Zimmerman to judge: Don’t kill my libel suit against NBC
Zimmerman’s lawyer: We need to get records about Al Sharpton and Angela Corey
SANFORD – In his attempt to win a libel suit against NBC Universal Media, George Zimmerman‘s civil attorney wants records about the Rev. Al Sharpton, according to new court pleadings. Same for Angela Corey.
Zimmerman is the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford in 2012.
Several months later, he sued NBC Universal, claiming they defamed him by portraying him as racist.
Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson on June 19 held a hearing to determine whether she should throw out the suit. Her ruling could come any day.
Zimmerman’s civil attorney, James Beasley Jr., urged her to reject that request, saying he’d had no time to collect evidence or take sworn statements from key players.
In paperwork filed Friday, Beasley disclosed some of the people he intends to press for information or whose communication records he plans to seek.
They include Sharpton and Corey, the Jacksonville state attorney who served as special prosecutor in Zimmerman’s murder case.
He was acquitted of second-degree murder by a Seminole County jury on July 13.
Sharpton, who has a show in MSNBC, was one of Zimmerman’s harshest critics and traveled toSanford, calling for his arrest.
Zimmerman also filed an affidavit in the case Friday, explaining to Nelson why she should rule in his favor.
“We need to take discovery and have not yet had any opportunity to do so,” his affidavit reads. “I believe pretrial discovery, including depositions, will support my claims the defendants’ broadcasts were false and outrageous.”
In his affidavit, he also accuses NBC of editing his 911 call to a police dispatcher in a way that “caused me to be identified as a racist stalker.”