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Archive for April 18th, 2012
The judge who was set to preside over the trial of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin has stepped aside.
Jessica Reckseidler’s recusal from the trial comes after Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, suggested that her husband’s job as a partner to Mark NeJame, a CNN legal analyst covering the trial, represented a conflict of interest.
NeJame was initially contacted by Zimmerman’s family to represent him, but NeJame suggested O’Mara.
The new judge in the case will be Kenneth R. Lester, Jr., who has presided over several much-covered cases, including ordering the release of a schizophrenic woman from a state mental hospital after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting deaths of her parents and sentencing an ax murderer to death after he killed a 71-year-old man. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lester is popular among attorneys and is known for acting quickly.
The judge who would have been next in line to handle the Zimmerman case after Jessica Reckseidler could not take on the case because he had previously worked with O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney.
Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old whom he shot on February 26 in Sanford, Fla. after an altercation. Zimmerman was not initially arrested or charged in the shooting. After weeks of public outcry calling for a reinvestigation of the case, Zimmerman was arrested and charged on April 11.
The case has become a flashpoint in the national conversations around gun laws and racial profiling.
Zimmerman is set to appear at a hearing this week to request to be released on bail. Last week, O’Mara asked for the records in the case to be sealed, and several news organizations have sued for the release of records in the case.
Sheree Whitfield has come forward to reveal that she is indeed leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta. However she did not exclaim why. It was first leaked that she was fired. This fueled rumors that NeNe had her fired, but NeNe says she had nothing to do with “it” via her twitter page, but she was never specific to what it was……but we all knew. Updated to say…..Somebody lied. Check out the update below.
“After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave. The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness.
I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck. I’m thrilled to say I’m now a free agent and am already fielding offers.”
According to the report, the socialite will instead focus on her hot to trot clothing line, She by Sheree as well as also embarking on a new fitness venture to inspire people to live healthier lives.
The reality star told Wetpaint.com that she felt her time on the Bravo series had run its time and so she had chosen to leave — but RadarOnline.com can exclusively report, that Sheree was actually fired — for being a diva!
“After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave. The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness,” Sheree told Wetpaint.com.
“I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck. I’m thrilled to say I’m now a free agent and am already fielding offers.”
However, our source tells a very different story, one not so favorable to the Southern born socialite.
“Sheree was fired,” the source says. “She was demanding more money and that didn’t go over well with show executives. They are tired of dealing with her diva attitude and demands.”
The 42-year-old single mother of three was often captured on TV during her rigorous daily fitness regimen, arguing with her ex husband over child support and debuting her She By Sheree clothing line – all of which the show’s producers found less than exciting for primetime.
“Executives think she’s just boring and they want someone new on the show,” the source says.
Sheree is from Cleveland………..
Well does it? It certainly makes me very uncomfortable. They claim that the cake was “designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation.” GTHOH That then makes it insensitive as well as tasteless. I’m looking at this picture and all I see is a bunch of white that think it’s crazy funny to cut up a cake made into the depiction of a black woman dressed in African tribal gear. For them to feel that this was okay baffles the heck out of me. I don’t think they never thought this would make it public….that’s what it is.
Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s culture minister, had appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm when she was invited to cut the cake which was designed like a naked African woman.
The Swedish minister cut pieces from the black cake, which had blood-red sponge and was designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation.
Despite the intentions of the bizarre cake, however, critics described it as a ‘racist spectacle’, and demanded Ms Liljeroth resigned for participating in the ‘tasteless’ event.
The Association for African Swedes said the cake was a crude racist caricature which ‘makes a mockery of racism’.
Kitimbwa Sabuni, a spokesperson for the group, told Swedish news agency TT: ‘To say that you did this for a good cause only makes the mockery of people who are victims of racism and of circumcision worse.’
Mr Sabuni told a Swedish newspaper Ms Liljeroth’s participation in a dubious event with cannibalistic overtones showed her ‘incompetence and lack of judgment’.
Makode Linde, the artist who came up with the cake, had placed his own head at the top of the cake and said it had been misunderstood.
The black cake, part of an exhibition on World Art Day, was intended as part of the artist’s project illustrating degrading stereotypes of black people through history.
Liljeroth, whose photograph cutting a piece of the cake was widely shown in Swedish media, said she understood why people would be offended by the incident.
She said in a statement: ‘I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and its right to provoke.
‘And then they wanted me to cut into the cake. I don’t review art, but I can very well understand that this whole situation was misunderstood.’
Taraji P. poses nude for Allure’s May 2012 issue! The “Think Like a Man,” 41 year old bombshell, shows age is nothing, but a number. The photo shoot takes place on her bed in her New York City apartment’s bedroom.
Remember Taraji is a mother of a young man, so she had to keep it classy. The star reveals that she loves being nude.
She reveals, “Whenever we go to the beach, I’m like, ‘Is this a nude beach? Can I take my top off? As long as it’s all still looking good and not falling and you know, sagging, I’ll be nude. As long as people want to see me naked, I’m here.”
This girl stays keeping it 100. BTW, she stayed steadfast to bringing justice to the Trayvon Martin case and she still is.
Source: Allure via Black Voices
All I can say is Texas is going to fry her as soon as they can. This was just senseless and she deserves what she gets. Update to reveal that she intended pass the baby off as her own to hide a miscarriage. I’m not sure how she thought she would do that with a Caucasian baby, but read the details and watch the video of the press conference.
A registered nurse has been arrested for fatally shooting a new mother and snatching her three-day-old son outside a doctor’s office as she took the baby for a check-up.
Verna Deann McClain, a 30-year-old mother of three who had told relatives she was about to adopt a baby, will face capital murder charges, the district attorney for Montgomery County, Texas said.
