other states enables people carrying a gun to be the judge, jury and executioner of anyone who appears to threaten them and to do so "legally. " In the Trayvon Martin case, President Barack Obama got to the heart of the matter when he asked if Trayvon had been of age and carried a gun, would he have been able to "stand his ground" and shoot Mr. Zimmerman if he felt threatened by this one who was following him?
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Baltimore police say they are investigating a witness account that a group of black youths beat a Hispanic man near Patterson Park Sunday while saying, "This is for Trayvon. " A witness posted the account on a community Facebook page, and police confirmed they are looking into whether the suspects' reaction to the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman played a part in the incident. A police report on the beating does not mention the alleged comments. Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, declined to go into further detail.
NEWS
July 20, 2013
We've heard a lot about George Zimmerman fearing for his life, which apparently justified his actions in the minds of the trial jury, but I haven't heard anyone talk about, or even suggest, that maybe Trayvon Martin also feared for his life and acted accordingly ("No justice," July 16). Manslaughter was the only true justice that should have been meted out in this case. Patricia Hawthorne, Baltimore
NEWS
July 30, 2013
I am appalled though not surprised to see your liberal socialist rag continue to fan the flames of controversy and racial tension by publishing an inflammatory and overly opinionated letter, such as the one in Saturday's "Your Turn" column by Maj. Gen. Leo Williams in which he arrogantly proclaims George Zimmerman to be guilty of murder and describes the incident as a "new lynching" ( "From lynchings to 'Stand Your Ground' killing," July 25)....
NEWS
By Monique L. Dixon | July 29, 2013
In the past month, I anxiously awaited the outcomes of several important civil rights and criminal justice court decisions. But the case that triggered the strongest and most varied emotions was the criminal trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman, who followed, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In the aftermath of the verdict, President Barack Obama, facing a divided nation, encouraged Americans to channel their passionate views into calm reflection and action. He commented that African-Americans' dismay about the verdict could be explained by our experiences and the history of race relations in the U.S. While he did not specify historical events, I immediately thought about how black America endured almost 250 years of enslavement during which black families, particularly men and boys, were brutalized and murdered simply because of their race.
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