Tracy Martin, Benjamin Crump and Sybrina Fulton. Photo by David Shankbone, public domain.

George Zimmerman, apparently not satisfied with having merely shot Trayvon Martin dead in 2012, is now suing Martin's family and everyone involved in the second-degree murder case against Zimmerman, even though the trial ended in Zimmerman's acquittal. But you see, decent people nationwide detest George Zimmerman, and for some crazy reason think he's a racist. Plus he can't seem to hold a job, and his attempts to make a living selling shitty racist art, signing autographs, or auctioning off the not-murder weapon haven't brought in the wealth and acclaim he clearly deserves. Surely some evildoers must be responsible for that. Couldn't be anything George Zimmerman did, because he's a very great guy.

Please disregard the domestic violence.

So that's why he and wingnut lawyer Larry Klayman are suing Trayvon Martin's family and a few thousand other people, demanding $100 million in damages from all those who conspired to defame Zimmerman and manufacture evidence against him and just generally ruin his life. The defendants, the suit claims, "have worked in concert to deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other legal rights."

Oh yes, and would you believe that, by sheer coincidence, the lawsuit is based on claims in a book and "documentary" movie with the compelling title The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud That Divided America, released in September. And the lawsuit is being flogged to media outlets by the movie's director, Joel Gilbert, who's described by the Daily Beast as "a fringe filmmaker who traffics in conspiracy theories." You don't say!

A cynic might even suspect Zimmerman, Klayman, and Gilbert know the lawsuit will have every bit as much success as Klayman's other legal efforts, but that it might generate some book sales and movie downloads. But that's a very uncharitable take. Probably the book and movie are simply so full of astounding new evidence proving George Zimmerman is the real victim that Klayman and Zimmerman had no choice but to file the lawsuit, to correct the public record. All Zimmerman wants is his good reputation back. And One Hundred MILLLLLION dollars.


The lawsuit names Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, as the lead defendant, accusing her and Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, of conspiring with law enforcement to present faked testimony at Zimmerman's trial. As you'd expect in any good conspiracy story, the claims are completely batshit, as NPR details:

[Zimmerman and Klayman] allege that Rachel Jeantel, a key witness for the prosecution who testified about being on the phone with Martin just before the shooting, was an impostor. They accuse her of standing in for another teenager, Brittany Diamond Eugene, whom the suit describes as Jeantel's half sister who did not want to testify in the case.

Just your average everyday witness impersonation, as happens in most government persecutions of law-abiding gun owners.

In addition, the suit accuses the Martin family's lawyer Ben Crump of defamation, along with Harper Collins, which published Crump's recent book, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People. For good measure, KlayZim are also suing members of the prosecution team and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, because everybody was out to frame poor George Zimmerman.

How serious is this lawsuit? Every bit as serious as any other Larry Klayman joint, like when he sued Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter for causing a race war and killing those cops in Dallas in 2016, or when he sued Robert Mueller for being mean to fellow wingnut conspiracy goof Dr. Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., or when he sued Hillary Clinton for murdering Benghazi, or that time he "convened" a "grand jury" that "indicted" "Obama," amid other great successes.

Klayman has thoughts about what's sure to be his next legal triumph against the racist black peddlers of racist division, as he explained in an email to the Daily Beast:

George Zimmerman seeks justice not just for himself, but for all of those others victimized by dishonest prosecutors who seek convictions to further their political and other unethical agendas to advance their careers. He also seeks justice against those who would divide the nation by pitting the races against each other for 'fun and profit,' including the Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump and his friend Al Sharpton.

The Daily Beast notes, very meanly, that Sharpton isn't actually named in the lawsuit.

Ben Crump, no doubt hoping for more race war, issued his own statement, saying Zimmerman

continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions. He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims. This tale defies all logic, and it's time to close the door on these baseless imaginings.

Ah, but what about this brilliant documentarian and investigator, Joel Gilbert? The Source of All Knowledge notes he got his start making four exhaustively fannish documentaries about Bob Dylan (reviewers: "unexceptional, sometimes amateurish," and viewers might be "hard-pressed to find a more irritatingly edited project"). After that, Gilbert plunged into rock conspiracy flicks with films titled Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison (2011) and Elvis Found Alive (2012). Gilbert retroactively labeled both "mockumentaries" after he released the film that made him a minor star among rightwingers, 2012's Dreams From My Real Father, in which Gilbert pushed the notion that Barack Obama was really the love child of commie pinko black revolutionary Frank Marshall Davis, who groomed Barry from an early age to lead the communist revolution in the USA. (The Daily Beast notes, "Gilbert accounted for the two men's lack of physical similarities by claiming Obama had plastic surgery to hide his link to Davis.")

Gosh, it's almost as if there's some kind of theme running through his movies, if only we could pick it out. We'll have to ask our genetically engineered body double.

Also, the Beast reveals Gilbert was involved in a couple of our favorite stupid Obama conspiracy claims!

Gilbert also pushed a hoax that claimed Obama wore a ring inscribed with a declaration of Islamic faith, and that Obama's mother posed naked for fetish magazines (both claims were debunked).

We fucking loved what Dr. Jerome Corsi, PhD, did with that ring nonsense! Now we know who to thank!

Oh, but the Miami Herald has sad news about Gilbert's latest cinematic triumph and its surely coincidental related lawsuit!

As news of the lawsuit became widely reported Wednesday, the theater rented for the screening, Coral Gables Art Cinema, announced it was canceling the event. "Coral Gables Art Cinema was not aware of all of the details surrounding this event," the theater posted on Twitter.

Yeah, we figure with a title like The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud That Divided America, the theater management had no idea what it would be like. We suppose the press conference Klayman announced in conjunction with the screening will have to be rescheduled.

Wonder if Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman have any plans for Burkman's driveway this week?

Update/correction: Story updated to correct the Great Filmmaker's name. It's Joel Gilbert, not "Joe." The Miami Herald misspelled it, and damned if that didn't lead Yr Dok Zoom to blip right past the correct spelling in all other sources!

[Miami Herald / WaPo / Daily Beast / Photo by David Shankbone, public domain]

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