Tavis Smiley Blasts President Obama for Trayvon Martin Speech

Tavis Smiley has blasted the President over his Trayvon Martin remarks last Friday, criticizing the amount of time it took him to speak out, and questioning his motives.

On Meet the Press yesterday, Smiley doubled down on this sentiments, arguing that the White House is spinning a false narrative around the POTUS’ actions.

From the Grio:

Smiley began by accusing the president of only speaking out on Trayvon Martin because he was “pushed,” saying: “I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true.

Zimmerman Jurors Were Given Hours of Unsupervised Time w/ Family and Friends

According to a report from WFTV in Florida, the jury from the George Zimmerman trial were allowed to spend hours of alone time with friends and family.

This is highly inappropriate, as the verdict could have been influenced by statements or remarks from one of these guests.

From WFTV:

Channel 9’s Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict.

Obama Speaks Out on Zimmerman Trial: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’

President Obama spoke to the African American perspective on the George Zimmerman trial at a press conference today.

Obama made a direct connection between himself and Trayvon; asserting that he has been profiled in the past, and that could have met the same fate as Martin.

The POTUS also asserted that the outcome of the Zimmerman trial may have been different if Trayvon was white, and called for a review of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Bill Cosby: There is No Proof that George Zimmerman is Racist

We reported that Stevie Wonder and other artists are boycotting Florida now that George Zimmerman had been acquitted.

Well, Bill Cosby is clearly not going to be in that cohort of people.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cosby argued that one cannot prove that a person, Zimmerman in this case, is racist unless they say something like, “Hey, I’m racist,” and we should thus not talk about “racial stuff” regarding the reason for and outcome of the case:

John Spooner Found Guilty for the Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons

76-year old John Spooner has been found guilty of intentional homicide in the tragic shooting death of 13-year old Darius Simmons.

It took a jury less than two hours to reach a verdict.

From WISN:

The jury began hearing testimony Tuesday morning and was handed the case around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The judge was notified of a verdict around 1:10 p.m. and was read around 1:50 p.m.