Trayvon Martin Sociological Painting of the Day

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Trayvon Martin Sociological Painting of the Day
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Just as the news that George Zimmerman has been granted bail has hit, artist Michael D'Antuono's painting reflecting the killing is circulating online. Entitled A Tale of Two Hoodies, the picture not so subtilely hints at the fundamental issue of Trayvon Martin's death.

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Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Granted Bail

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Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Granted Bail
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George Zimmerman has been granted bond -- set at $150,000 -- in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set several conditions for Zimmerman's release, including a curfew, but said further details need to be worked out between Zimmerman's attorney and law enforcement. Zimmerman will not be released today.

Zimmerman's family asked the judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members -- testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened -- argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.

"He is absolutely not a violent person," said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area because of concerns about his safety. "Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult," he said. "I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality."

George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

"I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not."

[lat / globeandmail]

Another Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman To Post Bail, May Go Free On Friday

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Another Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman To Post Bail, May Go Free On Friday
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George Zimmerman may be freed on bond this Friday, the New York Daily News reports.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said he was confident Zimmerman would be able to walk out of court after his 9 a.m. bail hearing, but that his client may be safer behind bars.

"I just hope we can get my client out to someplace safely. There have been threats on his life," he said.

Keeping Zimmerman in jail would require establishing that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community, but neither seems likely given Zimmerman's notoriety as the shooter of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

"He's not going anywhere even if he's released. Where's he going to go? He has one of the most recognizable faces on the planet," one expert told the Daily News.

Zimmerman's bond is likely to be "$1,000 or more."

[dailybeast.]

Sociopolitical Pop Art of the Day

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Sociopolitical Pop Art of the Day
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Art student Andy Bell constructed this 3'x4' portrait of George Zimmerman out of Skittles, the candy that Trayvon Martin was carrying when he was shot.

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Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman Charged in Death of Trayvon Martin [UPDATED]

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Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman Charged in Death of Trayvon Martin [UPDATED]
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Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. She confirmed in a press conference that Zimmerman was taken into custody earlier today in Florida.

Zimmerman faces life in prison if convicted. A charge of first-degree murder was ruled out because a grand jury won't be empaneled, in accordance with Florida law.

UPDATE: Zimmerman will plead not guilty, says his new defense attorney, Mark O'Mara.

[abcnews]

Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman's Lawyers Call It Quits

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Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman's Lawyers Call It Quits
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The lawyers for George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February, are no longer representing him, citing poor communication on Zimmerman's part. "On Sunday, we lost track of George, in that he would not return our calls," attorney Hal Uhrig said. Said attorney Craig Sonner, "I've lost contact with him at this point." The attorneys, who have been publicly representing Zimmerman in the media, also said that he called Sean Hannity of Fox News, and the office of the special prosecutor in the case, both moves Zimmerman didn't discuss with his legal team. "We were a bit astonished," Uhrig said.

Zimmerman remains in hiding, though he launched a personal website over the weekend seeking donations to help cover expenses.

[orlandosentinel]

Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman Launches a Website

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Follow-Up of the Day: George Zimmerman Launches a Website
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George Zimmerman has started a website asking for donations following the fatal February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin. The site, which is currently having connection issues, promises that "any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment."

From the site: "On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life."

[msnbc]