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FBI Defies Judge’s Order to Hand Over More Evidence to George Zimmerman

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for the FBI are defying a judge’s orders to hand over all of its evidence to defendant George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing an unarmed black teenager with a gun, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Justice Department argues in paperwork filed this week that the state court cannot trump federal regulations that allow the FBI to keep some evidence away from the defendant, the Sentinel reported.

“This court has ‘no power or authority’ … to compel the FBI to produce the documents at issue here,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Flynn.

It remains unclear what evidence the FBI has found.

FBI: No Evidence That George Zimmerman Is a Racist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI found no evidence that accused murderer George Zimmerman was racist when he shot an unarmed black teen in Florida, according to new documents released Thursday, Reuters reports.

FBI agents investigating whether race was a factor in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin interviewed police and Zimmerman’s boss, friends, neighbors and others.

In an interview with the FBI, Sanford Police Detective Christopher Serino said he did not believe the shooting was motivated by racial prejudice.

It was Travyon’s attire – a hoodie – that appears to have prompted Zimmerman to confront an unarmed Martin.

Zimmerman “took it upon himself to view Martin as acting suspicious,” Serino said, adding that members of local gangs often wear hooded sweatshirts.

FBI to Release Interviews in George Zimmerman Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Prosecutors plan to release FBI interviews Thursday in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The interviews are expected to shed more light on the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while he was walking home from a store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26.

The FBI, which became involved following complaints that Sanford Police conducted a racially biased investigation, interviewed Martin’s ex-girlfriend, police officers, gun shop and neighbors, among others.

Zimmerman claims self-defense when he shot Martin on a sidewalk in Zimmerman’s neighborhood.

FBI Considering Hate Crime Charges Against George Zimmerman

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

George Zimmerman may face federal hate crime charges in a case that has stirred controversy and debate over race and guns.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin as he returned home from the corner store with a bag of candy in a Florida gated community last February. Now, ABC Action News reports, the FBI is considering adding hate crime charges to Zimmerman’s bill of reckoning.

Martin, a 17 year old African-American, was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was killed. His death, and local authorities’ initial lack of response, triggered a national outcry on behalf of the Martin family and young black men, many who say they face daily discrimination.

A social media campaign lit up the web with photos of people across the country wearing ‘hoodies’ like Martin’s in support of his family and the right of young men to be safe on the street,  regardless of skin color or fashion choice.

Zimmerman could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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FBI Probing Controversial Fla. Shooting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been questioning potential witnesses in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, trying to determine if the incident was racially motivated, NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports.

NBC reported that the questioning by FBI agents in Sanford, Fla. is part of a a “parallel investigation.” The state is also investigating the matter.

Agents are gathering background on the shooter George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who has claimed he shot in self defense.

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Sen. Schumer Wants Justice Dept. to Review “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is prompting some folks to push for changes in the “Stand Your Ground” laws around the nation that allow people to use force if they think their lives or others are in danger.

The New York Post reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he wants the Justice Department to review the law.

“This ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is a whole new concept in our jurisprudence. It basically says, if you fear great physical harm, you can shoot,” said Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Some people call it ‘Shoot first; ask questions later,'” he added.

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Feds to Probe Shooting of Unarmed Fla. Teen

Trayvon Martin/family photo-nbc miami

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has decided to step into the controversial shooting of an unarmed black teen in Florida.

The Associated Press reported that the feds will launch a probe into last month’s shooting in Sanford, Fla., by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmeran, 28, of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman is white and Martin is black.

Zimmerman has claimed the shooting was in self defense.