Zimmerman wife ‘Stood by her man’ in Florida perjury, lawyer says

(Reuters) - George Zimmerman's wife, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to perjury, was channeling hit country song "Stand by Your Man" when she lied to a Florida court about the couple's finances after Zimmerman's arrest for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, her lawyer said. The lawyer, Kelly Sims, spoke to reporters after Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of perjury for lying in a bond hearing last year. Shellie Zimmerman told the 2012 hearing the couple was essentially destitute, even though they had accumulated about $135,000 between them through contributions to an online legal defense fund, prosecutors said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/28/us-usa-florida-shooting-idUSBRE97R14O20130828 … [Read more...]

Scott: ‘Bold, historic legal action’ as Water Wars pit Fla. v. Ga.

By NANCY SMITH, Sunshine State News -- UPDATED: Gov. Rick Scott is waiting for no one. A day after federal officials issued a disaster declaration for the oyster fishery along the Northwest Florida coast, the Florida governor, with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at his side, announced the state of Florida will take historic legal action, filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Georgia’s growing and "unchecked consumption of water." Said Scott, “Because Georgia has not negotiated in good faith to fairly share the waters that flow between our two states, we are announcing today that Florida will bring suit in the U.S. Supreme Court next month to stop Georgia’s unchecked consumption of water that threatens the existence of Apalachicola fisheries and the future economic development of this … [Read more...]