George Zimmerman, from his comments to police to the arguments of his lawyers, has steadfastly maintained he shouldn't be found guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, contending he shot the teen in self-defense.
But jurors weighing his fate won't hear that from him directly.
On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Debra Nelson asked Zimmerman if he'd made a decision about taking the stand in his own defense.
"After consulting with counsel," Zimmerman replied, he'd decided "not to testify, your honor."
Family reunions are a chance to reconnect with family members and meet new ones. They're a time to reminisce about the old days and create new traditions. If you're planning or attending a family reunion this summer, make healthy living a part of the activities for young and old alike.
This year, adapt some family recipes to incorporate ingredients that are lower in fat, salt, and calories. You'll be teaching a new generation to love a healthier version of your family's treasured favorites. At the same time, you'll be helping the older folks who may have high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or other conditions that require special attention to eating healthy.
A month after entering New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, Newark Mayor Cory Booker remains far ahead of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Booker at 52 percent among New Jersey Democratic voters – more than forty points ahead of his closest rival, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who stood at 10 percent. A third competitor in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, was at 8 percent.
Booker announced his bid at the beginning of June for the special election held to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, which ends January 2015.
From 2006 to 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sterilized nearly 150 women without getting the proper state approval, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The procedure, known as a tubal ligation, was performed by doctors under contract with the CDCR. The doctors were given state funds to perform the procedure, which costs $147,460.
California has deemed the practice of forced sterilization on inmates (as well as the mentally ill and poor) illegal since 1979. It is also illegal for prisons to use federal funds to cover the cost of the operation. Instead, state funds are used after being approved by medicial officials in Sacramento, but according to the CIR, whose findings were published in the Sacramento Bee, no tubal ligation requests have come in. Instead, doctors have been carrying out the procedures on their own, seeking approval from the women themselves, at times while the women are in labor.
(CNN) – The Florida judge presiding over the George Zimmerman murder trial ruled Monday that Zimmerman's attorneys will be able to present evidence about how Trayvon Martin may have been high on marijuana the night he was shot to death.
Martin's toxicology report indicates that THC, the active drug in marijuana, was in his blood at the time of his death on February 26, 2012.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Florida. He told police that night that the teenager looked suspicious and that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood. The two got into a physical altercation, and Zimmerman said he was forced to draw his gun and kill Martin.
WASHINGTON – After accepting a determination by the attorney for the National Conference of Blacks Mayors that the organization's May 30 election in Atlanta was invalid, more than half of the board members in good standing have written to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson directing him to "table all matters" until the board meets again, according to documents obtained by the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service.
Johnson was elected president of the NCBM at that election. The board of directors in place at the time has resumed control of the organization until a new election can be held, probably in September.
Efforts to reach Johnson for comment via telephone, text and email were unsuccessful.
I have never met Nelson Mandela, but we have had many conversations.
In my family's tiny shack in Nairobi's Kibera slum, my one-way exchanges with the great man kept me going. Mandela survived 27 years of prison; maybe I would make it out, too.
Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, when I was 10 years old. In Kibera, people celebrated and talk circulated the streets about this man, but I didn't see how his story connected to mine until much later. I was struggling too hard simply to survive.