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EXCLUSIVE: Homeland, DOJ Prepare for Zimmerman Verdict Riots

On Wednesday, Sanford Chief of Police Cecil Smith told Breitbart News exclusively that there is “nothing out there” suggesting civil unrest will take place in the city following the George Zimmerman verdict. He did state, however, that the Police Department had been coordinating with federal authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. More specifically, Smith stated that the Sanford PD had been coordinating with Community Relations Service regional director Thomas Battles at the DOJ. Jul 10, 2013 1:53 PM PT

Zimmerman Will Not Testify, Defense Rests

On Wednesday, Judge Debra Nelson, who is presiding over the trial of George Zimmerman, repeatedly asked Zimmerman whether he would be testifying, over the objections of his attorneys. A few minutes later, Judge Nelson continued to ask Zimmerman about whether he would testify. She gave him a few minutes to consider. Then she returned to Zimmerman and asked him whether he would testify; he said no. She then repeatedly asked whether it was his decision not to testify in the case, rather than the decision of his attorneys. Jul 10, 2013 12:38 PM PT

Spider-Man Actor Wants to Play Superhero as Bisexual

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly released on Wednesday, The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield suggested that he’d like to play Peter Parker as a young man exploring his bisexuality. According to Garfield, he told producer Matt Tolmach that he’d like MJ – Mary Jane – to be a boy. Jul 10, 2013 12:21 PM PT

EXCLUSIVE: Sanford Police Department on Trayvon Riots: 'We Have Made Plans'

Amid speculation about the possibility of civil unrest in Sanford, Florida in the wake of a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, Capt. James McAuliffee, Region II Commander of the Sanford Police Department told Breitbart News exclusively, “There have been no indicators of civil unrest taking place." Jul 10, 2013 11:28 AM PT

Zimmerman Defense: State 'Tactics' Blocked Access to Trayvon Cellphone Data

Late on Tuesday night, the George Zimmerman defense team and Judge Debra Nelson got into a heated discussion that ended with Nelson walking out of the courtroom as attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West protested what they felt was the court’s breakneck scheduling and unwillingness to hear arguments on admission of pertinent evidence. “Judge, I’m not physically able to keep up this pace much longer,” said West as Nelson turned her back on him. Jul 10, 2013 10:14 AM PT

Palin 'Considering' Senate Run

Appearing Tuesday on The Sean Hannity Show, syndicated across the country, former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Hannity that she had considered running for the Senate from her home state. Jul 9, 2013 5:46 PM PT

NBC News Headlines Trayvon's Dad's New Testimony, Downplays Changing Story

On Monday evening, the NBC News website led with a dramatically misleading headline: “Father: 911 screams are Trayvon Martin.” While Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, did testify in court that the screams heard on the 911 call containing audio from the fight between Martin and George Zimmerman, as well as Zimmerman shooting Martin, the real story was that he essentially called both the police and the prosecution liars, and apparently changed his story in order to do so. That little fact was relegated to the abstract. Jul 8, 2013 7:21 PM PT

Broward County Sheriff's Office Prepares Zimmerman Verdict Riot Plan

On Monday, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a video calling on the public not to riot in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, expected this week or next in Florida. The Sheriff’s Office released a statement explaining that it was “working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies” to coordinate “a response plan in anticipation of the verdict.” Jul 8, 2013 6:57 PM PT

Trayvon's Father: I Couldn't ID Trayvon's Voice

On Monday, the George Zimmerman defense called Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin. Tracy Martin testified that he said to police that he couldn’t tell if the screaming voice on the 911 tape was his son. That testimony was in direct conflict with Officers Christopher Serino and Doris Singleton of the Sanford Police Department, who said that Martin said that it was not the voice of his son on that tape. Jul 8, 2013 1:04 PM PT

Trainer: Zimmerman 'Physically Soft'

On Monday, the George Zimmerman defense called Adam Pollock, the trainer who worked with Zimmerman. Pollock testified that Zimmerman looked as though he’d been traumatized when he saw him days after the Trayvon Martin shooting. Jul 8, 2013 12:07 PM PT

Zimmerman Trainer: 'Rank Beginner' in Athletics

On Monday, the George Zimmerman defense called Adam Pollock, the trainer who worked with Zimmerman. The prosecution had elicited testimony that Zimmerman trained in mixed martial arts before the incident resulting in the shooting in Trayvon Martin’s death. Jul 8, 2013 11:57 AM PT

Zimmerman Lead Investigator: Travyon's Father Said 911 Call Screaming Not Trayvon

On Monday, the George Zimmerman defense called Officer Christopher Serino, the lead detective in the case. He testified that he played Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy, the tape of the neighbor’s 911 call containing screams from the fight between Zimmerman and Martin – and that Tracy Martin said that it was not his son’s voice calling for help on the tape. Jul 8, 2013 11:16 AM PT

Piers on Chicago Shootings: 'America Needs to Take Federal Action'

Taking advantage of the fact that some 67 people were shot in Chicago from Wednesday through Sunday, CNN host Piers Morgan went on another anti-gun rant via Twitter. This time, recognizing that Chicago is a failed gun control model, he called for federal gun control – although he still did not explain why he supposedly stands for freedom to own handguns, the firearm of choice in Chicago gun crime. “Who is going to stop this insanity?” Morgan tweeted. Jul 7, 2013 2:16 PM PT

NBC's Gregory: ElBaradei Says He'll Be Next Egyptian PM

On Sunday, David Gregory of Meet the Press (NBC) said that he had spoken by phone to Mohammed ElBaradei, leader of the opposition in Egypt, and that ElBaradei had told him that he would be made new interim prime minister by the military. Jul 7, 2013 9:10 AM PT

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