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FBI Says No Evidence Zimmerman is a Racist: Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman of the Orland Sentinel report records released Thursday by the FBI show after federal civil-rights investigators interviewed dozens of people who know George Zimmerman, no one said he was a racist or had ever shown racial bias. The police detective who interviewed Zimmerman on the night of the shooting, Chris Serino, said Zimmerman has a "little hero complex" but is not a racist. The FBI became involved in the case after the Department of Justice launched a civil-rights investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder, but says he shot Trayvon in self-defense.

Spike in Burglaries in Kern County: KGET 17 News reports there has been a spike in break-ins and burglaries in Kern County, and Sheriff's deputies say it is expected to get worse. The county's probation department says the increase may be related to the number of inmates being released from jail early.
"We have conversations with people we arrest who say now is the time to commit crime because the sentencing is not significant," said Lt. Laura Lopez, Kern County Sheriff's Department. "That is a problem. Folks don't see the penalties being that significant. And, I don't have a quick fix for that," said Lt. Lopez. "There is no room in the jail to hold everybody. They're holding the most serious offenders. The ones that are actually serving time do very little time in jail," said David Kuge, Chief Probation Officer. "If they take their full sentence here, they know they're only going to serve several months and get out. Three or four months in custody is very little time as far as they're concerned," Kuge explained. Residential burglaries for the first six month of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011, are up 32 percent in Kern County. Burglaries at businesses have increase 8 percent. In the city of Bakersfield, burglaries have gone up 12 percent.

Massachusetts Court Rules on Indigent Defendants: Denise Lavoie of the Associated Press reports the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a series of rulings on Friday, tightened rules regarding when defendants are eligible for court-appointed lawyers. The court ruled that the burden of proof is on the defendant to prove indigence. The court also ruled that retirement fund accounts may be considered when determining whether a defendant is indigent, as well as the disposable net monthly income of a defendant's spouse or significant other or the defendant's parents if they live at the same residence and significantly contribute to household expenses.

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|| FBI Says No Evidence Zimmerman is a Racist ||

But he notably is
"a white Hispanic" {3/22/12, NY Times}

just as our President equally is
"a white African" {7/16/12, Adamakis News Serice} no?

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