It’s Father’s Day, a time sons and dads get together and reminiscence fondly of their good times together. Or if you’re Robert Zimmerman Sr. whose son George faces second-degree murder charges for the killing of Trayvon Martin last February and you think he got a raw deal, what you do is dash off a $3.99 e-book on Amazon and you lay fault for all the woes of your family squarely on nearly every prominent Black politician and organization for being “the true racists.”
Who is it that has that knives out for George? Daddy Zimmerman has it all figured out and naming names:
- Congressional Black Caucus. “[A] pathetic, self-serving group of racists… advancing their purely racist agenda.” He later adds that “all members of Congress should be ashamed of the Congressional Black Caucus, as should be their constituents.” And finally: “They are truly a disgrace to all Americans.”
- The NAACP. “[S]imply promotes racism and hatred for their own, primarily financial, interests” and “without prejudice and racial divide, the NAACP would simply cease to exist.”
- NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. “[W]hat I would expect of a racist.”
- Trayvon Martin’s funeral director. A “racial activist and former head of the local NAACP.”
- Benjamin Crump, Natalie Jackson and Daryl Parks, attorneys for Travyon Martin’s family. “The scheme team.”
- The National Basketball Players Association.
- Black Chamber of Commerce.
- National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers.
- National Black United Fund.
- United Negro College Fund.
Pretty much everybody but The Harlem Globetrotters is gunning for Boy George Zimmerman. The old man also claims the Boston bombings could have been averted if the FBI wasn’t busy investigating the Martin murder.
The positive reviews on Amazon praising Zimmerman Sr., are just as eye-opening.
This book gives you a glimpse into what actually happened in February of 2012, without the lies and politics. Don’t be put off by other people who disparage this man and his family without bothering to find out what actually happened. The truth will come out during the trial, and the Zimmermans will be vindicated.
I have believed all along that this case was a travesty propelled by financial and personal gain by those whose interest is benefited from this being a criminal & race issue…Those of you that think this isn’t financially motivated read the book and then ask Trayvons grieving mother when & where she got those huge multi carat diamond earrings she was sporting on her media campaign?
To the Zimmerman family, I support your family, and I wish the Martin family would have recognized the signs for their son to get help. It’s a tragedy, and I wish we could bring Trayvon back, and have given him some guidance before he decided not to stop beating your son’s head into the pavement. A couple more poundings, and George would possibly have brain damage, and been a vegetable. If Trayvon would have kept his hands to himself, he still would be here for his family.
Okay, you get the picture. There’s a lot of sick, twisted bastards and far too many of them have computer access.
In the foreword of “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George” Daddy Z declares, “Everything stated in this book is true to the best of my knowledge and my belief (You really believe that?). However, given the media’s egregious and misleading reporting (Because I certainly couldn’t be biased in favor of my son), I would certainly encourage readers research any and all information they may question (And if you’re expecting an impartial account to come from the father of a guy facing hard time behind bars you’re out of your mind).”
The only ones who could be interested in slanted, self-serving trash like this are the same fools who are making contributions to George Zimmerman’s defense fund. It’s a neat little Jedi mind trick Daddy Z has pulled off here. He appeals to racists by denouncing every African-American who has chosen justice for Trayvon over freedom for George as the real racists.
This strategy should do well with morons and Stormfront members.
Zimmerman, Sr.is engaged in two of the oldest defenses in the world: deflection and projection. Blaming others for the sins of racism that he and his family perpetuates continually and repeatedly.
Can I say with 100 percent certainty George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he murdered Trayvon Martin? No. But what I can say is if he is he got it honestly.
Today is Father’s Day and there is no doubt Robert Zimmerman Sr., loves his son George very much . He loves him so much he would lie for him. He loves him so much he would spread his race-baiting venom to others to feed the seething racial resentment his son started with his reckless and criminal behavior . George is a killer and that reflects poorly upon how the elder Zimmerman raised him. His love is no excuse for being a lousy parent. The stupid and selfish actions of George took Trayvon away from his father and that’s why he’s on trial for murder, not because of anything the NAACP or the NBA did.
Today is Father’s Day and Robert Zimmerman Sr. shows his love by spewing hate.
- The Nerve of This Man (thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Father Says African-American’s Are The ‘True Racists’ (djsdoingwork.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Father Says The ‘True Racists’ Are African-American (soulbrotherspeaks.com)
- George Zimmerman’s dad lashes out at ‘racist’ Black community in e-book (rawstory.com)
When the character of the defendant is less than sterling if you’re a smart (and somewhat unscrupulous) defense attorney the next best option if your client’s reputation is less than pristine is to dirty up the victim instead.
The trashing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman‘s attorneys and family has been brutal, ruthless, systematic and ugly. They are playing hardball. They are showing no mercy. Zimmerman’s lawyers began in earnest last week when they released text messages from Trayvon in trying to depict him as a punk kid with violent tendencies. Zimmerman’s mother did even worse to the teenager. She made him invisible and irrelevant in a letter she released to her son’s supporters.
