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    Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    By Rene Stutzman, Staff Writer

    A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork.

    A U.S. Department of Justice attorney from Washington, D.C., Mark Blumberg, has issued at least one subpoena for Wednesday in the case.

    Blumberg would not comment on the grand jury session, but the federal panel is to meet at 9 a.m. at the federal courts building on Central Avenue in downtown Orlando to hear evidence in the case.

    It's not clear how many witnesses have been ordered to appear, but at least one, Frank Taaffe, Zimmerman's former friend and longtime defender, has been.

    Following Zimmerman's acquittal on a murder charge, Taaffe has reversed his position and now says that he believes Zimmerman was motivated by race the night he followed then shot Trayvon in 2012.

    Taaffe cites a phone conversation he had with Zimmerman in the days following the shooting but before Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

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    Grand jury assembling in civil-rights probe involving George Zimmerman - Orlando Sentinel


    Prior report.

    George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death

    By Sari Horwitz
    October 1
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    Investigators still want to “dot their i’s and cross their t’s,” said one official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the matter.

    [...]

    Mark O’Mara, the lawyer who represented Zimmerman, said that approximately 40 witness statements collected by investigators in 2012 indicated there was no evidence to support a civil rights prosecution.

    “I was watching the whole case pretty closely for two years, and they didn’t do anything except take those 40 statements,” O’Mara said. The statements “suggested that George acted in very non-racist ways. He took a black girl to the prom. His best buddy was a black guy. He mentored two black kids. He sought justice for a black homeless man beaten up by a white cop’s son.”

    “To those who have seen civil rights investigations and civil rights violations,” he said, “it looked as though the Department of Justice was just placating pressure that existed by suggesting there was an ongoing investigation.”

    [...]


    George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death - The Washington Post



    Are they just trying to placate Zimmerman's detractors, or are they ignoring the information that O'Mara informed us of in an effort to falsely charge and convict?
    Hopefully this GJ has enough sense to tell the Gov to stick it.
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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Like I said, he's getting convicted of something.
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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Probably just an attempt to appease the children.
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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Ya' gotta' be s------- me !??

    On second thought............. Holder

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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Following Zimmerman's acquittal on a murder charge, Taaffe has reversed his position and now says that he believes Zimmerman was motivated by race the night he followed then shot Trayvon in 2012.

    Taaffe cites a phone conversation he had with Zimmerman in the days following the shooting but before Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
    "What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart," said Taaffe.
    Taaffe used to be the excon of cable talk shows ... now he says Zimmy murdered Trayvon for racist reasons.
    This doesn't look too good for George.
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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    Taaffe used to be the excon of cable talk shows ...
    Can your bs!

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    now he says Zimmy murdered Trayvon for racist reasons.

    What an absurd thing to say. No he didn't.
    He said he followed him because of profiling.
    Profiling is not in and of itself racist.
    Which has nothing to do with why he shot Trayvon. Which was because he was attempting to kill him.


    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Ewer View Post
    This doesn't look too good for George.
    While a prosecutor can get a GJ to indict a ham sandwich because they do not have to show them the complete picture through all of the evidence, this looks fine for him, it is not something he will be convicted of if charged because of the actual evidence.
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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    We'll know how this turns out when it's over with.

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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    A vocal supporter of George Zimmerman has had a change of heart — now, he thinks his friend got away with murder.

    Frank Taaffe served on the neighborhood watch with the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin and vocally supported him throughout his trial. But months after Zimmerman was acquitted, Taaffe told Orlando's News 13 that his neighbor should have been found guilty.

    He told the TV station that the incident stemmed from the color of Trayvon's skin.

    "What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night," he said. "If that had been a white kid on a cellphone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn't have stayed on him the way he did, and that's a fact, and I believe that in my heart."
    All the Grand Jury is looking for is any indication that the murder may have been racially motivated.
    Taaffe, a very close friend and associate of Zimmerman is exactly that indicator.
    They can not ignore him.

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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    By Rene Stutzman, Staff Writer

    A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork.

    A U.S. Department of Justice attorney from Washington, D.C., Mark Blumberg, has issued at least one subpoena for Wednesday in the case.

    Blumberg would not comment on the grand jury session, but the federal panel is to meet at 9 a.m. at the federal courts building on Central Avenue in downtown Orlando to hear evidence in the case.

    It's not clear how many witnesses have been ordered to appear, but at least one, Frank Taaffe, Zimmerman's former friend and longtime defender, has been.

    Following Zimmerman's acquittal on a murder charge, Taaffe has reversed his position and now says that he believes Zimmerman was motivated by race the night he followed then shot Trayvon in 2012.

    Taaffe cites a phone conversation he had with Zimmerman in the days following the shooting but before Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

    [...]

    Grand jury assembling in civil-rights probe involving George Zimmerman - Orlando Sentinel


    Prior report.

    George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death

    By Sari Horwitz
    October 1
    [13]?


    Investigators still want to “dot their i’s and cross their t’s,” said one official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the matter.

    [...]

    Mark O’Mara, the lawyer who represented Zimmerman, said that approximately 40 witness statements collected by investigators in 2012 indicated there was no evidence to support a civil rights prosecution.

    “I was watching the whole case pretty closely for two years, and they didn’t do anything except take those 40 statements,” O’Mara said. The statements “suggested that George acted in very non-racist ways. He took a black girl to the prom. His best buddy was a black guy. He mentored two black kids. He sought justice for a black homeless man beaten up by a white cop’s son.”

    “To those who have seen civil rights investigations and civil rights violations,” he said, “it looked as though the Department of Justice was just placating pressure that existed by suggesting there was an ongoing investigation.”

    [...]


    George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death - The Washington Post



    Are they just trying to placate Zimmerman's detractors, or are they ignoring the information that O'Mara informed us of in an effort to falsely charge and convict?
    Hopefully this GJ has enough sense to tell the Gov to stick it.
    Probably a reprehensible attempt to get around Constitutional guarantees against double jeopardy.
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    Re: Grand jury assembling in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    Zims life ended the second he stepped out of that truck.

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