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]

Another Follow-Up of the Day: Proponent of Shoot-First Law Loses Major Backers

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Another Follow-Up of the Day: Proponent of Shoot-First Law Loses Major Backers
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Coca-Cola, Intuit, and Kraft have joined Pepsi in renouncing membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing, corporate-funded organization that pushed -- hard -- for the shoot-first legislation that is hampering efforts to arrest and prosecute Trayvon's Martin's shooter. ALEC also is a proponent of restrictive voter ID laws; the two issues prompted progressive advocacy African-American group Color of Change to target the group this week with a petition campaign.

[thinkprogress]

Another Follow-up of the Day: Enhanced Video of Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Shooting

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Another Follow-up of the Day: Enhanced Video of Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Shooting
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In a reversal from last week's coverage, ABC News says the police surveillance footage of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting "shows the neighborhood watch captain with an injury to the back of his head," now that it has been digitally improved by Forensic Protection Inc. The "gash or mark" on Zimmerman's head would lend support to his claim that he acted in self-defense when he shot Martin.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, The Orlando Sentinel reported that two audio experts believe the voice heard calling for help in the background of the 911 call to police is not that of Zimmerman. One of the experts, Tom Owen -- who is chair emeritus at the American Board of Record Evidence — believes the tests indicating it isn't Zimmerman's voice would stand up in court.

"You can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it's not Zimmerman," Owen said. If he is proved right, then the 911 call would raise questions about Zimmerman's claim of self-defense.

[abcnews / orlandosentinel]

Follow Up of the Day: Police Surveillance Tapes Show Zimmerman After Trayvon Martin Shooting

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Police surveillance tapes showing George Zimmerman on the night he shot Trayvon Martin appear to contradict the neighborhood watchman's claim that 17-year-old Martin punched him in the head and slammed his face into a sidewalk prior to the shooting.

The footage shows both the front and back of Zimmerman's head, and he appears to have no visible injuries, contrary to claims in the police report on the incident.

Trayvon's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, watched the surveillance tape on Wednesday's edition of Piers Morgan Tonight, and Fulton told Morgan, "We have concluded just by watching this video there may not have been any incidents at all."

"If he had a broken nose, how did he continue to keep his head down?" Martin added.

The family's attorney called the police report "a fabrication," and said "there was something that night [the police] conspired to cover up."

The tape could be a major blow to Zimmerman's self-defense claim, and legal commentator Jonathan Turley points out that Zimmerman will now have to rely on testimony from the paramedics who treated him that night to confirm any of his alleged injuries.

[abcnews / mediaite / turley.]

Hoodie News of the Day

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Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) was ordered to leave the House floor this morning after he removed his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie while addressing the chamber on the issue of racial profiling in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case.

Rush, with hood up, said, "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum," referring to notorious hoodie-wearer Geraldo Rivera's controversial remarks about Trayvon.

Republican speaker pro tem Gregg Harper (R-MS), cut Rush off and ordered him to lower his hood or leave the chamber, finding him in violation of a rule that bans the wearing of hats on the House floor.

In other hoodie news, the National Rifle Association has taken advantage of the media firestorm around the sweatshirts to add a new "Concealed Carry Hoodie" -- "ideal for carrying your favorite compact to mid-size pistol" -- to the official NRA Store.

[thinkprogress / mediaite.]

Single-Topic Tumblr of the Day

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Single-Topic Tumblr of the Day
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Geraldo In A Hoodie is posting every photo of Geraldo Rivera wearing a hoodie it can find. Best one so far: Geraldo and his Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly sharing a hoodie moment at a Yankees game. 

Just look at them. They're clearly asking for it.

[geraldoinahoodie.]