TRAYVON MARTIN,,,,,YOUR THOUGHTS

By: OGal , 12:45 PM GMT on Φεβρουάριος 29, 2012

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I promise I will answer with my thoughts too. This is another case where there are lot of questions and not a lot of answers. This case takes place in Sanford, Fl about fifteen minutes from my house. This case will be tried in Seminole County, my county. The Gran Jury is made up of folks from right here. It is a jury that has already been seated before Trayvon was killed.

First let me tell you Sanford is not a horrible town. It is a small town located on Lake Monroe. It has a downtown that has finally started to thrive with lots of art galleries and terrific antique shops. The town is sprinkled with beautiful old homes that date back to when Sanford was the celery capitol of Florida.

Sanford has an International Airport and is thrilled to have many tour groups from the UK. Larry Dale, President of the airport has done an excellent job of bringing in flights from all over the US. People laughed at him and he proved them wrong. Aerosim Flight School is there training pilots from all over the world to go to the airlines. This is where my son trained when Aerosim was called, Delta Connection.

What happened to Trayvon was horrible but lets not blame an entire town. I have worked with the police department through the supervised visitation center. I never once saw any indication of racism. Is there some in the police department maybe so. Once again don't blame the entire department.

This case will get sorted out but it will take time. Cool heads need to prevail.


The Sanford waterfront on Lake Monroe.


A view of the downtown area of Sanford.













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132. OGal
09:46 AM GMT on Μάιος 17, 2012




Who was the aggressor?
Would George Zimmerman's doctor lie on the medical report?

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131. OGal
09:40 AM GMT on Μάιος 17, 2012







Ylee thank you for the Teton post. One of my most favorite places on earth.
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130. Ylee
05:44 AM GMT on Μάιος 17, 2012
I put up a new blog while you were commenting on the Teton cam, so I'll post it here!

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129. sandiquiz
07:38 PM GMT on Μάιος 13, 2012


Happy Mothers' Day to you - hope it is all going well.

I have a friend who is going to get a Maine Coon cat...and keep it indoors. Do you keep your Maine Coon indoors, or do you allow her to go out?
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128. masshysteria
02:05 PM GMT on Μάιος 13, 2012
Hi OGal!

May you get to spend this Mother's Day with your loved ones in total enjoyment and weather that will be picture perfect!


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127. Alleyoops
02:37 AM GMT on Μάιος 13, 2012


Happy Mother's Day dear one.
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126. Proserpina
01:43 AM GMT on Μάιος 13, 2012
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
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125. Ylee
10:01 PM GMT on Μάιος 12, 2012


OGal, hope you have a great day tomorrow!
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124. OGal
01:25 PM GMT on Μάιος 12, 2012




This is Trayvon Martin's mom's thoughts on Mother's Day
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123. OGal
02:48 PM GMT on Μάιος 08, 2012



Today is the Arraignment for George Zimmerman on the charge of murder in the Trayvon Martin case. Neither Zimmerman nor his attorney, Mark O'Mara, will be in court. Zimmerman has entered a plea to the court of not guilty in a written document.


There was really a good article in the Orlando Sentinel about how close Trayvon and his dad were even though his parents got a divorce when he was just 4. Trayvon's dad spent a lot of time with his son and at one point his son saved his life. This life saving event happened during a house fire.

New motions:
Zimmerman waves his right to a speedy trial.

Mark O'Mara is asking for a continuance......more time to work on the murder case.

Next court date; August 8th... will be the setting of preliminary trial dates.



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122. GRANDMANAN
01:53 PM GMT on Μάιος 06, 2012
Morning from the Bay of Fundy, and a fine one it is, managed to get the lawn done for the first time, and the dead grass hauled away. As a consequence have an atta boy in my account around the house.

No petunias as yet, still too cold at night, but have been advised Donna and her fellow gardner will be hitting the Garden Centres next week, "while a good choice remains", an attempt to make the trip justified I suppose.

Thanks for dropping by.

ROB
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121. SBKaren
02:04 AM GMT on Μάιος 05, 2012
OGal - we finished Season II of Downton Abbey last night. I like Bates too! I won't give anything away ;0) I like all the characters!

Now that we have been able to watch two seasons within a two week period, we want Season III to start now! I'm going to have to look it up to see when it airs here. We never watched it originally, I think it was on too late for us. But, we might just have to stay up late at least for the night that it is on!


