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Maria Alexander is an example of unequal justice in Florida

Maria Alexander is an example of unequal justice in Florida

No one was hurt or killed when 31-year-old Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot into the air in Aug. 1, 2010.

But she remains in a Florida prison after being sentenced July 12, 2012 for a conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A Florida judge rejected her self-defense assertion. The mother of three children who had no police record was found guilty of firing a shot into a wall as a warning shot to ward off her allegedly abusive husband against whom she had a protective order.

She told police she was in fear for her life, as she had been many times before at the hands of her husband, Rico Gray. Gray had flown into a jealous rage that night after seeing text messages and baby pictures sent by Alexander to an ex-husband.

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  • Written by Alexis Taylor/NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Martin friend ‘upset, angry’ by verdict

Martin friend ‘upset, angry’ by verdict

The friend who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when his fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman began said Monday she is "disappointed, upset, angry, questioning and mad" at Zimmerman's acquittal on murder charges.

Rachel Jeantel called the verdict "BS" and said Martin, 17, was never aggressive.

"He was a calm, chill, loving person who loved his family, definitely his mother, and a good friend," Jeantel told CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."

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  • Written by Matt Smith/CNN
  • Category: News

Thabo Mbeki: Mandela will pull through

Thabo Mbeki: Mandela will pull through

Thabo Mbeki, who succeeded Nelson Mandela as South Africa's president 14 years ago, says the ailing revered statesmen will pull through.

"I know the doctors who are working with him are very good people, very good doctors and I am quite certain, I am quite certain that, one of these days, Madiba will go back home," Mbeki said over the weekend, calling Mandela by his clan name.

Mandela, 94, is considered the founding father of South Africa's modern democracy. He has been hospitalized in Pretoria since June 8 for a recurring lung infection – a legacy of his years of imprisonment under South Africa's now-defunct apartheid regime.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

DOJ reviewing Zimmerman verdict

DOJ reviewing Zimmerman verdict

The Department of Justice has confirmed that it is reviewing the State of Florida's case against George Zimmerman, 29, as well as information gathered from their independent investigation to determine if he will face federal civil rights charges for the February 26, 2012 killing of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.

"Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department's policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial," said Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson.

As previously reported by NewsOne, NAACP President Ben Jealous released a statement making it plain that we are "not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin":

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NOT GUILTY: Jury Acquits Zimmerman

(CNN) -- George Zimmerman is not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, a Florida jury decided late Saturday.
The fact that Zimmerman fired the bullet that killed Martin was never in question, but the verdict means the six-person jury had reasonable doubt that the shooting amounted to a criminal act.
The verdict caps a case that has inflamed

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle
  • Category: News

Judge urges 'wise decision' as jury deliberates Zimmerman's fate [Video]

Judge urges 'wise decision' as jury deliberates Zimmerman's fate [Video]

(CNN) -- Will George Zimmerman walk, or be banished to a life behind bars? That's the question as a jury of six resumes deliberations for a second day Saturday morning.

Zimmerman is on trial for last year's shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The all-female jury got the case Friday afternoon after two weeks of testimony and dramatic closing arguments over the past two days.

Judge Debra Nelson read 27 pages of instructions outlining the jury's three options: convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder or manslaughter, or find him not guilty.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

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