GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TO FACE CIVIL TRIAL, A FINANCIAL RUIN FACING ZIMMERMAN AS TRAYVON MARTIN’S FAMILY IS CONSIDERING TO SUE HIM IN CIVIL COURT

Grief: Trayvon's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were not in court for the verdict

George Zimmerman may face civil trial after acquittal on murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin

  • The burden of proof in a civil trial is much lower than in a criminal trial
  • Zimmerman’s legal team is convinced he is immune from civil liability
  • Martin’s family has already settled for over $1 million with the homeowner’s association of the housing complex where the teen was shot to death

By Ryan Gorman PUBLISHED:  14 July 2013

 
Guilty or not guilty: George Zimmerman and his legal team waits for the verdict to be read Friday nightGuilty or not guilty: George Zimmerman and his legal team waits for the verdict to be read Friday night

While no estimates have yet been floated as to the amount of financial liability Zimmerman may face in a civil suit, Martin’s family already settled with the town of Sanford, FL and the gated community Zimmerman shot the teenager in while patrolling as a volunteer neighborhood watchman.

The housing complex doled out over $1 million to the grieving family, according to the Orlando Sentinal

Should Martin’s family go that route, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, feels his client is immune from liability.

‘If someone believes that it’s appropriate to sue George Zimmerman, then we will seek and we will get immunity in a civil hearing,’ O’Mara said in a post-verdict press conference, adding ‘we will see just how many civil lawsuits are spawned from this fiasco.’

 
Like a stone: Zimmerman showed no emotion as the verdict of 'not guilty' was read aloud in the court roomLike a stone: Zimmerman showed no emotion as the verdict of ‘not guilty’ was read aloud in the court room
 
Victorious: Zimmerman's lawyers, Don West (L) and Mark O'Mara (R), address the media after winning the caseVictorious: Zimmerman’s lawyers, Don West (L) and Mark O’Mara (R), address the media after winning the case

Florida law would also prevent George Zimmerman from selling the rights to his story for a book or movie deal in order to pay for a civil suit should he be found liable for Martin’s death, according to televised media reports.

Zimmerman could also face trial on federal civil rights abuses in the death of the Florida teen. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Reverend Al Sharpton are working towards making that happen. The NAACP with a petition addressed directly to US Attorney General Eric Holder and Sharpton with planned meetings with community leaders in Florida and likely rallies to follow.

The murder trial may be over, but Zimmerman’s 15 minutes of fame aren’t quite over yet, they might even still be just beginning.
 

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3 thoughts on “GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TO FACE CIVIL TRIAL, A FINANCIAL RUIN FACING ZIMMERMAN AS TRAYVON MARTIN’S FAMILY IS CONSIDERING TO SUE HIM IN CIVIL COURT

  1. Florida stand your ground law prevents civil suits. Since self defence has been established is would most likely be thrown out before it started.

  2. The Martin Family may have a hard time getting around this FL Statute that works to Zimmerman’s benefit.

    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—

    (1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.
    (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.
    (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).
    History.—s. 4, ch. 2005-27.

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