It started in the Circuit Court for Seminole County, Florida. It was then transferred to the federal court. There was no amount in the prayer for relief. In June 2014, a federal magistrate judge ruled that the case did not meet the minimum federal damages of $75,000 in damages. The case was transferred back to the state circuit court.
For those unfamiliar, Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, parents of George Zimmerman, filed suit against Rosanne Barr. In July 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted for killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. The Zimmerman’s allege that Rosanne tweeted out the address to their home forcing them to move in the middle of the night and live in hiding. They accused Barr of trying to incite a “lynch mob.”
After the case was transferred back to the circuit court, the Zimmerman’s claimed damages that included doing their laundry. They asked Barr to settle the case for $750,000. Barr’s attorneys’ actions thereafter conveyed to the Zimmerman’s to kick sand.
It’s on the basis that Robert McCulloch’s “public characterization” of the grand jury does not reflect the juror’s own views.
Talking point memo reports that the juror is anonymous, and
“In [the grand juror]’s view, the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate — especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges,” the lawsuit says, per the news outlet. “Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors’ view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with [Doe]’s own.”
The juror is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. It asks the court for an injunction that would allow the juror to speak publicly about the Darren Wilson case, who killed Michael Brown.
Some of those who support Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson wonder why the Department of Justice came so quickly to Ferguson, Missouri after Wilson killed Michael Brown, including sending delegates to Michael’s funeral. It’s because of an accumulation of complaints filed with the DOJ that allege and demonstrate a pattern of violations of civil rights, such as the one involving Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden.
On October 9, 2013, Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden stopped a pregnant woman for a traffic violation. On November 12, 2014, the tables were turned and Hayden was arrested. He faces four felony charges, including sexual contact with a prisoner and acceding to corruption by a public servant. Hayden is free on a $10,000 bail.
DNA analysis confirmed pubic hair on the inmate from Ferguson police officer Jaris Hayden. Read the rest of this entry
The $40 million lawsuit isn’t all. Forgive me for not being present on the blog. After hearing about the lawsuit, I began to research to see if I could obtain a copy. What I did find opens the eyes more into the experience of the citizens of Ferguson. When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri, I read that his interest was not only because of the killing of Michael Brown, but also because of other complaints against the Ferguson police department. One complaint involved the arrest of the wrong party who, when Ferguson police discovered the mistaken identity, beat the man then charged him with destruction of property because he bled on their uniforms.
The U.S. Department of Justice has a division to receive and investigate complaints against law enforcement who violate civil rights under color and claim of official right. I do not know, but highly suspect, that some citizens of Ferguson used that option. What gives me further reason to believe that they did is because the family of a man killed by Ferguson police in 2011, stated that every lawyer she contacted was afraid to take cases against the Ferguson police department, and news stations were afraid to report on the incident. Read the rest of this entry
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
Judge Nelson is currently on the bench hearing argument on NBC’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman.
Thus far, attorneys for NBC are arguing that the case should be dismissed since Zimmerman failed to follow Florida’s retraction statute, and he wasn’t harmed by the reports.
Zimmerman’s attorneys argue they haven’t even had time to interview witnesses. They say pretrial depositions will support his claims that NBC’s broadcasts were false and reckless.
We’ll continue to update.
NBC has won a partial victory. The Judge has thrown out all claims against Jeff Burnside.
Judge Nelson has delayed ruling on NBC’s motion.
Hat Tip To Yahtzee.
Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson have filed suit against a Georgia school district claiming it was negligent in protecting their son from harassment and bullying, which they allege led to his death. The lawsuit, filed in State Superior Court, also alleges that Lowndes County Board of Education violated Kendrick’s constitutional right to equal protection based on race.
Discoveries in this case have been numerous and shocking. The Sheriff’s Office ruled that Kendrick’s death was accidental. They contend that Kendrick climbed into the center of the gym mat to reach for a shoe, got stuck, and (in lay man’s terms), died from inability to breathe while upside down.
Photographs of the scene provide that Kendrick’s shoes were on top of his feet, and not at the bottom of the gym mat. 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.
Congratulations to the parents of Jordan Davis and others who were in the vehicle with Jordan when Michael Dunn opened fire.
Blackbutterfly7 extends our thanks to John Phillips for his statement on this matter. It dispels the misrepresentation by some who omitted the word “stipulation” when saying that the civil lawsuit against Michael Dunn was dismissed. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, a 144 page lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court alleging a long history of police abuse and racial profiling in the northern suburb of Miami. Allegations include aggressive police tactic, including stop and frisk, and arbitrary arrests, targeting African-Americans.
The lawsuit is led by Ali Amin Saleh, the owner of a convenience store in Miami Gardens. Videos have been previously released showing the police harassing customers at Saleh’s store and there are also reports of one of his employees being arrested numerous times for trespassing while at work. Blackbutterfly7 previously reported on this matter. Read the rest of this entry
Attorney Willie E. Gary has quite a reputation. He has won over 150 cases valued in excess of $1 million each. Attorney Gary has been featured in Ebony Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Forbes magazine has listed him as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in the U.S.”
