Zimmerman Will Be Facing a Wrongful Death Suit Soon
Wrongful death is a claim that makes someone liable for the death of another. It is impossible for the deceased to file the claim themselves, so this loophole allows families of the deceased to do so in their name.
The most famous wrongful death case to use as a frame of reference is probably O.J. Simpson. Ever wonder why he’s not rich anymore? Simpson won the murder case. He was acquitted. He got to go home. But in 1997, a California court found Simpson liable for the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to his ex-wife’s family.
A wrongful death suit is easier to prove than a murder. While criminal court cases must be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil lawsuits require less “proof” per se. They are brought to courts because of “the preponderance of the evidence,” meaning, “it was more likely than not that something occurred in a certain way.”
Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami, said Martin’s family can sue because Zimmerman didn’t seek a hearing under the state’s self-defense law before he was tried.
Yeah, but you forgot that good ole Trey was the aggressor. Zimmerman responded to a violent physical attack that left him with a broken nose and lacerations on the back of his head from blunt force trauma. You would have responded to a violent physical attack on yourself by whatever means necessary, including the use of violent force to stop a violent attack. If it's you or him. what's your choice? Can you imagine yourself in a life and death struggle?
t was that M-DSPD internal affairs investigation which revealed in October 2011 Trayvon Martin was searched by School Resource Officer, Darryl Dunn. The search of Trayvon Martin’s backpack turned up at least 12 pcs of ladies jewelry, and a man’s watch, in addition to a flat head screwdriver described as “a burglary tool”.
When Trayvon was questioned about who owned the jewelry and where it came from, he claimed he was just holding it for a “friend”. A “friend” he would not name.
Later, after the police report was outlined in the Robles article, and despite Trayvon being suspended for the second time in a new school year, Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, said Trayvon’s dad, Tracy Martin, and Trayvon’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, did not know anything about the jewelry case.
It was only as a consequence of the M-DSPD internal affairs investigation that “why” they may not have known came to light.