Orlando attorney Mark O'Mara, who took on George Zimmerman as a client in one of the nation's most high-profile murder trials and won his acquittal, is now the subject of an ethics complaint for how he handled the case.
A link to donate via PayPal did not appear to be working Tuesday. After the hearing, Zimmerman's public defenders said he
As a systemic violence, the Stop-and-Frisk policy of the NYPD might be considered the policing equivalent of Stand Your Ground. Search first -- ask questions later.
The main point is: President Obama has established the best possible dialogue, policy and action platform to determine the
The Zimmerman verdict was not only about race, but is race still an issue in America? As Martin Luther King, Jr. once claimed, Sunday morning continues to be the most segregated hour of the week. Race is absolutely an issue. White privilege continues to be a reality.
If Lonnie Busch gets his wish, the hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing the night of his fatal shooting will eventually be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History.
The face to fear is not going to wear a label to the untrained eye (though it may be discernible to trained law enforcement officials). The normal looking kid may turn out to be truly dangerous while the "different looking" person may be completely harmless.
The O.J. Simpson criminal prosecution was doomed from the moment the trial was moved to downtown Los Angeles, ensuring that the jury looked nothing like the two victims. Might the outcome of the Zimmerman trial have been similarly predetermined -- because of gender?
Over the last few decades, researchers have concluded that teachers are the most powerful in-school determinant of a student's
Suddenly, shocked, furious messages flooded my Twitter and Facebook feed. I wanted to be a part of the conversation, but
It would force those California legislators that have made some soundings about the deadliness of Florida's and other state's stand your ground laws to look closer to home at California's statues on what is and what isn't considered justifiable self-defense.
The night of the Trayvon Martin verdict, debates ensued all over the country. Read more on Upworthy
So to my fellow white adoptive parents with minority children, when the white establishment tries to deflect the subject away from civil rights for black men by talking about "black on black crime," we can't let the establishment get away with it. They can change the subject. We can't.
The U.S. attorney must consider the "nature and seriousness of the offense" in deciding whether to prosecute or not. The major factor that determines that is "the actual or potential impact of the offense on the community and on the victim."
Obama didn't speak solely because he felt obliged to make a generic observation about the anger of most blacks toward the Zimmerman verdict, or even out of remembrance of the fight he led in the Illinois state legislature. He spoke from a well-documented personal experience.
Obama Dissects The Stand Your Ground Law
In the end, we're all just people. And so maybe we all just need to chill out and recognize that the only people who truly know what someone is living with, thinking about, and going through is that person's closest circle, and, ultimately, really just that person alone.
I don’t really want to get too caught up, because I’m not one to be political or judicial. But I just feel like certain laws