The prosecution of George Zimmerman for second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin last year appears to be collapsing, thanks in large part to testimony offered by witnesses called by prosecutors, according to legal experts and analysts. Even though the judge refused to allow Martin’s history of drug use, fighting, and school suspensions into evidence, explosive witness testimony provided during the trial may still prove devastating to authorities and their bid to convict Zimmerman.
Last month, more than 75 Republicans in the House of Representatives joined the effort to pass legislation on ousting scandal-plagued Attorney General Eric Holder, bringing the total number of representatives seeking his immediate resignation to over 130. Even some Democrats have added their voices to the growing chorus. The myriad scandals surrounding the Obama administration, meanwhile, continue to escalate as the president tries fiendishly to deflect accountability.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has called for drones to patrol within a year in an effort to better patrol the city’s highest crime areas. The proposal has drawn ire from privacy advocates.
The prosecution’s “star witness” against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, accused of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, endured an embarrassing grilling both inside the Florida courtroom and in the national media. From potentially incriminating social-media posts publicized by reporters to major gaffes during her testimony, Rachel Jeantel, 19, has sparked even more criticism of what legal experts say appears to be an overzealous bid to convict Zimmerman regardless of the evidence supporting his claims of self-defense.
The EPIX cable television channel will air the documentary, TWA Flight 800, on July 17, a video that claims the official investigation over the 1996 airline disaster needs to be reopened because of new evidence.
Both excoriated and celebrated, Marc Rich developed his commodity trading business into a massive world-wide powerhouse employing more than 100,000 people, based on one principle: finding a need, and filling it, even if illegally.
Following the controversial selection of an all-female jury, opening statements begin Monday in the high-profile murder trial of former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in what he contends was self-defense. National media have been following the case closely, but major controversies surrounding the entire prosecution have largely taken a back seat in press coverage to manufactured hysteria over gun laws and race — then-17-year-old Martin was black and Zimmerman is Hispanic.
A group representing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns campaign named alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a victim of gun violence.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Fox News Sunday this week that if the National Security Agency's controversial program PRISM — a daily collection of private telephone records and Internet messages — had been in place before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the terrorists' plot might have been foiled.
Three other NSA whistleblowers were asked on Friday what they thought about Edward Snowden's revelations about the surveillance state in the United States and each was relieved that someone had finally been able to break through and reveal the truth.