In dramatic scenes in the quiet Houston suburb of Spring on Tuesday afternoon, McClain allegedly gunned down 28-year-old Kayla Marie Golden, firing up to seven shots at close range.
Witnesses said a man then threw the baby in a light blue Lexus, which struck Golden as it made its escape. Golden screamed out ‘My baby! My baby!’ as it drove away and died soon after.
Police were led to the Fawndale Apartments in Houston, where sources told ABC News that a SWAT team found a woman inside speaking to another woman on the phone.
Authorities then tracked the other woman to a house in north Harris County, where they found the unharmed baby boy, Keegan Schuchardt.
Speaking on Good Morning America, district attorney Brett Ligon admitted it was ‘unusual’ to find the child and suspect so quickly after a murder, and credited the county’s authorities.
Once seized, McClain admitted to shooting the young mother and taking the baby to her home in Harris County, ABC reported.
An affidavit from the Montgomery County police adds that the suspect’s sister, Corina Jackson, said McClain, whose children are 16, 10 and six, had said she was about to adopt a baby.
After the shooting, McClain told her sister she had the baby.
Ligon said authorities ‘believe this was an intentional act on her part, not that Ms. Golden was targeted specifically, but that this was part of a plan to kidnap a child’.
He added: ‘She’s given a full statement to the detectives with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. We did charge her in the early hours of this morning with capital murder.’
McClain has no previous criminal record and has been a licensed vocational nurse registered in California since 2008. She is being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.
Montgomery County police said another person of interest is being questioned.
Ms. Golden was walking to her pick-up truck after a check-up with little Keegan, when a woman in a Lexus parked in the adjacent spot starting fighting with her, police said.
Sheriff’s Lt Dan Norris said the woman pulled out a pistol and repeatedly shot Ms Golden at close range. Witnesses reported hearing up to seven shots.
A witness said a man in the car then picked up the infant and put him in the Lexus. Ms Golden tried to reach into the car and take him back as the car sped away, but the driver ran her down.
The shooting happened just after 2pm outside the Northwoods Pediatric Centre in Spring, 20 miles north of Houston, Texas. Keegan was wearing a green-and-white outfit reading ‘handsome’.
Joshua Jesson said he was in the clinic with his girlfriend when he heard gunshots.
He said he saw the Lexus next to the pick-up truck, then later looked back and saw the car was gone and a woman lying in the spot where the Lexus had been parked.
‘I thought she just passed out. Then somebody ran in here and said, “Somebody got shot,”‘ he said.
Police surrounded the parking lot with crime-scene tape. The clinic is in an area thick with strip malls. Golden’s red truck sat next to yellow markers where spent ammunition cartridges were found.
It was not immediately clear how authorities had been led to the apartment block in Houston, where officers were seen wielding guns and riot shields.
Ms Golden’s husband, Keith Schuchardt, took to Facebook on Saturday to report the birth of his son: ‘baby keegan is here. born 4/14/12 6 lbs 15 oz, 20 inches long.’ he wrote. ‘Looks like me lol.’
He arrived with Keegan’s grandmother Linda Golden and other family members at Conroe Police Department last night to be reunited with the infant.
But thereports that police want to carry out a series of investigations on family members before he is released.
Linda Golden said: ‘My daughter was brutally murdered protecting her baby. I think the baby should be given back to us. We’ve had enough today. We would just like our baby back.’
Friends and relatives have expressed their shock at the senseless crime. Friend Jennifer Hartis told KPRC: ‘She never did anything wrong. She’s just a mom doing her best to take care of her kids.
‘Keegan is only three days old. He’s needs to know his mom and he can’t do that now.’
Henry Schuchardt, Keegan’s paternal father, told the affiliate he was searching for answers. ‘I wished I knew, I wished I knew,’ he said. ‘I don’t know how they could do this?’
Truly sad. She just robbed two families. I will never understand how these people continue to kill to steal babies, and they are always caught, yet they still keep trying. Those Texans are probably giving her h*ll.
Source Daily Mail
A Texas nurse accused of killing a mother and snatching her 3-day-old baby was trying to produce an infant for her fiancé after hiding a miscarriage from him, police said Wednesday.
Verna McClain, 30, acted alone when she attacked Kala Marie Golden, 28, of Spring, Texas, and took her son, Keegan Schuchardt, outside a clinic where the baby had a checkup Tuesday, police said at a news conference.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office via Reuters
Verna Deann McClain is pictured in this booking photograph taken Wednesday.
McClain was charged with capital murder and was being held without bail after her first court appearance Wednesday, Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies said at a news conference.
The baby was recovered unharmed Tuesday night from the Harris County home of the suspect’s sister by Texas Rangers.
McClain told her fiance she’d had a live birth, Montgomery County Sheriff Det. John Schmitt told reporters. A May wedding was planned, he said she told officers.
Investigators were interviewing the fiance but believed he had never seen the kidnapped baby, Schmidt said.
Investigators said McClain and her fiance are black, the kidnapped baby is white, but they did not know how McClain planned to pass the infant off as hers and her fiance’s.
In this undated family snapshot provided by the Schuchardt family, Kala Marie Golden, right, and her husband Keith Schuchardt are shown on their wedding day.
The baby was reunited with his family Wednesday.
Officials said McClain first approached two deputies as a helpful witness at an apartment complex where they found a Lexus described by witnesses as being the suspect’s vehicle. However, her story soon fell apart as they talked to her and she later confessed to the killing, officials said.
Police said McClain was being held in a single-inmate cell and was not under any suicide watch. McClain is estranged from her husband, with whom she had raised three children, Capt. Bruce Zenor said.
She had been working as a vocational nurse through a staffing agency, officials said.
The investigation was not over, officials said.