ROBERT ZIMMERMAN: Civil Lawsuit ‘Might Not Be Very Flattering’ To Trayvon’s Family
Trayvon Martin was killed after he jumped a neighborhood watchman in Florida last year.
The Huffington Post reported:
If Trayvon Martin’s family decides to file a wrongful-death suit against George Zimmerman, they could be opening a Pandora’s box, according to Zimmerman’s older brother.
“A myriad of things that were off-limits in a criminal trial would come into play in a civil case. Specifically, things that might not be very flattering to Trayvon or his family,” Robert Zimmerman Jr. said in an email to The Huffington Post.
George Zimmerman, a 29-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted earlier this month of all criminal charges in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Prior to the start of Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial, the judge overseeing the case ruled that lawyers for Zimmerman could not mention Martin’s alleged history of fighting or pictures of drugs and guns found on his cell phone.
“Public opinion was swayed by a false presentation of this case from the beginning,” Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara said at a press conference after the ruling. “The Martin family, through their handlers, presented a picture of who Trayvon was and who George was that is wholly inaccurate.”…
…”I don’t expect a wrongful death suit … There is the potential assertion of civil immunity before the case would even start — things that were off limits during the case might also come up then. Also, a criminal acquittal goes a long way to supporting a civil immunity claim,” Robert Zimmerman Jr. told HuffPost.
The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.
In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.
Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.
Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.
Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.
“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.