George Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder

From the Miami Herald: Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey has charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Zimmerman turned himself in at about 8:30 p.m. … The prosecutor’s decision capped weeks of protests nationwide, which were marked by student walk-outs in South Florida and throngs of marchers wearing hoodies in cities from New York to Seattle. The case of a hooded high school junior from MIami-Dade who went for a walk in the rain to get snacks became a national symbol of racial injustice. And for others, it became a glaring example of the media’s rush to judgment and willingness to try a case…

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Hey, Forsyth County folks!

I know you can hear me, so listen up. Stores in and near Forsyth County now have Brambleman, the Forsyth County saga, in stock. Humpus Bumpus in Cumming and the Barnes and Noble in Alpharetta, specifically. Check first to make sure they haven’t sold out. Humpus Bumpus Books  703 Atlanta Road Cumming, GA 30040 770 781-9705  Visit store website Barnes and Noble Booksellers 7660 North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022 770 -993-8340    

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Review of Brambleman: “Extremely well-written”

Elizabeth A. White has postedreview of Brambleman. Hers is the first cohesive, independent report of the book, and I’m happy to report that she read what I wrote. (For many writers and reviewers, this isn’t always the case.) In summing up, she writes: Like his first novel, Chain Gang Elementary, Jonathan Grant’s highly ambitious and engaging second novel, Brambleman, once again took me somewhere I wasn’t quite expecting. Though the book presents a tremendous amount of historical information about the events of 1912, by constructing the story around the premise Charlie is himself working on a text about the events – a book within the book – it all flows naturally. Indeed, as he did in Chain Gang Elementary Grant demonstrates once…

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Update on George Zimmerman: Out of contact but on the Web

George Zimmerman’s attorneys report that they’re off his case, saying they’ve lost contact with him. Zimmerman has set up a fundraising website to help pay his living expenses and attorneys’ fees. Yesterday, the special prosecutor in the case, Angela Corey, announced that she would not present the case of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting by Zimmerman to a grand jury. Instead, she will decide whether or not to prosecute. This decision effectively removes first-degree murder as a possible charge, since only a grand jury can make that finding under Florida law. Apparently, Zimmerman has been in contact with the special prosecutor–against his (former?) lawyers’ advice. Read more about Zimmerman’s website here.  

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Brambleman, Chain Gang Giveaway at LibraryThing

I just finished setting up a book giveaway for both Brambleman and Chain Gang Elementary at Library Thing. This link should work, at least for today, since it’s set to the most recent start date on the giveaways.  I’m giving away 5 paperback copies of Brambleman and a whole bunch (100) eBooks. I’m giving away 10 paperback copies of Chain Gang Elementary and 50 eBooks.  If you aren’t already a member of Library Thing, now’s a good time to join. In the meantime, you can download the book’s beginning and check it out.

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Georgia’s “stand your ground” law faces court test

Because it could happen here. By the way, a Georgia man who’s been arrested and charged with malice murder is claiming he should be set free under Georgia’s “stand your ground” law.  Police disagree. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A federal lawsuit was filed Monday asking that Georgia’s “stand your ground law” be struck down because it’s vague and could result in a disproportionate number of minorities being shot. Markel Hutchins said in his suit that Georgia’s law  does not specify what circumstances justify deadly force being used in cases of self defense. “It is not clear what actions would create ‘reasonable belief’ that deadly force is necessary,” said the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. “An individual seeking to stand…

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