Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman sues NBC Universal over 911 tape edits
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed the civil suit on Thursday (Dec. 6). In it, the plaintiff claims that "NBC created this false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made." The suit also alleges that NBC was "manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made."
If you like that kind of thing, you can read the entire legal filing here.
Zimmerman currently faces criminal charges of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American boy who crossed paths with the neighborhood watch member inside of a Sanford, Florida gated community. Before police could respond to Zimmerman's 911 call, he had shot and killed Martin. George Zimmerman is claiming self-defense for his actions.
As for the 911 tape aired by NBC, an internal investigation at the network determined that the tape had indeed been edited. Reporters Ron Allen and Lilla Rodriguez, along with their producer, were fired as a result. All three have been named as co-defendants in the lawsuit.
What does Zimmerman want to get out of this? The legal filing claims that the "plaintiff seeks substantial compensation and exemplary damages to punish the defendants for their outrageous fraud upon the public, designed to mislead our nation, create a national uproar, forever ostracize Zimmerman, and taint his jury pool, all to profit and attract attention to their television news programs."
Basically, he wants a lot of money. The question is, does he deserve it?