The judge who presided over the George Zimmerman fiasco, decided not to recuse herself when Zimmerman--who, it emerged during the trial, under the nose of Judge Debra, was peacefully standing on a sidewalk waiting for a policeman to respond to his call--filed suit for defamation;
A Florida judge on Monday dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman against NBC and three reporters, saying the former neighborhood watch leader failed to show the network acted with malice.
Judge Debra Nelson said the malice standard was appropriate because Zimmerman became a public figure after he shot 17-year-oldTrayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012, generating a national conversation about race and self-defense laws.
....Zimmerman "voluntarily injected his views into the public controversy surrounding race relations and public safety in Sanford and pursued a course of conduct that ultimately led to the death of Martin and the specific controversy surrounding it," said Nelson, who presided over Zimmerman's criminal trial last summer.He 'pursued a course of conduct' by acting like a responsible citizen alerting the police to a possible law breaker in his neighborhood. He telephoned a non-emergency police dispatcher and asked for a policeman to be sent to investigate. While awaiting that police officer he was attacked by teen-ager Trayvon Martin, who, it emerged during testimony in Judge Debra's own courtroom, mistakenly thought George Zimmerman was a homosexual stalking him.
Young Trayvon, according to his friend Rachel Jeantel (again, testifying right in front of this same judge) admitted that Trayvon was almost home, safe from whatever he thought Zimmerman was up to, but returned to where--approximately 70 yards away--Zimmerman was awaiting the police. At which admission this judge should have tossed the prosecution's politically motivated charge against Zimmerman.
Had Judge Debra ruled that Zimmerman has a legitimate defamation case against NBC--which did, unquestionably, alter Zimmerman's statement to make him look like a racist for responding to the dispatcher's question about the race of the 'perp', she would have been admitting to her own incompetence.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz has called for the prosecutors in the Zimmerman case to be disbarred. We say, add the judge.