*Modify - OMG - January 2013!!! Withdrawals!!!
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120. OGal
10:43 AM GMT on Μάιος 04, 2012




Good morning all. Sources to the Orlando Sentinel told the paper that George Zimmerman was afraid of Trayvon Martin because he was circling around his SUV also as they struggled on the ground Trayvon was trying to get his gun. Humm....alot of he saids. I guess we will not know until we hear the real story. Zimmerman has changed his story several times......never a good thing.
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119. OGal
12:35 PM GMT on Μάιος 02, 2012




Shep my hubby and I were just talking about this. I think the Generation X are the first generation to not think about color. I live in a multiracial neighborhood. I grew up in a town where we only had white folks and then the Mexicans that came into our town picked our tomato crop in the summer and left. i went off to Purdue where I was introduced to all races. I guess that is where I began to figure out we are all just people. I have friends of all colors and backgrounds and I cherish them all.
I just hope Sanford can find some way to heal. As a Guardian Ad Litem I have worked with the Sanford Police Dept. I have never found them to be racially motivated. I think healing will take place slowly but trust is the big factor.
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118. Beachfoxx
12:33 PM GMT on Μάιος 02, 2012
Hey Shep!!

If kids rules the world we would all take more naps & probably be in happier/better moods! %uD83D%uDE03

How you doing?????
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117. theshepherd
12:05 PM GMT on Μάιος 02, 2012
"When will the circus end?"

Maybe with my grandson's generation?

He's completely colorblind.

All we need to do is figure out how to leave the "adults" out of the equation.

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116. Beachfoxx
04:40 AM GMT on Μάιος 02, 2012
Great info about Sanford.... Great blog.
A terrible tragic event that has snowballed due to the over zealous news media and a few nutcase whackos...
innocent people have been caught up in this mess, reputations ruined....
Lives changed forever by this horrific event.
Famiilies destroyed, careers lost.
Lots of bitterness, lots of blame games, name calling...

Wouldn't it be nice if we ALL could just live in PEACE????

My heart goes out toTrayvon' parents - NO PARENT should have to bury a child.

When will the circus end?
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115. Skyepony (Mod)
10:13 PM GMT on Μάιος 01, 2012
Nice to see Morgan & Morgan get the Zenita Gonzolez case.
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114. OGal
04:51 PM GMT on Μάιος 01, 2012



This is the new interim Police Chief of Sanford, Rick Myers. He will be interim chief until it is figured out whether the Sanford Police Dept was at fault in the handling of the Trayvon Martin case.
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113. OGal
12:59 PM GMT on Μάιος 01, 2012


Good Morning everyone. Happy first day of May and as our UK friend says, White Rabibits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits.

The big news in the Trayvon Martin case is a group of folks appointed by Gov Scott will start talking about The Stand Your Ground Law and whether it needs to be changed or not. It will be very interesting to see what this group recommends. After their recommends the public will have a chance to add their input.

For those of you who might be interest the O'Mara law firm has set up a page on Facebook: GZlegalcase.
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112. sandiquiz
08:57 AM GMT on Μάιος 01, 2012
Morning Ogal - Happy May the first!

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111. OGal
12:38 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 30, 2012



The latest on the Trayvon Martin case is George Zimmerman's attorney has set up a new online account for George that will be handled by the O'Mara law firm. This will be a donation website. The website is: GZlegalcase.com

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110. seflagamma
07:26 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012
Hello Ogal,

I swear I thought I posted here yesterday. I read everything yesterday and I would have posted after Ylee's comment on 4/25..

Oh well...sometimes this happens!

Sure hope some of this rain we are getting down here moves up your way!

Unless your area gets rain it will not help raise the water levels in Lake Okeechobee...

enjoy your weekend.
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109. OGal
06:21 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012



Judge Ken Lester is mulling over the $204,000.00 that George Zimmerman has in a pay pal account. The court did not know about this money when bond was set. We shall see if Judge Lester moves the bond higher or if it is left the same. Mark O'Mara Zimmerman's attorney has now taken over that pay pal account and will not allow Zimmerman or his family to withdraw funds. This is so Zimmerman does not have the opportunity to use this money to flee.

Of course Trayvon Martin's parents are very upset with the Judge not immediately revoking bail.

Zimmerman has never been a flight problem and I don't think he will become one. O'Mara said the costs of defending this case could run from five hundred thousand to one million. Oh and the folks that donated to the Real George Zimmerman account don't have to worry about their names and addresses being made public.

