Random Headlines – 3/30/14

RH Reality CheckHobby Lobby case highlights need for more female Supreme Court justices.

Feministing – Detroit processes untested rape kits and identifies 100 serial rapists.

Talking Points Memo – West Virginia governor vetoes 20-week abortion ban.

DiversityInc. – Virginia school asks girl to leave for looking too much like a boy.

Democracy Now! – “Pro-life” terrorism successfully shuts down Montana abortion provider.

The New York Times – Right-leaning Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Texas abortion ban.

Jezebel – Video skewers the idea that male rape is a joke.

The Vagenda – No, catcalling is not a compliment.

George Zimmerman Stands His Ground (Again)

George Zimmerman Credit: orlandosentinel.com
George Zimmerman
Credit: orlandosentinel.com

After his acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Sanford, FL, and subsequent tour of a gun factory, George Zimmerman might just be the least sympathetic person in America. Now he’s in the news yet again, this time for a domestic incident with his estranged wife and her father. In the 911 call, Shellie Zimmerman claimed that George smashed her iPad, punched her father in the nose and threatened them with a firearm. From the call’s transcript:

PD: Is he [George Zimmerman] inside now?

SZ: No, he is in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer and he is just threatening all of us.

PD: Step closer and what?

SZ: And he is doing to shoot us.

PD: OK.

SZ: He punched my dad on the nose. My dad has a mark on his face. I saw his glasses were on the floor. He accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hand and smashed it and cut it with a pocket knife. There is a Lake Mary city worker across the street that I believe saw almost all of it. He is sitting in his truck right now. He just showed up here but my phone died so I had to call from my father’s phone. I’m really, really afraid.

In response, police detained George Zimmerman (video here) but later released him. From there the story gets muddled, as Shellie Zimmerman has now retracted her claim about the gun and both she and her father declined to press charges. Now, in light of the news that the police will continue their investigation of George Zimmerman, his attorney, Mark O’Mara announced that he will no longer be representing Zimmerman, except in his civil suit against NBC.