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

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Florida prosecutors are scheduled at 10 a.m. ET today to release audio recordings of six jailhouse phone calls that led to a perjury charge earlier this month against George Zimmerman's wife.

Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. His wife, Shellie Zimmerman, was charged with perjury after prosecutors said they uncovered phone calls proving she lied to the judge about how much money she and her husband had available to pay for a bond.

George Zimmerman, the man charged with murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, says he's worried for his wife's safety because her mugshot was plastered throughout the media following her arrest on Tuesday.

Zimmerman's lawyer told ABC News that he visited his client in jail on Tuesday night after the arrest of Shellie Zimmerman, who had been charged with lying to the judge in her husband's case. There, George Zimmerman told him about the concerns.

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The judge in the murder case against George Zimmerman on Wednesday ordered numerous pieces of evidence, including Trayvon Martin's autopsy report and photos of the killing scene, to be released to the public despite arguments by both prosecutors and defense attorneys that they remain secret. Zimmerman's statements to police after the killing were also ordered to be made public.

It's unclear whether the evidence will include any major revelations, but laywers for Florida-based and national news outlets argued that the public had a right to see everything possible in the high-profile case. Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered authorities to release the new evidence within 15 days.

Updated: June 12, 2012, 6:29 PM

George Zimmerman's wife was arrested and charged Tuesday with allegations that she lied to the judge in her husband's second-degree murder case in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was booked into a Seminole County jail shortly after prosecutors filed a single perjury charge against her. She was quickly released after posting a $1,000 bond.

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It will probably be at least three to four weeks before Southern California police finish their investigation into the unusual weekend collisions involving U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday.

Commander Ray Leyva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told TPM it will take at least that long for the local crime lab to test whether Bryson had drugs or alcohol in his system on Saturday evening when he allegedly crashed his Lexus into a stopped car, drove away and crashed into a second car in another city a short time later.

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Authorities said George Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, was arrested Tuesday and charged with perjury for allegedly lying on the witness stand in her husband's case of second degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. 

She was released on $1,000 bond a short time later. 

Federal campaign regulators brought the hammer down on disgraced former Sen. Larry Craig on Monday, accusing him of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash to pay for his legal defense following an arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom sex sting.

The Federal Election Commission filed a federal lawsuit against Craig, who now works as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., asking a judge to order the former lawmaker to pay back his campaign committee more than $200,000 and stop him from raiding the committee for his own personal use.

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Following a pair of unusual weekend collisions near his home in California, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on Monday night notified the president he was taking medical leave and then wrote a memo handing over his duties to his top deputy, Rebecca Blank. Earlier in the day, a White House spokesman said Bryson suffered a seizure during the weekend but stopped short of saying it was the cause of the collisions.

Here's the text of Bryson's memo, released by the Commerce Department:

June 11, 2012


FROM: Secretary John Bryson

SUBJECT: Transfer of Duties During Medical Leave of Absence

I notified President Obama this evening that effective immediately I am taking a medical leave of absence so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend.  During the period of my illness, I will not perform the functions and duties of my office.  Therefore, by operation of law, as my first assistant you will act in my stead for the duration of my absence. 

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson has "limited recall" about a pair of bizarre collisions, including a hit and run, he was involved in this weekend in Southern California, an anonymous Commerce Department source told the Associated Press.

Earlier, a spokeswoman for the department said on the record that Bryson had a seizure sometime around the time of the crashes. However, the department and White House have both stopped short of saying whether the seizure caused the crashes.