Zimmerman to Appeal Florida Judge Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against NBC

July 28, 2014

George Zimmerman has filed a notice to appeal the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal and three reporters.

The appeal notice was filed with the Seminole County Clerk of Courts.

Judge Debra Nelson on June 30 dismissed Zimmerman’s lawsuit, saying the former neighborhood watch leader failed to show the network acted with malice.

Nelson said the malice standard was appropriate because Zimmerman became a public figure after he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012. It generated a national conversation about race and self-defense laws. He was acquitted of second-degree murder last year.

In his lawsuit, Zimmerman says NBC’s editing of a story on the shooting made it sound as if Zimmerman voluntarily told an operator that Martin was black.

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  • July 29, 2014 at 10:38 am
    lol says:
    Zimmerman is a clear racist he murdered a teenager walking home while his skin was black and he is clearly heard on the tape saying F,,COONS when referring to Trayvon Martin a... read more
  • July 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm
    Realist says:
    Misquotes, totally out of context with intent to cause harm. The perfect definition of malice. Especially from a "news media". People should be alarmed at the manipulation don... read more
  • July 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    Jon says:
    The difference, unfortunately, is that the media actually under-reported just how crazy Bundy and his followers were, if anything. He's far more subversive and dangerous that ... read more
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