July 15 - The Corporate Backers of "Stand Your Ground"; Did the Prosecution Blow the Zimmerman Trial?; The Showdown in the Senate

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We begin with an analysis of the role of the organization that crafted the “stand your ground” law with the NRA, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, in the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy and the publisher of ALECexposed.org joins us to discuss how much blood do the corporate backer of ALEC like Verizon and AT&T. have on their hands. lisa graves

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Then we speak with a prominent Florida criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Weiner, the former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assess how much the prosecution blew the case against George Zimmerman and whether their prosecutorial over-reach in charging Zimmerman with second degree murder backfired. We also discuss why the jury was not told that the police dispatcher told the armed and angry Zimmerman to stay in his car.

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Then finally we look into the looming showdown in the Senate where tomorrow, if the 43 Republican senators block the nomination of Richard Cordray to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as they have threatened, Majority Leader Harry Reid will change the Senate rules to allow a simple majority vote on non-lifetime appointment to the executive branch. Micah Hauptman, the Financial Policy Counsel at Public Citizen, joins us to discuss why Republican Senators are determined to neutralize the new bureau that protects citizens from the same kind of bank fraud that caused the 2008 crash.

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