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The George Zimmerman trial ended in July, but yet and still, juror B-29, aka, Maddie, is out here talking about the effect the trial had on her, her issues with George Zimmerman and more. However, this time around, she says that backlash from her decision to go with a not-guilty verdict has caused her to lose her nursing job, and inevitably made her struggle to pay her bills. The mother of six says her family is about to be evicted from their home. Now, how this has anything to do with the trial (though maybe speaking openly on news shows over the last few months didn’t help), I’m still not sure, but she’s adamant it’s connected, and that’s why she had to sell her furniture, including her family’s dinner table (so they currently sit and eat on the floor). In an interview with Inside Edition, she opened up about her anger, saying she lost friends and her job because of her decisions during the trial and after. We have a preview of that sit-down courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel. Find out why she says, “My whole life has fallen apart.”
“Emotionally, physically, and mentally, I’m like so drained. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the case.
I got to hold the gun that killed this boy. I got to see pictures that I didn’t need to see.
I’ve had death threats where somebody wrote to me on Facebook and said that I’m going to feel the same pain as Trayvon Martin’s mom … meaning I’m going to lose my son. All this blame was put on me. No one’s looking at George Zimmerman. He’s the one who killed the child, they’re looking at me cause I could have done something. And I feel George Zimmerman should be the one to blame for this.”
According to the Inside Edition interview, Maddie says that after her family leaves their home, they’re probably going to head to a shelter. While I want to feel sad for her, I don’t. In reality, she shouldn’t have come out, showed her face and tried to get a pity party going for the reasons why she felt so bad about handing in a “not guilty” verdict for George Zimmerman. And not only that, but does she even have proof that her nursing job was lost because of her time on the trial? I Definitely don’t want to see any mother and her family struggle, but she’s got to stop with all the finger pointing and blaming and tears and take a step back from the cameras. Just my opinion. What’s yours? Check out a preview from her interview below and share your thoughts:
It’s that time of year ladies and gentlemen. I believe you know what I’m referring to, the time when white folks around the country, knowingly or unknowingly display their ignorance or all out blatant racism as they don blackface all in the spirit of executing a great Halloween costume.
Which is what you see in the picture above. Though this one is a little different. Typically, the wearers of blackface claim to have no idea that in their quest to pull off an excellent costume, they’re successfully offending an entire group of people. But in the picture of above these three clearly know what they’re doing and are pretty proud of it.
The man dressed as Trayvon Martin is 25 year old William Filene and “George Zimmerman” is 22 year old Greg Cimeno. Greg Cimeno got into a couple of exchanges on Facebook, arguing that the costume wasn’t racist.
Caitlin Cimeno, the woman in the middle, initially posted the picture on her public (at the time) Instagram profile. She captioned the original photo as “Just for fun but hey, follow me!” as if the death of an unarmed, black child was pure hilarity to her. But according to Caitlin’s profile, she takes her racism very seriously. In another picture on her Instagram, she posted a picture of a little girl wearing a “Black Girls Rock” shirt and included this commentary.
From Black Voices
If you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet, it’s Florida finally taking baby steps to amend its controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.
Tuesday a Senate panel voted 7 to 2 approving revisions to the state’s self-defense law, which removed the duty to retreat from the “Castle Doctrine,” granting residents the right to use deadly force in their home.
And remarkably, one of the most vocal supporters of the revisions came from one of the drafters of the original 2005 law, David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs), who told the panel: “It is an excellent common-sense law, but it is not perfect.”
The bill approved Tuesday requires local sheriffs to issue guidelines to neighborhood crime watch programs, particularly that participants are prohibited from pursuing and confronting suspects.
It also further clarifies existing language in ‘Stand Your Ground’ that individuals acting as aggressors are barred from using the law as a defense, and removes language so that any bystanders injured by ‘Stand Your Ground’ fire can pursue civil action.
Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale), who co-sponsored the bill, acknowledged the small victory of the panel’s approval: “Today was significant that we got something done, that we moved a comma.”
Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach), charged with chairing the House hearing on Stand Your Ground, had previously commented that he wasn’t interested in changing “one damn comma” of the law.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
From Black Voices
Students at Carrick High School in Pittsburgh planned to wear hoodies to school on Wednesday to honor the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was the same age as many of them when he was killed.
The school called it “Trayvon Martin Day,” as part of its homecoming spirit week, but the announcement was met with mixed reactions from parents, ultimately leading to its cancellation, according to a report from CBS Pittsburgh.
“I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they’re going to react,” said parent Jennifer Kagle.
Explaining her thoughts to a reporter about why she believed it was the event was important, one student asked “Is George Zimmerman in jail yet?” To which the reporter responds, “No,” prompting the student to simply say, “That’s why.”
Since the incident, Martin’s hoodie has become a symbol worn in remembrance of the slain teen.
