Daily Archives: July 16, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Crime Criminal Law by Michele Bowman  
New FBI Evidence in Trayvon Martin Shooting

Two developments late last week in the legal case of George Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last February in Sanford, Florida, reveal that the judge has his hands full with Zimmerman and his new legal team, which got a boost with new character evidence and at the same time are challenging the judge’s impartiality.   Zimmerman: Good Guy, but Maybe Kinda Violent First, on July 12, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey released …

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Pot Dispensary Worker Sues Police for $1M Alleging Excessive Force

An employee of a Long Beach, California medical marijuana dispensary has filed a $1 million claim against the city following a raid in which Long Beach Police officers allegedly used excessive force. Dramatic footage of the raid was captured by video surveillance equipment inside the dispensary, THC Downtown Collective. The video shows Dorian Brooks, the employee who filed the claim, surrendering to police by lying face-down on the floor. One officer then appears to step on Brooks’ back and neck …

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Posted 5 years ago in Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
New Texas Law Would Prevent Millions from Voting

In an epic showdown that dates back to the 1960s civil rights era, Texas was in court the week of July 9 to defend its new voter identification law that the Department of Justice says does not pass muster under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Texas law, known as SB 14, requires that voters present government-issued photo identification when they cast their votes. Because of their history of racial discrimination and civil rights abuses, laws passed by Texas …

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