Now, attorney Gary is representing Dr. Shiping Bao, the assistant medical examiner who performed Trayvon Martin’s autopsy.
Dr. Bao was one of the most controversial prosecution witnesses because of his conflicting testimony.
In a letter dated August 23, 2013, Dr. Bao was given 30 days to find employment at another office or resign. He declined to resign. Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, stating that Dr. Shiping Bao was fired from his position as an associate medical examiner last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason, citing county standard personnel practices.
Dr. Bao began his employment with Volusia County in July 2011 and made an annual salary of $175,950. Read the rest of this entry
In the complaint filed by Associated Investigative Services against George and Shellie Zimmerman and Mark O’Mara, the security firm was to be aware and protect them from Paparazzi.
If you were to see George and Shellie coming out of the courthouse, hotel, restaurant, etc., and had opportunity to ask either or both of them one question, what would it be? Questions should not pertain to the merits of the case.
To start off, my question to George would be: “How much weight have you gained in the past year?”
I would ask Shellie: “Do you have any regrets for leaving the townhouse in Retreat of Twin Lakes for a kitchenette hotel room?”
On 4/11/2012, George Zimmerman was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder, and from jail, spoke to his wife about money donated to his defense fund. By his instructions, Shellie Zimmerman spent money, transferred money, put money in a safe deposit box, and then lied to the court about her knowledge of that money.
When the prosecutors gathered evidence of the misrepresentation, they put their ducks in a row and filed papers in court asking that George Zimmerman’s bond be revoked. In deciding to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond, Judge Lester stated to attorney Mark O’Mara:
“Does your client get to sit there like a potted palm and let you lead me down the primrose path? That’s the issue.”
George Zimmerman (GZ) was not required to testify in court during his bond hearing, but he was required to tell his legal counsel the truth. Had he done so, there would have been no need for witnesses, such as Shellie Zimmerman, to testify about their finances.
That was not the first time that GZ sat like a potted palm. In calendar year 2011, GZ received money in a legal matter and kept it secretive from a court of law.
On May 10, 2006, GZ filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. That complaint was against Aames Funding Corporation, d/b/a Aames Home Loan (Aames). That complaint alleged that GZ worked for Aames from 10/1/2005 to January 27, 2006, and that the company failed to pay him for overtime. (Complaint linked at bottom of page)
Paragraph 8 of that complaint sets forth that GZ retained the Pantas Law Firm to represent him in the matter and agreed to pay them reasonable attorney’s fees for its services.
On 5/5/2009, a “Suggestion of Bankruptcy” was filed in the case, setting forth that Aames had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, requiring that the District Court enter a stay of proceedings in GZ’s case. The court entered a stay of proceedings and thereafter, GZ’s attorney filed periodic status reports.
On 4/6/2012, a “Status Report” was filed in Case No. 6:06-CV-630-ORL-22JGG, George Zimmerman vs. Aames Funding Corp. Attorney Pantas set forth in paragraph 3;
“Previously, the undersigned was informed that payment was expected sometime in 2012. Recently, the undersigned has learned that said payment was actually sent to Mr. Zimmerman sometime in 2011. “
(Status report linked at bottom of page)
GZ did not inform his attorney that he received the money. As set forth in paragraph 2, the attorney for the trustee in the bankruptcy case notified GZ’s attorney that an actual payment was made directly to GZ, and that;
“Mr. Zimmerman has since cashed the trustee’s check. “
Remember paragraph 8 of the complaint? GZ agreed to pay reasonable fees to his attorneys. In the “Status Report” filed 4/6/2012, GZ’s attorney sets forth;
“No fees or costs were deducted, and Mr. Zimmerman retained the entire amount of the check.”
A copy of the check is attached to the Status Report, providing that it was issued to GZ on July 7, 2011 in the amount of $18, 219.71.
Maybe or maybe not by coincidence, on 4/9/2012, the Monday following the filing of that Status Report, GZ launched his website and although not charged with a criminal offense, asked for donations for his legal defense. In about 8 months after receiving $18, 219.71, and although having a full-time job, GZ was financially broke.
On 4/10/12, attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner held a press conference saying that they lost track of Zimmerman on Sunday when he stopped returning their calls.
According to Mark Osterman, after GZ killed Trayvon Martin, GZ spent about 6 weeks at his home in Lake Mary, FL. In Sonner and Uhrig’s press conference, they stated that GZ was no longer in the state of Florida. The six weeks that GZ spent at Osterman’s house suggests that he left right about the time when attorney Pantas notified the court that he was only recently made aware that in July 2011, GZ received over $18,000.
GZ’s acts of desperation that weekend might not be solely related to the murder investigation that was taking place. His wrong doing in not notifying his attorney in the civil case of receiving the check in July 2011, neither paying costs and fees, was now documented in court record.
For whatever reason, GZ could no longer remain at his best friend’s house in Lake Mary, FL. GZ found it necessary to run, to stop communicating with his attorneys, and — he needed money. GZ had sat like a potted palm for 8 months, leading his attorney down the primrose path.
GZ betrayed his legal counsel in the civil matter. Is he also capable of betraying Mark O’Mara?