George was in the news again this morning because he is suing both Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg. Here'a the story from the Arizona Republic:
"LAKELAND, Fla. – George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a Florida teen in 2012, filed a lawsuit against two presidential candidates, alleging they defamed him.
Zimmerman filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court. The suit names Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as defendants.
The suit claims Warren and Buttigieg separately defamed Zimmerman in Twitter statements Feb. 5 recognizing what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 25th birthday. The suit says both did so “for political gain in misguided and malicious attempts to bolster their standings amongst African-American voters, all at Zimmerman’s expense.”
Warren has about 3.6 million Twitter followers, Buttigieg 1.6 million.
Zimmerman is represented by Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch*, a Washington organization that frequently files lawsuits on behalf of conservative causes. Zimmerman seeks damages of $265 million."
There is really only word that can be used to describe this man:
*(Scumbag is also an apt description of Larry Klayman, who started Freedom Watch and Judicial Watch)
His bio on Wikipedia is pretty lengthy, but here are a few highlights:
July 2005, Zimmerman was arrested after allegedly assaulting an undercover police officer who was attempting to arrest a friend of his at a bar.
A month later in August Zimmerman's former fiancé filed a restraining order against him citing domestic violence as the cause.
On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old African-American high school student Trayvon Martin, a murder for which he was acquitted. On December 4, 2019, Zimmerman filed a lawsuit against Martin's "parents, prosecutors and state authorities"
In 2013, Zimmerman's estranged wife called 911 to report that Zimmerman had assaulted her father and was threatening her with a gun.
In November of that same year, Zimmerman was charged with felony aggravated assault after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend during a domestic violence incident. The case was later dropped.In January 2015, Zimmerman was again charged with domestic assault after allegedly throwing a wine bottle at a different girlfriend. Again the charges were later dropped.
On September 9, 2014, Zimmerman was named by police in a road rage incident.
On May 20, 2016, Zimmerman said he had accepted a bid of $250,000 for the weapon that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was acquitted of the Martin murder due to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which was passed in 2004. Since then 24 other states have passed similar laws.
It's obvious from Zimmerman's history that he is a violent man, and should not be permitted to own a gun. The Neighborhood Watch organization that he belonged to in 2012 actually prohibited "watchdogs' from carrying guns, which meant that he should have not had a gun the night he shot Martin.
Three weeks after the shooting in Parkland, Florida passed a "red flag" law. Given his history, the law would effectively bar Zimmerman from owning a gun. Had the law been in place before the shooting, it would have prevented the shooter from owning a gun or ammunition.
At least 17 states now have approved some version of a red flag law, including Florida, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana and California. Before the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., only five states had such laws.
Doug Ducey actually was in favor of one in Arizona, but quickly retreated when he got this reaction from the gun owners in the state: