Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Nick

In a never-before-seen statement written by George Zimmerman on the night he killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the neighborhood watchman told police he was walking back to his vehicle when the teen "emerged from the darkness," punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and started slamming his head into the sidewalk.

"I unholstered my firearm in fear for my life as he had assured me he was going to kill me and fired one shot into his torso," Zimmerman wrote. "The suspect sat back allowing me to sit up and said 'you got me.'"

The statement is just one of several Zimmerman gave to police and that were released to the public on Thursday morning by his defense team. Read it here:

George Zimmerman Written Statement

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The defense team for George Zimmerman released a load of never-before-seen evidence, including statements their client gave to police, on Thursday morning in the case surrounding the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The evidence was posted on a special website the attorneys set up for the Zimmerman case. The new information appears to include audio and video recordings of his interviews with investigators as well as a written statement.

The executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party on Wednesday called on presidential candidate Mitt Romney to toss Secretary of State Ken Bennett off his campaign as the state co-chairman.

The call came after Bennett was caught on video telling a crowd of local Republicans his new conspiracy theory that he believes President Obama lied about where he was born in order to get into college and then spent millions of dollars to cover it up.

Here's a portion of Arizona Democratic director Luis Heredia's statement:

Arizona Secretary of State and Romney Arizona campaign co-chair, Ken "Birther" Bennett continues to embarrass himself and our state...This episode proves once again that Mitt Romney continues to surround himself with members of the most extreme and out-of-touch wing of the GOP. It is time for Romney to finally stand up, show some leadership and denounce these ridiculous claims from Tea Party extremists and his Arizona co-chair.

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The top election official in Arizona, fresh off his flirtation with birtherism, has moved on to a strange new conspiracy theory involving President Barack Obama.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he's convinced Obama was born in Hawaii, but he now believes the president fraudulently claimed to be born in Kenya so he could get into college. He also believes the president has spent millions of dollars since then to cover it up.

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Raghuveer Nayak, a former fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), was arrested on Wednesday morning, according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, said he was arrested at his home.

Nayak figured prominently in the pay-to-play scandal that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison for 14 years. Nayak allegedly offered to raise $1 million for the governor if Blagojevich would appoint Jackson to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama.

It didn't take an expert cryptographer or even a secret decoder ring to figure out George Zimmerman really wasn't talking about Peter Pan during jailhouse phone calls with his wife in April.

In hushed conversations from a Seminole County, Fla., jail, the man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was instructing his wife how to transfer huge amounts of money between bank accounts and allegedly out of the gaze of local authorities.

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