BTW...John Morgan's law firm is trying to get Casey Anthony's address so she can be issued a supeona for issues surrounding her upcoming trial in the Zenita Gonzolez case. This will be interesting if the Judge gives Morgan Casey's address.
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108. Skyepony (Mod)
05:33 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012
Quoting OGal:




Police Chief Lee, head of the embattled Sanford Police Dept, was not allowed to resign. Thousands of letters came into the Sanford City Commission asking that he not resign. He has wonderful credentials and is retired from the FBI. He is truly a plus for Sanford. The police did not botch the investigation of the Trayvon Martin Case. They wanted Zimmerman arrested. It was the State Attorney, Norm Wolfinger that did not want Zimmerman arrested for whatever reason. Maybe he felt he could not successfully prosecute the case. Lots more to know. This is just the beginning.




I think you maybe right about thinking he couldn't atleast handily prosecute the case. He kept saying there was alot more to the case than what the media had put out there. That was before all the head wound Trayvon attacked me came out.
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107. theshepherd
04:58 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012
Quoting MissNadia:


Hummm... ever try to resign from The Marines ?


I think you know I was referring to Chief Lee.

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106. MissNadia
01:49 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012
Quoting theshepherd:
I agree that Chief Lee should keep his job, but there is no such thing as "not allowed to resign".



Hummm... ever try to resign from The Marines ?
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105. theshepherd
12:50 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012
I agree that Chief Lee should keep his job, but there is no such thing as "not allowed to resign".

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104. sandiquiz
10:22 AM GMT on Απρίλιος 28, 2012
Just dropping by to say Hello and wish you a lovely weekend:)
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103. Ylee
08:42 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 25, 2012
I have faith that the good people of Sanford will unite and the community will be stronger in the long run. It's always been my belief that 95% of folks do the right thing, that the other 5%(Like Zimmerman, or the people at the KKK rally in Frankfort last weekend) makes it look like everybody's ready to do battle with each other. Media doesn't help things, either.

Hope you and your family are doing well!
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102. OGal
12:32 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 25, 2012




The black and white ministerial groups are trying to unite. It may take some time but for the benefit of the Sanford community this unification is a good thing. Sanford is still a community that is very divided.
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101. OGal
12:15 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 24, 2012




Police Chief Lee, head of the embattled Sanford Police Dept, was not allowed to resign. Thousands of letters came into the Sanford City Commission asking that he not resign. He has wonderful credentials and is retired from the FBI. He is truly a plus for Sanford. The police did not botch the investigation of the Trayvon Martin Case. They wanted Zimmerman arrested. It was the State Attorney, Norm Wolfinger that did not want Zimmerman arrested for whatever reason. Maybe he felt he could not successfully prosecute the case. Lots more to know. This is just the beginning.


It was also noted yesterday the Arraignment may be moved up to the 8th of May and Zimmerman may not be present. His plea will be entered by his attorney Mark O'Mara.
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100. OGal
03:42 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 23, 2012


In case you have been living under a rock I will update you on the Trayvon Martin case. Judge Kenneth Lester is the new judge assigned to the case. I had the privilege of working many times with this judge. He is a very fair man and runs a terrific courtroom. George Zimmerman has one of the finest defense attorneys in the Orlando area. I have worked with him too on Guardian Ad Litem cases.

Last night at midnight Zimmerman was released on $150, 000 dollar bond. He had to come up with $15,000 in cash. He was fitted with a GPS monitor on his ankle. A big while BMW whisk him away to an unknown place out of state. He must report in every three days.

He will return to Seminole Co on the 29th of May for his Arraignment. It was just said on the news that he may not have to return for his Arraignment.

Hopefully the city of Sanford will now return to somewhat normal way of life. All the media has moved out and will not return until later in May.

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99. sandiquiz
10:47 AM GMT on Απρίλιος 22, 2012


Happy Earth Day from the middle of England:)

Hi Ogal, I saw how son has got a new place in Tampa....
Wish him well in his new home from me:)
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98. Ylee
06:58 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 17, 2012
Hi, Ogal! How are things? Son settled in yet?
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97. seflagamma
01:34 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 13, 2012
Good morning Ogal,

I agree; let this play out in court properly and stop trying the case,
either way, until it is properly done by trial.

