Now that he has successfully defended himself from criminal charges brought against him by the state of Florida for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is going to resume a lawsuit he filed several months earlier against NBC News.
Launched in the midst of the state prosecution against him by a separate civil team, the lawsuit is a defamation claim alleging that NBC deliberately altered an audio recording so as to make Zimmerman appear to be racist.
Contacted by the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Zimmerman attorney James Beasley stated that he and his team were eager to resume the suit, which had been put on hold due to the beginning of the criminal trial. With that out of the way, they now intend to procede.
“We’re going to start in earnest asap, we just have to get the stay lifted which is a ministerial act,” Beasley said via email.