Friday, December 07, 2012

Zimmerman Sues NBC For Deception And Exploitation

NBC Accused Of Exploitative Journalism

ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- George Zimmerman, accused of the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida last year,  has filed a lawsuit against NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Mark O’Mara joins James Beasley of The Beasley Firm as co-counsel in this civil lawsuit.

Zimmerman's attorney O'Mara has been publishing online all the court filings in the case in defense of his client. Along with attorney Beasley, they claim NBC unfairly edited a 911 call the night of Martin's death, unfairly depicting their client as a racist.

Zimmerman is claiming self-defense in the rainy night incident in Sanford, Florida

The two attorneys say the release of the court documents is "necessary to counter the avalanche of negative publicity -- and as the George Zimmerman v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC. complaint alleges – including deceptive and exploitative journalism that has defamed the character of George Zimmerman."

A legal complaint was filed Thursday against NBCUniversal Media, LLC and three individuals who were employed by NBCUniversal Media, LLC, Inc. during the time relevant to the complaint: Ron Allen, Lilia Rodriguez Luciano, and Jeff Burnside.

The 24-page complaint alleges “NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”

The complaint, filed in Seminole County, demands a trial by jury, and demands damages sufficient to invoke the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court. The city of Sanford, where the incident occurred is located in Seminole county, a few miles south of Orlando.

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