News stories are now leaking out that Martin attacked Zimmerman, punching Zimmerman and slamming his head into the ground before being shot. (See here and here). Also, Martin was not the angel his family has made him out to be. And while this has no bearing on the facts of the case, I found this story to be interesting:
The mother of slain Trayvon Martin recently filed a trademark to protect the rights to his name as an attempt to control- and collect funds from- the masses of merchandise being produced in support of their cause.
It was revealed today that Sabrina Fulton, the boy’s mother, filed two petitions last week to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to specifically gain the rights to the phrases ‘I Am Trayvon’ and ‘Justice For Trayvon’, both of which have been frequently used by protesters across the country.
The trademark application shows that she is specifically looking for control of the use of those phrases on CDs and DVDs that feature her deceased son.
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A wide variety of t-shirts, pins, buttons and banners are being sold in Florida and have been ever since the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin became a national issue, flaring fraught racial tensions throughout the state and the country.
The sale of merchandise has sped up in recent weeks, and will likely continue strong as rallies continue to be held in Sanford, Florida, where the incident occurred on February 26.