Famous Trials

George Zimmerman ("Trayvon Martin") Trial


Florida Statute on Justifiable Use of Force
Critical phone calls (Zimmerman, Martin, and 911)

    Defense Attorney Don West points to map of the Sanford, Florida neighborhood where Trayvon Martin died (Getty Images).
Autopsy, Ballistics, and
Medical Reports
Selected Police & Court Documents (pdf)
Testimony and
Video Clips from Trial

The George Zimmerman Trial: An Account
by  Douglas O. Linder  (c) 2014 
Trayvon Martin was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Walking back from a 7-Eleven to the Sanford, Florida townhouse of his father's fiancee on a dark and rainy February evening in 2012, Martin aroused the suspicions of neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Martin's death and one of the most intensely followed trials of the twenty-first century--a trial that provoked arguments about America's gun culture and racial profiling.  As the case progressed, in cities across the county rallies calling for "Justice for Trayvon" were held, and everyone from President Barrack Obama to Hollywood stars to cable news personalities jumped into the debate over whether Martin's death was murder or a justifiable use of force by a man fearing for his life.  [CONTINUED]

Comments of Jurors
Obama's Statement on

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