A Florida judge has dismissed a defamation and conspiracy lawsuit that George Zimmerman filed against the parents of Trayvon Marton — whom he fatally shot nearly 10 years ago.
Judge John Cooper dismissed all counts against all defendants in the lawsuit filed by Zimmerman against Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin; attorney Ben Crump, who had represented the family; and others.
In his order, the judge found that Zimmerman had failed to show “any fraudulent representation.” That judge also noted that any further discussion in the case would be futile.
“There can be no claim for conspiracy to defraud if there is no adequately stated claim for fraud,” according to the judge’s order.
According to his lawsuit, Zimmerman claimed that Trayvon Martin’s parents, along with their attorney, conspired in an effort to get charges filed against him, have him tried and “destroy his good will and reputation in the community.”
Zimmerman was acquitted of the killing during a 2013 trial. During the trial, most of the mainstream media focused attention on race and on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground law,” even though Zimmerman did not invoke a “Stand Your Ground” defense.