George Zimmerman

These Costumes Couldn't Be More Offensive

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

A picture of a white man in blackface dressed as Trayvon Martin next to a man dressed as George Zimmerman recently made the rounds online, spurring co...

Obama's Comments About Travyon Martin Crossed the Line

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

When President Obama commented for the second time on the George Zimmerman verdict, he crossed the line. By politicizing the legal procedures, in an apparent effort to potentially obtain a different result, the President runs the risk of perverting America's objective and impartial legal and judicial system.

Not Paying Tribute to Trayvon Martin Doesn't Make You Racist

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

I have to take issue with Rachel Décoste's recent blog, "Racism is Front Page News at the Ottawa Sun," because she unfairly labels the Ottawa Sun's handling of Trayvon Martin's death as racist. In doing so, she trivializes the real issue of racism in our society, and undermines the very cause that she is advocating. There is no evidence that the Ottawa Sun acted in a racist manner and prejudicial manner. And there is no evidence that as a result of such treatment of the Martin matter, the Ottawa Sun is perpetuating inequality in our Canadian society.

No Juror Should Ever Get a Book Deal

Justin Beach | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business
Justin Beach

Recently, juror B37 in the George Zimmerman murder trial got and quickly lost a book deal. What is confusing to me, is that such deals are legal in the first place. A book deal potentially creates both a prejudice and a stake in the outcome of the trial.

Time To Have Another Look At 'Stand Your Ground'?

CP | Pete Yost and Mike Schneider, The Associated Press | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada

Citing concern over the killing of Trayvon Martin in central Florida, Attorney General Eric Holder said stand-your-ground laws, which allow a person w...

Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

Saeed Selvam | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

The jury in the Zimmerman trial made a decision that they felt comfortable with, they didn't have to be racist, Florida law protected and provoked their decision. The point is, collective anger and protest needs to be directed against the law, not store windows.

White People: Trayvon Martin's Death Is Not About You

Anne Theriault | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I got home and found out about George Zimmerman's acquittal. I watched white people make this about them, and then I watched them slowly but surely provide themselves with the tools to forget that this had ever happened. And I watched black people wonder if their kid was next. When people of colour raise their voice, I'm going to do my best to make sure that they get a megaphone, and then I'm going to hightail it to the back of the room and listen.

Americans Threaten To Move To Canada Over Verdict

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin on Saturday and many Americans immediately took to Twitter to express their outra...

Trayvon Martin and the Red Herring of "Black on Black" Crime

Tarek Fatah | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

Although I am convinced that the death of Trayvon Martin was not because of his race, and that the jury reached a correct verdict in declaring George Zimmerman "not guilty," I also feel the people raising the issue of "black on black" crime (and saying it is ignored in a way that white on black crime isn't) are being disingenuous. The fact is, "black on black" crime is no more common than "white on white" crime or "Chinese on Chinese" crime. Most murders are intraracial. If Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton annoy me with their contrived despair, so do conservatives like Newt Gingrich with their "What about black on black crime" line.

Protesters Claim Highway, Raid Walmart

CP | Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After a spate of vandalism and violence, Los Angeles police vowed Tuesday to crack down with quick action and arrests if further...

How the George Zimmerman Trial Went Down

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

The verdict is in and George Zimmerman has been acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin. HuffPost blogger Steven Skurka covered the controversial trial from start to finish. Here, for anyone wishing to get a sense of how the case progressed, are Steven's posts.

Protecting Canada's Trayvon Martins

El Jones | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
El Jones

For those of us who are not American, George Zimmerman's acquittal may give us an added sense of helplessness. While we feel the rage and pain, the fact that the verdict is not in our justice system may leave us feeling that we have no avenue for action. Here are some things Canadians can do.

