Race, Justice and Public Perception
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Both sides have rested, and a jury of six women will now decide if George Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin a crime or an act of self-defense. We hear from today's closing arguments, review the trial and debate its impact on public perceptions about race and the law. Also, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano resigns to head UC System. On Today's Talking Point, California law requires humane treatment for egg-laying chickens. What about eggs imported from other states?
Banner image: George Zimmerman wipes perspiration from his face after arriving in the courtroom for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida July 12, 2013. Joe Burbank/Pool/Reuters
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Resigns to Head UC System ()
Janet Napolitano will be leaving her job as Secretary of Homeland Security to become President of the ten-campus University of California system. She's one of President Obama's original cabinet nominees, and she's stepping down in the midst of bitter disputes about immigration and border security. Devlin Barrett reports for the Wall Street Journal.
Race, Justice and Public Perception ()
The killing that started out as the "Trayvon Martin Case" is now reported as "the George Zimmerman trial." Zimmerman is the only living witness to the shooting death of Martin in Sanford, Florida early last year. He's admitted he pulled the trigger, but claims self defense. Despite months of punditry, issues of race and Florida's "stand your ground" law have hardly been mentioned in proceedings carried live on cable TV. With closing arguments ending today, we hear some dramatic excerpts and review the twists and turns of a case that has defied expectations. Beyond the courtroom and the fate of the defendant, what are the likely consequences if the verdict is "Guilty" or "Not?"
- Ben Montgomery: Tampa Bay Times, @gangrey
- Kenneth Nunn: University of Florida, @uflaw
- James Taranto: Wall Street Journal, @jamestaranto
- William Jelani Cobb: University of Connecticut, @jelani9
House Bill Would Block California's Comfortable Chicken Law ()
In 2008, the voters of California passed a measure requiring that egg-laying chickens be given enough room to spread their wings. The state legislature followed up with a law requiring the same standard for eggs imported from other states. California is an enormous market for eggs — and 55% of them are imported. Some farmers in other states complain that California law will require them to spend more money to raise their chickens, in violation of the Constitution's "interstate commerce" clause. With big money at stake, Congress is now divided over states' rights and federal power. Ellyn Ferguson covers agriculture for CQ Roll Call.
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