Today, April 11, 2013 is the anniversary of the most unfortunate arrest of our son George. I am writing from my heart and with incalculable gratitude to our family members, dearest friends, and those we have not personally met but who have nonetheless offered their unwavering moral and spiritual support. Those who read this letter should do so of their own free will, and do so because they are interested in its message. If you read this letter with the hopes of finding material to mock or rebuke–please stop reading now, because this letter is not intended for you.
April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses. George was charged with murder. By confusing the public and manipulating perception in order to sway the “court of public opinion”, Benjamin Crump & co. finally achieved their “first base” victory.
A year later, we find ourselves–as Mr. Crump put it–in “third base” posture: we are awaiting trial. Throughout the past year, as evidence came forth and was later published, we have fought at every turn to be certain George is afforded a fair trial and equal protection under the law. It is imperative now more than ever that George receive fair treatment by the judicial system, as this is the quintessential birthright of every American.
From the beginning, this case has been heavily publicized and a false narrative was developed surrounding a very real tragedy when there was little evidence available to the public. It is astounding that despite the vast amount of information and evidence now available that supports George’s self-defense claim, the majority of the media avoids its publication. It is indeed alarming that even more media outlets do not regret misinforming the public and have not taken steps to retract the fabrications they are responsible for perpetuating.
The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest. Even members of Congress and self-proclaimed “activists” used and routinely use to this day the term “murderer” when they speak of him–in effect they are re-enforcing the only acceptable judicial outcome in their eyes. Many have seen to it that he be judged by the public, the very public they were keen on misinforming.
It is for these reasons I share my thoughts and heart with you today. Despite the mythological monster the media created, those who knew George did not abandon him, and those who have become familiar with him throughout the course of this ordeal have prayed daily for him, his wife, his parents and siblings. Without your constant prayer, words of comfort, and endless search for truth–our family would not have made it this far.
After reading Gladys Zimmerman’s letter and its total absence of decency or humanity I understand where George’s racism comes from. It is more than misleading, self-serving and selfish. It is inhumane. Not once is Trayvon Martin’s name mentioned. No one in the Zimmerman family has a shred of compassion in their cold hearts.
“For the Zimmerman family to allege that the justice system doesn’t work simply because they are unhappy their son was arrested in the first place is disingenuous and disrespectful to the very system that is currently affording him every available opportunity to defend himself. The arrest of an admitted killer is not a violation of due process, it is due process. “Most will agree that no one has been given greater consideration by the justice system for killing an unarmed child than George Zimmerman.”
The Zimmerman family is waging a public relations war on the behalf of their murderous son and nobody has been vocal in his unwavering son than kid brother Robert. His recent rampage of Tweets to slime Trayvon will likely have no effect on the upcoming trial, but it does show how low Bobby Z. is willing to stoop to.
The Zimmerman defense team released a series of photographs and text messages from Trayvon on their website depicting the teenager discussing guns, being suspended from school and smoking marijuana. In a text message sent 12 days before Zimmerman gunned him down Martin tells an unnamed friend he was suspended from school for fighting.
“Why you not in school?” a text he receives asks.
“I thought you was going out with ur friend,” the reply says.
“Naw my ol g say she dont want me home caus she think ima get in mo trouble,” he texts back.
Martin’s texts also indicate he may have been curious about guns.
“U gotta gun?” reads a text from Martin’s phone, sent on Feb. 18, 2012, to a friend of his who was on the phone with him on the night of the shooting.
“You want a 22 revolver” asks someone in a text he receives that day.
Three days later, Martin mentioned a caliber of gun while asking a friend in another text, “U wanna share a .380 w.[redacted]?”
Other texts released allude to problems Martin was having at home and with authorities.
“My mom just told me i gotta mov wit my dad,” says one from Nov. 22, 2011. “She just kickd me out.”
“Is the defense trying to prove Trayvon deserved to be killed by George Zimmerman because of the way he looked?” Benjamin Crump said, “If so, this stereotypical and closed-minded thinking is the same mindset that caused George Zimmerman to get out of his car and pursue Trayvon, an unarmed kid who he didn’t know. The pretrial release of these irrelevant red herrings is a desperate and pathetic attempt by the defense to pollute and sway the jury pool.”
From what I’ve read from legal experts none of this crap will probably ever be heard by a jury and will not be admissible. Certainly Team Zimmerman would like to put Trayvon’s character on trial as he is already dead and cannot defend himself. Perhaps there is also the hope that painting Martin as wannabee thug, doper and gangsta will play to the worst fears of potential jurors.
Of course, anyone with the brain power of a house plant should ask, “What does this have to do with why Zimmerman shot Trayvon? He didn’t know any of this.” But the defense is going to muddy the waters as much as they can to get their client off. If they have to trash Trayvon in the process, you’d better believe they’re gonna do it.
