Zimmerman’s Suit Against NBC Dismissed
Congratulations to NBC and their attorneys.
This morning, Judge Nelson ruled that George Zimmerman is not entitled to any money from NBC.
USA Today reports that unless the ruling is reversed by an appeals court, Zimmerman’s suit is finished.
George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. He was not arrested until April 2012 and his trial began in June 2013. July 13, 2013 will mark one year since a jury of 6 women, consisting of 5 Whites and 1 Latina of Puerto Rican descent, found Zimmerman not guilty.
Zimmerman filed the lawsuit against NBC in December 2012. During his trial, he and NBC agreed to stay the hearings until after the verdict. Zimmerman’s basis for the lawsuit was accusing NBC of editing his non-emergency call to the police, making him appear racist.
There are many reasons why the edited recording did not make Zimmerman appear racist, and that individuals decided on their own that Trayvon Martin’s race motivated Zimmerman to follow the unarmed 17-year old in his truck, then on foot, and fire a hollow point bullet into his heart, killing him.
Zimmerman suffered no damages from the edited tape of his call. He left his home and quit his job before Trayvon’s body was identified. After his arrest, Zimmerman received approximately $200,000 in donations for his legal defense, which he directed his wife to use the money to pay their pre-February 26, 2012 debts.
At his bond hearing, Zimmerman sat like a “potted palm” while his wife Shellie misrepresented her knowledge of that money. Shellie was subsequently charged with perjury and after the verdict in George’s trial, Shellie plead guilty and entered a plea bargain – without George being there to support her. Shellie subsequently filed for divorce from George.
Zimmerman is responsible for his own actions. Maybe he will learn a lesson from his case against NBC. Karma does not discriminate and it cannot be fooled.
UPDATE: Orlando Sentinel reports:
In her 15-page order, she pointed out that time and again in March 2012 – the period during which Zimmerman claims NBC defamed him – the network quoted family members and friends who emphasized that Zimmerman was not a racist.
Zimmerman had made himself a public figure long before the shooting, she wrote. In 2010, when the Sanford Police Department refused for weeks to arrest the son of a white police officer who had punched and broken the nose of a homeless black man, Zimmerman publicly protested.
That was an example, Nelson wrote, of Zimmerman “voluntarily injecting his views into the public controversy surrounding race relations and public safety in Sanford.”
She went on to describe Zimmerman as having “pursued a course of conduct that ultimately led to the death of (Trayvon) Martin).”
I still see you little brother, from that dream I had in or about April 2012. Keep on smiling.
Posted on 06/30/2014, in George and Shellie Zimmerman, Justice For Trayvon and tagged dismissed, George Zimmerman, Judge Nelson, lawsuit, lost, NBC, Trayvon Martin. Bookmark the permalink. 185 Comments.