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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Andrew Thomas, the ex-prosecutor who spent years as a close ally of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, announced on Tuesday he won't appeal his disbarment.

The Arizona Republic reported that Thomas released a statement saying he believed the Arizona Supreme Court would have been biased against him because he had pursued cases against lower court judges.

Thomas was disbarred earlier this month for using the powers of his office to target his and Arpaio's political enemies with lawsuits and criminal investigations.

The police chief for Sanford, Fla., was spared — at least for now — from losing his job on Monday over his department's handling of the Trayvon Martin case.

At the end of a spirited hour-long meeting, the Sanford city commission voted to reject Chief Bill Lee's resignation, which he offered to the city earlier in the day.

However, the commission also decided to keep Lee on the sidelines and continue to search for an interim chief until a full investigation of his conduct could be completed.

Lee temporarily stepped down last month after the commission voted it had no confidence in him amid national uproar over the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot to death by a local neighborhood watchman.

"I'm not ready for him to come back to the police department. But I'm not sure I'm ready for this, either," Mayor Jeff Triplett said, referring to the resignation.

Lee offered to quit following negotiations with City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr., but commission members said his resignation letter also indicated he was willing to continue to serve if the city wanted him to stay on.

George Zimmerman has reportedly already pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The Orlando Sentinel looked at documents unsealed today in the case against Zimmerman, who was released early this morning on bond from a Seminole County jail, and discovered his attorney filed a written plea days ago.

Zimmerman is scheduled to be arraigned next month and was expected to plead not guilty at that time. It's unclear what effect the newly revealed plea will have on that hearing.

The Sentinel notes that the Zimmerman case has been shrouded in a fair amount of secrecy since he was charged earlier this month. Prosecutors have agreed with Zimmerman's defense team to keep most of the filings in the case under seal.

Media attorneys are scheduled on Friday to ask the judge to unseal all the files in the case.

The police chief of Sanford, Fla., is expected to resign this afternoon amid fallout from the Trayvon Martin case, according to multiple reports.

Chief Bill Lee was suspended last month after the killing of the unarmed teen drew national attention to the Florida city.

Now, both CBS News and CNN are reporting he will step down. CBS also said an assistant chief in the department may resign as well.

George Zimmerman's arraignment, where he is expected to plead not guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, has been moved up to May 8.

The hearing had been scheduled for later in the month but a listing on the Seminole County court clerk's website said today it is now scheduled for the new date.

Zimmerman was released from a Seminole County jail early this morning after posting bond and being fitted with a GPS tracker.

Zimmerman has said he acted in self defense when he shot and killed Martin on the night of Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

George Zimmerman, the man who killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was released from jail early Monday morning after posting bond and being fitted with an electronic monitoring device, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Zimmerman left the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at about midnight, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

On Friday, a Florida judge ruled that Zimmerman could be freed on $150,000 bond while he awaits trial on a charge of second-degree murder in the killing.

Zimmerman has said he acted in self defense on the night of Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla.

Prosecutors in the case against George Zimmerman were not prepared for what hit them on Friday.

Apparently expecting a routine hearing about whether the man accused of killing unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was too dangerous to be released on bond, they quickly discovered the matter was going to be anything but routine.

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The prosecutor handling the Trayvon Martin case in Florida will run unopposed in this year's election, giving her another four-year term in office, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Last week, prosecutor Angela Corey brought a second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman in the killing of Martin, an unarmed teenager, in a case that has drawn international attention.

An attorney for the parents of Trayvon Martin said the family was shaken and upset by an apologetic statement given on the witness stand Friday morning by the man charged with killing their son.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said that father Tracy Martin was particularly upset that the defendant, George Zimmerman, was allowed to take the stand and make the statement.

"All throughout the hearing, Tracy Martin had tears in his eyes as he watched the killer of his son," Crump said. "And it was devastating that he got to give a self-serving apology to help him get a bond. They were outraged about that."

Crump said that the family had declined to meet with Zimmerman before the hearing.

"It was very painful," he said.

Florida Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., ruled on Friday morning that he would allow George Zimmerman to be released on $150,000 bond as he awaits trial in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The judge also ruled that Zimmerman would have to submit to electronic monitoring after his release. Lester said Zimmerman would not be released on Friday, but he could be released after authorities were able to coordinate the conditions.

Zimmerman was also ordered to have no contact with Martin's family, to abstain from alcohol and have no contact with any firearms during his release.

The judge left it up to Florida prosecutors about whether Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state during his release.

Zimmerman's attorney had asked for his client to be released on $15,000 bond. Prosecutors asked that Zimmerman be held in jail without bond or else released only on $1 million bond.