Robert Zimmerman, Jr., brother of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, continued his everything-including-the-racist-kitchen-sink PR offensive on behalf of his brother by repeatedly tweeting a photo comparison of the teenager his brother shot, and De’Marquise Elkins, the 17 year-old who has been detained in the murder of a Georgia infant. Both pictures feature the young men flipping the middle finger at the camera, with the caption “A picture speaks a thousand words…Any questions?”
Zimmerman has, thus far, tweeted the comparison to the Anthony half of Opie and Anthony, Michael Moore, the NAACP, and a Breitbart News editor, as well as the NRA. If Zimmerman’s point is that anyone who uses that gesture is a murderer, then they’re going to have to arrest the entire Garden State Parkway. If you suspect that wasn’t his point, you might be right.
You know that woman who testified that George Zimmerman had molested her for years, and was identified only as “Witness 9?”
Breitbart.com’s Lee Stranahan outed her today: Trayvon, George, Witness 9 & Other Obama Political Casualties.
Welcome to the news cycle, Witness 9. The accusations of molestation by Zimmerman — who was one year older than his accuser, by the way — was all over the news today and will be for the rest of the week and beyond, where it will live in back of juror’s minds.
Try this test : don’t think about a pink elephant. Now, forget you ever heard about George Zimmerman and molestation.
The mainstream media will likely keep referring to ‘Witness 9′ for a few days but her real name is already out there and I’ve made the decision not to pretend it isn’t.
Did he mention that he was a close personal friend of Andrew Breitbart? Of course he did.
For better worse, a blog that I don’t remember seeing before — The Conservative Treehouse — has done the rapid research and outed Witness 9′s real name as [redacted]. The commenters also turned up other info on [redacted], including lots of personal data and what appear to be some legal issues.
The blog seems to have a Christian Conservative perspective and it has a big banner about Andrew Breitbart right up top. This is going to make some people’s heads explode — especially on the already conspiratorial left — even though the site has no official connection with Breitbart at all as far as I know. Since Andrew was a friend of mine and I worked with him on stories for months, I’m going to state as my personal opinion that Andrew wouldn’t have run that info on [redacted] until it was already well out there in the mainstream press. That’s not a criticism. It’s just my opinion and it’s worth what you paid for it.
(I redacted his text where it contained the witness’s name.)
And if you were wondering what kind of rationalization he could possibly come up with to justify such a total scumbag move, here’s the reason Stranahan gives (bold text in original):
The entire Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman story was amped up into a national story on purpose by President Obama with the help of his surrogate Al Sharpton in order to help win the 2012 election.
The Breitbart.com ideology in one simple sentence.
And don’t miss Stranahan’s bizarre paranoid “mind maps,” in which he identifies his numerous enemies and the nefarious tactics they use against him, with random colors and spider web graphics: The Tactics of Online Political Warfare.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that George Zimmerman has been ordered to turn himself in within 48 hours, after a judge revoked his bond for lying to the court about donations he received.
SANFORD – In a shocking turn, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester has revoked George Zimmerman’s bond in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman now has 48 hours to turn himself in to authorities.
The decision came after the revelation that Zimmerman and his wife may have conspired to lie about thousands of dollars in donations they’d collected before his bond hearing.
In a new motion, prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife of lying to the judge during a bond hearing about money they collected for his defense.
Prosecutors allege Zimmerman’s wife knew about the donations her husband had collected through a PayPal account, but didn’t mention the money at his bond hearing.
The account ultimately collected about $200,000, his attorney later revealed.
“Defendant has intentionally deceived the court with the assistance of his wife,” the motion says. “During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing.”
And more news that looks very bad for Zimmerman:
Prosecutor says defense attorney for George Zimmerman acknowledged Zimmerman filed for and obtained a second passport.
— Matthew Keys (@ProducerMatthew) June 1, 2012
This could start to explain why prosecutors have reportedly been considering charging George Zimmerman with hate crimes in the death of Trayvon Martin: AUDIO: Witness Says George Zimmerman Repeatedly Bullied Him at Work, Targeted Him With Racist Jokes.
Among the evidence in the Trayvon Martin case released by the Florida state prosecutor yesterday was a 15-minute interview with a former work colleague of George Zimmerman. The man, who is not identified by name, says that Zimmerman relentlessly bullied him at work.
Zimmerman, according to the witness, targeted him because he was Middle Eastern. He repeatedly called the man a “fucking moron” and mocked him using the voice of “Achmed the terrorist.” Zimmerman’s stories about the man would involve “bombing,” “I’ll kill your family” and other “jokes” about “Middle Eastern stuff.” According to the man, this went on “for days and days.”