It doesn’t make it any less disgusting. Mark O’ Mara wants to “niggerize” Trayvon Martin as a wannabee gangsta and future criminal. That’s understandable since its his client who is a killer with a prior criminal record. Writing in his legal blog, attorney Frederick Leatherman denounced the tactics of Zimmerman’s defense team saying, “This is quite possibly the sleaziest tactic that I have ever seen. To intentionally poison a jury pool a couple of weeks before trial with false and misleading information about the victim of a homicide calculated to incite and unite White racists to approve of the execution of an unarmed Black teenager is astonishing.”
“These two lawyers are fortunate that I am not Judge Nelson because I would jail them for contempt of court and file complaints against the bar association requesting their disbarment from the practice of law.”
In a series of rulings that were described as favorable to the prosecution, Judge Debra Nelson denied the defense’s motions to admit Martin’s marijuana usage, disciplinary records from school, possible interest in guns and fighting. Robert Zimmerman called upon the prosecution to drop the second degree murder charge against his brother. The defense asked for a delay in the trial which Judge Nelson also rejected. Jury selection begins June 16.
What we’re witnessing now is simply the public relations spin and the preliminaries. When the trial actually begins that’s when the circus will really start.
- Statement From Trayvon Martin’s Family and Their Attorneys (tmwarriors.wordpress.com)
- Zimmerman’s mom thanks supporters (abcactionnews.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Attorney Trying To Put Trayvon Martin On Trial (blackamericaweb.com)
- Zimmerman Lawyers Smear Trayvon (boomantribune.com)
- Judge denies delay, bars evidence in George Zimmerman trial (usnews.nbcnews.com)
Trayvon Martin should be alive today, but of course he isn’t. He’s dead because a scared little creep named George Zimmerman shot and killed him a year ago to the day.
And all hell broke loose…
When we talk about race in America those conversations are often nervous, dishonest, awkward and less than candid. Too often we end up saying things we don’t really mean but sound right. When Whites and Blacks and other races talk about race, we’re either put on airs as we struggle to be on our best behavior and not offend. However, there are occasions where the false fronts and fake faces are dropped and we stand toe-to-toe and just let the bullets fly. We don’t get polite. We get real.
For a year now that’s what I’ve sought to do as I write about the Trayvon Martin case. I try to bring the real. I’m not trying to be impartial. I’m not claiming I don’t have a bias. I’ve chosen a side and I am on Team Trayvon, not Team Zimmerman. I’m not a vigilante. I leave that sort of thing to frightened rabbits like Zimmerman. Nor do I want anything bad to happen to him or his wife and co-conspirator, Shellie Zimmerman. I want them to be safe as houses right up until the day they are both convicted of their many crimes and are sent to prison.
I’m also preparing myself for the distinct possibility they both walk.
Do you move on? Do you put it behind you? Does your once inflamed sense of outrage cool until it grows as cold as the corpse of Trayvon?
No. Of course you can’t allow that. Not if you have the slightest sense of justice. There’s been no justice here. All we’ve seen so far is how skillful lawyers with no conscience or scruples will go to murder the truth. Why does Zimmerman’s defense team need access to a teenager’s social media? Who exactly is on trial here?
We know the answer to that, don’t we? We know it is Trayvon who is on trial. It is Trayvon, not his killer, who must prove he wasn’t some sort of thug. Some punk who went out in the rain not for a bag of candy and a can of iced tea, but looking for trouble.
After all, he was a bad kid, right? He shouldn’t have been out at 7:00 pm roaming around in the dark. Right? Just because some fool he didn’t know was chasing him in the dark and confronted him with a loaded gun he wasn’t supposed to be carrying, doesn’t mean it’s not his fault? Why, he practically made poor George Zimmerman shoot him! Zimmerman was fighting for his life. He had every right to defend himself!
That only makes sense if you concede one point. You must concede Zimmerman was correct in his conclusion that a Black kid walking around at night in his neighborhood and wearing a hoodie justifies racial profiling. Justifies ignoring police instructions not to follow and engage. Justifies hunting Trayvon through the apartment complex. Justifies terrifying an unarmed young man who had done nothing and wanted nothing more than to get home and out of the rain.
Justifies confronting an unarmed young man, fighting that unarmed young man, and pulling out a gun and shooting to death that unarmed young man once it became clear he was winning the fight.
The problem for Zimmerman is there is no justification. The Stand Your Ground law is not a license to kill. Putting your own dumb ass in a potentially dangerous situation is not a justification. Fearing for your life because you’re getting your dumb ass kicked is not a justification.
Being a coward, being an arrogant wannabee vigilante? That might be a justification. If you’re a murderous coward, that is.
On the anniversary of the murder, CNN published excerpts of letters provided to them by his lawyers sent to Zimmerman from both supporters and detractors. They illustrate how wide the racial schism is and how raw the emotions are between how Black and White America view this case .