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96. OGal
12:09 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 13, 2012


Judge Jessica Recksiedler
Her brief bio:


Occupation: Attorney
City: Altamonte Springs
Years in district: 38
Education: Bachelor of science, accounting, Florida State University, 1994; juris doctorate, Stetson University College of Law, 1997
Political experience: None
Other experience: Extensive civil and criminal jury trial experience and handled cases in courts all over the state. Board certified and recognized jury trial expert by the Florida Bar, which requires extensive qualifications. As part of the evaluation to become board certified, I was evaluated by the judges I had cases in front of and the attorneys I tried cases against on my ethics, professionalism, knowledge and skills. I prepare, write and grade the seven-hour board certification exam as part of Board Certification committee as appointed by the Florida Bar.
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95. OGal
12:02 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 13, 2012



George Zimmerman made his firs court appearance yesterday. Basically he was asked if he were represented by an attorney and he said yes. Mark O'Mara is his new attorney and at this point is acting pro bono. There is a bond hearing scheduled for Mr. Zimmerman next week and his Arraignment is to be on the 29th of May.

Many feel that he will not be bonded out for many reasons but it will be the final decision of the judge in this case.


If you ever wanted to see how the media works the Sanford courthouse and the Seminole county jail could show you how. It was a media circus similar to the Casey Anthony trial only in Seminole County not Orange County.

Judge Jessica Recksiedler is the judge for the Trayvon Martin case.
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94. OGal
10:56 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012




2nd Degree Murder is the charge against George Zimmerman. Let the court do its work.
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93. unclemush
09:08 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012
Hi better to try this in court than on news or the street!
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92. seflagamma
08:46 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012
Hi Ogal,

Been hearing that we will learn something tonight at 6pm from Jacksonville. Glad they are getting it out of Sanford.
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91. OGal
06:56 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012




George Zimmerman will be charged in the Trayvon Martin murder case. The lead prosecutor will speak at 6:00pm in Jacksonville, Fl.
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90. OGal
12:21 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012




Update on the Martin case:

George Zimmerman's attorneys are no longer part of the case. For what ever reason Zimmerman is no longer in contact with them. Therefore they can not say they represent him. At this point they ere only legal representation pro bono and are not the attorneys of record with the court. That would only happen iF Zimmerman were charged in the murder case of Trayvon Martin.


The lead Prosecutor Angela Cory has told the media there will be a news conference in about 72 hours concerning this case.

As of this morning barricades have been put up around the intake area of the Seminole County jail. All of this leading to the thought that an arrest may happen soon.
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89. theshepherd
11:50 AM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012
Quoting SayNoToTea:
I find it humorous that when one agrees with a group as they question government that group is considered political activists. On the other hand when one disagrees with a group as they question government that group is considered a mob.


That's not true.

You're toying with words to suit.
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88. theshepherd
11:48 AM GMT on Απρίλιος 11, 2012
Quoting OGal:


The big news in the Trayvon Martin case is that Ms Cory, the lead prosecutor, from Jacksonville is not going to use a Grand Jury. She will make her own decision as to whether there will charges brought against George Zimmerman or not. This is just more wait and see what happens.


That's a gutsy call on her part.

The facts must be clear.

Suggests some cooperation on the part of Zimmerman...maybe.
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87. OGal
04:07 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 09, 2012


The big news in the Trayvon Martin case is that Ms Cory, the lead prosecutor, from Jacksonville is not going to use a Grand Jury. She will make her own decision as to whether there will charges brought against George Zimmerman or not. This is just more wait and see what happens.
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86. Ylee
01:56 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 09, 2012
Ogal, maybe you can do something you really want to do that your hubby isn't to thrilled about! Fair is fair, right? :)
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85. OGal
01:23 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 09, 2012


Thank you all for you lovely Easter graphics. I will update the Trayvon Martin case a little later. There is news coming from Sanford, Fl.
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84. GardenGrrl
10:27 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 08, 2012
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83. OGal
05:27 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 08, 2012



Shore good to hear from you. Yes my first attempt at halibut fishing. Wish I had Sarah Palin with me to hit them over the head after we get them into the boat. This is Steve's idea of fun not mine.

Texas sure has been hit hard with the tornadoes. Glad you and Emmy are ok. A scary time for all. I just happened to have MSNBC on and watched the entire event. I guess I won't worry about my porch furniture anymore after watching the semis fly in the air.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter afternoon.
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82. shoreacres
04:49 PM GMT on Απρίλιος 08, 2012


Happy Easter to you! I see you're going halibut fishing - I'll have to find a pic for you of the halibut the guys pulled out when I was up there. At least I remember it as halibut - once I find the photo, I'll know for sure.

Hope your day's lovely, and full of enjoyment!

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