More details are emerging on the autopsy results for Trayvon Martin, and earlier reports that his knuckles were skinned (as if from a fight) seem to have been inaccurate. The autopsy reported only a tiny abrasion about a quarter-inch long on his left ring finger.
And possibly even more interesting: the autopsy report says Martin died from a gunshot at “intermediate range.”
Florida teenager Trayvon Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from “intermediate range,” according to an autopsy report reviewed Wednesday by NBC News.
The official report, prepared by the medical examiner in Volusia County, Fla., also found that the 17-year-old Martin had one other fresh injury – a small abrasion, no more than a quarter-inch in size – on his left ring finger below the knuckle.
Separately, a medical report on Martin’s alleged killer, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, prepared by his personal physician the day after Martin’s shooting in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, found that the Neighborhood Watch volunteer suffered a likely broken nose, swelling, two black eyes and cuts to the scalp. That report, first reported Tuesday by ABC News, also was reviewed by NBC News.
A medical exam taken the day after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin shows that Zimmerman had a “closed fracture” of his nose (which means the skin was not broken) and two cuts on the back of his head.
And the autopsy results for Trayvon Martin show that he had “broken skin” on his knuckles.
These reports simply reinforce what was already known — that some kind of struggle took place between Martin and Zimmerman. But you know how the wingnut blogosphere is; they’re all doing victory dances, because they’ve made Zimmerman into some kind of right wing hero.
This news tells us nothing new about the real issue — how the confrontation got started, and whether Trayvon Martin was actually the one “standing his ground.” But the defense will undoubtedly use this to argue that Zimmerman was attacked.
Florida’s WFTV is reporting that the FBI May Charge George Zimmerman With a Hate Crime.
SANFORD, Fla. — WFTV has learned charges against George Zimmerman could be getting more serious.
State prosecutors said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him, so the FBI is now looking into charging him with a hate crime.
Zimmerman admitted to killing Martin in February during a confrontation. However, he claims the shooting was in self-defense. He’s facing a second-degree murder charge, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. But if Zimmerman is charged and found guilty of a federal hate crime involving murder, he could face the death penalty.
FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood, seeking evidence for a possible federal hate crime charge.
Almost missed this one; remember when the entire right wing blogosphere went into a race-baiting frenzy over a story from Alabama, in which a white man was beaten by a group of African Americans who, according to the wingnuts, said it was “justice for Trayvon Martin?”
Well, the story was bogus. According to the police, this was an “ongoing dispute with neighbors,” and had nothing to do with Trayvon Martin at all: Terry Rawls Arrested and Charged With Matthew Owens Beating.
Cops in Mobile, Ala. made their first arrest in the apparent mob beating of Matthew Owens: Terry Rawls surrendered Wednesday on assault charges.
In less than a week, the brutal attack on Owens — which left him in critical condition — went from being described as a hate crime connected to the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida to an ongoing feud between neighbors, WKRG reported.
“This here is an ongoing dispute with neighbors, that’s what this is,” Mobile Police Corporal Chris Levy told the station. …
Cops said on Wednesday that they expect to arrest three more suspects involved in the fight, but added that the so-called “mob” consisted mostly of bystanders, WKRG reported.
“What we know is that Mr. Owens was fussing at some kids about playing basketball in the street,” said Levy. “These kids then went back and told their parents about the exchange they had with Mr. Owens.”
The adults “were having a get together down the street, [and] came down to where Mr. Owens is, and there was a series of racial slurs exchanged, and there was a fight,” said Levy.
He ruled out that it was a hate crime and said that the Trayvon Martin shooting wasn’t a motivating factor, according to media reports.
In the Trayvon Martin shooting case, George Zimmerman appeared in court today, and prosecutors filed a probable cause affidavit that directly contradicts Zimmerman’s statements on a key point: George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: ‘Zimmerman Confronted Martin’.
George Zimmerman (Seminole County Jail mugshot)The document says Trayvon’s mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It also reveals that investigators interviewed a “friend” of Trayvon’s who was talking to him in the leadup to the shooting.
Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.
“During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.”
Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman. “Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin.”
The affidavit goes on to say that “Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher” who told him to stop, and “continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”
Zimmerman, the affidavit says, “confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.”
BREAKING: Official tells AP: Trayvon Martin’s killer to be charged with 2nd-degree murder; is in custody. -RAS
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 11, 2012
My first thought on this news is that prosecutors must have solid evidence to go for second degree murder. I expected manslaughter; this is considerably more serious.