The curious case of the man in the doorway

Update: The firefighters in the this case have been disciplined (verbal reprimand) for failing to file the proper paperwork in the case. Read more. Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton is running for re-election, so this is not a good thing for him. The incident took place January 13, and I first saw the story in the Gainesville Times, but it’s obviously gaining traction. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Forsyth County Fire Chief Danny Bowman said Thursday he requested the investigation last week because he was “not satisfied with the amount of information” in the summary of the 911 incident filed by three firefighters from Engine 8 who answered the January call. When they arrived at the home, the firefighters found Paxton passed out…

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Oh. My. God.

The proud white folks who run the Adolf Hitler fan page apparently like the premise of Brambleman enough to cover the book. While my novel does recount the expulsion of blacks from Forsyth County in 1912, unlike the white pride folks, I don’t treat it as a good thing. I hate to break it to them, but Brambleman is quite the opposite of a racist work, and the violence in Forsyth is the book’s bad beginning, not its happy ending. I’m not going to furnish a link to their site. Instead, you can read about Brambleman on Yahoo! News. I just realized that the “White Pride” page also publishes Yahoo News. It’s just pronounced differently and should be called “News for Yahoos.”  

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Zimmerman’s self-defense claim erodes a little more

Police have released videos of George Zimmerman being brought into the Sanford, Florida police station the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In the videos, Zimmerman shows no signs of the beating he claimed he endured at the hands of Martin. Also, the funeral director in charge of preparing the shooting victim for burial has reported that he saw no marks on Trayvon’s hands indicating the youth had been in a fight. See story.  

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The see-sawing of the Trayvon Martin case continues

Yesterday, it was pushback from George Zimmerman’s camp and his supporters. Now, new reports are surfacing that there was a push from within the Sanford, Florida Police Department to get homicide or manslaughter warrants for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman very soon after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. According to this article in the Huffington Post, there were delays in the state’s attorney’s office, and then the governor stepped in. It’s getting twisted and contradictory, but at least there’s some sign that someone looking at the case early had doubts about Zimmerman’s account–which, even when taken at face value, doesn’t add up.  

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Pimping my tweet for “That’s Just Peachy”

When I checked my website’s traffic this morning, I saw that a large amount was coming from That’s Just Peachy, a Georgia news website.  When I checked the site, I was happy to see the Brambleman cover art on the front page. The website had posted my tweet: “The Forsyth County Novel has been published. Deliverance meets The Da Vinci Code, kills mockingbird.”  This linked to the “The Book” page on my Brambleman website. Which is great, of course. I had hoped that the news organizations I’d tweeted and e-mailed would contact me for more information (and several have), but I wasn’t expecting my tweet to be published. It’s a good reminder that anything I tweet can be used for or against me…

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Pushback in Trayvon Martin case

Two developments to report. George Zimmerman’s account of why he shot and killed Trayvon Martin has surfaced, and Sanford police have signaled their backing of his story. The most recent news reports don’t explain why Zimmerman ignored police warnings and pursued Martin. Also, Zimmerman claims that he was screaming for help. Screams can be heard during a 911 call, but it has not been determined forensically who was crying out for help. One of many things the local police didn’t do. Also, news about Trayvon Martin’s drug-related suspension from high school. (There are also reports of graffiti and suspected burglary.) This doesn’t really have anything to do with the shooting, but it will be useful information for those people among us who…

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