Imagine killing an unarmed Black teenager, claiming self-defense, being acquitted, and then suing the teenager’s family. Yes, stranger than fiction just happened.
George Zimmerman was charged and acquitted of 2nd-degree murder in 2013 for killing unarmed Trayvon Martin back in 2012 is now suing the Martin family.
The lawsuit against the Martin family in Polk County, Florida claims that a “false witness” was coached into testifying against Zimmerman.
The lawsuit alleges that Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend was not on the phone with Martin just before he was fatally shot.
Zimmerman is also suing a civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump for defamation in his memoir regarding the case, “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People”.
“I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is — another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others,” Crump said in a statement. “This plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions. He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims.”
Zimmerman’s attorney Larry Klayman, a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor and the founder of the conservative activist group Judicial Watch, claimed that the case against his client hinged on testimony from “fake witness” Diamond Eugene. Klayman also cites, “newly discovered evidence”.
Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, he has had a few brushes with the law.
Back in 2013, he was charged with felony assault. He was also charged with pointing a shotgun at his then-girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe.
In 2015, Zimmerman allegedly threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend. The charges were later dropped.
Despite his infamous “Teflon Don” reputation, Zimmerman is somehow worried about his character.
Crump responded to the newly filed lawsuit, “This tale defies all logic, and it’s time to close the door on these baseless imaginings.”
We’re professional journalists who proudly advocate for equal rights. We unite those who are marginalized.