Monday, March 10, 2014

George Zimmerman fails to make 'a killing' with gun show appearance

There's no question that George Zimmerman is a killer: He has admitted to killing Trayvon Martin, after all. Now, though, the Floridian, deprived of any chance at a big celebrity boxing payday, is hoping to make a killing doing autographs. Zimmerman did a meet-and-greet at a Florida gun show on Saturday, Thinkprogress reported.

He failed to make a killing, though. Fearing backlash, the organizers of the New Orlando Gun Show had to move the gun show to a less traveled venue. To get his signature, folks had to find him in a rear office of The Arms Room gun store in Orlando, Fla. The event was moved to The Arms Room after the original venue for the gun show backed out because of the controversy surrounding Zimmerman.

Over the course of six hours, less than 20 people at the gun show asked for his signature -- which was free -- or for a photo with Trayvon Martin’s killer.

The signed photograph shows George ZImmerman and his dog, but the image is of a much slimmer Zimmerman than current meets the public eye.

Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, fatally on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. On July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and of manslaughter charges.

Although the verdict was met with public outcry, some legal scholars were unsurprised by it. They said the prosecution had erred when it charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder which, Wikipedia given Florida's laws on self-defense, made it almost impossible for the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt with the evidence at their disposal.

Laurie Levenson, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles said:
Although the facts are tragic, I don't think they should have brought this as a murder case. It would have been more plausible to argue that Zimmerman was grossly negligent and that he brought on the confrontation.
Since the trial, Zimmerman has remained in the headlines -- negatively. He has seen two dropped charges of domestic violence and the aforementioned charity boxing match.

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