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June 4th, 2012
12:09 PM ET

Was Zimmerman's wife lying in court? CNN contributor Mark NeJame on how it could affect the case

CNN contributor Mark NeJame on how George Zimmerman's wife's statements in court could determine if he is granted bond.


Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
June 4th, 2012
08:40 AM ET

Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump: If Trayvon lied, he'd be in jail

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is waking up inside a jail cell this morning after surrendering to police on Sunday just a few days after a Florida judge revoked his bond.

At the initial hearing back in April, Zimmerman and his wife told the court they had limited funds to pay for a bond. But a website set up to take defense donations had actually collected more than $130,000.

Prosecutors say the Zimmermans were well-aware of how much money he had at the time, and may have even secretly tried to shift between accounts before the hearing.

Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump responds to Zimmerman's bail being revoked on "Starting Point" and says Trayvon's parents have only asked for equal justice.

"A lie is a lie," Crump says. "If Trayvon Martin would have lied to the court, we believe he would not be given a bond. He would have to sit in jail until his trial."


Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
April 24th, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Sanford city manager: City commission meeting was 'cold'

Norton Bonaparte, Sanford city manager, discusses the city commission's rejection of police chief Bill Lee's proposed resignation and explains what is delaying an independent review of Lee's actions.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
April 23rd, 2012
10:02 AM ET

Attorney says Martin family 'devastated' by Zimmerman bond release

Martin family attorney Daryl Parks says the family is 'devastated' by George Zimmerman's release overnight.


Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
April 20th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Mark Nejame: Zimmerman is 'legally entitled to bond'

Mark Nejame discusses why he thinks that bond is appropriate for George Zimmerman and explains why he thinks that there is a "decent chance" that bond will be granted in today's hearing.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
April 18th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Southern Baptist Convention president responds to controversy over employee's comments on Martin case

Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy ethicist, ignited controversy when he condemned the response of many black leaders to the Trayvon Martin case as "shameful" and asserted that President Obama "poured gasoline on the racialist fires" when he addressed Martin's slaying.

After initially defending his comments, Land apologized in a letter to Bryant Wright, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Sr. Pastor Wright joins Starting Point today to discuss Land's apology and to respond to calls by prominent religious leaders for Land to resign.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
April 13th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

Defense attorney Jose Baez: Second-degree murder conviction for Zimmerman 'an extreme long shot'

Criminal defense Attorney, Jose Baez says a successful second degree murder conviction is “an extreme long shot” for the Trayvon Martin case.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
April 13th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Did Zimmerman 'profile' Trayvon Martin? Zimmerman's former attorney says evidence doesn't support it

Zahra Umansky, lawyer who previously defended George Zimmerman, says evidence doesn't support 'profiling'.


Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
April 12th, 2012
10:24 AM ET

Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson says charges against Zimmerman show 'Trayvon mattered'

Today at 1:30pm ET, George Zimmerman is expected to face a judge for the first time to request bail. Zimmerman was taken in last night at the Seminole County Jail, and he's now charged with second-degree murder.

The charges come 46 days after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, which he claims was in self-defense.

This morning on "Starting Point," Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson talks with Soledad about how the family is handling news of charges finally being filed in the shooting of their son.

"I think they feel relieved and they feel that someone recognizes that their child mattered. So, I think that this validates that their child mattered," Jackson says.

Jackson also explains how if Zimmerman is not convicted on the murder charge, which carries a maximum life-sentence, that there could be a variation of manslaughter convictions possible as well.

"This family has only called for equal justice in this case," Jackson adds. "They called for simple justice. They haven't asked for any favors. They asked for justice to apply equally for all."

See more of the interview below.


Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
April 12th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Attorney Zahra Umansky discusses her previous legal experience with Zimmerman, says she doesn't think he's a violent person

Zahra Umansky, attorney who defended George Zimmerman in the past, discusses the circumstances behind Zimmerman's previous legal troubles and explains what Zimmerman was like during the case.


Filed under: Trayvon Martin
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