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Disorder: Judge Recesses Zimmerman Trial, Excludes Damning Evidence

Just waiting for the verdict now, but some strange goings-on leading up to the weekend deliberations.  Seen at :

The State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman took a wild turn late Tuesday evening, as defense attorney Don West got in a heated conversation with Judge Debra Nelson just before 10:oo p.m. Nelson had just expressed her intent to block testimony and evidence recovered from deleted messages on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone.

A forensic expert discovered more than 600 items on Trayvon’s cell phone, including texts and photos between Trayvon and other people with specific references to criminal activity — particularly fighting, drugs, and firearms.

Everyone in the courtroom likely understood which “someone” deleted the evidence, but attorneys and Judge Nelson were very careful not to name Martin.

The forensic expert testified that he recovered multiple conversations between Trayvon Martin and specific family members and friends discussing multi-round street fights and schoolyard fights in which Trayvon Martin had participated. Martin’s half-brother, Demetrius Martin, even asked Trayvon when he would teach him how to fight. Trayvon Martin’s family appeared to know Trayvon was a street fighter.

Most troubling, Conner found multiple conversations — between four and six — where Trayvon discussed attempting to buy black-market guns.

Microsoft helped defeat encryption for NSA on Outlook, SkyDrive, Skype

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I’d call this another reason to go Mac, except that Apple also cooperated with NSA in accessing customer activities.  ?

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the , which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

• Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal;

• The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail;

10 Problems with the Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

SCOTUS Overturns DOMA; Kills Ballot Initiatives in Attempt To Punt on Same-Sex Marriage

SCOTUS ruled on a couple more cases today.  Here is the lowdown from .

Ruling 1: Section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was ruled unconstitutional, i.e. any legal marriage from a state must be treated equally under Federal Law. This gives legal same-sex marriages the ability to file joint federal tax returns. It also allows benefits given to other married couples in these states.

The vote was 5-4 with Justice Kennedy being the swing vote on this ruling. This ruling affirms the state self governing rules and that how Federal Law cannot overrule this in the cases of equal justice under the law.

It also ensures there will be another case soon that will force the court to rule on the other aspects of DOMA and whether same-sex marriage will be forced upon the country by the court or continue to be the domain of the states.

What this means is that a state has the right to determine whether or not same-sex marriage will be recognized.  What this does not do is overrule any state that does not recognize it.  A gray area here is if someone gets married in one state and then moves (or drives back to) another state where that marriage is not legal.

Aaron Weiss vs. The Safe Act

War veteran and current law enforcement officer speaks his mind about repealling the Safe Act during a county legislation meeting in New York.

Pelosi: I don’t recall ever having said that everybody would have a lower premium under ObamaCare…

July 2012 Rep. Pelosi says, "... everybody will have lower rates, better quality care, and better access."

June 2013 Rep. Pelosi says, "I don’t remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium ..."

Pretty short memory there, Ms. Pelosi.  Conveniently after the bait and switch, I might add.

Is the Department of Justice spying on Congress?

has the following on an interesting question posed to AG holder, but it's an even more interesting (non)answer.

Attorney General Eric Holder refused to answer when asked if the Justice Department is spying on members of Congress, citing the need for a classified conversation, which lawmakers accepted while asking him to make sure that evidence of such surveillance is not destroyed.

“With all due respect, Senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss [this issue],” Holder replied during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., asked if the executive branch was conducting surveillance that would give “unique leverage” over lawmakers.

Kirk replied that “the correct answer would be, ‘No, we stayed within our lane, and we did not spy on members of Congress.’”

Holder assured Kirk that “there is no intention to do anything of that nature — that is, to spy on members of Congress or to spy on the Supreme Court.”

IMHO, it's pretty telling that he wouldn't, or couldn't, give a straight-up "no" to the question.  If a classified conversation was needed for the answer, you can bet the DoJ is snooping in Congress' business.

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