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Judge Dismisses Zimmerman Defamation Suit Against NBC

 
Judge Dismisses Zimmerman Defamation Suit Against NBC
Posted June 30th, 2014 @ 1:00pm

A Florida judge dismisses the defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman against NBC.

Judge Debra Nelson said in an order made public Monday that Zimmerman had failed to show that the news network acted with malice.

The judge says the malice standard is appropriate because Zimmerman was a public figure.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He claims he acted in self-defense.

Zimmerman said NBC’s editing of a story on the shooting made it sound as if he voluntarily told an operator that Martin was black. He was actually responding to a dispatcher’s question about the Miami teen’s race. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

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