Florida Hearing Set for Zimmerman Defamation Claim Against NBC

By Kyle Hightower | June 11, 2014

  • June 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    Hmmm says:
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    I would think this is a risky move on the part of Zimmerman. In his criminal trial he had a right to remain silent — he won’t get that in his civil trial.

    • June 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
      Boom_Lawyered says:
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      Risky? I guess in the court of public opinion but he can’t be tried for the same charge due to the double jeopardy clause of the 5th amendment. Maybe risky if a lawsuit goes through by Treyvon Martin’s family. But even then, he’d have to either be stupid enough to committ perjury or say something really dumb for it to be risky.

      • June 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm
        Crain says:
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        Risky? If the attorney sets him up under cross examination, he could likely say something incriminating or commit perjury.

  • June 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm
    mikey says:
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    That audio was ridiculously edited. It was edited to sound like a very racial slur and it clearly was not. A lot of people focused on that piece of audio to quickly pass judgement. I think he at least has a case.

  • June 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Rosie says:
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    I can’t wait to hear his testimony, under oath, about what happened that evening. He murdered that poor child, and I think from what we have learned about him since that event, he will have a hard time explaining that away.

    • June 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm
      SWFL Agent says:
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      I don’t know. Do you think he’ll have to go into that level of detail? This case is more about NBC editing the tape. While I don’t care much for Zimmerman, I’m just as sick and tired of the media becoming the story than reporting the facts. I hope NBC loses this one. They had no business editing the tape.

      • June 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm
        KY jw says:
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        I think you’re right, SWFL Agent. The suit is about what NBC did.

    • June 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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      The problem has been the focus on irrelevant arguments – some of which are actually unsupported by the evidence.

      1. ‘George Zimmerman (GZ) racially profiled Trayvon Martin (TM)’ There is no evidence of this.

      2. ‘GZ disobeyed an order by the police’ * The civilian dispatcher, Sean Noffke, testified that he did not give GZ an order and, in fact, he, like his fellow dispatchers, are trained not make comments that sound like commands. * Noffke also testified under cross that, as a result of his asking GZ which way TM was going, GZ could have reasonably interpreted this as being asked to follow Martin. * It is also not a crime in Florida to disregard a comment made by a civilian dispatcher.

      3. ‘GZ got out of his car’ Not a crime on public property and not negligent either.

      4. ‘GZ followed TM’ Again, anyone can follow anyone on a public street unless the followee has obtained a restraining order against the follower and even there, the RS only places time, place, and manner restrictions on the person enjoined.

      5. ‘GZ wasn’t really injured’ * Under Florida’s self-defense laws, one doesn’t have to be injured AT ALL to use deadly force * No one is required to refrain from defending himself while another is engaged in or attempting to commit a felony.

      6. ‘TM is dead through no fault of his own’ * If you believe that TM assaulted GZ, then he IS dead as a result of his own actions.

      7. ‘GZ could have left’ * Under Florida law, there is not a duty to withdraw rather than use deadly force * TM was straddling GZ so how the latter was supposed to leave the scene is unanswered.

      8. ‘GZ was armed and TM wasn’t’ * One’s fists can be considered weapons and can result in severe bodily harm or death. * GZ was legally carrying a weapon * There is no requirement under the law that the same weapon be used by the assailant * A homeowner can kill an intruder whether or not he has been threatened * Those that attack cannot feign surprise if they are met with superior firepower.

      9. ‘Stand Your Ground!’ * SYG is NOT at issue in this trial. * The defense is a classic self-defense case.

      10. ‘Black men NEVER get to use SYG!’ * Wrong http://tinyurl.com/nboht35

      11. ‘GZ is a man and TM was a boy!’ * As if ‘boys’ don’t commit murder, rape, and assault everyday in this country.

      • June 12, 2014 at 10:48 am
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        Allie – you’re trying the wrong case. This one has already been decided (wrongly in my opinion.)