In March of last year, a group of California lawmakers made headlines after wearing hoodies in a legislative session, while countless celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Diddy posted photos of themselves in hoodies, to raise awareness about what the teen’s death has meant to many.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
While young girls around the country are going “gaga” over the new Miley Cyrus, it seems older folks aren’t too impressed–especially an array of musical legends. From Elton John to Cher and now Sinead O’Connor, many seem to think she’s a tacky meltdown waiting to happen. O’Connor shared her opinions on Cyrus in an open letter she wrote after the 20-year-old recently told Rolling Stone that her video “Wrecking Ball” (where she appears unclothed on a wrecking ball and licks a sledgehammer) was inspired by O’Connor’s very tame video for Nothing Compares 2 U (written by Prince). O’Connor has made it clear that she isn’t afraid to tell it like it is (remember her remarks on the Trayvon Martin tragedy?); so I guess you could say O’Connor didn’t want her classic video compared to the former Disney star’s, and she felt it was time to give Cyrus the real. Here are a few quotables from her lengthy open letter to the former child star:
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be unclothed and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.
Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.
The music business doesn’t give a s*** about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s what YOU wanted… and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.
I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f*** about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.
Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that it’s somehow cool to be prostituted… it’s so not cool Miley… it’s dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers… that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherf***er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
Wow. She didn’t hold back did she? But O’Connor definitely makes some good points. What do you think? Check out the full open letter here and share your thoughts.
If Paula Deen and George Zimmerman had a child, it would probably be Cybil Shepherd’s character on yesterday’s ripped-from-the-headlines episode of “Law & Order: SVU.”
Shepherd plays celebrity Southern chef Jolene Castille, who finds herself on a deserted street in New York. Fearing that she’s being pursued and about to be raped, Castille shoots an unarmed teenager wearing a hoodie. Was it self-defense? Jeffrey Tambor plays her attorney, while Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Smash”) guest stars as a minister.
Mashing up Paula Deen and the Trayvon Martin trial – not to mention, the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practices – in one episode might seem like a stretch, but “SVU” executive producer Warren Leight says it makes sense.
“They’re seemingly different stories, but they all involve race,” Leight tells TV Guide of the episode, which airs tonight (Oct. 2) at 9/8c on NBC. “Clearly race is the issue that does not go away. I would suspect that part of the reason the government shutdown is happening is that people are still uncomfortable with an African American president, six years in. Everyone tip toes around it.
Read more at EurWeb.com
It all seems like too little, too late now. But I’m still fascinated by the fact that Shellie Zimmerman seems to just be waking up to the fact that her husband George Zimmerman could have possibly killed Trayvon Martin not out of self defense but because he’s mentally and emotionally unstable.
In an interview this morning on “Today,” Shellie Zimmerman talks to Matt Lauer about how the recent altercation with George seemed to change her perception about what could have possibly happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed.
As we know, on September 5, Shellie filed for divorce from her husband. And then just four days later, George showed up at Shellie’s father’s house and threatened both she and his father-in-law. In her 911 call Shellie explained that she believed her husband had a gun and that she didn’t know what he was capable of.
Can we just stick a pin in the story for a minute? I need to ask Shellie a question: Honey, what do you mean you don’t know what George is capable of? He’s capable of killing an innocent child. That was never in question. In all fairness though, it feels a little bit different when your husband kills a stranger than him threatening you and your father. But back to the interview.
She said that while she didn’t actually see a gun in George’s hand, she knows her husband: “But I know my husband… I saw him in a stance — and a look in his eyes that I’ve never seen before, and he was putting his hand in his shirt, and saying, ‘Please step closer. Please step closer.’ I logically assumed he had a gun on him.”
And then in a conflicting statement she said, ” This person that I’m married to, that I’m divorcing, I’ve kind of realized now that I don’t know him.”
And then Matt asked her what we were all wondering, why didn’t she press charges. She explained that when the police arrived, they made it very clear that if she were to press charges, they all would be arrested; and since she’s still on probation, should would be the only one to stay in jail. I can’t say I would have done anything differently. But Shellie did say she regretted not pressing charges.
Matt Lauer then drilled in, reminding Shellie how much she had supported George throughout this whole ordeal, from lying under oath, to being in the court room to crying tears of joy when he was acquitted. Then he asked her had he really changed all that much in the two months since the trial ended to make her want to divorce him. She responded: “Yes. He has. He kind of treated me like I was disposable. He left, and went on a victory tour without me.”
Hopefully, she’s more disturbed by the fact that he went on a victory tour after killing a child and not the fact that he didn’t ask her to come along.
In the most compelling part of the interview, Matt Lauer asked her whether or not her recent interaction with her husband has changed her thoughts about her husband’s version of events the night he killed Trayvon.
She said: “I’m conflicted on that. I believe the evidence, but this revelation in my life has really helped me to take the blinders off and start to see things differently.”
