Category Archives: Justice For Trayvon
Mark O’Mara telling America about race is like a man trying to tell a woman about labor pains. He cannot speak from experience.
You remember Mark O’Mara, the attorney whose legal and courtroom theatrical skills convinced a 6 member jury that George Zimmerman was not guilty of murder or manslaughter for killing Trayvon Martin. Yes, the character that gave us the notion that Trayvon Martin was not unarmed because he managed to weaponize the sidewalk. Young black youth are like McGiver that way, they can apparently arm themselves with any commonplace item in any environment!
Remember Mr. O’Mara’s dramatic 4 minutes of silence representing the time Martin had to run home. Of course, that’s 4 minutes that Zimmerman had to return to his vehicle like he told the dispatcher he would and NW regulations stated he should never have left. What was he doing during that 4 minutes? Looking for a street sign? No, he was looking for Martin, what else would he be doing? Enjoying the rain? Zimmerman Ultimately Killed Martin Because Unknown Young…
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Outside of his family and friends, Trayvon Martin was unknown until a few days after February 26, 2012. On that evening, Trayvon Martin was the average 17-year old child of divorced parents where the father is involved in his son’s life and there is an extended family. Living in Miami Gardens, Trayvon was visiting his dad in Sanford, Florida, who was staying with his girlfriend. He went to the 7-Eleven and on his way back, was followed by a man in a truck. Trayvon was on the phone with a childhood friend named Rachel, and told her about a creepy looking guy following him. Trayvon ran. The man got out of his truck, followed Trayvon, and shot him dead.
The killing of Trayvon Martin impacted America more than the killing of some U.S. Presidents. Because of technology and the internet, people from across the globe took interest in the case. Because of Florida’s “sunshine law,” discovery documents and pleadings filed in the case were made public. George Zimmerman’s trial for 2nd degree murder was shown on television, and live-streamed. Read the rest of this entry
Twitter is buzzed with news allegedly from Frank Taaffe that he is scheduled to meet with the FBI and DOJ. When going into Taaffe’s history of his advocating for George Zimmerman, we should keep in mind that such an interview with federal investigators might not be limited to Zimmerman’s state of mind when he stalked, followed, and killed 17-year old, unarmed Trayvon Martin.
During jury deliberations, Taaffe did not keep it secret that he knew what was happening in the jury room. That might be something in which the FBI wants more information.
The nation awaits and while waiting, if Frank Taaffe is sincere about his change of heart, the least he could do is post retractions for his racist ideologies on his Facebook page and website. Otherwise, Frank’s “come to God” moment appears to be something personal between himself and George Zimmerman, rather than repentance for his disparaging of minorities. How about it, Frank?
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. Read the rest of this entry
This coming Tuesday will be a year since several hundred potential jurors appeared for jury selection for the 2nd degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. The process continued to actual selection and trial. On July 13, 2013, 6 women acquitted Zimmerman for killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
Because Trayvon Martin lives in the hearts of many, we cannot forget discovery, pre-trial procedures, jury selection and the trial itself. An important issue for the trial was who was screaming for help, the screams being captured in the background of a 911 call. All experts concluded that the voice was NOT that of George Zimmerman, but the Honorable Judge Nelson who presided over the case, would not allow those experts to testify. Read the rest of this entry
Today, Rachel Jeantel was presented with her high school diploma, fulfilling a promise she made to Trayvon Martin. Sybrina Fulton was looking on.
Crossing the stage on Friday “is just the beginning of my life,” Jeantel said.
Jeantel was on the phone with Trayvon when he told her that he was being followed and she heard George Zimmerman ask Trayvon what he was doing there and a “bump” to Trayvon’s cell phone. Zimmerman shot the unarmed 17-year old in the heart, killing him. Read the rest of this entry
2dogsonly has requested that we start a new thread to continue discussion about Frank Taaffe’s latest revelations.