“Murderer,” one e-mail’s subject line said.
“Please shoot yourself, you racist piece of sh-t,” read the body of another e-mail. “You killed an unarmed teen that you stalked.”
And several dictated the same, succinct line: “Hope you die in prison.”
These venom-drenched words are just a smattering of at least 400 e-mails and letters, all sent to George Zimmerman over the past 10 months.
Some applaud his lawsuit against NBC over the altering the recording of his police call, allegedly to “create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”
Other missives — many packed with vitriol and anger — provide a glimpse into the emotion that overcame the nation when Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a black teen, in Sanford, Florida, exactly one year ago.
Like the friendly letters, there are recurring themes: condemnation of Zimmerman’s conduct that night, mocking the website he established to collect donations for the legal defense and even ridiculing the physical appearances of him and his wife, Shellie.
Zimmerman is vilified as a predator in these letters, while Martin is portrayed as a “baby” or “child.” Dozens are riddled with profanity and crude anatomical references.
In contrast, others saw the racial controversy as a ginned-up conspiracy to condemn Zimmerman and made references to “the race-baiting media” and “threats by the black community and their leaders.”
“Black people take every opportunity to claim they’ve been wronged,” said one letter, while another encouraged Zimmerman to keep his head high: “Don’t let the damn blacks hold you back.”
It’s a bitter laugh when Zimmerman’s supporters say “race has nothing to do with this.” On what planet are they living on? Not the same one I’m from. Race has everything to do with this and it always did. Only a deliberately blind idiot can’t see how Martin’s race, and to a lesser extent, Zimmerman’s as well factors into how the sides have been chosen and whose cause is being championed.
For many, Zimmerman is a hero defending his hood from a thug in a hoodie. For the rest of us who only have to know the facts, not twist them, we know it is Trayvon Martin who was the only innocent victim here and the only one who was minding his own business not looking for trouble.
Trouble found him and cowardly ended his life. The story of Trayvon lives beyond his brief 18 years. He has become both a symbol and a martyr for this country’s pathological fear and scorn for young Black men. We can’t ease up, can’t let up, can’t give up. Not until this murdering piece of trash pays for his crime. But if Zimmerman doesn’t pay for his crime (and it’s not only possible he won’t, it’s likely) and he walks out of a Florida courtroom declared “not guilty” by the law, that won’t be an end for the pursuit of justice.
The law and justice are two separate things. The law may set Zimmerman free. Justice never will.
It’s a year gone by. My hoodie is on and up in support of Trayvon Martin and his family who say they will let the jury decide. That is how it should be. We must allow the justice system to go forth and hope it finds its way to the truth.
It’s slow. It’s frustrating. At times it’s infuriating, but that’s how it has to be. In the meantime, me and my hoodie say ” Geraldo Rivera can kiss my ass.”
No forgiving. Not forgetting. Justice for Trayvon.
The job’s not done. Trayvon sleeps, but I pray justice doesn’t sleep on Trayvon.
- Trayvon Martin: One Year Later, Justice Remains Elusive (ideas.time.com)
- Trayvon Martin: TrayDay ~ Hoodies UP 4 Trayvon ~ (theobamacrat.com)
- There will be more Trayvons (salon.com)
- One Year Ago Trayvon Martin Was Murdered..What Have We Done Since Then? (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)
With his trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin not slated to begin until next year, don’t think for a minute George Zimmerman isn’t spending his free time dreaming up new hustles to separate suckers from their money.
His latest one is a post on his official website when Zimmerman claims the “George Zimmerman Defense Fund is at its lowest, and new funds must be raised to support George’s living expenses and legal costs.” Give now and you’ll receive a note that reads “Thank you for your support, [signed] your friend, George Zimmerman.”
I have no idea what kind of person would give money to a cowardly punk like Zimmerman and I hope I never meet anyone that would. I’m not a violent man, but I do have fantasy of what I might do if George Zimmerman, a metal baseball bat, a locked room and me were to all converge simultaneously in an act of cosmic justice.
Who needs a bloody fantasy when you can make them reality and under Florida’s twisted Stand Your Ground law you can kill who you want when you want because you want and nobody seems interested if allows people to get away with murder.
Michael David Dunn will be brought from Brevard County to Jacksonville after entering a not-guilty plea to charges of murder and attempted murder in the Friday shooting death of a 17-year-old student at a Jacksonville gas station.
Dunn, 45, of Satellite Beach, waived extradition and should be en route back to Jacksonville before Thursday to face charges in the death of Jordan Russell Davis, according to Lt. Tod Goodyear, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
A gun collector in Jacksonville for his son’s wedding, Dunn told police he felt “threatened” after an argument with the Wolfson High student over loud music coming from a sports-utility vehicle parked next to him at the Gate station at 8251 Southside Blvd. Davis was in the back seat when “there were words exchanged,” followed by gunfire at 7:40 p.m., said Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover.
