This is the second week of George Zimmerman's murder trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The lawyers will continue jury selection through this week and will begin with opening statements once the jury is selected. A key difference in this trial compared to others across the country is that, with the exception of capital murder cases, Florida requires only six jurors for criminal trials. Most jurisdictions and states require 12 jurors for all felony criminal trials, which is a far cry from the six in Florida. In addition to the six jurors, there will be four alternates chosen to hear Zimmerman's trial.
As jury selection continues, both sides continue to have a difficult job ahead of them in determining whether jurors are being truthful about their beliefs, biases, or fears. Some jurors may be afraid to render a decision based upon the evidence because of the potential of violence when a verdict is reached. Jurors in high-profile cases face extra scrutiny due to the nature of the case and the national attention that the case has received. These jurors, even though they are only identified by their juror numbers, have the potential to be revealed to the public. The fears that they have may prevent them from rendering a fair and honest decision in a case such as this.
Memphian, Natasha Stewart aka Pebblez da Model made an appearance late last week in a Hinds County court room after six months in State custody. She is facing a possible life sentence for referring an Atlanta woman to a non-licensed butt enhancement doctor who was allegedly injecting women with concrete or commercial grade silicon.
Stewart has admitted referring a young Atlanta woman by the name of Karima Gordon to Tracey Lynn Garner, formerly known as Morris Garner for the butt injection procedure. Garner, a transsexual, apparently had built a reputation for providing these kinds of illegal medical procedures and administered injections to Gordon at a cost of $1,500.
A teacher at Public School 28 in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where an estimated 80 percent of children qualify for free lunch, overheard a student dismiss Manhattan's expensive American Girl doll store as an unattainable destination -- specifically, a place that white girls go to.
A $14,000 fundraising campaign later, he took 27 girls on a trip that included tea with the store's cast of characters, DNAinfo New York reports. His only goal: to prove to them that they could have the same experiences as anyone else. I decided I had to help change their perception of themselves and their worth, Rob Robinson said. This is less about the dolls, and more about telling them you have access to any place.
The first phase of jury selection in George Zimmerman's trial wrapped up Tuesday after 40 jurors had been chosen to move on to a second round of questioning.
Attorneys questioned nine potential jurors Tuesday, with eight candidates being chosen for the second round.
The next stage of jury selection will begin Wednesday morning, when attorneys will be allowed to ask general questions that could include broader subjects such as race, crime and self-defense.
WASHINGTON – Areva Martin watched her youngest child play with growing concern. Marty was almost 18 months old and he didn't play like other kids his age. Instead of racing toy cars on a track or across the floor, Marty would organize them in lines. He did the same thing with crayons. Instead of scribbling on paper or trying to color, he would just line them up. Marty played obsessively with random objects that he would find around the house: a house shoe, a cup, or a spoon would consume hours of playtime. But Martin, a lawyer living in Los Angeles, was most concerned about his speech.
"The first thing that came to my mind was, 'This kid isn't speaking, so let's get him to a speech therapist,'" she said. After several months with a speech therapist, and no signs of improvement, Martin took her son to a developmental pediatrician. That's when she learned that Marty was autistic.
"I knew very little about autism. I wasn't even thinking about autism," said Martin. "It wasn't even a word in my vocabulary."
According to demographers, more white Americans died last year than were born -- the first time this has occurred in the history of the nation. Even more surprising, the shrinking of the white population has begun more rapidly than previously predicted.
The decline of America's white population is being fueled by a variety of factors, among them that white women are having fewer children, and at later ages than other racial groups, and the immigrant population is increasing. But perhaps even more interesting than the numbers themselves is the impact they are likely to have on American society.
Paula Cooper was just 16 years old when she became the youngest person on death row in the United States.
That was in 1986.
Today (June 17), after 27 years behind bars, Cooper will walk out of the Indiana's Rockville Correctional Facility a free woman.