Frank Taaffe, who came into the spotlight early defending George Zimmerman, now wants to clear his conscience. He interviewed withJohn W. Davis, Seminole County Reporter of My News 13. Taaffe now says that Zimmerman should have been found guilty in the shooting death of unarmed, 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
Clearing the conscience is not the same as changing the mind. In other words, Taaffe is now admitting what he always knew was true. Read the rest of this entry
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Reading NBC’s motion to dismiss was fairly easy. Trying to make sense out of Zimmerman’s reply was not so easy.
NBC Universal has petitioned the court to dismiss Zimmerman’s lawsuit for four reasons;
(1) he has failed to comply with Florida’s retraction statute, which precludes his claims with respect to one of the five broadcasts he challenges;
(2) he is a public figure who cannot carry his burden of demonstrating, by the clear and convincing evidence required by the First Amendment, that any of NBC’s reports were broadcast with a high degree of awareness of their probable falsity, or, indeed, that they are false in any material respect;
(3) he cannot demonstrate that the NBC broadcasts caused the debilitating damages to his reputation and well-being that he claims are attributable to NBC; and
(4) he has, for these and other reasons, failed to state a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Just a few thoughts …
If the person claiming defamation names a party as defendant who was not notified to retract, that party cannot be sued. In their motion to dismiss, NBC raises a good argument on that issue. Zimmerman’s attorneys will need to petition the court for leave to file an amended complaint if they want to cure that deficiency.
It is Florida, and I am unfamiliar with most of Florida’s Rules of Civil Procedure. However, when it concerns motions to dismiss or motions for summary judgment that are filed before discovery, there is a general understanding that I’ve learned. That is, if the party who did not file to dismiss the case wants to conduct discovery, it has to request the court to stay the motion to dismiss before filing a reply to the motion to dismiss.
There is also a general understanding that when responding to a motion to dismiss or motion for summary judgment, that the party cannot rely on allegations in their complaint as evidence that a genuine issue of material fact exists. When a genuine issue of material fact is disputed, courts deny motions to dismiss and for summary judgment so a jury can decide the issue. Beginning around page 68, Zimmerman’s lawyers rely on his complaint as evidence that a genuine issue of material fact exists. That’s a no-no that can have that entire portion of their pleading stricken or that issue denied by the court. Yes – the court can grant in part, and deny in part.
Based on the reply filed by Zimmerman’s attorneys, they argued that they needed to conduct discovery and amend his complaint, but did not ask the court for that relief. Read the rest of this entry
Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the parents of George Zimmerman, filed suit in the Florida State Circuit Court in Sanford, Florida against Roseanne Barr. They allege that they were forced to leave their home and go into hiding because Barr tweeted their home address. The Zimmerman’s accuse Barr of violating their privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress and are seeking unspecified damages.
Two weeks ago, the case was transferred from the state circuit court to the
Orlando federal court and assigned to U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell.
Some of you might remember that I predicted that would be Barr’s attorney’s first move because of diversity. Barr resides in Hawaii and the Zimmerman’s in Florida.
Since the verdict in George Zimmerman’s 2nd degree murder trial, I’ve tried not to post much that rehashes arguments that happened before and during his trial. However, there has been a repeat of something on Twitter that compels me to go into detail. The same argument appears to come up at least once a month. That issue is that Zimmerman said, “When I walked back towards him.”
Because of Zimmerman’s story that he first came face-to-face with Trayvon at the “T,” some people have not thought outside that box to what Zimmerman wrote and said before he had time to omit and add to his story by the time of his re-enactment. To say it another way, some people believe that Zimmerman saw Trayvon on the dog path and try to reconcile “when I walked back towards him” to have occurred on the dog path. Zimmerman did not find Trayvon on the dog path. Rather, he found Trayvon on Retreat View Circle.
I sought out someone who is good at video animation and has the software to show rather than only tell. Not having those resources myself, I did compile two videos in effort to show what I heard Zimmerman say about his actions after getting out of his truck. The following is more of a bullet point presentation that connects the dots and I’ve embedded the two videos to support the following. Below is also a map of Retreat at Twin Lakes indicating Trayvon’s and Zimmerman’s positions when Zimmerman said “When I walked back towards him.” I’ve also placed “BG” to indicate the back gate.
