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March 2013 Archives

Zimmerman's criminal defense team claims prosecutorial misconduct

There is more fallout this week from the stunning revelation earlier this month that Trayvon Martin's girlfriend had been caught in at least one lie material to the prosecution's case. Claiming that the prosecution knew of the lie several months before revealing it to the defense or the judge, George Zimmerman's criminal defense team has asked the judge to fine and sanction the two assistant state attorneys trying the case.

Was jihad suspect here to commit violent crimes or just bragging?

From the title of this blog post, you might expect that the alleged jihadist had attempted to commit an actual violent crime. Or, you might assume he had been caught planning a bombing or at training to join al-Qaeda, but that isn't the case. The New York native is actually charged with lying to the FBI and falsifying tax documents, and he has already pled guilty.

Veterans charity accused of illegal gambling, money laundering

A St. Augustine-based group called Allied Veterans of the World, which owns several charitable gambling Internet cafes in Volusi and Flagler counties and around Florida, has been accused of distributing only around 2 percent of its proceeds to charity and using the rest to fund luxury lifestyles. Yesterday, eight Florid and federal law enforcement agencies raided and closed down seven of Allied Veterans' Internet cafes, along with similar operations in 23 Florida counties and five other states. Prosecutors plan to charge 57 people with white collar crimes ranging from illegal gambling to money laundering.

2 Zimmerman bombshells: no 'stand your ground' and witness problem

The man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin a year ago in Sanford has apparently changed his criminal defense strategy. Attorneys for the 29-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer indicated this week that they no longer plan to pursue a defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law, which has created such controversy. Instead of requesting a hearing on the matter as expected, the lawyers instead hinted that he may plead traditional self-defense instead.

Do you think Florida's 'stand your ground' will cut violent crime?

After the Trayvon Martin tragedy a year ago, the slain teen's parents asked the governor and legislature to review and possibly amend Florida's "stand your ground" law, which has been was cited as a defense by the man who shot their son. The 2005 law gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves from attacks even when it would be possible to avoid violence by retreating.

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