Did you know that the Trayvon Martin case is back on the front burner?

Not because any of the facts regarding his death at the hands of George Zimmerman have changed, but because Zimmerman has filed a $100 million suit claiming that the case against him was intentionally fraudulent.

Here, from Luke Rosiak’s article at, is a synopsis of where things are right now:

  • The Trayvon Martin case was built on an elaborate fraud, with Rachel Jeantel pretending to be the girlfriend who was on the phone with Martin at the time of his death, George Zimmerman says in a new lawsuit.
  • The actual phone witness was Diamond Eugene, who was replaced when she would not testify, the suit says. Martin’s parents participated in the swap, it says.
  • Prosecutors withheld key evidence from Zimmerman, including falsely telling the defense team that Martin’s cellphone was broken, it says.

Are these allegations true?

If so, to my untrained (in the law) eyes, Zimmerman has a pretty solid case.

The key paragraph in Mr. Roziak’s extensive article:

Zimmerman’s lawyer filed the lawsuit in state court in Florida and it also targets the state of Florida and its prosecutors, who allegedly initially falsely told the defense that Martin’s cellphone was too damaged to extract its data, when it actually contained evidence damaging to their case. That includes not only evidence of the witness swap, but also texts showing Martin previously discussing gun sales and bragging of beating up a “snitch” and saying, “He aint bleed nuff 4 me, only his nosez.” Prosecutors also ran out the clock by repeatedly ignoring the defense’s entitlement to exculpatory evidence, the suit says.

Again, if this is true – and let’s be clear that, at this point, we do not know one way or the other – then the people involved, along with others who aided and abetted their activity, are in a great deal of trouble.

As for the rest of us?

On one hand, this country needs Round II of the Trayvon Martin case about as much as I need an advanced case of impetigo.

On the other hand, though, if I were George Zimmerman – who had his reputation (such as it was) shattered and was decimated by media far more intent on elevating Trayvon Martin to martyrdom and near-sainthood than reporting on what he actually was – right down to their incessant use of  an outdated picture of Martin that made him look angelic, rather than recent pictures, which showed him with tattoos, and a “grill” over his teeth of the kind street thugs prefer….

…I probably would be suing too.

I assume this story will be in the news for a while.  We’ll talk about it as it occurs.


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