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national lead

July 15th, 2013
07:27 PM ET

Despite outrage, federal charges uncertain in Zimmerman case

Washington (CNN) - In the emotional aftermath of the Trayvon Martin killing last year, Attorney General Eric Holder signaled the unlikelihood of filing federal hate crimes charges against admitted shooter George Zimmerman.

"For a federal hate crime, we have to prove the highest standard in the law," Holder said in April 2012, 45 days after Zimmerman shot the African American teenager in what was depicted by civil rights groups as a racially motivated killing.

In words that now sound prescient, Holder described to reporters that day how "something that was reckless, that was negligent does not meet that standard."

"We have to show that there was specific intent to do the crime with requisite state of mind," he said.

Zimmerman's acquittal of state murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday showed the Florida jury rejected that he intended to kill Martin for any reason, including the racial motivation necessary for federal charges that he violated Martin's civil rights.

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world lead

July 15th, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Could a baby girl modernize British monarchy?

If Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate have a baby girl, it could potentially help to modernize the monarchy.

Until 2011, any daughter born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would not have enjoyed an equal right to inherit the British throne. Rules dating back centuries decreed that the crown pass to the eldest son and only be bestowed on a daughter when there were no sons.

All this changed at an October 2011 meeting of the leaders of 16 Commonwealth countries in Perth, Australia, where they unanimously agreed to amend the succession rules.

"In British history we've always privileged the king and now this is completely different," said royal historian Kate Williams. "This baby, if it's a girl, will be our next queen. And it doesn't matter how many brothers she has. She'll get the title."

"This is, I think, is a big move forward," said Williams, adding that it is a big boost to equality.
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national lead

July 15th, 2013
06:55 PM ET

Casey Anthony lawyer's advice for Zimmerman

George Zimmerman is technically a free man, but life after a highly public murder trial will be difficult.

"George is going to have to decide how to live the rest of his life. And fortunately for George he has a certain demographic that believes in his innocence and has supported him," said lawyer Jose Baez.

Baez represented Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in the murder of her young daughter in 2011.

Much of Zimmerman's defense was funded by private donations.

"Certain demographic supports him, others don't. He's going to have to ...find out what he can do financially first, and utilize that demographic which helps him," said Baez, saying that whatever Zimmerman wants to do now, he is "going to have to have a little bank to do it."
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pop lead

July 15th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

J.K. Rowling isn't the only famous author to use a pen name

Author J.K. Rowling gave us the name that can't be spoken – Lord Voldemort – and the name now synonymous with unbridled literary success – Harry Potter.

Now, Rowling is linked to a new name. In top-secret fashion, Rowling published a crime novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

"She not only created a new name, but she also created a whole back story, just created this elaborate background of the author. So she was being creative not only in the telling of the story but in the telling of the back story," said Thom Geier, of Entertainment Weekly.
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world lead

July 15th, 2013
06:27 PM ET

Reporter: Snowden is 'the classically responsible whistleblower'

Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden already revealed the National Security Agency's massive reach into Americans' personal information.

The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the reporter to whom Snowden continues to leak information, says Snowden has the "blueprints" for the NSA. But Greenwald says Snowden doesn't want that information made public.

"The reason that it's been a process that isn't instantaneous, that it's not an indiscriminate document dump is precisely because he is the classically responsible whistleblower," Greenwald said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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