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NORTHWEST NEWS

Summer of Sound Celebrates Portland’s Black Jazz and Soul Legacy, Elders

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NEWS BRIEFS

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Police: 8 wounded in shooting after music event in Tacoma

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OPINION

Quenn Tiye’s Kitchen

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The Plan for Transforming Public Safety and Policing in the U.S.

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What Is Afrofuturism? An English Professor Explains

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Reflections on the Massacre of the Buffalo 10 & Racism

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Crump to represent Randy Cox, Black man hurt in police van

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Anti-Black and Asian bias fuel California hate crime surge

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ENTERTAINMENT

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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By Dana Ford and Holly Yan CNN










Churches in Sanford and across Seminole County are holding community prayers each Monday at noon. The movement was organized by the Sanford Pastors Connecting (SPC), an alliance focusing on moving the city of Sanford forward and strengthening relations within the community.


The George Zimmerman murder trial is over, but details from the case continue to emerge at a dizzying pace.

Several jurors have spoken out after the verdict. The prosecution's key witness has been offered a full ride to college. And Attorney General Eric Holder blasted "stand your ground" laws but gave no hint about whether Zimmerman will face civil rights charges.

Here's the latest on the Zimmerman trial aftermath:

Juror B37

The woman known as Juror B37 said she believes Zimmerman didn't do anything unlawful and was "justified" in shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, she said exclusively on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

The first part of the interview aired Monday, and the second part aired Tuesday night.

Juror B37 said she wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of "not using his senses," but "you can't charge him with anything because he didn't do anything unlawful."

She said Zimmerman "started the ball rolling" and could have avoided the situation by staying in his car. The neighborhood watch captain had called police about a suspicious person, and was told by a 911 dispatcher not to pursue the person.

"But he wanted to do good. I think he had good in his heart, he just went overboard," the juror said.

Asked whether she thought Zimmerman was within his rights, she was unequivocal: "He was justified in shooting Trayvon Martin."

Nonetheless, Juror B37 said she cried before and after the verdict was read.

"I don't want people to think that we didn't think about this, and we didn't care about Trayvon Martin, because we did. We're very sad that it happened to him," she said.

To Martin's parents, the juror said she would tell them that she is terribly sorry for their loss.

"I feel bad that we can't give them the verdict that they wanted, but legally, we could not do that."

Other jurors speak up

Shortly after the woman's interview aired, four other jurors released a statement saying the opinions of Juror B37 "were her own, and not in any way representative" of all the jurors.

Those four jurors -- who identified themselves by their jury pool numbers -- were part of the six-woman jury that found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Five of the jurors are white, one is a minority.

None of the jurors have identified themselves publicly. At one point, a literary agent said Juror B37 was planning to write a book about the trial, but she later decided not to.

Free tuition for Rachel Jeantel

Tom Joyner, host of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," has offered to pay for Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel to attend a historically black college or university.

"Rachel, here's my offer to you: If you want to graduate from high school and go to an HBCU, even if it's not in Florida but especially Florida ... If you want to do that, I want to help you do that," Joyner said during his radio show Tuesday as he interviewed the young woman.

Jeantel, now 19, was on the phone with Martin moments before he was shot and was considered a key prosecution witness. But her two days of testimony were tense and combative at times, and at least one juror said she had difficulty understanding Jeantel.

"The reaction to her testimony was very troubling to me," Joyner told CNN's Piers Morgan. "People were criticizing her and her education and communication skills and the way the lawyer was just beating her up on the stand, just really moved me."

Jeantel, who said she might want to go into law enforcement, thanked Joyner.

Holder mum on possible federal charges

The NAACP says more than 1 million people have signed an online petition demanding the government file federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. But Holder hasn't said whether he will seek such charges.

In order to bring federal civil rights charges, the Justice Department would need to establish that a hate crime was committed -- a legal burden that Holder has said in would be a challenge to meet.

But Holder took aim at "stand your ground" laws like the one in Florida that have expanded the right to respond with deadly force if attacked outside the home.

Those laws "try to fix something that was never broken" and "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods," he said in speech to the NAACP Tuesday.

Holder repeated his pledge for a full investigation of Martin's death in the aftermath of Zimmerman's acquittal, saying the Justice Department "will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law. We will not be afraid."

Stevie Wonder takes a stand

Musician Stevie Wonder has refused to perform in Florida until the state repeals its "stand your ground" law.

"As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world," he told the audience at a Quebec concert Sunday night.

Florida is one of 22 states that have a version of the law, which permits the use of deadly force anywhere as long as a person is not engaged in an unlawful activity, is being attacked in a place he has a right to be and reasonably believes that his life and safety are in danger as a result of an overt act or perceived threat committed by someone else.

Did race mean everything? Or nothing?

Opinions about how much race may or may not have played a role in Martin's death and Zimmerman's acquittal run the gamut.

Juror B37 said she didn't think Zimmerman racially profiled Martin and said the topic of race never came up during jury deliberations.

But Martin family attorney Ben Crump said a juror's relatability is key.

"I watched the interview ... and the biggest thing I took away from it -- she never ever saw Sybrina Fulton's child, Trayvon, as her child," Crump told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night. "She never saw that that could have been her child."

"The conversation is evolving now because with this verdict, people are saying, 'Can people profile my child just walking home?'"

Criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, who was not part of Zimmerman's legal team, said "race determines everything in the criminal justice system."

"Nobody thinks of themselves as a racist, and I'm not accusing anybody of being a racist. What I'm saying is race is the prism through which people see things," Geragos said.

"If you had a pretty white female as a victim that George Zimmerman had shot," the circumstances would have been different, he said.

But Florida State Attorney Angela Corey had a different take.

"I speak as a prosecutor who's been doing this for 32 years, and I can tell you that when we analyze a case, it has nothing to do with the race of the defendant or the victim," she said.

Congressman: 'Get over it'

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland, said demonstrators protesting Zimmerman's acquittal need to "get over it."

"We're hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury. That's the way the American law system works," he said Tuesday in a radio interview with WMAL.

Harris added there were other "huge issues going on in the world," namely unrest in the Middle East.

CNN's Tom Cohen, Ashley Killough, Kevin Liptak, Alan Duke and Kellie Keesee contributed to this report.

 

Jan. 6 Committe Hearings - Day 6

A suprise hearing with newly discovered evidence will be held Tuesday, June 28 at 9:45 a.m. PT (12:45 p.m. ET).

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