“Our suspect produced a weapon and started firing into the vehicle. Our victim was shot a couple of times,” Schoonover said. “ … They were listening to the music. It was loud; they [other teens] admitted that. But I mean that is not a reason for someone to open fire on them.”
Schoonover said Dunn and his girlfriend were next to the red SUV containing Davis and three of his friends. Dunn’s girlfriend was inside when Dunn and Davis exchanged words. Shots were fired, leaving Davis hit and eight or nine bullet holes in the SUV, Schoonover said.
The couple drove off after Dunn told her he had “fired at these kids,” Schoonover said. They went to their hotel, then returned to Brevard County when they learned what had happened from local news.
Witnesses gave police Dunn’s license plate number, which led police to his home. Schoonover said Dunn was planning to turn himself in when he was arrested.
Ever been at a red light when right next to you some big-ass Escalade rolled up and the bass was bumping so loud it’s not just rattling their windows, it’s rattling yours too? How many times have you wished you could scream, “Hey! Turn that shit DOWN!” But you don’t. You just sit there fuming and wishing the damn light would turn green already.
Or maybe if you’re strapped and feeling like you’ve had about as much as you can stand, you do tell the rude kids in the big-ass Escalade to turn that shit down. Maybe you even follow them and decide to enforce some city codes about noise.
Dunn’s attorney explained what her client’s defense would be for shooting the unarmed Davis, “It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted very responsibly and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted under these circumstances.”
Lemonidis told a Jacksonville television station, “All he did was pull up next to this car, or the car pulled up next to him, he’s on the passenger side of their car, and he said, he rolled down his window and politely said, ‘Would you mind turning that music down?’” Lemonidis said. “And the driver apparently turned it off immediately. Then he hears from the back, ‘That (expletive), he can’t, that (expletive), we ain’t going to tell us where to turn our music down,’ and boom, they cranked it back up as loud as it would go. Louder than it had been.”
“When he saw the shotgun barrel come up in the rear passenger window, he saw about three to four inches of it,” Lemonidis said. “He estimated the gauge of the shotgun, the type, everything, he’s very familiar with firearms, as I said, owns firearms and has since he was in third grade. He immediately went into self-defense mode, which any responsible firearms owner would do.”
When informed the police said no weapon was found in the vehicle Davis was riding in, Lemonidis replied, “I humbly suggest that they may not have looked hard enough, and it certainly would not have been in the vehicle when they looked unless they had stopped it immediately, which I doubt they did.”
Lemonidis did not say whether Dunn would invoke the Stand Your Ground defense.
This isn’t self-defense. This isn’t even Zimmerman’s bullshit claim that his role as part of a neighborhood block watch gave him the authority to stalk, confront and kill Trayvon Martin. This is straight-up street justice when whatever it is that annoys or scares you is all the pretext needed to pull out your piece and start blasting.
Haven’t we been here before? Yes, we have and we will revisit this story again with only the names and places changing as long as Florida and other states in this gun-crazy country makes hunting human beings legal.
Mr. Dunn, meet Mr. Zimmerman. You two should hang out. You have so much in common. Like the blood of dead young men on your hands.
- Jordan Russell Davis Killer Disputes Similarities To Trayvon Martin Case (atlantablackstar.com)
- Investigators Say Florida Man Involved in Shooting Death of Teen Was Upset Over ‘Loud Music’; Attorney: He ‘Acted Very Responsibly’ (gawker.com)
- Gun Enthusiast Kills 17-Year-Old For Playing Loud Music (alternet.org)
It was a good week to be George Zimmerman. He found out when his trial begins on June 10, 2012 for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin his attorneys will be allowed to see the slain teenager’s school records and social media accounts.
Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman and his attorneys, “I think that you’re entitled to those records.”
Really? Why? That’s what Benjamin Crump, attorney Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin wanted to know at a press conference.
“Why is it relevant about his school records or his Facebook page?” Crump said. “George Zimmerman knew none of that on Feb. 26 when he claimed Trayvon’s life.”
Crump knows exactly why Mark O’Mara and the defense team want to take a peek at Trayvon’s school records and Facebook and Twitter accounts. They want to show a pattern of anti-social or violent behavior by Trayvon that would bolster their claim Zimmerman shot him in self-defense.
Nelson, is the third judge to preside over the Zimmerman case. The previous judge, Kenneth Lester was removed after complaints from O’Mara that he had displayed bias against his client and a Florida appeals court agreed. The first judge stepped aside due to a conflict of interest.
Zimmerman said nothing during the hearing, but apparently life in hiding agrees with him. Court observers were surprised by the 40 pounds or so Zimmerman had packed on while free on bond.
