More Legal Problems for George Zimmerman

George and Shellie Zimmerman

Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, Filed for divorce Thursday. Whilst this will surely result in the end of his marriage, it could also signify more legal problems for a man who was already cleared of a second degree murder charge.

The couple apparently had been argueing since before George Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Shellie Zimmerman stated that she was not even home on the evening that the killing took place, as she had gone to stay at her parents’ house since the night before because of an argument between her and her husband.

Shellie Zimmerman has herself faced her share of troubles with the law. In truth, she has helped George above and beyond any measure of reason, and certainly outside of the scope of what marriage should entail, and that is why she was charged with perjury.

After George Zimmerman was arrested, his wife lied to the court about their finances by saying they were indigent, whilst being in control of over $150,000 that was donated to his legal fund. Because of this, Shellie was sentenced to one year probation, and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to perjury.

Legally, George Zimmerman does not need to worry about getting arrested anytime soon. After his acquittal, however, he did not get his gun back, because federal authorities claimed it, among other things, as evidence for a federal case. This is not insignificant, and brings memories of the Rodney King case. Rodney King was viciously beaten by several police officers who were later acquitted in state court. The verdict in that case incited riots throughout California, most notoriously in East Los Angeles. A few months later, four of the officers that beat Rodney King were arrested again, and two were convicted on federal charges relating to that incident.

So what are the new legal problems for George Zimmerman? For one thing his wife wants to divorce him. George Zimmerman’s biggest legal problem yet might not even be his two speeding tickets since his acquittal, nor the PR disaster he brought upon himself when he toured the factory that manufactures the same model gun that he used to kill Trayvon Martin, which even George’s attorney said was an ill-advised move. There is something called spousal privilege, and while the laws that apply to it vary from state to state, the divorce makes it easier for Shellie to testify against George if she is willing to do so.

Let us examine the marriage between Shellie and George further. In her divorce petition, Shellie alleged that since George was released, he only stayed at their home three or four nights. Also, while she attended his trial, George never visited her. Shellie claimed that she moved out of their home on August 13, and described her relationship to George as “irretrievably broken” in court documents.

An op/ed by Milton Ruiz

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11 Responses to "More Legal Problems for George Zimmerman"

  1. SocialDynamite   September 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    correction: Not drinking excessively but reckless behavior (speeding).

  2. SocialDynamite   September 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Mrs. Zimmerman may want to consider filing an Order for Protection with her husband as the respondent. If he committed the abuse that was reported to the police, she may be killed by him. Divorce or separation is a huge factor in spousal homicides. He appears to be undergoing a lot of stress and drinking excessively. If he feels she may turn on him by talking to the authorities(about Trayvon)…this doesn’t look good for her.

  3. theresa   September 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

    By the way, he did do it…FYI..Laied Wilcox! He was charged with something “he did do” and got acquitted.

  4. rose young-stewart   September 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    i think the hot florida and texas sun has got to george because he isnt using his reasoning powers like he should.. he acts childish and thinks he can get away with crap. his days are definitley numbered. They say the thing that is opened more by mistake than anything else, is the mouth.

  5. Laird Wilcox   September 9, 2013 at 11:10 am

    It would be extreordinarily difficult for any couple to go through the difficulties the Zimmermans have had to put up with. He was accused and tried, and eventually acquitted, of a crime he didn’t commit. The voices of peace, brotherhood and multiculturalism threatened to kill him, put a price on his head, he had to go into hiding as did his parents, and this terrorism continues even still. It’s wonderful that they stayed together during the trial but it probably had a horrible effect on them. Zimmerman has no future because he will be stalked by anti-racists who want to kill him for the rest of his life. There’s no way to ever relax, go back to a normal life and deal constructively with issues.

    This is what happens to everyone who is charged and acquitted of a terrible crime. Even though you won’t be going to jail for something you didn’t do, you and your loved ones will never be the same again.

    • Knowledge over Nonsense   September 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

      You’re certainly entitled to your opinion about the man but if you traced his background you would have some idea of the kind of person George Zimmerman really is . The voices of peace brotherhood multicultural threatening to kill him . Would that be BLACK PEOPLE ? Lets not forget about the CHILD THAT WAS KILLED MURDERED BY AN ADULT WHO STALKED HIM AND THEN GUNNED HIM DOWN ! YOU NEVER ACKNOWLEDGE OR MENTION TREYVON MARTINS IN YOUR COMMENT. ASK YOURSELF WHY ? WHAT DID TREYVON DO TO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY OTHER THEN BEING BLACK ? GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS A CHILD MURDERER WHO WILL KILL AGAIN ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME !

      • theresa   September 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

        You said it well!!!!

        • lairdwilcox   September 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

          Ah, yes, the child — a child who was taller and stronger than Zimmerman, who knocked him to the ground and then proceeded to bash his head on the concrete. Pretty tough, this “child.” Tough talking, too. Zimmerman was defending his life and had not produced any firearm until the beating began. He was acquitted of any crime.

    • theresa   September 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

      charged with something “he didn’t do”, really?!!! I would hate to see if he really do something, it would be horrible.

      • lairdwilcox   September 10, 2013 at 8:35 am

        What he was charged with that he didn’t do was commit a crime. If you haven’t been paying attention he was acquitted. The court ruled that he did not commit the crime he was charged with. What is it about this you don’t understand?

  6. Audrey   September 9, 2013 at 1:03 am

    When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they ‘don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.

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