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Monday, April 23, 2012

Zimmerman Out on Bail

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George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was released early Monday from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail. NBC's Kerry Sanders reports.

Updated at 4:54 a.m. ET: SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, was released early on Monday from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail.
Zimmerman's attorney sorry for ill-timed apology
Wearing a brown jacket, jeans and carrying a brown paper bag, Zimmerman walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County moments after midnight after posting bail and meeting other conditions set for his release at a pretrial detention hearing on Friday. His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said at the hearing Friday that Zimmerman cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Judge Sets Bond at $150K for Zimmerman & He Apologizes to Trayvon Martin's Parents

      A Florida judge set bond Friday at $150,000 for the release of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. said Zimmerman would not be released immediately and that he would be monitored electronically via GPS. The terms of the bond include a curfew and no alcohol or guns. Also, Zimmerman must be in touch with authorities every three days. The judge wouldn’t rule on whether Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state.  Zimmerman’s attorney had asked for a $15,000 bond, citing his client’s family’s modest financial holdings. The prosecution said Zimmerman should not be granted a bond, but if he is, it should be for $1 million.  
        The judge's ruling came after Zimmerman took the stand and said he felt sorry that Martin’s parents had lost their child. Zimmerman had not been expected to address the hearing. His comments were the most robust to date about the incident, which set off a wave of protests and an examination of race relations in the country.  “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” said Zimmerman, who was wearing a suit and in chains. He said that at the time of the shooting he did not know how old Martin was or whether he was armed. He also said he previously had asked police and his attorneys to tell Martin’s family that he was sorry.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Keri Hilson Wants YOU to DO Something!

Uncle Rush is truly one who's at the top of our WHO'S HOT! list because of all the wonderful things he does and stand for; all which help to better the planet and all of us on it. So while surfing the web, we occasionally stop at Global Grind and found this wonderful video. 
Keri Hilson Wants YOU to Do Something! The R&B singer has teamed up with for an immense book drive and she's encouraging everyone to take part. In an awareness video Keri says:
“Joining’s newest effort to provide for people in need with Epic Book Drive was the easiest decision ever! I truly believe providing access to those who want to learn is the key to bettering lives around the country. And helping kids find healthy outlets, such as books, has always been a passion of mine. So my involvement here is a natural fit.”
The drive helps bring books to local people in need and battles educational inequality. It's great to see fortunate celebs standing for a cause! For more information, visit DoSomething.

Posted 2 hours 39 min ago by Evanka Williamson for Global Grind Staff
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Zimmerman to Plead Not Guilty 2nd Degree Murder

By Reporter
            George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida and will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, authorities announced Wednesday. His attorney said he would plead not guilty.    "We did not come to this decision lightly," Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case, said at a news conference in Jacksonville.
            Corey had previously said she wouldn't present the case to a grand jury, which took first-degree murder off the table. Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara — who took the case late Wednesday after Zimmerman's previous attorneys withdrew — said Zimmerman would plead not guilty and that he would seek Zimmerman's release on bond Thursday.
           "I think he's troubled by the fact the state decided to charge him," O'Mara said "... I would think anyone charged with second-degree murder would be scared."  Corey said she decided last week to seek the charge but needed several days to make sure all details were in order. She said she had informed Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.  In a brief statement in Washington at a news conference at a gathering of the National Action Network, Fulton said: "We just wanted an arrest, and we got it, and I say thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus."
            Ben Crump, the attorney for Martin's parents, said the decision was about "justice, justice and only justice." He said it was important that Zimmerman have a fair trial, even though "we believe in ourhearts that he was wrong to kill Trayvon Martin."  Corey refused to discuss details of the case, saying she was committed to protecting the interests of both Martin and Zimmerman.
            "So much information on this case has gotten released that should never have been released," she said. Under Florida law, Zimmerman, 28, must be taken before a judge within 24 hours of his return to Seminole County, where he has acknowledged he shot and killed Martin, 17, in the town of Sanford on Feb. 26. Corey wouldn't say where he was being held to protect his safety.
Scott, who appointed Corey after Seminole County authorities declined to bring charges, said in a statement that the matter "is now in the hands of the judicial system and I am confident justice will prevail."
             Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Peruvian, says he shot Martin, who was black, in self-defense after following him in a gated community in Sanford. Police questioned Zimmerman but decided against pressing charges.  The lack of an arrest or charges had sparked protests nationwide, with critics alleging that Zimmerman confronted Martin because of his race. Zimmerman's supporters deny that.  The decision whether to arrest Zimmerman was delayed for several weeks because Zimmerman had indicated that he would argue self-defense under Florida's so-called Stand Your Ground law, which shields subjects from prosecution if a judge determines that the shooting was justified to protect life or proerty.
             Corey called the law "a tough affirmative defense to overcome," but she said, "If 'Stand Your Ground' becomes an issue, we will fight that affirmative defense."
O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, told reporters that he didn't think Zimmerman could get a fair hearing "today" because "the emotions are just running high in Central Florida."
"I am hoping the hatred settles down," he said. A federal civil rights investigation is also under way, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department had to meet a "high bar" to bring any charges.
              The main federal role is to "support the state in its ongoing investigation," Holder told reporters Wednesday morning in Washington. At the same time, he said, the Justice Department is conducting its "own thorough and parallel investigation" to try to resolve the case "in as fair and complete a way and as quickly as we can."

Kerry Sanders and Pete Williams of NBC News and NBC station WESH of Orlando, Fla., contributed to this report by M. Alex Johnson of MSNBC.

Monday, April 2, 2012

WHO'S HOT? & WHO'S NOT! Mike Trampe is NOT Mr. Untouchable

WHO'S HOT? & WHO'S NOT! Reports on three business owners who discuss how taking care of others and earth increases profitability. The headliner, HIPHOPDX's own Mike Trampe leads the discussion on how he will never be "Mr. Untouchable." He also shares his “10 Hip Hop Website & Bog ‘Crack’ Commandments” on how to get heard by music's big-heads. Then we shift gears to Heather Atkinson's mission as a baby planner helping parents manage the stressful times of starting a family. Then we skip over to Denmark where "The Generous Store" allowed, for one day, good deeds to buy its chocolate, and much, much more. So check out our April 2012 Issue of WHO'S HOT! Namaste

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