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Zimmerman Prosecution Star Witness Can't Read Letter She 'Wrote'

Rachel Jeantel, the prosecution’s star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, admitted on Thursday in court that she could not read a letter she supposedly “wrote” to Trayvon Martin’s mother about the shooting. She was asked to read the letter in open court, and said she couldn’t read it. “Are you able to read that at all?” asked defense attorney Don West. “Some, but not all,” she replied. “I don’t read cursive.” Jun 27, 2013 7:04 AM PT

Trayvon's Mom Sat In with Prosecution Star Witness During Initial Police Interview

Rachel Jeantel, the prosecution’s star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, said on Thursday on the stand that Sabryna Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, sat next to her during her first interview with the state attorney and law enforcement. As Kathi Belich of WFTV tweeted, “That is highly unusual. I have never heard of the alleged victim’s family sitting in on a witness interview in 32 years.” Jun 27, 2013 6:54 AM PT

Zimmerman Prosecution Star Witness: 'Cracker' Not a Racial Term

Prosecution star witness Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old to whom Trayvon Martin was reportedly speaking while he was being followed by George Zimmerman, admitted again on the stand on Thursday that she had changed her testimony about Zimmerman’s words. Originally, she told police that after Martin asked Zimmerman why he was following him, Zimmerman answered, “What are you talking about?” Later, she changed that to, “What are you doing around here?” Jun 27, 2013 6:37 AM PT

Star Prosecution Witness Admits Changing Testimony on 911 Call Screams

Testifying at the George Zimmerman trial on Wednesday, the prosecution’s star witness, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, who was allegedly on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before he was shot by Zimmerman, admitted on the witness stand that she had changed her testimony on the identity of the man screaming on the 911 call during the scuffle between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Jun 26, 2013 2:16 PM PT

Prosecution Witness: Trayvon on Top During Scuffle

Jane Surdyka, one of the prosecution witnesses in the George Zimmerman trial, testified on Wednesday that it was likely Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman that she saw during the scuffle shortly before Zimmerman shot Martin. She testified that she heard two voices before the shooting, one of which she described as “the boy’s voice.” She then testified she heard three “pop” sounds, even though there was only one gunshot. Jun 26, 2013 12:09 PM PT

Prosecution Witness Admits Media's Young Trayvon Photos Deceived Her

In the George Zimmerman trial on Wednesday, witness Jeannee Manalo testified that she heard “howling” sounds in her living room. Later, she said, she heard cries for help and a struggle, presumably between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. She saw two people on the ground, she explained, but didn’t know who was on top. She then testified that she thought based on body size that Zimmerman was on top. Jun 26, 2013 12:04 PM PT

Prosecution Witness: Martin Said He Thought 'Creepy Ass Cracker' Zimmerman Was Rapist

Testifying in the Geoge Zimmerman trial, prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, 19, who says she was on the phone with Trayvon Martin before he was shot, explained that Martin told her that a “creepy ass cracker” was following him. According to Jeantel, Martin was worried that Zimmerman was a rapist, and said to “stop playing with him like that.” He also told Jeantel, she said, that the “n----- is now following him.” Jun 26, 2013 11:54 AM PT

IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit Status for Religious Institutions over Same-Sex Marriage

Based on Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling, in which the Court majority determined that the Defense of Marriage Act’s federal definition of marriage had to incorporate state-based same-sex marriages, Internal Revenue Service regulations could be modified to remove non-profit status for churches across the country. Jun 26, 2013 11:31 AM PT

Key Prosecution Witness Against Zimmerman Changes Testimony on Stand

On Tuesday, a key prosecution witness in the George Zimmerman trial, Selene Bahadoor, changed her testimony on the stand from her earlier interviews, stating that she heard two figures, presumably Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, running “left to right.” That direction implies people running toward the home where Martin was staying. Bahadoor further testified that she saw two people waving their arms, both standing. She then heard a gunshot after leaving her window, she said. Jun 25, 2013 7:44 PM PT

Poll: Weiner Spurts Ahead in NYC Mayor's Race

Sending pictures of his genitals to random women via Twitter wasn’t enough to turn the people of New York City off to former Congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, according to the latest poll from the Wall Street Journal-NBC New York-Marist. He now leads City Council Speaker Christine Quinn by a margin of 25 percent to 20 percent. Trailing far behind are former Comptroller Bill Thompson (13 percent), Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (10 percent) and city Comptroller John Liu (8 percent). Quinn’s numbers have slowly deflated, and Weiner’s have solidified as the race has developed. Jun 25, 2013 4:45 PM PT

WH Email: 'The Debate's Over' on Man-Caused Climate Change

On Tuesday, following President Obama’s speech on climate change at Georgetown University in which he labeled opponents of climate change legislation “the flat-Earth society,” the White House sent out an email declaring, “the debate’s over.” Sent by David Simas, Deputy Senior Advisor, the email proclaims that “The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15 years, and 2012 was the hottest one we’ve ever recorded.” The missive blames carbon emissions for increasing asthma, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, and “11 different weather disasters that each cost the United States more than $1 billion.” He concludes: “So the debate’s over. It’s time for action.” Jun 25, 2013 4:28 PM PT

Zimmerman Trial Day #1: Martin Family Attorney Visits NAACP, Calls Zimmerman 'Every Parent's Worst Nightmare'

On Monday, the same day that the Zimmerman trial kicked off with prosecution and defense opening statements, Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Trayvon Martin family, showed up at a rally for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Sanford to push for the conviction of George Zimmerman. “This whole case has always been about equal justice,” he stated. “George Zimmerman is every parent’s worst nightmare … passing judgment on who can and who can’t be in his neighborhood. If you kill an unarmed child you should be arrested.” Jun 25, 2013 11:40 AM PT

Zimmerman Case: Prosecution Witness Admits Martin's Described Behavior 'Suspicious'

On the second day of the George Zimmerman trial, prosecutors attempted to paint Zimmerman as an increasingly overzealous neighborhood watch participant who finally snapped after law enforcement did not respond to his calls. Meanwhile, defense got a prosecution witness to admit that Zimmerman’s call to police about alleged victim Trayvon Martin was justified based on Zimmerman’s description of events. Jun 25, 2013 11:28 AM PT

Zimmerman Parents Barred from Courtroom, Trayvon's Parents Allowed to Stay

In an exclusive to Breitbart News, the family of George Zimmerman has stated the Zimmerman’s parents have been barred from the courtroom by the State of Florida, even though under Florida law, the alleged victim’s family – the family of Trayvon Martin – has been allowed to stay. The state claims that because the Zimmermans may be witnesses for the state, they must be barred from the courtroom. Jun 24, 2013 11:09 AM PT

Report: Snowden Sought Job at NSA Contractor to Get Surveillance Info

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, NSA leaker Edward Snowden tried to get a job with US government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton in order to collect information about US surveillance programs. “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” Snowden reportedly said. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.” Jun 24, 2013 10:16 AM PT

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