George Zimmerman Files $100M Lawsuit Against Trayvon Martin's Family

George Zimmerman has filed a $100 million lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution by the family of the teenager he shot.

Polk County, FL – George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has filed a $100 million lawsuit for “malicious prosecution” against Martin’s family and others.

Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch leader who fatally shot Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, but was acquitted using Florida's Stand Your Ground defense in a 2013 jury trial.

Martin was visiting his father in Sanford when he encountered Zimmerman, who told police he was out patrolling the neighborhood when he encountered the teen, the Miami Herald reported.

Zimmerman had reported Martin to police before and was following him before the two engaged in a physical altercation that ended when the 28-year-old Zimmerman fatally shot the teen.

Prosecutors called it an unjustified shooting of a teenager eating Skittles and Zimmerman claimed it was self-defense, according to the Miami Herald.

The jury believed Zimmerman’s account of the incident and he was acquitted under the state’s then-new Stand Your Ground law.

Zimmerman has had a few brush-ups with the law since the Trayvon Martin trial ended.

In 2015, he was arrested for throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend but she decided not to press charges, according to The Hill.

And Zimmerman was given 12 months’ probation in November of 2018 on a misdemeanor stalking charge after he was accused of threatening to feed a private investigator to an alligator.

The private investigator claimed that Zimmerman had called him 21 times, texted him 38 times, and left seven voicemails in less than two-and-a-half hours, The Washington Post reported.

His newly-filed lawsuit alleged that he was prosecuted based on false evidence and accused Martin’s family of engineering false testimony, the Miami Herald reported.

The suit asked for $100 million in damages and claimed defamation, abuse of civil process, and conspiracy.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, is the lead defendant, but Zimmerman has also named Martin’s father Tracy Martin, several of the prosecutors, a couple of witnesses at the trial, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the family’s attorney, Ben Crump, and Harper Collins, the publishing house that printed Crump’s book about the trial, the Miami Herald reported.

The suit alleged that the defendants “have worked in concert to deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other legal rights.”

Zimmerman has claimed that the entire Trayvon Martin narrative perpetuated by the defendants was a “hoax” built on “witness fraud,” according to The Washington Post.

Fulton became a national social justice advocate in the wake of her son’s shooting and acted as a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 Presidential bid, the Miami Herald reported.

She is currently running for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission.

Crump, who represented Martin’s family during the trial and afterwards, wrote a book about the trial entitled “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People” that was released in October, the Miami Herald reported.

“I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is – another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others,” the attorney said in a written statement released on Wednesday.

Zimmerman’s attorneys had planned to announce the lawsuit at the premiere of a documentary titled “The Trayvon Hoax” in Coral Gables, the Miami Herald reported.

But after news of the suit became public, the venue hosting the premiere announced it was cancelling and that they hadn’t known what sort of event had been planned when they rented the theater to Zimmerman’s team.

Zimmerman is being represented by Larry Klayman, a high-profile attorney who was the founder of activist group Judicial Watch, the Miami Herald reported.

Klayman previously represented a wounded police officer in his suit against Black Lives Matter.

The officer who was injured by a rock thrown during a riot after the officer-involved shooting of Alton Sterling, according to AP News.

A judge ultimately tossed the lawsuit after determining that Black Lives Matter didn't exist and therefore couldn't be sued.

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JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Go get that money, if they can sue the city, cops should be able to sue those pos’s

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I hope he gets some of Crump’s book money...good luck George.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I think he has a case. I remember a Florida State employee was fired for releasing photos of Trayvon's bling and gun collection. Zimmerman was definitely railroaded, after the fact. Even Obama sent Holder down there to apply pressure, after Zimmerman had been cleared. I learned from an LEO that the tracking of their cell phones (Martin and Zimmerman's) showed Martin run up to Zimmerman, as he was returning to his vehicle to attack him. Try finding THAT online.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I think his lawsuit has merit, but the $100M is ridiculous.

His lawsuit alleges that the prosecution's key witness in Zimmerman's 2013 murder trial, Rachel Jeantel, was an imposter coached by the family and their lawyers.

She was the one that could not read cursive...

jarhead24
jarhead24

The key witness was an imposter and the district attorney was fully aware of this. Trayvon was a gang member who also was dealing GUNS and drugs. Eric Holder conspired with the district attorney to falsely accuse Zimmerman. Trayvon was Obama’s tool for votes. Sickening!!!!

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Stand Your Ground had absolutely NOTHING to do with the Martin/Zimmerman case.

Nolesrus1
Nolesrus1

I have dealt with Crump a couple of times. All he wants is to be a Civil Rights Leader. Doesn’t matter what the person of color does he is there to stir up the fire. As long as he can get on tv. I hope he wins and Crump has to stop printing his book. I don’t think much of Zimmerman but I agree with the lawsuit.

Backing Blue
Backing Blue

I bet this has pissed Obama off

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"accused Martin’s family of engineering false testimony"

Not at all clear what this means. Did they testify falsely themselves, or pay others to render false testimony?

Here is a little nugget about defamation law:

Absolute Privilege and Defamation Claims

If a statement is absolutely privileged, it cannot be made the basis for a defamation claim. For instance, if a person is offering testimony as a witness in court, and gives damaging testimony about someone else -- such as that the person lied or cheated -- those statements will be protected from civil liability for defamation. This is because the government wants to encourage people to testify openly and honestly. Witnesses in court are under oath to tell the truth, which lends extra credence to most statements made as evidence in a trial. It is up to the jury to decide whether or not to believe the testimony, but the testimony itself is not considered defamatory no matter how malicious it may be. The same generally is true for statements made by lawyers and judges while in court, and for government officials' statements made while in session.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Lawsuit is here...

www.larryklayman.com/pdf/191203-ZimmermanvFultonEtal.pdf

It claims that defendants conspired to deprive Zimmerman (Z) of his constitutional rights. It claims that they illegally substituted the real phone witness with her sister (Rachel Jentel - see my earlier post). It claims they significantly harmed Z, by causing him to be arrested, put on trial for murder, with the goal of imprisoning him for life by using lies and an imposter witness, after the Sanford PD had exonerated Z.

Lawsuit claims that the real phone witness refused to incriminate Z, despite weeks of pressure from co-defendants.

Lawsuit claims the attorney Crump disseminated a false narrative about Trayvon simply walking home after buying skittles for his brother, was shot by Z because of his skin color, and released a photo of Trayvon when he was 10 years old and 5' tall, instead of 17 yrs old and 6' tall, a heavy marijuana user and gang-banger who illegally dealt guns.

It claims that attorney Crump basically orchestrated a false narrative and got others to repeat it, even though they knew it was false.

Protector$
Protector$

The writer needs to get the facts prior to publishing a good article. I don't like Zimmerman .... but stand your ground was never on trial as a defense in this case, SYG just did not apply.

OscarLundin
OscarLundin

Go for it, Mr Zimmerman.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

It's too bad someone with terminal cancer hasn't knocked on Zimmerman's door and shot him in the face upon opening. He's spent way too much time on this planet.