Those who followed the case will recognize the recorded non-emergency call, Zimmerman’s statements, and Rachel Jeantel’s testimony. Rachel was there as an audio witness only. She was not familiar with the area of Retreat at Twin Lakes where Trayvon was staying with his dad. Rachel could only testify what Trayvon said to her.
We should consider the following as happening simultaneously with Zimmerman talking to dispatch and afterwards, while Trayvon is talking with Jeantel. Read the rest of this entry
Jueseppi, thanks so much for blogging this. The photos are wonderful! The message goes forth.
The Daily Beast reports that Maddy, also known as Juror B29, spoke with Lisa Bloom about her experience. They have published an excerpt from Bloom’s just published Suspicion Nation.
Maddy revealed that she was fed up before the trial was over. Being the only minority on the jury, she said that she was sequestered with five White women who didn’t understand her. They demeaned, mocked and trivialized her. She was ready to leave and return home saying, “If they had to put me in jail for going home, then put me in jail.” Read the rest of this entry
“Justice in America: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Law” is the title of the talk that attorney Benjamin Crump will give at 6 p.m. tonight at the Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI.
According to WKAR, Attorney Crump says he is going to talk to the next generation of lawyers about the future and encourage them to understand their obligation to equal justice.
Tonight, Tracy Martin appeared on Politicsnation with Reverend Al Sharpton on MSNBC, addressing how he misses Trayvon and changes that he seeks in Stand Your Ground law that allowed Trayvon’s killer to go free.
Yesterday, David Alki wanted Zimmerman to fight a high profile opponent in a fight-club style match. He said that he would donate all profit to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Tonight, TMZ reports that Alki has changed his mind and cancelled the match. His reason? The Trayvon Martin Foundation said it “stands boldly against any act of violence” and would reject David’s donations.
David has said that he decided to pull the plug altogether, saying, “I respect the wishes of the family and in light of this we are canceling the event.”
Orlando Sentinel and other news sources report that another promoter has come forth to place George Zimmerman in the ring. Billionaire David Alki owns streaming service FilmOn.com. He told TMZ.com that he is working on obtaining the rights to a Zimmerman fight, promising that it will be “bloodier and more fierce than the other event would have been.”
Former promoter Damon Feldman is said to be selling the rights to the Zimmerman fight to Alki. Feldman purportedly received threats via Twitter, one saying, “Somebody should kill Damon Feldman’s son and ask him would he put his son’s killer in a celebrity boxing match.”
Alki has said that the opponent will not be DMX.
The Greek immigrant with a net worth of about $1.7 billion is trying to make the appeal to money in Trayvon’s name, saying that all proceeds will go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. It is highly reasonable to believe that Trayvon Martin’s parents don’t want the killer of their son giving money to the Foundation. Those wanting to donate to the Foundation have and can donate without Zimmerman’s involvement. That in fact, David Alki can make a donation without seeking to gain profits that also pay the participants.
“Make a living.” Those words were spoken by Frank Taaffe Wednesday night on Nancy Grace’s program in response to her saying that George Zimmerman’s celebrity boxing match is disrespectful.
People who make a living by killing another human are called assassins, not celebrities.
Here is a recap of George Zimmerman’s living before he killed Trayvon Martin, while awaiting trial, and since his acquittal.
In August 2009, while in Kohl’s, George called the police on his Landlord, saying that the Landlord was trying to take his money for rent. George told the police that the house was in foreclosure and he didn’t have to pay rent. Over two years later, George was living in that same residence on February 26, 2012, the day he killed Trayvon Martin. Read the rest of this entry
On February 26, 2014, it will be two years since Trayvon Martin was killed. At times, it seems like it was yesterday. Blackbutterfly7 pays honor to Trayvon Martin and his parents. We shall not forget. People across America came together and protested because the killer was known and not arrest. America became aware of stand your ground law. Kevin Cunningham started a petition for an investigation and arrest of the man who killed Trayvon Martin. It was signed by over 2 million people. Read the rest of this entry