Stevie Wonder Takes A Stand Against “Stand Your Ground” Laws — Tha Wire [VIDEO]
The acquittal of George Zimmerman has struck a chord in Americans everywhere. The majority of people feel that Zimmerman should have been charged with something for his role in Trayvon Martin’s death. That being said average citizens, politicians and celebrities alike are speaking out against the abuse of the “Stand Your Ground” laws. The same law, that allowed Zimmerman to walk. Stevie Wonder joins the majority and takes a stand against this law.
Recently, Stevie Wonder took a stand against the law, while performing in Quebec City, the legend had this to say.
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As we all know, Stevie has had a long history of political activism and was instrumental making Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a holiday in 1983. The legendary singer also has a history of cancelling performances due to his political views. In 2012, Wonder cancelled a performance at a fundraiser for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces after learning the nature of the group’s political views.
Though his lawyers didn’t use the law as a defense in his murder trial, jurors used the law to let him off the hook. For more details about how the “Stand Your Ground” law helped George Zimmerman, listen to Tha Wire below.
Chris Brown has been charged with a misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license after getting into a minor traffic accident in May in L.A. Now, a judge has revoked Chris Brown’s probation. On Monday, Breezy went before Superior Court Judge James Brandlin and listened as the judge nullified his probation in the wake of the charges. Another hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16 where that same judge will let the singer know if he’s going to jail or if he can remain free.
As for the so called hit-and-run, Olga Gure-Kovalenko, the driver of the car Chris hit, doesn’t want to file charges against him as she wasn’t hurt and her car wasn’t damaged. Breezy’s attorney, Mark Geragos, has filed documents to have the criminal case expunged. However, the L.A. City Attorney has refused to drop the case, because they want to speak with Ms. Kovalenko further. So, another hearing in this case has been scheduled for July 23.
Find out what will happen to Chris if the judge finds he violated his probation. Listen to Tha Wire below.
Finally, The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the Jay-Z/Samsung “Magna Carta” app for inappropriate data collection. According to the Los Angeles Times, EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC siting that the app “accessed substantial information, including data about users’ location, telephone numbers dialed, networks and other applications on the phone.”
Now the app is being criticized for being too invasive, since users were required to agree to several phone permissions before downloading. The ‘Magna Carta’ app also asked for authorization to post to social media sites and made users provide status updates in order to access certain features. According to EPIC, these requirements are unnecessary for the app to function properly.
For more info on this app and how to get it, listen to Tha Wire now.