Racism Isn't Just An American Thing

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Canadians gloss over our bloody history in order to pretend that we're better than the rest of the world, that racism isn't an issue here. It's only not an issue if you're not a person of colour. It's only not an issue if you've never had to watch your children grow up and battle their own skin colour in order to live. It's only not an issue if you're not someone like Trayvon Martin, walking in a neighbourhood where he looked suspicious because he was black.

Day 15 of the Zimmerman Trial: How the Jury Reached "Not Guilty"

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

The prosecution's critical mistake was over-charging Zimmerman with murder. It required proof that Zimmerman had acted with ''ill will or hatred'' and set out to harm Trayvon Martin when he left his car prior to the shooting.

He's Still Got Problems

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama urged Americans to respect the decision of jurors on Sunday following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in th...

Day 14 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Defence Closing and Rebuttal

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

If the jurors are persuaded by the prosecutor's cold image of the George Zimmerman as Lady Macbeth with blood permanently staining his hands, they will find him guilty of manslaughter. If the jurors follow the law relating to self-defence, their verdict will be not guilty.

Day 13 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution's Closing Argument

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

''A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions... and unfortunately, because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks on this earth.'' This simple statement is the state's most compelling argument for a manslaughter conviction. An innocent teenager died and Zimmerman was his killer as the result of his flawed perceptions and negligent conduct.

Day 11 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Case for the Defence

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

The Broward County Sheriff's Office announced that it was working closely with the Sanford Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to implement "a response plan in anticipation of the verdict." I predict that there will be peaceful protests but not a calamitous reaction to the jury's not guilty verdict.

Day 10 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Case for the Defence

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

In a bold and virtually unprecedented move by the defence, Tracy Martin was called to testify. His evidence was preceded by two Sanford police officers, including the lead investigator, who confirmed that in the days following his teenage son's death, Tracy Martin was unable to identify the voice on the 911 call crying for help. Martin contested the officers' testimony stating that ''I never said it wasn't my son's voice.'' He later concluded that it was his son after listening to the call ''as many as 20 times.''

Day 9 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Defence Case Begins

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

The ninth day of the second degree murder trial of George Zimmerman was marked by the prosecution closing its case and the first couple of witnesses being called by the defence. The following are six take away points from Day 9.

Day 8 of the Zimmerman Trial: The Blundering Prosecution

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

The prosecution's case has been marked by a parade of errors. It started with overreaching and charging George Zimmerman with second-degree murder. The charge requires evidence of hatred, spite or evil intent and the evidence in the case fell woefully short of that standard. The only possible charge left for the jury to consider is manslaughter.

Zimmerman Trial, Day 7: Murder or Self Defense?

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

Dr. Valerie Row, a medical examiner who reviewed the photographs and records of the injuries to George Zimmerman testified that his injuries were insignificant and that they were consistent with "one strike, two injuries at one time.''

Day 6 of the Zimmerman Trial: Murder or Self-Defence?

Steven Skurka | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

The jury has George Zimmerman's complete legal defence presented in his own words. The prosecution introduced four statements Zimmerman provided to the police after the fatal shooting incident. In his statements, Zimmerman described yelling for help as the person (later identified as Trayvon Martin) was ''whaling on my head.'' He placed his hands on Zimmerman's nose and told him that ''you're going to die tonight.'' Zimmerman thought that his assailant was going for his gun and shot him one time.

How George Zimmerman Might Have Won the Trial on Day 5

Steven Skurka | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

I believe the fifth day of the George Zimmerman murder trial will be revisited after the trial finishes as the day that Zimmerman secured a not guilty verdict. Here are the six key factors that emerged from the evidence on Day 5.

6 Take-Aways From Day 1 of the George Zimmerman Trial

Steven Skurka | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

On the morning of the first day of the Zimmerman trial, CNN released a poll that showed that 62% of the respondents polled maintained that the charges against George Zimmerman are probably or certainly true. If all of the six jurors in the Zimmerman trial find that his charge is probably true, he will be acquitted. The following six take-aways emerged from day 1 of the Zimmerman trial: