facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

NBC asks judge to delay Zimmerman suit

Feb. 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM   |   Comments

SANFORD, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Lawyers for NBC claim George Zimmerman, charged with killing an unarmed teenager in Florida, has "no legitimate claim" to a defamation allegation.

Zimmerman sued the network for defamation. He charges that NBC edited a tape of his conversation with a 911 dispatcher to make him appear racist and falsely reported he used a racial slur.

In court papers filed Tuesday, NBC's lawyers asked Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who is presiding over Zimmerman's criminal case and his lawsuit against NBC, to postpone the lawsuit until legal proceedings against Zimmerman have concluded, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Zimmerman has been charged with the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

"While there is no legitimate basis for Zimmerman's claims against these defendants, who fairly and accurately reported about a news event that has captivated the nation, now is simply not the time to litigate them," Gregg D. Thomas, a Tampa lawyer representing NBC, said.

In his 911 call, Zimmerman described Martin as black after a dispatcher asked Zimmerman about Martin's race. In the edited version, Zimmerman appears to bring up the information without prompting.

The lawsuit also names NBC's Miami affiliate, WTVJ, as a defendant.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
5-year-old girl in Idaho shot dead by another 5-year-old
2
Bachmann: Obama wants to use child immigrants for medical experiments
3
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
4
Bertha, second named storm of Atlantic hurricane season, heads for Caribbean
5
Bill Clinton claims he could have killed Osama Bin Laden
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback