Sunday, Sept. 2, 1:49 p.m. EDT: Why was there no Trayvon talk in Tampa?: Just down the road from where the Republican National Convention was held, the slain teen’s friends and family are vainly holding out for action from anyone on gun violence, writes the Daily Beast‘s Mathew DeLuca.
Saturday, Sept. 1, 9:33 a.m. EDT: Woman yelling about Zimmerman case charged with disorderly conduct: A Florida woman apparently angry about the controversial George Zimmerman murder case faces a federal disorderly conduct charge after authorities say she began yelling at a patient in a Veterans Affairs clinic lobby, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 61-year-old Ninoska A. Pope, according to court documents, got into an argument that was “loud and distracting.”
Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, 11:34 a.m. EDT: Will Zimmerman regret his new judge? Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, the same jurist assigned to handle George Zimmerman’s wife’s perjury case, has taken over his second-degree-murder trial after the defense successfully removed Judge Kenneth Lester from the case. Zimmerman’s legal team might “live to regret forcing the last judge off the case because Nelson runs a tight ship and tends to favor the prosecution,” central Florida lawyers told the Miami Herald.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 11:32 a.m. EDT: Federal appeals court rules that judge must step down: In a big win for Zimmerman’s defense team, a federal appeals court ruled last night that the judge presiding over his second-degree-murder trial must step down for issuing an order with a “disparaging” description of the shooter, the Miami New Times reports. In the order in question, in which Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman jailed on $1 million bond, he wrote, “Under any definition, the defendant has flouted the system … [and] tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so.”
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11:10 a.m. EDT: Dr. Phil to focus on Zimmerman in new season: The Orlando Sentinel reports that the syndicated talk show Dr. Phil will address Zimmerman and viewers’ perception of him in its new season, which starts Sept. 10. In a preview clip, Dr. Phil McGraw asks two guests, “Is he a racist? Is he a cowboy vigilante?” And a poll on the show’s website asks whether Zimmerman shot Trayvon in self-defense, as well as whether he should be convicted of second-degree murder.
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10:57 a.m. EDT: The Rev. Al Sharpton joins families of Robert Champion and Trayvon Martin at Tallahassee church: Over the weekend, Trayvon Martin’s family and their attorneys gathered with the parents of Robert Champion — the drum major killed in a hazing incident at FAMU — and the Rev. Al Sharpton at a packed service in Tallahassee, Fla. Watch the video here.
Monday, Aug. 27, 11:05 a.m. EDT: Judge says George Zimmerman can leave the county: Judge Kenneth Lester said he will adjust the bond terms of George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the Associated Press reports. The terms of Zimmerman’s $1 million bond that were set last month required him to stay within Seminole County, but he’ll now be allowed to travel to nearby Orange County, where the offices of his attorneys are located.
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