Zimmerman was allowed to roam free for over 45 days after killing Martin before finally being arrested. Zimmerman wasn’t tested for drugs or alcohol in his system while he was being questioned by the Sanford police department. Zimmerman was granted bail, declared he had no money for his while hiding $135,000 in donations he had collected from a website he set up for his defense. Zimmerman’s wife was arrested and charged with perjury for lying to the court. Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bail and sent him back to jail, but rather than let him stay there until his trial, Lester grant him bail a second time. In return, Zimmerman bitched that the judge was prejudiced against him and had him replaced with a third one.
To hear his defenders tell it, at every point Zimmerman’s rights have been trampled. Somebody want to tell me how? The facts say different.
Zimmerman’s attorneys will now be allowed to root around in Martin’s past looking for proof he had violent tendencies. Zimmerman is the one with a prior criminal record for resisting arrest and battery of a law enforcement official as well as the subject of a restraining order taken out by his former fiancee. Though under suspension from high school at the time of his death, Martin had no criminal record.
Who exactly is on trial here?
- Judge rules Zimmerman defense can view Trayvon Martin’s school records, social media (thegrio.com)
- Prosecutors want George Zimmerman’s lawyers muzzled (miamiherald.com)
- George Zimmerman will ask for Stand Your Ground hearing in spring (jacksonville.com)
Previously, I have expressed my belief that George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara was a pretty smart guy. That said, this week he made some curious calls and in the process may have handed the prosecution an unintended gift.
Zimmerman sat down for an interview with Fox News and noted booster, Sean Hannity. Between swatting away the easy softballs Hannity pitched him, Zimmerman issued yet another insincere apology, but said he wouldn’t have done anything differently and that it was “God’s plan” that he gunned down Trayvon Martin.
With a straight face, Zimmerman told the sympathetic Hannity, “I’m not a racist or a murderer.” Which makes him both a liar and a sociopath.
George tried to play “let’s make a deal” with Barbara Walters in exchange for an interview. She turned his sorry ass down.
Barbara Walters walked away from an interview with Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman after the former neighborhood watchman demanded at the last minute that, in return for the chat, ABC put him and his wife up in a hotel for a month, a source told Page Six.
Walters flew down to Florida early yesterday and met with Zimmerman and his lawyer to discuss the possibility of a lengthy TV sitdown. Her interview would have taken place after he was done talking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, a situation that already made the newswoman leery, we’re told, as she prefers to land exclusives. But we’re told that Walters was “appalled” by Zimmerman’s hotel demand, and told him the deal was off.
An ABC News spokesman confirmed that Walters met with Zimmerman, but refused to confirm what he asked for.
“She went down there with every intention of doing an interview, but Mr. Zimmerman made a demand at the last minute that we could not and would never agree to,” the rep said.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Zimmerman and his attorney called into The View to ask Walters to reconsider doing the interview.
That went over like a big, smelly fart.
“Mr. Zimmerman, if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today. In the future if you feel differently, we will consider it.” Walters sniffed.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin (remember him?) responded to Zimmerman saying it was “God’s will” that he kill her son.
“I really think that’s ridiculous,’’ Martin’s mother, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “I wish Trayvon was here to tell his side of the story. I don’t believe that it’s God’s plan for him to kill an innocent teenager.’’
If Zimmerman’s attorneys claim he can’t receive a fair trial in Sanford, Florida it will be in part because they did their best to create an atmosphere of bias.
Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano doesn’t think Zimmerman did himself any favors by consenting to the television interview.
While Napolitano found Hannity’s questions to be “superb,” he ultimately thought it was a bad idea on the part of Zimmerman’s lawyer to allow his client to do an interview regarding the case.
The Judge specifically pointed to a portion of the interview when Zimmerman and Hannity discussed whether Martin had been “running,” as Zimmerman had originally stated, or whether he was “skipping” or simply walking quickly. The speculation over whether the young man was “running or walking or skipping provides a field day for the prosecutors to explore,” said Napolitano. What essentially happened, he said, is that Zimmerman took the witness stand with Hannity acting as cross-examiner.
Host Gretchen Carlson asked whether comments from the interview — specifically Zimmerman telling Hannity that the events of that night were “God’s plan” and that he has “no regrets” — will factor into the case. Napolitano thought they could very well be used as statements in court.
When exactly did it become a good idea for lawyers to allow their clients to go on national television and speak publicly about their cases and what their state of mind was and is?
I don’t want to read Word One from anybody wringing their hands over pre-trial publicity making it impossible for Zimmerman to receive a fair trial. Not a word. If this dickhead wants to go on Fox News to tell his bald-faced lies that’s his prerogative, but I hope the prosecution finds something in his carefully prepared statements that ends up hanging him by his balls.
Seems to me Jerry Sandusky‘s attorney made the decision to have his client talk to the press and we see how well that worked out. Dare I hope Zimmerman lives to regret his little sit down for the folks tuning in at home?
