George Zimmerman’s family just doesn’t know when to quit. First his father and brother attempted to publicly declare his innocence — which most likely did more to hurt his case than help — and now his mother is pleading her case.
In an open letter penned on her older son’s Twitter account, Gladys Zimmerman said her son, who was arrested for the shooting and killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is innocent and the justice system has failed to serve her family.
“April 11, 2012 will forever be remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses,” she wrote in the letter, which was translated from Spanish.
“The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest,” she said. “Even members of Congress and self-proclaimed “activists” used and routinely use to this day the term “murderer” when they speak of him–in effect they are re-enforcing the only acceptable judicial outcome in their eyes. Many have seen to it that he be judged by the public, the very public they were keen on misinforming.”
In response to her letter, Martin’s parents released a statement saying Zimmerman is not innocent and there was overwhelming evidence to justify his arrest.
“One year ago today, the State of Florida decided that there was evidence to charge George Zimmerman for second-degree murder for profiling, pursuing, and killing our unarmed teenage son,” it reads. :The facts of this case are simple and straightforward. We are confident that a jury following the overwhelming evidence against George Zimmerman will hold him accountable for killing our son, Trayvon Martin.”
The statement goes on to say:
“For the Zimmerman family to allege that the justice system doesn’t work, simply because they are unhappy their son was arrested in the first place, is disingenuous and disrespectful to the very system that is currently affording him every available opportunity to defend himself,” the statement continued. “The arrest of an admitted killer is not a violation of due process, it is due process. Most will agree that no one has been given greater consideration by the justice system for killing an unarmed child, than George Zimmerman. We continue to pray that our son’s death will serve as a catalyst in preventing other senseless acts of gun violence.”
The murder trail is scheduled to being on June 10th. Tell us what you think of Gladys Zimmerman’s new letter.