June 13, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Zimmerman’s wife charged with perjury

From Wire Reports

Orlando, Fla. – The wife of Trayvon Martin’s shooter was charged with perjury Tuesday, accused of lying when she told a judge that the couple had limited funds during a hearing that resulted in her husband being released on $150,000 bond.

Shellie Zimmerman, 25, was released on $1,000 bond on the third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the teen’s slaying and had been out on bond after the April 20 hearing.

However, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester on June 1 revoked the bond and ordered Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County Jail. In a strongly worded ruling, Lester said the Zimmermans lied about how much money they had.

Senate confirms judge when filibuster fails

Washington – Overcoming Republican objections, the Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a judge whose work on the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision came under sharp criticism.

The Senate approved Andrew David Hurwitz on a voice vote Tuesday after several Republicans joined most Democrats to break a filibuster, a reminder of the still divisive battles over White House nominations. Hurwitz serves on the Arizona Supreme Court as its vice chief justice.

Republicans in the Senate tried to block the nominee with a filibuster, saying his work as a clerk to then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and subsequent backing of the decision that legalized abortion showed a misunderstanding of the proper role of the judicial system.

‘Gone With the Wind’ actress Rutherford dies

Los Angeles – Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister in “Gone With the Wind,” has died. She was 94.

A close friend, Anne Jeffreys, said she was at Rutherford’s side when the actress died of heart problems Monday at home in Beverly Hills.

Rutherford was a frequent guest at “Gone With the Wind” celebrations in Georgia and, as one of the few remaining actors from the movie, continued to attract fans from around the world, Jeffreys said.

“She loved it. It really stimulated the last years of her life, because she got thousands of emails from fans,” Jeffreys said.

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