Judge throws out George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC
A Sanford judge today put an end to George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal.George Zimmerman loses libel suit against NBC - Orlando Sentinel
Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant.
She issued a summary judgment in the network's favor, meaning that unless an appeals court reverses her, the case is now dead.
"Zimmerman and his family had received death threats and had gone into hiding long before any of the challenged broadcasts," she wrote.
Zimmerman had made himself more difficult to defame, the judge wrote, because he had voluntarily made himself a public figure long before the shooting. In 2010, when the Sanford Police Department refused for weeks to arrest the son of a white police officer who had punched and broken the nose of a homeless black man, Zimmerman publicly protested.
That was an example, Nelson wrote, of Zimmerman "voluntarily injecting his views into the public controversy surrounding race relations and public safety in Sanford."