After George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012, the neighborhood watch volunteer faced a legal minefield. Because Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed black teenager, he went to trial for the murder. However, Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges and is now firing back by suing Martin’s grieving family for $100,000,000 on the claim that they, along with the help of Florida’s prosecutors, engineered false evidence in an attempt to lock him up for a long time.
Zimmerman filed the slap-in-the-face lawsuit on Wednesday at the Polk County Circuit Court. The volunteer neighborhood watch is suing the victim’s family for $100 million in damages for conspiracy, abuse of civil process, and defamation.
The lawsuit claims that the primary witness in the prosecution’s case for Zimmerman’s 2013 murder trial, Rachel Jeantel, was coached by the family and the prosecution. Zimmerman even goes so far as to call Jeantel an imposter.
Zimmerman’s lawsuit puts his victim’s mother at the top. Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, is the lead defendant in the $100 million lawsuits. She’s gone on to become a leading advocate for social justice. She has led efforts to reduce gun violence after her life was turned upside down because of Zimmerman. She is now also using her social justice experience and desire to make a positive change in Florida to run for the Miami-Dade County Commission seat.
The second defendant in Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit is the family’s attorney, Ben Crump. According to the lawsuit, Zimmerman wants Crump to contribute to the $100 million payout because he attempted to “deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other legal rights.” How exactly? The lawsuit needs its day in court to explain.
Zimmerman also took aim at the huge publishing house of Harper Collins. He argues that by publishing Crump’s book about the Zimmerman murder case, which is called Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, the publisher proceeded to sell the content “with actual malice knowing the untruth or at a minimum a reckless disregard for the truth.”
When Zimmerman’s lawsuit was filed on Wednesday, Crump wasted no time providing a comment on behalf of himself and the victim’s family.
“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. This tale defies all logic, and it’s time to close the door on these baseless imaginings.”
It didn’t take long for the public on Twitter to side against Zimmerman’s $100 million lawsuit against his victim’s family. The hashtag #IStandWithSybrina started trending almost immediately.
Zimmerman has high-powered conservative attorney Larry Klayman on his side. Klayman released the legal complaint to the media before it was filed in court on Wednesday.
Klayman called Zimmerman’s murder trial “a complete travesty of justice” and believes that the dead teen’s family should pay up.
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