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Trayvon's Mother Wants Justice, But Also Believes Death 'Was An Accident'

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sybrina Fulton wants to hear George Zimmerman apologize and wants him brought to justice, but also believes her son died because the incident "just got out of control and [Zimmerman] couldn't turn the clock back."

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The Takeaway

George Zimmerman in Custody and Charged with Second Degree Murder

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Last night at 6pm, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey announced that George Zimmerman had been charged with second degree murder in the Trayvon Martin case.

In addition to stating the charges, she also announced that George Zimmerman was in state custody, and responded to questions from the journalists.

Among the journalists there was Adam Kealoha Causey, a reporter with the Florida Times Union.

And offering a legal interpretation on last night’s press conference is Dale Carson, a lawyer, retired legal instructor for the FBI, and a former police officer.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Blues

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Murray Weiss, DNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor looks at the overall mood at the NYPD, from criticism of stop-and-frisk to the PBA's ad campaign, and discusses the increase in police shootings. 

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WNYC News

Trayvon Martin Death: Prosecutor Plans Announcement By Late Friday

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

State Attorney Angela Corey is deciding whether or not to arrest and prosecute George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Martin in Sanford, Fla. The case as ignited a national debate about race relations and racial profiling.

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Features

Trial for Rapper in '93 NY Shooting Opens

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A murder trial has started for Rapper G. Dep in a 1993 shooting in New York City.

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WNYC News

Trayvon Martin Prosecutor: Investigation Continues, No Grand Jury

Monday, April 09, 2012

State Attorney Angela Corey says her decision not to take the case to a grand jury should not be viewed as an indication of whether charges will or won't be brought eventually. She is still investigating, Corey added.

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WNYC News

Long Prison Terms For Former Police Officers In Katrina-Related Shootings

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A federal judge imposes lengthy sentences on four former New Orleans police officers for their roles in shooting unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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The Takeaway

The Angola Three and Solitary Confinement

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This month, two prisoners in the U.S. will mark the 40th anniversary of their solitary confinement in the notorious Angola Prison in Louisiana. It's believed to be the longest period of time in such confinement in U.S. penal history. Tim Franks of our partner the BBC reports on their case, and meets another former inmate who'd been kept in solitary confinement for 29 years at Angola.

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WNYC News

Trayvon Martin Case: Voice Calling For Help Isn't Zimmerman's, Experts Say

Monday, April 02, 2012

The man who shot and killed the Florida teenager claims self defense. But voice analysis experts doubt it's George Zimmerman's voice heard yelling for help on a 911 recording.

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WNYC News

Trayvon Martin Death: Police Video Shows No Signs Of Zimmerman's Injuries

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The video was taken at a police station in the hours after the fatal Feb. 26 confrontation. George Zimmerman had received some medical attention by that time. He claims he shot the teen in self defense.

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WNYC News

Father Of Trayvon Martin: 'I Won't Rest' Until Son's Killer Is Prosecuted

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tracy Martin is convinced that neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman racially profiled his son. The teen's Feb. 26 shooting has ignited a national discussion of race relations.

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WNYC News

Trayvon Martin's Life Looking Much Like Many Teens'

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

He had some minor brushes with school authorities, but no arrests. And he had many of the dreams that are common to most teens. The Florida teenager's life ended Feb. 26, in a shooting that has reignited a national discussion about race.

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WNYC News

Police: George Zimmerman Said He Was Knocked To Ground And Beaten

Monday, March 26, 2012

Trayvon Martin punched him on the nose and then slammed his head into a sidewalk, Zimmerman told police, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It's the most extensive account so far of the older man's claim of self defense.

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WNYC News

It's 'Unbelievable To Me,' Says Wife Of Army Sgt. Accused In Afghan Killings

Monday, March 26, 2012

Her husband "loves children, he's like a big kid himself," Karilyn Bales tells NBC News of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He faces 17 counts of murder for attacks carried out on March 11 in Southern Afghanistan. One victim was an unborn child, officials say.

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The Takeaway

Trayvon Martin Case Prompts Reflections on Law, Order, and Community

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

By now, most of us have heard of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot and killed while walking through a friend’s gated community in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman who is not black, and who thought Martin looked suspicious. Martin had no weapons on him — only a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.

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Injustice for Rape Victims as Thousands of Rape Kits Go Unprocessed

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

When a violent crime is committed and reported, it's expected that investigators will collect evidence, process it, and use that evidence to track down the perpetrator. But in tens of thousands of rape cases, that is not what happens. Instead, the evidence collected is shelved and left unprocessed for years. In many cases, the rape kits are stored incorrectly so that contamination is likely to occur. In other cases, the kits have even been deliberately destroyed by the police.

In places like Los Angeles and New York, efforts have been made to change this. And now Detroit and Houston are taking steps to do the same.

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Features

Roc-A-Fella Founder Pleads Guilty in NY Drug Case

Thursday, March 15, 2012

One of Roc-A-Fella Records founders, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana. See the indictment here.

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WNYC News

UPDATED: Third Student In Ohio School Shooting Dies

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Chardon, Ohio schools remain closed and two others remain hospitalized.

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WNYC News

Amanda Knox Signs Book Deal Worth Millions

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Amanda Knox, the U.S. college exchange student who won an appeal to overturn her murder conviction in Italy last October, has signed a deal to write a memoir — for which she'll earn nearly $4 million, according to reports.

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The Takeaway

'Interrupting' Chicago's Gang Violence

Monday, February 13, 2012

In 2010, 66 children died of gunfire in Chicago, and hundreds more were injured. Staggering statistics like this show that gang violence in the Windy City has grown out of control. CeaseFire, a community organization with a public-health approach, tries to lead Chicago's youth away from a life of crime. To do that, the group employs "interrupters," former gang members who actually go to the scene of a conflict and try to resolve it in a non-violent way. And it's all chronicled in a recent documentary film called "The Interrupters."

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