A truly innocent man doesn’t try to game the system and work the refs. A truly innocent man doesn’t tell the parents of a murdered child he’s “sorry”, but claim he has “no regrets.”
A truly innocent man doesn’t try to secure a hotel room from a television network. A truly innocent man doesn’t claim it is the will of God that he shot and killed an unarmed teenager who was trying to find his way home in the rain and the dark.
A truly innocent man has remorse. A truly innocent man has regrets.
Reports from the FBI’s investigation into the shooting were revealed last week. People who know Zimmerman say he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. But it’s the thoughts in his head, not the bones in his body that lead him to kill an unarmed kid. The same ones who say Zimmerman isn’t racist against Blacks probably never dreamed he’d kill one either.
George Zimmerman isn’t innocent. He never was. He can give all the interviews he wants to as many friendly non-journalists like Hannity. It won’t change the facts of the case that he killed Martin based upon racially profiling him.
Keep digging your own grave, George. Keep digging…
It’s all so vulgar.
- George Zimmerman: It Was “God’s Plan” For Me to Kill Trayvon Martin (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- Barbara Walters Ditches George Zimmerman Interview; “Appalled” by Demand (blogs.browardpalmbeach.com)
- 5 things George Zimmerman told Sean Hannity that may come back to haunt him (thegrio.com)
There were some Intriguing conclusions made public this week from reports filed by Chris Serino, a detective with the Sanford Police Department and the lead investigator in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Serino, who unsuccessfully argued there was sufficient evidence to arrest George Zimmerman for manslaughter, placed the responsibility for the incident squarely on George Zimmerman’s shoulders.
Prosecutors released more documents, photos and audiovisual files on Tuesday afternoon from the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, accused of murder in the second degree in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.
Zimmerman told police that he saw Martin walking, followed him in his vehicle, passed him without identifying himself, called the police non-emergency line, lost sight of Martin as Martin ran toward his father’s home, followed Martin on foot, and then was confronted by Martin, who attacked him when Zimmerman reached into his pocket for his cell phone to call 911.
The report shows that Zimmerman passed a “lie detector” test, called a computer voice stress analyzer. Such tests are popular with police departments but usually are not admissable as evidence in court.
The police detective concluded that Zimmerman’s actions were “inconsistent” with someone who was afraid of Martin, and that Zimmerman had several chances to end the encounter without violence.
“Investigative findings show that Zimmerman admitted avoiding a confrontation with Martin while Zimmerman was observing Martin from his vehicle, because, as he told investigators, was afraid of Martin,” Det. Chris Serino wrote. “Later in the encounter, Zimmerman exited his vehicle, in spite of his earlier admission to investigators that he was afraid of Martin, and followed Martin in an effort to maintain surveillance of him while Zimmerman awaited the arrival of law enforcement officers. His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject.
“Investigative findings show that George Michael Zimmerman had at least two opportunities to speak with Trayvon Benjamin Martin in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding their encounter. On at least two occasions, George Martin Zimmerman failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch member to Trayvon Benjamin Martin. Investigative findings show the physical dimension of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, and that of George Michael Zimmerman, coupled with the absence of any specialized training in hand to hand combat between either combatant, did not place George Michael Zimmerman in an extraordinary or exceptional disadvantage of apparent physical ability or defensive capacity.
“Investigative findings show the physical injuries displayed by George Michael Zimmerman are marginally consistent with a life-threatening violent episode as described by him, during which neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force was deployed by Trayvon Martin.”
The report continues:
“The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog in an effort to dispel each party’s concern. There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter. Zimmerman, by his statements made to the call taker and recorded for review, and his statements made to investigators following the shooting death of Martin, made it clear that he had already reached a faulty conclusion as to Martin’s purpose for being in the neighborhood.” (emphasis added)
Despite his self-serving account, the lead investigator concluded it was Zimmerman who initiated the tragic events of February 26, 2012 and he could have–SHOULD have—avoided the escalation that led to Martin’s death.
The events of that night were never in Trayvon Martin’s control. The responsibility for everything that occurred rests entirely with George Zimmerman.
Which is exactly what many of us have said all along.
In other news, Serino was skeptical of Zimmerman’s story that it was he, not Martin who was crying for help as was recorded during some of the 911 calls to police that night.
When Zimmerman returned to the crime scene to walk-thru the incident the cops also had him repeat the phrase “help, help” as some 911 callers had heard.
He sounded like a little dog yapping for a Milk-Bone. It was pathetic. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart points out the inconsistencies in Zimmerman version of the events and wondered why there are no sounds of Martin cursing and screaming at him.
Serino noted that during the yelling “nobody came out to help you and I can’t pinpoint where you were smothered. That’s the problem I’m having. And nobody’s sayin’ they saw him smothering you. People are sayin’ they saw him on top of you, but they didn’t see the smothering part.”
Singleton pointed out that the screaming is continuous and that if Zimmerman were being smothered it should stop. “[W]e don’t hear it stop.”
