George Zimmerman is back at it again with another lawsuit against Trayvon Martin’s parents, only this time he’s looped in the family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, prosecutors, and the State of Florida in his crusade to ruin lives. The complaint alleges the prosecution’s key witness in the 2013 murder trial of Trayvon Martin was a complete fraud. Zimmerman hasn’t stopped filing civil lawsuits since 2013. He’s lost every single one.
Guess who Zimmerman retained as his counsel? Larry [damn] Klayman. Yup, that guy. He’s a former federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice and founder of Judicial Watch, a nonprofit conservative activism organization. Oh, the irony. This is the same guy, who has a reputation for being “pathologically litigious” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and a genius at losing cases, is running around also alleging Benjamin Crump defamed Zimmerman. Spoiler alert: This case will also likely end in an “L.”
Let’s get into what this complaint is all about. Back in 2012, the Sanford Police – a city crawling with racism and a racist past – “thoroughly investigated” the murder of Trayvon Martin and ruled it “self-defense.” (We know that it was not thorough, at all.) The complaint asserts that the recorded audiotape produced by Crump, a week after the case was closed by Sanford Police, of 16 year-old Diamond Eugene (Trayvon’s girlfriend), who was on the phone with Trayvon before the altercation. But that’s not who took the stand. Who took the stand as “Diamond Eugene,” according the complaint, was 18 year-old Rachel Jeantel.
Historically, Sanford, Florida and its police department are riddled with racism. According to an article published by Mother Jones, the founder wanted to ship Black people back to the Congo (but failed) , Jackie Robinson was run off, and the city never paid restitution to the Black people, who lost their jobs due to the hostile merger of Goldsborough, an autonomous Black community. In 2010, the son of a Sanford cop assaulted a homeless black man, and officers on the scene let him go free. Proves why we should “trust” the results of thorough investigation done by Sanford Police.
At this point you’re probably wondering, “Where did they uncover or find this “new” and “credible” information?” The theory of the case hinges upon one book: The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America, written by filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Joel Gilbert. This book . . . this one book is the “compelling evidence” Larry Klayman and Zimmerman are basing their complaint on. (You gotta be kidding me.) The phone records were allegedly obtained and verified. I call B.S. on the whole complaint.
The level of narcissism and racism Zimmerman flowing through his veins must endless. In a perfect world, Zimmerman would’ve been locked up and Trayvon would’ve received justice. As it pertains to this frivolous lawsuit, however, I hope the judge sanctions Larry Klayman and fines Zimmerman for wasting everyone’s time, including the taxpayers’ money in Florida. Then again, I’m sure they are rooting for Zimmerman in good ole Sanford, Florida.
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Cirilo Manego III loves ramen and is quest to eat at every known ramen spot in Washington, D.C. While he’s not doing that, he’s likely somewhere flourishing. He’s a proud uncle of 13 nieces and nephews and dog owner. Native New Orleanian. Caters for fun @tumpetastings. When none of that is happening, he is political consultant to the stars. #StayBlack. Follow him on Twitter @cmanego.