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Florida brony faces multiple charges after recording reckless drive and uploading it to YouTube   

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Robert Charles Kelley IV, 18, filmed himself crashing into four vehicles, injuring 5 people, and was arrested this week for leaving the scene of a crash. Police found him after he uploaded video of the incident to YouTube under the title “Me Driving Like an Idiot.”

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BREAKING: George Zimmerman Charged With Aggravated Assault After Allegedly Pointing Gun At Girlfriend

According to Caitlin MacNeal at TPM, Zimmerman was charged by Florida police today with “aggravated assault with a weapon, battery and criminal mischief after his girlfriend claimed he pointed a long-barreled shotgun at her inside their residence.” Zimmerman was arrested after pushing his girlfriend outside their home and barricading himself inside.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott delays execution for Attorney General Pam Bondi’s fundraiser | The Raw Story

Mind you, this is a woman who is currently fighting to speed up executions in Florida. Except for when she needs to raise funds, of course. Then Marshall Lee Gore can wait.

Phyllis Novick, the mother of one of the women murdered by Gore, speaks for many of us when she questioned the priorities of the elected officials in Florida, saying, “What’s going on down there? It’s ridiculous.”

Indeed. What the hell, Florida?

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Report: George Zimmerman In Custody After Gun-Related Incident

He’s in “investigative detention” for domestic battery after allegedly threatening his estranged wife and her family with a gun. There is literally nothing else I can say at the moment, other than I’m sadly not surprised, particularly given his soon-to-be ex-wife’s assessment that Zimmerman feels “invincible” since his acquittal. The Orlando Sentinel has updates here.

ETA: Zimmerman is still being questioned by police. Apparently, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 saying George Zimmerman kept telling her and her family to “come closer” while he had his hand on his gun, and physically assaulted her father. Previously, she admitted to ABC News she was afraid of him and that he had been emotionally abusive. In her 911 call, she tells dispatch, “He continuously has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying ‘get closer,” and told her father, “Dad get inside the house George might start shooting at us.”

She also said, “I’m really really afraid. I don’t know what he’s capable of.” Police say the investigation is ongoing, but Shellie Zimmerman and her family are now unsure about pressing charges. 

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Florida Man Cites 'Bush Doctrine' After Pre-emptive Killing of Neighbors at Labor Day Cookout

Meanwhile, in Standyergroundland Florida…

And yes, he did also cite “Stand Your Ground” as a defense. He shot three people, killed two, and amazingly, the lone survivor survived being shot eleven times. 

Standing your ground with eleven shots into a single human being? Really? And citing preemptive war as a defense… I just don’t even know what to say to that.

Christ, this country’s gone mad.

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Gun sales boom in Florida after Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Of course:

Doug Jackson, owner of Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park, said assault rifles and high-capacity magazines were selling particularly well.

When asked what was making sales increase so dramatically, Jackson said, “It’s the media driving it more than anything else.” Jackson said the issue was too sensitive for him to comment further. A manager at the home office of Shoot Straight, a chain of gun shops and ranges based in Apopka, declined to comment, saying he was too busy…

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that gun stocks were up, most notably Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger, reversing losses that some gun manufacturers experienced Friday in the shooting’s immediate aftermath.

The Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C., racked up more than $1 million in sales Tuesday for the best single-day performance since the store opened in 1959, according to Justin Anderson, director of online sales. Topping the list was the Bushmaster AR-15, the model used at Newtown that sells for as much as $4,000 and had almost sold out, he said. Revenue at the shop, one of the largest U.S. gun stores, surpassed even the spike just after Obama was elected president in 2008, Anderson said.

Speculation over stricter gun laws will continue to boost sales, Anderson said. “It’s kind of the perfect storm for the gun industry,” he said. “When these things happen, even though it’s sad, it does pick up sales.”

Ahem… 

I’m sure we can make provisions for other states as well.

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Look, you know, God closes a door so that he can open up greater doors. I will continue to, you know, stand up and fight for this country. That’s my goal. And always remember, Abraham Lincoln only served one term in Congress, too.

