Trending In Our News Feeds – Justice Department reopens Zimmerman investigation. The response to the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman shows the case will have a far-reaching impact. The Justice Department said Sunday it is reopening an investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death to decide whether or not to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. Meanwhile, protesters from California to New York took to the streets to express their anger over the verdict. PolicyMic’s Liz Plank brings you photos from the march in Manhattan. As for Zimmerman? His friends say he wants to go to law school “to help other people like himself.”
– PolicyMic pundit Maggie O’Neill argues in support of “stand your ground” laws.
– The New York Times explains why Zimmerman got off.
Wall Street trader to appear in court. The Securities and Exchange Commission will take former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre to court today, in what could be the highest-profile case stemming from the 2008 financial collapse. The SEC claims Tourre sold investments he knew were going to fail to his clients. Tourre’s colorful emails will likely play a central role in the case: “The whole building is about to collapse anytime now. Only potential survivor, the fabulous Fab, standing in the middle of all these complex, highly leveraged, exotic trades he created without necessarily understanding all of the implications,” he wrote. This is a case to keep an eye on: Tourre has become a symbol for Wall Street excess and arrogance.
– After his stint on Wall Street, Tourre helped Rwandan coffee farmers improve their living conditions.
Judge to consider Pennsylvania voter ID law. Pennsylvania’s controversial voter ID law will head to a state court today after more than a year in limbo. Supporters of the law say it is a common sense way to prevent fraud at the polls, while opponents say the law is a ploy to keep certain demographics from voting. The law’s detractors have some ammo on their side: Lawyers for the state have acknowledged they can’t point out an instance of voter fraud. The outcome of the case is sure to have national consequences, thanks to Pennsylvania’s status as a swing state in national elections.
25 Gitmo prisoners quit hunger strikes. A military spokesman reported on Sunday that 25 hunger-striking Guantánamo prisoners have begun eating food again. Lt. Col. Samuel House said the total number of hunger strikers is down to 81, from a high of 106. Prisoners who end their strikes are slowly weaned back onto solid food and allowed to live with other prisoners. A defense lawyer for Guantánamo prisoners says we shouldn’t rush to conclusions about the decline in hunger strikers. “Perhaps the authorities finally made hunger striking such a horrendous experience that some men, at least, are dropping out… Until we speak with our clients, we can only speculate,” he said.
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What We’re Sharing – How to live your life: advice from a U.S. student who was killed in Egypt (WaPo).
Inside the incredibly lucrative business of selling computer hacks (NY Times).
How hackers tapped into my cellphone for less than $300 (NPR).
How faith can affect therapy (Well).
Your favorite movies laid out as treasure maps (Wired).
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