I feel like I've barely written about anything else lately, but I have one more point on the Zimmerman
So this becomes a very tricky issue electorally. If he's convicted, then the black population sees it as "justice" but the "White- Latino" population (as big and broad a demographic as the media needs it to be) sees this as a travesty and responds to the Al Sharpton's and Black Panther's of the world by rushing out to vote against Obama.
If he's acquitted at trial, then there is a real potential for a race riot (especially since Holder won't arrest the instigators) and that will have negative election consequences as well. If it's all tossed after a transparent and public hearing based on Florida's "stand your ground law", then the black community loses faith in team Obama's ability to deliver the white man to their version of justice. This idea was certainly a component of his strong support from the black community last time around. (He might not have said it, but they attributed a lot of things to him that he never actually said and I believe that this is one of them.)
It's beginning to look to me like there is no upside to Obama in getting this settled before the election, and potentially grave downsides - even if you discount the residual damage and mayhem that would come with a riot. I'm sure they would prefer to avoid something like that, but if it could mean certain reelection for Obama then half the south would be burning come September. It's a question of priorities.
So I think Holder et al. are going to try to push the dates back on all this - at least past October. I have no idea how likely that is. I know there are a lot of procedural issues that can be brought into play for the trial if necessary, but I don't know how many apply to the 'hearing' that the papers say George has a right to request.
Meanwhile Rick Scott and the Florida Republicans will probably be more focused on the "fair and Speedy" portion of the legal system. I suspect that since this is a state issue, they will have their way.
So here we are again... coming into the elections, everyone watching the courts in Florida.