And then just to be clear, Lauer asked again: “Let me make sure I understand. So you now doubt his innocence, at least the fact that he was acting on self-defense on the night that Trayvon Martin was killed?”
She said: “I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I have been married to.”
Are you glad that Shellie is finally seeing what we’ve known all along or do you just find her comments to be annoying at this point?
You can watch the interview on the next page.
The pitfalls of the George Zimmerman trial become more and more apparent as the days go on. Not only is Zimmerman running the streets, proving himself to be the man most of us thought he was, Juror B29 is still talking, reminding us that he “got away with murder.” And now in the most recent development, the former medical examiner who testified in the Zimmerman trial, Dr. Shiping Bao, is filing a $100 million dollar lawsuit against Sanford, Florida.
Bao claims that he was unfairly terminated from his job and that the state attorney’s office and the Sanford Police Department were biased against Trayvon Martin.
His attorney, Willie Gary told WFTV that their general attitude was that Martin got what he deserved. Gary said Dr. Bao was made the scapegoat in the case and was fired from the medical examiner’s office when he was prepared to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor in the altercation between he and Zimmerman.
Gary says, “he was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things.’”
He said that prosecutors never asked Bao a question that was crucial to their case.
“He wanted a question that would have allowed him to explain to the jury with scientific evidence how there was no way Trayvon Martin could have been on top of George Zimmerman.”
But that question never came.
When Bao took the stand during the trial, he did make some compelling statements about the last minutes of Trayvon’s life.
“I believe it is my opinion that Trayvon Martin was in a lot of pain, and that he was suffering. I believe he was alive one to 10 minutes after he was shot. His heart was beating until there was no blood left.”
Initially when I read the sentence about the question never coming, I thought Gary meant that the defense never asked Dr. Bao this crucial question. But that definitely says the prosecution. In which case, there was some true corruption and possibly even more injustice than we could have imagined going on with this case from start to finish. I truly hope the Department of Justice reviews, opens or completely retries this case. At this point, with evidence discarded in a murder trial, it’s a joke, an all out mockery of the justice system and a disgusting disservice to the Martin family. Considering how many times George Zimmerman has been in legal trouble, long before he killed Trayvon, and gotten off, it would seem that he or his family has some type of pull in that community.
*Update from Chicago Tribune*
“The estranged wife of George Zimmerman is not planning to press charges after police were called to a domestic dispute in central Florida on Monday, said Lake Mary police chief Steve Bracknell.”
TMZ has also released audio of Shellie Zimmerman’s 911 call which you can listen to.
It appears to only be a matter of time before another innocent person becomes a victim of George Zimmerman’s rage. ABC is reporting that the neighborhood watchman who was acquitted on murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in July is currently being questioned after a domestic incident involving his wife, Shellie, and his father-in-law.
The deputy police chief in Lake Mary, FL, told ABC News:
“There was some kind of a domestic, we know that with his wife and father-in-law. Apparently there were some weapons involved and threats.”
An attorney for Shellie Zimmerman, who just announced plans to divorce her husband, provided more details saying George pulled a knife on his client today after she discovered a firearm in the home they share. After a verbal altercation started to heat up, George supposedly then pulled a gun on her and her father.
TMZ says the altercation took place at the home of Shellie’s father, whom she was visiting. When George arrived, he allegedly became aggressive immediately and at some point hit Shellie’s father before pulling out the gun he had on him.
As of now, George is currently being held at the home of a relative and being questioned by police, though he still has not been charged with any crime or formerly detained.
So far George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, has not responded to a request for comment. Wonder how this will end up?
Mark O’ Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney, who proved to the world of law that his skills and expertise can keep even a murderer out of prison, is now joining CNN as a legal analyst, the The Huffington Post reports.
While O’Mara appeared on CNN’s Morning Day program on Friday, the show’s host — Chris Cuomo — announced that the Orlando-based attorney was hired “to offer [his] insight on a number of high-profile legal matters,” HuffPo said.
O’Mara, who helped get Zimmerman acquitted of second-degree murder charges for gunning down Trayvon Martin, is quite familiar with CNN. He’s occasionally been invited by the network to engage in interviews during the controversial trial.
According to the Inquisitr, O’Mara explained his reasons behind signing a contract with CNN:
“I know first hand what it is like to be the focus of media scrutiny. It is no secret that I’ve been critical of the press, but complaining doesn’t solve anything, and it occurred to me that if I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem. I’m hoping that serving as a legal analyst for CNN will allow me to contribute some thoughtful, moderated insight to what could otherwise be sensational or inflammatory issues.”
This also won’t be O’Mara’s first gig as a legal analyst. During Casey Anthony’s case, the Florida-based defense attorney reviewed legal documents and facts for Orlando’s CBS-affiliate in 2011.