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Zimmerman attorney says he plans to move quickly in lawsuit against NBC

The Washington Post | USA Today | The Huffington Post | Journal-isms George Zimmerman plans to move quickly against NBC now that he's been found not guilty, The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reports. Zimmerman attorney James Beasley told Wemple: “We’re going to start in earnest asap, we just have to get the stay lifted which is a ministerial act." Following Saturday night's verdict, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara answered questions from reporters. While talking with them, O'Mara blamed the media for turning Zimmerman into a "monster." He was like a patient in an operating table where mad scientists were committing experiments on him and he had no anesthesia. He didn't know why he was turned into this monster but quit honestly, you guys had a lot to do with it. You took a story that was fed to you and you ran with it, and you ran right over him. Read More
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George Zimmerman sues NBC over editing of 911 call about Trayvon Martin

Lawyers for George Zimmerman, who has been charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, announced Thursday that their defendant has sued NBC for defamation. Zimmerman is also suing two people fired by the network and an owned-and-operated affiliate for their role in airing edited audio of a 911 call that was made before the shooting. Also being sued is one person still employed by the network, as well as the network itself. As Andrew Beaujon reported in October, when sources told the New York Post such a suit was imminent, NBC broadcast three reports using audio edited to make it appear Zimmerman said, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” The first report was produced by WTVJ in Miami, which fired reporter Jeff Burnside, who was involved in editing it. “Today” broadcast a report apparently influenced by WTVJ’s that edited the audio the same way; reporter Lilia Luciano lost her job with the network after that. The [Ron] Allen report was broadcast after those two, and apparently used the same audio track as the second. Zimmerman's suit names Burnside, Luciano and Allen, who is still employed by NBC. Read More
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Trayvon Martin story revitalizes black press, mobilizes 'new guard'

As George Zimmerman is released on bail from a Florida jail after being charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the case has ushered in "new guards" of black media, reports Jeff John Roberts, in a story that appeared on paidContent and CNN this month. "African American news site theGrio.com has helped drive NBC’s coverage … Read More
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