by Mallary Jean Tenore Published Apr. 11, 2012 3:06 pm Updated Apr. 11, 2012 6:24 pm
State Attorney and special prosecutor Angela Corey is expected to announce today at 6 p.m. whether criminal charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in February. The Washington Post reports that Zimmerman will be charged, though it is not clear with what crime.
Zimmerman’s lawyers resigned Tuesday after losing touch with their client, who they said contacted Corey, as well as Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Zimmerman also talked about his new website via email with student journalist Wesley Lowery.
Before the charges are announced, here are eight things your newsroom needs to do:
Be ready to watch the conversation taking place around the stories you publish. This includes comments on stories, as well as those on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. Decide who will be responsible for moderating and responding to them. Determine how you will handle racially charged comments. consider asking a local expert to weigh in on comment threads for additional perspective.
Identify and contact local experts who can add context and give people a better understanding of the legal implications of the story. also be sure to differentiate between opinions and expertise.
Discuss how you will flag and verify new information and photos circulating on social networks before you share them.
Find a local angle. how does this news affect members of your community, and how can you make it relevant to them? how are people in the community responding?
Understand what the legal charges mean. Learn the difference between first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in Florida and in your coverage area. When the charges are announced, you’ll need to explain them.
Think about what the charges could mean for your state’s Stand Your Ground Law if you have one. how might this charge affect the law — in Florida and other states?
Remind staff to avoid coded language when talking about the racial components of this story. Decide how you will describe Zimmerman’s background and be consistent.
Have conversations about the images you’ll use to portray Zimmerman and Martin. how have you been using the images, and how will the news affect your use of them moving forward, if at all?
If you’re a newsroom manager, consider whether it’s important to send a reporter/crew to cover this story in person. Talk about it with your colleagues to hear their thoughts and advice.
Brainstorm the follow-up stories you may do after the charges are announced. what if new evidence turns up? does the legal decision effectively end your coverage of this story? or, is your audience and newsroom prepared for continuing coverage?
Julie Moos contributed to this report.
I’m sure you’ve seen the sign in the club house. “The course and its management are not responsible for any loss, property damage or personal injury occurring during the course of play.” The problem is that they don’t put those signs on the roads around the golf course.
According to Edward Nobello, they should.
Nobello, a 53 year-old resident of Huntington Beach, California, was driving his vehicle down a road bordering Meadowlark Golf Course when he heard a very loud “bang.” It just happened to correspond with a sudden shattering of his windshield.
“It scared the hell out of me,” Nobello told the Orange County Register.
Eddie proceeded to file a claim for more than $250 against the city, including the cost of the windshield replacement, and wages lost during the half-day of work he missed. The claim was denied by the city, who stated that reparation was the responsibility of the golfer whose errant shot struck Nobello’s car, not the city or the course. Problem is, the golf course (shockingly) wouldn’t allow Nobello to run around the golf course threatening random golfers enter the course to search for the golfer who hit the ball.
Are there any lawyers in California? there are? Good. ‘Cause I think I smell a lawsuit that will likely cost the city more than $250 to defend.
For more information, read the article at the Orange County Register.
Yet out of danger of the Yuan Zhengmin so family is very sad (Picture) reporter Yang Fan Photo
cross the sky suddenly down a laundry stick, straight into the head of a woman downstairs. the day before yesterday, the victim Yuanzheng Min sued again. this time she was sued 61 of the upstairs tenants, claims nearly 40 million.
heaven stick Zaijin fork head
November 24, Banan District, farmers Yuanzheng Min Park 2, downstairs in the Yuzhou stall, the stick a fork fall from the sky, Zaijin the middle of her head to one side of her husband froze. Lawyers rushed to the scene evidence, the owners have denied their own fault. after the incident, police arrived at the police station Shiqiaopu incident, cordoned off the area and preserve evidence, but because the incident was more than stick the fork contact, the police can not extract the fingerprint comparison.
master stick in the fork hanging from the suspect, victim family members wishing building is more than 90 households in court on the occasion, the building’s owners rushed to move 11-9, property management has been intercepted. at the same time, some owners and street vendors are also surrounded by spontaneously moving vehicles, blocking the path. the police and the victim’s request, the family left a card in the property management office, telephone and permanent address, pledged goes to.no responsibility for the owners to seek evidence
November 28, the indictment submitted to the court the victim Yuanzheng Min, Park Building 2 will Yuzhou 97 families, a total of 126 collective owners to court.
day before the afternoon call Yuzhou City residential property management side of Building 2, owners of more than 90 households, and the local police station, the neighborhood committee cadres together, held a joint . Property management side revealed that the main purpose of the Conference is to advise the perpetrator voluntarily surrender. at the meeting, each Weapon owners to seek evidence to prove its non-responsibility.10-7 owner Yang said: according to the physical principles fully calculate the distance Tiecha head drop, which delineated the appropriate floor, excluding the majority of the owners of the suspect. 15-7 Sister Liu, who the owners: the injured sympathetic, understanding prosecution; but the key is to find out the murderer, not my fault, killing is not lost! was asking the question: why the police do not spot blocking the corridor, the investigation of all households, non-stick cross stick or fork off more natural suspect, to narrow the scope, the innocent people much less! 12-9 proposed by the owners: to encourage perpetrators to come forward to bear the main responsibility, shared responsibility for other owners, thereby reducing everyone’s loss. re gathering evidence to prosecute
evidence such as the lack of identification of level of disability, the victim Yuanzheng Min withdrawal.
Yesterday, the reporter contacted the attorney Yuanzheng Min Hu Chao-Wan. Hu lawyer told reporters the day before the spot Jiulongpo District Court has accepted the Yuan Zhengmin prosecution. the defendant, reduce, because through the field survey, they stick that fork from 6, 11 units is unlikely to fall, the prosecution only had 7, 9, apartment-dwelling owners.the Chongqing Municipal Court identified in forensic science, Yuan Zhengmin present mild mental impairment, disability constitute seven, ten disabled constitute a skull defect, the left limb is ten disabled. been found upstairs tenants still litter. Time, stick a plastic fork came down, hit a young man’s head swollen. another time, a lot of melon skin, oranges skin once upstairs, See, he was really angry and in pain. he hopes his wife’s case, to alert the public words and deeds, civilized people. newspaper will continue to focus on the case process. intern reporter Wang Luo rule red
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April 18, Guangzhou City, only one hundred and three days of birth a baby girl, was a high-rise rooftops to play in the twelve-year-old boy missed hit on the head and throwing bricks death.the morning of March 23 this year, Ningbo Daily Newspaper Group staff delivering newspapers issued when the air suddenly fell off a shiny knife, fell at his feet. last year at 9:10 on December 4 about Shapingba three Gorges Square cinema next to the site, falling from 13th floor of a 2.5 m long steel pipe, just hit a pedestrian’s head, instantly killing. Web Editor: Li