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Interesting: Any civil case against Zimmerman could get very expensive for the plaintiff

Written By: Bob - Jul• 15•13

The Crump-Jackson-Martin Lynch Mob may run a high risk of losing their proverbial “bloody shirt” if they attempt to sue George Zimmerman in civil court. According to Florida Statutes on Justifiable Use of Force, going after Zimmerman and failing could see them stuck with a sizable bill:

776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—

(1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.

(2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.

(3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).
History.—s. 4, ch. 2005-27.

In plain English, if they bring a civil case against Zimmerman and the judge deems he has immunity, then the lynch mob shall pay for all of Zimmerman’s court costs, “reasonable attorney’s fees” (Mark O’Mara is $400 an hour, Don West probably isn’t far behind), and whatever other monies the court deems warranted probably in the thousands of dollars.

We already know that a federal civil rights case is relatively unlikely since the FBI already cleared Zimmerman of the possibility of hate crimes charges, and so if this statute keeps the lynch mob at bay, then Zimmerman might only have offensive civil suits going forward against NBC News and others who slandered him.

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  1. Gayle says:

    Mark O’Mara said Saturday night that he was going to seek to have the State pay a large portion of the defense bill in the criminal case.

  2. Katherine says:

    I read in one of the lawyer’s comments at Legal Insurrection that Zimmerman’s acquittal on grounds of self-defense would give him immunity from a civil case. I hope that’s true; thanks for this detail about it.

    It would be interesting if Corey’s office can be held liable for the expenses of a defense which should never have been necessary had ordinary standards of evidence and proof been applied. She bypassed a grand jury and brought outrageous charges based on an affidavit which was very weak on facts.

  3. Thomas says:

    Looks like paragraph two above should have stopped any arrest, oopps it did didn’t it, for 44 days anyway.

    • JD says:

      Lets not let these pesky laws get in the way of our ginned up mob rule now, we’re tryin to have a democracy over here! What do think this is a republic or something?

  4. DCP says:

    I understand West bills at $350 per hour.


  5. thesouthwasrght says:

    Thinking of Zimmerman’s civil suit nuke strike on NBC, Spike Lee, et Al reminds me of the scene from Lawrence of Arabia whereupon Peter O’toole and co arrive at the rear of the retreating Turks: NO PRISONERS….NO PRISONERS!

  6. Dan says:

    Damn it would be a shame to see all of the Martin’s shakedown money go to Zimm’s lawyer fees.

  7. Neo says:

    West and O’Mara did say they were hoping to get paid

  8. Real Deal says:

    I’d like to see NBC and ABC get hammered over their treatment of Zimmerman. Maybe just maybe they’ll learn and start reporting the truth.

    • melensdad says:

      I’d love to see NBC and MSNBC get hammered as corporate entities. Followed by individual suits against the Good and Honorable Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as individually against Nancy Grace, Rachael Maddow, Piers Morgan, David Gregory and Bob Shieffer.

    • Sharpshooter says:

      They’d rather go bankrupt.

  9. david7134 says:

    $400 per hour is cheap. I signed to do expert testimoney with the Feds, who don’t pay anything, and they offered $600 per hour. Most attorneys will not open a case for less than $20,000 unless they get a percentage of the take. If you are paying the attorney and it goes to trial, you are looking at somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 if he does not take 50% of the award.

  10. Wraith says:

    In plain English, if they bring a civil case against Zimmerman and the judge deems he has immunity…

    Yeah, because there’s no way it would end up in front of any judge with the slightest hint of any sort of agenda whatsoever. It’d be a totally fair and impartial trial.

    On a related subject, I have some oceanfront property in Iowa for sale.

  11. Sharpshooter says:

    Quote: “We already know that a federal civil rights case is relatively unlikely since the FBI already cleared Zimmerman of the possibility of hate crimes charges,…”

    It’s unlikely since Zimmerman is not, in an form, an official of a government, agency or bureaucrat.

    The Federal statute in U.S. Code 42-1983, which covers suppression of a persons civil rights UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW.

    In the Rodney King case, the cops were, …well, cops (i.e., officials of a government).

  12. Davod says:

    Am I the only person who thinks Corey and co are baiting Zimmerman with their murderer et al comments.

  13. paris says:

    I believe there never should have been any charges at all filed against Zimmerman. He was trying to protect himself.

  14. paris says:

    On the otherr hand I hope Zimmerman can and does sue all the media outlets that slandered him for profit and ratings! He has civil rights and if anyones civil rights have been violated it is Zimmermans!