George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman Appeals Dismissal of Defamation Suit Against NBC

Hey folks, As anticipated by, well, everybody, George Zimmerman’s civil lawyer, James Beasley Jr., has filed an appeal with Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals (5th DCA) of the dismissal by June Debra Nelson of Zimmerman’s defamation suit against NBC broadcasting. This is per reports by Orlando’s WKMG and the Orlando Sentinel. We previously covered …

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The Zimmerman Files: Aggregated day-by-day live coverage & analysis

Hey folks, A year after the trial in which George Zimmerman was unanimously acquitted by a jury in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, misinformation continues to abound. Whether the misinformation is being spread inadvertently or — as is too often the case — as a result of intentional disinformation campaigns, the only antidote is …

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Zimmerman Libel Suit Against NBC Thrown Out

Hey folks, How can we miss her, when she won’t go away? Judge Debra Nelson, who presided over the murder trial of George Zimmerman, today issued a ruling dismissing his libel suit against NBC (a copy of that ruling can be found at the bottom of this post). Those of us who followed the Zimmerman …

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(Not George) Zimmerman vs. Roseanne Barr

Hey folks, Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman have filed suit against comedienne Roseanne Barr, nearly two years after Barr published their home address on Twitter in the aftermath of their son George Zimmerman Jr.’s killing of Trayvon Martin in self-defense. (Zimmerman successfully argued at trial that he shot Martin in necessary self-defense,  and he …

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Florida Bar clears Mark O’Mara of suborning Shellie Zimmerman perjury

Hey folks, In the aftermath of Shellie Zimmerman’s perjury charges, the Florida Bar opened an investigation into whether George Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara may have solicited her false testimony. Yesterday, the Florida Bar concluded that there was no credible evidence that O’Mara engaged in any such misconduct. For my full post on this, including video …

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Zimmerman Attorney Mark O’Mara Named “National Criminal Trial Lawyer of 2013″

Hey folks, Just a short note to share the news that he National Trial Lawyers professional association have named O’Mara the National Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2013, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel. Over at Legal Insurrection I’ve got a slightly longer post on this news, as well as a recent interview …

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Florida Bills Seek to Restrict Self-Defense Immunity, Protect “Warning Shots,” and Limit Mandatory Sentences

Hey folks, Today the Florida House will be voting on HB-4003, which seeks to repeal statute 776.013, “Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.” This would get rid of “Stand-Your-Ground, as well as certain presumptions of reasonable fear of imminent death or grave bodily harm for the defender in …

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Sanford Police Chief Walks Back “No Guns on Neighborhood Watch” Policy

Hey folks, The Sanford Police Department is busy walking back their widely reported policy change that would have banned Neighborhood Watch volunteers from lawfully carrying concealed. In fact, Police Chief Cecil Smith now says that while they discourage Neighborhood Watch volunteers from being armed, they are not prohibited from lawfully doing so. Volunteers for a …

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FL Lawmakers Seek to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground AND Ease Home Invasions, Kidnappings & Carjackings

Hey folks, We’ve all heard recent rumblings about some legislators in Florida seeking to make political hay by “changing” or “improving” the state’s Stand-Your-Ground law. We can now observe the text of their proposed bills for this purpose, and see that what they are actually doing is revoking Stand-Your-Ground completely–and not JUST Stand-Your-Ground, but the …

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VIDEO: US Senate Stand-Your Ground Hearings, Senator Cruz, Follow-Up (10/29/13)

Hey folks, More Ted Cruz goodness–these are follow-up comments, after the various witnesses brought to testify in the hearing had completed their prepared remarks: In particular he notes that then-Senator Obama voted for self-defense immunity laws in Illinois before he was elected to higher office. Cruz also jabs at Sen. Durbin’s efforts to target ALEC …

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