“We don’t hear him at all, either,” Serino added. “Is he being quiet? Is he whispering to you or something? Is he calm?”
“He’s angry,” Zimmerman said.
“I don’t hear him, though,” Serino responded.
Singleton asked if Martin was showing anger. “He’s on top of me and he’s telling me, ‘Shut the [expletive] up! Shut the [expletive] up!”
Serino raised a good point. Why don’t we hear Trayvon? Why don’t we hear “Shut the [expletive] up!” as loudly as we hear the heart-wrenching screams for help?
This week Serino requested and was granted a transfer out of the investigative unit to the patrol division. The reasons for Serino’s request were not disclosed.
Zimmerman was back in court on June 29 for another bail hearing. The judge has not said when he will decide whether Zimmerman goes free again.
- Document reveals detective’s doubts about Zimmerman’s story (miamiherald.com)
- Police: Zimmerman Could Have Warned Teen (personalliberty.com)
- Police Found George Zimmerman’s Account Of Trayvon Martin Shooting “Inconsistent” (hiphopwired.com)
t’s never a good idea to go into a courtroom and lie under oath, but it’s an awful idea to lie to a judge. It’s really a terrible idea when you have made said judge so angry he says you lack respect for the law.
Most judges take their jobs extremely seriously. It ain’t no joke, so when Judge Kenneth Lester, who is presiding over the case of George Zimmerman released his written order of why he revoked the accused killer of Trayvon Martin’s bail and returned him to jail, he was scathing in his remarks about Zimmerman and they weren’t complimentary.
The judge who revoked George Zimmerman’s bond did so after he determined that it was “apparent” that Zimmerman’s wife had lied under oath, and clear that Zimmerman “does not properly respect the law.”
The judge sent Zimmerman — the man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — back to jail after prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman and his wife conspired to hide from the court about $135,000 Zimmerman had collected in donations to his website.
The Zimmermans spoke about the money “in code” during recorded jailhouse phone calls, prosecutors said. Then, Shellie Zimmerman told the judge during her husband’s bond hearing that the couple was essentially destitute.
“It is apparent that [Shellie] Zimmerman testified untruthfully at the bond hearing,” the judge writes in his order. “The Defendant also testified, but did not alert the Court to the misinformation.”
“Had the Court been made aware of the true financial circumstances at the bond hearing, the bond decision might have been different,” Lester wrote. After finding out about the discrepancy, the judge said he was left with two options: Increasing Zimmerman’s bond, or revoking it.
The judge writes that his considered several factors, most of which weighed against Zimmerman.
Among them, “this is a serious charge for which life may be imposed; the evidence against him is strong; he has been charged with one prior crime, for which he went through a pre-trial diversion program, and has had an injunction lodged against him” for domestic violence. (emphasis added)
“Most importantly, though, is the fact that he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process,” Lester wrote.
I’ll leave the expert analysis to the legal minds in the audience, but even a layman can hazard a guess it’s NOT a good thing to tick off the judge who can decide to turn you loose or leave you cooling your heels in jail until your trial begins.
Then the other shoe dropped and George Zimmerman’s week from bad to terrible.
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, was arrested Tuesday on one count of perjury, the Seminole County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies arrested Shellie Zimmerman, 25, about 3:30 p.m. ET, after they were advised by the office of State Attorney Angela Corey that a warrant had been issued.
The affidavit against Shellie Zimmerman charges that the couple had collected more than $100,000 in internet donations and Mrs. Zimmerman transferred more than $74,000 into her personal account during conversations with her jailed husband on a recorded phone line. The Zimmermans spoke in code about the money transfers, but authorities easily determined George instructing Shellie to use the money to pay off personal bills including their America Express and Sam’s Club accounts.
CBS News reported what may have tripped up the Dumb-Ass Duo. ,Jeffrey Neiman, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said cash transactions in excess of $10,000 usually trigger a reporting requirement by the bank to multiple government agencies — including the IRS.
“If Mrs. Zimmerman intentionally structured the financial transactions in a manner to keep the offense under $10,000, not only may she have committed perjury in the state case, but she also may have run afoul of several federal statutes and could face serious federal criminal charges,” Neiman wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
Some experts watching the case say Shellie Zimmerman’s arrest may not affect her husband’s chances to convince Judge Lester to release him on bail a second time, but indicates the prosecution is serious about going after George and now has the threat of locking up his wife as a possible bargaining chip.
Wouldn’t it be funny if George Zimmerman gets out of jail at the same time Shellie Zimmerman is going in?
I know I’d laugh.
- New George Zimmerman Credibility Blow? Zimmerman’s Wife Arrested, Charged With Perjury (themoderatevoice.com)
- George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie Zimmerman arrested on perjury charges (thegrio.com)
- Zimmerman case: judge orders new evidence released (thegrio.com)