Rep. Allen West, (R-Fla.) in a recent interview with NPR. He’s also compared himself to Harriet Tubman in the past, saying, “I’m here as the modern day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”

Just. no.

No.

You are not Abraham Lincoln or Harriet Tubman. 

Stop.

And God did not open the door. The voters of Florida did. It’s labeled “Exit”

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Judge revokes bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin case

A Florida judge on Friday revoked the bail for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, saying he had misled the court about his finances, and ordered him to present himself to the court within 48 hours.

Prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman, 28, hid from the court the fact that he had raised $135,000 on a website he set up before he was granted $150,000 bail on April 20. Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in February.

In a hearing in Sanford, Fla., that Zimmerman did not attend, Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman engaged in a “material falsehood” about his finances. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, led the court to believe they were penniless, which he called a “blatant lie.”

De la Rionda said the Zimmermans spoke in “code” about moving finances around during telephone calls while George Zimmerman was in custody.

Well, then. The court is typically less than amused when you lie, George. Remember that for your trial.

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Awkward: Tampa Asks Rick Scott to Ban Guns at RNC Convention

The Tampa City Council on Thursday said they would ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to ban firearms outside the Republican National Convention later this year.

The council has already issued a citywide ban on items like pieces of wood, switchblades, slingshots, containers of bodily fluids and even squirt guns. A so-called “Clean Zone” around the convention area would prohibit string longer than six inches, glass containers, light bulbs, portable shields and gas masks. A smaller protest area would prevent demonstrators from having camping gear, bottles, cans and umbrellas. The Secret Service has said that only law enforcement will be able to carry firearms inside of the convention center.

But Tampa now needs Scott’s help because state law prevents local governments from regulating guns. City officials believe that Scott has the executive power to temporarily suspend that law.

"We believe it is necessary and prudent to take this reasonable step to prevent a potential tragedy," council member Lisa Montelione wrote in a draft of the letter to the governor.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has said that the state law makes the city “look silly.”

"The absurdity of banning squirt guns but not being able to do anything about real guns is patently obvious," Buckhorn explained last week. “Given the nature and the potential dynamic of this event, I think it would make sense that you would not want firearms introduced into that environment by people other than law enforcement.”

But… but… Second Amendment! Freedoms! Liberty! I WANT MY BOOMSTICK BEFORE OBAMA TAKES IT AWAY!

I love Bob Buckhorn’s comment. He’s right. It IS silly that the city can ban squirt guns and not real guns from certain places. 

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Um…

Too bad we can’t talk to Trayvon Martin about not being able to safely go to a 7-11 and back. 

But no, let’s all feel sorry for George Zimmerman, the man who shot an unarmed teenager who was on his way back from a 7-11 with Skittles and an iced tea. Because George Zimmerman can’t go to a 7-11 any longer - never mind the inconvenient fact that Trayvon can’t either. Because of your client, Mr. O’Mara.

Zimmerman’s life may suck now, but at least he still has it. Perhaps if Trayvon Martin still had his, this whole going-to-a-7-11 thing wouldn’t be a problem. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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STATE OF FLORIDA
VS.
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

COUNT 1: IN THE COUNTY OF SEMINOLE, STATE OF FLORIDA, on February 26, 2012, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, did unlawfully and by an act imminently dangerous to another, and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, kill TRAYVON MARTIN, a human being under the age of eighteen, by shooting the said victim, and during the commission of the aforementioned Second Degree Murder, the said GEORGE ZIMMERMAN did carry, display, use, threaten to use or attempt to use a firearm and did actually possess and discharge a firearm and as a result of the discharge, death or great bodily harm was inflicted upon any person, contrary to the provisions of Section 782.04(2), 775.087(1) and 775.087(2), Florida Statutes.

ANGELA B. COREY
STATE ATTORNEY

From the issue capias filed by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder.

It’s affirming to see it.

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We did not come to this decision lightly. We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition; we prosecute by the facts of any given case as well as the laws of Florida… It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment. We are not only ministers of justice, we are seekers of truth. Again, we prosecute on facts, not public pressure. We will continue to seek the truth throughout this case… Today, we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with second degree murder.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, disclosing George Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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