        And your points are ludicrous. GZ followed TM with a firearm in his possession. All TM knew is some guy was following him and he didn’t know why. If he confronted GZ, he was entitled to do so. It is not illegal to follow someone, but it is illegal to stalk them like prey.

        • June 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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          Is he also entitled to wait for him instead of walking home so he can sucker punch him, pin him to the ground and pound his head against a cement sidewalk?

          I’m sorry Libby, but you and anybody else who thinks this case was decided wrongly is either entirely unaware of ANY of the FACTS surrounding the case or you’re off the fuckin’ rails.

          To Allie Jones’ point about how everyone talked about him as being a child (which I agree is a load of crap). An 11-year old can be charged as an adult http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/25/youngest-american-life-without-parole/ Calling a 17 year old fight club runner/participant a child is absolutely ludicrous.

        • June 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm
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          Actually, no, he’s not.

          You are not entitled to punch someone for following you, and it’s down right stupid.

          If George wants to follow someone who might have stolen goods and see if he can get a driver’s license number so police can track the guy down, that is perfectly fine.

          Trayvon can feel threatened. He cannot start a fight, which he clearly did.

          And following someone with a firearm who you find to be suspicious is not only not illegal, it is prudent. I don’t aim to be killed by someone who could be a threat. It doesn’t matter that Trayvon was not actually a threat. There were burglars in the neighborhood, so a potential threat did exist.

          The case was decided right(ly). There was no evidence to prove without a doubt that Zimmerman killed a random kid. And there is no motive for him to do so, while calling the police before hand.

          • June 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm
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            There is no evidence that Trayvon attacked him other than Zimmerman’s word. And I guess it’s true what they say, “Don’t bring a bag of skittles to a gun fight.”

      • June 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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        Allie, get over it. Even people that think Zimmerman should have prevailed in this trial will admit that he could have handled it much more prudently and spared a life. No winner in this one.

        • June 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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          Disagreed entirely.

          More people should be watching out for neighborhood burglars.

          Then some people would be stopped.

          Less people should start punching people for following them.

          If there were more people like George, less people would be able to get away with crimes.

          If there were more people like Trayvon, more people would be fighting in the streets over petty crap that doesn’t matter.

          You don’t fight someone for following you. Trayvon learned the hard way. One obvious reason: They might be deadly. There is no reason to fight other than being a cocky little brat who likes to fight.

          • June 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm
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            First, the punishment for burglary is not DEATH. In ANY state.

            Trayvon was NOT a burglar. He had a bag of skittles and an iced tea on him.

            Third, there is NO (none, nada, zip) evidence that Trayvon punched Zimmerman first – other than Zimbo’s word. Not credible.

            It’s people like you and Zimmerman that perptetuate the violence.

            BTW – how many times have you threatened to punch my teeth in JUST BECAUSE I HURT YOUR FEELINGS??? Maybe I should give Zimbo your name and whereabouts.

    • June 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm
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      The media kept the hype going on his other stories after the aquittal. Don’t believe everything you read Rosie.

  • June 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    txmouthbreatherboogereatertx says:
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    This Chaz Bono impersonator is just trying to get a reality show

    • June 12, 2014 at 10:46 am
      EmpoftheEarth says:
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      Stop being jealous. Good chance you’re an idiot.

      • June 12, 2014 at 10:49 am
        Libby says:
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        Good chance it takes one to know one.

        • June 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm
          EmpoftheEarth says:
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          Not really…I have done research on idiocy and I have come to the conclusion that it runs rampant on this site. Thank you for your feedback.

          • June 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm
            Libby says:
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            Considering the majority on this site are Republican, I couldn’t agree with your assessment more.

          • June 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm
            bob says:
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            Republicans are not stupider than democrats.

            Your ego is showing again.

            I told you once before the reason you are a democrat is arrogance and what you want to believe about people in comparison to yourself.

            It’s showing again.

            Republicans argue points.
            You argue for intelligence, moral high ground, etc.

          • June 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm
            Libby says:
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            At least we have morals.

      • June 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
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        Nice zing!



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